Northampton International Raceway

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Northampton International Raceway

Northampton International Raceway
4.5
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tartnjohn
By tartnjohn
Changes but not all for the better
Aug 2019
We are not frequent attenders but regularly attend about 2-3 meetings a year and enjoy the presentations. On this visit we had good and bad experiences but overall a high standard and value for money event (August bank holiday) Being a scorching day, we went along early to try and a position with some shade - as did a few hundred others. Car park still pretty quiet and well managed so we parked up, discharged everything from the car and headed to join the mammoth queue. As we arrived, around 12:00 for 13:00 start - all turnstile doors were closed but the queue began to move - seems a main gate was serving as the entrance. For around 15 minutes, the queue moved slowly forward when suddenly a turnstile door behind us opened with the inevitable splitting of the queue and a bit of a melee occurred as folks jockeyed for position. Fortunately it sorted itself out without any unpleasantness but it could have been so different. Nice? Little touch when the cashier offered me a price concession as I was an OAP! Ah well, I couldn't really deny it! Once inside the first thing we had to do was to be given a wristband. Although only taking a minute or so to fit it, this hold up was causing a backlog as more people were coming through the pay point. This, I am sure contributed to the half hour delay to racing needed to let folks in. The race surface is now shale. Not sure why (the announcer could have given some info on this change) but the racing definitely suffered. Car speeds were down, too many slippages into walls causing red flag stops (funnily the juniors didn't suffer as much), dust was a problem (despite great efforts to keep this down with constant watering) with one large tanker completely obliterating a corner as it wasn't removed from the arena between races. Programs, normally found in or at the turnstiles were not available but seeing someone with one and enquiring where he got it, I got one from the shop. Clearly the guy running the shop was surprised when I told him they didn't have any at the gates, but great communication, when I got back, the tannoy announced (and repeated the info), where folks could get programs. Nice when a customer is listened to. The announcer, however, was less than competent with many mistakes, wrong car identification and communication between him and the lap counter was suspect on many occasions. To be fair, he did apologise at the end, pointing out that he wasn't 'on home territory' which probably explained things. Marshals seemed to be in short supply and I felt that this contributed to what appeared to me to create an increased risk to drivers, highlighted in the time it took to respond to 3 fire incidents with cars. The slick and efficient marshalling I experienced in previous visits, just wasn't there today. Final big plus was the efficiency of the security team in managing cars off-site. They were excellent and a big improvement over the chaos which occurred in years past. All in all, an enjoyable visit which had all the hallmarks of a new team running it - not sure if that is the case but if it is, they need to improve the entry process, have more marshalls inside and think twice about the shale!

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tartnjohn
Olney, UK1,951 contributions
Changes but not all for the better
Aug 2019 • Couples
We are not frequent attenders but regularly attend about 2-3 meetings a year and enjoy the presentations.
On this visit we had good and bad experiences but overall a high standard and value for money event (August bank holiday)
Being a scorching day, we went along early to try and a position with some shade - as did a few hundred others.
Car park still pretty quiet and well managed so we parked up, discharged everything from the car and headed to join the mammoth queue.
As we arrived, around 12:00 for 13:00 start - all turnstile doors were closed but the queue began to move - seems a main gate was serving as the entrance. For around 15 minutes, the queue moved slowly forward when suddenly a turnstile door behind us opened with the inevitable splitting of the queue and a bit of a melee occurred as folks jockeyed for position. Fortunately it sorted itself out without any unpleasantness but it could have been so different.
Nice? Little touch when the cashier offered me a price concession as I was an OAP! Ah well, I couldn't really deny it!

Once inside the first thing we had to do was to be given a wristband. Although only taking a minute or so to fit it, this hold up was causing a backlog as more people were coming through the pay point. This, I am sure contributed to the half hour delay to racing needed to let folks in.
The race surface is now shale. Not sure why (the announcer could have given some info on this change) but the racing definitely suffered. Car speeds were down, too many slippages into walls causing red flag stops (funnily the juniors didn't suffer as much), dust was a problem (despite great efforts to keep this down with constant watering) with one large tanker completely obliterating a corner as it wasn't removed from the arena between races.
Programs, normally found in or at the turnstiles were not available but seeing someone with one and enquiring where he got it, I got one from the shop. Clearly the guy running the shop was surprised when I told him they didn't have any at the gates, but great communication, when I got back, the tannoy announced (and repeated the info), where folks could get programs. Nice when a customer is listened to.
The announcer, however, was less than competent with many mistakes, wrong car identification and communication between him and the lap counter was suspect on many occasions. To be fair, he did apologise at the end, pointing out that he wasn't 'on home territory' which probably explained things.
Marshals seemed to be in short supply and I felt that this contributed to what appeared to me to create an increased risk to drivers, highlighted in the time it took to respond to 3 fire incidents with cars.
The slick and efficient marshalling I experienced in previous visits, just wasn't there today.
Final big plus was the efficiency of the security team in managing cars off-site.
They were excellent and a big improvement over the chaos which occurred in years past.
All in all, an enjoyable visit which had all the hallmarks of a new team running it - not sure if that is the case but if it is, they need to improve the entry process, have more marshalls inside and think twice about the shale!
Written August 26, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

ShaunT
Northampton, UK12 contributions
F1 Stockcars and UK Modifieds
Nov 2018 • Friends
Fantastic racing, great nights entertainment, burgers and beers always good, get up close to the action on this shale (dirt) surface oval race track, can walk around the pits and see all the cars up close
Written April 18, 2019
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Ian F
Milton Keynes, UK39 contributions
Banger & Stock car racing - great fun!
Aug 2018 • Couples
An afternoon of noisy fun and excitement for all the family. Food and drink available. Definite highlight of the day was the final race - a caravan destruction derby! Hilarious.
Pays to take folding chairs as otherwise you'll be sitting on the grass.
The new shale surface has slowed things down a bit (I assume that was the intention) but it shows off the drivers skills better. Makes it a little like speedway.
Written August 29, 2018
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Robina B
9 contributions
Banger racing
Aug 2018 • Family
Fab, value for money day out. Only thing that could have been better is stewards to help
Manage the flow of cars exiting the car park.
Written August 27, 2018
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russell w
Cheltenham, UK1 contribution
4 hours travelling wasted
Jul 2018 • Family
Wasn't aware of track surface having been changed from tarnac to shale. Drove for 2 hours, only to find cars barely able to move. Managed to almost stay interested for 1 race. No refund offered.
Written July 29, 2018
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pauljbritton
Midhurst, UK3 contributions
Monster trucks
Oct 2016
VIP was great had the time of our lives our son loved it, very down to earth but hey this was never a gitz and glamour venue
Written December 16, 2016
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Guy M
Huntingdon, UK193 contributions
Stunt school experience
Oct 2016 • Family
We bought our son an auto stunt school experience for his 18th birthday and are really pleased we did

A really good day out and he had a fabulous time

Essentially six different driving experiences in a mad range of cars and vans and our son loved it.

The venue is easy to find and although abit run down all the facilities are good......toilets very clean and the staff are great.....very friendly and welcoming and everyone was really helpful and genuinely keen to make sure the day was a good experience

Particular thanks to mark and Helen.....Helen in particular was excellent and smiled all day

The weather was awful for some of the day which was a shame but thankfully was dry for most of the time but there are places to go to keep dry for the spectators however if you are going watch the weather forecast and if rain is likely then raid a big brolley !! Also........if you are going for a race there is not much seating so take some folding chairs

One reviewer said lunch at the stunt school day was not great.....I thought it was fine....but then I like burgers.......there is not enough choice perhaps and this could be improved maybe but overall it was fine and tea and Coffee available all day.

Overall well organised and great fun and highly recommended
Written October 2, 2016
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sam w
14 contributions
Great day out
Aug 2016 • Family
£40 for a family of 5 what else can I say
The commentators were great entertainment on there own well worth a visit plenty of burger vans and bars for food and drink
Written August 30, 2016
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MidLifeMini
Suffolk, UK182 contributions
Bank holiday afternoon with friends
Aug 2016 • Friends
Met up with friends in Northampton and we came here for the afternoon.

Wish we had known there was no seating, if we had we would have bought deck chairs so we had to sit on the grass. Mcortunately it had been dry so no wet bums, just numb ones.

The racing was brilliant, very entertaining, never been racing before, the caravan demolition at the end was hilarious.
Written August 29, 2016
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Keith M
London, UK5 contributions
Fantastic day out!
Jul 2016 • Friends
Last visited for the European Championship weekend held annually in July featuring Brisca Formula One Stock Cars, Brisca Formula Two Stock Cars and Rebels from all over the England, Scotland, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Germany. Fantastic atmosphere. The Good Friday meeting one of the best meetings of the year featuring National Hot Rods, Brisca Formula Two Stock Cars and Saloon Stock Cars from 1pm. Have visited regularly over the years for an awesome Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon. Best food from the pit area catering facility. The snack bar food is generally disappointing and you have to buy a meal deal! No grandstand seating so you must bring deckchairs to sit on the grass banking. Racing on most Sunday afternoons at 1.30pm and some Saturday evenings at 6.30pm plus Bank Holiday Mondays at 1.30pm.
Written August 8, 2016
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