Blomfield’s Big Push – Part 2
So there we were, at midday on a sunny winter’s day, we’d been through Pete Blomfield’s collection of old racing photos (he wouldn’t let me have the non-racing one taken at a wedding in the seventies when he was wearing a loud stripey suit, buttonhole and Hair by Tarquin of Mayfair), sorted out some detail pics of Pete’s new V8 Stock Car, which we showed you the basic construction of last month, and been to the Pub for a Swift Half and a sarnie. All we needed now was a Signwriter, and about three more hours of daylight.
Lots of photos of gleaming new cars, and Adrian Blackwell gets all the news.
“The first time I ever saw stock car racing, I went to Aldershot to watch”, says the man whose brand new V8 racer will be out for its inaugural outing next month: “The second time, I came back with a car. I was hooked, that was that!” The year was 1968, and Pete Blomfield’s first race-car was a well-worn ‘special’ of a Superstox with a Mini body someone had stuck rather precariously on a home made chassis, the somewhat ungainly machine propelling Pete through his first laps, and into a fence post or two, at the late lamented egg-shaped track that was Spedeworth’s ‘head office’ for some thirty years.
Thirty years to the day after the first staging of the Winternationals, Wimbledon played host to the 2006 event on New Year’s Day and provided some great racing from all four classes.
2006 NASCAR Nextel Season Cup Preview
It seems like the Nextel Cup Series has seen more driver changes over the winter months than the last several years put together, most noticeably the retirements of veteran drivers Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd, the team switching of many regular series shoes and a handful of talented rookie drivers that hopefully will be allowed to speak their minds and not become rehearsed script readers.
NASCAR Nextel Cup 2005 Review
Tony Stewart won the championship with five wins in 2005, but the racing was somewhat mundane although Jamie McMurray and Kurt Busch livened things up off track when they announced they would be leaving their current teams for the 2007 season and then Busch providing the off track antics after a run in with the cops in Phoenix – at least they kept things interesting along with some helmet throwing and one finger incidents thrown in for good measure. At season’s end NASCAR announced they were going to put a cap of four teams per owner, effectively squeezing one of the Roush teams into non-existence in the future.