First used for a hill-climb in 1955, Darlington & District Motor Club organised the event on the grounds of the Catterick Garrison, using the perimeter track and airstrip. Circuit racing took place from 1958 to 1963 on a 1.6 mile track, but ended on the 1st September 1963 when a Lotus Seven spun on a corner, passed through a hedge and ended up on the southbound carriageway of the A1.