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Stock car star Lord has world at his fingertips
GLENN Lord has spent the last 30 years risking life and limb racing stock cars in his free time – now he is ready to turn his love into his profession as he launches a two-monthly mag-azine on the sport.
The Great Harwood stock car racer has taken a break from the sport to go into partnership with his sister, Karen Coupe, as they set up a magazine called ‘Inside Stock Car World’, launching tomorrow.
Lord, 54, knows all about the dangers of racing stock cars, having started the sport in 1983 and competed in all almost every season ever since.
After suffering broken arms, legs and ribs and being put in a neck brace, it is perhaps no surprise he has decided to stop racing for a while – although he admits the break might not last that long.
He said: “I was doing a bit of writing for another magazine but it was a bit hit and miss.
“We thought there was a niche market for stock car racing and so decided to launch a magazine.
“I wouldn’t say I have retired from the sport, I would say I have taken a break while we get the magazine up and running.
“In a couple of years, I expect I will probably buy another car and get racing again.
“Stock car racing has been such a big part of my life for such a long time.
“We are hoping this magazine will be successful because we believe there is the market out there.
“We will be covering the national Formula One and Formula Two scene and also will be covering the classic and heritage stock car racing.
“We want to write about the drivers stories and will also be covering the celebrities who race stock cars.
“Bobby Ball raced stock cars once back in the 1980s and we are interviewing him soon.”
Lord started racing in the Formula One stock cars in 1983 before moving to the Warton Outlaw Stock Car Championships in 1990, where he has raced ever since.
He secured championship victory in 1996 with his brother Jason, who still races having won the title in 2006.
“It has been a big part of my life,” he said.
“My dad was racing before me as well and started in 1960, just six years after stock car racing started.
“It is a strange sport.
“It is like boxing in a way in that, although it hurts, you always end up wanting more.
“When you hit something it is you that takes the impact, not the car.
“I have had my fair share of injuries, we all have probably, but I am sure in a couple of years I will be racing again.
“It is such an exhilarating sport.
“I have to say though I’m not going to miss waking up on Monday mornings with my body aching all over after a weekend of stock car racing.”
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