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PostSubject: Another track gone forever   Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:31 pm

Sadly the site of another former race track is coming under the builders machinery.

Norton Canes in Staffordshire , 2 or 3 miles from Hednesford is the site of another new housing estate to be started in the new year.

It never ran Brisca formula, (apart from the Brisca minis briefly in the early mid 1980's) and the site has been barren for many years, but now its going, forever.

I only got to one of the MPP promoted dates, economy cars and minis, not the greatest meeting I ever saw, but at least I could say, I had been there.

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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Wed Nov 19, 2014 7:57 pm

Just come across something called Bing maps, I know Im probably way behind the masses on this but if you type in Norton Canes , Staffordshire, with the following reference 52.672619, - 1.972890 and zoom in you will see a wonderful outline of a former race track !!
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:09 pm

My Dad has always said the M6 toll services were pretty much built on the track; didn't really take note how close until now; places like this would be great to campaign and get back open.

Kimbolton, 40mins from me, is sitting there waiting too!

Shame.

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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:38 pm

Just messing round as you do following my discovery !!

If you enter the same digits as above and zoom in, if you look to the left of White Horse Road and pub you will see the faint out line of what was Chasewater horse trotting track, once rumoured to be a stock car venue that never came to fruition, and like most things in the line of the M6 toll road now another barren waste land. Spent a few good nights in the White Horse pub with the great , late Stock Car Supporter writer Roy Ledsham back in the mid 1980's

On the same code, about a mile down the A5 the ploughed field to the right hand side of barrack lane is the site where the Staffordshire Hoard was found, if only a promoter had built a stadium or track there !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:48 pm

Last one before I become labelled an anorack again !

Swadlincote, 52.769001, -1.556980

End of Dark Lane the site of the 1950's Swadlincote stock car session/s.

Still visible, but coming under pressure from a big industrial site I believe.
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:45 pm

Went to a meeting at Norton Canes when mechanicing for Pete Allin in ministox in 1983.
Have never found anyone else who went there until now Carlton !!

Would have loved to see the F1s at Chasewater - Shale Long Track WF ?
My uncle went there for speedway once and said it was a very fast track.

Pity they didn't run F2 at both in the late 90s. Andy Barnard lived in Brownhills West so he could have almost got to both tracks without a trailer !!
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:49 pm

carlton wrote:
Last one before I become labelled an anorack again !

Swadlincote, 52.769001, -1.556980

End of Dark Lane the site of the 1950's Swadlincote stock car session/s.

Still visible, but coming under pressure from a big industrial site I believe.

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What an Anorak...!!!... lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:42 pm

Station Road, Long Eaton, 52.897723, - 1.261768.

Zoom in on car park next to the school. You will see a nice green area where one of the car parks used to be, a mass of builders rubble in the middle of the shot but a dark black semi circular shape going into what was bend one.

Part of the track, greyhound track or walkway around the track !!
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:04 pm

carlton wrote:
Last one before I become labelled an anorack again !

Swadlincote, 52.769001, -1.556980

End of Dark Lane the site of the 1950's Swadlincote stock car session/s.

Still visible, but coming under pressure from a big industrial site I believe.

That one is about half a mile from my door
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:06 pm

Sharon, get Andy down there with a camera and take some photos, tell him to watch out for snakes or tigers though !!
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:52 pm

The site hadn't been built on YET. It's going to be right on the edge of the new golfing range. I'll see if we can get down there tomorrow and take some pictures.
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Mon Nov 24, 2014 4:43 pm

Has Andy returned yet or did the tigers get him Sharon!!

Anyway next query.

Hartlepool. could have swore it was tucked right in behind the football ground off Clarence road, with a big brick old cinema at the other end. Back of the football ground tallies in with a super market, picture house obviously also gone, but scrowl down a bit and there is evidence of quite a big circular type structure, what was that a large old traffic island, or is my memory playing up again ?

54.687901, -1.225990

Carlton
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:14 pm

Forget it folks, just come across a superb web site.

Simon Lewis, defunct stock car, midget and banger racing tracks in GB, Ireland and Europe.

It has confirmed my thought on the site of the old Aycliffe and Crewe sites and has listed the position of the old Tamworth site which I have wondered about for years where the Juniors first began.

It has also been able to locate the position of Whip Chicken Farm, near Crowland which staged two meetings in 1955 in the farmers field, Keith Barber would love that one !!

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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:31 pm

Any chance of a link Carlton
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:21 pm

sorry for my lack of it skills Big N , try www.simonlewis.com hopefully that will get you there

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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:14 pm

Now don't quote me on this.. But, i've heard Coventry is gonna shut in 2yrs time! affraid ...
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Sun Feb 22, 2015 8:54 am

I do believe you are correct sausage.... less than 20 F1 meetings to go (and that includes throwing in a double meeting weekend and a extra 2 dates for the 2017 WF and the Friday night overseas meeting).
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:22 pm

Cheers Carlton Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Sun Mar 01, 2015 3:11 pm

No probs big fella, read and weep !!
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PostSubject: Re: Another track gone forever   Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:21 pm

Can't remember where I read it but someone on some forum was following a lead on another early circuit at Connington Cambridgeshire. Thats the one off the A14 near Cambridge, not the one with an airfield off the A1 near P'boro. Does anyone know if they ever found anything out? I believe a very rare race program that had turned up started the search.

Carlton, that Whip Chicken Farm location is only 4 miles from where I live, and I'm not surprised no one has ever found it without referring to a very old map !!
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