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World Championship

The first World Championship was proposed by Harringay promoter Digger Pugh as the latest in a series of promotional stunts to generate interest. It was held over three meetings in June 1955, with qualifying rounds at the first, semi-finals at the second, and the final itself at the third.

Although Pugh had claimed that the top drivers in the country were invited, Belle Vue promoter Johnnie Hoskins felt that many of the top northern drivers had been omitted, and announced that Belle Vue would be staging the World Championship in August 1955. This time it was just a standard meeting, with the World Final being the meeting final, with drivers qualifying for it from the heats and consolation.

This was not considered to be an official world title until 1958, and it has never been clarified as to whether the two 1955 winners, Mac McDonnell and Jerzy Wojtowicz, were joint champions, or if Jerzy superseded Mac as champion, which would make Mac the shortest reigning world champion ever.

After the formation of the Stock Car Racing Board of Control in 1956, it was agreed that there would be only one World Championship per year. Drivers were invited from all the tracks, with the heats and consolation determining the qualifiers, with a draw for the grid line up.

With Harringay closing at the end of 1955, Belle Vue became the home of the World Final, until it was decided that the race should be rotated around the sport's other premier stadia, starting with Coventry in 1960, followed by West Ham in 1961.

Until 1960 the World Final race was the meeting Final, with the usual qualification via heats and consolation.

In 1961, the system was changed to consist of qualifying rounds and semi-finals. The best five scores from the qualifying rounds determined the semi-finalists. The semi-finals were run as two reverse grid races, and the top points scorers over both legs went through to the World Final. This only determined the finalists; the grid was determind on the night with time trials.

From 1962 to 1964, the semi-final points were added to the average qualifying round score, with the total points determining the World Final grid.

For 1965, the system changed to each semi-final being a one-off race to detemine the World Final grid.

Starting in 1961, international stock car drivers have been invited to take part. A full list of them is here.

Most Wins
1 53 John Lund 8 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002
2 391 Stu Smith 6 1969, 1972, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985
3 391 Andy Smith 5 1994, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
4 33 Peter Falding 4 1986, 1993, 2003, 2004
84 Tom Harris 4 2013, 2019, 2021, 2023
6 103 Johnny Brise 3 1956, 1959, 1960
252 Dave Chisholm 3 1973, 1974, 1975
515 Frankie Wainman 3 1998, 2005, 2016
9 38 Fred Mitchell 2 1962, 1966
318 Rob Speak 2 2001, 2015
390 Stuart Smith 2 2007, 2018

Winners
1955 35 Mac McDonnell Harringay
Fri 24th June
24th June
1955 99 Jerzy W√≥jtowicz Belle Vue
Wed 31st August
31st August
1956 7 Johnny Brise Belle Vue
Mon 6th August
6th August
1957 42 Aubrey Leighton Belle Vue
Sat 31st August
31st August
1958 0 Bob Reeve Belle Vue
Sat 23rd August
23rd August
1959 103 Johnny Brise Belle Vue
Sat 19th September
19th September
1960 103 Johnny Brise Coventry
Sat 3rd September
3rd September
1961 131 Jock Lloyd West Ham
Sat 16th September
16th September
1962 38 Fred Mitchell Belle Vue
Sat 8th September
8th September
1963 5 Doug Wardropper Harringay
Sat 31st August
31st August
1964 68 Trevor Frost Coventry
Sat 5th September
5th September
1965 3 Ellis Ford West Ham
Sat 25th September
25th September
1966 38 Fred Mitchell Belle Vue
Sat 17th September
17th September
1967 375 George Ansell Harringay
Sat 23rd September
23rd September
1968 100 Tony Neal Coventry
Sat 7th September
7th September
1969 391 Stu Smith Belle Vue
Sat 13th September
13th September
1970 244 Jim Esau Harringay
Sat 26th September
26th September
1971 396 Doug Cronshaw Coventry
Sat 4th September
4th September
1972 391 Stu Smith Belle Vue
Mon 28th August
28th August
1973 252 Dave Chisholm Harringay
Sat 22nd September
22nd September
1974 252 Dave Chisholm Coventry
Sat 7th September
7th September
1975 252 Dave Chisholm Belle Vue
Sat 27th September
27th September
1976 3 Stu Bamforth White City
Sat 11th September
11th September
1977 199 Mike Close Coventry
Sat 3rd September
3rd September
1978 304 Dave Mellor Belle Vue
Sat 23rd September
23rd September
1979 212 Frankie Wainman White City
Sat 29th September
29th September
1980 391 Stu Smith Coventry
Sat 6th September
6th September
1981 190 Len Wolfenden Bradford
Sat 12th September
12th September
1982 2 Willie Harrison Belle Vue
Sat 25th September
25th September
1983 1 Stu Smith Coventry
Sat 3rd September
3rd September
1984 1 Stu Smith Belle Vue
Sat 15th September
15th September
1985 1 Stu Smith Bradford
Sat 14th September
14th September
1986 33 Peter Falding Coventry
Sat 6th September
6th September
1987 53 John Lund Belle Vue
Sat 26th September
26th September
1988 53 John Lund Hednesford
Sun 11th September
11th September
1989 85 Ray Tyldesley Coventry
Sat 2nd September
2nd September
1990 55 Bert Finnikin Bradford
Sat 22nd September
22nd September
1991 53 John Lund Hednesford
Sun 15th September
15th September
1992 53 John Lund Bradford
Sat 19th September
19th September
1993 33 Peter Falding Coventry
Sat 4th September
4th September
1994 391 Andy Smith Bradford
Sat 24th September
24th September
1995 250 Keith Chambers Hednesford
Sun 10th September
10th September
1996 53 John Lund Coventry
Sat 7th September
7th September
1997 53 John Lund Bradford
Sat 27th September
27th September
1998 515 Frankie Wainman Coventry
Sat 19th September
19th September
1999 97 Murray Harrison Coventry
Sat 18th September
18th September
2000 53 John Lund Coventry
Sat 2nd September
2nd September
2001 318 Rob Speak Hednesford
Sat 15th September
15th September
2002 53 John Lund Coventry
Sat 21st September
21st September
2003 33 Peter Falding Coventry
Sat 20th September
20th September
2004 1 Peter Falding Coventry
Sat 4th September
4th September
2005 515 Frankie Wainman Northampton
Sat 17th September
17th September
2006 391 Andy Smith Coventry
Sat 2nd September
2nd September
2007 390 Stuart Smith King's Lynn
Sat 22nd September
22nd September
2008 391 Andy Smith Ipswich
Sat 20th September
20th September
2009 391 Andy Smith King's Lynn
Sat 19th September
19th September
2010 1 Andy Smith Coventry
Sat 4th September
4th September
2011 2 Paul Harrison Northampton
Sat 10th September
10th September
2012 217 Lee Fairhurst Skegness
Sat 15th September
15th September
2013 84 Tom Harris King's Lynn
Sat 21st September
21st September
2014 55 Craig Finnikin Coventry
Sat 20th September
20th September
2015 318 Rob Speak King's Lynn
Sat 19th September
19th September
2016 515 Frankie Wainman Coventry
Sat 3rd September
3rd September
2017 445 Nigel Green Ipswich
Sat 16th September
16th September
2018 390 Stuart Smith Skegness
Sat 15th September
15th September
2019 84 Tom Harris King's Lynn
Sat 14th September
14th September
2020   Not held  
2021 1 Tom Harris Bradford
Sat 11th September
11th September
2022 5 Charlie Sworder Ipswich
Sat 10th September
10th September
2023 84 Tom Harris Northampton
Sat 9th September
9th September