Longcross (Chobham, Surrey)
A former airfield and MOD test facility, the track at Longcross Proving Ground, (also known as Chobham Test Track) is 2.2 miles long including straights as long as half a mile, steep test hills, and the dreaded ‘snake’; ¾ mile of dramatic elevation and camber changes. The entire track is surrounded by woodland, giving it a wonderful alpine feel.
Located near Chertsey in Surrey, southwest of central London, the track is conveniently close to the M25. Found just past junction 2 of the M3 and not at all far from Heathrow airport, there are also regular services to nearby Chertsey and Sunningdale railway stations. Postcode KT16 0EE.
Refreshments and snacks are available at the track. There are plenty of opportunities for spectators to take photos although viewing areas can be exposed so visitors should dress according to the weather.
Want something more to do? The nearby town of Chertsey is one of the oldest in England. Situated on the River Thames, its boasts many historic sites and visitors can enjoy the admission-free museum, which also hosts the annual Black Cherry Fair, featuring live music in the museum’s garden. Ascot Racecourse and Thorpe Park are both within a 20 minutes drive. For those wishing to stay overnight there is accommodation available from boutique hotels and B&Bs to a Premier Inn nearby.
Prior to adopting its recreational role today, the Longcross Proving Ground was once a Ministry of Defence test facility. Its existence was top secret. During WWII, and later the Cold War, military tanks and other vehicles were tested on its tracks. Over the years it has gone through several name changes from Forces Vehicle Research and Development Establishment (FVRDE) to Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA).
Today, the track is no longer shrouded in Cold War secrecy, and has been open to members of the public. Although there was news of closure in 2007, it is now back in operation, hosting thrill-seeking visitors and film crews from the likes of James Bond and the Avengers to Doctor Who.
Map for Longcross (Chobham, Surrey)