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Sir,
In your article, “The Motor Tricycle” you refer to the banked track at New Brighton, and query whether it survives.

Not only does it survive, it flourishes fortnightly to the unsilenced music of Hot Rods (usually modified Anglias, Imps, Minis) mod stock cars and bangers. The entrants are mainly from Merseyside and the Midlands and crowds exceed 10,000.

The old cycle track is used on both straights and at the banked westerly end, but at the River Mersey end it has been replaced by new banking inside the original banking, which is precluded from view by the pit, area and trees. The existing track is 1/4 mile in length, and there is ample viewing area, both covered and open. New Brighton association football team (The Rakers) practise their art on the pitch inside the track.

At present the local council is awaiting a hearing, on environmental grounds, concerning the health hazards, caused by the noise of the racing. One can only hope that the “Do-gooders” are defeated and the fun continues. New Brighton which has been called the “Last Resort” needs support of this kind if it is to survive as a place of entertainment.

May Motor Sport continue as evidence of great British men and machines of the past, present and future.

C. W. Hall.
Wallasey.

***

Sir,
Referring to your very interesting article on the Motor Tricycle I am pleased to enclose an advertisement from the local press giving details of a recent Motor Race Meeting on the 1/4-mile Banked Track at New Brighton, which is still very much in existence.

Regular meetings take place throughout the summer months on Sunday afternoons. This meeting was my first experience of this type of motor racing; for hair-raising thrills this is the ultimate. The track is in excellent condition and has withstood the elements over many years showing very few scars and giving one the impression of a miniature Brooklands, on reflection, it would be very interesting to see the performance of those 750 c.c. racing cars of yesteryear on this track.

W.R. Chapman.
Chester.