The Tilbury Go-Kart Track

By John Smith

The go-kart track at the Dock Road end  of Tilbury, is rumoured to disappear to make way for a large lorry park, maybe this year (2013) or in the near future.

It has been there since the 1970s or more and the ground will go from green belt to brown belt. So if it does, the memory of Tilbury go -kart track will be worth keeping for the future of Tilbury.

Photo:Tilbury Go-Kart entrance

Tilbury Go-Kart entrance

from John Smith

Photo:Tilbury Go-Kart track in the 1990s

Tilbury Go-Kart track in the 1990s

from John Smith

Photo:Tilbury Go-Kart track rules sign

Tilbury Go-Kart track rules sign

from John Smith

Photo:Tilbury Go-Kart track

Tilbury Go-Kart track

from John Smith

Photo:Go-Karts at Tilbury

Go-Karts at Tilbury

from John Smith

Photo:Off the track

Off the track

from John Smith

Photo:On the track

On the track

from John Smith

Photo:Run down cabin on site

Run down cabin on site

from John Smith

Photo:Go-Kart racing

Go-Kart racing

from John Smith

Photo:The track

The track

from John Smith

This page was added by John Matthews on 10/05/2013.
Comments about this page

Ah yes - I remember that this was a dirt track in the beginning where banger car racing took place ! I recall going there as a lad and coming home filthy :-)

By Steve Kimmings
On 23/10/2013

I used to run the banger racing with Colin Graves. Colin used to have the car sales in Jack Rourkes yard in Dock Road. The race meetings were run for charity and we had a number of events in Tilbury and Dunton. One meeting was on the Go Cart track, but the bangers damaged the surface of the track so subsequent meetings were on the grass behind the club house. The ground was so boggy when it was wet that we had to give up at Tilbury.

By Cliff Cowin
On 24/10/2013

my dad raced at tilbury & was track champion pete marshall along side rose his wife who also raced ,graham Jackson was number 69 & in the same team ,if the back field was to muddy then the racing would be moved on to the kart track I have numerous photos of the racing & mum & dad there up until close in 1979 ,I myself began racing for fun at tilbury in 1999 up until track closing in 2013 ,we will all miss jim & the crew very much & are now all regulars at rye house,tony marshall

By tony marshall
On 27/01/2014

has any one got a number to contact this race track please 

By Sam
On 05/02/2014

I remember coming to Tilbury Go Kart track in the early 60's. At the time I lived in Upminster and my dad had built two karts with lawn mower engines. I was only 5 or 6 at the time but can remember spending many happy hours whizzing round the track at about 20 mph!!. I was a part of my childhood that I will always remember.

By Keith Ives
On 16/10/2014

As I recall it the Go-Kart track along with a greyhound flapping track appeared in the very early 60's courtesy of the wrestler Man Mountain Dean.

By Percy Dalton
On 18/10/2014

I used to race at Tilbury around 1976 till 82 great times and people. I remember Graham and Terry Arnold, Jack Mailer, Johnny Herbert off course! Bill Sisley!

Mick Hill

By Mick Hill
On 04/11/2014

I think that the dirt track oval was in the field to the north of what became the go kart track.

The oval is shown on the 1961 O/S map but the cart track does not appear until the 1971 addition.

By B Meldon
On 28/03/2015

Percy your memory is brilliant, I too remember the flapping track I used to drive the old lorry propped up on sleepers with a tyre removed and the cable wrapped around it pulling an old weighted sack to represent the hare you had to keep the revs just right so the dogs didn't catch the hare, had riots there one night when the lorry ran out of petrol all bets were void,not happy bunny's excuse the pun, Man Mountain Dean was bed ridden for most of his life due to a stunt going wrong whilst making a film, I met him at his bungalow near Romford he had a massive bed that was electrically controlled to lift him upright, he certainly was a giant but also a nice man

By andy reynolds
On 29/03/2015

What a shame this track has gone. We travelled regularly from Leicester to blast round this track with the 100cc direct drive engine SCREAMING!!!!.  It was a long day for us but OMG it was worth it. Still talk about it now with my brother and mates. How we used to have a job walking the next day. And Jim plodding round mowing the grass on his mini tractor as we hurtled round BRILL MEMORIES....

By Lee Bonner
On 07/09/2016

What an amazing circuit   blasting around here on 100cc direct drive karts   never before in my life have  I ever come off a kart  struggling to breath with the adrenalin  pumping  track was not for the faint hearted  setting off from Leicester  around 5am on a Sunday morning to be at the circuit  for 8.30am all excited  even went down there just after it had snowed  bloody stupid when you think about it but Jim being Jim drove around the  track in his van spreading salt over the track   what a guy so we could have our fun great great days    I have some pics is there anyway I can put some on   

By Adam Bonner
On 09/09/2016

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By John Matthews
On 09/09/2016

I raced 100cc karts Junior, National and International from around 1967 to 78 then went on to formula cars. Countless races at Tilbury and many fond memories of a circuit that became my favourite. Remember my first outing as a junior being totally left behind until I mastered the hairpin but once I did there was no looking back. 

By Geoffrey Davies
On 31/08/2017

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