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End of the line for the Aintree GP circuit...


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#1 petefenelon

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 17:48

Looks like Tatt's Corner is going to be built over...

Links to variants of the same story:

http://www.pitpass.c...es_art_id=28229

http://icliverpool.i...-name_page.html


I can see the arguments on both sides - the racecourse needs to keep developing (and is now doing very well since it's diversified from just holding the National), but the circuit could be a major attraction if it was properly preserved and used.

Given the proximity of housing (new and old) to much of the GP side of the circuit, though, I think the number of days when anyone could do anything loud there would always be very, very severely compromised...

As far as I can see the club circuit and its activities remain unaffacted. (I must admit that being a mere nipper in my late 30s the club circuit holds my affections rather more strongly....)


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#2 Sharman

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 21:29

Call me a philistine but the Aintree GP circuit never did anything for me, the place always appeared grim. Why oh Why didn't somebody find the wherewithal to run the GP at Oulton instead? The F1 races there were always good value. Aintree is dead,when was the full circuit last used properly, i know they had a revival but it was not a race meeting. Aintree RIP

#3 Alan Cox

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 08:54

I'm with Pete on this one. No great surprise that it's come to the end of the road (literally), knowing Merseyside's great indifference to its motor racing history. Like Pete, I spent many happy Saturdays there in the 70s - never made one of the club/test sessions though.

#4 RTH

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 09:55

On a similar subject , I heard a rumour last week that of all people Ken Livingstone ( whose idea of a round the streets of London idea was such a non-starter ) has started a feasability study in to whether motor racing in some form could again be run on part or all of the Crystal Palace site.

Anyone else hear this ?

#5 Vitesse2

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 10:30

Sounds unlikely, although maybe it's Ken's way of getting the locals and English Heritage to approve his plans to demolish the NSC and build a new athletics facility:

http://www.bromleyti...m...3A42:26:867

#6 RTH

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 14:36

Devious plot by a politician has that ring of truth about it . I too cannot imagine any motorsport in the greater London area ever again.........even powered by silent electric motors!