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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Tony oily bike on February 20, 2021, 06:06:55 PM



Title: Rockingham - from 215mph lap to vehicle storage
Post by: Tony oily bike on February 20, 2021, 06:06:55 PM
Rockingham was the first banked oval constructed in Britain since the closure of Brooklands in 1939, and opened in 2001 with a cracking event (including a certain oily fellow crawling round on one of the parade laps on a borrowed 1930s/40s Velocette GTP being overtaken by just about everything including thunderous historic race cars being driven with chaps in flat caps giving 'em the beans).

Nowadays its being used as a vehicle storage facility.

In its heyday it saw a lap record set at a little over 215mph by Tony Kannan.

Sigh.....

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-56104281

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockingham_Motor_Speedway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NHDLhYnAd0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP3njKpCtaY


Title: Re: Rockingham - from 215mph lap to vehicle storage
Post by: morrag on February 21, 2021, 03:31:38 PM
You have to ask.....why?...... ???


Title: Re: Rockingham - from 215mph lap to vehicle storage
Post by: poprodder on February 22, 2021, 10:04:29 PM
Been like this for a few years now, mostly caused by local house buyers complaining of noise from the racing. More circuits are under threat.


Title: Re: Rockingham - from 215mph lap to vehicle storage
Post by: Tony oily bike on February 25, 2021, 05:40:09 PM
Here's what Autocar had to say in their article "The rise and fall of Rockingham Motor Speedway" from 2018.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/opinion/motorsport-btcc/rise-and-fall-rockingham-motor-speedway


Title: Re: Rockingham - from 215mph lap to vehicle storage
Post by: morrag on February 25, 2021, 08:14:22 PM
Interesting,Tony, and a shame that maybe the right operators were never in charge, someone who may have hosted Endurance/24 Hr.type racing, 2 wheels of course! ;), ho hum, another one bites the dust.....to coin a phrase... :o :o..Morrag