IT was a theatrical return for Brighton Speed Trials as hundreds of people gathered on the seafront to watch racers battle it out to be the fastest.
The day’s events got off to a dramatic start when 88-year-old racing driver Jim Tiller lost control of his 1950 J2 Allard almost as soon as he left the starting line on Brighton’s Madeira Drive.
One of the wheels flew off and the car was wrecked after being plowed into a lamppost on Madeira Drive.
Miraculously, the retired art teacher from Ringmer walked away unscathed.
The second half of the stages proved just as action packed as racing resumed at 2pm.
Few cars were on the road and organizers had to slam on the brakes for half an hour as stewards and then security tried to remove a man from the track.
Two security guards eventually managed to escort the man off the Strip and the race began again.
Spectators were treated to a variety of modern and vintage cars.
And more than 100 cars took part in the races, with Simon Cooksey in his Nissan GTR and Damien Bradley in his Subaru Legacy managing to set times under ten seconds, clocking in at 9.35 seconds and 9.91 seconds respectively.
Brighton and Hove Motor Club chairman Leonard Wooller said it had been a “very good day”.
“It was very good,” he said.
“We had some very fast cars here.
“Today we have 140 cars in action.
“All kinds of racing cars, it’s a very varied day.
“And the weather has been kind to us.”
Madeira Drive has hosted the event since 1905 after resident Sir Harry Preston persuaded City Council to pave the road for motor racing.
Normally motorcycles would also take part in the event, but for the second time only cars took place.
This is due to safety concerns related to the Madeira Drives green cycle lane.
Discussions are currently underway between Brighton and Hove Motor Club, Motorsport UK, Auto Cycle Union and Brighton and Hove City Council about the layout and color markings on Madeira Drive and how motorcycles can participate in the future.
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