Cameras roll ahead of Southport Festival of Speed


Filming has begun ahead of the Southport Festival of Speed when Henry Segrave’s land speed record will be re-created. 

In March 1926, Segrave captured the land speed record on Southport’s sands in his four-litre Sunbeam Tiger Ladybird.

And now, 90 years after his land speed record, Southport festival of speed will celebrate his heroics.

Director Ian Bennett told that filming of the 90 minute documentary had begun. Actress Zara Miller, from Wirral, appears in the film.

Ian said: “Although technically a documentary, there will be some dynamic action sequences in [email protected] and the film is being brought alive by a rather adventurous treatment.”

Ian told the Visiter that he envisaged the film would bring a touch of up-market glamour reminiscent of a Fiona Bruce led Antiques Roadshow programme combined with the high-energy style of a David Coultard or Martin Brundle Formula 1 pit lane dash.

Zara Miller played a key role in Tariro and has featured in a clutch of telly adverts.

Filming of behind-the-scenes preparation and planning began last week ,when local historians and experts came together at a meeting where they discussed plans for Southport Festival of Speed.

Ian added: “The topics that arose and how they will be addressed were fascinating. Southport Festival of Speed is promising to be a fantastic week of activities clothed in Southport’s rich automotive history and we are looking forward to capturing that on film.”

Southport festival of speed starts at The Atkinson on March 12, with a vintage car show.

This will be followed on March 16 with a re-enaction of Segrave’s record runs on Southport beach. Aintree Circuit Club (ACC) and the Sunbeam Talbot Rarracq Register (STDR) will be officiating and providing vintage cars on the day.

This will be followed by an afternoon of events at the Atkinson. Later that evening, a celebrity dinner with Neville Hay will take place at the Atkinson.

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