US Stock Car drivers in UK 1955
Posted 14 August 2004 - 18:11
The team consisted of Bobby Myers, Curtis “Crawfish” Crider, Bobby Schuyler, Bill Irick, Neil “Soapy” Castles, Pete Folse and Possum Jones. The team was managed by two US promoters Lester Vanadore and Buddy Davenport.
The trip was apparently set up by the leading UK promoter Digger Pugh, on a trip to Daytona in February 1955.
The dominant performances of the US drivers and some of the more colourful incidents of the trip are fairly well documented. But does anyone know how this particular group was put together? Were Vanadore and Davenport well known? Were, as is rumoured, attempts made to get more senior drivers to come over?
Also Myers, Crider, Castles and to a lesser extent Jones, are all fairly well known through their NASCAR racing, But what about the others? Was this the same Pete Folse who became a leading sprint car driver? Is anything known of Schuyler or Irick?
If it would be of interest to anyone, I can post more details of the trip.
Posted 17 August 2004 - 06:23
Does this seem likely?
Roberts was already well established in the Grand National series by then, would he have considered missing two months of the season for a trip to Europe?
Posted 18 August 2004 - 18:38
Posted 18 August 2004 - 21:01
For stories and atmosphere, the best book is
The Thrill of The Century by Pete Tucker, a leading driver from the first meeting in 1954 through to 1963
The history of the sport has been documented in an evolutionary series of books by Keith Barber (i.e. he keeps adding a bit and putting a new cover on!), the latest is BriSCA Formula One The First Fifty Years 1954 - 2004.
The statistics are documented in books by Malc Aylott and his latest is Formula 1 Stock Car Racing Fifty Years 1954-2003 (this concentrates principally on final winners and statistics by track and driver).
There is not a lot of info available on the internet, there are some picture sites, but I don't have the details to hand, I'll try and add them tomorrow.
Posted 13 September 2011 - 03:26
Bobby Shuyler's home track was the Islip Speedway in NY. Schuyler competed in one NASCAR Grand National Race, which was at Islip in 1964.
Folse was a sprintcar driver who was voted into a "Top 100 Sprintcar Drivers of All Time" poll.
The only Lester Vanadore I found was a country music songwriter and arranger.
Digger Pugh was certainly a larger than life character!
Posted 14 September 2011 - 08:52
Posted 19 September 2011 - 21:34