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History and the future

Buckmore Park in the '60's
The circuit in the 80's
How things looked in the 90's
We extended in 2000
What is planned in the near future

bullet pointThe 60s — The original circuit was constructed in 1963 as part of an army engineering exercise and was only 400m in length. Karting was in its infancy then, and so was Buckmore Park. The site is shown here in use during its opening year.

bullet pointThe 70s — During the seventies, the circuit was used by visitors to the adjacent Buckmore Park Scout Centre, as well as Rochester Motor Club Formula 6 competitors.

bullet pointThe 80s — The circuit fell into disrepair in the early eighties but in 1985 Bill Sisley took over its management. He immediately began to develop the dilapidated site, extending the circuit to 600m and then totally resurfacing it in 1988. The first RACMSA licensed event was held at the circuit in 1989.

bullet pointThe 90s — In 1994 the circuit was extended to 900m and some basic infrastructure was added including a race control building, clubhouse, admin building, shop and flood-lighting. In 1999 the circuit was extended again and a tarmac road, off-road areas and competitors’ paddock were added.

bullet pointThe 2000s — The first eight years of the new millennium have seen the construction of a new kart maintenance workshop in 2000, the opening of a £1ยท25m multi-function clubhouse in 2003, and a new paddock facilities building in 2004.

bullet point2012 and beyond — The winter of 2007/2008 saw the construction of the Paddock circuit (now know as the Kids Mini GP Circuit) for youngsters aged 4-11 and this artists impression shows the planned extension of the circuit, the bridge, the Motorsport Training & Technology Centre, the revised reception area, increased car parking and workshops, and the glass-fronted two-storey kart shop which are all in the pipeline. Keep watching, like rust, we never sleep.

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