Sand racing

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Sand racing


Sand racing events are staged in Jersey by the
Jersey Motor Cycle and Light Car Club. The club
was formed in 1920, initially solely for motorcycle events

Three motor cycle greats, Gordon Bisson, Jimmy Lees-Baker and Mac Daghorn

Sand racing was introduced at Greve d'Azette, later at St Brelade's Bay, Millbrook and St Ouen, which is where the majority of events are now held.

Sand racing is held approximately once a fortnight from May through to September and includes junior and senior motorcycle competitors. The majority of cars are production cars in classes of 1300cc, 1600cc and 2000cc and recently these have proved to be most entertaining and popular with both competitors and spectators.

A very rare photograph of sand racing at Beaumont in the 1920s, or perhaps this was just a posed photograph not connected with a race
Bernie (Bernard James) Turpin (1925-2020) on his Rudge Ulster, receiving the winner's cup on 18 July 1946
Aston Martin 1½ Le Mans formerly owned by Mr Scott-Nickey, who lived at Longueville Manor pre-war, racing in St Ouen's Bay before the war, when the coast was lined with weekend bungalows. Scott-Nickey ran up a number of debts at St Helier Garages and managing director Harold Briginshaw, assisted by Len True, served a writ on the owner and took the car in payment. Harold Briginshaw sand raced and hill climbed the car in the 1930s, and replaced the chassis at least once. Previously the car had been a competitor in the Mille Miglia, but did not finish. It was finished in blue and grey, and is still that colour today. It was sold and bought by a member of the Colley family and survived the war, having been taken to the UK in the late 1930s. It still survives in the USA
Medical officer Dr David Scott-Warren and St John Ambulance personnel attend to a casualty
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