Some bad news has come across the wire for drag racing fans and participants in England. Shakespeare County Raceway which has been been hosting drag racing since the 1970s and as a permanent drag racing facility since 1980 will become a housing tract soon. Our understanding from corresponding with racers and fans from the area is that track ownership and management got sick of fighting the ever more vicious political battles necessary to keep the track running in a healthy manner and took a sizable buyout for the value of the land which rumors persist was worth tens of millions of British pounds and even more American dollars.
Santa Pod is the premier facility for drag racing in the country with Shakespeare and York serving as the other two dedicated and specialized drag racing facilities. There are other places to race that are less permanent in nature so to lose one of the “big three” tracks in the country is a big blow to the sport. York and Shakespeare (affectionally known as: Shakey) were not up to hosting big FIA meets but they did host a number of other sportsman programs.
It is difficult and perhaps disingenuous to impugn the owners for making this move. They have been fighting the fight to keep the place open for years and this was likely a question of not if but when they would get out of the business. A tough break for drag racing in England. We hope the displaced racers pick up again at another track.