Motorbike gymkhana returns to Bexhill for some more thrills and spills on two wheels

Cllr Paul Lendon in his Sussex Waistcoat
Cllr Paul Lendon in his Sussex Waistcoat

A day of motorcycle fun is taking place on Bexhill seafront later this year – after pulling in the crowds last time round.

Bexhill is widely considered to the birthplace of British motor sport after it was introduced to the town by Gilbert Sackville – the 8th Earl of De La Warr.

Between 1902 and 1924 the seafront strip was a petrol head’s paradise, with cars, motorbikes and a host of other vehicles tearing up and down main road in head to head sprint races.

Almost overnight Bexhill became the playground of choice for speed freaks and their glamorous coterie from all over Europe and substantial amounts of money were spent building hotels to accommodate them. The uncluttered promenade and seafront area found in Bexhill also owes a debt to the speed trial era, as concerted efforts were made to create enough room for mechanic pits and viewing areas.

Safety fears killed off the speed trials in 1924

But in September last year Bike 1066 - a local company dedicated to motorcycle tourism in the Sussex area - launched Moto Gymkhana on Bexhill sea front in what has since been officially recognised as the first motorsport to take place in Bexhill since 1924.

And it returns to the town on July 27 when a round of the UK National Moto Gymkhana Championships will take place in the De La Warr Pavilion car park as part of the Motofest event.

As well as the trial events there will be trade stalls, exhibitions, a classic car display, a custom bike show, live music and a host of fun activities for all the family.