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Back to the glory days of Bexhill motoring heritage

The startline at the first Bexhill 100 Festival of Motoring

The startline at the first Bexhill 100 Festival of Motoring

An online petition and Facebook page have been set up to gauge interest in reviving an iconic motoring festival on Bexhill Seafront.

Fans of Bexhill’s rich heritage are hoping to honour the glory days of 1902 and they held an initial meeting at the Coast bar at the Sackville to discuss plans for the possibility of a Bexhill 100 Revival.

The first ever contest on British soil was held in Bexhill almost 125 years ago when thousands gathered to watch the pioneer racers of the day. The drivers set off from Galley Hill and tore along the seafront, distinguished names such as Leon Serpollet who scored a famous victory for France in his Easter egg shaped steam car. More than 200 entries competed in that first meeting with cars reaching more than 50 mph at a time when the speed limit was just 12mph.

The huge success encouraged Earl De La Warr to make Bexhill a motoring centre. for British racing drivers of the day. To show support go to Bexhill 100 Revival on Ipetitions, or the Facebook page.

 

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