Links to Related Sites
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Early drag racing in the UK: one small man with a tiny car and HUGE engineering genius:
One of the longest-established web sites --- from a time when the phrase "web site" was new to us --- is:
Rogers UK Oval Racing Pages
site has detailed race reports from all oval track formulas:
midgets, ministox, hot rods, BriSCA, you name it: not just results but
full race descriptions froma team of dedicated fans. Roger's page
maintains a long archive of facts and stories going back years. You
also get 'alerts' of the content of all the oval track magazines.
Roger Venison has been at the trackside for many years and knows
what and who he's talking about.
an e-mail one of my correspondents said "Is there anyone who DOESN'T
know Rick Young?" This gregarious ex-F2 and ex-F1 racer, ongoing
visited his 175th track in July 2009) and
long-time contributor to my website, now deservedly
has his own website. Rick is also a busy track photographer in
Canada and the USA, and contributor to Short Circuit Magazine.
People who know stock-car racing go to his
NEW in 2015 site: http://www.rickattheraces.net/ricks-cars/
"What car body is that??" Chances are someone on this excellent internet forum can help. They are not only expert, but polite, too.
If you want the rich background of stock car racing "North o' the borrder", in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, you can't do better than see this website: http://www.scotlandstockcars.com/
Scottish photo archive: www.kockhillimages.smugmug.com
It has many shots from Knockhill and
Cowdenbeath (also includes sidecars, bikes, rally,
single-seaters, saloons, etc.)
Whittam maintains a truly massive collection of BriSCA photographs,
from his time as track photographer; several appear with his
permission on this website. |
As well as selling high-quality
prints, he has now created two "e-Books", which you can access and
purchase via this link:
<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/brisca-f1-stock-cars/id657658427?mt=11&uo=4" target="itunes_store">BriSCA F1 Stock Cars - eBooks by A.B. Whittam</a>
Frank Love does motorsport photography, and has some superb quality photos from the old days at Cowdenbeath on his site: www.retrostox.co.uk
was on the UK-winter agenda for several racers (Johnnie King, Doug
Wardropper). Here is a super website devoted to the history of
stock-car racing in SA: http://www.stockcars.za.org/
An outfit that offers really professionally-restored and computer
enhanced photos from BriSCA racing over the years. They have
slide-show examples of what they have, from an archive of thousands of
prints by track photographers. They even do huge wall-poster
prints. Photo service offered through two sites. Have a look at
About time the Eastern England folks got some publicity, and thanks to Darren, here it is:
will like this site (and it will make make a few jealous!) Colin
Moss builds super models, and you can see galleries of his work, plus
some good stock-car history on his site: http://www.mossmodels.co.uk/index.htm
Alex Janssen in Holland has a great website devoted exclusively to the racing at the Gannita Circuit in Gendt, NL. http://www.gendtinbeeld.nl/index.htm
site has changing slide-shows from formulae as different as bangers,
F1, F2, stunts, although I have to guess what some of Dutch wording means.
A collection of photos from the sixties to the 2000's [apologies to Malcolm who told me about his site years ago!]
you want "the gen" on early stock-car racing, especially in the London
area, Pete Marsh is your man. Really solid research here, tons of
old programmes, and contributions from folks who were there in
the 1950's and 1960's. You can spend hours at this site:
Dawson has been around the oval track scene for many years, and his
[first] site mixes history with today's news, a "blog", fascinating links, and
it is still growing. Don't be put off by the "rotating" link bars
on the first site --- they do work if you nail them! John has also opened a newer site (second one below), and I believe is transferring the photos to it.
you weren't actually around in the 1960's to enjoy the action, the
"Heritage" racing movement is here to save you. Very good quality
photos, profiles, histories of cars and drivers. Some of the men
racing Heritage today were racing 50 years ago --- tough as nails.
These two url's may need typing in, as they may not link
Broderick is doing what we all wanted to do: he's building a
terrific reference index of BriSCA driver names and Brisca driver
numbers, arranged by decade, and (with your help, folks ---) adding
photos to every one. This is like going to a
well-organized public library of stock-car racing. Growing fast as we
speak --- give Paul a hand, eh? His site's earlier link has changed; www.BriscaF1stox.co.uk
Salut, les copains! Aimez-vous les courses de stock-cars?
Don't forget that the sport came to England from France in 1954,
and that "our" veterans like Freddie Mitchell, Jock Lloyd, Aubrey Leighton, and Dirty
Dennis all raced in France when they got a chance. French racing and
its cars stayed 50's-style, and did not follow the "specials" route of
the Brits from 1965 onwards. You don't have to understand
francais to enjoy hitting everything that looks like a link.
Old and new, lots of colourful effects, give it a go: http://www.eldorado-stock-car-club.com/
you click on the following website, TURN ON YOUR SPEAKERS LOUD.
Gorgeous sound intro to a site chock full of professional quality
photos from the last 30 years. Brian was lucky (and skilled)
enough to be a centre green photographer. You'll love his site,
and his collection of favourite heroes:
may know of some tracks that now exist only in our memories --- but Simon
Lewis's site has a page listing "all" of the defunct oval tracks, in alphabetical order.
How many? I stopped, feeling rather sad, at FIFTY (50), and
I was nowhere near the end of the list. A valuable and
important bit of historical research here: http://www.simonlewis.com/sc5.html
That is just one of several "pages" of Simon Lewis's site. This one is devoted to stock cars: http://www.simonlewis.com/stock-cars.html but if you see Simon's Motor Sport Fanatic home page you will see many more branches of motor sport.
site opens with that familiar pop instrumental SWINGIN' SAFARI by
the Bert Kaempfert Orchestra. This site gives you the history of
racing in the 1960's and 1970's. If you remember Yarmouth,
Wisbech, Aldershot and other Spedeworth tracks, this is for you. http://www.1960s-spedeworth.co.uk/index2.htm
Brighton track was perhaps the most frightening oval in Britain.
The track evolved from a high-banked cycle track, one of the many entertainment facilities
at New Brighton (Wirrall) on Merseyside, from 1900 onwards. The
track closed in 1976. Even old bangers could reach terrifying
speeds because of the banked concrete "bowl", with its steel
post-and-cable fence. Mike and Steve Parry give us the history, and you can "Google" and find several video clips on YouTube. Updated url address: www.newbrightonstockcars.co.uk
This great site calls itself "Unashamed F1 Nostalgia" -- super stuff [this may not link directly; you may have to type the url yourself]: http://stox.never-enough.co.uk
CARS: Thanks to John Hyam for this link to one of his speedway-themed
sites; a much appreciated forum with fascinating facts and