Bedford Autodrome
- Bedford

  • Circuit Information

    Bedford Autodrome is the only UK circuit specifically designed to provide the ideal environment for guests to push their cars to the limit in optimum safety.

    With no motor racing taking place, the venue does not feature extensive Armco barriers - instead huge run off areas mean that guests can extract every last inch of performance out of our vehicles in a safe, controlled environment.

    The site features four main circuits that contain a challenging mix of high speed corners, slaloms, chicanes and heavy braking hairpins to really test any car's capability.

    The complex is based in Thurleigh, north Bedford, and is also home to the PalmerSport corporate motorsport events.

  • Driving experiences at Bedford Autodrome
    YoungDrive! Driving Experience- £115

    Young drivers can take their first junior driving lesson from 11 years old with YoungDrive! – at Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Snetterton or Bedford Autodrome.

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    YoungDrive! Plus
    YoungDrive! Plus Driving Experience- From £145

    Once young drivers have completed YoungDrive! they can take the next step with YoungDrive! Plus at Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park or Bedford Autodrome.

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  • Bedford Autodrome Circuit History

    The history of Thurleigh Airfield can be traced back to the Autumn of 1940 when it was used as a base for bomber aircraft in WWII. In September 1942 personnel of the 306th Bombardment Group moved in and they remained until Autumn 1945. A memorial to those who served stands proudly in Thurleigh village.

    Post-war, aviation was seen to offer great commercial and technological opportunity and powerful wind tunnels were built on a site above the village of Milton Ernest to meet the challenge of supersonic flight and with the acquisition of additional land to the east, a custom-built flight-test facility was superimposed on the existing war-time Thurleigh airfield. Flying re-commenced in 1954 and research at Thurleigh led world aviation development in many areas including aircraft control and handling, supersonic transport development (Concorde) and military vertical take-off and landing [Harrier].

    The venue was totally rebuilt as a corporate driving facility in 1999 by Jonathan Palmer's MotorSport Vision Group and has since played host to hundreds of thousands of guests on the legendary PalmerSport event. In 2010, seventy years after the original conception, the new Bedford Aerodrome facility alongside the circuits was also opened.

  • Bedford Autodrome Circuit Configurations
    Bedford Autodrome
    - 4 circuit configurations
    Bedford Autodrome circuit configurations
Contact Us

Bedford Autodrome
Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedford MK44 2YP
Tel: 01234 332 400
[email protected]


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How to find Bedford Autodrome

Bedford Autodrome is located approximately 10 miles North of Bedford town centre and 20 miles East of Northampton.