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The Construction Industry Motor Racing Challenge

In aid of Lighthouse Club, the Construction Industry Charity. Hosted by Wilson James, organised by Salone Events.

We hope you are looking forward to an adrenaline filled day on Thursday 13th June 2024.

On this page you will find all information that you require to prepare driving an unrivalled collection of performance cars, against the clock, at Bedford Autodrome. There is a section of important information that we ask you read carefully.


Please complete this link prior to arriving at the event. It is essential that you do so.


You’re joining Wilson James for this exclusive event in raising vital proceeds for Lighthouse Club, who are the only charity that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families, in a thrilling Motorsport event in which you will drive 8 track prepared vehicles with trophies to win!

You will spend a full day driving an unrivalled collection of 8 different performance cars. There are spacious run-off areas providing you with the unique freedom to drive harder and faster than anywhere else in the world, with outstanding safety, in an inspiring environment with superb food and hospitality. It is a heart-stopping, exhilarating and unforgettable driving experience, all whilst raising funds for the Lighthouse Club charity.

Following this adrenaline fuelled day, you will enjoy a 3 course dinner, prize giving, auction, raffle and overnight stay with breakfast at The Bedford Swan Hotel.


The day will begin at Bedford Autodrome for the driving experience. On arrival, please head to the Trackside Suite.

Address: Trackside Suite, Bedford Autodrome, Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh, Bedford, MK44 2YP.


The Bedford Swan Hotel & Thermal Spa, The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1RW.

The hotel is located approximately 20 minutes from Bedford Autodrome. Please view parking information here. You can view the hotels website here.

All rooms are single occupancy with breakfast included. Breakfast is served 06:30-10:00. Check out is 12:00 Friday 14th June 2024.

Important: It is essential that you check in using the desk instead of the self serve computer. This is to ensure you do not get charged for your room. Please ensure you enter your vehicle registration when asked to avoid a parking ticket.


07:45 – Arrival & sign in at Bedford Autodrome, Trackside Suite
08:00 – Full English breakfast
08:30 – Safety briefing
09:00 – The fun begins
12:15 – Lunch and refuel
13:15 – Restart
16:30 – Afternoon tea
17:00 – Departure to Bedford Swan Hotel
18:30 – Meet in the “Coach Room” for award giving, auction and dinner (Dress code: Casual, with deep pockets!), followed by an overnight stay


PalmerSport activity at Bedford Autodrome

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & refreshments

Vehicle damage waiver & personal accident insurance

3 course dinner at The Bedford Swan Hotel (Dress code: Casual, with deep pockets!)

Overnight accommodation


Tailor-made for this specific driving experience, Bedford Autodrome was designed to create the world’s most extensive, thrilling and safe driving experience complex. This event doesn’t just put you behind the wheel of mouth-watering performance machinery – it actively encourages you to push to the limits. And at Bedford Autodrome you can do just that, safe in the knowledge that there is nothing to hit but the rev limiter.

Throughout the day you’ll have access to complimentary refreshments in each trackside suite, along with WiFi internet access and mobile phone charging.

Below is a list of all of the vehicles that you will get to drive, and when the activity allows, you will be alongside an instructor, encouraging you to discover your true on-track potential.

  • Ginetta G56 GTA
  • BMW M4 GTP
  • Formula 3000 single-seater
  • Palmer JP-LM
  • Caterham Seven – PalmerSport edition
  • Land Rover Defender
  • Sodi Karts
  • Caterham head-to-head pursuit

If you have booked to do so, you will also participate in a hot lap in the Palmer JP-LM driven by one of their very best instructors. 


You must bring your driving licence on the day. Failure to do so will result you in you not being able to participate.

Please advise if you are under the age of 21, or have less than 12 month’s driving experience. Prior written permission to drive must be obtained, and certain additional conditions and a damage excess may apply.

Please advise if you are outside the weight and height guidelines of 18 stone and 153 cm – 193 cm.

Please arrive at 07:45 in order to allow time for registration and breakfast before the safety briefing. Even if you have been to a Bedford Autodrome event before, you will need to watch the essential safety briefing video as this is an insurance requirement.

Where required, Bedford Autodrome provide helmets for all activities. Their helmets are fitted with an intercom system to allow constant communication with your Instructor. As a result, if you do wish to bring your own helmet, you may only wear this in the single-seater vehicles.

Please feel free to bring your own camera if you would like to. Please note however, that due to safety requirements you will be unable to use your own camera or video camera for any in car pictures or footage.

We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing, e.g. jeans and sweatshirt, windproof jacket and lightweight shoes suitable for performance driving. Shorts and high heels are not permitted and heavy or wide soled shoes are not recommended. Waterproof clothing will be provided, if required, for use in the cars with open cockpits. Helmets are provided for all activities except off road. You are welcome to bring any driving overalls and driving gloves/wet weather gear of your own, and if rain is forecast a change of clothing may be useful.


Please use the below contact information if you need to alter any information or have any queries.

[email protected]
01243 943019 / 07592 147670


The information displayed on this page is solely for those who have booked and paid to attend the The Construction Industry Motor Racing Challenge on Thursday 13th June 2024.