Cozy the Race Driver – 1975
June 27, 2010
Between Hammer breaking up and joining Rainbow, Cozy spent some months as a saloon-car race driver, driving Mazda cars sponsored by Hitachi. He also raced in ‘celebrity’ races with other musicians, DJs etc, and this is a shot of him after winning one of these races.
Just a short note to say this man was a dream to work with, a great saloon car driver in the old Rotary RX3 Mazdas. The Radio One Championship was a two year whirlwind – the biggest race attendances at Club Racing probably never to be seen again. A combination of Disc Jockeys and Pop stars with free National promotion on the only pop radio station was a huge coup by John Webb who owned the circuits in those days. Cozy Powell was just a nice bloke – a good friend – and sorely missed.
If this is 1975 the pic was taken 18 May at Mallory Park, UK. Cozy won the Shell Sports Ford Escort race for celebrities from Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmunds. The circuit was beseiged by hordes of teenage Bay City Roller fans!! The Three Degrees, Showaddywaddy and Slade’s Noddy Holder also attended.