An 88-year-old racer walked away unscathed after crashing his high-performance car into a lamppost at this morning’s Speed Trials.
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 destroyed.
Jim, who has been racing for more than 60 years, said: “I’m absolutely fine considering what happened, but my car was totaled.
“The emergency services rushed to examine me, but they couldn’t find anything wrong, so they had to release me. I am a miracle man.
“I started off the line with a new engine with lots of power and the rear tires couldn’t keep up with it and started spinning.
“The car went from side to side. I fought it for a while but it got out of hand and I went right into a Victorian cast iron lamp post.”
Jim, who lives in Ringmer, has been competing in the Speed Trials for decades and has won “Fastest Car of the Day” three times over the years.
The retired art teacher has been obsessed with racing cars for most of his life.
He said: “My wife, Sheila, and I have owned the Allard for 64 years and I have raced for 64 years. That was the biggest fall I’ve ever had, but it won’t put me off. And we will rebuild the car.
“He was taken away when he broke down because he only had three wheels.
“Everything has to be rebuilt, but it’s being done.”
Sheila, who is also a race car driver, missed the drama and arrived shortly after the car was removed.
Jim said: “I told her it was her fault – she’s my lucky charm and if she had been here sooner it wouldn’t have happened.
“We’re now looking at the rest of the experts – it’s great racing weather.”
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