A Sleaford mechanic has been celebrating after winning the world final of the Heritage Formula Two stock car championships at Coventry.
Alan Nicholson, 70, who owns Olive Nicholson on Woodbridge Road Industrial Estate, in Sleaford, finished first in heats one and two of the competition on August 17.
Nicholson said: “There were 31 qualifiers and I was drawn 19th on the grid and was set up from there.”
He took the lead on the 15th lap, and then proceeded to win the second heat but finished lower down the grid on the third.
This win is the latest addition to about 200 trophies for Mr Nicholson, who has been racing for almost 50 years – two years ago he came second in the same competition in Bristol and the following year came fifth.
Nicholson started stock car racing in the early 70s when he would race the oval circuits at Boston, Skegness, Crewe, Aldershot and Wisbeach.
However, as he began to rise through the ranks an accident took him out for a while after he ‘smashed’ his arm.
He later went back into GT Road Racing .
When he was 65 his family bought him a Ford Pop, which he converted for Heritage Formula 2 racing.
He said there was plenty of competition and drivers often went bumper to bumper to push competitors off the road.
For anyone interested in stockcar racing, he said it takes dedication and a lot of hours, and that people taking part should relax.
Nicholson said: “You’ve got to be, I suppose, a bit dedicated, there are a lot of hours put in to it.
“It’s not just getting in a car and driving, you have got to go out there and get used to the car, get used to the bumps.
“Relaxing is half the battle, if you can relax it doesn’t hurt so much – you’re not sitting on a razor blade in your car.”
Nicholson has lived in Sleaford for almost 45 years and has owned Olive and Nicholson for 40 years since taking it on with the late Mr Olive.
Nicholson has also inspired his son to take up racing and got his grandson interested in the events.
When asked when he might stop stock car racing, he replied: “When I feel like it.”
He and his son will be at the next Skegness meeting.