Sir Henry Segrave’s Sunbeam reenact land speed record run on Southport beach


Today Sir Henry Segrave’s Sunbeam Tiger car reenacted his land speed record run along Southport beach Wednesday 16 March 2016

The shoreline was packed with spectators lining up to see the classical car return to the resort, 90 years after the record was set.

Sir Henry’s nephew Stephen was also on Ainsdale beach to watch the recreation, and said it was great “to see his uncle’s memory brought back to life.”

sirSegrave raced along Southport beach at 152.3 mph in March 1926 – setting the land speed record. On Wednesday, a reenactment of the record-breaking run took place as thousands watched on.

27 other classic cars from the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq vintage car club joined the Sunbeam and completed their own laps of the beach in front of the crowds.

The reenactment was part of a week-long schedule of activities, called the Festival of Speed, which included interactive performances at the Atkinson and arts and crafts activities.

On Saturday, (March 19) a Historic and Classic Car Procession will leave from Kings Gardens, at 10am and a second Arts & Crafts session at Southport Library.

View all the cars here

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