Motor sport

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On the start line of a sprint meeting on Victoria Avenue - picture Evening Post
Sand racing in 1938

Not long after the first motor cars and motorcycles arrived in Jersey, enthusiasts were looking to drive them competitively and a number of different sporting events were introduced.

The Bouley Bay Hill Climb, run up a section of steep, winding road from the north coast bay, has an international reputation to this day, and has been the scene of much exciting competition over the decades.

Sand racing has proved another popular sport, and has taken place on various beaches, although in the second half of the 20th century it settled in St Ouen's Bay, where events are still held during the summer.

Other motor sports held in the island have included standing-start sprints on the Five Mile Road, motor cycle trials and scrambles, the Jersey Rally, and go-kart racing on a special track which existed foro a number of years at Les Quennevais, but has since been developed for housing, and now uses a section of closed road at Grosnez on the north coast.

The Jersey International Road Race brought Grand Prix racing to the island in post-war years, but was discontinued when cars became too fast for the circuit on public roads.

Down a narrow track for a car trial in 1936 - Picture Evening Post

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