SOUTHPORT’S record-breaking motor sporting heritage will be celebrated with a free event on the town’s Victoria Park on Sunday, October 10.
The organisers say that the centrepiece of ‘Southport Classic and Speed’ will be a ‘fabulous, themed display of veteran, vintage, classic and modern cars from all periods, followed by a grand parade along Lord Street and the promenade, the location of the original 1903 Speed Trial course.’
Added attractions will include both marque and car club displays, local crafts, food and drink stalls as well as a shopping village.
Meanwhile, the 1903 speed trials marked the first time ever that a British woman had taken part in a speed event. This lady was the intrepid 21-year-old Dorothy Levitt who became known as ‘the Fastest Lady on Earth.’
An example of the car she drove that day, a Gladiator, will be one of the star cars at ‘Classic and Speed.’
Southport’s significant motor sporting heritage began with the 1903 speed trials, one of the first competitive motor events anywhere in the world, pre-dating the famous Brooklands track which opened in 1907.
Sir Henry Segrave, driving his Sunbeam Tiger, established the world land speed record at 152mph on Ainsdale Beach, Southport, in 1926.
Our motors man David Simister is shown, above, with the Sunbeam Tiger racer on its last visit to Southport in 2016.
‘Classic and Speed’ will mark the 95th anniversary and the 125th anniversary of Segrave’s birth.
Sand racing took place on the beaches throughout the 1920s and 1930s and again in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
The event is hosted by Aintree Circuit Club, supported by Sefton Council, Southport BID and Victoria Park Events with sponsorship from Cataclean and Porsche Centre Preston.
Classic cars and motorcycles of all periods are invited to take part.
Entry, including the grand parade, is £15. More information is available online only via the event website, where further announcements will be made in the coming weeks, at www.southportclassicandspeed.com