Like many race circuits Thruxton was originally a wartime airfield. Commissioned in 1941 the airfield was host to both the RAF and USAF and played a major part in the D-Day landings as a base for troop carrying aircraft and gliders. Declared surplus to requirements in 1946, motorsport started in 1950 with motor bikes on a track comprising both the runways and perimeter roads.
Cars joined the bikes in 1952 for only one year as the deteriorating wartime tarmac was breaking up badly. Amazingly, bikes continued racing until 1965, but by then plans were under way to redevelop the site and motor racing returned on a new track in 1968. The new layout ignored the old runways and followed the lines of the perimeter road with the inclusion of the chicane and further round the track three tight corners in succession: Campbell, Cobb and Segrave, commonly referred to as the Complex.
Even with these tight corners Thruxton is the fastest race circuit in the UK, with Formula Renaults averaging well over 100mph in race conditions. Thruxton soon gained a reputation as a real drivers circuit with its seemingly never ending high speed corners around the back of the track where success required total commitment.
Thruxton’s fame grew from the Easter Monday Formula 2 meetings where Formula 1 drivers of the day battled with up and coming talent. Household names like Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Jochen Rindt all thrilled the crowds in the early races. Since then Thruxton has seen all our recent Formula 1 drivers race regularly at the track at some time in their career.
In 1993 Damon Hill, Formula 1 World Champion, drove a demonstration run in the Williams FW15C, recording an incredible 57.6 second lap of the 2.4 mile circuit, an average speed of 147.25mph.
It is now the high speed rounds of the British Touring car championship and Superbikes that regularly bring in capacity crowds. If you follow these series you may have seen Thruxton on the television or even lapped the circuit on the Playstation Touring Car game, but as always there is nothing like doing it for real.
Thruxton circuit the fastest in the country with legendary high speed corners and a reputation as a real drivers circuit. It is also one of the longest in the UK at 2.4 miles per lap - something to consider when comparing us with our competitors!
British Superbikes and British Touring Cars
There is a dedicated campsite for both of these meetings with temporary Toilets and Showers being provided together with fresh water and waste disposal points. Pitches are available on a “first come first served” basis and a charge of £5 per night, per person is payable (children 15 years and under are Free of Charge and must be with an accompanying adult). The site will be available from 16.00hrs on the Thursday prior to the meeting until noon on the Monday following the meeting. Payment must be made via the Security staff on arrival at the campsite.
A valid entry ticket for the meeting is required to access the Campsite, tickets can be purchased on arrival but will not be at the advance prices.
CSMA 17th & 18th August
CSMA Club Members - The dedicated campsite is for the exclusive use of CSMA Club Members only for the duration of this meeting.
Enquiries and bookings for this must be made via the CSMA Club.
Non CSMA Club Members – You are welcome to camp over this weekend and will have a separate campsite on the outside of Allard Corner. This will be Free of Charge but please note that the facilities supplied for CSMA members are not available to members of the public. There will, however, be toilets/water available (permanent building at Allard Corner) and showers are available in the main paddock block. The Public Campsite will be available from 17.00hrs on Friday 16th until noon on Monday 19th August.
All other meetings
For meetings other than those listed above, camping is Free of Charge. There are toilets/water supply available (permanent building at Allard Corner and Campbell/Cobb/Segrave Complex) and showers are available in the main paddock block.
NO OPEN FIRES AT ANY TIME AND PLEASE USE THE BINS PROVIDED TO DISPOSE OF YOUR LITTER.
Animals are NOT admitted to the Circuit, Paddocks, Campsite or Car Parks (except Guide/Helper dogs for Blind/Disabled visitors).
We have a number of permanent rooms for hire. Our function rooms are ideal for training courses, conferences, business meetings, presentations, breakfast meetings, private dining or public room hire all in the surroundings of the UK's fastest race circuit.
Our in-house catering department works alongside the circuit team to provide a professional service, with the ability to cater for up to one thousand people. Our history shows that we are happy and willing to deal with any event from small meetings to elaborate corporate functions, Christmas parties or weddings.
To discuss your requirements please contact Carol Johnson on 01264 882222
Goodwood Restaurant and Bar - capacity 130 guests - £300 per day + VAT
Located in the centre of the circuit, close to the paddock areas. This facility is open on all motorsport event days and evenings with various entertainments and a late licence can be obtained.
Thruxton Suite - capacity 50 guests - £200 per day + VAT
Located in the centre of the circuit, close to the Goodwood Restaurant. The Thruxton Suite is ideal for board meetings or private dining etc. and has its own private bar.
Media Centre - capacity 40 guests - £150 per day + VAT
Located in the centre of the circuit, next to race control and the paddock. The media centre is ideal for presentations, meetings and conferences
Hospitality Suites - POA
We have ten individual suites available for hire on our race days which are also available throughout the year for private or corporate events and track days. The suites are located adjacent to the start/finish straight, opposite the race control tower. There are six double suites and four single suites.
Each double suite provides seating for 20 guests or standing for 40 guests.
Each single suite provides seating for 10 guest or standing for 20 guests.
Additionally garden furniture is available for use on the paved and grassed areas in front of the suites.
We have a full range of equipment and services available to hire including:
Wireless internet access
Flat screen TV's
Our corporate clients travel from all over the world to experience world-class racing and we are pleased to offer catering facilities that complement the pleasure and excitement of our on-track activities.
In our two permanent restaurants (Goodwood and Thruxton Suites) we can cater for up to one hundred and thirty people.
To discuss your own particular catering requirements, please contact our Catering Manager, Mark Youngs on 01264 882223.
Located beneath the air traffic control tower, on the outside of the track. Historically, this building housed the command and control offices when Thruxton was occupied by the Royal Air Force.
Named after the small single-engined plane that was constructed at Thruxton just after the First World War, the Jackaroo is now open seven days a week between 9am and 5pm.
Customers include visitors to the circuit, people flying from the airfield and members of the public. Our regular menu offers a wide choice, and 'specials of the day' are usually available as well.
Your special day at Thruxton
We can help to make your wedding celebrations a stress free experience. We can cater for up to 180 people in our Goodwood suite
We will take care of all the catering, so that you can worry just about the important things on this special day – YOURSELVES!
Menu packages can be tailored around your needs and entertainment can be arranged if necessary.
On race-days, a radio commentary is provided by 'Radio Thruxton' available on the 1602 Medium Wave band.
We aim to always have the latest supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi and Aston Martin for our driving days and driving experiences. To maintain this standard we've already placed orders for the respective replacement models whenever they go into production - this ensures our customers can drive the latest and best supercars the moment they're released. Nowhere else in the UK will the Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Aventador and Porsche Cayman be available to drive on a proper licenced race circuit.