The massive campaign to save Brighton Speed Trials has paid off with Brighton & Hove Council yesterday voting unanimously to give the event permission to run this year.
Organiser the Brighton and Hove Motor Club swung into action to preserve the event's 109-year history after the council initially turned down an application to run it in 2014 citing safety fears following the death of sidecar rider Charlotte Tagg and the serious injury of Roger Hollingshead in 2012.
In just one month the Save the Brighton Speed Trials campaign generated over 12,400 names on a petition, more than 7000 likes on the campaign’s Facebook page and garnered loads of coverage in the local and national media.
Its efforts came to fruition when the council's Economic Development and Culture Committee gave the Speed Trials the go-ahead for 6 September.
Tony Watts of the Brighton and Hove Motor Club said: “This is a major victory not just for the club but for the heritage of Brighton, its residents and businesses and the history of motorsport. We couldn’t have achieved this without the overwhelming support we have received and want to thank everyone who has helped by signing the petition, spreading the word online and writing letters to the council and the local paper.
“The council has listened to its constituents and acted in the best democratic interest of the City of Brighton and Hove. We are thrilled to be able to now start the planning of the 2014 Brighton Speed Trial and the subsequent two years events. With the support we have had this year promises to be the best Speed Trials yet.”