Elvington to Appeal F1 Restrictions

A remote airfield in the English countryside is to appeal a recent court order restricting F1 testing at the venue. In November we reported upon the court order which would limit testing at the Elvington Aerodrome to just ten days a year.

Elvington, which hosted 16 days of F1 ‘straight line’ and aerodynamic testing during 2006, as well as filming for the popular BBC Top Gear programme, has been targetted by local villagers upset by the noise pollution.

It is thought that McLaren, who threatened to cease all UK based F1 testing at the first trial, are likely to provide evidence at the appeal.

The appeal by Elvington Park Ltd will be heard at York Crown Court sometime in the New Year. Given the age of the airfield, you have to ask why villagers moved to that location, what exactly did they expect?

Facts:

  • Handley Page Halifax heavy Bombers flew from RAF Elvington during WW2
  • The USAF turned the airfield into a ‘Basic Operation Platform’, extending the runway to 3094m (10,152ft)
  • In September, it was the location of Top Gear Presenter Richard Hammond’s 300mph accident