The airfield has a large race track, which is frequently used for drag racing and other motorsport events. In November 1966, Italian motor scooter rider Alberto Ancillotti on his Lambretta bike established the 106 mph terminal speed record at this venue. In the 1970s the airfield was the outdoor location for a series of Oh No, It’s Selwyn Froggit! a situation comedy on British television.
During filming of a Top Gear segment filmed at the airbase on 20 September 2006, Richard Hammond was injured in the crash of the jet-powered car he was piloting. He was travelling at 288 mph (463 km/h) at the time of the crash.