End of a rac­ing era

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

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.’

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