Knockhill Racing Circuit Ltd has been operated by current owner, Derek Butcher, since 1983. A fast moving and dynamic business, Knockhill prides itself with the reputation as the friendly circuit with an open and inclusive attitude towards motorsport.
Knockhill is famous for hosting top motorsport events in the UK; British Touring Cars, British Superbikes and The Scottish Motorshow.
As late as the early 1970s, Scotland still had no venue permanently dedicated to Motor Sport. A few disused ex-RAF airfields and the odd Public Park were being utillised on a part-time basis. Dependent on the goodwill of landowners and the need to temporarily link service roads to create a racetrack, the potential inadequacy of such locales was fast becoming evident.
Enter Tom Kinnaird, a sheep farmer at South Lethans in Fife. Tom was also a fan of motorcycle racing and traveled regularly to meetings throughout the country. Tom’s farm, in the lee of the Knock Hill and round seven miles from Dunfermline, boasted a narrow farm service track and a disused railway line. His vision was to link these resources to create a demanding road-circuit style track, 1.3 miles (2km) long, and 30 feet (10 m) wide, with a unique series of twists, turns, drops and climbs, varying by around 200 feet (60m) from highest to lowest point.
The gestation period was two years from the initial bite with Tom’s superannuated mechanical digger to the laying of the primary tarmac surface. In the autumn of 1974, the inaugural Motorcycle Race meeting was held at Knockhill Race Circuit. The vast crowds it attracted caused traffic chaos on the surrounding roads and Scotland’s National Centre for Motor Sport was born!
Knockhill Racing Circuit,
by Dunfermline, Fife,
General Enquiries: +44 (0)1383 723337
Voucher Sales: +44 (0)1383 720044
Fax: +44 (0)1383 620167