A dry mild evening saw Brisca fans gather at Birmingham Wheels Raceway for round seven of the Hemt National series shootout.
The meeting at Belle Vue on Sunday 16th October 2011 turned out to be one of great historical significance, for after blitzing the opposition to win the final in flambouyant fashion, Andy Smith climbed out of his car and announced that that was the last time he would be seen racing a stock car.
With the stadium on the route of a charity fun run on the day of the meeting, start time was moved back to 4pm, and while this no doubt inconvenienced a few people, it did have the major advantage of meaning that at least some of the racing would be in darkness and under the Owlerton floodlights.
The 2nd October saw the annual running of the 2011 Sint Maarten Dutch Open, postponed since August due to wet weather.
Nights like this only serve to reaffirm why you fell in love with BriSCA F1 stock cars in the first place. It was not just the shootout drivers in their chase for the silver roof with Tom Harris’s 84 lead at the top being savagely cut by the end, but every single driver that took to the track was on their A game and ready for a battle.
A Sunday afternoon in Manchester saw another Belle Vue final win for Andy Smith, and with his retirement from the sport now imminent, this may well have been his last ever final victory.
Emmen recently held the Golden Helmet meeting with lone BriSCA stock car driver Geoff Nickolls UK215 making the journey to Holland to race.
The EZHACO organisation recently held a meeting with three F1 stock car heats and a final.
Shootout round three was held at Kings Lynn with over thirty BriSCA F1 stock cars arriving to test their skills.
The now traditional World Masters meeting was held the day after the World Final, and it was a career-first Final win for Dave Riley.