(04) 1902 motor racing starting line, Galley Hill

1902 motor racing starting line, Galley Hill. Photo by Paul Wright, July 2015.

1902 motor racing starting line, Galley Hill. Photo by Paul Wright, July 2015.

A rough-hewn red granite boulder, half way up Galley Hill and similar in design to the one at the finishing line (Trail location #7), marks the starting line of the first international motor race meeting. The races began on Whit-Monday, 19th May 1902, and were promoted by the 8th Earl De La Warr having been impressed by similar events he had seen in Nice, France. The races were held over a one kilometre course on his private land which was therefore exempt from the national speed limit at that time of 12mph. The route was from here on Galley Hill then down the hill and along De La Warr Parade finishing just beyond the building which was then called the Sackville Hotel. The races attracted around 200 drivers from both this country and the continent. The commemorative plaque on the boulder reads: Starting line – 1902. Commemorating Bexhill-on-Sea as the venue of the first international motor race meeting in Great Britain. Unveiled by Councillor Ivor A Brampton, Deputy Lieutenant of East Sussex, 28th September 1994.

 

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