Aintree Circuit

Aintree Circuit was constructed in just 4 months in 1954 as the UK’s first (and only) purpose built 3 mile Grand Prix motor racing circuit.

It was intended to be run anti-clockwise, just like the Grand National horse races, but only the first event was actually run that way. Experience showed that the circuit would be safer run conventionally, so it has been run clockwise ever since.  Aintree hosted five world championship Grand Prix races, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961 & 1962 as well as several non-world championship Formula One races. Back in the 50’s the top drivers of the day competed in several different types of car racing as well as the World Championship races and could even be seen racing in saloon or sports cars as well as in the main event.

The full 3 mile Grand Prix circuit was last used in 1964 but car racing continued on the 1.5 mile Club Circuit right through until 1982. Today, the circuit still hosts motorcycle races but regrettably, car racing has been consigned to history. However, the Club Circuit is still used for the car sprints and track days run by Liverpool Motor Club whose members are determined to keep the venue alive for motorsport.


How do you drive Aintree?

On the The Hillclimb & Sprint Association’s website are two excellent guides to competing at Aintree, one written by  Steve Liptrott in 2001, and another written by Gary Thomas in 2008. Each driver has achieved Fastest Time of the Day at least once at an Aintree Sprint so they definitely know how to drive Aintree and their guides are well worth a read if you’ve not been to Aintree before – and still worth looking at even if you have!

On our Track Days page is – A Lap of Aintree – Really Helpful Advice – written by our regular Aintree ARDS instructor, Andrew Whitehouse. Whilst it is intended for track day drivers and therefore includes Club Corner, it contains  extremely useful information about every corner on the circuit. You will almost certainly learn something, no matter how competent you think you are!


You can click on any of the following images to zoom in for a clearer view




Aintree from above, looking towards Bechers Bend in the distance



As it was – the 3 mile Grand Prix Circuit, 1959.
There are lots of photos from the Grand Prix days in the Liverpool Echo archive, though the more observent of you will note that some of the captions are not altogether accurate! (Opens in a new tab)



Aintree – how it all fits – The Horse Race Course, Grand Prix & Club Circuits


Aintree Circuit – Venue Hire

Aintree Motor Racing circuit is situated within the Aintree Grand National horse racing course which is owned/managed by the Jockey Club Racecourses Ltd. The venue also features a 9 hole golf course, a golf driving range and a FootGolf course all of which have to be closed for motorsport events to take place.

Liverpool Motor Club does not handle bookings for other organisations wishing to use the Circuit. Such enquires should be directed to  or tel 0151 523 5157

There may occasionally be opportunities for reputable commercial organisations to hire facilities for new car launches, vehicle testing etc. However, other than for the existing car and motorcycle events, the owners do not normally hire out the venue for any activity that necessitates the closure of the golf attractions.

Last updated 24/11/2021