Stoke. North Vs South. Finale.(07/10/19).

On Saturday evening the “Potters” Stoke shale way had a certain magnificent charm about it and it can be said the track condition was, well perfect! The image below captured by Jacko, illustrates a fantastic “drivers oval”.

Congratulations to the South as the “in famous trophy” travelled down the M6 to remain in the “Southern shires” for the next 12 months.

It was a great turn out of cars and the formula  definitely promoted itself very  well. Proper.

The annual end of season North Vs South team cup is a great meeting to have as this years fixtures draw to a close.

It has to be now the seventh or eight year in succession for the heritage formula, as this style of meeting was common place around the ovals of the UK since the 70’s and generated some great competition. It is with this in mind the formula carries on this tradition to generate an enjoyable evening at the Chesterton shaleway.

“North Vs South team Championship” Brisca Heritage “Juniors”.

The origins of stock car team racing as remembered through the then young lads’ eyes of Phil Hiles.

As a child brought up on F1 & F2 stock cars in the early seventies, my very first memories are of being in the pits, listening to the good bit of banter between some of the drivers , and of course the rivalry.  Being from Bradford, only a stone’s throw away from the Odsal stadium, my father would race as often as possible and even travelling a bit north and south.

At the beginning of the seventies promoters like Mike Parker, hosting numerous tracks like Nelson , Blackburn ,White city , Rochdale, Doncaster and last but not least Stoke, many of those meetings attracted considerable sponsorship, by many a varied high profiling company, this included, British airways to Player No10 cigarettes.

 Aligned with this, trophies were up for grabs, for example  the Northern rose bowl championship & Southern bowl championship provided tremendous racing and competition , for which there was a definite amount of “one up man ship” if a southern driver would take the North bowl away with them after a nights racing, and visa versa.

In addition to this there were also Midlands’s cups even Yorkshire & Lancashire bowls emerged.  Drivers with the likes of Al Barker, Frankie Wainman (smiler), John Hillman, Willie Harrison would defend their county from the likes of Doug Cronshaw, Stuart Smith, Graham Blundell and Len Wolfenden.   Additionally all the great “southern based” drivers add to the blend of great racing of that era  with the likes of Dave Chisholm, Brian Powells, Ray Leigh, Hoss  Fernihough, Sugar Shergold and Allan England  all contesting for these Northern and Southern bowls .

It is with this kind of stock car heritage that    the Brisca heritage F2’s (Juniors) are staging in the resurrection of this style of sportsman ship racing at this meeting at Stoke, “tut North versus the South”.  Although there is no major sponsorship organised or major rose bowl up for grabs, racing is for fun, it will still be competitive and very much wheel to wheel as so typical to the Chesterton shale way, an excellent racing experience for both the driver and spectator alike.

The highly prized N Vs S Trophy

(J) Denotes double point scorer “Joker”.

  • 7 Pete Fenton. (N).
  • 20 Dan Jefferies. (N).
  • 22 Wayne Pritchard. (S & J).
  • 23 John Clements. (N).
  • 47 Giles Carter. (S). tbc
  • 59 Niggi Finnegan. (N).
  • 89 Chris Turley. (S).
  • 128 Jack Bunter. (S).
  • 163 Charlie Mustoe. (S).
  • 198 Alan Nicholson. (N).
  • 218 Phil Hiles. (N).
  • 253 Alan Humphrey. (N & J).
  • 251. James Humphrey. (S).
  • 271 Wayne Helliwell. (N).
  • 320 Matt Hatch. (S).
  • 342 Wee Ernie Mc Taylor. (N)
  • 347 Ian Johnson (tbc)
  • 401 Mark Wareham. (N).
  • 517 Dan Cooper. (N).
  • 533 Andy Kaye. (N).
  • 537 Charlie Barnes.(N).
  • 601 Ashleigh Wareham. (N).
  • 676 Mark Foster. (N).
  • 689 Mr Johnny Painter. (S).
  • 728 Graham Bunter. (S).
  • 763 Andy Bateman. (S)
  • 773 Purely Golden. (S)
  • 886 Brian Owen. (S).