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Old 20 Feb 2012, 05:46 (Ref:3028220)   #106
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tube to Liverpool St.Train to Eccles Road-walk through pig farm to circuit.First paddock ticket I was ever able to buy.Did this trip a few more times until train no longer ran.
Well, Eccles Road station is still there, as is Harling Road just other side of circuit. They are on the Norwich Cambridge line, so in theory still possible to make the journey by train! Unfortunately one stops at either only once every blue moon...... Attleborough and cycle would work though- just plan a route avoiding the A11 dual carriageway.
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Old 20 Feb 2012, 10:54 (Ref:3028340)   #107
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The trains that pass Snetterton to/from Norwich are not only from Cambridge. You can jump on a train that stops at Attleborough and go all the way on the same train to Peterborough/Nottingham/Sheffield/Manchester and Liverpool...takes 5 hrs mind!
Someone mentioned Foulgers Transport. One of the Foulger brothers ( George )raced 500cc F3 himself in the early/mid 50s, with the Strang, one of the first F3 cars built in 1949. George is still about in Attleborough. The only remains visible of Snetterton's wartime past are some of the aircraft hard standing areas and the entrance runway, which the Home Straight used. Some of the wartime buildings from the old technical site in use on the industrial estate near the circuit entrance. When the circuit first opened a good viewing point was the earth mound, alongside the pit straight down towards Riches. This mound was used for the firing butts, B17s lined up and fired their guns at targets against the mound to line-up the sights and for firing practice. This mound was removed in 1965 and used for the Dunlop vehicle bridge ramps at the Esses. That bridge was removed in 1997 and the earth used again for the new bridge ramps we use today. Might still be some lead shot in their somewhere! Robin Darlington and Jim Moore were the two regular drivers of the Kincraft that I saw at Snett in the 60s.
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Old 20 Feb 2012, 11:39 (Ref:3028354)   #108
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Re the Kincraft - the Intercontinental Formula petered out in 1962,and I think was only ever for a max. of 3-litres.I'd always thought the Kincraft was built with the Ford 289 in mind from the start - it was very professional for what was in effect a home-built car (no offence meant),and was a good-looker.
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Old 20 Feb 2012, 11:56 (Ref:3028357)   #109
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The Kincraft's basic layout and geometry was designed by Len Terry in 1964, based on the 1961-62 Gilby B-type F1 car he designed before he went to Lotus. Lotus colleague Martin Waide took over the detail design work and oversaw the construction at Jack Pearce's premises. It had its first outing at Brands on June 20th 1965, driven by Pearce, chassis no. Kincraft FL-012-1, indeed powered by a 4.7 (289) Ford V8. Pearce raced it twice, then John Hine raced it, before it was sold to David Bridges, then it changed hands to Robin Darlington and then again to Jim Moore.
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Old 21 Feb 2012, 14:24 (Ref:3028961)   #110
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Andrew,

you are dead right saying "might be some lead shot in their somewhere."

I picked up a "live" shell case near to the Cafe just last September !! I,d like to run a metal detector over the site and see what other "treasures" lie beneath.

Nothing like a good meeting to go with a bang !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 22 Feb 2012, 16:30 (Ref:3029539)   #111
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Dear all,
wonderful to see and read that this thread is still going after 10 years.Still great to hear about spectators different ways of getting to the circuit,I have been trying to recall the little pub at Eccles ,where I assume the pig farm might have been?Don't know why you all seem to think snetterton is cold,after walking from Eccles Road you should be warmed up!
Re the cannon shells, I recall that when I first visited snetterton with my family I had to ban my sons from playing with their cars in the dirt,specially when they found something"interesting".
Am I right in thinking that we used to pay extra to cross the old bridge to watch from inside the track?
So many great reminders,guys,please keep them coming.
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Old 3 Mar 2012, 16:42 (Ref:3034568)   #112
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Some old Snetterton photos by my friend and neighbour Mike Dixon. I’ve persuaded him to let us see some of his great archive here, note they are Mike’s copyright. Mike was a reporter and photographer for both Autosport and Motoring News in the 60s/70s, mostly at Snetterton. He is still behind the lens on occasion but you are more likely to find him in officialdom these days, he works as an MSA steward. Any queries, Mike can be contacted by e-mail at mikedixon7@lineone.net

April 1965 and Graham Hill in John Coombs’ Brabham-BRM leads Jim Clark’s Ron Harris Lotus 35 in the Autocar F2 International.


Mo Harness, F3 Ensign enters Coram, 1973


Brett Lunger, winner of the Good Friday F5000 race 1973. Sid Taylor Trojan T101. He set the outright lap record for the old 2.71 mile circuit, 1min 18.4 at 124mph, a record never beaten.


Nigel Mansell in his Crossle 32F leads the FF pack into the bombhole 1977


Prod saloons through Sear Corner in 1972. Tony Lanfranchi’s Moskvich and Mike Chittenden’s Escort.


Britain’s first ever Formula Renault race was held at Snetterton in May 1973. Patrick Tambay won from Rene Arnoux.



The 1966 Archie Scott Brown memorial trophy race for Group 7 sportscars and GTs.
Won by Denny Hulme in Sid Taylor’s Lola T70



Mo Harness in the wet in his FF Lotus 61 at Riches Corner, 1970


Bill Gubelmann, Formula Atlantic winner in 1972 in his March 722


The Formula Atlantic March 712 of Sonny Rajah, 1972


Guy Edwards, in his brand new Lola at the hairpin, winner of the Anglia Television Trophy, Good Friday 1972


Arthur Collier, Daren, 1972


Mike Beckwith’s Citroen leads some prod saloons through the Esses, 1972.



Assembly area 1971 style


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More happy Snett snaps from Mike Dixon.

Chris Meek’s Formula Atlantic March 712M at the hairpin in 1972, note bent nose fin.


Trevor Taylor, Malaya Garage Leda F5000, Easter 1971


Howden Ganley, F5000 McLaren M10B at the hairpin, 1970


Mixed bag sports car grid 1970. Tim Goss on pole in his Mallock, John Jordan’s ex Essex Wire GT40 ( the car Adrian Newey owns today)


Local hero Jack Sears in his Coombs 250GTO in the 1963 Autosport 3 hour race


Jody Scheckter winning his first race out of South Africa, April 1971 in the ex- Fittipaldi ‘Magic’ Merlyn. Mike Wilds follows in his Team Skyjump Titan.


Clubmans cars of Fris the Whizz and Ray Mallock 1971. This one made the front cover of Autosport.


Brian Rice and Derrick Brunt, Camaros 1975


F3 1973 – Danny Sullivan in the Ehrlich EMC leads Pedro Passadore’s DART GRD at the hairpin


Tony Brise, F3 GRD 1973


Ian Mawby, FA Lotus 69, sprint 1972


Formula Atlantic August 1973. Vandervell, Friswell and Nicholson with Purley trying to outbrake them all into the hairpin.

Rallycross in the 70s, date unknown.


Wets or intermediates? Meeting abandoned, 1978.


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Old 4 Mar 2012, 11:17 (Ref:3034938)   #114
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More Snett snaps from Mike Dixon. mikedixon7@lineone.net

Alan Jones, winner in the F3 DART GRD 373 in 1973.


Gijs van Lennep, Lola T330, Easter 1973


August 1979, Mike Thackwell F3 March with Alan Jones.


‘Uncle Norm’ Norman Greenway interviews Alan Jones, August 1979


Mike Wilds and Tony Brise in the F3 assembly area 1973


Bobby Brown and Teddy Pilette, F5000 Easter 1973 at Coram Curve


Bernard Unett, Avenger at Sear Corner 1972


Dave Brodie, Capri at Sear ‘72


Roger Bell, BMW at Sear ‘72


Sprint, 1972



Shell F3 International October 1972. The grid for the final sets off led away by Brise, Jones & Williamson.


Williamson jut pips Brise in locally built GRDs.


A proud Tom Wheatcroft pours the champers for his happy driver.


Mike Tyrrell, F3 Ensign 1973

Mick Hill, Boss Capri 1971


Brian Redman, Sid Taylor M18, Good Friday 1971


Geddes Yeates, FF JRRDS Merlyn, Danny Alderton’s Mirage and Mo Harness, Lotus 61, 1970.


David Prophet, M10B at the hairpin 1970


Peter Wardle leads the field into the hairpin in his Lotus 69, F.Atlantic 1972. It was Wardle who designed the ‘new’ Esses layout that Snetterton has had since 1974.


Colin Vandervell in the Magic Merlyn 1970


Sir John Whitmore winning the ETCC 500km in Alan Mann’s Cortina, August 1965. The first very tight version of Russell Bend. ( eased for 1967 onwards )



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Sprint, 1972

What was this machine here Andrew? it looks class. Looks like a Rover V8 in it judgeing by the 'Aunties Rover' badge or whatever you called that model. Modified G4?

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I think it might be David Render's Ginetta G4 V8. A top sprinter but he also raced it too. Richard Styles would know.
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What was this machine here Andrew? it looks class. Looks like a Rover V8 in it judgeing by the 'Aunties Rover' badge or whatever you called that model. Modified G4?

According to the programme it is a Vixen FB1, driven by one J.Bailey. Engine capacity is given as 875cc, which would suggest Hillman Imp, a far cry from a Rover V8.

Funnily enough, I saw a Vixen (or at least the remains of one) at Antwerp Classic Show only yesterday! Never worked out how to stick pictures on here so I'll send it to Andrew to deal with!

A friend of mine is associated with the Antwerp-based club upon who's stand it was sitting so will try to find out more. There was a photo of a driver named Ian Stronach with the car.
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Hi John, you mean car 65 right? A Vixen is an F4 single seater so yes the top pic could be one of those...yes send the pic. Is that a CUAC sprint? Ian Stronach had the Kincraft too, remember?
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Hi John, you mean car 65 right? A Vixen is an F4 single seater so yes the top pic could be one of those...yes send the pic. Is that a CUAC sprint? Ian Stronach had the Kincraft too, remember?
No, car 70 is listed as a Vixen but thinking about it an 875cc Vixen sounds more like an F4, but you will see the uncanny resemblance with the Vixen sportscar pics I've just sent you.
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