Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has backed local Conservatives in pledging to reverse a Green ban on the historic Speed Trails, if it goes ahead at a council meeting later this month.
A meeting when the final decision on the future of the Speed Trials will be made will held on Thursday 23rd January. Brighton & Hove Conservatives, in an initiative led by Cllr Ken Norman, have pledged their support for the Speed Trials to continue and would, if in control of Brighton & Hove City Council, allow the trials to continue. A petition that has been launched by supporters has already received nearly 8,000 signatures and is the most popular petition ever on the Brighton & Hove City Council website. To sign the petition, click here.
The world-famous Speed Trials are run by Brighton & Hove Motor Club (BHMC). The competition began in 1905, which according to BMHC, makes it the longest-running motorsport event in the world. The Speed Trials showcase a wide range of cars and motorbikes racing over a quarter of a mile along Madeira Drive, on Brighton’s historic beachfront. For more information on the club, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “The Speed Trials are a local institution which, understandably, has a huge following across the South East. Of course motorsports by their very nature are dangerous, but along with tens of thousands of fellow enthusiasts, I’ve always loved going down to watch the races on a sunny afternoon by the sea. Given the overwhelming support for the Speed Trials, I hope that the Green administration will take note of calls from residents to allow the event to continue.”