Yorkshire Car Racing

Following the Second World War, motorsport racing took off in Yorkshire. Although races have been held in Yorkshire since at least the 1920s, many circuits were developed to host car races during the 1940s and 1950s. Often located on former airfields used during the war, car racing events were held at former circuits in Linton-on-Ouse, Borough Circuit, Catterick Circuit, Full Sutton and Elvington. Today, major racing circuits remain in operation in Scarborough and Dalton-on-Tees.


The sprint race circuit at Elvington Airfield hosts a variety of motorsport races, including drag racing and motorcycle racing. From the beginning of the Second World War until 1992, the airfield was the location of a Royal Air Force (RAF) station. RAF Elvington was also used by the United States Air Force until 1958. It is now owned by Elvington Park Ltd., which has restored several buildings including the control tower. The Yorkshire Air Museum is also found on the site, which is situated south-east of York.

The first car race at Elvington took place in 1962, and was organised by the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC). The official outright wheel driven record on the circuit was set in 1970 by Tony Densham, who drove a Ford-powered Commuter dragster to average 207.6 miles per hour or 334.1 kilometres per hour. The non-wheel driven speed record at Elvington was set by Colin Fallows in the Vampire dragster in 2000 at a spped of 300.3 miles per hour or 483.3 kilometres per hour. The venue was also where Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond crashed and suffered serious injuries in 2006.

The non-permanent track incorporates runways and taxiways in two layouts. The circuit's length ranges from 2.5 miles or 4.0 kilometres to 3.5 miles or 5.6 kilometres long. Although no longer used as an official British motor racing circuit, the circuit is used largely for track days and experiences. The Elvington Airfield circuit has five corners. For more information, visit www.elvingtonairfield.co.uk.

Croft Circuit

Hosting car races since the 1920s, Croft Circuit is located close to Dalton-on-Tees in North Yorkshire. Formerly the home of RAF Croft, the old aerodrome was used as a bomber airfield and squadrons from the UK and Canada between 1941 and 1946. The circuit emerged as a major motorsport venue following the Second World War when in the late 1940s and the 1950s the Darlington and District Motor Club organised motor races. These events used runways and perimeter roads before a permanent track was completed in 1964.

Croft Circuit is 2.1 miles or 3.4 kilometres long and features 12 turns. The lap record at the circuit was set in 2008 by Sergio Perez, who completed a lap in 1:13.656. The tarmac circuit is a regular fixture for the British Touring Car Championship and the British Rallycross Championship. In 2013, it also hosted the MSA British RallyCross Grand Prix. Croft Circuit is also used for the Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain, the Renault Clio Cup, and the Ginetta Junior Championship. It served as a host for the British Superbike Championship until 2011 and the F3/GT until 2008.

In addition to races, Croft Circuit hosts regular tract and test events. The circuit is also available for racing experiences. For more information about Croft Circuit and upcoming races or events, visit www.croftcircuit.co.uk.

Oliver's Mount

Overlooking Scarborough in North Yorkshire, Oliver's Mount hosted Formula III car races in 1955 and 1956. It was also used for the British Superbike Championship in 1987 and 1988. Today, the circuit is mainly used for motorcycle races as well as car rally and car hill-climb events. Opened in 1946, Oliver's Mount has stunning views of Scarborough along with a tribute monument to war dead, a broadcasting transmitter, and a café. It also is used for camping and caravanning at various times during the year.

Featuring tight and twisty public roads, Oliver's Mount is the only street circuit in England. Race events can attract up to 58,000 people. Typically, the circuit hosts four weekends of motorcycle road racing, including the Ian Watson Spring Cup in April, the Barry Sheene Festival in June, the Cock O'The North in July, and The Gold Cup in September. Several rally and hill-climb challenges also take place during the year. Races at Oliver's Mount are organised by the Auto 66 Club and often attract top racers and spectators from across the UK and Ireland.

Oliver's Mount is located five minutes from Scarborough's town centre. The challenging circuit is 2.43 miles or 3.91 kilometres long. For more information about Oliver's Mount and upcoming events, visit www.oliversmountracing.com.

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