Land Speed Record 90th Anniversary

Southport celebrates its unique part in motor racing history with the 90th anniversary of Sir Henry Segrave’s land speed record on Southport Beach.

For the first time in 90 years, the record breaking car – Sunbeam Tiger – returns to Southport. And it is reunited with it’s sister car, the Cub in collaboration with the National Motor Museum Beaulieu.

Join us for a week of unmissable events!

sunbeam tiger

The record breaking Sunbeam Tiger returns to Southport, thanks to the generosity of a private lender, and it will be reunited here with its sister car, the Cub, in collaboration with the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. These two remarkable vehicles will be on display at The Atkinson as the centrepiece of the celebration of the Land Speed Record 90th anniversary


Wednesday 16 March

Land Speed Record Re-enactment

Wednesday is the 90th anniversary of Sir Henry Segrave’s land-speed record and is the heart of the Festival. The Tiger will leave the Atkinson early morning and return to the same stretch of beach where it will re-enact the record attempt in full view of the public. Parking is available at Pontins at a reduced price £3 per car. For more information please click here.

Ainsdale Beach, from 10am

Afternoon Talks

Join us for a unique afternoon with a selection of talks about Sir Henry Segrave’s life and connection to Southport, the History of Sefton’s ever-changing coast and Southport’s own special motor racing history. Tickets are £25* and include a buffet.

Theatre, 1.30pm

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Segrave Anniversary Talk

We welcome two very special guest speakers, Stephen Segrave, great nephew of Sir Henry, talking about his great uncle’s life and Neville Hay, legendary race commentator and film maker, talking about his life in motor racing. Tickets are £20* and include an artisan pie and a pint of Southport Brewery ale.

Studio, 8.30pm

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Friday 18 March

Film Night – Senna (12a)

Please note this event has been cancelled

Saturday 19 March

Historic and Classic Car Procession

aintreeA selection of period vehicles on display in Kings Gardens on Southport Promenade. In the afternoon the vehicles will parade along the length of Lord Street in a beautiful vintage procession. Entries are limited to pre 1975 motor vehicles with the emphasis on cars from pre-war years, especially the 1920’s. Please contact Aintree Circuit Club for more information and entry forms for all car based events here.

Kings Gardens on Southport Promenade, from 10am

Arts & Crafts

Get creative with vintage car themed activities.

Children’s Library, 11am – 3pm

Vintage and  Motorsport Inspired Fancy Dress

Children are invited to head down to The Atkinson in fancy dress inspired by Vintage and Motorsport.

The Aktinson, time to be confirmed.

Sir Henry Segrave Interactive Performance

Take a journey through The Atkinson with the character of Henry Segrave during this interactive performance for ages 7+. Free, booking essential. To book your place, please click here.

The Atkinson (begins in the Galleries), 2pm

Sunday 20 March

Arts & Crafts

Get creative with vintage car themed activities.

Children’s Library, 11am – 3pm

This exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme.  The Atkinson would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.

Thank you to our funders



*Please note our booking fee is £1 per ticket for all purchases made online or by phone. A 2% credit card fee is charged for counter sales.

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