BRIGHTON and Hove is known for its outdoor events.
There is Pride, Paddle Round the Pier and, of course, the Children’s Parade as part of Brighton Festival.
But perhaps the oldest and most popular is the annual Speed Trials held along Madeira Drive.
It is in fact the oldest running motor race in the UK, having first been held in 1905 after Sir Harry Preston persuaded the town council to tarmac the surface of the road.
The event is run as a quarter mile sprint for both cars and motorcycles and attracts thousands of spectators each year.
Today’s photos of the event are from 1948 and show the speedsters of the day battling it out for the course records.
What a fantastic sight it is with the flags flying and everyone out in their T-shirts. We are sure there must be some petrol heads out there who can name the cars on show.
Get in touch if you can help.
Elsewhere today, and also from 1948, is this fantastic shot of the beautiful Sussex countryside. We are not sure what the men in the foreground are doing – or where they are for that matter.
We could hazard a guess but we would love to have your suggestions.
We also found this shot of a Royal Navy vessel in our archive from the 1950s.
According to the caption it was sailing off the Sussex coast on its way to an exercise in the Mediterranean.
We would love to hear your memories if you served on it.
Finally today we have this image of a rather brutal looking traffic jam along the Old Steine in Brighton.
It is fascinating how much history you can pack in to one small picture.
In the background you can make out the entrance to the Royal Pavilion and some of garden’s giant elms.
Then in the foreground you have buses, trolleybuses, some of the cars of the day and even a couple of bicycles.
If you thought traffic jams were a 21st century problem, then think again.