Stox Personality of the Year 2018: Nominee #4

Sometimes stock car heroes on four wheels don’t always race on the track. Many fans around the country will be familiar with the sight of Colin Knibbs, even if they don’t know his name. His motorised scooter can regularly be seen circling the stadium and the pits, the person driving it stopping to chat to the many friends he has made over the years. Those attending the 2018 World Final at Skegness may recall him dashing towards the stunt bike ramp on the centre green!

Colin has been a fan for a few decades, dating back to the late 1970s. His first experience of oval racing came via his butcher’s shop. The waste from the shop used to be picked up by a butcher waste processor by the name of Glyndwr Pursey, and the two men got talking about Glyn’s hobby – stock car racing. Colin accompanied Glyn to a race meeting and was instantly hooked. Glyn was a talented driver – a British and European Champion who started two World Finals on the front row – but there were also other legends of the sport racing: Stuart Smith, Willie Harrison, Mike Close, Bert Finnikin.

Although he never sat behind the wheel on an F1 stock car himself, Colin helped the sport in a different way. Over the years he sponsored many drivers, from Lionel Shaw to Murray and Ryan Harrison. His support of many different drivers from different parts of the country, from lower graders to superstars, continued until he was forced to retire from work due to ill health. Although financial cutbacks meant that he is no longer a common sponsor on current stock cars, some drivers still carry his name as recognition of his support in the past.

Poor health means that attending stock car meetings is a struggle, but Colin still goes to meetings as often as he can. He may struggle to walk and has to rely on lifts to meetings, but his motorised scooter is a lifeline that allows him to still be a part of the sport that he loves.

Words: Scott Reeves

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