Flashback Friday: 2007

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Dan Johnson started the year off as a blue roof; he went on to win the UK Open at Skegness later in the season.

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James Neachell at Belle Vue. James is a bit of a “Vue” specialist, having won four finals at the Manchester venue.

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Billy – Tom O’Connor was a heat race winner at Wimbledon.

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Frankie Wainman Jr won the Wimbledon final in 2007; one of nine finals he has chalked up in the nation’s capital!

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BBC Breakfast TV sports presenter, Mike Bushell, tried his hand at Stock car racing at Coventry…

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Mike enjoyed it, but he might need a bit more practice if he were to be allowed out in a proper race!

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John Walker at speed on the Coventry shale during his last season of racing. John discovered stock car racing late in life, but he was an enthusiastic supporter of it. Sadly, John lost his fight against illness in 2008 – he is greatly missed.

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F1stockcars.com’s Carl Hesketh in the middle of the action at Knockhill.

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Scotsman Eric Brown performs a dramatic roll at Knockhill. Despite photographic evidence to the contrary, Carl Hesketh denies his part in the incident!

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Dutchman Ron Kroonder won the Consolation at Northampton in July. It was one of three race wins Ron had in 2007. Considered a tarmac specialist, Ron’s only Final win in the UK came on the shale at King’s Lynn in 2013.

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Graham Wagstaff bounces off the Knockhill tyres. Graham has decided to call it a day from racing following his incident at Coventry in 2015.

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Sunsets on the stars at Northampton in July.

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Almost as many colours in the sky as on the cars!

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James Neachell won the European Championship in 2007. James would also win the prestigious Ben Fund race later in the year at Coventry.

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‘Action Man’ Chris Cowley tangles with Mike Ashcroft. Mike is a long time supporter of BriSCA F1 and has helped out with sponsorship for many drivers over the years. Mike lived the dream with some success for a few years in the 00s.

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Chris Cowley living up to his ‘Action Man’ tag once more. This time it is Neil Smith who feels the force, Neil is currently down under in Australia, representing the UK in the Aussie champs.

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Semi-final line up at Sheffield

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Hayley Parkinson tangles with the Sheffield fence.

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Possibly the last full-bodied stock car to race in F1s. Texel is the venue. The island has probably the most stock car drivers per head of population anywhere in the world!

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Willie Peters had a few seasons in F1. He is seen here in the Randall-built F1 at Venray

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Venray was forced to close at the end of 2007 due to pressure from the Green Party in Holland. The new track has opened just a few hundred meters from the old one, and stock car fans owe a big ‘thank you’ to Harry Maesssen for his efforts in building the new track despite tremendous obstacles put in his way.

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Ronald van Baren, AKA Ben Hur, smokes the tyres at Venray…

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There wasn’t a lot left of them after the race!

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Anything they can do in Holland!! Dave Willis lights them up at Birmingham.

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NZ World Final entrants Shane Penn and Peter Rees. Penn’s brother, Jason, won the NZ stock car champs in 2016 at Huntley.

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They don’t race in the rain in New Zealand; I bet Shame Penn wished we didn’t in the UK after rolling over at a very wet King’s Lynn pre-World Final meeting.

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Gathering of world champions at King’s Lynn prior to the 2007 World Final. Can you name them? No prizes, just bragging rights!

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First rule of racing, keep your eyes on the track, not the scoreboard. These three drivers were too busy looking at their numbers on the scoreboard and failed to make the turn in time to avoid the wall.

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It was action all the way at King’s Lynn first ever World Final. Adam Slater and Steve Jacklin provide the action here.

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The Smith brothers held both gold and silver in 2007.

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The King’s Lynn World Final was an epic. Stuart Smith is about to makes a late race pass on long time race leader Mat Newson. Smith went on to win the race.

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Hans Baegen leads the pack at the Old Venray.

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Frankie Wainman Sr bowed out of racing, at Sheffield…

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It was a wet one but did not dampen the enthusiasm of those who took part.

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Luckily, there are plenty of Wainmans to take over from him…

Photos and captions: Colin Casserley

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