Hot rod racers from the 70’s old clip (Barry Lee)

Hot rod racers from the 70’s old clip (Barry Lee)

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rallycross

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10,168 posts

181 months

Sunday 11th August
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Another great clip from Thames tv put on you tube - a little program about Hot Rod oval racers.

What made me laugh was how well spoken they are - not what you’d find in today’s grid!

https://youtu.be/leXOyJEQq8Y


The Wookie

11,669 posts

172 months

Tuesday 13th August
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It's funny, my Great Uncle Peter Stone was a Hot Rods racer and knew Barry really well apparently. I believe that side of my family were all involved in Burton Power back in the day.

Despite that I was never exposed to any of the hot rods or racing scene as a child and there were no links going back, it was actually some of my Dad's completely unrelated business contacts that brought me into Motorsport, in fact the first time I ever went to a UK circuit was to see David B and Motorbase in the earlier days running Cainey and the Britnell brothers in TVR Tuscans!

Anyway, I was interested and I managed to dig up an old standings sheet online last night:

http://ovaltrackclassic.blogspot.com/1977/06/hot-r...

Some familiar names on there, Mick Collard, George Polley, Joe Tandy, etc...

Seems amazing that apart from my Mum (whose side of the family it was) buying me toy cars as a kid there was no direct family influence to me being a petrolhead and subsequently a racer, yet I'd end up racing against the next generations of my family's historic rivals! In fact it's not uncommon for my old man to be having a chat with Dave Mountain of Mountune who supply our engines on a race weekend about Barry and my Uncle Peter

I know it's all coincidence but sometimes makes you wonder about fate!

Edited by The Wookie on Tuesday 13th August 08:49

hoffman66

11 posts

Tuesday 13th August
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Interesting topic and a rare one.

Oddly a lot of people invovled in things like BTCC are linked to Hot Rod racing int he recent and distant past, the Simpson crew certainly, Carl Boardley, the Collard family, Ian Mckellar in Gt racing, Colin White in all sorts of stuff.


stevemcs

3,212 posts

37 months

Tuesday 13th August
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I'm sure Barry Lee did the drive safe tour at our school in an XR4i ... it would have been mid 80's

andy97

3,604 posts

166 months

Wednesday 14th August
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Barry is still around, and still a character. Sometimes can be found instructing on super car experience days.

covboy

2,281 posts

118 months

Wednesday 14th August
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andy97 said:
Barry is still around, and still a character. Sometimes can be found instructing on super car experience days.
He was guest speaker at our Motor Club dinner a few years back. He was asked to say grace before the start of the meal - "Rub a dub dub, thanks for the grub"