All about the timing

Mark Illman enjoyed his runs on the Derek Leigh Rudge but 15- and 16-second times were just too far apart to be in contention.

The motorcycle entry at the annual Speed Trials is always by invitation of the organising Brighton and Hove Motor Club.

While the Vintage MCC Sprint Section could easily fill the allotted programme space with modern straight-line rockets, it tries to encourage as wide a variety of machinery as possible.

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With a car entry lacking in depth this year, it was the two- (and three-) wheel show that ensured the huge crowd was pressed hard against the barriers, determined not to miss any of the action.

Unfortunately, the historic Terrace, offering the view down on to Madeira Drive, had been declared completely unsafe just weeks before the event, meaning a rearrangement of the spectator and paddock areas.

Read more in January’s edition of TCM
 

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