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Carl H


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    They're Stock Cars, not Stockcars...
  • Association with F1
    Since 1978
  • Association with F1 (longer)
    Stoxnet admin
    Points & Stats (http://www.stoxnet.com/points)
    Since 1954 (http://www.stoxnet.com/since1954)
    Former scribe, website guy, small time sponsor, pit crew when times were desperate, and a rubbish F1 driver.

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  1. 138 John Wilson. Raced Kev Smith's car at Knockhill the year before. Might be the same John Wilson that was a regular in the Stock Rods at Cowdie and Armadale in the early 1980s?
  2. I looked this up last night. Info from the oracle of all things Bezz is that he was born in 1947, which means at the most, he would have been 64 years and 10 months old at his farewell meeting in November 2011. Darkie Wright was 62 when he won the Final at Northampton in March 1974, which made him the oldest final winner ever. I don't know who had the record before that. Darkie retired from BriSCA at the end of 1974 but .... controversial moment ahead... he raced SCOTA F1 for a few years afterwards and the original question just says F1, not BriSCA F1. Colin has a photo of him racing at Wisbech in 1977, which is believed to have been his last season. That would have made him 65 or 66 when he stopped racing completely. As John N says above, Rob Cowley was 63 when he won at Birmingham in October 2015,. So unless his birthday falls between 18th October and 17th November, then he was 65 at his retirement meeting in November 2017. As Carrot Cruncher has provided John Lund's birthday, we can be more precise. Lundy was 65 years 9 months and 29 days old when he raced at Belle Vue in November 2019.
  3. I think a return to 1950s standards would be brilliant, with proper stadia like Belle Vue, Bradford, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Harringay, Leicester, Motherwell, New Cross, Norwich, Oxford, Plymouth, Rayleigh, Sheffield, St Austell, Staines, West Ham....
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    Since 1954

    Latest.... Photos and words on the newly built car of Mike Holt, courtesy of John Nolan. History of Cadwell Park (Thanks Giant) Results for Newcastle 2nd October 1965. (Thanks Tony) Results for Lydden Hill on 6th October 1957, 15th June 1958, and 10th August 1958. (Thanks Huggy) The true identity of the driver listed as 118 DA Hewitt (Thanks Edna) Results from Harringay 12th June 1954. (Thanks Chris) Dates of Aycliffe meetings in 1956 and results from 1957. (Thanks Nigel) New photos of Jim Woolnough, John Hayden, J Crabb , Stefan Stepenović, and Bobby Myers at Harringay. (Thanks eBay) Expanded introductory words on the front page, some of which I'm not convinced are totally correct. Please drop me a line if you can help.
  5. Alex and Sam are brothers and the sons of Derek. Bob Wass is Derek's dad. (Info from Derek, including a photo of Bob) 👍
  6. The question about the longest serving driver is possibly slightly open to interpretation, and it seems to me that there are a few ideas of what 'longest serving' actually means. I would think that the oldest drivers to have raced are Johnny Goodhall and Ray Scriven. My reasoning, and I apologise in advance if this is wrong, is that the rule about age limits came in following Johnny's sad death, as the investigation decided that his age would have been a factor. I believe Ray then either decided to retire, or was told to retire. As Lundy is still racing at age 65 or 66, then those two must have been older than that.
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    Belle Vue

    Statement from Startrax Belle Vue ARC Greyhounds, leaseholders of Belle Vue have in the last 48 hours issued a statement in the Racing industry which is below. This week ARC have started a 'consultation plan' with staff, etc which may well include redundancy after all options have been exhausted. This is not totally down to redevelopment plans, which of course time limits the stadium as 6 months notice may be given at any time and we had optimism that the stadium may have enjoyed a full season in 2020 but beyond would only be speculation. However, the impact of Coronavirus and zero revenue v uncertain future, further investment has had a dramatic effect on current and future viability. No final decision has as yet been made however, being realistic, in the current situation, we do not believe it will re-open. We will have more clarity in the next 4 weeks. Whilst this of course is sad, when actually planning for 2020 which at one point seemed it would not run - and then possibly until June of this year, beyond remained uncertain earlier in the year, it has not come as a shock given the 'losses' sustained and it's potential short term future. ARC Statement 22nd June 2020 Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) can today confirm that a consultation process on the future of Belle Vue Greyhound Stadium is underway. The suspension of greyhound racing, due to the coronavirus outbreak, has caused significant damage to the business over recent months, alongside the uncertainty over a number of other factors and the granting of planning permission for housing development at the site in December. Whilst no concrete decision has been made as to the future of the business, ARC will undertake a formal consultation with staff over the coming weeks. ARC has been the leaseholder of Belle Vue Stadium since October 2019 and ongoing efforts are focused on exploring the options available for the site. The canine welfare support package that has been in place during the lockdown will continue for all trainers still associated with Belle Vue throughout this consultation period. Managing Director of ARC’s Racing Division, Mark Spincer, said “Due to the hugely damaging effects of the suspension of racing, we have decided to enter this period of consultation with staff over the future of Belle Vue. “Whilst no firm decision has been taken as yet, we must explore every avenue which, sadly, could include closure of the site. We will go through this process with staff over the coming month, after which we will be able to offer a further update on the business. “During this consultation period, we will continue our support payments to trainers attached to Belle Vue, to assist them and their owners, in meeting the welfare needs of their greyhounds. “There has always been tremendous support for racing at Belle Vue over the years and we would, of course, like to offer our continued thanks to all of the loyal staff, trainers, owners, bookmakers and customers.”
  8. I wouldn't have thought so. It looks like they would be refused entry at the border due to the Netherlands' ban on non-essential travel.
  9. Thanks to everyone. 👍
  10. Off the top of my head.... Johnny Goodhall, John Lund, Ray Scriven, Tim Warwick, Frankie Wainman, Willie Harrison, Ron Rogers, Rob Cowley, and Darkie Wright all raced into their 60s. Horry Barnes also, but he only raced F1 in the very early days.
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    The opening meeting was promoted by Dave Watts and Gerry Scali who were drivers from the South West corner of England. Quite why they got involved with running a track 400 miles away is a mystery! Although it does give some clue as to why the opening meeting included a fair few drivers from the Plymouth area. I remember that the excellent and sadly long gone Never Enough Stox website had an 'Aycliffe Project' on the go, which researched the history of the track. I think there was a theory that it had actually first ran stock cars in 1954 or 1955, as there was a photo from a presentation night in 1955. The "grand opening meeting" of October 1956 was the grand opening for the new promoters, but not necessarily the first one ever. This also happened at Northampton - the programme for 14th August 1955 says 'Meeting No 1' on the front, but there's a newspaper report on a meeting on 22nd May.
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    The previous year there had been a noticeable split in the way cars were prepared. On one hand were drivers such as Aubrey Leighton and Wilf Davies with the original spec of old American car ironed up for smashing up the opposition, and on the other were drivers with stripped out lightweight cars prepared for speed. The second group eventually complained about the first and began demanding that the cars be banned. It came to a head at the Redex sponsored meeting at Coventry in October 1956. Wilf Davies was drawn behind Vic Ferriday for one of the heats, and when the race started, Ferriday was pushed straight on into a fence post by Davies. Ferriday's lightweight car folded up, Davies' was unscathed. This is considered to be the first ever follow-in. More controversy followed, with bans being issued, then rescinded, tracks refusing bookings, etc.... For 1957, Long Eaton promoter Harold Bosworth proposed splitting the entry and running separate races for the lightweight racing cars and the heavier 'stock' cars. The racing cars were named Hot Rods. A Long Eaton promoter inventing a new formula....! As Peter Arnold realised, the root cause was that there weren't any universally recognised rules, about car construction or anything else. It was just whatever each individual track decided on for themselves. There wasn't an overall fixture list either. Something else he felt had room for improvement was the (lack of) method of allocating racing numbers, which led to the national numbering system. He also thought a grading system would work, but that had to wait until the following year. The Stock Car Board Of Control consisted of both drivers and promoters, and between them they sorted a lot of stuff out for the good of the sport. Some tracks had closed during 1957, as it had been a quiet year, largely due to the Suez crisis, but the ones that were still running stock cars all agreed to be part of the BOC from 1958 (except Aycliffe, as mentioned earlier). Digger Pugh is credited with bringing stock car racing to the UK, but Peter Arnold deserves equal, if not greater, acknowledgement.
  13. Great stuff. Very entertaining. A couple of my pics of the aftermath of that crash in the 2003 British. Kev rejoined the race with no outside help whatsoever...
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