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AN INTERVIEW WITH STEVE VINCE

RACE COLLECTIVE TALK TO THE TRACK ATTACK RACE CLUB BOSS

Track Attack Race Club is an affordable racing organiser who run a huge number of events across 5 series’. Race Collective interviewed Steve Vince earlier in the month to find out more about the club and his racing past. 

Earlier this month, Race Collective spoke to Track Attack Race Club boss, Steve Vince. Steve has designed and built a progressive racing club, now with over 70+ active competitors. He started Track Attack Club from scratch, without the help of the top organisers and he’s been through a whirlwind in order to build exactly what he wanted. The club offers cost effective racing, where drivers can complete a full season for just a few thousand pounds. With 5 open style series on offer, it gives drivers great choice and flexibility.

Nissan Skyline racing
mr2 cars racing at Rockingham
Renault Clios at Brands Hatch

The background

Steve has always been big into racing, competing on and off for nearly 25 years. He started in karting, competing at very high levels around the UK and confessed to spending rather a lot of money in the pursuit of race and championship wins. In his 20’s and 30’s Steve competed in tarmac rallying, Formula Vee and Formula Ford, taking a number of victories. A successful businessman in the contracting and construction trade Steve continued his love for Motorsport into his 30’s and 40’s competing in Hill Climbs and sprints. However, everything changed when his wife unfortunately fell terminally ill with cancer and it was a total turning point in Steves life. “It was a really difficult time and life changed a lot for me after that, I knew I had to do something I was passionate about”. Steve decided to come up with a business idea in the Motorsport industry. “This is when I started Track Attack Club, a low cost series which could be enjoyed by the majority not the few, I took it to the BARC but they weren’t interested so I had to start it myself”. Steve decided to go it alone, starting the series from scratch as an independent organisation. 

Going it alone

The club was created in 2004, initially based around a Toyota MR2 series, which over three years went from 4 cars to over 40 active competitors! “It was really hard at the start and it needed a lot of upfront cash to get the tracks booked, it was almost like betting at the beginning, I don’t think we broke even for a number of years”. After the initial success of the MR2 series, Steve expanded the club in 2008 by establishing the first all Japanese series, The Nippon Challenge. Nippon features all Japanese makes, such as Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Subaru which is filtered into 5 power to weight classes. The multiple classes keeps racing competitive and reduces over spending as cars have to stay within strict boundaries.

 

Not stopping there, Steve created The Tricolore Trophy, which is designed for French cars, the likes of Citroen, Renault and Peugeot are heavily featured and the classes are broken up into 7 offering a budget perfect for any racer. The French series was extremely popular and so Steve created Deutsche Marques last year, open to all things German, a similar concept see’s popular models race in different classes. “All the series are basically my thoughts on how to create something slightly different, we have dedicated series based on home nations, rather than just one make and model.” Steves says. 

The culture

Steve’s philosophy has always been about having fun, keeping the costs down and maintaining that core racing value. Track Attack Club’s most cost effective series is the 206 GTI Cup. “This is aimed at offering a low budget option for newcomers, in the same way the MR2 race series did back in 2004. Strangely the costs are not that dissimilar. We have a package put together where some one can buy a turn key car ready to race for as little as £3000! You just need the fuel”, Steve says. This series has been really popular with those who have come from karting and want to build their race craft. The great thing with the GTI cup is that with a few modifications you can use the same car in the more powerful Tricolore Series.

 

“I have deliberately never run a championship, always a series. Whilst all drivers by nature are competitive in the main, they are weekend warriors and for many the weekend outing with family the social side is just as important.” Steve says. There are no championship points, each round has a win in each class and that’s it. “Championships mean money, like a space race and that’s not what we are about”, says Steve. 



Having asked what the highlights have been for Steve, he said “The highlight for the club has to have been when we supported the German Touring cars at Brands some years ago. Four days of big crowds, surrounded by pro drivers and the hospitality circuit that went with it. A different world to a wet Sunday at Cadwell.  For myself, racing a GP6 Historic sports race car from the 1970’s with a history of six and 12 hour races behind it. Built from a Matra F1/F2, a car common in those days, and a Cosworth engine/Hewland box combo, also tyres a mile wide. The car unfortunately was far better than the driver. But great fun.”

honda civic racing
206 racing car
MR2 CARS RACING THRUXTON

To the future

The impact for COVID has been there for everyone in the Motorsport industry and Steve is no exception. “I lost 5 out of our 8 planned events last year, which lost me a lot of money. Unfortunately unlike some businesses, we were not compensated. It’s going to be a tough one looking forward, but, we do have a loyal following of drivers, some who have raced with us for many years, so it’s a case of pulling our socks up and getting on with it. I believe there is still growth especially from the 206 Gti Cup and I want to establish the German Deutsche Marques which is in its infancy”.

 

Steve is extremely excited for the upcoming Audi TT series, which is the first of its kind. “We are launching a one make/model series based on the Audi TT Coupe, the cars will be as near production spec as possible making it a fast and affordable event”. The cars will be based on the 1998 – 2006 225bhp TT variant. “I have great hopes for the project as the model’s are still being made today, so as time goes by we can add the more modern cars into the mix”, Steve says. All expensive changes such as internal engine mods will be banned, but there will be some changes to springs and shocks to enhance handling. As normal, all safety features such as roll cages etc as required by the blue book. The series has been registered with Motorsport UK for 2021 with Steve currently building two promo cars which will be out for the Mallory Park meeting on May 22. Steve hopes to do a full season for 2022!

 

Find out more

 

If you’d like to find out some more information, see our championship page and dedicated Track Attack Race Club feature. 

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