Formula One stock car racing took the short oval tracks by storm in 1954, and the first season of racing was hectic, with no official rules. For the sport to survive it needed to get itself organised.
The British Stock Car Drivers Association (BSCDA) was founded on 12th February, 1955 at a meeting in London’s Holborn Hall by southern-based drivers, electing popular driver Tony Rumfitt as their Chairman. Two days later in Halifax, the northern-based drivers met up and formed their BSCDA with race starter, Cliff Rourke as Chairman.
Not all the names of the founder members are known but those that are known are Tony Rumfitt, Vic Ferriday, Digger Pugh, Whiskers Woolnough and Jack Voss, who was made Secretary of the club.
At a BSCDA meeting at the Methodist Hall in Sheffield in late January 1956, the northern drivers were joined by the southern drivers and the two organisations were merged.
Eight days later on 4th February, at the Secular Hall, Leicester, the Midlands-based drivers were incorporated to make the BSCDA a single fully-national organisation.
The sport could now really move forward, and the BSCDA was set up to look after the interests of the drivers and the sport as a whole. The association could work effectively with promoters for the good of the sport – a perfect example was the formation of the Board of Control in 1958, which agreed rules and regulations to benefit everyone involved and allow the sport to grow. Since then, more than 100 people have served their fellow drivers by being members of the Committee.
In 1976 the Driver’s Benevolent Fund was formed to help those having to take time away from work with racing injuries. This was registered as a charity in 1984 and became known as the BSCDA Trust Fund, whose Honorary Treasurer is Craig Haworth.
Each year in November the Association hold a Dinner Dance and Awards Presentation to recognise the year’s on-track achievers.
Anyone can join the BSCDA and become an Associate Member, who receive all newsletters and information about the BSCDA.
Another way of becoming involved is joining the Association as a sponsor, whether it is for a race series or an advert in the newsletter, there are many sponsorship opportunities available. Please ask for more details.
The BSCDA celebrated its 60th year in 2015 and look forward to continuing to develop the sport of Formula 1 stock car racing as a spectacle to watch nationwide.