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Created Date:

19 June 2015

Last Modified:

19 December 2023
Ouston

RAF Ouston

Formerly, a popular circuit on a former World War Two airfield.

Location
The present site of Albermarle Barracks, Ouston, Northumberland NE15 ORF.

Date
August 1959 – June 1964

Chris Meek (Ginetta), T D Simpson (Marcos GT), and M A Peel (Turner-Ford) at the final meeting at RAF Ouston, with thanks to Maarten Krikkan, Historic Marcos Register, https://historicmarcosregister.com.
Chris Meek (Ginetta), T D Simpson (Marcos GT), and M A Peel (Turner-Ford) at the final meeting at RAF Ouston, with thanks to Maarten Krikkan, Historic Marcos Register, https://historicmarcosregister.com.
Racing at RAF Ouston, 24th June 1962.
Racing at RAF Ouston, 24th June 1962.
  • Chris Meek (Ginetta), T D Simpson (Marcos GT), and M A Peel (Turner-Ford) at the final meeting at RAF Ouston, with thanks to Maarten Krikkan, Historic Marcos Register, https://historicmarcosregister.com.
  • Racing at RAF Ouston, 24th June 1962.

Commentary
RAF Ouston opened as an operational airfield in March 1941.  It consisted of a perimeter track and three runways, crossing almost at the centre of the airfield. 

For much of the War, RAF Ouston was home to a number of Hurricane and Spitfire squadrons; and from 1945 the airfield was used for auxiliary support, training and as a glider school. 

The first motor race at Ouston was held on Saturday 8th August 1959 (whilst the RAF base was still in operation) on the North West quadrant of the airfield with a re-surfaced track.  Further races, organised by the Borders and Newcastle motor clubs took place during the early sixties, and included appearances by Jackie Stewart, as a competitor in 1963, and by Jim Clark as starter for the last race meeting on 21 June 1964.

In 1974, the airfield closed and passed to the army.  It was renamed the Albermarle Barracks. 

Further details

  • Motor racing circuits in England, then and now, Peter Swinger, Ian Allan 2001.
  • Motorsport explorer, Julian Hunt, Haynes 2012.