Press release from 2016

Things are on track for Jeremy Clarkson’s new motoring show, The Grand Tour, which will air in autumn, and will be available to subscribers of Amazon’s £79-per-year Prime streaming service.

The show will feature various circuits and tracks including RAF Wroughton, near Swindon – and when it was time to give this old airfield a new surface, the team at Spadeoak and South East Asphalt were called in to spruce things up.

Dave Dawe, MD of Spadeoak explained, “We were contacted by Earthline, one of our customers, on 25th April with a request to put new material down on the RAF Wroughton track. The track was essentially a straight runway that was divided into squares, so we put in curves and bends to make it more interesting. The Spadeoak team achieved a quick turnaround by laying 800 tonnes of material supplied by the Aggregate Industries Heathrow asphalt plant on the 29th. While the client specified an ordinary surface, after consulting with Paul Phillips, Director of the Construction Development Laboratory, we upgraded it to Prixmat Asphalt as it is better suited to high stress applications and drift corners – where drivers skid the tyres which throws up a lot of smoke. AI/Spadeoak could not risk a failure on the track for The Grand Tour.”


“We were delighted to play our part in this exciting project and as the show grows in popularity, we hope to do more resurfacing work. The show’s drivers are very happy and have said the track performs very well,” he added.
According to Damien Preece, Assistant Operations Manager for South East Asphalt, the project required a great deal of technical input which was provided by Richard Chapman, Technical Manager at the Frome office and James Harmer from Spadeoak. He summed up and said, “We showed what we can do when we work closely together. Achieving such a quick turnaround on a high-profile job is impressive. We had to devote a lot of care and attention at each stage of the order and supply process. As always, we focused our efforts on delivering what the customer wants.”