Motor racing at Arena Essex Raceway


Motor racing at Arena Essex RacewayMotor racing at Arena Essex Raceway
Motor racing at Arena Essex RacewayMotor racing at Arena Essex Raceway
1.00pm   Sunday, 18 June - Chick Woodroffe Memorial for PRI Bangers 4 Man Team Meeting plus 2L Stock Cars, Ministox and Stock Rods National Championship

1st Race 1.00pm, gates open to public at 11:00AM
Admission prices on the gate - Full Price (15 – 64): £15.00,
Concessions: (under 5's free), Children (5 – 14): £5.00
Family Ticket (2 * Full Price and up to 4 Children): £40.00,
Senior Citizens (aged 65+): £10.00    Disabled (Blue Badge Holders): £10.00
Carers (accompanying wheelchair users or disabled children only): £10.00

Admission includes car park and programme - (Programmes subject to availability)
No need to pre-book. Purchase tickets at the gate. 

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We meet again today to remember the founder of this circuit and one of the names behind this promotion and short circuit motor racing in this country generally, Chick Woodroffe.
It has been quite a few years now since we started this memorial during the now defunct Festival of Speed meetings shortly after the turn of the century. While that meeting is gone as are a number of the formulas that regularly fought for this title, we still pay our respects to the person for whom this circuit was the climax of a career of racing and promoting in this sport. It’s a circuit that has changed somewhat since the days when it was first opened with no armco fence, no outer fence beyond cheap, rollup picket and caravans and portacabins providing all the essential services. Mind you, back in those days, PRI was more than just Arena Essex but as the other circuits closed down, many of them to become faded memories and foundations for new homes, industrial estates or shopping centres, so the circuit improved to become what it is today.
Chick was used to promoting projects like Arena Essex. It wasn't his first promotion after all; his promoting experience went right back to post war Britain when he started up at Kings Lynn. Arena Essex, however, was his dream and as other Promotasport (when are they going to correct the spelling on the starter's podium?) circuits closed or moved to other promotions, this was where he concentrated more and more of his efforts. Every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday between March and November, at least until recent years, and with only one exception that I can recall, the circuit featured racing for various sizes and shapes of Bangers, Stock Cars and Hot Rods. That was his legacy when he finally left us and we remember him for it today.
And we do it by letting some of our older cars battle it out. One of the major parts of this meeting was letting our banger folk do battle in a variety of different cars. Last year it was all about pre- 1995 cars. In other years we have varied in size and shape, from the Star Spangled variety when our drivers took to each other in American classics to Jaguars right down to the micro bangers including the Ka. This year, however, we are concentrating on something that this circuit certainly had plenty of practice in, that being the teams. Some of the biggest and most memorable battles in years gone by have been about the teams, from the old PRI Team Championships which featured classic battles from groups such as the Suicide Squad, the Nomads, the Mag 7 and so forth to some of the more recent outings with teams such as Team Cheeseburger and the Midnight Runners taking the winnings.
Whilst most of the formulas today are competing for the memorial trophies, the Stock Rods are also doing battle for their National Championship. I suspect that more than one driver will be going out of their way to try for this title, possibly with a few drivers that we don’t often get to see here on a typical Sunday drive!
Of course we also see the Ministox doing their bit today; it’s a formula that has seen some fantastic racing so far this season but has also seen the locals and the regulars having to really strive against visitors that have been doing pretty well for themselves in the last few appearances.
The fun doesn’t stop there as we finish the World Series Qualifiers for the Microbangers in our next meeting on Sunday July 2 starting at 1pm along with action from the Stock Rods, Ministox and Lightning Rods.

Arena Essex Raceway
Arena Essex Raceway