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The Brighton National Speed Trials (Those were the days ...)
 
 

The Brighton National Speed Trials (Those were the days ...) [Kindle Edition]

Tony Gardiner
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Brighton and the automobile go hand in hand. The ever-popular seaside town is perhaps best known today for the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, but it also hosts countless other motoring events and charity runs. All types of vehicles, ranging from commercials to vintage motorcycles and gatherings of single marques from MGs and Minis to classic Volkswagens, flock to the seafront every year. Celebrating its centenary in 2005, the Brighton National Speed Trial is one of Britain's oldest motor sport events and despite a few gaps throughout the years, they are the most consistent motoring event in the town's history. Speed trials are much the same as drag racing, as they are a timed straight line run across a measured distance from a standing start. The traditional start line for The Brighton Speed Trial is always on the famous stretch of seafront, Madeira Drive and the chance to drive at speeds well in excess of the national speed limit always attracts an enthusiastic crowd and full list of interesting entries. Published by Veloce in the Those were the days... series, this book focuses on the events that took place during the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. It covers the history, development and wide range of cars that have competed in the trials. The book also includes a complete list of fastest times recorded at the event, from the 1905 record time of 23 seconds for the flying start kilometre, to the time of 10.25 seconds for the standing quarter mile in 2003. Written by the professional illustrator, Tony Gardiner, it is the only book so far to cover the popular annual event, so is essential reading for anyone with an interest in this unique part of Britain s sporting heritage. With over 140 colour photographs to thumb through, it's an atmospheric account of the golden age of speed trials and an excellent book to have on your coffee table. --Classic Car Weekly, October, 2005

The Brighton Speed Trials are a sometimes overlooked aspect of British motoring history, but Tony Gardiner aims to set that straight with his new book covering the event's history. The Brighton National Speed Trials chronicles the famous blast along Brighton's beach front through the '60s, 70s and '80s. The book also pays homage to the early days (it was first held in 1905) and some of the brutal machinery that chewed up the mile how does a 21-litre Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine sound? With the help of impressive black and white, and colour photography, Gardiner tells some of the most interesting tales from the event's history and loads of the greatest cars to lay down rubber over the halfmile, kilometre and mile strips. There's also a table of fastest times from every event, handy if you happen to be on the strip on a quiet evening not that we condone that kind of thing. --Retro Cars, January 2005

This is the only book to cover the Brighton Speed Trials a hugely popular event run over public roads. First run in 1905, this is one of Britain's oldest motorsport events and has had many famous competitors, including Lord Brabazon, Malcolm Campbell, John Cobb, Peter Collins, 'Goldie' Gardner, 'Jenks', Alec Issigonis and Raymond May. Not only was author Tony Gardiner a spectator at the Speed Trials for the best part of thirty years, but during the 1970s he competed in a supercharged Mini Cooper. --Startline Magazine, October 2004

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Brighton and the automobile go hand in hand. The ever-popular seaside town is perhaps best known today for the annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, but it also hosts countless other motoring events and charity runs. All types of vehicles, ranging from commercials to vintage motorcycles and gatherings of single marques from MGs and Minis to classic Volkswagens, flock to the seafront every year. Celebrating its centenary in 2005, the Brighton National Speed Trial is one of Britain’s oldest motor sport events and despite a few gaps throughout the years, they are the most consistent motoring event in the town’s history.
The book focuses on the events that took place during the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. It covers the history, development and wide range of cars that have competed in the trials. The book also includes a complete list of fastest times recorded at the event, from the 1905 record time of 23 seconds for the flying start kilometre, to the time of 10.25 seconds for the standing quarter mile in 2003.
Written by the professional illustrator, Tony Gardiner, it is the only book so far to cover the popular annual event, so is essential reading for anyone with an interest in this unique part of Britain’s sporting heritage. With over 140 colour photographs to thumb through, it’s an atmospheric account of the golden age of speed trials and an excellent book to have on your coffee table.


eBook ISBN: 978-1-845847-57-9 (9781845847579)
Print ISBN: 978-1-903706-88-6 (9781903706886)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11949 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (16 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00II73TM8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brighton Speed Trials 8 Aug 2010
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Book is good value for money although too much emphasis on cars and not enough on the motorcycles which I remember from visiting the Speed Trials through the 60's,70's and 80's. I particularly remember the cbx1000 six cylinder bike which had just been launched in the UK and caused a stir at the trials. If I had known so little coverage on two wheelers I don't think I would have bought the book. Not balanced enough. That is not to say it is a poor book. For car enthusiasts i am sure they will enjoy rather more than me. Mel W
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