How it all started
Falcon Motor Club Vice-President Neil Bray has competed in many forms of Motorsport over the years. Back in the 70's Neil was a keen Autocrosser in a Mini. Then the Stock Car bug bit.
Neil lost his right arm in a SuperStox racing accident in 1981. His appetite re-wetted by son Chris’s exploits in his Escort, and a couple of outings in the car, Neil decided to go racing with his own machine and acquired a 3 litre Mk 1 Capri that had been prepared for Historic Saloon Car Racing.
The car arrived during the autumn of 2005 and over the winter it was tidied up after 5 years of storage, but otherwise was mechanically left pretty much as it was apart from a re-spray.
The original plan had been to sort it out at a track day, but the designated one was cancelled, so the first time Neil drive the car was at practice at Thruxton on Easter Monday.
The car went well and Neil was fifth on the grid of 21 cars. This was a pretty good result for the first event, especially considering Neil had arrived fresh from The Lands End Trial in Primrose.
It was all down to Donington, the last race .....the battling class C boys were to change position yet again and with two laps to go they were right together, but this time in the order Nixon - Primett - Lucock - Osborne.
They were to remain that way to the chequered flag and try as he may Steve saw the class win and the championship slip away.
Neil kept his lead over Alan Daffin so the championship was down to if David Howard got fastest lap or not.
Pete Halford was getting closer and put in a real flyer on the last circuit to get fastest lap and the championship was Neil's..
Well done Neil, a really great result
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