C7CAT

Brighton National Speed Trials

September 2017
Brighton and Hove Motor Club

Times
P1 - 2.45s - 98.5mph - 14.05s - Going from 2nd to 5th definitely wasn't going to help!
T1 - 2.40s - 104.5mph - 13.62s - Best run of the day
T2 - 2.39s - 104.0mph - 13.63s - Consistent at least!

The above information represents: 0-64ft time - terminal speed across the line - final time.

There were 16 vehicles in my class today, including 7 Caterhams, a Lotus 7, Lotus 2 Eleven, 2 Westfields, Sylva Phoenix, Roadcraft Cobra, Marcos Mantis, MG SV and a Porsche 964 RS Clubsport. Conditions were dry, sunny and warm, so we all had a great time. 1st in Class was Derek Hodder in his Westfield Type R-SC with 2.08s off the line, 135.5mph and a final time of 10.88s.

The overall results of the Top Six Run Off were:

Cars: David Marshall - GD Lola T70 - 2.00s - 134.7mph - 10.69s
Motorbikes: Craig Mallabone - Suzuki Hayabusa Turbo - 1.85s - 172mph - 9.21s

       


In this year's programme there was an article on 'The Birth of the Lotus Seven' and the entry of Edward Lewis into the 1957 Brighton Speed Trial in his "Lotus of 1100cc".
You can read the full article here.

When we arrived at 6.45am it was misty out to sea...
...but it soon turned into a lovely sunny day
A wonderful 1930 Rolls Royce Phantom 2
together with a Napier Bentley
Robert Appleby's beautiful Lotus 7
7s lined up ready for the first run
A 1930 Rudge Sprinter
This was a 'Herbie' imposter, the real 53 was a Porsche 911!
If you zoom into the horizon...
...you can see the wind farm recently installed off Brighton

September 2016
Brighton and Hove Motor Club

Times
P1 - 2.32s - 106.2mph - 13.53s
T1 - 2.33s - 106.5mph - 13.34s - My first timed run gave me 2nd in Class today
T2 - 2.31s - 101.6mph - 13.41s

The above information represents: 0-64ft time - terminal speed across the line - final time.

There were 16 vehicles in my class today, including 5 Caterhams. Conditions were dry and warm, so a good time was had by all. The winner was Neil Masters in his Westfield Sei, which I understand was powered by a 280bhp Vauxhall engine and running on slicks. He managed 2.34s - 117.7mph - 11.92s to take 1st in class.

The overall results of the Top Six Run Off:

Cars: Rodney Thorne - Pilbeam MP43 - 2.08s - 131.5mph - 10.64s
Motorbikes: Craig Mallabone - Suzuki HayabusaTurbo - 1.80s - 159.7mph - 9.06s

       

The new i360 viewing tower in Brighton



September 2014
Brighton and Hove Motor Club

Times
P1 - 2.24s - 103mph - 13.65s - 1st run, cloudy & dry
T1 - 2.31s - 105mph - 13.46s - A nice little improvement
T2 - 2.28s - 104mph - 13.77s - Held onto 1st gear too long

The above information represents: 0-64ft time - terminal speed across the line - final time.

This year the class was dominated by the 3 Caterhams from the L7C. Matthew Aves (231bhp VX) was 1st in class with 13.29s, I managed a 2nd in Class (190bhp Zetec) and Andy Couchman (150bhp X/Flow on TBs) was 3rd in Class with 13.55s. A mere 0.26s separating 81bhp. I can only speculate what the result might have been had I set my rear dampers to fully soft as opposed to fully hard!

       

September 2012
Brighton and Hove Motor Club

Times
P1 - 2.30s - 103mph - 13.28s - 1st run, Sunny, warm and dry
T1 - 2.23s - 103mph - 13.37s - Warmer, great start but hit the limiter in 3rd
T2 - 2.29s - 104mph - 13.20s - Very warm, new PB by 0.36s

The above information represents: 0-64ft time - terminal speed across the line - final time.

This year the Road-Going Class and Modified Production Class were merged pitting me against much faster machinery. The winning time was a really quick 11.03s by Matt Hillam in the SBD Westfield (2.12s - 125mph).

With the above in mind I was pleased to come 4th in Class, beaten by another SBD Westfied and a turbo-charged Lotus Elise. Class 2 being Roadgoing & Modified Production Cars over 1401cc and upto 2000cc.

      



September 2011
Brighton and Hove Motor Club

Times
P1 - 2.31s - 100mph - 13.76s - 1st run, cloudy, warm and dry
T1 - 2.27s - 102mph - 13.56s - Warmer and a better start
T2 - 2.94s - 101mph - 14.81s - Slower all round due to heavy rain shower

The above information represents: 0-64ft time - terminal speed across the line - final time.

2nd - Andy Couchman 13.56s (Although Andy's time was identical to mine, as was his terminal speed of 102mph. I just shaved it by being 6/100ths quicker on the 0-64ft time!)

I was really pleased to find that on my first attempt at the Brighton Speed Trials I actually came away with the Class 2 FTD. Class 2 being Roadgoing & Modified Production Cars Over 1401cc and upto 2000cc.

      

The Presidents Trophy - Class 2 FTD
Commemorative print of 1st Speed Trial in 1905
Both photos above...
...courtesy of LazerBrain
Dave Edmands'...
...Black Brick
Fellow seveners Jason Rankin & Andy Couchman
Riley - ERA TT Sprite
Monaco 500cc
Orient Buckboard
Cooper Mk VI
MG Metro 6R4
GSM Delta
Mini Cooper S
Lotus 7 1012cc
Westfield Megablade
VW Golf
Honda CR 350cc
Bayley Cole Douglas 600cc
Vincent Comet 500cc
Suzuki GSXR
LCR Yamaha F1
On the start line (for the winning run)...
...and returning to the paddock (Courtesy of Paul Abrahams)

Sprinting & Hillclimbing