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Arena Essex Raceway is a stock car and speedway racing track located near Purfleetmarker, Essex. The Lakeside Shopping Centremarker was built alongside the venue.

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The Arena-Essex Raceway Complex was the idea of local businessman and racing driver, Chick Woodroffe. It was built in the remains of an old cement works overspill site. The new circuit was a quarter mile long with the first stock car race meeting held on 1 May 1978.


By far the most popular event at arena essex raceway is firecracker. This is an event only held at arena essex. Firecracker is a banger racing only meeting with 6 heats, 2 consolations, 1 final and 1 destruction derby. The reason the meeting is so special is that only unusual, rare, or expensive cars are allowed to enter. There is also a firework display at the end of the meeting. This event normally attracts a crowd of around ten thousand people.


Speedway was introduced in 1984. They were founded (as the Arena-Essex Hammers) by promoter Wally Mawdsley and stock car promoter Chick Woodroffe. The team were nicknamed the Hammers after the West Ham Hammers team that closed twelve years earlier. The speedway team was renamed the Lakeside Hammers in 2007. The Hammers compete in the Elite League.

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