End of a racing era
London’s last oval motor racing circuit has closed after 54 years.
Wimbledon Stadium is being demolished to make way for AFC Wimbledon’s new 20,000-seat football stadium, 600 homes and a leisure centre.
Spedeworth Motorsports, which organised the finale there on 26 March, paid homage to the first ever meeting by running a series of races, including 1300cc stock cars and a Superstox race.
Dean Cox, Spedeworth Motorsports PR and corporate manager, says: ‘It’s a huge loss for grass-roots racing. In the ‘70s we had Wimbledon, White City Stadium and Walthamstow Stadium in London. Now we have none. When it was first built in the 1920s it was a grand place, with its own unique atmosphere.’
Markets editor Richard Barnett was a regular visitor. He says: ‘The fact that it was in the capital made every attendance special. What a pity that those who get so vocal every time the future of Brands Hatch or Silverstone is threatened didn’t do the same for Wimbledon.’