F1 Lola onboard at Blyton Park
F1 Lola at the new Blyton Park circuit TrackDriver Magazine www.trackdriver.com Issue 6 Feature: John Barker Photographer: Jon Cass Car Owner: David Harrison Video: OnBoardVision
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 another day. 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 Jammy Dodgems. Rides
Mercedes SLS vs Aston Martin Virage
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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.