‘The ACU just said ‘go for it’ - so I did...’

Pete Boast is the man re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing flat­track to the UK

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“When I was a kid I watched the On Any Sun­day films and I was in­stantly hooked on flat­track, but in the 1970/80s Amer­ica was a mil­lion miles away. I went road rac­ing in­stead but I al­ways had it in my mind that I would do flat­track, so when I re­tired from rac­ing in 1994 I got on a flight to Amer­ica and be­came the first Brit to race flat­track there. But then I ran out of money and had to come home…

I then did seven years of speedway as it was the clos­est thing be­fore I de­cided to start flat­track rac­ing up in the UK. I spoke to the ACU who just said ‘go for it’ – so I did. I knew noth­ing about set­ting up a race se­ries, so I sat down with the mis­sus and cre­ated Short Track UK. We had our first meet­ing at King’s Lynn in April 2005 and since then the whole thing has ba­si­cally snow­balled. I have helped flat­track fans in Italy, Spain and Aus­tria set up their own se­ries and the UK scene has ex­panded to an eight-round Bri­tish cham­pi­onship with full grids and a mas­sive rookie class as well as other non-cham­pi­onship races. About three years ago I handed over con­trol of the se­ries (it is now called the Dirt Track Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion) and opened my own flat­track school to teach the new breed of rid­ers how to ride flat­track. It’s a bril­liant sport and I still race my­self – and I can even call my­self a Bri­tish Flat­track cham­pion as I took the 2009 ti­tle!”

ÔI was in­stantly hooked on flat­trackõ

is that “You say you are from Texas, in Lin­colnshire, near Bos­ton?”

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