Laindon Speedway Track
Who Remembers this?
Who Remembers the Laindon Speedway track which was situated alongside the Arterial Road (A127), more or less behind Summerhill Garden Centre on land owned by Summerhill Farm. It was named “The Grand Central Speedway Track”. It had grass straights and cinder bends.
It appears to have operated during 1938/39 seasons . The following is an extract from a paper report covering a race meeting on the Whit Monday 29th May 1939.
“Whit Monday’s meeting at the Grand Central Speedway, Southend Arterial Road, Basildon, produced a series of remarkable new track records. The London and Southend Aces were holding their individual championship. There were nineteen heats (three times round the track) for the championship and Don Hoppe was deservedly ahead on points, with Stanley Bellamy and “Tiger” Laurence as close runner-ups, etc:
The site is now the home of “Maggots Fishing Lake” dug out by the current owners of Summerhill Farm.