Title: Bexhill 100
Description: The first British motor race was held here in Bexhill and this event is a celebration of that time. More than 100,000 spectators flock to see the cars - everything from vintage cars to traction engines, from American cars to dragsters are on display, plus other attractions such as air displays, helicopter flights, a funfair and more can be found along the seafront.
Address: De La Warr Parade, , Bexhill, East Sussex
It was May 1902, the speed limit on the public roads was 12mph (19 km/h) and motor racing had arrived in Britain. The eighth Earl De La Warr had been busy, working with the Royal Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland to organise the very first motor race to be held on British soil. What a success it was, with some 200 participants taking part in the mixture of time trials and head to head racing, driving at speeds of up to 54 mph (87 km/h).
Bexhill was destined to become the racing capital of Britain. Plans were drawn up for a circuit almost as far as Beachy Head, with hotels and restaurants built for the expectant visitors all around the area. But in 1907 the Brooklands circuit opened near London and the 'race set' went there instead. Races in Bexhill continued for a while, with the last to be held here in 1925.
The course was along the seafront on the public roads and now, a century later, the cars are back. Bexhill was officially recognised as the birthplace of motor racing in Britain in 1995 and today the 'Bexhill 100' is the largest celebratory event in the south, with more than 100,000 spectators flocking to see the cars. Everything from vintage cars to traction engines, from American cars to dragsters are on display, plus other attractions such as air displays, helicopter flights, a funfair and more can be found along the seafront.