Like a lot of folk i've been going stock car racing since i was a baby, i'd have been 8 months old when dad took me to Sheffield in April 1981, if he wanted to go out then he had to take me that was rule according to mum! We attended every Sheffield meeting but Dad was and still is a tight un so we never ventured further afield, neither did he buy magazines or programmes so when Owlerton closed abruptly in 1989 we were lost to the sport. A bit like Coventry closing, when Sheffield stopped stock cars so did we, but 1997 stock cars came back, I will ignore the Christmas meeting in 96 as that was a bad idea. 1997 must have been the worst year on record for F1, most tracks struggled for numbers, tarmac rarely above 20, even the mighty Coventry barely got over 45 cars. Nevertheless I was hooked again, I managed to convince dad to travel to some other tracks, Buxton, Long Eaton and Coventry were all visited for the first time. I've been going ever since, I've done some marshalling at Sheffield for a few years and then did some writing for a now defunct magazine, I enjoyed it all but now just a regular fan, I often take my nephew and Dad comes along when he fancies it and now my niece is coming to some local meetings. I's guess I go to 30-35 meetings a year, nearly all F1 but will do others I like the look of, last year went up to cowdy for the saloons WF & Lynn for 2wo's WF. I am a self confessed stock car snob, I love F1 , enjoy saloons, ministox, V8s, F2's on shale are good and used to be great on tarmac but aren't up to much except in big meetings on tarmac, which is why F1 has done the right thing with the rule changes before it went the same way as F2. As for other formula's a bloke I know when asked about watching Superstox every week at Lochgelly said he wouldn't go to the bottom of his garden to watch them! I've seen the superstox 3 times and been disappointed 3 times so I know what he means. Bangers? no not for me, don't get it at all, you spend a week or more preparing a car to go out and trash it in less than 10 seconds, makes no sense to me, I like racing where everyone is trying to win. Don't get me wrong I love a crash and a heavy hit but to follow in an already stationary car is just nuts. Like Dave Wayne said, Coventry is not the be all and end all of stock car racing, for most of it's existence F2's never raced there and they managed to thrive! so must F1.