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You'd think think even in 1975 this would have raised some eyebrows, but today it just looks crazy - people in the crowd at a stock car race in Ipswich are invited to race their own (uninsured) cars around the track. No crash helmets or roll cages, and everything from Minis to a Rolls, with Escorts, Anglias and a Chevy barge inbetween (which gets stuffed into the wall on lap one).


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Haha, I think it was about this time when all sorts of regulations started to come into force wasn't it?



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Those were the days we had more fun then. Definitely a disadvantage to have a big heavy car, the Mustang was holding everyone up.


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More exciting than watching F1 today !    :nod:


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Love it 



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That was great fun! All in an era before elfinsafety, nanny state, snowflakes and lockdown! We won't see the likes of this again, of course.

 

I thought the flagman standing up on the back of that 'pace-car' was brave, especially when it suddenly sped out of the way at the start!! 

 

Thank you, Terriea.


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Thanks for that T, great times...as an impressionable 15 year old I used to love watching stuff like this.

 

But everytime that Mk1 RS2000 Escort went round I couldn't help but think how much it would be worth today!  ::help:

Minus dents of course!  :giggle:


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Thanks for that T, great times...as an impressionable 15 year old I used to love watching stuff like this.

 

But everytime that Mk1 RS2000 Escort went round I couldn't help but think how much it would be worth today!  ::help:

Minus dents of course!  :giggle:

I thought exactly the same about the RS2000  :giggle:


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Wish they had the correct spelling for Ipswich on the video


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I'd take a stab at that being the last year they did that. I was there for the Hot Rod WC in '76, '77 & '78 and no collective owners races. I did in 1978 put my modded Hilly Hunter into a timed road car race at Yarmouth stadium though, one car at a time, I came second place to a very highly tuned Imp and was trailed by a Mk2 Lotus Cortina in third place.

 

Madness really because if I'd stuffed it in the fence we'd no way home - the confidence of youth?



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Um well they still do this at Arlington near Eastbourne..... Not every year but last ran a "Run what you brung" in 2018

 

Friends of mine did compete in a BMW coupe without significant damage-mind you it is a fully caged and prepared stage rally car so he is used to throwing it at the scenery!


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I suspect what was on view at Ipwitch in '75 was a pre-cursor to the banger racing series becoming a serious part of the Spedeworth series.

 

Cowdenbeath, our local Spedeworth track back in the day did spectator cars on the 1/4 mile oval against the clock but never in my memory ran multiple spectator cars similtaneously.



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Madness really because if I'd stuffed it in the fence we'd no way home - the confidence of youth?

 

Absolutely Steve!....Used to do 'Run wot ya Brung' at new York raceway on the bikes, If I'd blown a motor god knows how I'd have got home!

Never saw it as an 'Issue!'..... :giggle:


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