Layer Marney Cup set to return
PUBLISHED: 07:11 04 August 2015 | UPDATED: 07:11 04 August 2015
One of Britain’s earliest motorsport events is being revived this summer, over 100 years after it first ran in Essex. The first edition of the Layer Marney Cup, a fuel efficiency trial, took place on June 6, 1914, and went from Southend on Sea to Layer Marney Tower, near Colchester. The original trial was won by FC Byford who achieved an average of 42.26 miles per gallon in his Unic car. To create a level playing field among the varying sizes of the entrant’s vehicles, the organisers weighed the cars and set the Ton Miles per Gallon rule, by which the impressive trophy was ultimately awarded. Byford managed 50.07 ton miles per gallon to pip AMF Keddie’s De Dion by just 1.3 TMPG.
After being contacted by a relative of Mr Byford, it was decided to recreate the historic rally, explains Sheila Charrington, owner of Layer Marney Tower. ‘We are re running the event on August 16, 2015, 101 years later,’ says Sheila. ‘Starting at Southend, the route will leave South Church Park; go through Shoeburyness before winding back to Stow Maries Airfield, where all will stop for lunch in the Officers’ Mess. In time-honoured fashion, the cars will be weighed at Stow Maries and will then continue on to Promenade Park in Maldon before completing the event at Layer Marney Tower.’