The first circuit used at Cadwell was for an amateur bike meet in 1934 hosted by the then landowner’s son Charles Wilkinson. After the addition of Mansfield Corner and an extension to the track length in 1952, the venue took off and started to feature Formula 3 motorcycle meetings.
Regular car meetings didn’t take place until May 1962, after Wilkinson bought some adjoining land and extended the circuit length. The circuit was then bought by Grovewood Securities, before becoming part of the Brands Hatch Leisure Group. Today, it is owned by Jonathan Palmer’s Motorsport Vision. Cadwell is an excellent bike circuit, due to its narrow track which makes car racing a little more processional.
The track is a combination of long fast curves and undulations with some very tricky tight bends and a nasty hairpin. There are three layouts, referred to as ‘Full Circuit’ (2.173mi/3.477km), ‘Club Circuit’ (1.481mi/2.370km) and Woodland Circuit (0.712mi/1.139km).
Popular events at the circuit include: British Superbikes, championship car and motorbike racing, and Vintage motorbike racing. Track days are very popular here also and any licensed driver with a legal car or bike can race around the circuit as hard as they like.
Cadwell Park is a superb spectator venue due to its hilly terrain offering many vantage points, including the grandstand at the hairpin, with plenty of space available at all meetings. Although Cadwell does not receive the bigger events, it is nonetheless worth a visit, although facilities are limited. The paddock is generally accessible and contains permanent toilets and a café.