Navan in County Meath in the Irish
Republic may not have been a speedway centre, but the Navan gravel
track did stage motor racing. In fact the 1st ever motor powered tricycle race
took place in Navan, Co Meath on August 15th 1900
George P. Kearns documents the 1900
event is his book "Speedway
History Revisited; The Early Years 1896-1928"
although not speedway as we know it, venues like Navan paved the
way for cinder/shale tracks a few years later. The trikes in
1900 would have been state of the art machines to the Irish folk
watching the racing. They would have been used to horse and
carriages. I doubt that any photos exist of the event but if
you know better please get in touch. John
My thanks go to George for bringing this to my attention.
Powered Tricycle's Circa 1900
As there are no photos from Navan Co Meath
of racing in 1900 I have searched for pictures of early powered 3
wheelers and am displaying them below. They are simply
pictures of 1900 machines and not pictures of the racing trikes
that took part in the 1900 Navan event.
Maybe the 1900 Navan event was raced by
machines similar to these two? I don't know, I am only
How about Trike racing at modern circuits?
A spectacular meeting last ran in 1900 are there sufficient Trikes
of the right kind, probably not but I would pay to see them race.