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    They're Stock Cars, not Stockcars...
  • Association with F1
    Since 1978
  • Association with F1 (longer)
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    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. Yes, it would have been. 😞
  2. The final from Bolton, filmed and commentated by FWJ's chief mechanic Binnsy's dad
  3. That's correct, Roy. (Bit of a clue there )
  4. All these drivers are F1 race winners. Can you name them? And for a bonus point, list one race that they've won. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
  5. Sunday 29th March 1970 Despite beginning in 1954, the first meeting on 29th March wasn't until 1970. It was at Brands Hatch, with George Ansell living up to his "King Of Tar" title with a heat and final double. Saturday 29th March 1975 Finals wins for two of the sport's all-time legends. 391 Stu Smith won at Nelson, whilst at Long Eaton the main event went to 2 Willie Harrison. Willie's first final win came here at Sheffield on Friday 8th April 1955. He retired in 1990, having won 1 World Championship, 2 British Championships, and 120 finals. Thursday 29th March 1979 The Northern Open Championship was staged Blackburn, with 199 Mike Close taking the title. Widely regarded as one of the sport's all-time greatest drivers, Mike Close is one of only six drivers ever to have won over 100 meeting finals as well as all three major titles. Saturday 29th March 1980 The Daily Mirror Grand Prix round White City saw 391 Stu Smith dominate, winning won both his heats and the final. Heat 5 went to 154 Brian Powles, with the other two won by 131 Pete Hodgson. He only raced for five years but in that time he won 42 races, including 6 Finals. Sunday 29th March 1981 The heats at Aycliffe were won by 199 Mike Close and 1 Stu Smith, with 190 Len Wolfenden winning the Consolation, and these were the top three in the Final. Close won, from Wolfenden and Smith. Wolfy then won the GN, with Close second from the lap handicap, and Smith third. Northampton the same day produced a heat and final double for 304 Dave Mellor. Saturday 29th March 1986 In the later stages of his career he was known as a tarmac specialist, but 422 Nigel Whorton was more than capable of winning on shale, as shown with a Consolation and Final double on the rough shale of Crewe. This was Nigel's 17th Final. He would go on to win a total of 59, plus the 1986 British, the 1991 UK Open, and the Supreme in 1985 and 1992. Sunday 29th March 1987 Long distance traveller 354 Richard Ainsworth, from Ulverston, Cumbria, made the trek to Northampton worthwhile by winning heat and final. This was the 11th of his 13 final victories in a career that spanned 1978-1988. He won 27 races at Northampton, including 7 finals. Friday 29th March 1991 Friday night at Scunthorpe saw 3 different winners from 5 races. Heat and GN wins for 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr, a Consolation victory for 64 Kev Smith, and heat and final for 53 John Lund. Sunday 29th March 1992 The opening meeting at Bolton, and in front of a massive crowd, the honour of first ever race win at the North West's newest track went to 172 Steve Hodgson. Heat 2 winner was 422 Nigel Whorton, the Consolation was 33 Peter Falding's, 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr took the first ever Bolton final, and the GN was an impressive flag to flag win for up and coming white top 221 Steve Cooper, who went on to win 3 finals at the track. Sadly, Bolton lasted only 3 seasons. Stringent restrictions on noise and time, coupled with a less than robust fence, led to some meetings being curtailed early, and the 3rd July 1994 turned out to be the last one. Saturday 29th March 1997 Heat and Final at Northampton for 41 Gaz Bott, with only 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr able to match his pace. He first appeared in F1 in 1976 and raced intermittently for a few years, but it was on his return in 1988 that he really started to make an impression. A regular race winner on both surfaces at first, although he concenrated on tarmac in the later years, he was joint top final winner (with FWJ) in 1996, with 8 finals. Friday 29th March 2013 Good Friday was a good day at Skegness for the J Davidson team. Heat 1 was won by 464 Luke Davidson, from 84 Tom Harris and 318 Rob Speak. Tom won the second heat, with Rob third. The final was Luke's, with Rob runner-up and Tom fifth. The GN went to 372 Colin Goodswen. Saturday 29th March 2014 King's Lynn was the venue for a massive points haul for the sport's fastest double-glazing salesman. Heat third, final win, and fourth in the GN for 259 Paul Hines. The meeting opened with the standard Whites & Yellows Race, with 496 Neil Holcroft taking his first ever win.
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    Rock Klondike

    Rock Klondike from Stock Car mag.
  7. Carl H

    New Cars

    https://www.driverdb.com/drivers/simon-traves/ https://www.facebook.com/travesmotorsport/
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    New Cars

    The bottom pic has another F1 just visible in the background behind the truck.
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    New Cars

    New F1 driver Simon Traves has the Tom Harris / J. Davidson car last used by Courtney Witts. He has previous experience in various classes of motorsport, both on the ovals and on the circuits. Pics from BSCDA
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    New Cars

    From the BSCDA:- 'Wild Child' Charlie Sworder (5) has finally decided to unveil his new car for with us all after the postponement of the start of the 2020 season. Charlie will be piloting the Schoenmakers Racing, Stuart Smith Jnr built car once the season gets underway and what a way to enter full time shale racing with a dedicated shale car. Charlie's first shale meeting came last season having qualified for the World Championship Semi Final at Sheffield, rumours were flying round as to what Charlie would be using at his first shale meeting but he turned up with his Falding built car that he'd only used on tarmac. Although he didn't qualify for the World Final that day, he went on to qualify for the meeting final in the Consolation with an 8th place finish which set him up for a spectacular drive in the Grand Final. Charlie didn't turn a wheel wrong all race and took his first shale win and first Grand Final win of his F1 career. He then went on to gain double points in the Grand National with a 7th place finish in the Grand National from the half lap handicap. Charlie has this to say: "I'd like to give a big thank you to Frank Schoenmakers for giving me the opportunity to be able to race this amazing car, I'm truly honoured. Thanks to all my amazing sponsors, without you all I wouldn't be able to do it. Let's hope we get some racing this year." Charlie's sponsors include: Schoenmakers Racing Simmonites Ltd MAB Builders DS Construction CV Driver Magazine Karl Gilbert Engineering KN Autocare Team Smith Wings MVS Recycling Sworders Transport & Storage DaveX Ltd Rogers Race Engines
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    Crazy cars.

    Also, I think I remember reading that he'd got a new truck to use as a transporter, and it turned out to be not quite long enough for the stock car. So he shortened the stock car.
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    Crazy cars.

    No, sorry Ozzy. It won a heat at Cov in July 1999 though. I remember him having a pop at Lundy at Cov in it and almost rolling himself in the process, and afterwards somebody came up to him in the pits and gave him some cash as a thank-you for the entertainment. Or something like that.
  13. I remember it well... The opening race of the season saw a lot of drivers either out of practice, or with large reserves of pent up aggression, but either way, it turned into a bumper fest. Andy Smith (1) had methodically worked his way through the 18 car field, and had looked a likely winner until he was out-manoeuvred by James Morris (463). Smith had edged up the inside of Morris out of turn four, and the two were almost side by side as they went past the starter. But as they came upon a slow moving backmarker, Morris held his line and Smith had nowhere to go but into the the back of the white top. The resulting tangle let Danny Wainman (212) past, only for Smith to launch Wainman and Phil Whittaker (88) hard into the turn 3 fence. This snapped a fence post and brought out the first yellows of the season. On the restart, it was Garry Townsend (223) still leading, with Smith and the now lap down Wainman behind him. Townsend got it a bit too sideways around the first turn, and got hooked up with Smith and Wainman. Matt Newson (16) then sailed past all three of them down the outside, but his lead was short-lived as the first four or five cars all piled into the turn three fence. This left James Neachell (322) leading, and he went on to win. The turn three fence took a further battering in the closing laps, with first Morris putting Newson and himself in, and then Smith putting Townsend in hard, and bouncing off the wires himself in the process. The second heat saw white tops John Weldon (235) and Neil Holcroft (496) engage in a great battle for the lead, changing places every few laps, before Neachell (322) caught them. The 322 car bumpered both out of the way as they entered turn three, but in the process nudged novice driver Dave Campbell (388) off line. Campbell lost control and put his car through the home straight wires, bringing out the yellows. The rest of the race passed without incident, with Dan Johnson (4) taking a maiden victory in his new car. The third heat had Mike Heywood (424) at the front after early leader Rich Bryan (238) span himself out. Heywood exited the race in dramatic style when he was picked up by Tony Smith (91) and driven side on into the turn three fence. This gave Mark Poole (276) the lead, but Smith (1) was rapidly closing. Poole did well to avoid the spinning Nigel Harrhy (45) car, but he couldn't keep Smith at bay for long, and the number 1 car was in the lead by the halfway, after which the result was a foregone conclusion. The track was bone dry for the Final, which produced some very fast racing. Holcroft, Heywood, and Morris all took turns at leading before Neachell (322) barged his way to the front, with Smith not far behind. As the race reached half distance, Neachell was ahead by about four car lengths, and as the laps passed Smith wasn't getting any closer. But as the lap boards came out, Smith lunged at Neachell and hit the 322 car just wide enough to get past. Neachell then appeared to be biding his time before striking, as for the next few laps he was right behind Smith but didn't make a challenge. Perhaps sensing that Neachell was building up to a big last bend hit, Smith turned it up a bit and edged away, such that by the last bend Neachell wasn't really close enough to put the bumper in. Every credit to him for going for it anyway, but he missed Smith and instead collided with backmarker Heywood, which let Newson through for second. Smith took the win, his 100th Final, which he celebrated with the obligatory donuts. The Grand National was a tribute to Stu Smith Senior, and was billed as The Old Boy’s “Show Us The Money” Race. With £1000 to the winner and a closed grid start, a lively race was expected, and it did not disappoint. Bryan got away first, but the inevitable big push on the first bend caught out Joe Booth (446) and Ed Neachell (321), who were shoved straight into the fence on the first bend, with most of the back half of the grid piling into each other. Smith (1) reversed out and then set off like a man possessed, firing cars in on almost every lap, but by halfway he was still some way behind leader Newson. Bryan made the mistake of getting in Smith’s way, and was smacked out of the way, but try as he might, Smith couldn’t get any closer, and ended up as runner up, with Newson taking the win and the money.
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