F1 Lola onboard at Blyton Park
F1 Lola at the new Blyton Park circuit
Feature: John Barker
Photographer: Jon Cass
Car Owner: David Harrison
Abandoned Theme Park - Scotland
This was a real fun explore, something totally different! My mum and dad
took me and my brother here in about 1996 so it was kind of weird seeing
it, although I can only remember some of it. There was more rides behind a
big locked wall we couldn't get in, but we got asked to leave so maybe
Music: Kevin Macleod, incompetech.com
Imformation from Wikipedia:
The park opened in 1995, and closed at the end of the 2010 season. The
park's mascot was Rory the Lion.
The park was opened in 1995 by a company based in London and has since been
through the hands of showman Raymond Codona to its current owner, Henk
Bembom's Parkware Ltd. Bembom took over the park in 2002 and invested £5m
during his first year there, followed by an additional £2m in the
second. Bembom continued to bring new rides and attractions to the park
each year, including another £2m worth of investment in 2007. In winter
2006, Parkware moved all their operations and ride stock to Loudoun from
their previous storage buildings in Margate.
On 15 July 2007, 18-year-old ride operator Mark Blackwood died after
falling 80 feet (24 m) from a rollercoaster he was pushing, which had got
stuck. He was taken to Crosshouse Hospital in Kilmarnock for treatment but
died there on Monday 16 July 2007. After a two-week trial, the jury found
the park owners not guilty of failing to provide proper training and
supervision at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Saturday 10 October 2009.
In September 2010 it was announced that the park had closed, Bembom stating
that it was "no longer economically viable." There are no clear indications
as to the future use of the site, whether the current owners intend to sell
the business on as a 'going concern' or if they intend to use the site for
other purposes. As of February 2011 a number of rides were for sale,
including Twist n' Shout, Goldrush, Barnstomer, Wacky Worm, Crows Nest and
Sprint Record at Blyton Park
This weekend saw Blyton Park host the Westfield Sports Car Cub organised
two day sprint event. With over 100 competitors battling it out in their
respective classes, competition was always going to be close.
The current sprint circuit record was held by Jonathan Toulmin, who set a
time of 63.71 seconds back in June in a Force PT 1.6. Our new record holder
is Steve Miles who piloted his 2 litre Van Diemen RF96mm12 to the new
course record of 59.62 seconds averaging almost 84mph over the lap.
Steve had to be at his best because pushing him all the way was Glyn
Sketchley in his Force PT 1500 who recorded a time of 59.70 seconds. The
two battled it out throughout the day lowering the course record no less
than four times with just 8 hundredths of a second separating them by the
end of the day.