This weekend, we headed up to Rockingham Motor Speedway to spend the day watching the British Touring Car Championship – aka lots of loud, fast cars!
Hubs is motor sport mad, X is car mad, and I like to get out of the house so it was win win all round. Rockingham is about a 50 minute drive from us here in Northampton, and hosts a round of the BTCC yearly.
Each ticket through the door gets you access to the grandstands, so everyone gets a cracking view of the entire course. We checked out the view from the grass right by the track, and both tiers of the main grandstand, as well as on top of the garages – the only problem we had was the heat! A British bank holiday weekend and too much sun?! I know, I shouldn’t moan, but there was a distinct lack of shade until the early afternoon. And the Ice Cream man was out of Whippy!! (£2.50 for a fruit shoot ice pop thing is daylight robbery, but I suppose that’s always going to be the case on big event days).
There’s a chance to head down to the pits with the cars and drivers during lunch (which was exceptionally busy), through the exciting* tunnels under the track. *may not be that exciting
Not only does the event include 3 rounds of the BTCC, but also races in the F4 Championship, Ginetta G4 SuperCup, Renault UK Clio Cup and Ginetta Junior Championship. I’m sure if you like cars, these names might mean something to you! To me, they’re mostly just slightly different cars making slightly different noises!!
X was most taken with the Ginetta Juniors, as they have a similar looking car at nursery. He looked darling in his ear defenders (which I would most heartily recommend, especially if you’re going to stand above the pits), and did a great job taking some photos too.
Advance tickets for the full weekend, including the qualifying rounds on the Saturday, are £38 each for adults, and children under 15 are free. Tickets for the Sunday race day are £30 each in advance, or £36 on the door (again, kids are free). Parking is free, and an easy distance from the entrance, and there are plenty of food outlets and toilets – absolute necessities with kids!
We had an absolute blast – and thanks to taking a picnic and plenty of bottled water with us, we hardly spent a penny! You don’t have to spend all day watching the cars, and there was enough other entertainment around to keep restless kids occupied – including a massive Scalextric track, race simulators and some bouncy castles.
I can see us doing this again next year… but don’t tell Hubby I said that…
Disclaimer: We attended this event by our own means – as always, this a truthful, honest review!