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

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 March 2018

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

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

A classic Frogeye Sprite takes partA classic Frogeye Sprite takes part

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.

Trophies were presented after the Eastern Counties Motor Club auto test in 1973Trophies were presented after the Eastern Counties Motor Club auto test in 1973

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.

A modified Mini lines up to start the courseA modified Mini lines up to start the course

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.

By-standers watch on as a VW beetle takes on the auto testBy-standers watch on as a VW beetle takes on the auto test

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

Drifting past mid way through the auto testDrifting past mid way through the auto test

To share your memories with us, email suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

A custom Frogeye Sprite at the end of the auto test courseA custom Frogeye Sprite at the end of the auto test course

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