Flashback Friday: BriSCA Stockcars Through the Ages (Part 5)

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: Everyone has their favourite cars, but some of these made a big impression on a lot of people.

Harry Smith (219)

Harry Smith (219), the much talked about Batmobile divided opinions at the time, but is regarded as a classic. Colin Mitchell  (F2 drivers Chris 219 and Rob 905’s Uncle) and their current mechanic Syd helped Harry build the iconic machine. The photo was taken at Reading in 1977.

Allan Young (393)

Allan Young (393) did not build a lot of cars, but he did build this classic Mini bodied machine that later saw Bert Finnikin (55) behind the wheel.

Dave Chisolm (252)

Dave Chisholm (252) in the lightweight special that was later sold on to Rob Bradsell (265). Chissy had retired from BriSCA following a back injury but returned for one last hurrah at Bradford in 1978 where he comfortably won the final.

Allan Barker (179)

Allan Barker (179) built many cars and was always changing the appearance of them. This photo of the “Big Buck Special” was taken at Bradford. Although it may not have lived up to expectations, the car was way ahead of it’s time. Some of the trick parts on it were later banned but had they not been, then the shape of Brisca F1s today would be much different.

Dave Taylor (30)

Dave Taylor (30) was one of the last drivers to use a Jaguar engine. He sustained a red roof for several years with a Jag 4.2, but when he fitted the V12 engine he struggled to master the complexities of the engine. Although he did manage to win a final at at Long Eaton with it in 1977.

Dennis Driscoll (274)

Dennis Driscoll (274) at Lydden Hill. The superbly prepared Doug Cronshaw chassis car was virtually destroyed following a roll over at Leicester. When it reappeared the car had undergone a major change and the Capri bodied machine was born. The car was sold onto Ray Scriven (110).

Frankie Wainman Snr (212)

Frankie Wainman (212)’s wedge shaped car at Northampton in 1980. Frankie built many cars in his time, probably more than he can remember but “Smiler” fans hold this car in high regard.

Dan Clarke (203)

Dan Clarke (203) in the much loved Chevenger at Leicester. One of the best remembered cars of that era.

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