HISTORICAL BOXFORD PRESS
"WALL OF DEATH" RIDER FINED
14 October 1936
"LOST MY SENSE OF ROAD SPEED"
Southend Bench yesterday heard a new excuse for speeding.
George ("Tornado") Smith, of the Kursaal, Southend, said that since Easter he had been riding on "the wall of death" at 60 miles an hour and had lost his sense of speed on the road.
He was stated to have travelled at 45 miles an hour in a car on the sea front.
He claimed that at 50 miles an hour he was safer on the road than 90 per cent of the "old women of both sexes" who drove at 15 miles an hour.
The fine was £5.