THE Leader's photo archives are a real treasure trove of the past in Flintshire and Wrexham.

Every now and again they deliver something a little bit different.

This set of images feature some of the people and cars of grass track racing in the region, from the 70s and 1990.

Dennis Owen, 74, is the vice chairman of North Wales Autograss, formerly known as the Ace of Clubs.

He has been part of the sport since about 1985, when he went with his son, and still races today.

He said: "We've moved around a few tracks. For years we used to race down Greenfield/Holywell way, then we moved to Llay.

"We currently race at a track we've had for a couple of years near Rossett."

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These days it's quite a family affair, as Dennis says: "I now have three sons and three granddaughters - aged 14, 15 and 19 - that race as well.

"At one time we all had our own cars, although we've dropped down a bit now.

"It's a fast and furious sport when it gets going. At a recent meeting there were 541 cars there for the weekend."

Autograss attracts all ages, with juniors racing from 10 to 16-year-old.

Dennis added: "People call it banger racing but it's not, it's very different. Officially it's a non contact sport, although you can get knocked about a bit.

"We call it 'the unknown sport' because a lot of people don't really know about it, even though it's very popular.

"And it's really quite a family sport."

If you would like to check autograss out for yourself, weather permitting, the club's next meeting will be on October 9, with racing from about 10.30am to 4pm, at Yr Ackery Farm, Dark Lane, LL12 0AE.