East Anglian Banger fans will be bidding farewell to one of the region’s finest-ever stars of the sport tomorrow (Saturday, June 4, 5pm) at the Adrian Flux Arena at Lynn.
Legend Alan ‘Speedy’ Read hangs up his racing boots (or in Alan’s case wellies!) for the final time with a special retirement meeting titled “A Speedy Exit”!
Speedy started racing in the 1980s and has quite simply won everything there is to win in the sport and raced everything that there is to race.
His distinctive red and white cars together with his popular “Speedy” nickname and “Speedy Gonzales” cartoon motif on his cars have seen a generation of racers grow up with Alan as their hero and followed in his wheel-tracks onto the circuit.
Alan’s finest hour came in 1999 when he won the ultimate race in the sport – the Unlimited Banger World Final at Wimbledon Stadium in London.
This is the top title in the sport and headed the list of 33 titles on his CV he has taken in a sport he has dominated in a way nobody has before or since. In addition to the race titles, Speedy was also the banger National Points Champion seven years between 1994 and 2001 with only 1995 being the year he missed out in that period.
In addition to his racing exploits Speedy has attempted to enter the record books with attempts at Car and Caravan Jumps and Domino Stunts.
This Saturday’s “A Speedy Exit” will see drivers and fans travel from all over Europe to help give Speedy a send off from the sport he has been such a big part of for three decades.
The meeting itself is likely to be one which will not be repeated. In keeping with the type of cars which Speedy raced when he dominated the sport the meeting is a Pre-1975 one which means all of the cars being used had to be originated before this date.
With more than 100 cars booked in for the Unlimited class and 50 for the unders class it is very unlikely there will ever be this type of gathering for a meeting like this again.
Local drivers who will be action in the Unlimited Pre 75 Bangers include a strong appearance from the Lynn based Freestone family who will see all members on track for the very first time in the shape of senior members Lester and Kevin whilst young guns Wesley, Austen and Ryley, who are more often seen in the 1300 Stock Cars, will be in action in the Bangers.
Other local drivers in action in the overs class include Charlie Cunningham, Luke Taylor, Paul Bowen, Darren Fendley and Callum Gill.
The unders class will see the first appearance for many years of Colin “Sonic” Dicken.
There is some quite outstanding machinery being raced and the meeting is likely to be one which will be remembered for many years.
To coin Speedy’s well worn phrase – “Had to be Done!”