Frankie Wainman (#212)

Frankie Wainman Snr

Frankie Wainman Snr

Retiring in 2007 after an astonishing 37 seasons in the sport, ‘Smiler’ has stamped the Wainman name on the sport so firmly that the two have become almost synonymous. Even in retirement, he retains an involvement that few can only dream of.

Debuting in 1970, it was two years before Frankie made it to red top, with his first final win coming in 1973. Thereafter, he was an ever-present in the upper reaches of the points table. A solitary World Championship – in 1979 – was scant reward for someone of Frankie’s skill and dedication, but serves to underline the unpredictability of the sport. After so many heartbreaking second place finishes in the points, Frankie finally secured the silver roof in 1984 and repeated the feat in 85 and 86.

One of the sport’s inaugural Superstars, Frankie sported the flashing lights, in an unbroken sequence for over 10 years, the longest period from the inception of the grade.

Throughout the 1990s and into the new Millennium, Frankie raced increasingly more for pleasure, yet he was still a proven race winner, posting his last Final victory in 2006, an effort that saw him return to the Superstar grade for one last hurrah.

Frankie has two sons racing in BriSCA F1 Stock Cars; Frankie Wainman Jnr (#515) and Daniel Wainman (#212). Daniel started racing the following year after his fathers retirement from the sport and took over the mantle of the 212 number.

Mark Knowles

Further Photographs of Frankie Wainman can be found on Brian Watson’s excellent website Ovalaction.com – Click HERE to be taken direct to Frankie Wainman’s page.


Final Wins


Final wins provided by BSCDA Historian Nigel Anderson

WIN # YEAR DATE VENUE SURFACE
1 1973 Oct 20th Nelson Shale
2 1974 May 12th Wolverhampton Shale
3 1975 Mar 15th Long Eaton Shale
4 1975 May 17th Rochdale Shale
5 1976 Mar 28th Rochdale Shale
6 1976 Jul 3rd Coventry Shale
7 1976 Jul 23rd Rochdale Shale
8 1976 Aug 19th Bradford Tarmac
9 1976 Aug 22nd Aycliffe Tarmac
10 1977 Apr 23rd Rochdale Shale
11 1977 Jun 10th Reading Shale
12 1977 Sep 4th Aycliffe Tarmac
13 1977 Sep 24th Belle Vue Shale
14 1977 Oct 15th Nelson Shale
15 1977 Oct 29th Belle Vue Shale
16 1977 Nov 12th White City Tarmac
17 1977 Dec 27th Sheffield Shale
18 1978 Mar 18th Hartlepool Tarmac
19 1978 Apr 1st Rochdale Shale
20 1878 May 6th Nelson Shale
21 1978 Jun 3rd White City Tarmac
22 1978 Jun 17th Nelson Shale
23 1978 Jun 25th Rochdale Shale
24 1978 Jul 2nd Aycliffe Tarmac
25 1978 Sep 6th Skegness Tarmac
26 1978 Oct 8th Hartlepool Tarmac
27 1978 Oct 23rd Sheffield Shale
28 1979 Mar 11th Northampton Tarmac
29 1979 Apr 6th White City Tarmac
30 1979 May 5th Rochdale Shale
31 1979 May 21st Sheffield Shale
32 1979 Jul 14th Rochdale Shale
33 1979 Jul 22nd Hartlepool Tarmac
34 1979 Aug 4th White City Tarmac
35 1979 Aug 5th Hartlepool Tarmac
36 1979 Aug 12th Northampton Tarmac
37 1979 Sep 2nd Aycliffe Tarmac
38 1979 Oct 13th Nelson shale
39 1979 Oct 19th Aycliffe Tarmac
40 1980 Apr 13th Aycliffe Tarmac
41 1980 Jun 29th Rochdale Shale
42 1980 Jul 6th Aycliffe Tarmac
43 1980 Jul 12th White City Tarmac
44 1980 Aug 10th Northampton Tarmac
45 1980 Aug 18th Sheffield Shale
46 1980 Sep 15th Sheffield Shale
47 1980 Sep 20th White City Tarmac
48 1980 Oct 11th White City Tarmac
49 1981 Apr 18th Blackburn Tarmac
50 1981 Aug 21st Bradford Tarmac
51 1981 Oct 11th Rochdale Shale
52 1982 Jan 1st White City Tarmac
53 1982 Mar 20th Crewe Shale
54 1982 Apr 11th Rochdale Shale
55 1982 May 15th Leicester Shale
56 1982 May 16th Hartlepool Tarmac
57 1982 Jul 25th Rochdale Shale
58 1982 Aug 8th Rochdale Shale
59 1982 Aug 25th Skegness Tarmac
60 1982 Oct 30th Crewe Shale
61 1982 Oct 31st Rochdale Shale
62 1983 May 22nd Rochdale Shale
63 1983 Oct 9th Rochdale Shale
64 1983 Oct 15th Blackburn Tarmac
65 1984 Apr 8th Aycliffe Tarmac
66 1984 Apr 15th Northampton Tarmac
67 1984 Apr 28th Blackburn Tarmac
68 1984 May 6th Aycliffe Tarmac
69 1984 May 19th Crewe Shale
70 1984 Aug 4th Coventry Shale
71 1984 Aug 25th Long Eaton Shale
72 1984 Sep 1st Crewe Shale
73 1984 Sep 9th Rochdale Shale
74 1984 Oct 7th Rochdale Shale
75 1984 Oct 28th Aycliffe Tarmac
76 1984 Nov 11th Hartlepool Tarmac
77 1984 Nov 18th Northampton Tarmac
78 1985 Mar 10th Northampton Shale
79 1985 Apr 27th Crewe Shale
80 1985 Aug 16th Bradford Tarmac
81 1985 Aug 18th Hartlepool Tarmac
82 1985 Aug 25th Northampton Tarmac
83 1985 Sep 9th Sheffield Shale
84 1985 Sep 22nd Skegness Tarmac
85 1985 Oct 5th Coventry Shale
86 1985 Oct20th Northampton Tarmac
87 1986 Mar 9th Northampton Tarmac
88 1986 Mar 28th Cleethorpes Tarmac
89 1986 Mar 31st Belle Vue Shale
90 1986 Apr 5th Coventry Shale
91 1986 Apr 12th Long Eaton Shale
92 1986 May 3rd Coventry Shale
93 1986 May 11th Hartlepool Tarmac
94 1986 Jun 22nd Northampton Tarmac
95 1986 Jun 28th Belle Vue Shale
96 1986 Jul 7th Sheffield Shale
97 1986 Jul 18th Skegness Tarmac
98 1986 Aug 2nd Coventry Shale
99 1986 Sep 19th Skegness Shale
100 1986 Oct 12th Aycliffe Tarmac
101 1986 Nov 2nd Northampton Tarmac
102 1986 Nov 9th Harlepool Tarmac
103 1987 Mar 20th Bradford Tarmac
104 1987 Apr 4th Coventry Shale
105 1987 Apr 12th Mildenhall Shale
106 1987 Apr 25th Newtongrange Tarmac
107 1987 Jul 18th Crewe Shale
108 1987 Jul 26th Northampton Tarmac
109 1987 Sep 13th Hartlepool Tarmac
110 1987 Sep 27th Northampton Tarmac
111 1988 Mar 6th Skegness Shale
112 1988 Aug 7th Kings Lynn Shale
113 1988 Aug 28th Northampton Tarmac
114 1988 Sep 5th Sheffield Shale
115 1988 Oct 2nd Kings Lynn Shale
116 1988 Oct 23rd Skegness Tarmac
117 2000 Nov 4th Coventry Shale
118 2001 May 27th Belle Vue Shale
119 2004 Dec 29th Sheffield Shale
120 2006 Apr 16th Sheffield Shale

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