Steve Walton at Brighton Speed Trials

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Another successful day for Steve at the Brighton Speed Trials 2016

The annual Brighton Speed Trials returned to Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront last Saturday and drew huge crowds as always.

Almost 190 cars and motorcycles took part in the trials, the longest-running continuous event of its kind in the world., with racing taking place over a standing start quarter mile.

The event first took place in 1905 and included a huge variety of cars and motorcycles from all over the world, with the fastest machines hitting in excess of 170mph along the seafront.

Steve Walton, salesman at our Romford branch, is a regular competitor in speed trial events and has won numerous trophies and even broken some records along the way.

He says “I was entered in the Production Motorcycle class on my GSXR1000K6 against some stiff opposition such as the likes of Mike and Fred Grainger on their GT Motorcycles
supported Hayabusa and ZZR1400 respectively. Overnight rain had left the track damp but fortunately this had dried out by the time our practise session came along where I ran a time of 10.22 seconds with a terminal speed of 149.1mph which was enough to put me at the top of the times in my class (Fred and Mike ran 10.62 and 10.63 respectively to take second and third places after practise).

“Despite the forecast, the weather stayed dry for the timed runs and my best time of 10.10 seconds was enough to take the win from Mike Grainger who’s best time was 10.35 seconds.

“Racing had just finished when the heavens opened just in time for the prize giving where I was presented with a trophy for winning the Production Motorcycle class (the second successive year). When the results were published I found that of the 190-odd entrants I was 7th fastest overall including all of the cars in the field which included Ferrari’s, McLarens, Porsches and so on!”

More info on the Brighton Speed Trials can be found here – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brighton_Speed_Trials

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