World: 81 Pat DriscollFIXTURE LIST - dates that I know about
Points: 274 Denis Driscoll
Southern: 81 Pat Driscoll
East Anglian: 81 Pat Driscoll
Norfolk: 274 Denis Driscoll
Fen: 132 Les Suckling
March 31st, 1975 (Easter Monday) - RingwoodOther NotesTwenty-four cars raced at this historic first meeting, with the honour of first race win for a SCOTA driver going to 132 Les Suckling. Pete Webb (8) won the final. Rick Young watched this meeting, see his marked-up programme here and hereApril 12th, 1975 (Saturday) - WimbledonFour races featured the SCOTA cars at their first appearence in the capital city. Three wins, including the final, were taken by 274 Denis Driscoll and 258 Peter Guinchard won a heat.April 20th, 1975 (Sunday) - IpswichFinal winner was 132 Les Suckling at the first SCOTA meeting around the big Foxhall Heath oval.April 26th, 1975 (Saturday) - WimbledonAnother four race presentation at the plush Wimbledon Stadium. Wins were taken by 258 (Peter Guinchard), 352 (Pete Shepherd) and 8 (Pete Webb) who bagged two including the final.May 1st, 1975 (Thursday) - AldershotThe first SCOTA meeting at Aldershot saw 24 Alan England take the first two heats and 258 Peter Guinchard the third. First over the line in the final was Peter, but he was docked a place for corner cutting which meant that 132 Les Suckling got the trophy.May 10th, 1975 (Saturday) - WisbechAnother new venue, another final winner, 24 Alan England.May 15th, 1975 (Thursday) - AldershotAlan England (24) wins the final again.May 18th, 1975 (Sunday) - ArlingtonFinal winner is 274 Denis Driscoll.May 24th, 1975 (Saturday) - WisbechThis time, 267 Ian Ireland wins the final.May 26th, 1975 (Holiday Monday) - * RingwoodFinal winner is 81 Pat Driscoll.June 1st, 1975 (Sunday) - Ipswich EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIPFirst of the year's championships goes to 81 Pat Driscoll.June 5th, 1975 (Thursday) - Aldershot SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPPat Driscoll (81) takes his second championship trophy in a week.June 7th, 1975 (Saturday) - WimbledonPeter Guinchard (258) is the main event winner.June 15th, 1975 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthPat Driscoll (81) picks up the winners prize.June 18th, 1975 (Wednesday) - ArlingtonFinal winner is 132 Les Suckling.June 26th, 1975 (Thursday) - * AldershotAnother victory for 81 Pat Driscoll.June 29th, 1975 (Sunday) - * RingwoodFinal goes the way of 132 Les Suckling.July 5th, 1975 (Saturday) - WisbechFeature final winner is 267 Ian Ireland.July 6th, 1975 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthAlan England (24) wins on the East Coast.July 12th, 1975 (Saturday) - IpswichFinal winner this time is 81 Pat Driscoll.July 13th, 1975 (Sunday) - IpswichA new name takes the final, 5 Gordon Perrin.July 17th, 1975 (Thursday) - AldershotPat Driscoll (81) wins the final.July 20th, 1975 (Sunday) - Baarlo, The NetherlandsPat Driscoll (81) wins the top prize in this SCOTA / NACO international event.August 2nd and 3rd, 1975 (Saturday and Sunday) - WisbechThe final, held on Sunday, won by 81 Pat Driscoll.August 7th, 1975 (Thursday) - AldershotFinal winner, 24 Alan England.August 10th, 1975 (Sunday) - IpswichDenis Driscoll (274) takes the final win.August 17th, 1975 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthFeature final winner is 267 Ian Ireland.August 23rd, 1975 (Saturday) - WisbechFinal goes the way of 5 Gordon Perrin.August 25th, 1975 (Holiday Monday) - Ringwood
August 30th, 1975 (Saturday) - WimbledonPat Driscoll (81) does it again.August 31st, 1975 (Sunday) - Great Yarmouth NORFOLK CHAMPIONSHIPChampionship goes to 274 Denis Driscoll.September 4th, 1975 (Thursday) - Aldershot
September 6th, 1975 (Saturday) - Wisbech FEN CHAMPIONSHIPLes Suckling (132) takes the honours.September 7th, 1975 (Sunday) - Ipswich
September 18th, 1975 (Thursday) - Aldershot
October 4th, 1975 (Saturday) - Wimbledon
October 12th, 1975 (Sunday) - Arlington
October 19th, 1975 (Sunday) - Ipswich
November 8th, 1975 (Saturday) - * Wimbledon WORLD FINALThirty-three cars, including nine from overseas, raced in the thirty-five lap World Final. The race was won by 81 Pat Driscoll who became the first SCOTA Formula One World Champion. Pete Webb (8) takes the meeting final.
A total of 46 drivers raced under the SCOTA banner in 1975.
Click here to read an interesting account ot the 1975 season from the November Wheelspin newsletter. Thanks to Jon Driscoll, Pat's son, for scanning this in.
World: 104 Alan CasserleyFIXTURE LIST - dates that I know about
Points: 238 Les Mitchell
British: 238 Les Mitchell
English: 390 John Plant
Southern: 227 Dave Saunders
January 1st, 1976 (Holiday Thursday) - WimbledonOther Notes
March 18th, 1976 (Thursday) - AldershotA final victory for 17 Mel Bassey.March 20th, 1976 (Saturday) - * Wimbledon
Les Mitchell (238) wins the final.March 28th, 1976 (Sunday) - IpswichFinal winner is 132 Les Suckling.April 17th, 1976 (Saturday) - WimbledonLes Suckling (132) wins again.April 19th, 1976 (Easter Monday) - ArlingtonA victory in the main event for 41 Barry Bye.April 25th, 1976 (Saturday) - ArlingtonThis time it's the turn of 6 Rod Smith to take a final win at the southern SCOTA track.April 29th, 1976 (Thursday) - AldershotBob Boddington (196) wins the feature race.May 2nd, 1976 (Sunday) - IpswichA win for 132 Les Suckling in the final.May 9th, 1976 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthFinal goes the way of 111 Roy Wilson.May 27th, 1976 (Thursday) - AldershotLes Mitchell (238) takes the final victory.May 29th, 1976 (Saturday) - WimbledonGordon Perrin (5) wins in London.May 31st, 1976 (Holiday Monday) - RingwoodA final win for 404 Ernie Smith.June 13th, 1976 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthKen Saunders (121) took the win in the white/yellow heat, with 267 Ian Ireland winning in the blue/red heat. Heat three (all grades) went to Ken Saunders, and 238 Les Mitchell took the final.June 17th, 1976 (Thursday) - AldershotOnce again, Les Mitchell (238) wins the final which is a WCQR.June 19th, 1976 (Saturday) - Great YarmouthLes Suckling (132) comes out on top in the final.June 23rd, 1976 (Wednesday) - Arlington
June 27th, 1976 (Sunday) - * WisbechVictory for 238 Les Mitchell in the final.July 1st, 1976 (Thursday) - AldershotVictory in the final for 24 Alan England.July 4th, 1976 (Sunday) - Lydden Hill ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIPJohn Plant (390) takes the trophy in Kent.July 10th, 1976 (Saturday) - Ipswich BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPNext big trophy goes to final winner, 238 Les Mitchell.July 11th, 1976 (Sunday) - IpswichSecond day of the big weekend is won by 24 Alan England.
July 17th, 1976 (Saturday) - Wimbledon
July 20th, 1976 (Tuesday) - Great YarmouthAlan England (24) wins the final.July 24th, 1976 (Saturday) - Ringwood
July 28th, 1976 (Wednesday) - Arlington
August 1st, 1976 (Sunday) - WisbechRod Smith (6) wins in East Anglia.August 5th, 1976 (Thursday) - AldershotAlan England (24) takes the honours at the home of Spedeworth.August 7th, 1976 (Saturday) - WimbledonA final win for 35 Trevor Carpenter.August 15th, 1976 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthWinner of the final is 17 Mel Bassey.August 18th, 1976 (Wednesday) - Arlington
August 21st, 1976 (Saturday) - Wisbech
August 22nd, 1976 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthVictory for 24 Alan England.August 29th, 1976 (Sunday) - Great Yarmouth
August 30th, 1976 (Holiday Monday) - RingwoodVictory for 132 Les Suckling.August 31st, 1976 (Tuesday) - Great Yarmouth
September 2nd, 1976 (Thursday) - Aldershot
September 5th, 1976 (Sunday) - Great Yarmouth
September 7th, 1976 (Tuesday) - ArlingtonMo Smith (51) takes the honours.September 11th, 1976 (Saturday) - Wisbech
September 16th, 1976 (Thursday) - Aldershot
October 2nd, 1976 (Saturday) - Aldershot
October 14th, 1976 (Thursday) - Aldershot SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPDave Saunders (227) is tonight's winner at Tongham.October 17th, 1976 (Sunday) - Arlington GOLDEN HELMET AWARD
October 23rd, 1976 (Saturday) - Wimbledon
November 13th, 1976 (Saturday) - Wimbledon WORLD FINALThe BIG ONE goes to Alan Casserley (Jim Bashford (55) gets the meeting final).
Dutch drivers Lambert Keulen and Rien Rutjens, regular BriSCA visitors in later years, were two of the overseas drivers who appeared on the SCOTA tracks in 1976. A total of 54 drivers raced SCOTA in 1976, 25 of them had never raced for BriSCA.
World: 267 Ian IrelandFIXTURE LIST - dates that I know about
European: 252 Dave Chisholm
January 1st, 1977 (Saturday) - WimbledonOther NotesWas this the meeting that saw a win for the returning 22 (formally 329) Bobby Burns? Other winners were car 138 and 252 Dave Chisholm, three times BriSCA F1 Champion.January 3rd, 1977 (Holiday Monday) - IpswichWins for 267 Ian Ireland (heat and final) and 41 Barry Bye. Surprise entry was Derek Guinchard (brother of Pete) driving car 256.February 26th, 1977 (Saturday) - AldershotThe fifteen drivers who raced at this early season meeting put on an excellent show. Race wins went to 41 Barry Bye, 352 Pete Shepherd and 267 Ian Ireland.March 5th, 1977 (Saturday) - WimbledonFinal winner is 41 Barry Bye.March 12th, 1977 (Saturday) - AldershotRace wins for 227 Dave Saunders, 41 Barry Bye and 267 Ian Ireland.March 27th, 1977 (Sunday) - WisbechFinal goes to 104 Alan Casserley.April 2nd, 1977 (Saturday) - Wimbledon LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP
April 7th, 1977 (Thursday) - AldershotTwo heat wins for 238 Les Mitchell with the final going to 41 Barry Bye.April 8th, 1977 (Good Friday) - Great YarmouthAnother final win for 41 Barry Bye.April 11th, 1977 (Easter Monday) - Ringwood
April 23rd, 1977 (Saturday) - Wimbledon
May 5th, 1977 (Thursday) - Aldershot
May 7th, 1977 (Saturday) - WimbledonPete Shephard in car 352 is the final winner.
May 14th, 1977 (Saturday) - Wimbledon
May 15th, 1977 (Sunday) - RingwoodA win in the main race for 55 Pete Bashford.
May 29th, 1977 (Sunday) - WisbechWinner of the final in East Anglia is 22 Bobby Burns.
June 6th, 1977 (Monday) - Ringwood
June 16th, 1977 (Thursday) - Aldershot252 Dave Chisholm is the winner.
June 26th, 1977 (Sunday) - Ringwood
June 29th, 1977 (Wednesday) - ArlingtonA rare visit to the south coast track (the only one in 1977?). Dave Chisholm (252) takes the final.
July 2nd, 1977 (Saturday) - IpswichThe TV TROPHY goes to 252 Dave Chisholm.
July 3rd, 1977 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthOnce again 252 Dave Chisholm wins the final.
July 17th, 1977 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthAnother victory for Dave Chisholm (252) in the final.
July 21st, 1977 (Thursday) - AldershotDave Chisholm (252) does it again.
July 26th, 1977 (Tuesday) - Great YarmouthFinal goes, yet again, to 252 Dave Chisholm.
July 31st, 1977 (Sunday) - IpswichJim Bashford in car 88 wins the final at Foxhall Heath.
August 7th, 1977 (Sunday) - Baarlo, The Netherlands WORLD FINALIan Ireland (267) takes the 1977 world title in a sensational race.
August 13th, 1977 (Saturday) - WimbledonVictory in the final goes to 258 Pete Guinchard.
August 21st, 1977 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthLegendary pioneer driver Willie Harrison, on his sea-side holiday, was spotted in the crowd at this meeting.
August 28th, 1977 (Sunday) - WisbechAlan England (24) crosses the line first to take the final.
August 29th, 1977 (Bank Holiday Monday) - Ringwood
September 6th, 1977 (Tuesday) - Great YarmouthDave Chisholm (252) takes the honours on the East Coast.
September 8th, 1977 (Thursday) - AldershotPete Bashford in car 55 takes a final win.
September 18th, 1977 (Sunday) - Ringwood
October 6th, 1977 (Thursday) - AldershotAnother final win for 252 Dave Chisholm.
October 12th, 1977 (Wednesday) - Arlington ?Final victory to 238 Les Mitchell.
October 15th, 1977 (Saturday) - Wimbledon EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPDave Chisholm (252) takes the title in London. Dutch "superstar" Friedhelm Welters was one of the overseas drivers programmed to race in this international event.
November 12th, 1977 (Saturday) - Wimbledon
December 31st, 1977 (Saturday) - Wimbledon GOLDEN LAURELS
The 1977 SCOTA World Final was the last for the SCOTA / F1SCA / Spedeworth F1 stockcars, the British Final taking over as the top race. The World Final returned in 1995 when it was jointly staged for Spedeworth V8 Stock Cars and their 'Northern' counterparts, an alliance which lasted a few years.
British: 90 Jim WildeFIXTURE LIST - dates that I know about
Points: 238 Les Mitchell
English: 252 Dave Chisholm
Southern: 252 Dave Chisholm
January 14th, 1978 (Saturday) - WimbledonOther NotesFirst race win to 196 Bob Boddington. Alan England (238) went on to win the next race and the final.February 5th, 1978 (Sunday) - SwaffhamThis early season outing for the F1SCA cars saw wins for 196 Bob Boddington, 90 Jim Wilde, 238 Les Mitchell and 267 Ian Ireland.March 5th, 1978 (Sunday) - WisbechFinal winner is 196 Bob Boddington.March 24th, 1978 (Good Friday) - Great Yarmouth
March 27th, 1978 (Easter Monday) - * RingwoodPete Bashford (55) takes the final.
March 30th, 1978 (Thursday) - * AldershotJim Bashford (88) won heat one and then 252 Dave Chisholm went on to a heat and final double.April 8th, 1978 (Saturday) - WimbledonA win in the final for 238 Les Mitchell.April 27th, 1978 (Thursday) - AldershotDave Chisholm (252) wins. Heat and final going to the multiple BriSCA F1 World Champion. Car 100, driven by the great Richy Ahern, gets the other heat.May 1st, 1978 (Monday) - * RingwoodAnother victory in the main race for 252 Dave Chisholm.
May 6th, 1978 (Saturday) - WimbledonJim Wilde in car 90 takes the final win.
May 13th, 1978 (Saturday) - WisbechFinal winner is 252 Dave Chisholm.
May 14th, 1978 (Sunday) - Great Yarmouth
May 20th, 1978 (Saturday) - Wimbledon BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPThe big event in 1978 for the F1SCA racers goes to 90 Jim Wilde.
May 28th, 1978 (Sunday) - Great Yarmouth
May 29th, 1978 (Monday) - RingwoodDave Chisholm (252) wins the final.
June 15th, 1978 (Thursday) - Aldershot
June 25th, 1978 (Sunday) - IpswichDave Chisholm (252) wins the final.
June 29th, 1978 (Thursday) - AldershotOnce more, 252 Dave Chisholm wins the final.
July 2nd, 1978 (Sunday) - BuxtonTwenty cars raced at the High Edge track with wins for 52 Rob Critchlow and 252 Dave Chisholm in the heats, with Dave going on to take the final too. Rob was probably driving the car of BriSCA driver 152 Ron Rogers.July 5th, 1978 (Wednesday) - Arlington SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIPFourteen cars put on a good show for the F1SCA fans. Heat wins went to 55 Jim Bashford and 5 Gordon Perrin. The final, which was for the Southern Championship title, was won by 252 Dave Chisholm.July 8th, 1978 (Saturday) - Ipswich ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIPDave Chisholm (252) became the English Champion at the big Ipswich SpedeWeekend. Following Dave over the line came 24 Alan England and 238 Les Mitchell. The support race result saw the same drivers in first and second, but this time 197 Duncan Whytock got third. Duncan was at the wheel of Bob Boddington's car as Bob was unable to drive owing to a finger injury.July 9th, 1978 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthAll three races for the F1SCA cars went the way of 252 Dave Chisholm.July 13th, 1978 (Thursday) - AldershotTwo heat wins for 252 Dave Chisholm, with the final taken by 24 Alan England after some "heavy" driving which saw Dave shunted down to fifth!July 23rd, 1978 (Sunday) - Brands HatchAt the Brands Hatch Festival of Speed, 55 Jim Bashford won the two races for the F1SCA cars.July 26th, 1978 (Wednesday) - * Arlington
August 6th, 1978 (Sunday) - Great Yarmouth
August 16th, 1978 (Wednesday) - ArlingtonMy recollection is that, due to lack of cars, the F1SCA guys didn't race tonight, their place taken by Superstox.August 28th, 1978 (Holiday Monday) - Ringwood
September 3rd, 1978 (Sunday) - Buxton
September 30th, 1978 (Saturday) - Crewe
October 1st, 1978 (Sunday) - Buxton
October 22nd, 1978 (Sunday) - Lydden HillHeat one at the Kent venue went to car number 2 driven by Brian Bennett. Jim Bashford (55) won heat two, and the final was won by 267 Ian Ireland.
New cars built for the 1978 season included one for 88 Pete Bashford, built by Alan Barker and another for 17 Melvyn Bassey. Melvyn's car was built by farther-in-law and pioneer driver Darkie Wright. Darkie took a turn driving the car on occasion. Not content with that, Darkie also turned his hand to Super Rod building in 1978, for driver 23 Ken Green.
March 25th, 1979 - RingwoodLes Mitchell (238) gets his year off to a good start with final victory.April 15th, 1979 (Sunday) - Arena EssexThe newly surfaced track saw heat wins for 13 Richard "Sugar" Shergold and 390 John Plant. 253 Dave Barker went on to win the final.April 16th, 1979 (Monday) - RingwoodRace wins went to 196 Bob Boddington, 24 Alan England and 238 Les Mitchell.April 26th, 1979 (Thursday) - AldershotSugar Shergold (13) wins the main race of the evening.May 6th, 1979 (Sunday) - Arena EssexLee Wilson (111) won heat one, with the second going to 238 Les Mitchell. The final was taken by 13 Sugar Shergold.May 7th, 1979 (Holiday Monday) - RingwoodAll three race wins were taken by 111 Lee Wilson.May 13th, 1979 (Sunday) - ArlingtonThis fixture may have been moved to the 20th, which I know took place. I can remember getting soaked by the rain!May 20th, 1979 (Sunday) - * ArlingtonI remember getting very wet, but not the result!May 27th, 1979 (Sunday) - Arena Essex THUNDERBIRD TROPHYTrophy winner - 24 Alan England.May 28th, 1979 (Holiday Monday) - RingwoodVictory in the final for 196 Bob Boddington.June 14th, 1979 (Thursday) - AldershotA win in the final for 5 Gordon Perrin.July 1st, 1979 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthGordon Perrin (5) wins the main race again.July 12th, 1979 (Thursday) - Aldershot
July 15th, 1979 (Sunday) - BuxtonDave Shaw wins the final in Derbyshire.July 22nd, 1979 (Sunday) - Great YarmouthWinners were 98 Peter Scott and 390 John Plant with a heat and final double.July 28th, 1979 (Saturday) - Wimbledon
July 29th, 1979 (Sunday) - Great Yarmouth
August 11th, 1979 (Saturday) - WimbledonPeter Sullivan (250) won the two heats, with the final going the way of 238 Les Mitchell.August 27th, 1979 - Ringwood BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP
September 2nd, 1979 (Sunday) - BuxtonVictories for Neil Partridge (heat and final) and 13 Sugar Shergold. Fifteen cars raced. Neil was mechanic to BriSCA driver 55 Bert Finnikin and may well have been driving Bert's car.October 18th, 1979 (Thursday) 7:30 - * Aldershot F1SCA TROPHY AWARDSThe last time that unlimited capacity stock cars were seen on a Spedeworth track before Easter 1996 with the arrival of BriSCA F1 at Wimbledon. The F1SCA cars downsized to 5 litres from 1980.
Chick Woodroffe promoted F1SCA at Arena Essex and Brands Hatch in 1978 and 1979.
SCOTA/F1SCA Cars also raced at Baldock (part of the Oddssey Grass Track Club), Buxton (probably promoted by George Mycock), Crewe (run at the time by Mick Smith) and Swaffham (promoted by Petron Promotions).
As a poor student in the 1970's, buying programs was a little too extravagant! However, I've got some, and that's what the * means.
Special thanks to Rick Young for taking considerable trouble getting me lots of information for this page, Ian Silver for typing up lots of fixture info from '75 and '76, and Jon Driscoll for filling in some fine detail. Many thanks too go to Nigel Anderson for very many fixture and result details.
Thanks to John Nunn for spotting his mate John Shields (SCOTA 254) on his side after colliding with team mate Alan Thatcher (44). The front of Al's car is just in the pic. Apparantly, John said he was blinded by the dust, but the view is he was making a roll-up and lost control!
You can see more SCOTA photos on the history page and pictures page.
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