2nd November 1980 was when it all began… The first ever race held by Ipswich BMX Club (known as the Witches back then) took place at Landseer Park, Ipswich on one of the country’s first purpose built tracks.
Motocross champion Dave Bickers and Barry Scott-Webb from Ipswich Witches Speedway helped to construct the track, which used a ramp attached to the side of a lorry for its start hill. The Mayors from both Ipswich and Colchester were in attendance that day to see the action.
A dirt start hill soon followed on the former landfill site and old shale from Foxhall Stadium’s speedway track was used to surface the country’s first local authority track.
Bryan Potter was one of the Club’s founders and was a key part of the early local scene, running local BMX emporium Leisure Wheels on Nacton Road.
The Club continued to grow through the 1980’s and its Landseer Park track underwent an extensive rebuild and layout change in time to host the first of two consecutive international events in 1989 and 1990.
These highly successful events continued to keep the Club in the BMX community’s wider consciousness and Ipswich hosted further national races in the 1990’s; culminating in our last major event, the 2002 British BMX Championships.
Since then a lack of major financial investment in the track and its infrastructure has meant that the club has been reduced to staging only local and regional events. Other facilities around the country have benefited from lottery and Olympic legacy funding; whereas Ipswich has had to rely predominately on the endeavours of its hard working volunteers, supporters and riders.
Despite this Ipswich BMX Club has always punched above its weight, and has produced British, National and World Champions… Riders such as the Scott-Webb’s, the Goodman’s, Robert Haynes, and John Lillingstone will always be synonymous with our Club
Whilst we are rightfully proud of our heritage Ipswich BMX Club continues to look forward and is already planning another 40 years of ‘going fast and getting rad’.