The first event planned as part of the Isle of Wight Speed Trials is the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint held over the weekend of 2nd & 3rd April 2022. It will hark back to the days before national speed limits on UK roads when there were regular speed trials and rallies held on the Isle of Wight. These continued up until the 1960s and 1970s including some based in Sandown.
In 2017 Motorsport UK successfully lobbied for a change in the law which would allow Local Highways Authorities to suspend the Road Traffic Act and enable motor racing on closed public roads and for the first time make it viable for local organisations to go racing.
Solent is a local events and marketing company that has teamed up with the Isle of Wight Car Club with the aim of running a new motorsport event on the Isle of Wight. The IOWCC is registered by the MSA. This would be one of the first speed events run on closed public roads in England under the new regulations. The first event planned under the banner of the Isle Wight Speed Trials was planned in 2020 as a sprint based in Sandown – the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint 2020. National restrictions due to the pandemic forced the postponement of the proposed 2020 and 2021 events. The Isle of Wight Car Centre Sandown Sprint will now take place over 2nd & 3rd April 2022.