Rockingham closes

Discussion in 'Motorcycles and Motorhomes' started by TheTwoOfUs, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. TheTwoOfUs

    TheTwoOfUs Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2009
    Messages:
    3,173
    Location:
    South Yorkshire
    Ratings:
    +13,382
    An oval motor racing track that sought to "break the mould" has hosted competitive racing for the last time.

    Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, Northamptonshire, opened in 2001 and once hosted the British Touring Cars Championship (BTCC) and British GT.

    But the venue, which can host 52,000 fans and cost £45m to build, has stopped hosting racing to become a "logistics hub" for the car industry in 2019.

    The redevelopment will create 200 new jobs over the next 18 months.

    It follows an announcement by the owners of the 1.5 mile (2.4km) track in August that it had been sold, prompting a change in "business operations" of the circuit.

    A so-called "super send-off" for Rockingham took place on Saturday with a final day of racing at the circuit for various race classifications
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  2. Simon Richardson

    Simon Richardson Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2017
    Messages:
    129
    Location:
    East bound & down.
    Ratings:
    +223
    I don't think it ever really took off did it.
     
    • Like it Like it x 2
    • Informative Informative x 1
  3. joka250

    joka250 Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2017
    Messages:
    548
    Location:
    South Leicestershire
    Ratings:
    +829
    It was suggested to me by a former Rockingham employee that there are structural problems with the stands and that was the final nail. When in U K pass there 2 or 3 times a week, sad to see it go.
     
  4. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    30,768
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Ratings:
    +41,052
    Wrong country. We don't do ovals do we. The in circuit looked crap, I did see a bit of bike racing but is was flat and nasty from memory.
     
  5. Yorick

    Yorick Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2013
    Messages:
    5,414
    Location:
    Lanzarote
    Ratings:
    +13,569
    I did a few trackdays there. Fast knee down bend leading to flat out bit heading into the Oval concrete wall at 160. Fun :)
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
    • Funny Funny x 1
  6. SpeedyDux

    SpeedyDux Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2008
    Messages:
    1,063
    Location:
    B&NES
    Ratings:
    +5,579
    Were they hoping to bring NASCAR rounds to the UK?

    It did seem out of place.
     
  7. Lenny HB

    Lenny HB Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    Messages:
    15,046
    Location:
    On the coast in West Sussex
    Ratings:
    +24,652
    No surprise, never saw the point of it, ovals are a weird yank thing.
     
  8. mitzimad

    mitzimad Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    5,051
    Location:
    walthamstow east london
    Ratings:
    +7,862
    arena essex closed last month first raced there around 78 there is now no short circuit racing near london
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  9. Stealaway

    Stealaway Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Messages:
    2,815
    Location:
    Dronfield - Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +3,957

    Yeah Brands Hatch is a bit of a trek from Walthamstow:Eeek:
     
    • Funny Funny x 2
  10. Silver-Fox

    Silver-Fox Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2014
    Messages:
    3,876
    Location:
    Cheltenham Spa
    Ratings:
    +9,436
    I have to say I'm not surprised.
    Ovals are really an American thing and your never going to get the turn out required over here.

    Ive driven the oval in a single seater, unfortunately held up by the lead car being a fast road car that wasn't fast enough and no overtaking it :rolleyes:

    I found the infield a bit naggery (sp?) and without many reference points.
    Sad to see a circuit disappear though.
     
  11. Langtoftlad

    Langtoftlad Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2011
    Messages:
    3,568
    Location:
    Langtoft, South Lincs
    Ratings:
    +22,454
    AFAIK - part of the problem was that it wasn't actually an 'oval... and that meant that it wasn't suitable for the Yank racing they'd aspired to...
     
    • Informative Informative x 1
  12. PhilandMena

    PhilandMena Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Messages:
    4,667
    Location:
    Corby, Northants
    Ratings:
    +8,150
    Yes they were and as best as I can recall had one race. I live about a mile from the track and as others have said it has never really got off the ground, They had a big gig in there which I think went well and numerous races and what not but died a slow death.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
    • Nice One! Nice One! x 1
  13. Abacist

    Abacist Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2013
    Messages:
    1,976
    Location:
    Devon
    Ratings:
    +3,542
    Brands Hatch - a brilliant spectator's circuit which could be either short or long. Always regretted it when they lost the British GP in alternate years. Used to pop through the Dartford Tunnel from Romford. I can remember the BOAC 1000Kms in 1970 held in torrential rain with the Porsche's spinning like tops coming out of Druids when they put the power on a fraction too soon.
     
    • Like it Like it x 3
  14. Jo662

    Jo662 Funster

    Joined:
    May 7, 2011
    Messages:
    1,297
    Location:
    East anglia
    Ratings:
    +1,936
    I attended a few BSB meetings when it first opened.
    One incident that stands out was the late great Steve Hislop taking John Reynolds out.
     
  15. Yorick

    Yorick Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2013
    Messages:
    5,414
    Location:
    Lanzarote
    Ratings:
    +13,569
    I was there that day :)
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  16. A S Richards

    A S Richards Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2016
    Messages:
    223
    Location:
    Norfolk
    Ratings:
    +215
    Great for spectators but horrible for pit access if you’re driving an artic race trailer. I was the driver fo Bewiser Kawasaki for 5 1/2 years so went there multiple times. I won’t miss Rockingham I’m sad to say.
     
    • Like it Like it x 1
  17. mitzimad

    mitzimad Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    5,051
    Location:
    walthamstow east london
    Ratings:
    +7,862
    theyve not had bangers and hot rods at brands hatch for 40 years
     
  18. mitzimad

    mitzimad Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    Messages:
    5,051
    Location:
    walthamstow east london
    Ratings:
    +7,862
    we used to do bangers at brands hatch once a year festival of speed just used the top oval
     
  19. Wildbill

    Wildbill Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2011
    Messages:
    9,589
    Ratings:
    +25,703
    only thing i done thare was sum investigation on the stand supports abut twelve years ago the fringings wer not good way back then but we managed to do sum grounting and remedial work
    bill
     
  20. Richard and Ann

    Richard and Ann Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,912
    Location:
    Derbyshire
    Ratings:
    +5,069
    Went to spectate in 2014, really liked it, I think it was the one where we stood on the pit lane garage roofs and could see most of the track. we took the tent, stayed over night and had a wee drink :whistle:
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice