Stock cars take centre stage at King’s Lynn – and age is no limit for Heritage drivers
PUBLISHED: 12:44 21 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 21 March 2018
Open wheel Stock Car fans are in for a real treat at King’s Lynn on Saturday (5.30pm) with a triple helping of high speed action.
The firebreathing F1 Stock Cars is regarded as the Big League in racing circles. The season for the F1 Stock Cars began last weekend in Manchester where Norwich’s Matt Newson braved a journey made very difficult by the weather. It was not the best of days for the Norfolk driver who had only a third place in the Grand National to show for his efforts. Newson was unlucky in his heat when he challenged Lee Fairhurst (Bolton) for the lead on the final bend only to come unstuck and end up not finishing.
With almost 50 F1 Stock Cars booked in for action it is going to be a tall order for Newson as he looks to bounce back at King’s Lynn on Saturday – former world champions Frankie Wainman Jnr (Keighley) and Fairhurst lead a star-studded line-up.
The F2 Stock Cars will also be out in good numbers with National Points champion Gordon Moodie (Fife) leading the entry. Jason Cooper (Downham Market), a top name in the Superstox, will continue making shale appearances in the BriSCA F2s and will be making his 2018 F2 debut.
Following a successful 2017 season the Aldridge brothers, Rob and Scott (both King’s Lynn) will be starting what they hope will be a good 2018 campaign.
Completing the action are the Heritage F2 Stock Cars, making their annual King’s Lynn appearance. These cars are built to the specifications of F2 stock cars from their inception in 1960, until the major rule changes in 1972, which means all cars are built from pre-1959 Ford Populars, Anglias, Prefects, and Ford model Y and C from the 1930s, and powered by the same side-valve engine that ceased production in 1959.
Unbelievably, there are plenty of chassis and engines still around, so it is no problem to build a car or find spare parts. Some of the drivers are older than the cars and include many competitors who retired from one of the main BriSCA Formulas.
The veterans of Heritage F2 racing were at the top of their game the last time the formula appeared at King’s Lynn with the top three in last year’s final having a combined age of 214 years.