bit of history.
the late 1950's an idea introduced by American servicemen caught the interest
of several local people who began racing
home-built machines around the inside of an aircraft hanger at RAF Fulbeck.
1959 was the beginning of an explosion that
would span across four decades of increasing enthusiasm, from pioneering
ingenuity to modern technology this relatively
new sport is still attracting new devotees to expand the legacy
The original concept moved very quickly from the confines of the aircraft
hanger out onto the runways of the airfield introducing
a competitive element, which saw the inauguration of the properly organised
club with Mr Les Shepard at the helm.
Initially built to accommodate World War II bombers the base was a network
of take-off or landing strips of vast width and
distance, as the RAF ran down operations at Fulbeck there was a gradual
transition towards training ground-crew personnel
with driving areas replacing aeroplanes. The massive aircraft hangers
began to disappear but karting enthusiasts having the
choice of several interlinked runways travelling distances that would
compare with modern daylong circuit racing.
The 60's brought new forms of progress to Fulbeck when manager of Smiths
Crisp at Lincoln Mr Brian Pettigrew found himself
with the problem of disposing of thousands of tins, which had been replaced
with cardboard packaging. The obsolete crisp tins
were filled with power-station ash waste and placed to form barriers around
a course marked out with hay bales, an old bus
parked at the side served as both lap scoring and members clubhouse. The
application of an intersection of two runways was
the first step towards a permanent circuit attracting regular visits from
kart enthusiasts based at RAF Cranwell, the element
of rivalry and competition aroused keen interest in the new sport. In
1968 the track layout was modified and the runway surface
was covered with a proper race-track surface, member Mr John Mills (our
1998 Club President) donated £100 for the purchase
of a second-hand pre-fab and a local builder was paid £15 to erect the
first real Fulbeck clubhouse.
The site passed from RAF to MOD control and redefined as an army-training
area, a number of new limitations were imposed
on the club, parts of the runway, which extended for long-circuit meetings
were no longer available for kart racing. The club
faced a great deal of controversy when motorcycles, sports cars and even
micro-light aircraft invaded the site in their absence,
matters eventually came to a head with the death of a motorcyclist and
the intervention of the police who suspected the site
was being used by light-aircraft for importing contraband. As recognition
of the clubs organised conduct and significant
investment the barrier gates were fitted to protect their interests, a
vast amount of concrete runway was taken up and the land
returned to agricultural use. To show the clubs appreciation and to retain
the original RAF traditions the proceeds of a kart
meeting were donated as a contribution towards the cost of erecting the
RAF WAR MEMORIAL at the MOD entrance to the site.
The clubs future was put in doubt when Nirex began researching the area
for processing nuclear waste, unrestricted the
company built compounds, toilet blocks and research units. A public outcry
ensured with protest demonstrations and sabotage
that threatened to embroil the club in controversy, it was only resolved
when Nirex then decided to move operations to another
area. The club immediately began negotiations to purchase the abandoned
Nirex buildings and compound only to be thwarted
by the MOD who refused to allow the agreed transaction to be completed,
at considerable expense Nirex were compelled to
demolish what could have been excellent new facilities for spectators
and club members.
Aware of cuts in the MOD budget and many properties being sold the LKRC
sanctioned a loan of £2,000 to help the Trent Valley
Kart Club with it's start-up costs, the endeavour to protect it's members
by ensuring there was a track facility within the area.
This was eclipsed by the MOD when designating the land
for Territorial Army training and as the potential threat to the club
receded TVKC repaid the loan (with interest).
Lincolnshire Kart Racing Club is now looking ahead as 2014 sees the 55th
Anniversary of karting taking place at the site, fifty four
of which have been under the control of LKRC.
As the club has expanded many businesses in the surrounding area,
restaurants, hotels and public houses have all benefited. Always aware
of it's commitment and obligation towards its neighbours
the club has tried to maintain a complimentary organisation of all its
competition meetings to ensure the pleasure of karting,
retain a balanced environment. From its initial start as one of the pioneering
clubs right up to its present day success it
would seem the members of LKRC have inherited a just cause for celebration!