Peter James backs Brighton Speed Trials

Peter James backs Brighton Speed Trials

2005 Brighton Speed Trials

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Top-selling crime author Peter James is among thousands of people backing a bid to retain the world's oldest motorsports event.

More than 10,000 people have now signed a petition to Brighton and Hove City Council to restore the Brighton Speed Trials.

The event, which was first held in Madeira Drive, Brighton in 1905, did not take place last year after the death of a competitor in 2012.


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But with the local authority yet to approve an application to host the event in 2014, thousands have backed the bid to bring it back.

Among the supporters are international best-selling author Peter James and.Formula One legend Sir Stirling Moss and Peter James, who is a member of the Brighton and Hove Motor Club and a self-confessed petrolhead, said he would do “whatever he could” to support the campaign.

He said: “It's wonderful that Brighton has this great heritage of doing things first much to the envy of other towns and cities in the UK.

“Providing the crowd is safe, they should keep it.

“There are numerous examples of motoring events in urban areas, such as the Monaco grand prix and the Isle of Man TT race.”

In a letter to the council, Sir Stirling said: “For a town which prides itself in its history I find it difficult to understand how the council are considering abandoning one of the most prestigious autosport events in Europe.

“The speed trials are the longest running motorsport event in the UK and complement the equally prestigious London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Both events are the envy of many countries lacking our traditions.

“The speed trials represent a rare opportunity for enthusiasts of all ages and their families to gather socially to enjoy a rare spectacle in a carefully managed environment.

“The setting in Brighton, with the beach and sea on one side and the splendid Victorian arches on the other, presents a unique backdrop which is very hard to beat for such an occasion.”

A council spokesman said the local authority could not comment any further until a decision was made by the council's economic development and culture committee at a meeting on January 23.

But speaking at a recent council meeting where the subject was debated, Green councillor Geoffrey Bowden, who is chairman of the committee, said: “Let's be clear, this has absolutely nothing to do with the ideology of this administration.

“It is for personal safety grounds that the officers have made this recommendation. “Businesses on the seafront also have to close and we are inundated with complaints from people who cannot access the beach [on that weekend].”

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6:41am Thu 9 Jan 14

PJW Brighton says...

It is good to see local high income individuals offering to pay the costs of the road re-surfacing for this event, after the previous tragic death. I presume that all those who signed the petition are willing to fund the event?
It is good to see local high income individuals offering to pay the costs of the road re-surfacing for this event, after the previous tragic death. I presume that all those who signed the petition are willing to fund the event? PJW Brighton
  • Score: -8

7:32am Thu 9 Jan 14

Alison Smith says...

The Greens will ban the Old Crocks London to Brighton next, citing "air pollution".
The Greens will ban the Old Crocks London to Brighton next, citing "air pollution". Alison Smith
  • Score: 13

7:35am Thu 9 Jan 14

Eugenius says...

PJW Brighton wrote:
It is good to see local high income individuals offering to pay the costs of the road re-surfacing for this event, after the previous tragic death. I presume that all those who signed the petition are willing to fund the event?
That's actually not such a bad idea - why doesn't the council offer to approve the event on the condition that the organisers crowdfund the cash to resurface Madeira Drive to make it safe for racing?
[quote][p][bold]PJW Brighton[/bold] wrote: It is good to see local high income individuals offering to pay the costs of the road re-surfacing for this event, after the previous tragic death. I presume that all those who signed the petition are willing to fund the event?[/p][/quote]That's actually not such a bad idea - why doesn't the council offer to approve the event on the condition that the organisers crowdfund the cash to resurface Madeira Drive to make it safe for racing? Eugenius
  • Score: -3

9:47am Thu 9 Jan 14

Richada says...

He (Peter James) said: “It's wonderful that Brighton has this great heritage of doing things first much to the envy of other towns and cities in the UK."

I wonder how much other towns and cities envy our chaotic Green administration?

It will be impossible to hold the Speed Trials in September anyway, by that time there will be so much rubbish piled up you won't be able to ride a bycycle there let alone race a car.
He (Peter James) said: “It's wonderful that Brighton has this great heritage of doing things first much to the envy of other towns and cities in the UK." I wonder how much other towns and cities envy our chaotic Green administration? It will be impossible to hold the Speed Trials in September anyway, by that time there will be so much rubbish piled up you won't be able to ride a bycycle there let alone race a car. Richada
  • Score: 7

1:52pm Thu 9 Jan 14

a person says...

Geoffrey Bowden
When the greens are inundated with calls about the bins not being emptied they tell us don’t call us. ,
so why take notice of calls about a few yards of beach being closed.

The hotels / B and B / restaurants do make money from the speed trials . As it is a weekend event thousands of the people attending it spend money in Brighton .
The speed trials runs in all weathers not just sunny days.

The event dates back to 1905. It was proposed to the local council that Madeira Road (Drive) be resurfaced with tarmac, especially so that the first speed trials could take place,
and be the venue for a Motor Race Week.
The event was a great success and the top speed achieved was a very impressive 97 mph!

I would have thought the council could easily afford to resurface the road from all the parking charges they make from the motorist that park there.
Geoffrey Bowden When the greens are inundated with calls about the bins not being emptied they tell us don’t call us. , so why take notice of calls about a few yards of beach being closed. The hotels / B and B / restaurants do make money from the speed trials . As it is a weekend event thousands of the people attending it spend money in Brighton . The speed trials runs in all weathers not just sunny days. The event dates back to 1905. It was proposed to the local council that Madeira Road (Drive) be resurfaced with tarmac, especially so that the first speed trials could take place, and be the venue for a Motor Race Week. The event was a great success and the top speed achieved was a very impressive 97 mph! I would have thought the council could easily afford to resurface the road from all the parking charges they make from the motorist that park there. a person
  • Score: 5

4:29pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Indigatio says...

I don't think this is a case of resurfacing the while road. The inquest referred to a dip in the road and the crash investigator, a PC Harrison said, he couldn’t be certain as to the cause of the crash but said the vehicle “grounding” was the most likely “catalyst.
I competed in the Speed Trails back in 1973 and there was a dip in the road just after the finish line then. Is this the same dip?
I also seem to recall a solo motorcyclist being killed back in the 70's after the finish line (although I may be wrong).
The point is that if it is the same 'dip', 1) Every competitor knows it's there and 2) the whole road doesn't need to be resurfaced, just this dip needs to me dealt with.
B&HCC, allow the event to go ahead, Its part of Brighton and its great heritage. Motor Sport is Dangerous, simple fact. All competitors know that and accept the risks involved. Green, Red or Blue you are not going to change that.
I don't think this is a case of resurfacing the while road. The inquest referred to a dip in the road and the crash investigator, a PC Harrison said, he couldn’t be certain as to the cause of the crash but said the vehicle “grounding” was the most likely “catalyst. I competed in the Speed Trails back in 1973 and there was a dip in the road just after the finish line then. Is this the same dip? I also seem to recall a solo motorcyclist being killed back in the 70's after the finish line (although I may be wrong). The point is that if it is the same 'dip', 1) Every competitor knows it's there and 2) the whole road doesn't need to be resurfaced, just this dip needs to me dealt with. B&HCC, allow the event to go ahead, Its part of Brighton and its great heritage. Motor Sport is Dangerous, simple fact. All competitors know that and accept the risks involved. Green, Red or Blue you are not going to change that. Indigatio
  • Score: 4

1:15am Fri 10 Jan 14

jimpy762 says...

Geoffrey Bowden you are a pompous **** and the speed trials will feature in Brighton long after you.
Geoffrey Bowden you are a pompous **** and the speed trials will feature in Brighton long after you. jimpy762
  • Score: 0

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