Our 40th celebration year has been challenging to say the least and with deep sadness we regret to announce it will be our last.
Contending with our great British weather with the first two months of the season seeing both opening events for the Rolling Thunder Show and King of the Ring events being cancelled due to freezing weather conditions and our own season opener being held in minus 11 degrees followed by a cold and miserable Easter weekend didn't make for a great start to the year.
The Lakeside Hammers on a continuing downward spiral in terms of spectator support as well as having meetings cancelled not just due to weather conditions but ongoing issues with the BSPA to contend with also heavily impacted the Raceway's income.
The above along with the amount of investment needed to just maintain the stadium plus the continued increasing costs for compliance, insurance and health and safety has led to the Raceway no longer being financially sustainable and therefore with great sadness and a heavy heart we have to advise 2018 will be the last racing season for the Woodroffe family.
The final event to be run bringing Arena Essex Raceway's gates to a close will be on Sunday 4th November with the 27th Firecracker.
The family would like to thank all those who have supported us over the last 41 years, drivers, spectators, site hirers, sponsors, suppliers, concession holders and not least our hardworking an dedicated Arena Essex Team.
Join us in our final three months in celebration of the last 40 years
I will continue to post snaps on here as they get sent in or I find them from the past at Arena for all to enjoy and reminisce over so please keep them coming .
This is where it all started for Jacob. 10 years old and going out with this Pro at Fire Cracker meeting 10 laps. He hasn't looked back
PEEWEE WAS A REGULAR IN THE UK. ALTHOUGH NOW RETIRED HE STILL CAME OVER TO SAY HIS FINAL FAREWELL TO ARENA.
ONCE CROWED WORLD CHAMPION AND ALWAYS PUTS ON A SHOW.
HARD HITTING TEAM THAT ALWAYS PUT ON A SHOW. ROY RAWLING'S RACE WITH THEM
ALWAYS PINK AND LOTS OF THEM STRANGELY.
BIG CARS BIG MEETINGS BIG ENTERTAINMENT.
GOODBYE OLD FRIEND
SOME GREAT HITS HERE
HARD TO UNDERSTAND WITH ALL THESE GREAT PEOPLE RACING HERE WHY ARENA STRUGGLED.
Dave first time out
May of of finished 2nd in this heat not sure Ill have to check as I didnt make a big song and a dance over it
Both warming up ready to race
We don't do single file racing in the wet. Win it or bin it any gap go for it.Unfortunately I did bin it into the armco, That's Dirt rod racing unpredictable edge of your seat stuff, That's why people love to watch us race, that's why more and more people are building their own dirt rod.
Up the home straight we battled side by side, I just got the edge then met the armco. I'm feeling it now while I'm updating this website.
Opsey !!! Better fix this before Lily sees it as it's her car. Bit of T cut should be fine. ISH