How The Village of Bexhill Became The Birthplace of British Motorsports

The seventh Earl de La Warr started the development of Bexhill-on-sea. It was started as a resort in a rural village called Bexhill found in the inlands in 1883. The son of the Earl, Viscount Cantelupe wed in 1891, the Bexhill village was given to him and thereby made him the full owner of the estate. When his father died, Viscount became the eighth Earl de la Warr. The one who put Bexhill on the map was the eighth Earl. He hosted the first every automobile races in Britain in May of 1902. The entire event was set up and executed by the Automobile Club belonging to Great Britain. The event was massive enough to conjure up interest from the global forum and brought international participants.

How The Village of Bexhill Became The Birthplace of British Motorsports
How The Village of Bexhill Became The Birthplace of British Motorsports

Promoting Bexhill-on-Sea

The event though hosted in Bexhill and run by organisers aiming to bring the populace to Bexhill was actually a campaign to encourage Bexhill-on-Sea. The resort was bragworthy and worth the effort that the Earl put into promoting it. It was a fashionable one that used Bicycle Boulevard built by the Earl in 1896 after the death of his father. His interest in motor vehicles only pushed him to centre the event around motorsports and thereby form an association with Dunlop. He was, in fact, the chairman of Dunlop. The race was a one kilometre one that had a quick start from Galley Hill’s top.

Not Everyone Was Thrilled

While the Earl was giddy with excitement about his association and the campaign that he was running in favour of motorsports, not everyone was for it. Deemed as being too risky and a very volatile sport, the property owner of De La Warr Parade filed an injunction against the Eith Earl de la Warr. This was the end to motor racing here. Over the years several constitutional changes happened at Bexhill, and it came to be known as a Borough that even had bus lines for the first time.

The Earl was beginning to decline in his abilities and was soon divorced by his wife because of abandonment and adultery. After pacifying the property owner who put an end to the first motor race in Bexhill, another one was set into motion in 1904. It was true, the first motorsport did draw a lot of critical acclamation that the town needed and the same strategy was used against o promote Bexhill. Several speed trials were held throughout the village, and in 1936, a jubilee pavilion was opened. In 1954, the city celebrated the motorsport history of Bexhill and focused on historic vehicles that have been showcased at the motorsport capital of UK. In the year 1990, the Bexhill 100 Festival was set up and still runs to promote the sport in no small degree. Several motorists and cycle manufacturers moved to Bexhill to cash out on the privileged status of Bexhill and motorsports. Several cars had their humble beginnings in Bexhill thanks to the abundance of support in the motorised vehicle industry here.