C Walton purchases the Bruntingthorpe site and starts to introduce events including a number of full air shows marketed under the name Big Thunder.


We established our own corporate hospitality service, Big Thunder Events, in 2001, keeping hold of the name that was once the codename for the air base when in the hands of the USAF.


Since 2001 Big Thunder has introduced numerous activities to add to our portfolio. Initially focused on supercar and other automotive experiences, activities such as hovercraft racing, archery and falconry have since been added.


In 2015, we heavily invested in the Hangar ’42 building, a £1.5m project that has enabled us to cater for a variety of events over the years – from gala dinners to new product launches.


Construction of the brand new Whittle Building followed an opening in 2016 to provide a smaller venue for bespoke events. Situated trackside, the Whittle Building provides a comfortable atmosphere for conferences, smaller product launches and other corporate events.



Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire is the home of Cox Automotive Vehicle Solutions, Manheim Vehicle Services, Manheim Auction Services and Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground. Situated within a 670-acre site, Cox Automotive customers and vehicle manufacturers, finance companies and dealers can access the extensive proving ground facilities at Bruntingthorpe which range from vehicle testing through to vehicle launches, media events and dealer training.

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