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Aubrey Leighton was one of the pioneers of F1 stock car racing, and began racing in 1955 when the sport was about a year old. Owner of the famous Earls Barton Motors in Northamptonshire, Aubrey soon got the hang of racing and went on to win 48 Finals, plus the National Points Championship in 1963. In only his third season of racing, Aubrey won the 1957 World Championship, staged at Belle Vue.

A second World title came tantalisingly close. Leighton was leading the 1964 World Final when deliberately taken out on the last bend by back marker Fred Mitchell. Leighton raced to the end of the year and won a couple of heats on the way, but after a winter reflecting on the World Final, he did not return for the 1965 season. He never raced again.

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