Will this be the scene next spring?
, restaurants, licensed bars, crash barriers, control towers, service pits . . . this is how the derelict Podington airfield
could look in the very near future.
Mr. E. D. G. Braddick, the Melchbourne farmer who owns most of the airfield, told the "Echo" that he and some London business associates had formed a company, National Dragways, to make Podington a drag racing centre.
He said it was hoped to start work before Christmas on building a grandstand and getting the drag racing strip ready for use. "We would like to be in a position to open the track by the spring," he said.
If it proves a success they would eventually like to have additional facilities for the public, including a restaurant and, probably, licensed premises.
Drag racing is a growing sport and Mr. Gerry Belton, general secretary of the British Drag Racing Association, told the "Echo" that they would welcome the idea.
He said the association, which was controlled by the RAC, had a membership of 1,000, but there was no permanent racing strip in the country. "This would be the first permanent strip and could well develop into the centre of drag racing in this country."
In its present state he did not think the runway surface was suitable, but a little work could easily make it so.
Mr. Braddick said that if everything went according to plan there would be drag racing, or some form of motor sport, taking place at Podington most weekends during the summer months. "We would hire the centre out to a club or association for the weekend," he said.
People in this area had their first taste of drag racing when a team from America competed against a team from the BDRA in a drag festival at Chelveston.