Horndean Race Track – more formally known as SAA Raceway is on Hazleton Farm just off the B2149. It is to the South of the proposed Land East Of Horndean development, but on the same site as the proposed solar farm. If the solar farm goes ahead, the race track will be doomed. Even if the Solar Farm does not proceed, the future of the race track is unclear as the land owner is not engaging in talks to renew the lease the race track has on the land.
SAA Raceway has 14 events a year, and last weekend I accepted an invitation from Jenni Morton (Former pilot, race driver and current Executive Secretary for the organisation) to join in. A seat in one of the cars was also offered – This would be a Mark 2 Ford Cortina Hearse…. Having not been there before I was keen to find out more about the organisation.
The club caters for all age groups with Novice drivers up to one member in his 90’s. Groups that race include Bangers where contact is allowed, production classes, modified saloons, Hot Rods, Specials and others. Some of the cars are extensively modified and there was more than one very highly engineered buggy with a space frame.
The SAA Raceway is also a great social organisation with perhaps 200 competitors at a major event, and a similar number of spectators who line the banks and support. If you are interested in watching a race then spectators are very welcome, just turn up. The first races on a race day start at 11am, and the next meeting dates are 14th, 28th September and the 12th October. Arriving by 10am guarantees you a good view.
The pit lanes are very busy with pre-race preparation to ensure that the cars are in the best condition for each of the 3 races for each class. Some of the drivers take a cautious approach in the first two races, then let themselves go a little for the third. ‘There is no point being wiped out in the first race!’ one driver said. Safety and controls were very evident on the day with drivers briefings, damping down the track with their own tanker (to keep the dust down), marshals and incident control.
Hopefully there will be a way for the race track and the other possible development to co-exist together, and for the next 3 seasons why not take a look and enjoy a different day out at a local event.
To find out more visit www.saaraceway.co.uk