Exhibition –  Motocross 100 – Camberley can claim to be the birthplace of Motosport.

2nd March to 4th May 2024

Surrey Heath has many historical links, one of the most important and relatively unknown is Camberley’s status as the ‘Birthplace of Motocross’. This association began with a motorcycle race called the ‘Southern Scott Scramble’ on 29th March 1924.  Motocross 100 marks this special centenary.

Four themes enabled the race to happen in the area – military associations, vast expanse of heathland, good road/rail links and a thriving business community. The route was carefully planned out and the actual race split into two parts – morning and afternoon with a break for lunch. It was called a ‘Scramble’ as there were no rules with the fastest time winning; Albert Sparks from Camberley won that first race. The race model was hugely successful and copied throughout England and adopted in France as the ‘Motorcycle Cross Country’ – later abbreviated to Motocross.  

Surrey Heath Museum has joined with Camberley & District Motor Club to create a special exhibition on the Motocross heritage with vintage motorcycles, scrambling gear, memorabilia and captivating photographs and film from the period. A heritage race will be taking part to mark the Centenary and special motorcycle displays/appearances are planned throughout the year as part of planned events in Camberley Town Centre.

Exhibition Talk – Wed 27th March, 6 to 7.30 – Motocross 100

If you wish to cover our exhibition or need further information please contact us – details below.

Email museum@surreyheath.gov.uk/ Gillian.Riding@surreyheath.gov.uk

Surrey Heath Museum & Gallery, 33 Obelisk Way, Camberley, GU15 3SJ Tel:  (01276) 23771.

Open 11 to 4.30, Tues to Saturday. Admission Free . www.surreyheath.gov.uk/leisure