Huge crowd expected for Dutch driver Leistra farewell at King’s Lynn

Dutch racing sensation Pieter Liestra
Dutch racing sensation Pieter Liestra
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A huge crowd is expected at Lynn’s Adrian Flux Arena tomorrow (5pm) for one of the biggest Banger Racing events it has ever staged.

More than 160 Unlimited Bangers are booked to race in ‘Heinegone’, the farewell meeting of massively popular Dutch driver Pieter ‘Peewee’ Leistra.

West Winch racer Paul Bowen

West Winch racer Paul Bowen

Leistra has developed a cult following, mainly due to his attitude and commitment which has seen him race countless classic and rare cars over the years, always immaculately presented. He will pilot five different cars – one for each of the four categories by which the opening round of heat races will be split, plus another for the destruction derby which is set to close the curtains on his career in style.

Separate heats for American cars, pre-1970 and pre-1980 motors, plus more modern machinery, will be filled with a stunning array, including many classics and limousines, the likes of which may never be surpassed.

A large Dutch contingent will join Leistra in crossing the North Sea, with further entries drawn from all across the UK and Ireland. Leading the locals is West Winch racer Paul Bowen, a specialist in older cars, who is set to entertain in a Daimler Sovereign. Swaffham-based brothers Terry and Jack Garrod, the former at the wheel of a limousine, will also be competing.

The Garrods’ Team Jackpot outfit finished runners-up in last weekend’s Norfolk Team Championship for Two-Litre Bangers, while the Two-Litre Saloon Stock Car final and Lady Bangers British Championship were claimed by Cambridgeshire duo Jake Swann and Danielle Hewitt.

This weekend begins with a party at the track tonight (7pm). Pre-meeting entertainment starts at noon on race day, with a drivers’ parade at 4pm. An after-meeting party is set to continue late into the night.