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Created Date:

28 March 2013

Last Modified:

18 December 2023

Brighton Speed Trials

Founded in 1905, the longest-running motorsport event in the world.

Madeira Drive, Brighton

1905, 1924, 1932 – 1939, 1946 – present (no event 1969 and 2013)

At the start © Richard Jarvis
At the start © Richard Jarvis
  • At the start © Richard Jarvis

One of the most long-standing motor sport events in the world, the Brighton Speed Trials form a quarter-mile standing start sprint along the sea front between the Palace Pier and Brighton Marina.

Organised by the Brighton and Hove Motor Club, the Trials take place each year on the second Sunday in September.  Entries are open to both motor cycles and cars - small and large, old and new.  Terminal speeds range between 60 and 150 mph.

The event is characterised by a friendly, informal atmosphere with good spectator access to competitors, cars, and bikes.

Further details 
• The Briighton and Hove Motor Club website: