Brighton Speed Trials to go ahead after huge public campaign

The Argus: Brighton Speed Trials to go ahead after huge public campaign Brighton Speed Trials to go ahead after huge public campaign

Brighton Speed Trials will go ahead in September this year following a huge public campaign.

The country’s oldest motorsports event was first held in Madeira Drive, Brighton in 1905 but was cancelled last year after the death of a competitor in 2012.

With safety concerns putting its future at risk, more than 12,000 people signed a petition calling on Brighton and Hove City Council to reinstate the event.

At a key town hall meeting today opposition councillors joined forces to give Brighton and Hove Motor Club permission to use the seafront strip.

For more read tomorrow's The Argus.


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6:23pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Richada says...

Thank goodness for that - well done to everybody who made time to sign the petition.
Thank goodness for that - well done to everybody who made time to sign the petition. Richada

6:26pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Good news! Can the Council re-surface the racing section though, for everyone's peace of mind.
Good news! Can the Council re-surface the racing section though, for everyone's peace of mind. Telscombe Cliffy

6:47pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Martha Gunn says...

Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity.

Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought.

Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.
Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity. Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought. Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council. Martha Gunn

7:09pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ARMANA says...

The Green slimes are losing there bottle, as the council elections inch closer,
The Green slimes are losing there bottle, as the council elections inch closer, ARMANA

7:58pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

Good! These trials are as much a part of the Brighton scene as anything else.
Good! These trials are as much a part of the Brighton scene as anything else. Old Ladys Gin

8:10pm Thu 23 Jan 14

charlie smirke says...

Excellent news! This historic and well-supported event should be preserved.
Excellent news! This historic and well-supported event should be preserved. charlie smirke

8:32pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity.

Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought.

Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.
What? Jesus Christ some people are beyond belief.

Its called a sport/entertainment/
fun, Maybe you should try and get out more.

Why do people like you even exist?
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity. Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought. Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.[/p][/quote]What? Jesus Christ some people are beyond belief. Its called a sport/entertainment/ fun, Maybe you should try and get out more. Why do people like you even exist? Brighton1000

8:52pm Thu 23 Jan 14

whoee! says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity.

Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought.

Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.
What a complete and utter moron
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity. Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought. Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.[/p][/quote]What a complete and utter moron whoee!

8:52pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

There used to be signs on the approaches to Brighton, saying "Brighton welcomes careful motorists". From the early days of the abolition of the "red flag" act in 1896; and the annual commemorative run on the first Sunday in November (an event with attracts the largest number of spectators in the world) Brighton has been synonymous with the motor car. Which is arguably the greatest invention of the twentieth century. Certainly in terms of social mobility.
But not in Green-and previously Labour controlled- Brighton. Oh,no. The motor vehicle is taboo. We must walk or cycle. Which means we should all be young and fit. Or ride around on heavily-subsidised smelly pollution buses.
Bring back the car to Brighton: you know it makes sense.
There used to be signs on the approaches to Brighton, saying "Brighton welcomes careful motorists". From the early days of the abolition of the "red flag" act in 1896; and the annual commemorative run on the first Sunday in November (an event with attracts the largest number of spectators in the world) Brighton has been synonymous with the motor car. Which is arguably the greatest invention of the twentieth century. Certainly in terms of social mobility. But not in Green-and previously Labour controlled- Brighton. Oh,no. The motor vehicle is taboo. We must walk or cycle. Which means we should all be young and fit. Or ride around on heavily-subsidised smelly pollution buses. Bring back the car to Brighton: you know it makes sense. Sussex jim

9:13pm Thu 23 Jan 14

cynic_the says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity.

Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought.

Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.
DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity. Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought. Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.[/p][/quote]DO NOT FEED THE TROLLS cynic_the

10:03pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Home&AwayBHA says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity.

Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought.

Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.
Stitch THAT you sad act! :-D Oh, & here's hoping your personal carbon footprint is a damned-sight smaller than your virtual gob.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity. Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought. Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.[/p][/quote]Stitch THAT you sad act! :-D Oh, & here's hoping your personal carbon footprint is a damned-sight smaller than your virtual gob. Home&AwayBHA

10:20pm Thu 23 Jan 14

That one says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity.

Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought.

Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.
Your not serious surely? The speed trials have been a part of Brighton's history for over a century.
What exactly do you think one weekend a year of Motorsport will do to the environment? Britain leads the world in Motorsport, and it brings millions of pounds to the British economy, not to mention the local revenue that the many thousands of visitors will bring to the town. If you are being serious, with Tate greatest of respect, you are being very short sighted,
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity. Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought. Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.[/p][/quote]Your not serious surely? The speed trials have been a part of Brighton's history for over a century. What exactly do you think one weekend a year of Motorsport will do to the environment? Britain leads the world in Motorsport, and it brings millions of pounds to the British economy, not to mention the local revenue that the many thousands of visitors will bring to the town. If you are being serious, with Tate greatest of respect, you are being very short sighted, That one

10:32pm Thu 23 Jan 14

downbythesea says...

Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.
Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it. downbythesea

10:32pm Thu 23 Jan 14

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

ARMANA wrote:
The Green slimes are losing there bottle, as the council elections inch closer,
their not there

Shape up, or jog on
[quote][p][bold]ARMANA[/bold] wrote: The Green slimes are losing there bottle, as the council elections inch closer,[/p][/quote]their not there Shape up, or jog on I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!

12:57am Fri 24 Jan 14

Eugenius says...

downbythesea wrote:
Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.
Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.
[quote][p][bold]downbythesea[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.[/p][/quote]Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right. Eugenius

8:57am Fri 24 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

Eugenius wrote:
downbythesea wrote:
Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.
Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.
and I wonder why they did that? Popularity at an all time low, Huge contempt for them, I dont think for one second they really had a choice did they!

Dont fool yourself you genius, Its yet more PR and spin.

Time to pack up
[quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downbythesea[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.[/p][/quote]Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.[/p][/quote]and I wonder why they did that? Popularity at an all time low, Huge contempt for them, I dont think for one second they really had a choice did they! Dont fool yourself you genius, Its yet more PR and spin. Time to pack up Brighton1000

9:02am Fri 24 Jan 14

HJarrs says...

The moanerati are quite amazing. They blame the Greens whether they vote for or against!
The moanerati are quite amazing. They blame the Greens whether they vote for or against! HJarrs

9:04am Fri 24 Jan 14

s_james says...

Brighton1000 wrote:
Eugenius wrote:
downbythesea wrote:
Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.
Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.
and I wonder why they did that? Popularity at an all time low, Huge contempt for them, I dont think for one second they really had a choice did they!

Dont fool yourself you genius, Its yet more PR and spin.

Time to pack up
Of course they had a choice. What nonsense. Damned if they do, damned if they don't!

The recommendation to cancel them came from officers, not the Greens. I was told that a persuasive case by the organisers convinced all councillors they should continue.
[quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downbythesea[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.[/p][/quote]Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.[/p][/quote]and I wonder why they did that? Popularity at an all time low, Huge contempt for them, I dont think for one second they really had a choice did they! Dont fool yourself you genius, Its yet more PR and spin. Time to pack up[/p][/quote]Of course they had a choice. What nonsense. Damned if they do, damned if they don't! The recommendation to cancel them came from officers, not the Greens. I was told that a persuasive case by the organisers convinced all councillors they should continue. s_james

9:12am Fri 24 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

HJarrs wrote:
The moanerati are quite amazing. They blame the Greens whether they vote for or against!
Ha ha do you sit in a small dark room waiting for the chance to have a little snipe? Why do you bother?

Time to pack up
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: The moanerati are quite amazing. They blame the Greens whether they vote for or against![/p][/quote]Ha ha do you sit in a small dark room waiting for the chance to have a little snipe? Why do you bother? Time to pack up Brighton1000

9:13am Fri 24 Jan 14

Brighton1000 says...

s_james wrote:
Brighton1000 wrote:
Eugenius wrote:
downbythesea wrote:
Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.
Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.
and I wonder why they did that? Popularity at an all time low, Huge contempt for them, I dont think for one second they really had a choice did they!

Dont fool yourself you genius, Its yet more PR and spin.

Time to pack up
Of course they had a choice. What nonsense. Damned if they do, damned if they don't!

The recommendation to cancel them came from officers, not the Greens. I was told that a persuasive case by the organisers convinced all councillors they should continue.
Oh yes, and imagine the PR **** storm if they voted no, dont be so ridiculous.

At a time when they know there is a huge amount of contempt and unpopularity, Like they are going to go against a petition of over 12000, GET REAL.
[quote][p][bold]s_james[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downbythesea[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.[/p][/quote]Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.[/p][/quote]and I wonder why they did that? Popularity at an all time low, Huge contempt for them, I dont think for one second they really had a choice did they! Dont fool yourself you genius, Its yet more PR and spin. Time to pack up[/p][/quote]Of course they had a choice. What nonsense. Damned if they do, damned if they don't! The recommendation to cancel them came from officers, not the Greens. I was told that a persuasive case by the organisers convinced all councillors they should continue.[/p][/quote]Oh yes, and imagine the PR **** storm if they voted no, dont be so ridiculous. At a time when they know there is a huge amount of contempt and unpopularity, Like they are going to go against a petition of over 12000, GET REAL. Brighton1000

9:14am Fri 24 Jan 14

motco says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity.

Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought.

Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.
If 'one' had either the capacity or the motivation for thought.
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: Strange decision to reinstate this mindless activity. Not very environmentally friendly one would have thought. Mind you no accounting for this Green Party council.[/p][/quote]If 'one' had either the capacity or the motivation for thought. motco

9:18am Fri 24 Jan 14

Richada says...

HJarrs wrote:
The moanerati are quite amazing. They blame the Greens whether they vote for or against!
Well THIS moaner (the singular of moanarati I guess!) is STUNNED!

The Speed Trials must be the most Anti-Green (not that I'm knocking that) activity to take place in this city!

How on earth can you go against all of your principals and vote for such a thing?

Yes I am in favour of the Speed Trials - but I bet 99% of your "proper" - i.e. non protest voter - supporters are 100% against it.........

Clueless, totally clueless - you'll never get re-elected.

Has there EVER been a clearer case of the pot calling the kettle black than HJarrs statement here?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: The moanerati are quite amazing. They blame the Greens whether they vote for or against![/p][/quote]Well THIS moaner (the singular of moanarati I guess!) is STUNNED! The Speed Trials must be the most Anti-Green (not that I'm knocking that) activity to take place in this city! How on earth can you go against all of your principals and vote for such a thing? Yes I am in favour of the Speed Trials - but I bet 99% of your "proper" - i.e. non protest voter - supporters are 100% against it......... Clueless, totally clueless - you'll never get re-elected. Has there EVER been a clearer case of the pot calling the kettle black than HJarrs statement here? Richada

9:34am Fri 24 Jan 14

s_james says...

Richada wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
The moanerati are quite amazing. They blame the Greens whether they vote for or against!
Well THIS moaner (the singular of moanarati I guess!) is STUNNED!

The Speed Trials must be the most Anti-Green (not that I'm knocking that) activity to take place in this city!

How on earth can you go against all of your principals and vote for such a thing?

Yes I am in favour of the Speed Trials - but I bet 99% of your "proper" - i.e. non protest voter - supporters are 100% against it.........

Clueless, totally clueless - you'll never get re-elected.

Has there EVER been a clearer case of the pot calling the kettle black than HJarrs statement here?
I think its rather simplistic to declare anything involving an engine to be anti-Green. It was revealed that one of the green councillors on the committee is a former chairman of a mororbike club, so hardly against his principles.

Anyway, glad councillors of all colours did the sensible thing and allowed this to continue.
[quote][p][bold]Richada[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: The moanerati are quite amazing. They blame the Greens whether they vote for or against![/p][/quote]Well THIS moaner (the singular of moanarati I guess!) is STUNNED! The Speed Trials must be the most Anti-Green (not that I'm knocking that) activity to take place in this city! How on earth can you go against all of your principals and vote for such a thing? Yes I am in favour of the Speed Trials - but I bet 99% of your "proper" - i.e. non protest voter - supporters are 100% against it......... Clueless, totally clueless - you'll never get re-elected. Has there EVER been a clearer case of the pot calling the kettle black than HJarrs statement here?[/p][/quote]I think its rather simplistic to declare anything involving an engine to be anti-Green. It was revealed that one of the green councillors on the committee is a former chairman of a mororbike club, so hardly against his principles. Anyway, glad councillors of all colours did the sensible thing and allowed this to continue. s_james

9:41am Fri 24 Jan 14

Richada says...

Brighton1000 wrote:
Eugenius wrote:
downbythesea wrote:
Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.
Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.
and I wonder why they did that? Popularity at an all time low, Huge contempt for them, I dont think for one second they really had a choice did they!

Dont fool yourself you genius, Its yet more PR and spin.

Time to pack up
"PR and spin"? Sorry, rank hypocracy is what this is ....... stunned to read the Greens voted in favour.
[quote][p][bold]Brighton1000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downbythesea[/bold] wrote: Thank goodness for that, even the Greens couldn't whitewash over the biggest vote AGAINST them in recent history! I'm glad my housemate & myself signed it.[/p][/quote]Greens voted for, actually. Get your facts right.[/p][/quote]and I wonder why they did that? Popularity at an all time low, Huge contempt for them, I dont think for one second they really had a choice did they! Dont fool yourself you genius, Its yet more PR and spin. Time to pack up[/p][/quote]"PR and spin"? Sorry, rank hypocracy is what this is ....... stunned to read the Greens voted in favour. Richada

10:30am Fri 24 Jan 14

derekhunt says...

I'm glad it got this result but let's not forget that all that's happened is that it hasn't had landlord's consent withdrawn. It can now go-ahead in September but with amendments, subject to guidance from the Safety Advisory Group. The organisers are going to need to put together a decent plan that will go through the same process that all major events go through.
I'm glad it got this result but let's not forget that all that's happened is that it hasn't had landlord's consent withdrawn. It can now go-ahead in September but with amendments, subject to guidance from the Safety Advisory Group. The organisers are going to need to put together a decent plan that will go through the same process that all major events go through. derekhunt

7:21am Sat 25 Jan 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

Sussex jim wrote:
There used to be signs on the approaches to Brighton, saying "Brighton welcomes careful motorists". From the early days of the abolition of the "red flag" act in 1896; and the annual commemorative run on the first Sunday in November (an event with attracts the largest number of spectators in the world) Brighton has been synonymous with the motor car. Which is arguably the greatest invention of the twentieth century. Certainly in terms of social mobility.
But not in Green-and previously Labour controlled- Brighton. Oh,no. The motor vehicle is taboo. We must walk or cycle. Which means we should all be young and fit. Or ride around on heavily-subsidised smelly pollution buses.
Bring back the car to Brighton: you know it makes sense.
Somewhere I've got a photo of one of those signs which always makes me chuckle.
It had been knocked down and a two long and very dark tyre marks led up to the remains. :)
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: There used to be signs on the approaches to Brighton, saying "Brighton welcomes careful motorists". From the early days of the abolition of the "red flag" act in 1896; and the annual commemorative run on the first Sunday in November (an event with attracts the largest number of spectators in the world) Brighton has been synonymous with the motor car. Which is arguably the greatest invention of the twentieth century. Certainly in terms of social mobility. But not in Green-and previously Labour controlled- Brighton. Oh,no. The motor vehicle is taboo. We must walk or cycle. Which means we should all be young and fit. Or ride around on heavily-subsidised smelly pollution buses. Bring back the car to Brighton: you know it makes sense.[/p][/quote]Somewhere I've got a photo of one of those signs which always makes me chuckle. It had been knocked down and a two long and very dark tyre marks led up to the remains. :) Old Ladys Gin

10:11am Sat 25 Jan 14

B&H resident says...

Didn't you read the small print? The event is limited to 20 MPH
Didn't you read the small print? The event is limited to 20 MPH B&H resident

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