Flashback Friday: 10 Years Ago

To start off the 2016 series of Flashback Friday, let’s go back 10 years, to 2006.

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Frankie Wainman Junior headed the UK challenge at the World 240’s at Rotorua, New Zealand in January, 2006.

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Despite winning one of the three races that decides the title, FWJ was taken out in the last race.

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Supersnapper Paul Tully out in the middle at Coventry doing what he does best. All the stock car community is looking forward to seeing Paul back at the tracks in 2016.

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Kev Smith and Stuart Smith, Jr, two of the sport’s hard hitters, enjoying the sun at Belle Vue in May.

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Current National Series Champion, Dan Johnson, at Belle Vue. This was one of his first outings on shale; having made his debut at Buxton a week or so prior to this photo being taken.

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Where are they now? Kevin Shinn at Coventry. Shinn made sporadic appearances in the 00’s and won a final in 2010 but hasn’t been seen since the end of the 2010 season.

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Will Yarrow on his way to his first of two heat wins at Coventry in 2006. Will suffered some bad luck in the early part of 2015 and it is hoped that he will be back on the tracks this season.

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Despite overheating, Dan Squire was able to hold on to win a heat race at Coventry in May.

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Colin Nairn always makes the trip to his native Scotland when the F1s race there. With the Scottish weekend back on the schedule for 2016, it is hoped Colin will once again make the journey, but he will be hoping for more luck this time!

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Packed grandstand, packed grids. Cowdenbeath has a special atmosphere and the F1s always put on a good show up there.

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Dutchman Evert van den Berg rode the famous Cowdenbeath Racewall in 2006.

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Clash of the Titans: Wainman and Smith collide at Cowdenbeath.

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King’s Lynn hosted the first World Championship Semi Final. A first bend pile up took out many of the front runners, including FWJ, who didn’t make the transfer places and started the defence of his world title at Coventry from the back.

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John Lund proved to be a popular winner of the King’s Lynn Semi. Steve Cayzer came home second, with Lee Robinson rounding out the podium places.

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Andy Smith on pole for the Birmingham Semi, one of the most memorable Semi Finals of all time.

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The first bend of Brum showed the shape of what was to come. Will Yarrow was one of the stars of the show, using the bumper where ever he could.

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Will Yarrow held on for second, with Paul Hines coming back through the field for third place despite biting his tongue mid way through the race!

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The Big Screen was on hand for the Coventry World Final.

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John Lund and Andy Smith occupy the front row. Andy would go on to win the title; his second of five world championships.

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Frankie Wainman Jr made a valiant effort in his defense of the gold roof. FWJ powered his way to second place at the drop of the chequered.

Not seen your favourite memory of the season yet? More photos from 2006 will appear in next week’s Flashback Friday.

Photos and captions: Colin Casserley

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