Far away from BriSCA land, Spedeworth promoted their branch of the sport at the circuit in the late 60's and early 70's. Main formulae meant Superstox, Stock Cars (laterly known as Saloon Stox), Hot Rods (before the National prefix was added) and Grand Prix Midgets.
Two of the lucky ones to see racing here were Mike Andrew who took some photos at the 1970 Spedeweekend and Neil Thomson who was probably at the same event. Many thanks to Mike and Neil for sending the following photos to me. Neil's photos were taken on his Kodak Brownie camera on 120 roll film, a far cry from today's digital gadgets. We're not too sure on what date this Spedeweekend took place, so if anyone can help with this or any more information or pictures of this legendary circuit, please contact me.
There can be few local fans who, like me, drive past the site to the north A267 without being transported back in time.
In 2007, parts of the great circuit remain. Chris Hill did some research in March and writes
"My curiousity got the better of me in the end and I did in fact venture over to Cross-in-Hand on Saturday morning. When I got there I parked up in the health club car park and I initially couldn't see a way to get down to where the track is. I followed a clear trail marked on the multimap aerial printout that I had but that took me round the back of the health club and almost onto some farmers' land. A builder spotted me and said 'alright mate?' so on the off chance I said 'yes thanks, I don't suppose you know how to get down to the old raceway?' He pointed me down a narrow path in the woods. A short walk and I eventually found it. As you'd expect it is very overgrown, infact part of the front stretch and the first turn is completely unrecognizable, the only thing that makes the race track still stand out is the curb that separated the infield from the race track. A patch of the concrete down the bottom has fallen into a ditch that has formed over the years. It seems like a dumping ground down there now, there was an old trailer down there, how they got that down there I'll never know, the wreck of an old burnt out car, a bathtub, office chairs and lots more."
Many thanks to Chris who has also written about Cross in Hand on the oval racing forum.
Chris took quite a few pictures when he visited in March 2007, two of which you can see below.
By December 2008 the old track was being cleaned up. Matt Farren went down to the Cross in Hand track and found the area cleared of trees. Matt took some photos, one of which is shown below. The photo is a real memory-jogger for those of us who can remember cars tearing around this great venue. Matt goes on to report that, sadly, it's unlikely that racing will take place in the near future on the track.
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