Madeira Drive

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Madeira Drive

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Dangerous and exempt from the law

By Amanda

My worst place in Brighton and Hove is Madeira Drive. It's exempt from the law; there aren't any traffic calming measures down there, no pedestrian crossings (only one right near the pier). There is no proper street lighting, and it seems to be maintained for the sole use of boy racers. It isn't policed efficiently and it's dangerous. Especially considering it's the main seafront road. I've been nearly run over twice crossing there. There's flowers on lampposts where people die on a regular basis.

Interviewed for the website on 20th May 2003
This page was added on 22/03/2006.
Comments about this page
All the boys ragg their cars its great! its a laugh. I go down there on a Friday sometimes in my mates' cars...we have such a laugh...its so good.
By J (12/05/2006)

Madeira Drive hasn't changed that much then. Still a race track. When we were teenagers in the early 60s on a Saturday night we would all congregate at the bottom of North Street outside the electricity show rooms with our cars, I was a passenger with my then buddy Bob Coe. There would be a race up the A23 to a roundabout in Crawley and then back to Brighton. The first and most scary bit was "windy corner" just past Pyecombe which was to be done at the magic 100mph if your car and your bottle was up to it. On return back to Brighton and usually after midnight there were the races along Madeira Drive. In the winter it was handbrake turns on the black ice which bent a few track rods. Good old days, glad to see the tradition is still going.

By Mick Peirson (11/11/2006)

I hate people who use the term 'boy racers'.  I am a member of a club and we do big events all over the UK showing our cars.  We meet weekly down Madeira for every one to catch up. Not everyone raggs there cars about as most have spent far too much money on their cars to abuse them. You get the odd idiot who thinks he's clever in his chavved up Fiesta and usually the police are about and do stop the idiots.  So please think before you tarnish us all with the same brush.  I am a careful lady driver who drives a modified show car, not a boy racer who raggs it about Brighton.  If we were stopped from meeting down in Brighton, then I think you'll have a lot of people driving about the city and that's more of an issue if you ask me.

By Zoe D (16/06/2008)

Knew a guy named Terry who was killed racing his Suzuki along towards the pier one evening. So sad.

By Peter Bridger (16/09/2009)

Anyone remember a fatal accident involving an E-Type Jaguar during the Speed Trials some time during the Nineteen-Sixties?

By Nick R (05/03/2010)

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