We are Thurrock’s Hammers


“End of an era as Lakeside Hammers complete their final laps at Arena Essex. Looking forward to welcoming them back to Thurrock in the future. Good luck for the rest of the season. They might not be based here for a little while but they are still ours”

Jackie Doyle-Price. MP for Thurrock 

14th September 2018


Following the closure of the Arena Essex Raceway for development, The Lakeside Hammers license is on ice for the 2019 season.  The club aim to find a new track within the Thurrock borough.  This page provides information and latest news regarding this campaign. 

Please check back regularly and also submit a letter of support and sign our petition below.

Submit a letter of support

Along with signing our petition below, fans and local Thurrock residents can also send a letter of support for the return of the Lakeside Hammers to the borough to Cllr. Mark Coxshall, the Head of Planning and Regeneration, at Thurrock Council.

To use a pre-drafted letter, please click on the Download now button below, and  the draft letter will launch in Word.


Our Online Petition

Following the closure of The Arena Essex Raceway, which was sold primarily for housing development, the club needs a new home.

Speedway, which is a fantastic, family friendly sport, has run in the borough for over 30 years and we believe that Thurrock is still a great location for a new facility and is a growing community that deserves the exciting, top class sport that speedway provides.

We have a great relationship with Thurrock Council but we still need to show local decision makers how much support the club enjoys.

Please show your support for the return of your team back to Thurrock by signing our online petition.

Latest News and Media Coverage

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    Hammers to take on The Kings

    The Hammers will take to the track in 2019, with a Hammers select team set to race against National League side, The Kent Kings on May Day Bank Holiday (Monday May 6th) at Central Park Stadium. Tapes up 4pm. Full details on the team will follow and an update on our campaign will be provided […]

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    Romford Speedway Reunion

    “Romford Speedway, which operated from 1969 to 1971, ran a few miles away from the Arena Essex Raceway in Romford at the home of Romford FC. They were forced to close in 1971 and reallocated to West Ham’s Custom House Stadium in 1972 for seven matches before reallocating again to Barrow as the stadium became […]

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    New Hammers website domain

    As part of the BSPA process of updating all club website domain names, The Hammers website URL has now been changed to a new domain: www.lakeside-speedway.com The previous domain, www.lakesidehammers.co will re-direct to the new address until July 2019.   The site remains the same, but fans may wish to update any bookmarks ahead of July […]

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Supporting Our Campaign

We would like to extend our thanks to the companies below who have contiuned to support our cause for returning to Thurrock. If you would like to get involved, or offer your support, please get in touch with Russell Keetch here

 Our Media Partners

In 2014 we developed the phrase  The Extreme Team Sport which we passionately believe summarises everything about Speedway.  At that time we also forged close links with dedicated Twitter & Facebook channel Lakesidelive, who, under their phrase Raceday at The Raceway provided coverage of every single Hammers heat, both home and away during this period.

Along with Lakesidelive, we are very appreciate of the media outlets below, who continue to support us in our quest to return to Thurrock.