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De Dion Motor Tricycle Races

  • Date November 29, 2017
  • Time 10:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
  • Suitable for Everyone

On this day in 1897, the very first British motor races took place when the Motor Car Club, as a first anniversary celebration of their Emancipation Run from London to Brighton, organised a series of races for the De Dion Bouton motor tricycles on the quarter mile oval cycle track at Sheen House, Richmond Park.

The 120th Anniversary commemorations of the first of all British motor races will see around 15 Trikes on track in a series of demonstration races, from one mile sprints, to the finale which will be the Club's Five Mile Championship on the Finishing Straight. Furthermore, they will be presented exactly as those first motor races, on an oval circuit.

The format of the day will be as in 1897 - practice and fettling in the morning, with a recreation at around midday of the opening scene for these first races in 1897, so anyone in high Victorian costume such as top hats and morning coats would be particularly welcome and will be positioned behind three riders on their Trikes. Lunch in the Napier Room in the Clubhouse will follow, to include a short talk on how racing started in Britain by Nick Pellett, followed by the race programme. Come rain or shine, the pioneers will be celebrated in style.

Normal admission applies for entry to the Museum with tickets for the lunch and talk an additional £15 (shepherds pie & vegetables or vegetarian option + fruit crumble & custard). Buy tickets for the lunch and talk


10:00 Museum opens
10:30 Riders’ Signing on and Briefing
11:00-12:00 Practice
12.00 Recreation of the scene at the first races
12:30 Talk & Lunch in the Napier Room (£15 for shepherds pie & vegetables or vegetarian option + fruit crumble + custard)
14:00 Races, including the De Dion Bouton 5mile Championship
15:30 Awards Ceremony

Rider list

No1 Clive Pettit1898 De Dion Bouton
No2 Robert Lusk1898 Rochet
No3 John Wilton 1898 Marot Gardon
No4 Nick Canfor/Michael Everett1898 De Dion Bouton
No5 Michael Edwards1898 De Dion Bouton
No6 Shaun Crofton1899 Dechamps
No7 Caroline Sibley1900 De Dion Bouton
No8 James Tubby1900 De Dion Bouton
No9 Stephen Brett1900 Phebus
No10 John Elliott1900 Automoto*
No11 Mark Bennett Odlum - 1900 De Dion Bouton
No12 Henry Brooks1901 De Dion Bouton
No13 Bernard Holmes1898 M.M.C.
No14 Roy Tubby1898 Rochet
No15 Philip Bewley1899 Clement
No16 Goy Feltes1899 Clement
No17 Peter Fryer1899 Phebus
No18 Nicholas Pellett1899 De Dion Bouton
No19 Nick Penney 1899 Corre
No20 Guest rider1899 De Dion Bouton

All machines powered by De Dion Bouton except*

Ticket Information

Normal Museum Admission Charges Apply:

Adults £13.50

Seniors & Students £11.50

Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) £35

Children (5-16) £7

BTM & LBPT members FREE

Contact Details

Further information from www.dedionboutonclub.co.uk

Brooklands Museum 01932 857381 ext 253 [email protected]

Admission Policy

Assistance dogs only are admitted on site. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. For full visitor guidelines please click here

Getting Here

Visitor parking will be in our usual car park at Mercedes-Benz World

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