The Great Wash Speedway
Posted 12 March 2002 - 00:40
I've found a few references to the Wash Speedway, which was first announced in August 1929. For those who are unfamiliar with English geography, the Wash is a large inlet of the North Sea (or German Ocean, if you prefer. This is TNF after all!), which divides Norfolk and Lincolnshire on the East coast. The Wash Speedway was proposed as a British equivalent of Daytona Beach, with a fifteen-mile, 100-yard wide strip for record attempts along the Lincolnshire coast. Among other proposals were no less than four miles of grandstands!
Full details were apparently published in January 1930 and among the initial directors of the company were Malcolm Campbell and Earl Howe. By the end of 1930, there were rumours that the whole project was a gigantic hoax. These were denied at the time, but proved to be true - nevertheless there was a public meeting in Spilsby in November 1931, where the locals were promised they would become "the hub of the sporting world".
What little I have found comes from the Fifty Years Ago feature in Old Motor magazine (various dates 1979-81). Frustratingly, I haven't found details of when the hoax was revealed, who perpetrated it or if and when Campbell and Howe discovered they'd been had. All I know is that the bubble burst some time in 1932.
Over to you!
Posted 12 March 2002 - 01:31
A track was also supposed to be built - in the 30's - near Brussels but nothing was done.
Posted 12 March 2002 - 11:34
PM me if you would like a copy.
Posted 12 March 2002 - 14:51
Gerr - I don't suppose you have a copy of that article do you? Or know where I could get one?
Posted 12 March 2002 - 16:28
Posted 01 October 2011 - 21:41
According to this document the Wash Speedway was to include a 200-yard wide race track, 12-mile TT track, 6-mile motorboat speedway, aerodrome, hotels,
amusement park, as well as the four miles of grandstands that you previously mentioned.
A seabank enclosing 10,000 acres of foreshore was also part of the development.
The group behind the development was the Automobile Racing Association.
Posted 01 October 2011 - 22:06
10/10 for thread-dredging, btw.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:45
Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:52
Para 4.5 on page 25 is what you need.
Any chance of a synopsis of the 92 page attachment?
Posted 05 October 2011 - 04:29
27.11.31 "Highly enthusiastic meeting at Spilsby ....everything was in trim to present Bill to Parliament ..."
1.1.32 " ...slowly but surely progressing .. stiill, apparently have to persuade public that the venture would be a success"
15.1.32 "How much nearer are we to the realization of the Wash Speedway ... asked Councillor James Blindell MP ....at the 101st Annual Dinner of the Boston Shipwreck Society"
22.1.32 " ... Boston and Skegness will have to raise GBP50,000 cash before the wash Speedway dream can materialize"
There seems to have been a few of these projects. The Motor 3.10 22 speculated on the centre of interest in track racing shifting to Birmingham where a one mile circular concrete oval of board-track type configuration with spectators sitting above the rim was proposed. The same article said that the Derby Council track at 1/3 mile with banked ends was 'nearing completion'. There was also a track and airfield planned near Brighton which obviously did not come off but I can't put my hands on the reference at the moment.
More on any of these would be interesting - above is about all I have.