- Arena Essex Raceway
Arena Essex Raceway is a
stock carand speedway racing track located near Purfleet, Essex. [Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). "Homes of British Speedway". ISBN 0-7524-2210-3] The Lakeside Shopping Centrewas built alongside the venue.
The Arena-Essex Raceway Complex was the idea of local businessman and racing driver, Chick Woodroffe. It was built in the remains of an old cement works overspill site. The new circuit was a quarter mile long with the first stock car race meeting held on
1 May 1978.cite web
title = Arena Essex Histrory
publisher = Arena Essex
url = http://www.arenaessex.com/venue/track_history.htm
accessdate = 2007-11-14 ]
By far the most popular event at arena essex raceway is firecracker. This is an event only held at arena essex. Firecracker is a banger racing only meeting with 6 heats, 2 consolations, 1 final and 1 destruction derby. The reason the meeting is so special is that only unusual, rare, or expensive cars are allowed to enter. There is also a firework display at the end of the meeting. This event normally attracts a croud of around ten thousand people.
Speedway was introduced in 1984. They were founded (as the Arena-Essex Hammers) by promoter Wally Mawdsley and stock car promoter Chick Woodroffe. The team were nicknamed the Hammers after the
West Ham Hammersteam that closed twelve years earlier. [ Jacobs, Norman (2001). "Speedway in London". ISBN 0-7524-2221-9 ] The speedway team was renamed the Lakeside Hammersin 2007. The Hammers compete in the Elite League.
* [http://www.arenaessex.com www.arenaessex.com]
* [http://www.cyangold.co.uk/arenaessex/images/facilities/arena_aerial.jpgAeriel photo]
* [http://www.lakesidehammers.com www.lakesidehammers.com]
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