Days Gone By: Memories of when Eastern Counties Motor Club held auto tests in Felixstowe

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront - Credit: Archant

Do you remember when large crowds descended on Felixstowe seafront in 1973 as the Eastern Counties Motor Club held at auto test event?

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront - Credit: Archant

It was an event full of variety, with cars from Mini’s to Austin Healey’s taking part, racing around a course set out in a car park close to Felixstowe seafront.

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront - Credit: Archant

The motor club itself was formed in the early 1950s by enthusiasts wanting to test their cars out in a sporting environment and push their motors the limit.

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront - Credit: Archant

The club started out with small beginnings in Fersfield in Norfolk, near Diss, but soon after become the first to run a race meeting at Snetterton Airfield. It is still in existence today.

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront - Credit: Archant

This auto test tasked participants with driving around tight corners marked by cones and finishing in a marked out ‘garage’ in the quickest time.

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront - Credit: Archant


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Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront

Crowds watch the action as cars race round the course by Felixstowe seafront - Credit: Archant

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