Snetterton at 70: A history of motor racing in Norfolk
- Credit: Archant Library
It was the year The Archers began, Dennis the Menace made his debut and Winston Churchill returned to power as prime minister.
But 1951 was an important year in Norfolk history as the Snetterton circuit opened to racers.
The race track - just off the A11 - hosted its first race in October 1951 when the Aston Martin Owners’ Club (AMOC) tore around a fast, 2.71-mile layout along RAF Snetterton Heath’s access roads and runways.
In 1953 Snetterton's first motorcycle event was organised by an association of clubs in Norfolk and Suffolk called the Snetterton Combine.
By the mid-1960s the first changes to the circuit took place and in 1974 a new short course was created.
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The shorter circuit proved a popular national racing venue and in 1980 Snetterton achieved a major milestone when it hosted the UK's first ever 24-hour race, the Willhire 24 Hour, which ran until 1994.
Please enjoy these old photos from the EDP archive of the Snetterton motor racing course in celebration of its 70th anniversary.
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