Flashback Friday: 2003

2003 saw Peter Falding take the third world title of his illustrious career at Coventry, while Frankie Wainman Junior scooped the National Points, British Drivers, Grand National and UK Open Championships. Demonstration meetings were held at Mallory Park and Lydden Hill.

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F1s made a few appearances in God’s own County around the turn of the century at Arena Essex, Peter Falding (33), Frankie Wainman (212) and Dean Whitwell (195) go three wide down the front straight.

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Mark Gilbank (21) preformed a spectacular flip down the front stretch during the closing laps of the Grand National at the World Masters meeting. Mark was unharmed.

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Mark Webster (226) and Stuart Finnikin (155) battle for position at Coventry’s July meeting.

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Finnikin in the thick of the action again, this time it is during the World Final meeting at Coventry in September.

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Axel Nijs (H32) smokes the tyres at Northampton.

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Dutchman Durk Gredianus (H29) rolls it during the World Masters meeting at Northampton.

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Dave Willis (337) has won eight times at Belle Vue, including this heat race win in June 2003. He went on to win the Grand National at the same meeting.

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Midlands drivers Paul Hines (259) and Tony Smith (91) meet up in the North West at Belle Vue, Manchester.

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John Lund (53) has won four finals at the “new” Belle Vue – he also won two at the Hyde Road track that was located just down the road from the present raceway.

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Birmingham Wheels Raceway has provided some great racing. Here, Mark Gilbank (21) , Nick Smith (51) and Danny Clarke (203) go three wide down the back stretch.

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Mark Woodhull (335) climbs a marker tyre at Knockhill.

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Craig Finnikin (55) finds the tyre wall at Knockhill.

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Murray Harrison (97), Gary Castell (247) and Mat Newson (16) tangle at Skeggy.

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Kev Unsworth ( 74) tries to get out of the way of Dutchman Richard Talsma (H64) during the UK Open meeting at Skegness.

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Dave Johnson (383) waves to the crown en route to winning a heat race at Coventry’s August meeting. Dave won 22 times at Coventry, including four final wins.

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Peter Falding (33) crosses the line first, picking up his third world title.

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Finnikin was joined by Craig Utley (484) and Carl Pickering (141).

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Martijn de Veij (H97), Peter Ruig (H55) and Axel Nijs (H32) during practice day for the World Final.

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Louw Wobbes (H22) has been a long time visitor to the UK. Here he is during time trials for the 2003 World Final.

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Mark Keeling (271) and Jason Cronshaw (396) tangle at Buxton.

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Gary Castell (247) leads the field on the pace lap for the 2003 World Final

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Simon Brooke (92) and Neil Scothern (152) tangle on turn three at Arena

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Frankie Wainman (212) at Sint Maarten, Netherlands.

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Will Yarrow (22) on his victory lap. Many long time race fans think that all victory laps should have the chequered flag waving from the front upright!

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Stuart Smith, Jr (390) on his way to his first ever final win, Belle Vue June 2003

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Mark Woodhull (335) on his way to winning the last shale final at Skegness before it reverted back to tarmac in 2004.

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James Potter (10) rolls at Cowdenbeath. He repaired the car and won the final the following day at Knockhill.

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Bert Finnikin (5) spins during the final at Birmingham. Bert had recorded a fourth place finish in his heat in one of his last appearances in f1s.

Words and photos: Colin Casserley

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