Where’S Bristol Motor Speedway? [Updated!]

It’s almost hard to believe that June is already upon us, and Summer is just around the corner! There are still a few decent, warm months left in the year, which means that there’s plenty of time to make memories and celebrate the beautiful game. One place that you may have heard of that has great motor sports is Bristol, England, and the home of the famous Bristol Motor Speedway is just a short plane ride from where I live in London, England. So, I’ve decided to take the opportunity to explore this legendary track a bit further, and I think that you may enjoy reading about my discoveries!

The Bristol Motor Speedway is the fifth-largest Motor Speedway in the world. It is also the oldest motor racing stadium in England, and it has been the site of some of the greats in the sport. During the month of June, the Bristol Motor Speedway holds three massive attractions – MotoGP, F1 and the Moto America race. This year, the World Championship will take place between June 13th and June 23rd. If you’re in England at this time, don’t forget about the great city of Bristol!

I’ll begin my exploration of Bristol with a short history lesson. The Bristol Motor Speedway was built in 1950 and initially used for horse racing. However, in 1984, the stadium was rebuilt and it now hosts a variety of motorsport events, including MotoGP, F1 and the occasional motorcycle grand prix. The track initially sat on an 850 acre plot of land, and today, houses a 2.385 mile long asphalt runway! At this point, you may be wondering where to start your exploration of this legendary sports facility!

Let’s take a look at some of the things that you may not know about the Bristol Motor Speedway…

Tourist Spot

It’s fair to say that the Bristol Motor Speedway isn’t somewhere that you would normally want to miss when in England. The site is situated in a small English city that is famous for its steep streets and stone squares. The city itself is a mecca for cricket fans, as it was here that the English cricket team used to play some of its home games before moving overseas. In the 19th century, the city was even mentioned in a Jane Austen novel. If you visit in the off-season, you may find the streets quiet and the squares empty. However, the crowds definitely come during the sporting season, which means that you’ll definitely want to make a beeline for the spot when in England. For those that want to get away for the day, there is plenty of onsite accommodation, which will make you feel right at home.

Legendary Racing Venue

If you’ve followed motor racing at all over the years, you’ll know that the Bristol Motor Speedway has a truly legendary reputation. The track is home to some of the greatest racing drivers in history, and it has been the venue for some incredible memories. In 2015, for example, David Leitch set a new land-speed record at the track. The Englishman reached a speed of 209.844mph, breaking the previous record of 208.441mph held by Richard Petty. Since it opened, the Bristol Motor Speedway has been host to some of the greatest races in history, including the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indy 500. One of the iconic images from the history of the Bristol Motor Speedway is that of Jim Clark, who won the Indy 500 in 1962. The iconic photo was taken after he went round the entire track in a record-breaking time of 2 minutes 54 seconds. Since then, the stadium has been home to some other incredible racing moments. In 2017, for example, the stadium was the site of arguably the greatest one-off race in history, as Usain Bolt decided to compete in the World Championship after-sprint classic. The five-time Olympic gold medallist smashed the 200m world record six times in a row during the last week of June, setting a new world record of 20.161 seconds. This was enough to earn him the right to represent Team GB in the prestigious event. The sprint king dominated the competition, taking all six of his heats comfortably and then going on to defeat the other four competitors in a straight fight for the gold. It was a fitting end to an incredible final lap of an incredible season!

The Birthplace Of MotoGP

If you’re a fan of bikes and you’ve even watched a little bit of motor racing, then you’ll know that the MotoGP World Championship is one of the greats in the sport. The premier-level motorcycle racing world championship is named after one of its most famous venues – the San Marino Grand Prix. This is the first year that the race will be held at the stadium, and it will be an experience that you will not soon forget. The MotoGP World Championship is the only motorcycle world championship to be held outside of Europe, and it has been regularly held in Asia since its inception in 1974. The fact that it has been held in California, Mexico and now England is a testament to its global reach.

F1 Mecca

F1 is one of the greatest sports, if not the greatest. It’s regarded as the pinnacle of motorsport and the sport is enjoyed worldwide. The pinnacle of F1 is arguably the glamorous Gran Premio de La Argentina, which is held annually in mid-June in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The race is usually held a couple of weeks after the end of the World Championship season, and it’s a chance for the drivers to catch their breath, have a bit of a party and relax. The Buenos Aires Grand Prix is one of the few motorsport events that is held outside of Europe, and it is one of the more intimate events on the calendar. The excitement in the air is palpable and the atmosphere is electric. If you’re a fan of motorsport and you’ve never been to a Grand Prix, then this year’s edition in Argentina will be a real eye-opener!

The Home Of The Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the great American classics and it was initially established in 1914. It is a 500-mile race that takes place each year in mid-May, and it is easily one of the most prestigious sporting events in the US. The fact that it’s been held annually in the same city for over a century is a testament to its place in American culture. Over the years, the race has been contested by some incredible drivers and car makers, and it has always been associated with speed and power. If you’re visiting the US this year and you want to attend one of the great spectacles of the sporting year, then look no further than the Indianapolis 500 in mid-May!

In order to complete this brief overview of the Bristol Motor Speedway, I need to bring up one more point. As well as holding some incredible attractions, the track also has some great restaurants and bars. If you want a traditional English experience in the middle of the country, then a visit to the Bristol Motor Speedway is definitely on the itinerary!

I hope that this article has helped you to learn more about the Bristol Motor Speedway, England’s premier motorsport facility. If you love cars and speed, then this legendary track is certainly worth a visit! Make sure to add it to your itinerary when you’re there. On that note, I’ll leave you with this…

The Bristol Motor Speedway – the fifth-largest Motor Speedway in the world. It is also the oldest motor racing stadium in England, and it has been the site of some of the greats in the sport. Since its opening in 1950, the stadium has been home to some incredible sporting events, including MotoGP, F1 and the Indy 500. During the month of June, the Bristol Motor Speedway holds three massive attractions – MotoGP, F1 and the Moto America race. This year, the World Championship will take place between June 13th and June 23rd. If you’re in England at this time, don’t forget about the great city of Bristol!

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