Bedford Autodrome

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Bedford Autodrome
Location Thurleigh, Bedfordshire, England
Coordinates 52°14′1″N 0°28′20″W / 52.23361°N 0.47222°W / 52.23361; -0.47222Coordinates: 52°14′1″N 0°28′20″W / 52.23361°N 0.47222°W / 52.23361; -0.47222
Owner Jonathan Palmer
Former names RAE Bedford

Bedford Autodrome is an autodrome based on the former site of RAE Bedford, in the village of Thurleigh, Bedfordshire. It is owned by former Formula One driver Jonathan Palmer.

The autodrome[edit]

It is built on the northern section of the former site of the Royal Aerospace Establishment, Bedford airbase and took five years to convert to a track using the latest in track laying techniques to provide a quiet and smooth surface.

It was designed to be driven by high performance road cars and as such has larger than usual run off areas and does not have sections of Armco safety barriers which would potentially damage a car seriously if it left the track. Because the track has no Armco it is not eligible to hold races there or have an area for spectators because of the inability to ensure their safety.

Thurleigh Museum[edit]

Thurleigh Museum is a small museum located within the Bedford Autodrome complex. The museum itself is housed in one of the few remaining buildings on the original airfield, now Bedford Aerodrome, built during World War II. The museum is primarily concerned with World War II and the history of the airfield rather than the village. A collection of artifacts has been assembled to re-create the activities and atmosphere of the airfield and surrounding area during the war years.[1] The museum is supported and funded by the 306th Bombardment Group.

2012 Olympics and Paralympics[edit]

Bedford Autodrome was used as an official training site for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.[2]

Appearances in video games[edit]

  • In rFactor, the track is one of the tracks available for download to be added into the game.
  • The many configurations of the track are also available to be driven on in TOCA Race Driver 3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 306th Bombardment Group Museum Website - History
  2. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/olympics/london_2012/7275336.stm

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