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The Isle of Wight Speed Trials is an initiative aiming to bring motorsport back to the Isle of Wight. Join us in spring 2020 for the first IW Speed Trials event, The Sandown Sprint, where we’ll be bringing sun, sea and speed together for an exhilarating weekend of action. Inspired by recent changes in legislation which for the first time in 60 years allows motor racing to be held on closed public roads. 

There were once regular speed trials and rallies held on the Isle of Wight up until the late 1950s, including some based in Sandown, but ever since the national speed limits were imposed on UK public roads, motor racing had effectively been outlawed on anything but private land; such as hill climbs, motor racing circuits and other speed venues. There are of course some famous exceptions such as Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man which both have slightly different legal systems.

Be prepared for a weekend of exhilarating fun, perfect for the whole family set against the spectacular backdrop of Bembridge Down.  Enjoy unparalleled views of all the action from our spectator viewing areas along the beach esplanade, or upgrade your experience with one of our exclusive VIP hospitality packages.

Applications to participate in the event will be opening soon on our website, be sure to keep an eye on our social media or join our mailing list to get the very latest.

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Contact

The Isle of Wight Speed Trials are organised by Solent who you can call on 0843 289 8708 or email us using the contact form below. Your Name (required) Your Email (required) Subject Your Message

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Sandown Sprint 2020

The first event planned as part of the Isle of Wight Speed Trials is the Sandown Sprint held over the weekend of 28th-29th March 2020. 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 […]

Since 2017 it has been possible to apply for a Motor Racing Order from the local authority as long as it has been sanctioned by Motorsport UK, the governing body for motor racing in this country. In November 2018 Tim Addison from Solent approached the Isle of Wight Car Club with a proposal to host a closed public road sprint on the Isle of Wight. The club would be the race organiser and Solent the event promoter. Culver Parade in Sandown was the venue put forward by Solent as it has the advantage of a large seawall to provide a spectator vantage point. It also had the potential to become an interesting sprint course. 

Working together, Solent and the Isle of Wight Car Club has since consulted with stakeholders in the area as well as with a number of key organisations including the Isle of Wight Council, Sandown Town Council and Island Roads. With an enormous amount of positivity and encouragement the process of organising the Sandown Sprint was started.

Farnborough and District Motor Club will be working closely with the Isle of Wight Car Club to assist with hosting the motorsport aspects of the event, thanks to their experiences and knowledge.  Now after almost two years of discussions and negotiations with Motorsport UK the organisers successfully applied for an event permit in the summer of 2019. 

Organisers have now applied to the local authorities for a Motor Racing Order and this is currently being processed as of September 2019. The Sandown Sprint is planned for the weekend of the 28th & 29th March 2020.

Solent is a local events and marketing company, working in partnership with the Isle of Wight Car Club to produce and run the Isle of Wight Speed Trials in the near future. 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.