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Our History

Rootes Group purchased the site and it was used for the first time as a vehicle test track.

1972

In 1983, C.Walton Ltd purchased the site from Peugeot. The company remains the owner of Bruntingthorpe today.

1983

5 years later, in 1988, the 4x4 course was constructed to support more advanced vehicle testing.

1988

Caterpillar begin construction of a new test area for their own use which is later renamed as the Rough Terrain Centre

1998

The first set of esses were constructed to add flexibility to track layout.

2000

Bruntingthorpe expanded opportunities on site with the construction of a 0.5km kart track.

2001

2011 saw the construction of our large vehicle durability course.

2011

Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground develops motorway features at 1 mile long

2013

A year later, the motorway feature extended to 2 miles long for enhanced testing. A second set of esses were also constructed to add further flexibility to the track layout.

2014

The Whittle Building is bought from Peugeot and reconstructed trackside to support activities at Bruntingthorpe.

2014

A new global design centre is opened by Royal Enfield motorbikes.

2016

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Bruntingthorpe in Leicestershire is the current home of C Walton Limited, Manheim Auctions, Big Thunder Events, Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground and the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome, featuring the iconic Cold War Jets Collection as well as a number of other automotive businesses. All situated within the 670-acre site, there is something to meet the needs of each of our customers. Our wide range of facilities allow us to cater for any type of event, from the standard to the obscure, and thanks to our 3.2km straight, Bruntingthorpe still operates as an active airfield.

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