Britain By Car - A Motoring History
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Britain By Car is a guide to Britain’s motoring history, looking at cars and motoring events primarily through place, rather than by marque, period of manufacture, or category.

There are many signifcant areas yet to be covered.  Some counties have no entries at all; but, hopefully, there is something here that interests you.  Click on a region to get started.

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Skegness Speed Trials

Lightbox ImageThe wide open beach at Skegness has been used for racing since 1905.

Location
From Skegness, southwards, towards Gibraltar Point.

Date
1905, 1906, and from 1923 to 1931.

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Britain's first Little Chef

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The small US-style diner that gave rise to a national network of roadside restaurants.

Location
Oxford Road, Reading.  (Probably close to Winslet Place, about two miles north west of the town centre.)

Date
1958 – ?

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Grahame-White

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A short-lived car manufacturer, whose founder was a British aviation pioneer and largely responsible for creating Hendon Aerodrome - once, London’s main airport.

Location
The factory was on the site of what is now the Royal Air Force Museum, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL.

Date
1920 – 1924 (Grahame-White).

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The Longbridge Works

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Once one of Britain’s largest car plants, home to Austin, BMC, BLMC, BL Ltd, the Rover Group, and MG Rover.

Location
Bristol Road South, Longbridge Lane and Lickey Road, Longbridge, B31 2TB.

Date
1905 – 2005.

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The Skegness to Boston Speedway

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A 'super speedway' designed to rival the best in the world.

Location
Parallel to the northern edge of the Wash, from Gibraltar Point (three miles south of Skegness) to Clay Hole (about four miles south east of Boston).

Date
1929 - 1931

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Grimsthorpe Park Speed Trials

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The setting for an early motor trial, first organised by the oldest motoring club in Britain.

Location
Grimsthorpe Castle, Grimsthorpe, nr Bourne, PE10 0ND.

Date
1903 – c1923, and 2018.

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