Brighton Speed Trials

Whilst not being a hillclimb event, one of the biggest competitions on the British Speed Event calendar is the very historic Brighton Speed Trials, which run on Maderia Drive along the seafront of the South Coast seaside town.

Rob Stevens Force SR4

Rob Stevens took FTD with this Force SR4 sports-racer in 2012. Hopefully this won’t be the last event on Maderia Drive….


The once a year event dates back to the 1905 (the same year that competition began at The World Famous Shelsley Walsh) and for many years once the blue riband event in the British Sprint Championship.

These days the Speed Trials are very much a stand-alone event with top contenders from the worlds of Speed Hillclimbing, Sprinting, Drag Racing and Circuit Racing all competing together over the quarter-mile course.

Unfortunately, following a fatal accident involving a sidecar combination in 2012, the event didn’t run in 2013. Midland Hilllcimb Champion and 2012 Brighton FTD winner Rob Stevens (amongst others) has contacted us over the holiday period and brought the latest plight of the event to our attention.

Following the inquest into the 2012 event the Economic Development and Culture Committee of Brighton & Hove City Council will meet towards the end of THIS MONTH to decide the future of the Speed Trials.

To highlight the issue and to garner support for the event, the organising club Brighton and Hove Motor Club have started an online petition to persuade the Council to allow them to continue organising this historic event.

So, come on guys & girls, click on this link and register your support for this spectacular motorsport event.

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