Stox Personality of the Year 2018: Nominee #2

Four personalities have been shortlisted for the 2018 F1Stockcars.com Stox Personality of the Year award. This time, the nominees were chosen by last year’s winner, Stuart Smith Junior.

One nominee will be announced each day – so make sure you keep checking the site! The first nomination was Conrad Wilson.

How to vote

Once all nominations have been announced, you will be able to vote for your favourite via the F1Stockcars.com website. Voting will open on Saturday 8 December and will close at midnight on Saturday 15 December. The winner will be announced on Sunday 16 December.

Nominee #2: Nigel Harrhy

Unless you have been living on the Moon for the last ten years you cannot not have heard of Nigel Harrhy. Famous for his blogs and more recently vlogs on the Stoxnet Fans forum Nigel wears his heart on his sleeve and gives us fans an honest account of the highs and lows, the successes and failures and the ever increasing costs of running a formula one stock car week in week out.

This is Nigel’s third nomination for F1Stockcars.com Personality of the Year and short of dropping his trousers we have pretty much explored all there is to know about him but, just as a reminder, here are his answers to a few questions we posed him recently:

You’re probably best known for your Stoxnet blogs. Why do you write them?

I was born in Brandon, right behind the stadium.

Dad John rode for Coventry for 10 years, so I have been going to Speedway all my life and stock cars maybe once a year too. I rode bikes myself for 10 years, then packed up to start a family and buy my first house at 25.

I then came across Gears and Tears on TV. I was aged 45, (coincidence, I rode under number 45 as a schoolboy MX rider) and had always wanted to try stock car racing so the TV show was perfect timing with my age and being able to afford to have a go.

I found a forum, asked how I go about having a go and the rest is history,

I’ve posted every week since and that was 2010, 8 years ago.

I would get lynched now if I didn’t do a blog.  And to keep things up to date I’ve started to do Video Blogs now too. (VLOGS).

You achieved your ambition of racing under a red roof this year. What was it like starting from the back with the other stars?

Loved it. For years, I’ve raced to get out first and try to be at the front of my grade, then  the year I get to red and want to start the back, they change the rules, and I was front of the reds for half of the year! I went in hard a few times, Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly were the two that stand out the most for me, I never even got to the start line.

What was your highlight of the year?

I started off well by winning the first race of the season and getting to red top is a memory I will cherish forever but Jake winning the final at the last Shootout round can’t be topped.

I have had more satisfaction and enjoyment out of his racing than my own and him winning that final was certainly the highlight for all of us.

You’ve also been involved in setting up the Motorsport With Attitude show. What’s that all about?

Dave Rennie knows I am a respected and well known driver, and he asked if I was prepared to help him promote and run the show. I helped at the press day and we had 50 cars turn up just for a picture. It was an amazing turnout.

I have had the MWA logos on my cars all year, at no cost bar the cost of the stickers and I just want to help promote the show the best I can. It is going well so far and will be one big show and one big party!

Any plans for next year?

Yes, Jake is having my tar car. FWJ took it away after the Gala meeting to raise the roof plate for him to be able to get in it.

He will run 2 cars while I will just do shale.

I threw everything at it this year to get to red and it worked, so I am satisfied I have achieved what I had hoped to in the sport, Getting to red and getting in to a world final and lucky enough, it was at Coventry.

It seems like you’ve been around for quite a long time now. How would you like to see the sport develop over the next few years?

I am frustrated by some of things we do.

The shocks are terrible and a complete waste of money. It costs me an extra £1000 a year for inferior shocks that are not suitable for a stock car.

Front American tyres are also not necessary, Rally tyres would be as good and cost little as we all have loads lying around. We could save money there and the new MSD box we have to use next year is also unnecessary –  we are on digital boxes now so a pointless waste of another £1000.

I don’t like the words ‘tarmac car’ or ‘shale car’ as I believe a stock car should be a stock car and it flows down to other formulas having two cars. It’s ridiculous in my opinion.

Of course some drivers will just do the one surface they like but the cars should be the same – rear weight, ride height and tyres should be the same and no alterations to a car would get more  out on track racing and keep the cost down.

Words: Scott Reeves & Mick Jenkins
Photo: Mick Jenkins

This disclaimer informs readers that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the text belong solely to the nominee.

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