Hot Rod and Stock Car Racing: In Britain in the 1980s (Those were the days...)

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Short oval racing (Hot Rod and Stock Car racing) was, and remains, one of the best supported forms of motor racing in the country both in terms of competitors and spectators. Hot Rod and Stock Car racing had seen packed terraces throughout the sixties and seventies as the public went to their local circuits each week to cheer on their local heroes (and of course see the crash and bash). The sport had developed much through these two decades and arrived in the eighties as a slick, professional looking sport which now boasted national rather than local heroes. While the top level of the sport became more costly the promoters began to introduce new classes to cater for the drivers who had got left behind in the race for purpose built equipment.  The new classes were to become the training ground for the star drivers of the future. This book is the first ever such work on the sport looking at the 1980s and shows how the existing formulae developed throughout the decade and how the UK promoters continued to work with each other to keep the sport at a truly national (and in some classes International) level. Complete with 100 nostalgic pictures from racing throughout the decade and a comprehensive listing of major championship dates, venues and winners.

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Richard John Neil has been a motor racing enthusiast for over 30 years. He started out as young spectator at the race tracks in southern England and began writing about the sport his local media while still at school. Richard is still a motor racing enthusiast and has also covered many other sports as a radio, television and event commentator.

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Startline Magazine, December 2008
UK magazine
 
"Complete with 100 nostalgic, mainly color pictures of racing throughout the decade and a comprehensive listing of major championship dates, venues and winners."
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Speedscene, December 2008
The magazine of the Hillclimb and Sprint association
 

"... for anyone with an interest in this area of the sport it will make a valuable collection to their library, if just for the photographs alone ..."
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Motor Sport, October 2008
UK magazine
 

"... a great introduction to this diverse and fascinating form of the sport ..."



"... illustrated with a series of photographs, contributed mainly by enthusiasts, but still of good quality , nonetheless." – The Marshal

"The photographs are a wonderful walk down memory lane ... it can happily sit on the shelf as a work of reference, as well as being a good read." – Motorsport News
 



"This is an interesting round-up of some of the hot rod and stock car stars, and provides unique detail. The list of champions will be handy for pub quizzes!" – Auto Express

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