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Ray Wilson was the star in my day - although the "Archers" never really did very well. For some reason, my dad knew Norman Storer's dad, so if my dad was there we would always get into the paddock and hang around the bikes!

For a couple of seasons (66, 67?) I hardly missed a match - and yes, I had the pin like Radfordred, with the year "bars" - I wonder what happened to mine?

Other names - Ove Fundin, Anders Michanek, Ray Cresp. The bikes almost universally used J.A.P. engines!

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!hand! Stock cars! My lifelong favourite spectator sport. If you went to Long Eaton, you will remember seeing the Pavilion Hotel in the background, from the pits. Here's a photo that just shows it:

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I have over 1,300 photos of stock cars from 1955 to 1975 on my "nostalgia" website www.oldstox.com Have a look. Keith Barber was the hard-working promoter at Long Eaton for many years, as well as building and racing stock cars, publishing magazines, etc.

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Welcome to Nottstalgia David. My dad used to take me to Long Eaton Stadium to see the stock cars and banger racing, around 1967-1970. Names I remember include Tony Neal, Charlie Finnegan, Stuart Smith, Willie Harrison .

I'd discovered your website a while ago, but it's nice to be reminded again. Incidentally your link to the photo doesn't work!

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I went to the stock car racing there too - but more often to speedway on Thursday nights!

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Welcome David

Broken Image address fixed

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There was a stock car racer who had a garage on Trent Boulevard, he was a red top. Can anybody remember his name, I can't.

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Started going there when it reopened in about 1963/64 Ken Adams was captain with riders like Charlie Monk and Bluey Scott we then followed them to Leicester when they moved the whole team there.

Stock cars should never be allowed on speedway tracks they ruined Long Eaton and Leicester

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Thanks for people's welcome messages, and for fixing my link. I am no good at computers.

A couple of Long Eaton based stock-car racers were 180 Laurie Hooton and 355 Brian Carter. Red-top racer Nottingham's Nev Hughes #69 was promoter there, too.

As for speedway-versus-stock cars, it has unfortunately always been an insoluble problem, but both sports needed shale tracks (even though stock cars are also happy on concrete).

I remember from many many years ago an ARCHERS radio episode in which a young lad was spending time at a stock car track to the dismay of his parents ---- happily the story went on to prove it was "a good way for a lad to get his hands dirty and learn something".

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Joking Long Eatons in D*rby !!!!!! I have a posh sister that lives in Breaston you telling me I'm related to a sheep shagg3r !!!!!!

Here's another badge for you Bip nows your time to get collecting I'll be sticking them on next Thursday get bidding

Lovely badges. I once lost a beauty. Although I watched the brief revival of the Bristol Bulldogs speedway team in the seventies, I'd never seen the originals. But a pal who was an antique / junk dealer ("I buy old junk and I sell antiques!" he used to say) gave me a 'cloisonne' / enamel Bristol Bulldogs badge, in art deco style, perfect nick, showing two riders' heads in profile, in gold. I showed it off a lot and wore it on my jean jacket lapel, like an idiot. It had a crescent-moon fastener on the back, for buttonholes, not a secure pin. Sure enough one day I looked down at my jacket and it was not there. Been kicking myself for 35 years! no2

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But a pal who was an antique / junk dealer ("I buy old junk and I sell antiques!" he used to say) gave me a 'cloisonne' / enamel Bristol Bulldogs badge

I remember a bloke like that in Derby. His shop fascia had a sign that said, "We deal in bits and bobs - you take the bits, we take the bobs."

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I remember a bloke like that in Derby. His shop fascia had a sign that said, "We deal in bits and bobs - you take the bits, we take the bobs."

Typical. I used to drop in my mate's shop and help out. He caught me polishing up a brass plate on a chest, and yelled at me to leave it a bit mucky, and never polish up the top either. He told me the punters like to whisper to each other "That'd come up nicely, I could renovate that a treat", and that way they're more likely to buy it than if it was all tarted up.

He was wicked, used to turn people away with their "junk" saying he couldn't sell it. They'd come down to just shillings and pennies but he'd still tell them to take it away. Result: there would always be a few who were fed up carrying their chair/mirror, whatever, and they'd just dump it on him and leave. Sure enough he'd put it in the back for a few weeks to be forgotten, then sell it.

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It was Nev Hughes who had the garage on Trent Boulevard.

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It was Nev Hughes who had the garage on Trent Boulevard.

Thank you! Nev Hughes took up promoting at Long Eaton after he retired from racing. He now lives in Canada with his wife Dorothy. Here is a high-res. photo of Nev's car in the LE pits, showing the railway bridge behind. The unusual bonnet and rad grille are from an old French Delahaye saloon.

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Again, sorry if my copied links don't open without some adjusting.

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David

There is an Image Icon at the top when you post your reply, use that to add the image to your post.

I suggest you add your site address to your signature, this will bring visitors to your site and improve your Google rating.

Regarding the image, what date was it taken? The people it shows probably do not know of this image displayed on your site and here, all these years later.

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Hi, admin. Thanks for your continuing advice --- I am pretty backward on computers no2 .

The photo of Nev Hughes's car was taken in 1964 by Dave Chapman. My website www.oldstox.com has quite a few Long Eaton photos, and this particular one is on a page headed SENIORS / F1'S IN THE SIXTIES.

Some of you know that Long Eaton was promoting stock cars ahead of almost every other permanent track in the country. Here's a great photo of the first promoter, Don Luck. He opened the gates to a huge crowd on 17th July 1954.

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Ended up @ Buxton Raceway yesterday afternoon.

Anyone identify what this car started out as? TR7?

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I thought at first a Fiat X19 though probably is a TR7

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Not seen these before stoxkarts looked fun!

www.stoxkarts.co.uk

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