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Darkie Wright was one of the pioneer stock car drivers that raced at the very first meeting at New Cross Stadium in London on Good Friday, April 16th 1954.

Darkie won his first final at Eastbourne in 1955, and went on to win quite a few more, but it was his immaculately prepared cars that got the attention. While most cars of the period looked as though they had been thrown together in a garden shed, because most of them had, Darkie’s looked as though they had been properly engineered.

Darkie Wright was one of the first drivers to build cars to order, and apart from stock cars he also built a few Hot Rods as well.

Darkie is one of the oldest drivers to have won a final, winning his last at Northampton in 1974, aged 62.

The photo above shows Darkie at Wisbech in 1977, and possibly his last ever meeting.

A few more number 7s…

Sjaak van Diepen at Baarlo in 1995.

Sjaak van Diepen at Baarlo in 1995.

Neil McCoard at Belle Vue in 1999.

Neil McCoard at Belle Vue in 1999. Neil won 3 races during his 1999 visit, and another when he returned in 2002, making him the most successful Kiwi to race in the UK.

Phil Bicknell at Skegness in 2000.

Phil Bicknell at Skegness in 2000.

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