High speed action will return to Madeira Drive this weekend as the Brighton Speed Trials return for 2023.

The high-octane annual event will see cars and bikes racing along the seafront to see who can set the fastest time.

With over 115 year of history, this year’s event will see thousands descending on the seafront as well as a flyover by a Lancaster Bomber.

What are the Brighton Speed Trials?

First run in 1905, the Brighton Speed Trials sees cars racing down Madeira Drive and is billed and the world’s longest running motoring event.

Cars and motorbikes will speed down Brighton seafront to try and record the fastest times of the day.

Last year, the fastest recorded time on the quarter-mile track stood at 9.31 seconds in a Nissan GTR. The event is not without its drama with one man crashing his vintage car as he left the starting line.

This year’s event will also include a fly over by a Lancaster Bomber on behalf of the Battle of Britain Memorial Fund at around 1.20pm.

How does the event work?

Different categories of cars will race along the seafront in an attempt to set their best time in their class.

The Argus: A man crashing his car at last year's eventA man crashing his car at last year's event

Road cars, race cars and motorbikes will take it in turns speeding up Madeira Drive before the top six will race again to determine the fastest cars and bikes of the year.

Where can I watch the Speed Trials?

Thousands of people will seek to watch the Brighton Speed Trials this Saturday.

Tickets are on sale and many spectators congregate around the start line to get close to the action as the cars and bikes speed off into the distance to set the best time.

The Argus: Brighton Speed Trials in 2022Brighton Speed Trials in 2022

Others also choose to watch from the edge of the A259 overlooking the seafront to get the best bird’s eye view of the action.

How long will Madeira Drive be closed for?

As part of the event, Madeira Drive will be closed from Friday, September 1. The road will then also be closed on Sunday, September 3.

Brighton Speed Trials will take place on Saturday, September 2. Tickets for the event cost £15.