if you are looking to pre order Sundays whole meeting at Hednesford for the Bill Morris Memorial and veteran bangers here is the link
if you are looking to pre order Sundays whole meeting at Hednesford for the Bill Morris Memorial and veteran bangers here is the link
Classic Hot Rods – Bill Morris Memorial English Open – 25 cars
5 David Polley
8 Darren Owen
12 Trevor Harris
17 Kenny Purdie
20 David Fry
22 Shane Taylor
27 Dave York
35 Dave Cushion
42 Dean Kitchen
44 Kara Boyd
57 Mike Oliver
58 Alex Wilson
72 Gary Goodswen
116 Adrian Taber
121 Charlie Schembri
151 Paul Hollis
198 Andy Steward
210 Hughie Weaver
232 Brett Sneddon
257 Andrew Willis
333 Lee Wood
445 Graham Boyd
555 Gavin Taber
871 Graeme Callendar
924 Stuart Wright
all booked in for Sunday with possibly a couple more to come
Tullyroan 16 06 2018
Just the three cars made it to the raceway on Saturday night . Heat one came out and one of the three 43 Damien Corrigan dropped before the start leaving 976 Clive Richardson an 97 Joel Richardson to put on the performance for the crowd . Just 2 laps in and 97 Joel developed a issue and retired , never the less 976 Clive Richardson completed to the race for victory.
Heat two all three made it for the race , they were joined by stock rods and started ½ a lap apart . Something quite common if two formulas are on low numbers , for me I enjoy commentating on the 2 races in 1. 43 Corrigan got off to a early lead whilst both Richardson’s gave chase having got past him it was Joel 97 that fended off Clive 976 to take the chequered flag.
The final was run in a similar format with a larger gap between the 2 Richardson Mk2 Escorts on the Mk1 of Corrigan of which I must say the paint job makes it look like a Avenger Tiger at first glance.
43 Corrigan made a good start holding lead until lap 7 when the fast paced 976/97 train rolled through on the inside . A few more laps ticked off and 97 Joel Richardson again developed issues and retired . This left 976 Clive to take the flag and 43 Damien promoted back up to second place.
A fair nights racing for the boys , the track looks very suitable for classics a few more visitors will produce some cracking racing.
ht1 976 Clive Richardson
ht2 97 Joel Richardson , 976 ,43
Final 976 Clive Richardson , 43 nof 97 retired mid race.
Report Andy Hankin , thanks to Monaghan Motorsport for coverage and result updates.
The week ahead will give us more perspective on the numbers expected for the Bill Morris Memorial Meeting on Sunday the 24th .
The English Championship will attract drivers from all four corners of the UK.
The current champion at present 555 Gavin Taber #vanman is without a engine for his car . The engine has been away for rebuild for a couple of months , will he run Adrian Taber’s car has he did on the Mildenhall shale?
Previous winner 8 Darren Owen #deadlydaz has rebuilt his car this season , he has also raced in the slick cars on the Hednesford asphalt where he was on pace with the national hot rod spec cars.
Dean Kitchen #thecleaner and Stuart Wright appeared in the slick car at the last Hednesford I factor , Stuart using his fathers mk1 Escort having parted with the trusty old Anglia.
The Scottish contingent will feature 12 Trevor Harris , Graeme Callender and 17 Kenny Purdie , Purdie has done some extensive work on the car could the win go North ?
From the Emerald Isle we expect to see at least a couple of visitors but will know confirmation on who they will be later in the week.
Wales will be represented by Mike Oliver #thewelshwizard number 57 , he hasn’t had much luck at Hednesford over the years with a couple of heavy crashes and seized differentials while racing . Can his luck change and will the ford powered Sunbeam Talbot take him to victory lane ?
#thecowboy 445 Graham Boyd will make the grid , the change of colour on the A40 makes the green tank look much better in grey . Craig Boyd 45 who is challenging at the top of the points with 196 #donut Andy Steward will both certainly be up for the challenge.
#themusicman 210 Hughie Weaver will be in with a good chance around the big oval at Hednesford , the mk1 always looks outstanding and performs spot on.
#pockectrocket Andrew Willis will be there in the super fast Austin A30 , that’s if he has stopped on his latest project of a classic HGV . No doubt the car will be ready though the Birmingham based driver has took a few wins before this could be his year.
Team 333 should make an appearance the fastest Viva in the east will be no doubt polished tuned and gaffer tape to hand ready for repairs.
Two heats will determine the grid based on points scoring for the clutch start 25 laps race. This championship always produces some of the closest racing in the class of classic hot rod racing where retro comes alive and once again we relive the sound and sights of yesteryear .
I myself will be in the commentary box for this one.
Escort back to basic bangers and the annual Veteran banger meeting also feature . It’s going to be a big one ! There will be a ford escort and R.S. Owners club display .
Tipperary 10th June 2018
The classic hot rod scene in the Emerald Isle is still in its early stages of development. Unlike here in England they are up against a strong alternative of retro rally escorts ( mainly running alternative motor units).
Recent rule changes for the use of ford zetec engines will take hold of the sport has it has done with Brisca formula 2 and Lightning rods , the cost of which is considerably different.
When I look back to the early days of the formula numbers were steady and have been up and down in recent years , the main thing being each fresh car means more drivers.
The turnout of a steady regular base of drivers is the main importance, the appearance of cars the sound of retro racing.
Four drivers 671 Alan Leonard ( opel ascona 2dr ford powered) , 25 Trevor Cussack mk2 escort, 464 Mike Meade mk2 escort and 19 Anthony Morgan mk2 escort.
Heat one was led away by the opel of Leonard a few laps in the fast moving mk2’s moved in with 19 of Morgan hitting the front and taking the maiden win of the day.
Heat two pretty much the same set off this time 464 Meade went through first chased hard by Morgan to the flag , making a first win at Tipperary for 464 of Meade.
Unfortunately no Opel Ascona for the final, so just three mk2 Escorts to do battle.
A few instillation laps for a bit of tyre warmth, the cars given some gap on each other before the drop of the green flag. Anthony Morgan 19 was first away and pulled a gap up on Meade 464 ahead of Trevor Cussack 25 .
Apart from a slip at half way when the back end came around turn 2 a little loose Morgan held the lead to the flag. Meanwhile in his rear view Meade and Cussack where doing a fair old foxtrot but unable to catch him.
Heat and final win for 19 Morgan.
With the peak of the classic season coming The Bill Morris trophy and Spedeweekend we hope to see some of the drivers hit the ferry.
Report Andy Hankin
Hardie Race Promotions Lochgelly , the oval race circuit well worth a visit, I will make mine one day. Absolutely a well prepared oval with cracking race lines will always provide fast superb racing.
With a steady development of classic hot rods in the area , two local John Mcfarlane and 247 have sold their cars on whilst they build fresh stock which will push the local turnout into double figures .
Practice sessions pre meeting often produce a few issues , for
58 Mike McCain a head gasket issue and 158 Alec Wilson a differential problem.
Heat one a dry track and a fair ensemble of fine tuned classic hot rods, a few instillation laps and a loss of 523 Matt Mcpherson form the line up. A rolling start and a good start for 756 Spence in the Talbot sunbeam , 116 Adrian Taber gave chase but soon dropped back down the field.
26 Jock Campbell moved up into the second spot and hunted down the lead car.
A battle was developing at the rear with 232 Brett Sneddon who was fending off a charging 17 Kenny Purdie ( who had put a lot of time in to get the car back on track). Trevor Harris went down after a few laps in the recently acquired Angle box.
Jock Campbell 26 Wound the mk2 Escort up and found a way around the 756 of Spence , the Talbot of Spence seemed to puff a fair bit of smoke . Jock went on to take the chequered flag .
Results ht 1 26 756 232 17 871 116 nof
Heat number 2 and 523 McPherson makes the line up , Marc Spence in the ex McCade Talbot from the front makes the first move . Adrian Taber 116 has been busy in the pits and the car is much quicker and smoother . A few laps in an Purdie 17 has split from Sneddon and driving the car to its full potential ,
Passing high side has he narrows down the lead car . 871 Grahame Callender has become Brett232 Sneddons sparring partner this time has they dance corner to comer on the slick tyres.523 McPherson retires into the safe area , Jock 26 , is trying to get there for a second win . We are half way and again there’s smoke signals from the leader .It looks like when the car gets warm its either over fuelling or there is a leak of oil down onto the exhaust . Either way the power is still on , its not causing any issues . Marc Spence is maintaining his lead , a quick check in the mirror and 17 Purdie has found a way around Jock . Just in time before the pressure rises the flag drops and Marc Spence takes victory in heat 2.
Results756 17 26 232 871 116 12 nof
Final time for Lochgelly , this a double header weekend for the stadium , we have had the pleasure of joining them on this reasonably fair weathered Saturday night. The classic hot rods although few are getting there , the racing is tight and the roar of the 2lt engines a sound of absolute delight .
58 Alec Wilson joins the field of cars the differential issues looks to be sorted .
Marc Spence again is first away and the chase begins , 116 Adrian Taber starts to drop back a little , there are two major battles now emerging . All eyes are at the rear of the field , side by side lap by lap 282 Brett Sneddon and the king of Carlude 17 Kenny Purdie on the outside. These two are at it hammer and tongue the crowd are cheering them on , paint is being exchanged , Sneddon catches hold on Purdie and they both hold on . Meanwhile its chuvitt v Escort at the front on the tail of the Talbot , which again is puffing out smoke signals and sounding like a valve is not quite sitting well.
Three car battle now at the front they are on Spence’s tail down into turn two the straight ahead and the chuvitt of Wilson pulls in on Jock in 26 who catches the rear quarter and fires him up and over turn three curb the yellows are out .
Earlier stages have seen 971 Callender retire with engine issues and 523 McPherson had to pull up again , we hope he can get those issues sorted with his car before the next meeting and 12 Trevor Harris out on the opening laps.
A 2 lap dash to the line remains , Marc Spence 756 holds on to the lead and takes the flag , Sneddon and Purdie duel away . Spence makes heat and final.
Result 756 26 232 17 116 not .
Thanks to Laura McIntosh for the footage , Craig Duncan for photos and notes on the day and all the drivers with their pit crews for some superb racing.
This coming weekend Classic Hot rods will be in action at Lochgellly The home of Hardie Race Promotions.
We will be racing on the Saturday only , a full weekend schedule of racing though .With 1300 stock cars British and open Scottich championships, Rebels for a 2 day Scottish Championship, Stock rods European and Scottish championships plus Ministox Fife championship . It will be a full on weekend for the Petrol heads. We will have reports , results etc from the classics on Saturday.
On Sunday over in Ireland Tipperary will be holding a meeting featuring classic hot rods , last time 57 Mike Oliver made the trip. Despite picking up some damage and missing the final for the boat home he didn’t have too bad a meeting.
The sun adorned the lane down to the pits at Mildenhall Stadium , Classics hot rods were already rolling in .
Eleven drivers scheduled to race on the short shale topped oval , fresh prepared by David Coventry ( who had spent most of the week laying a new track at Northampton).
Drivers had gone for various set ups , some gearing for more grunt out of the turn overs trying the other end in order to get grip. All had a selection of tyres with them to change as needed . With no practice heat one would be a chance to test out their theories.
For Gavin Taber the wait for his engine to be ready had expired , the solution a borrow of his fathers car with little more then the seat being adjusted.
With sometime on my hands a chat with drivers which may result in a podcast later in the week and a catch up with David Owen who was looking reasonably well .
Jock Mc Fastlane appeared and we set about who was doing what from the promo side on the night . John filmed live whilst I filmed for the first time in my life for later use. Something which may prove not so easy with me being the commentator at most live meetings.
The drivers came out and lined up for heat one , it was decided to give them 3 warm up laps . Unfortunately 72 Gary Goodwin ended out wide in the wet stuff and was recovered by the fork lift , retiring him from the race.
With no white grades 257 Andrew Willis in the pocket rocket lined up alongside the Welsh wizard in his Talbot Sunbeam to lead the field away , a rolling start was decided to be for the best on the loose surface.
57 Mike Oliver took the early lead with Willis not far behind the rest fell in and tried to find their grip , 210 Weaver was first to drop back . 555 Taber broke formation and found grip around the outside of 271 JJ.
The short wheel base of the A40 driven by Craig Boyd was proving to be useful has he and 198 Donut drove round JJ under forced the Pocket rocket out on a wider line. It was nose to tail the mk2 hunting down the A40 has they split from the pack to hunt down Taber and the Welsh Wizard.
45 Craig broke away from donut and attacked Taber lap by lap forcing a inside line . Has he passed his door came open . The defending from Taber had cost both Donut was now on song and breathing down their necks . Donut passed down the back straight , Boyd and Taber fought back Donut back to fourth. Has Boyd hit the front Donut was back up to 3rd , the last lap board came out ! Donut locked wheels with the Talbot of Oliver and they slid towards the infield . Boyd completed the lap to a chequered flag to take the first classic hot rod win on shale.
Heat 1 Winner 45 Craig Boyd
45 555 8 445 210 27 257 271
Pit time and a few adjustments for some , refuel, check cars over and back out in 2 races time for heat number 2.
Mike Oliver in the Talbot made the opening move and sped away at the front chased down by Willis, the hunting party was soon in his mirror headed up by the meeting sponsor 8 Dan Owen. Owen had raced on tarmac the week before in his refurbished mk2 , he had kept up with the ex national hot rods in the slick cars around Hednesford.
Soon Owen’s grip was lost when Weaver , Donut and a pair of Boyd’s went through on the inside of turn 2 . Going out in the loose stuff relegated him down the field.
At half way of the 20 lap race The Wizard had done a dissappearing act , half a lap up on Weaver in 2nd. The Cowboy 445 Boyd SNR was riding high holding off Craig 45 , both stopping progress of the Donut who was just having fun racing on shale.
Gary Goodswin had the Angle box back out and was staying out of the loose stuff.
Just under 2 laps to go and a punt into turn 3 from Weaver , Oliver held on . Taber did a 360 in front of the start line and 45 Craig moved past the Cowboy to challenge . The Welsh Wizard held on to take the win.
Heat 2 winner 57 Mike Oliver
result 57 , 45 ,210 ,445 ,198 , 27 ,72 ,8 ,257 ,271 nof
Final time up next and noticeably 27 Dave York from novice at the rear making fair results in both heats . Mike Oliver would now require to start rear of his grade for the heat win.
Gavin Taber 555 unfortunately didn’t make it out for the final .
First away was 271 JJ with the pocket rocket , Oliver and Owen in hot pursuit. Johnson ran into mechanical issues handing the lead over to Oliver , Owen had gone wide on turn 2 again letting the train up the inside. The pocket rocket dropped down the pack as well , 210 Weaver battled away with Oliver . The Boyd’s has a donut sandwich going on , Craig caught Weaver up and opened the inside line up going through to 2nd place. He slid through on turn 4 , Oliver returned and rubbed him around 1 and 2 regaining the lead.
Weaver had gone in on the entrance to turn 1 has the flag was pulled 45 Boyd who had dived in front spun around on turn ¾. On the restart Boyd was put back in by the steward with a few laps remaining .
Oliver was all out of shape on the restart , donut catching him and taking him round out of turn 2 .
Craig Boyd took the flag , Donut second on the line but excluded for contact on 57. This not even blemishing the smile of enjoyment the big fella had got for the fun he had enjoyed on the shale.
A dramatic end for Gary Goodswin who blew the engine has he crossed the line but was promoted to third place . The Cowboy went up from 3rd to Second .
A Boyd 1,2 both the shorter wheel base A40’s on the mildenhall shale.
Young James Owen was on hand to present the trophies for the Shale Shifter Supreme race , before going home to load up his micro f2 for Buxton.
A great nights racing fun and smiles all round for those who took part , the question on many lips . Can we race on the Northampton Shale?
Report Andy Hankin , Live streams Jock Mc Fastlane and Jason Larner. Photographs and results Jason Larner , Jaeden Larner.
English round 5 – Shale Shifters Championship – Mildenhall 26th may
Classic hot rods will take to the short oval shale track of Mildenhall in Suffolk , renown for saloon stock car action and “the Mecca “of banger tracks.
Currently 10 cars are booked into race .
8 Deadly Daz Owen mk2 escort ; previous banger racer has raced the track in the past. Also Chase Car Spares are sponsoring the classics for the meeting trophies.
445 The Cow boy , Graham Boyd ; ford powered Austin a40 ; last raced there in the eighties in saloon stock cars.
45 Craig Boyd , Austin A40 ; ford powered ;notched many wins on tarmac will the shale prove any different for him.
72 Gary Goodswin , mk2 Escort Local driver to east Anglia .
198 Andy Steward , mk2 Escort , current points leader and multi champion.
57 Mike Oliver , Talbot sunbeam ford powered , the welsh wizard is getting excited for the shale.
271 Jamie Johnson , mk1 Escort , always smartly turned out . The owner of a retro ford parts supply company.
210 Hughie Weaver , Mk1 Escort , has performed well on tarmac taking a few titles will the shale suit him ?
257 Andrew Willis , Austin a35 , the pocket rocket . Light short wheel base car should fly around the mildenhall short oval.
333 Lee Wood is provisional at this stage , the Vive la Viva may appear depending on how Lee’s house moving goes.
Still to be confirmed Dave Murphy , Paul hollis and there’s a car almost finished up in Scotland that may make the trip ( I have pointed out cider is cheaper down here ! ).
There is no pre forecast for the shale shifter supreme title , it could go anyway . The shale may prove a issue for one or two , a dry night would be to the benefit of the faster cars ; a wet night to those with previous experience of the loose surface.
The second part of the equation will be down to set up , the track will require differential gear changes and possibly gearbox changes .
Mildenhal is one of the shorter shale tracks , Dave Coventry has assured us that track preparation will be firm with sparse watering to help the cars get grip . Deane Wood of Spedeworth has permitted the drivers to use old slicks and wet tyres ( with the rules and regs) in order to assist the drivers if the night becomes a wet one.
Andy watts , will be the commentator for the night . He has worked with the classics a few times . I will be making the trip to the fens to record notes etc for the page and website .
We will run a driver of the day poll and we want to see all those selfies with your favourite drivers .
On another note the Spedeworth team will be busy preparing its second shale surfaced track , Northampton will be shale for a period of the year (including brisca f1 European ) . A venture we hope will be successful and add a new aspect to the whole race scene.
See you there
Andy Hankin Chr PR ….plus me wee side kick Jock McFastlane will be around .