deep into the Mitchell brothers blood. James Coates the grandfather
of Chris and Rob was a Motor Cycle racer. His life was cut short
during practice at the 1959 Isle of Man T.T. when he was tragically
James Coates. Isle of Man 1959.
family's involvement with Stock Cars started in 1968, when Roger was
taken to watch his first Stock Car meeting at Seedhill, Nelson.
spannering for Harry Smith in 1974
This was one
of Harry's first cars, it had polished aluminum panel work.
his number to 100 for 1981 and built this eye catching beauty
The above two
pictures of Harry's car and bus, were taken in September 1984.
was cut short in May 1990 when he was tragically killed in a road
Roger Mitchell, Bradford 1984.
F1's in 1984-1985 in this car.
Roger`s first final win. June 1988.
into Formula Two in 1988. His first car was purchased from Pete
Hobson and was one of the first F2's with a 2litre engine. His first
final win came in June 1988 at Aycliffe.
The Wallace car. Stoke 1990.
Roger used a brand new Jimmy Wallace car with a 1300cc little
Leyland 680 Coach. 1990.
converted a Leyland 680 coach, for Transporting the car to race
Ex Rob Speak Hgman. Crewe 1990.
In 1990 used
an ex Rob Speak, Higman built car. Late 1990 Roger retired from
Ex Dave Brennan, Higman car.
returned to racing in November 1996 when he borrowed Dave Brennan's
car at Stoke. He enjoyed the racing so much that he bought the car
and raced it throughout 1997 with sponsorship from Bell Trailers.
Ex Ernie Howard, Tank.
Ernie Horward's car for use on shale. The car was given a new roll
cage and re-panelled in the P.E.M. workshop.
Chris's first F2. Skegness.
eighteenth birthday came in September 1997. His present was a F2
license and an appearance in his fathers car. For Chris's first full
season in 1998 a new car was built in the P.E.M. workshop.
The converted Fire Engine.
An ex fire
engine was converted for transporting the two cars. Unfortunately it
caught fire in June (and didn't put itself out!), and was declared a
Chris`s first roll-over. Barrow.
season was full of up's down's and an over!
Paul Heap / Roger Mitchell built
A stylish new
car was built for Roger in 1999, the car proved to be sucessful and
took Roger to star grade for the first time.
Ford Cargo Transporter.
the burnt fire engine, this Ford Cargo was used.
908 Paul Heap, 219 Chris Mitchell,
903 Roger Mitchell.
(908) joined the Team for occasional outings.
Chris`s first win. Kings Lynn.
win came at Kings Lynn in the Grand National.
Sid and Rob building Rob`s first
sixteenth birthday came on March 6th 2000. During the winter months
prior to his birthday Sid and Rob put together an engine.
Rob's first F2. Mildenhall.
Chris's second F2. Mildenhall.
chassis were built for the 2000 season. One for Rob's debut season
and another for Chris whose previous car had been sold.
Bingleybuilt car. Northampton.
With the aim
of doing more tarmac meetings, Roger purchased a new chassis from
Rob`s first win. Northampton.
improvements all season (and a lot of crashing), Rob's first win
came at Northampton in a 41 car consolation race.
Roger`s self-built shale car.
alongside his Bingley Built Tarmac car, Roger built this car for
Chris's 3rd self built car.
another car for 2002. He won a final with it on it's second shale
Rob "Best Erection"
Trophy winner. Skegness.
Tubbitt Scaffolding " Best Erection" Trophy was won by
Chris in the ex Gary Walker Higman.
Gary Walker's Higman for use on Tarmac.
Rob and Chris. 1st and 2nd at
August Rob won his first final. He was followed over the finish line
by big brother Chris.
Chris in the re-modelled Ex Walker
Roger in the re-modelled Ex
Paul Sinclair's old Higman late 2002. Over the team completely
re-built their two higmans, with new Roll cages, suspension and
Rob in the Bingleybuilt car.
the Bingley car in 2003. The was now in the colours of his new
sponsor Sleeping Comfort. After his shale car was written off
mid-season Rob used the car on both surfaces.
after his final win at Skegness 6th April.
Chris had a
successful season, winning finals at Skegness and Belle Vue.
Chris in the car he built for 2004.
Roger in his F1.
Chris built a new
car, Rob continued using his Bingley Chassis, and Roger moved into
the big league. Roger bought a multiple World final winning F1 from
John Lund. Engine problems plagued him all season although he did
win a final at Kings Lynn.
Rob in the
car he built for 2005.
Roger up to Blue Grade.
built a new car, Chris continued using his 2004 Chassis, and Roger
continued racing F1 making Blue grade.
A quiet season
as Rob buys a house, Chris injures his back and Roger stops racing
as much, although he does reach star grade for the first time.
Rob in the
car he built for 2007.
Chris wins another final.
built a new car, Chris continued using his 2004 Chassis but had a
new East Lincs engine which led to him winning two finals, Roger
only competed in one meeting, Rob and Chris made their F1 debuts.
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