Kart racing was brought to the UK in 1958 by American airmen based here in the U.K.. After a successful demonstration at Silverstone in 1959 British rules were drawn up and soon large crowds were coming to meetings. At first the local club was called Banbury Kart Club, inaugurated in 1959 and holding the first meeting on Shenington (Edgehill) airfield in February 1960. Five thousand spectators came to see the twenty or thirty drivers competing, in those days there were not so many demands on leisure time. Facilities in the village did a roaring business that weekend and indeed on many others. During 1962 the club held one of the three rounds of the first World Karting Championships, the other two were in Italy and America. It is said that Stirling Moss attended. Briefly known as the British Kart Club, that name now kept up by the sport's Karting Magazine, the club joined forces with Solihull to become the Solihull and Shenington Kart Club in the mid-sixties. During the seventies it adopted the name we still have, Shenington Kart Racing Club. Initially the track was accessed from the village itself with various configurations of circuit. Within a couple of years it settled on the current site, always using both 'ends' of the track but with some variations coming back through what is now the pits parking. In part the move to the current site was forced by AP building its own oval banked test track on another part of the airfield. Despite the large attendance the club was soon in debt, so Peter Klaassen formed a new committee and made it a members only club to get finances back on an even keel. In the early nineties a small addition to the track included the Wilkins complex, named after Tony Wilkins, who has raced since the beginning and still competes now on his 210. During another low point in the club's history in 1969 Tony and wife Sue joined the committee and helped to foster a regenerative process that lasts today. The current club building was built in 1987/88, replacing earlier wooden structures. A famous concrete sided café gave rise to the corner of that name, built to replace a big wooden shed. The café no longer exists, but the club has built new toilets and a members room nearby to Café corner which was fully opened in 2004. 'Sheny', as it is affectionately known, is considered one of Britain's premier circuits, with many famous drivers having raced there. Nigel Mansell, of Formula 1 fame, raced regularly in the 210cc gearbox class after graduating from juniors. David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson, current Formula 1 aces, visited with championship series. Johnny Herbert was another famous name to race at Shenington. The club has produced many famous drivers, both in karting and motor racing. The circuit is registered as a Grade 3 heritage motor racing venue in LARA’s (Land Access and Recreation Association) register.
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