Reflecting on a stand out year - Interview with 570 Jordan Cumming
The current situation of self-isolation in the UK has naturally had a massive effect on the banger scene, leaving us all pondering what we can get up to, but for Jordan, it means more time at the yard as fills me in. ‘It’s all a bit boring but I’m getting a few jobs at the yard done which have been put to the side for a while.’ For many bangers isn’t just a hobby and Jordan has lived it his whole life having spent many a weekend at racing having followed in his father’s (57 Stu) footsteps. 2019 was a standout year for the Canterbury based driver seeing him top the Spedeworth World Qualifying Points, as well as being victorious in the 2l Shale World Final at Kings Lynn, the latter fate being of mass importance to Jordan. ‘It was nice to finally win something with a roof grade rather than getting a top 3’ Jordan laughs. Jordan reflects on the race itself stating ‘it was a relief for sure! It was fairly busy race and I just took it lap by lap. It’s something I’ve always wanted now I can relax a bit!’ Although Jordan had his fair degree of success, it didn’t come all that easy having stumbled across a new found rivalry with the Barton Boys, crossing paths with them on many occasions. When asking Jordan of the rivalries origins he reflects that it all started at the Yarmouth Banger World Series round and went from there, but couldn’t really comment more on the matter.
Changing the area of conversation slightly, I began to delve a bit more into Jordan’s thoughts on the scene and where it sits currently. As a driver that has been around Bangers all his life, it was interesting to hear his perspective. ‘I think it’s grown and it’s in a good place as is stands (when it returns! Unlimiteds seem to get good numbers now. The only down side for me is sometimes how social media is used but you can’t help that.’ Developing on from what Jordan told me surrounding his thoughts on strong Unlimited numbers, I asked ‘being Spedeworth registered, do you think their decision to mainly focus their National fixtures on Unlimited meetings is one of the reasons that the numbers are strong?’ To which Jordan replied, ‘yeah I would think so, and rightly so in my eyes. The only thing that I’d hope for is a few more mondeo meetings.’
Being a driver of high regard and his thoughts in relation to their being more Mondeo meetings, I asked Jordan why he felt that the 2 litre meetings tend to fall flat on tarmac as opposed to the shale; his thoughts, ‘car numbers mainly!’ The 2 litre World at Birmingham had plenty of cars and that was a lively meeting.’ Jordan makes a fair point and it’s certainly something that I agree on in which there should be more 2 litre meetings on the Spedeworth scene as there is the driver base to meet demand, but naturally it’s a decision beyond both our powers! I asked Jordan bar introducing more 2 litre meetings, would there be anything else he changed about Bangers? ‘That’s a hard question’ Jordan deliberated. ‘Everyone has a opinion on this and have for years but no, nothing that directly springs to mind.’
After pondering the politics of bangers, it came to the stage of the interview where I asked Jordan what drivers he admires or has taken inspiration to over the years - Jordan reeled off a list of stellar names. ‘I’ve always rated Overy (Jack 617) and Boxer (Jason Jackson 331) simply for the fact they can do both, and also Nemesis (Steve Carter 239). When I was younger, I always rated Shane Brown (120) and Maverick (Keith Painter 46).’ All very good drivers and have probably helped shape Jordan to the driver he is today. Before concluding, Jordan wished to thank ‘my family for the support and the lads that help in any way possible that they can.’ We wish Jordan all the best for the remainder of the 2020 season as soon as it recommences.