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Happy Birthday Snetterton!

Thursday, October 27 2011

Today (Thursday 27 October) marks 60 years since the first race meeting at Snetterton. The anniversary marks the end of a landmark year for the circuit, which has been comprehensively redeveloped with a brand new one mile infield section, plus reprofiled corners.

Abandoned World War II airfields were a popular choice for race circuits in immediate years post-conflict. The Eastern Counties Motor Club initially used Ferfield but were forced to look elsewhere. Oliver Sear and John Wyatt from the club approached Fred Riches, owner of farmland at Snetterton, just 7 miles away. The US Airforce had used Snetterton Heath during the war.

Since Oliver Sear was also a member of the Aston Martin Owners Club, they held that first meeting on the 2.7 mile airfield perimeter road. Held as a sprint, the fastest time of the day went to Ken Wharton in a pre-war 2-litre ERA, at 82mph.

AMOC celebrated that first race recently with Aston Martins from across the decades on the grid, and several guests attended that meeting, including Leslie Marr who drove at the first ever event, Oliver Sear's son and circuit legend Jack Sears.

The Eastern Counties Motor Club association with the circuit started with the next meeting in April 1952, and the first Snetterton legend began as Archie Scott Brown scored his first race win in an MG TD. 60 years later, the Riches and Coram corners, plus the Archie Scott Brown scrutineering bay remain a link to those early days.