Ipswich BMX Club is the UK's longest running bicycle motocross club. It formed in 1980 and has been holding events at its Landseer Park track ever since.
2nd November 1980 was when it all began The first ever race held by Ipswich BMX Club took place at Landseer Park, Ipswich on one of the country's first purpose built tracks.
Motocross champion Dave Bickers and Barry Scott-Webb from Ipswich Witches Speedway helped to construct the track, which used a ramp attached to the side of a lorry for its start hill. The mayors from both Ipswich and Colchester were in attendance that day to see the action.
A dirt start hill soon followed on the former landfill site and old shale from Foxhall Stadium's speedway track was used to surface the country's first local authority track.
Bryan Potter was one of the club's founders and was a key part of the early local scene, running local BMX emporium Leisure Wheels on Nacton Road.
The club continued to grow through the 1980's and its Landseer Park track underwent an extensive rebuild and layout change in time to host the first of two consecutive international events in 1989 and 1990.
These highly successful events continued to keep the club in the BMX community's wider consciousness and Ipswich hosted further national races in the 1990's; culminating in their last major event, the 2002 British BMX Championships.
Over the years that followed the Landseer park track began to fall behind the current standard of modern National BMX racing tracks being built across the UK.
It was 2021 before the club successfully raised £350k to bring their then out of date track up to the most modern National Standard.
Clark & Kent Contractors were chosen to help the club realise their 20-year ambitions. Bringing years of experience and expertise in designing and constructing high-level competition BMX racing tracks we were the obvious choice.
Following a detailed design process, bringing to the table Clark & Kent Contractors, Ipswich BMX club, British Cycling and Ipswich Borough Council, C&K populated and enthusiastic and modern design to future proof the Landseer park site for years to come.
Construction started in June 2021 on the full-size National Standard race track including; tarmac surfaced corners, a 5m tall UCI shape start hill surfaced in tarmac complete with a brand new all-electric ProStart BMX gate.
The 325m track was realised through a comprehensive cut and fill exercise across the entirety of the original Landseer Park BMX track. The finished product sat very comfortably within the park as if it had always been there.
Please see BBC News item here.