(07) 1902 motor racing finishing stone, De La Warr Parade

1902 motor racing finishing line stone, De La Warr Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, June 2012.

1902 motor racing finishing line stone, De La Warr Parade. Photo by Paul Wright, June 2012.

On the grass lawn just west of one of the Grade II listed Victorian shelters near the Sackville Apartments is a rough-hewn red granite boulder marking the finishing line of the first international motor race meeting.  The commemorative plaque reads: Finishing 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.  The boulder is similar in design to the one at the starting line (Trail location #4). A tubular sculpture of Leon Serpollet’s winning car may also be seen close by (Trail location #6). On the ground floor of the nearby Sackville bar and restaurant can be viewed a Motoring Heritage Gallery of photographs recording the 1902 and other races. More photographs may be seen at the Cooden Beach Hotel, Cooden Sea Road, Bexhill-on-Sea.

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