Long Marston (Shakespeare County Raceway)

Originally a World War II airfield, the Evesham Auto Club first held a quarter mile sprint on the runways in 1959. It was later used for motorcycle racing, the circuit using perimeter roads and runways forming the circuit, Rallycross, Rally Sprints and Jalopy racing (on a grass oval). In 1973 the National Drag Racing Club held its first event on a 1/4 mile drag, but the surface deteriorated, and later in 1974 the Midland Drag Racing Association used an 1/8 mile drag event. Drag racing continued, as did the occasional motorcycle race, and in 1979 an agreement was made with the landowners to tarmac a 1/4 mile section onr runway. The venue was later renameed Shakespeare County Raceway.