Flashback Friday: BriSCA Stockcars Through the Ages (Part 4)

Flashback Friday: A weekly article brought to you from the vaults of top BriSCA photographer Colin Casserley.

A trip down memory lane or educational for the newer fan. Over the coming weeks we will be re-visiting some of the stars and their cars that have entertained, pioneered and shaped the sport that is BriSCA Formula One Stock Car racing.

This week: We take a look at some of the tracks that are sadly no longer with us.

Eric Hullah (275) and Simon Gill (280) at Nelson

Eric Hullah (275) and Simon Gill (280) battle around turn one at Nelson. Opened in 1967 the track was built around a football pitch, which gave it an unusual square shape. It also provided a grandstand on the front straight which gave an excellent view of the track. One unique feature of the track was the pits, they were across a main road, and traffic was stopped to let the stock cars cross the road to the stadium! Arguably Nelson was the reason for the popularity of stock car racing, and the area is still a hotbed of racing even though the track closed in 1979.

Lee Suckling (132) at Cadwell Park

Les Suckling (132) was one of many who found the hairpin turn at Cadwell Park. The 602 yard “Mountain” circuit was a favourite with fans and drivers alike. Cadwell disappeared quietly off the schedule after the 1975 season.

John Thornton (360) and Barry Rogers (270) lead the field at Wembley

John Thornton (360) and Barry Rogers (270) lead the field at the Opening Wembley meeting in 1974. Only two meetings were held at England’s most famous Stadium.

Bob Tanser (257) at Reading

Bob Tanser (257) shifts the shale at Reading in 1977. Two Friday night meetings were held at the Berkshire track with Allan Barker (179) and Frankie Wainman snr (212) winning the finals.

Racing at Mendips, Bristol

Down the hill at Mendips Raceway, Bristol in 1973. The F1s were regular visitors to the track on Bank Holiday Monday and always drew a good crowd. Meetings were transferred to Ringwood in 1981 but the F1s did make a return to the Mendips track in 2004.

Gordon Smith (293) at Lydden Hill

Gordon Smith (293) takes a lap of honour at Lydden Hill in April 1972. It was the first meeting at the Kent track since the 1950s and drew a huge crowd as can be seen on the banking on the far side of the track.

Cars on track at Aycliffe

Sam Ostle (351), Stuart Smith (391), Ted Frater (42) and John Dowson (294) head the queue to return to the pits at Aycliffe. The track joined BriSCA in 1966 and was popular until its demise in 1989.

The old Belle Vue at Hyde Road

The front straight Grandstand at the Hyde Road Belle Vue Stadium. For so long a northern outpost of F1 stock car racing, the track always produced fast, flat out racing and the 1969, 1972 and 1975 World finals are among the most memorable races in the history of the sport. The wooden grandstands that circled the track gave it a tremendous atmosphere but ultimately led to it’s downfall following changes to Stadium construction legislation.

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