(06) Serpollet sculpture, De La Warr Parade

Serpollet sculpture, De La Warr Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, June 2012.

Serpollet sculpture, De La Warr Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, June 2012.

On the promenade, opposite the Sackville Apartments, can be seen a skeletal tubular steel structure resembling the winning car of the 1902 motor races held in the town. The commemorative plaque reads: 1902 – Bexhill-on-Sea – 2002. The birthplace of British motor racing. This impression of M Serpollet’s “Easter Egg” record breaking car was unveiled as a part of Bexhill’s centenary celebrations, by Councillor Peter Fairhurst Town Mayor. 26th October 2002. The main race was won by the French driver Leon Serpollet with his steam driven car reaching an average speed of nearly 55mph. The one kilometre race was held over the 8th De La Warr’s private land so the national speed limit of 12mph did not apply. Councillor Fairhurst also designed the sculpture and its elliptical wheels represent the distorted characteristics of early photographs of speeding cars. Near the sculpture can be viewed one of the five Bexhill-on-Sea Motoring Heritage Trail interpretive boards. A replica of the original “Easter Egg” car may be viewed in the Motoring Gallery at Bexhill Museum.

Serpollet's steam car in action in 1902. Photo courtesy of the Curator, Bexhill Museum.

Serpollet’s “Easter Egg” steam driven car in action in 1902. Photo courtesy of the Curator, Bexhill Museum.

Detail of Motoring Heritage Trail interpretive board close to Serpollet sculpture, De La Warr Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, October 2014.

Detail of Motoring Heritage Trail interpretive board close to Serpollet sculpture, De La Warr Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, October 2014.

 

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