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Leyland Test Track - Urban Exploring Infield Track of the Abandoned Circuit

Leyland Test Track, Urban Exploring Infield Track of the Abandoned Circuit. In this video I take you for a track walk on the abandoned Leyland Test Track in England, UK. It was filmed on July 28 and July 31, 2018 during my Circuit Tour through England. There are some intersting places on the abandoned circuit. First I show you the secret entry to the track. The coolest and most creepy place was the abandoned garage, wich could be the site of a horror movie Complete with flapping doors! During my exploration of the lost circuit I found a burned scooter. It seems it has been stolen for joyriding on the Leyland Test Track. Then to set it on fire. About the abandoned circuit: The Leyland Test Track is an abandoned circuit in Lancashire in England, UK. It was built in the late 1970s and opened in 1980. The test circuit was mainly used to test trucks and busses of British Leyland. But it was also used for Rally Stages. The test track contained an oval for high speed testing, with a long straight for high speed brake testing. There was also had an infield circuit with two skid pans, several rumble strips and a test hill. The Leyland Test Track closed in 2005 and since then it's abandoned. Officially the track is not accessible, but there are several not official entrances, as you have seen at the beginning of this video. On July 27, 2017 a plan was given green light to demolish the old test track and build 960 new houses on the site. One year later I visited the abandoned circuit, just in time. About me: I’m Herman Liesemeijer, born on November 19, 1967 in a town called Heerenveen in the Netherlands. My family was not realy a motorsport family, but my father was a frequent visitor of the Dutch TT at Assen in the 1950s. My passion for motorsport started in the 80s. First watching motorcycle races and later car races. When I had my drivers licence I went to the TT Circuit of Assen in the spring of 1989. Those days the central part of the track was public road. But also both loops were open for traffic. So you could do a complete lap. Here I drove for the First time on a race track. Off course it was dangerous, because it was actually a public road. However, at the connections with the central part I was carefull. But not everyone was so carefull. After some grave accidents the track closed for public in 1992. At Assen I learned the basics from circuit driving. Later I did a racing course on Zandvoort. I also was a frequent visitor of track days. In the spring of 1998 I visited the abandoned Formula One circuit of Nivelles in Belgium. It was the First time I saw such an abandoned race track and it impressed me It inspired me to start a website about lost race tracks. Five years later I made the start with this website, the MSN Group Circuits of the past. Another 5 years later, in 2008, the MSN Group became a real website and in 2010 I started this YouTube Channel. Together with the abandoned circuits of Sitges Terramar, Nivelles (in 1998) and Morano Po, the Leyland Test Track was one of the coolest lost places I visited. Thanks for watching this video. Don't miss our new videos and subscribe to my channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/Circuitsofthepast?sub_confirmation=1 Thanks for the subscribe :) #urbex #abandonedcircuit #motorsport