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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 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 up until the 1960s 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 in 2020 as a sprint based in Sandown – the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint 2020.

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Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint

Harking back to the days before national speed limits on UK roads, Isle of Wight Speed Trials inaugual event, the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint will evoke a sense of nostalgia as vehicles compete once again on Culver Parade.

Pathe Newsreels still provide a record of motor rallies and sprints being held on public roads on the Isle of Wight in the 1950s, in places like The Cascade in Ventnor and the Esplanade in Sandown. Once the national speed limits were introduced in the 1960s all of this was inadvertently outlawed until a recent change in the law.

Following nearly two years of consutation and planning, Solent and the Isle of Wight Car Club have today announced the dates for the first Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint part of the Isle of Wight Speed Trials 2020. Taking placeover the weekend of 28th – 29th March 2020 this new motor sport event will be one of the first of its type to be held on public roads in England.

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Postponement of IW Speed Trials 2020

Motorsport UK has today revoked all organising permits until at least 30th April 2020. As a consequence the Island Car Centre Sandown Sprint, planned for 28th & 29th March, will be postponed until further notice.

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