If you stood on the terraces and cheered your heroes and booed your villains in the fifties, sixties, and seventies, the passage of years is naturally taking those drivers away.Until 2013 I occasionally reported the death of stock car racers; but I don't want this living historical website to become a list of obituaries.
(The programme described Glenn as Glenn's parents towed his car to races until he was 17, and then he traveled beyond Brafield and Swindon to Kings Lynn, Ringwood, and Rayleigh.A holiday break let Glenn race down at St Austell and Newton Abbot, and between races he'd park the stock car at Johnny Marquand's garage.Until recently I had not recorded the years they were registered [, and here his licence was signed by Peter Arnold.Fred did most of his later racing with Spedeworth (see the SPEDEWORTH page).The following two photos were supplied by Russ Thomas, and came from Peter Arnold's own collection. Once under #409, Chick for many years from 1964 onwards had enjoyed wearing the #1 on his Senior F1 car, and naturally used the same number on his Junior F2. She was a Russian born engineer, hence the 'Doctor' title, born Anya Cherkasova Steve is one of many who fondly remember the open-all-hours help-yourself "workshops" on the right, and the field on the left, next to RAF Thurleigh's runway.
Do an "edit-find" for Keysoe and Cunnew etc, as there are more down the SCA F2, in which he earned a blue roof, Legends, Spedeworth Superstox (red roof), Hot Rods, and even Sprint cars, from which he retired as national champion in 1998: there's not much that Steve Brantom hasn't raced.Bruce joined a body shop in Banbury, where he and later Bob learned body and chassis work and advanced their mechanical skills.Later Bruce opened his own garage at the old POW camp at Byfield: "Poolview" was the garage name, see below on Bruce's first Junior F2 , and bolting on two Ford 10 carbs. However, Brafield's tough concrete track surface was murder on tyres and steering, (though Bruce had enjoyed racing his Senior on Brandon's slippery loose shale), and eventually work, wear and tear, and some friction with Brafield's management ended his actual racing.At the Byfield farm we see Dick's quaint daily transport, a Reliant three-wheel van, behind his 680 Junior. Kevin also supplied 13 photos of Senior F1 cars, which will go on one of my two "Seniors / Sixties" pages. Based in Shefford, Bedfordshire, Gordon was at the time a taxi proprietor who raced for the fun of it, in Ford Model Y and Ford Pop E93A cars."For fun" but nonetheless he qualified for the 1965 World Final at Swindon.Bruce admired a farmer from Duns Tew in Oxfordshire: D'Arcy Miall, who built, raced, and repaired stock cars.