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Speedscene December 2010 BRIGHTON SPEED TRIALS, September 11 2010:

It was a very damp day for the 2010 Brighton National Speed Trials on September 11th, although it didn't daunt either the competitors or the hundreds of spectators. The event, which has been running for over 100 years, takes place along Madeira Drive at Brighton and is a 1/4 mile sprint along the sea front starting from the pier.

There was a variety of entrants ranging from standard road cars (both ends of the spectrum; a Smart City to a Maserati) to dedicated racing cars both old and new, along with motorbikes with and without sidecars. The day started with practice for all competitors, then their one timed run for the Handicap Class and those competitors with a National B licence. This was followed by two timed runs for the rest of the classes, with a break for lunch at around one o'clock. This gave everyone the chance to look round the paddock at all the different cars and bikes competing and to get some chips for lunch!

The Car Overall winner was Michael Endean in his Xtrac Gould Puma with ,l0.63s, and the Motorbike Overall winner was Steve Walton on his Suzuki GSXR with 11.01s. The impressive trophies were presented by the Brighton and Hove Motor Club at the end of Madeira Drive. Carole Torkington, driving SBD Motorsport's Duratec Westfield walked away with 2nd Car Overall. 1st in Class and Ladies FTD prizes.

The day finished with two run-offs; one for the top 6 cars and one for the top 6 motorbikes , with prizes being given for the best improvement over their qualifying time, which went to Endean with 10.72s and Walter with 10.60s. Unfortunately there weren't any records broken this year due to the wet conditions but that didn't deter some of the drivers from finishing with speeds in excess of 140mph.

Despite a few 'moments' along the 1/4 mile course a good day was had by all.

Article and photos by Kim Kingham

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