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Buxton Speedway
(Raceway)
 
Buxton Raceway, Dale Head Lane, Axe Edge, Near Buxton, Derbyshire.  The Hitmen operated between 1996 and 2006 and odd occasions since.
 

Andrew Gallon says: Owing to its exposed location, up on High Edge, I only ever went to Buxton Raceway when glorious weather was forecast. As a result, my memories of this scenic track consist entirely of idyllic spring and summer Sunday afternoons. The raceway, which didn’t have any spectator cover (unless one took one’s car trackside), operated between 1996 and 2018. A purpose-built circuit, it replaced the rather inadequate, hard-to-ride track at the adjacent stock car stadium, which had hosted Buxton meetings in 1994 and 1995. My preferred spot at the raceway was just to the right of the starting gate. From there, one could look out across the track and, to the north, over an impressive vista of lush Peak District countryside. The drive to Buxton was always a treat. During the track’s lifetime, I lived mostly in various Yorkshire locations. My picturesque route usually took in the Holme Valley, Holme Moss, Longdendale, Glossop, Chinley, Chapel-en-le-Frith and central Buxton. Never had to touch a motorway! I often wondered whether any locals supported the Hitmen. Most of the Buxton crowd seemed to comprise speedway followers from Manchester, Stoke, Sheffield, the East Midlands and West Yorkshire. Members of the Moss family owned and ran Buxton Hitmen. Their laudable policy throughout was to bring on and blood young riders rather than track teams capable of winning matches and trophies. It appears the Moss family is keeping the raceway in use, for private practice sessions and instructor-led experience days (@rideandskidit.com). These are for flattrack and speedway (albeit 125cc bikes only), which at least offers the potential for the return of league racing.

 

 
Buxton Badges
 

 
 
Buxton v Berwick
 
13th July 1997
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 
Buxton v Norfolk
 
2nd August 1998
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 

 
 
Buxton v
Rye House
 
15th July 2001
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 

 
 
Buxton v Scunthorpe
 
1st May 2005
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 

 
 
Buxton Badges
 
1997 1998 1999
 
These badge scans
are courtesy of
Andrew Gallon
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2000 2001 2002
     
 
2004 2005  
     
 
2007 2008  
     
  2018  
 

 
 
Later Programme Covers
 
2007 2008
 
2016 2017
 
2018
 
 
Buxton v Mildenhall
 
20th July 2014
 
Courtesy of Andrew Gallon
 

 
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