2016 Celebrating 65 years of Motorcycle Racing at Castle Combe Circuit
The very first ever race at Castle Combe Circuit was a motorcycle race which opened the circuit’s history back in 1950 and a year later in 1951 the first dedicated bike meeting took place, but it is possible that motorcycling actually allowed the circuit to progress into the popular track it now is. Safety issues forced the circuit to close in 1956 and that might have been it except that bike racing was continued and by 1962 cars were reintroduced with new safety facilities. So motorcycling plays an important part in the circuit’s history. During that journey the majority of the major names in motorcycle racing have competed around the demanding 1.85 mile circuit. Names like Surtees, Hailwood, Sheene, World Superbike riders Carl Fogarty, who set the first ever 100 mile an hour lap here, James Toseland and Neil Hodgson have all added their tyre prints to the circuit. British Superbike Champions Shane Byrne, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Tommy Hill, John Reynolds and others have competed here, so the circuit is steeped in history and excitement.
You can come and watch, our race meeting is considered one of the best outside of the BSB, or you can ride in the tyre tracks of so many famous riders at our popular track days.