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    Stock Car racing started at the Dust Bowl Circuit in the mid 1960s and was very successful, it created a new style of racing in the area bringing stock car drivers from as far afield as Dundee and Durban. It was a rough sport and not for the kind hearted. Bunny Diuge and Nigel Raw carried out stunts. Miles Crerar founded the Pietermarizburg Stockcar and Speedway Supporters Club. Most drivers were local such as Alyn Woodley, Allan Hoy, Chris Curey, Colin Clark, Witty Boast, Len Graaff, Alyn Woodley, Allan Hoy, Colin Clarke, Llew Futter, Gareth Bailey, and Margaret Tyrer to name just a few. The sport went into decline in the late 1970s due to the world fuel crisis as all motorsport was banned in South Africa and finally finished when the circuit finally closed for good in 1981.

    The Owen brothers Nigel and Clive created the Owen Brothers Stock Car Clan and by the early 70s had over thirty cars racing, inviting amateurs a chance to race. They both had success Nigel won the Pietermarizburg Stock Car FI title in 1969. Clive worked for NCD and then opened his own garage in Howick, he still lives in PMB working as a mechanic at the age of 71, he say he has diesel in his veins not blood and will never give up working. Nigel spent the late 70s as an enginnering officer in the British Merchant Navy until opening his own engineering company in the UK and then retiring to Spain.

    If you have photographs of the stock car racing in the 1960s and 70s and you would like to share them, we would love to use them on this site. We'll accredit you for your donation.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ariel view of the Roy Hesketh Circuit showing the Stock car Dust Bowl track to the left. Circa 1970.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nigel Owen(21) leads Charles Venske(16) then

    Witty Boast(7) with Neville Perfect(4) bringing up the rear in 1969.

    Nigel won the Stock Car F1 title that year.

     (Images courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

    Nigel Owen

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Owen Bros Stock Car Clan's workshop in Hayfields 1969. (A rare colour photo)

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left the Owen Brothers Nigel and Clive with the late Colin Clarke alongside their 1951 Studebaker tow truck at Hayfields workshop in 1969. (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     Barry Coyne in the yellow car.

    (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.circa 1968.

    (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bunny Digue(2) circa 1968.

    (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bunny Digue on the Conac car, circa 1968. (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bunny Digue(2) circa 1968,

    Contributions to who are the drivers are.(Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bunny Digue grounded on an oil drum, circa 1968. (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Clive Owen 1970. (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed, circa 1968

    (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    B.Pieterse (41) circa 1968, Contributions to who are the drivers needed.

    (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bunny Digue (prone) and Lez Bromfield doing their flying handstand act Circa 1968.

    (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left.

    Clive Owen, Colin Clarke

    and Chris Mattsson. 1970.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bunny Digue in 1969 he was the first car rolled at the Dust Bowl in the very first race on the second

    lap and then Barry Coyne was rolled in the third lap by Bob Marsh.

    (Image courtesy of Bunny Digue)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bert Bassage(28)(Conac) rolling Bradleys Peter Jennings car with Clive Owen(23) in the mix. 1970.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Chris Mattsson 1970.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left,

    Clive Owen follwed Barry Coyne then Pat Duckha(29), Bramhills Chris Curry (26) and Terramoves-Nick van Onselen 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The late Witty Boast after receiving winning cup and a cream pie and below in action in his 1957 Dodge Mayfair V8 1968. (Image by Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Clive Owen 1968.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    B.Pieterse (41), Unknow Driver(27)

    Chris van der Westhuizen(14) 1971.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lez Bromfield just about to roll over driving with the foot not the head…not the other way around 1970.Note the sunvisor still on the Hudson.

    (Courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left.

    Barry Coyne(5) Peter Jennings(39)

    Nick van Onselen(46) Mike Oldfield(55)(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left.

    Ian Bennett(22) Nigel Owen(15)

    Lez Bromfield(11) 1967.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lez Bromfield winning first race of the new season the flag man is Jack Stander 1967. Winners drive with the head controlling the foot…not the other way around.(Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left Clive Owen (307), Llew Futter(23), Chris van der Westhuizen(14) Gareth Bailey bottom right 1971.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Butchers Picnic. 1970.

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed. (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

    igel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left Gareth Bailey, Colin Clarke and Clive Owen bringing up the rear. 1971. (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left John Cameron and Nigel Owen line up for a rolling start 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From left Nigel Owen, Len Graaff(38) and

    Chris Wolhunter(111)

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Roy Cox(13), Barry Coyne(5) shunted up the bank by Alan Woodley(18) and Clive Owen(23) (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    H.van Zyl(12) rolls over Barry Coyne(5)

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed. (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left John Cameron (20) spun round by Carl Britz and Bunny Digue going for a head on collision. 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nigel Owen (right) head on into Charles Venske 1968.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lee Graaff spun by Carl Britz (1) 1969.(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Chris Curry (26), Kent Vincent (8) 1970.(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Former Sports Car Champion Kieth Berrington-Smith pinned down by Keith Knott(17) with Carl Britz(1) in the background.1969.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Barry Coyne (5) and Peter ter Wolbeck (10) 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Roy Cox(13) 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left

    1st Mossie Mostert

    3rd Clive Owen,

    4th Kent Vincent,

    5th Colin Clarke,

    6th Llew Futter,

    8th Chris Mattsson 1971.

    (Image by Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ken Vincent(8) Unknown Driver(55)(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Gareth Bailey in the Citroen behind the Opel Station Wagon, Colin Clarke bringing up the rear in the mini. Circa 1972.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Clive Owen 1970. (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Alan Woodley(18)

    Peter ter Woolbeck(10)

    Unknown Drivers (53 & 24)

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Keith Knott (17) 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Carl Britz being chased by Bob Marsh(9) 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Clive Owen in the middle on fire. 1969.(Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left Les Green, Fred Else, Fred Dicks and Trevor Amos 1970. (Image by the Natal Witness)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.

    (Image by the Natal Witness)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From Left Clive Owen and Colin Clarke preparing another stockcar 1970.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Clive Owen 1971.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Colin Clarke (2) Barry Todd (30) 1970. (Image by the Natal Witness)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Margaret Tyrer the PMB rally driver getting presented for winning the womans stockcar race by John Truter Cica 1971.

    (Image by the Natal Witness)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Image courtesy of Nigel Owen)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lez Bromfield leading Graham Culverwell who immediately after this image was taken hooked his right front wheel on the left rear of Lez'sCitroen and was seriously injured when his 'Special' flipped over. Circa 1962.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lez Bromfield on victory lap in his chopped down Citreon wearing a Beatle wig courtesy of Keith Berrington-Smith. Circa 1962.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Stock Car 'Pit repairs' to Lez Bromfield's car. Lez with the 14lb sledge, Ken Hardman, one of the popular drivers is standing with hand on hips, Brian Pole, Errol Johnson and Bill Buckley behind Lez.. Circa 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lez Bromfield three wheel action Circa 1967. (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For a short time, passengers were allowed…(dumb idea!) Passenger and photographer, Mack McKenzie can be seen in passenger seat beside Lez Bromfield the driver in car 30. Mack Broke his collar bone. 1970

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed. (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed. (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lez Bromfield chased by Trevor Lewis with the horns while a quick exit is made by the driver of the rolled car. Now thats what you call entertainment. NO FEAR Great days Great guys.....Some of them not with us any more but will never be forgotten. They are in Stockcar Heaven. We LOVE you all....Circa 1971.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Stock Car 'Pit repairs' to Lez Bromfield's car any one can do it no matter the age. Heath & Safety...whats that... An era never to be seen again. Circa 1971.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Trevor Lewis Circa 1961.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed. (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Dave Hiron an ex UK speedway rider and hard working secretary for stock car and motorcycle dirt racing arranged motorcycle racing on the stock car track. Dave was seriously injured when accidently run down by a rider while officiating, despite this, after a long recovery, he worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make stock car a success. Riders of that time include S.A. champion, Les Smith, Eddie English, Arthur Arpin, Bergstrom brothers. All ‘gutsy’ competitors. Great Guys!

    Circa 1968.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Bob Mash in car behind (6) causing his usual havoc taking out anybody in his sights. Circa 1969.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.

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    Barry Coyne at full throttle just abuot to roll over. see image below. 1970.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Barry Coyne rolling over.

    (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.(Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Contributions to who are the drivers needed.(Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    From left Terry Bailey of PMB ENTERPRISES (promotor) talking to Colin Dove (with beard) beside the hot rod Colin and Luke Potgieter built, Terry Bailey's son Barry looking into hot rod. 1965.

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    Colin Dove walking, watching for problems. Behind him, Glen Pearce, driving his family DKW at rear …until Mrs. Pearce found out. Grass track at Mountain Rise 1962.  (Image courtesy of Lez Bromfield)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lez Bromfield taking the chequered flag from Clerk of Course Colin Dove 18th October 1962 This was a few years before the stock car dust bowl was opened

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    Terry Weldon gives Peter Jennings a shunt while a tyre makes a bid for freedom as it is torn from the track 1968. (Image from the Natal Witness)

     

     

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