Monday, 10 September 2012

Brighton National Speed Trials

Speedy Gonzales

This Saturday, 8th of September saw the Brighton & Hove Motor Club National Speed Trials run on the sunny seafront at Madeira Drive near Brighton pier. Frosts have been sponsoring this event for the last 21years and the event has been running for 107 years in total - an impressively long time!

The event attracts a huge diversity of weird and wonderful motorcycles and cars - you name it, it's there and quite a few you couldn't even dream up as well! The weather was kind and huge crowds had made their way to Brighton to watch this exciting and exhilarating

event - either from the street above with a great view down onto the course or from next to the course at the start line or along the track.  Our Wemoto reporter was right next to the start line to see the riders and drivers set off and the best way to tell the story of the day is in pictures.

 Rest In Peace

ASCO Honda Sidecar waiting in the sun

The only sad event of the day, which ended the Speed Trial prematurely, was the death of one of the racers. The 38 year old rider was a Suffolk woman who was the passenger on a1987 ASCO Honda sidecar.

The 64 year old driver from London remains in hospital at the moment in a critical condition. The sidecar was unable to stop at the chequered flag and crashed into the barrier. Although two ambulances and a helicopter were at the scene within minutes, the

ASCO Honda sidecar at the start line

poor sidecar passenger was dead before reaching hospital. Our hearts go out to her and to the families of both people involved in this awful crash.

Brighton & Hove Motorclub work very hard to keep the course as safe as it can be but, as their disclaimer says, Motorsports can be dangerous.

1936 Brooklands Norton

Wacky Racers

Have a look through our photo gallery of some of the scenes, cars, bikes and riders who took part on Saturday and feel free to post a comment - we would love to hear what you think. Which is your favourite?

1964 Greeves Oulton R/R

1936 Ariel Badger

1927 Bayley-Cole DT - zooming out of shot!

1936 Triumph Jap

1966 Impulse & ballast

1979 Yamaha Cyclecar

Getting a little push

2002 Suzuki GSXR

1998 Ducati Special

1988 LCR Yamaha F1

1951 Vincent Special with ballast called 'Slim Lead Ed'!

1964 Hagon Jap Special

De Dion Bouton - apparently this is a car!

2004 Suzuki Hayabusa - home time

1952 Triumph Thunderbird Sidecar

One of the visitors to the event

And for those of you who appreciate a cool car as well - here are just a few of the racing cars

Allard J2 alias 'The Old Fella'

Cirrus Special

Car drivers returning to the paddock after their speed run

Sylvia Phoenix R1
AC Cobra

So there we have it - if you were there and have any stories to add or pictures let us know!

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