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Aycliffe Stock Car Stadium

A Potted History


The raceway was constructed in the early 1950s, with stock car racing being held on the 370 yard track from the middle of the decade. Jim Wilkinson promoted before handing over to drivers Tony Neal (100), Ron Deane (20) and Tom Geldard (154) in the early 1960s who took the step to joini the Board of Control in 1966. Tony emigrated to New Zealand in the 1974, "Dixie" and Tom kept the track running until the 1985 season,when Ron Deane retired.  During most of that time the seasons started with the "Sword of Damocles" hanging over the track with doubts that a complete season could be run.   In the end Aycliffe survived until the end of 1989.  The last 4 seasons were back under the leadership of Jim Wilkinson with Vince Moody the Skegness promotor also involved.


I'm not sure when my first time at Aycliffe was.  Probably around 1961-62.  But definitely a Saturday night racing as a "pirate" track.  It's indicative of the family nature and local club culture at Aycliffe that when as an 18 year old and visited the family local pub, the Bay Horse - mine hosts Jim and Jean Wilkinson knew who I was.


  • The facilities may have been basic.
  • Two 20 car heats may have been considered a good turnout for a meeting.
  • The tarmac may have been a bit on the bumpy side.
  • The breakdown truck may have looked broken down.
  • The steel post and rope fence may have had a brutal unforgiving reputation.
  • The concrete sleeping policemen on the bends may not have stopped the corner cutting.
  • The rolling lap music may not have had the impact of Fanfare for the Common Man.

But 30 plus years after closure Aycliffe is still fondly remembered by those lucky enough to have been there. Whether it was just the once or as a regular for whom Sundays at Aycliffe stadium were a must, the whole package was something unique.


Yep.  When you get down to it, they were right with their slogan:

Bill Roberts Bill Roberts A professional photographer based in Newton Aycliffe

Bill Roberts

A professional photographer based in Newton Aycliffe
John Lund John Lund Joint 2nd in the all time final winners at Aycliffe.

John Lund

Joint 2nd in the all time final winners at Aycliffe.
The Maestro The Maestro Winner of 66 Finals at Aycliffe Stuart Smith 391

The Maestro

Winner of 66 Finals at Aycliffe Stuart Smith 391

Family Album

Not many pictures survive.
Colin Casserley

Colin Casserley

Stevenage's Colin Casserley 176 with John Strik 65

Russell Joblin
Russell Joblin
Long distance traveller from New Zealand Russell Joblin
Doug Cronshaw 396

Doug Cronshaw 396

Doug Cronshaw 396 lining up behind Colin Casserley 176 to leave the track

3 Local Heroes

3 Local Heroes

Kelloe's Gerald Taylor 250, Sunderland's Bert Shipman 297, Darlington's Arthur Gibson 141.   Also in there are Bolton's Mike Holt 86 in front of Cleckheaton's John Hillam 229.

George Ansell 375

George Ansell 375

George Ansell 375 from Knebworth, Hertfordshire on the outside of Geoff Buck 204 Ashton-under-Lyne who's in the former Doug Cronshaw car.

John Hillam 229
John Hillam 229
John Hillam 229 from Cleckheaton with Tony Neal 100.
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Aycliffe Pits Bend

Aycliffe Pits Bend

Pits bend schmozzle leading to Tony Neal falling over.

Aycliffe Pits Bend
Aycliffe Pits Bend
Tony Neal on his side
Ray Tyldesley 85

Ray Tyldesley 85

Blackburn's Ray Tyldesley 85 the 1989 world champion.

Aycliffe Pits Bend
Aycliffe Pits Bend
Rush hour, first bend, first lap featuring Pat Byrne 310, Arthur Gibson 141, Bill Dunn 215, Bert Shipman 297 and Don Buddin 25.
Aycliffe Pits Bend
Aycliffe Pits Bend
A busy pits bend with Frank Horner 162, Bert Shipman 297 and Tony Neal 100.
Mick Noden 306
Mick Noden 306
Rugby's Mick Noden 306 - Final winner.
John Hillam 229
John Hillam 229
Yorkshire star drivers John Hillam 229 and Wille Harrison 2
Mick Noden 306
Mick Noden 306
Rugby's Mick Noden 306 - Heat winner.
Doug Cronshaw 396
Doug Cronshaw 396
1971 World Champion Rochdale's Doug Cronshaw 396 in his 1972 car
Gerald Taylor 250

Gerald Taylor 250

Gerald Taylor 250 takes the North Eastern Drivers Championship in 1972,. The weekend before becoming the British Champion at Long Eaton the following Saturday.

George Ansell 375
George Ansell 375
King of Tar George Ansell 375 takes a heat win.
George Ansell 375
George Ansell 375
George Ansell 375 from Knebworth, Hertfordshire on the outside of Brian Wignall 102.
Fred Bailey 357
Fred Bailey 357
Fred Bailey 357 from Droylesden, Lancashire
Bryan Thorn 373
Bryan "Thug" Thorn travelling companion of Gordon Smith both from Halifax.

Russ Bates 225

Russ Bates in the car nicknamed Flower Power.

Willie Harrison 2
Rotherham's Willie Harrison 2 a veteran from 1954 and world champion in 1982
Willie Harrison 2
Rotherham's Willie Harrison 2 a veteran from 1954 and world champion in 1982
Frankie Wainman Snr 212
Silsden's Frankie "Smiler" Wainman, the 1979 world champion.

Norman Close 200

"Cousin Norman" Close 200 being passed by Rotherham's Rod Falding 36.

Wille Harrison 2
Rotherham's Willie Harrison 2 a veteran from 1954 and world champion in 1982
Alan Wright 4
Sheffield's Alan Wright 4 and Wakefield's Dave Wadsworth 319.

Gerald Taylor 250

Kelloe's Gerald Taylor 250 with another north eastern stalwart John Toulson 286.

Rien Rutjens H15
Netherland's Rien Rutjens H15 a rare overseas visitor to Aycliffe with Andy Stott 160 a regular at the north eastern track
Brian Powles 154
Cotgrove's Brian Powles 154

Tony Bell 235

Yorkshire duo Tony Bell 235 and Willie Harrison 2

Willie Harrison 2
Rotherham's Willie Harrison 2 a veteran from 1954 and world champion in 1982
Trevor Todd 138
Trevor Todd 138 from Haswell Durham
Richard Ainsworth 354
From the far north west Richard Ainsworth 354 the Ulverston, Cumbrian driver and Kirkby Stephen's "Travelling Sam" Ostle 351.
Bert Finnikin 55
Leek's Bert Finnikin 55, the 1990 world champion

Allan Barker 179

Allan Barker from Mirfield in the controversial Action USA Supercar accompanied by John Lund 53.

Frankie Wainman Snr 212
Silsden's Frankie "Smiler" Wainman, the 1979 world champion.

Colin Townson 58

Lancashire's Colin Townson 58 with John Toulson 286.

Tony Brown 363
Otley's Tony Brown 363 next to 294 John Dowson

Gerald Taylor 250

Kelloe's Gerald Taylor 250 tests the famous Aycliffe fence posts, with a bit of help.

Andy Stott 160

A trio of west Yorkshire drivers Andy Stott 160, Martin Farrar 147 and John Hillam 229.

Keith Riley 323
Lancashire's Keith Riley 323

Paul Broatch 456

A rare Formula 1 outing for local F2 driver Paul Broatch 456 from Leeming Bar,. Richard Ainsworth 354 is on the inside.

Pete Falding 33
Rotherham's 4 time world champion Peter Falding 33
Pete Falding 33
Rotherham's 4 time world champion Peter Falding 33

Aycliffe Pits Bend

Len Wolfenden 190 and Dave Hodgson 272 settling a dispute with a visit to the fence. The red flag not only stops the race but is being waved to stop further confrontation between the driver.