Flashback Friday: 2003 British at Belle Vue

The British Championship will be held at Belle Vue, Manchester on July 1st 2018. Flashback Friday goes back to 2003 when the British was held at the Kirkmanshulme Stadium for the first time. It was an action-packed meeting 15 years ago, and I am sure it will be the same in July this year.

Jason Cronshaw (396), Tony Smith (91) and Dave Russo (49) go three wide down the front straight

Andrew Powell (493) and Mick Harris (8) on turn two

Dave Willis (337) put the bumper in on Frankie Wainman Sr (212)

Kev Smith (64) at speed down the front straight

Murray Harrison (97) entering turn one at speed

Michael Scriven (12) spins out Keith “Knobby” Roberts

Lee Robinson (107) gets it sideways

Mark Woodhull (335) and Mark Poole (276) race side by side

Mark Woodhull and Michael Scriven tangle during a heat race

Simon Wallace (119) spins in front of James Lund (153)

The late Phil Smith (109) won the British Title at Skegness in 1994

Paul Hines (259) tangles with Andy Robinson. Hines would go on to win the British title at Skegness in 2010

Mal Brown (34) supports the British championship when ever he can, be it on shale or tarmac. He often uses his shale car on the hard top, and whatever the surface he gives it his all.

Dave Johnson (383) forced onto the infield by James Lund.

John Lund ( 53) and Barry Heath (343) side by side. Lund has won the British on six occasions, his first in 1987 at Skegness, his last, to date, at Coventry in 1998

Will Yarrow (22) received some damage in a heat race

When two Kevs clash! Kev Smith (64) rides over Kev Clare (194)

Colin Patten (292) catches the turn one wires

Nick Read (209) and Dave Willis collide.

Kev Smith gets his heat race trophy from Emmerdale TV star Emma Atkins

Simon Gill (290) put the bumper in on Paul Hines

Dave Willis spins Rob Cowley (73) on turn two of the championship race

Frankie Wainman Jr (515) holds the British trophy in one hand, and Frankie Junior Jr (now 555) in the other! Wainman Jr would go on to win the British in 2004, 2005 and 2006. He is the current holder of the title, which he has won a total of nine times. 

Words and photos: Colin Casserley

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