The wonderful Classic Cycle Group has this superb event on this weekend a must for the Tweedy Among You!
SUNDAY 06/05/12 110th ANNIVERSARY OF 1ST MOTOR RACE IN BEXHILL 1902 STATUS: GOING AHEAD
Details : There is a wonderful selection of vintage and steam vehicles attending. The Classic Cycle Group have been asked to attend with Edwardian period costume and classic bicycles to join the celebrations throughout the day. Be certain to keep this date clear in your diary! The opening ceremony will be at 10.00. The 1905 winners Cup is being brought down by the Grandson of Alfred Herbert Bush, who won here in Bexhill driving his Daimler, and also the Cup he won in the same year in Brighton. They will be on display. Malcolm Campbell’s 1938 water speed winning Bluebird, having been fully restored, will be on display thanks. Subject to water availability due to the hosepipe ban, she will be fired up€ twice in the day. A Blue Plaque will be unveiled on the Sackville to commemorate the 1st race in 1902. The Heritage Trail is also to be unveiled from Cooden Beach Hotel via The Museum, The De La Warr and the Sackville. John Arthy’s Vintage Hot Four Jazz band will be entertaining us with their unforgettable music, and at the other end of the De la Warr Parade, the Bexhill 100 Motoring Club will be displaying their vehicles and there will be further music.
There will be several rides taking place during the day and an authentic Picnic on the lawns at 12.30pm. We encourage you to bring along vintage accessories such as; wicker hamper; wobbly tables & creaky chairs; blankets; table cloth; glass; china etc.) to set the scene! (This event is also suitable for participants in vintage clothes without bicycles). Rides along the traffic-free promenade and we will be riding to the Cooden Beach Hotel and back with the vintage car cavalcade.
Many people do not realize that for 6 years preceeding this first motor race, it was a cycle track. For history of the race track, see our history page on this website. The Cycling Boulevard was used to attract visitors to Bexhill. The track ran to the foot of Galley hill and was built to a high specification by Mr Walter Pellant of the Humber Cycle Company. The track was run by Percy Young who was also vice-president of the Bexhill Cycling Club, founded 1889.
Meet time & place : 9.45am on the Open Space in front of The Sackville, De La Warr Parade, Bexhill TN40 1LS (Map : click here).
10.00 Opening Ceremony. 1905 Winners Cup on display.
10.30 Possible firing up of Bluebird
11.00 Any vehicles to Cooden Beach Hotel and return to Sackville Lawns.
11.30 Johnny Arthy’s Vintage Hot Four Jazz Band.
12.00 Opening of the Heritage trail.
13.00 Possible firing up of Bluebird
13.15 Johnny Arthy’s Vintage Hot Four Jazz Band.
14.00 Any vehicles wishing to tour up to the Old Town and through the town and back to the front.
15.00 Unveiling of Blue Plaque.
16.00 Closing of celebrations.
17.00 Tea for drivers at Cooden Beach.
Vehicles to travel to Galley Hill for photo shoots through out the day.
There will be live music at the Old Bathing Station and outside The Sackville.
The information tent will have posters and photographs from the original races. Some of these may be purchased.
Local photographers from The Studio in Sackville Road will be taking photographs, and these may be purchased.
Route / Distance : Cooden Beach Hotel and back 4 miles : Bexhill Old Town and back 2 miles : Galley Hill and back 1 mile.
Bicycles : Class 1-4 (see chart below). The flying of Union Jack flags and the attaching of Classic Cycle posters to bicycles is definitely encouraged! – (Can be downloaded from here).
Dress code : Tweed; Victorian; Edwardian or 1930’s vintage clothing encouraged or period attire in tune with the date of your bicycle. Need ideas? Click here or here or here or here.
Event Organisers : Bexhill 100 Classic Car Club email@example.com
Group Organisers : Classic Cycle Group firstname.lastname@example.org Ray Konyn Tel. 07711 241891
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