• This weekends Classic Hot Rods

    Hednesford Autumn Classic

    Not quite a new venue to write from but today’s preview comes from John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford and yes folks we will coming out of turn 4 and heading for home next week.
    Hednesford always attracts more classic hot rods than other tracks, is it because its the home of hot rod racing ? Or the commentator knows his stuff (LOL).
    Twenty cars are booked into race at the Staffordshire venue , with a possibility of the English Open champion 8 Darren Owen coming to blow off the cob webs . He has been busy with son James race career which has stormed his final year in the micro stock cars , with lots of travelling and plenty of wins.
    The points chase is close as we can get with 72 Gary Goodswen and 555 Gavin Taber chomping at their bits to let the horses loose.
    We have visitors from Scotland with 58 Alec Wilson ,84 Jock McFastlane and 871 Graeme Callender. From Ireland we have the Irish Points championship winner 19 Anthony Morgan.
    Just 236 Ryan Polley this time around from team Boyd , Craig is in France and Graham’s gone fishing? ( something other than oval racing anyway).
    The weather reports are wet over Saturday , hopefully dry for a Sunday afternoons racing , see you there don’t be late .
    Andy Hankin.
    p.s. Martin Various from M.K.Pics will be in da house.

  • Tipperary cancelled

    Both days of racing for classic were cancelled at the last minute with a declaration of not enough cars had booked in to race. This left fans disappointed at the decision and those who had planned to race frustrated .

    There are a good number of cars available to race at Tipperary , with Ireland itself .

    It would be fair to say the Promoters should may be find a solution to the issue and return a good number of cars back to the track. There are also possibly quite a few new cars in production by other drivers it would be a shame for them not to race.

  • Tipperary Weekender 6th and 7th October

    Classic hot rod racing moves to the emerald isle this weekend for two days of racing at Tipperary has part of there national hot rod weekender .
    On Saturday they will race over 2 heats and compete for the Irish Grand Prix final , Sunday will be a normal points meeting towards their track championship.
    19 Anthony Morgan who has just taken the national points for Ireland will be there as usual along with Trevor Cussack 25 ( the car is up for sale minus engine ) .
    visitors from England and Scotland are planned , although 17 Kenny Purdie sold his car over there at the Tullyroan meeting . 84 John Mc Farlane and 12 Trevor Harris will make the journey , from England Gary Goodswen 72 and a debut for 169 Ben Hardy . Hughie Weaver has cancelled at last minute along with Kym who was to compete in the National hot rod series.
    100 Kevin Feeney will be racing also 671 Alan Leonard and 976 Clive Richardson , there may be a few extras who knows?
    A safe journey to all and have a good weekends racing.

    Saturday 6th October
    12.30 Gates Open
    ‪12:40‬ Drivers Sign On
    ‪12:45‬ Safety Checks on Cars
    ‪16:00‬ Safety Checks Finish
    ‪16:05‬ Draws for Grids
    ‪16:15‬ Drivers Briefing
    ‪16:30‬ Practice in Race Order
    ‪17:50‬ Practice Finish
    ‪17:55‬ Meeting Introduction
    ‪18:00‬ Race 1 Stock Rods Heat 1
    ‪18:10‬ Race 2 Two Litre Hot Rods Heat 1
    ‪18:20‬ Race 3 CHR Heat 1
    ‪18:30‬ Race 4 NHR Heat 1
    ‪18:40‬ Race 5 Lightning Rods Heat 1
    ‪18:50‬ Race 6 Stock Rods Heat 2
    ‪19:00‬ Race 7 Two Litre Hot Rods Heat 2
    ‪19:10‬ Race 8 CHR Heat 2
    ‪19:20‬ Race 9 NHR Heat 2
    ‪19:30‬ Race 10 Lightning Rods Heat 2
    ‪19:40‬ Comfort Break
    ‪20:00‬ Race 11 Stock Rods John Hall Memorial Final
    ‪20:20‬ Race 12 Two Litre Southern Irish Open Final
    ‪20:40‬ Race 13 CHR Irish Grand Prix
    ‪21:00‬ Race 14 NHR Irish Open Final
    ‪21:30‬ Saturday Finish
    ‪Sunday 7th October‬
    ‪10:00 Am‬ Gates Open
    ‪10:10‬ Sign in for all Drivers
    ‪10:30‬ Safety Checks on cars
    ‪11:30‬ Safety Checks Finish
    ‪12:00‬ Draws for Grids
    ‪12:45‬ Practice for Productions Only
    ‪13:00‬ Race 15 NHR Heat 1
    ‪13:15‬ Race 16 Lightning Rods Southern Irish Open Final
    ‪13:30‬ Race 17 Stock Rods Heat 1
    ‪13:40‬ Race 18 Two Litre Hot Rods Heat 1
    ‪13:50‬ Race 19 NHR Heat 2
    ‪14:00‬ Race 20 CHR Heat 1
    ‪14:10‬ Race 21 Productions Heat 1
    ‪14:20‬ Race 22 Lightning Rods Revenge (Reverse Grid)
    ‪14:30‬ Race 23 Stock Rods Heat 2
    ‪14:40‬ Race 24 Two Litres Heat 2
    ‪14:50‬ Comfort Break
    ‪15:00‬ Race 25 NHR Davy Evans Memorial Final
    ‪15:20‬ Race 26 CHR Heat 2
    ‪15:30‬ Race 27 Productions Heat 2
    ‪15:40‬ Race 28 Lightning Rods Meeting Final
    ‪15:55‬ Race 29 Stock Rods European Challenge Cup Final
    ‪16:15‬ Race 30 Two Litre Hot Rods Billy Walsh Memorial Final
    ‪16:30‬ Race 31 CHR Meeting Final
    ‪16:45‬ Race 32 NHR Pat Canavan Memorial Final
    ‪17:00‬ Race 33 Productions Final
    ‪17:15‬ Meeting Finish


    The second day of the weekender at Tullyroan Oval saw 14 Classic Hot Rods return, and after the bruising encounter the previous evening for the Irish Open Championship this was as good as could be expected. 976 Clive Richardson had reverted back to his other Mk2 Escort whilst 45 Craig Boyd had an overnight engine change.
    The first heat saw a yellow flag when 871 Graeme Callender found himself stranded across the racing line. There was no stopping 976 Richardson as he won by a distance with the real battle being for second with 99 Liam Bushe fending off 210 Hughie Weaver and, well, the rest. The weekend had been dry and sunny throughout, defying several weather forecasts but a rogue shower came along just as the cars had lined up for heat two. With them all on slicks it was very slippery going and some mastered it more than others. The one that did it the best, with the nimble A40 and experience well beyond his years was 236 Ryan Polley.
    The Jim Purdie Memorial Trophy Final was back on a dry track and saw Richardson convert pole position into a large lead whilst again it was the big battle behind that drew all the attention with 555 Gavin Taber, 45 Boyd and 17 Kenny Purdie. Purdie took a wide swoop around the outside of both to get second, but unlike the Irish Open the previous day, the leader was too far away. And thus it was the local man Richardson who took the victory. Taber made third.


    Report By Steve LInfield

  • Irish Open ….Purdie retains title Report by Steve Linfield

    The Irish Open Championship came to the Tullyroan Oval on what was one of the biggest weekends of the season in Northern Ireland, with the Classic Hot Rods joining the bill alongside the Superstox World Championship and National Hot Rod British Championship. The 17 car entry did fall a few short of what had been hoped for, but never the less a decent field and was a cosmopolitan entry with plenty of visiting interest. A good job too, really, as 976 Clive Richardson was the only driver from NI present with the rest of the entry seeing three from the Republic of Ireland, seven from England and six from Scotland.
    The drawn grid and reverse heats determined how the feature race would line up on what was a dry late afternoon and evening. The meeting got off to a bad start though, as on only the second lap of heat one 175 Andy O’Donnell went hurtling into the turn three wall, ending his weekend of racing there and then. 871 Graeme Callendar was the leader at the time and continued to do so at the resumption under pressure from 555 Gavin Taber who moved ahead. He continued to hold sway for the remainder of the race, albeit under great pressure from behind, notably 19 Anthony Morgan and 72 Gary Goodswen. The second heat saw 976 Clive Richardson convert his pole position into a comfortable win, whilst the fast Tullyroan Oval did take its toll on a few, with notably 45 Craig Boyd suffering an engine blow, the oil slick of which left the track slippery in the last quarter of the race.
    The points from the heats put 555 Taber on pole position with 976 Richardson alongside and 17 Kenny Purdie and 210 Hughie Weaver alongside and then 236 Ryan Polley and 72 Goodswen on row three. 13 cars started the race. It was a race that only went to the first corner before there was trouble. The front row men got together, tangled up and spun and then the second row did the same with one pair spinning to the inside and the other to the outside and then almost crashing (into the back of Taber) in sympathy 99 Liam Bushe went in too. All of this mess meant a very early yellow flag with Goodswen having taken the opportunity to lead. He opened out a gap at the re-start, but the man of the march was without doubt Purdie and he first hunted down and passed Polley for second and the did what didn’t look possible even at the halfway stage and he chased down Goodswen in an inspired drive. When he caught the 72 car he went round the outside, finding grip where many others didn’t seem able and went on to be comfortably clear at the chequered flag, for what was without doubt an emotional win for him. Goodswen had to be content with second and almost unnoticed there was just as good a battle for third with Scots 26 John Campbell and 162 Keith Chesher battling it out with 26 just getting there ahead whilst the rest of the finishers were 12 Trevor Harris, 116 Gavin Taber and 756 Marc Spence.

  • Irish Open / Jim Purdie weekend

    Two for one at Tullyroan

    The weekend kicks off with the Irish Open Championship . A drawn grid for heat one and reversed for heat two , highest points scorers to the front.
    Open is just the deal , national champion 17 Kenny Purdie will cross the water in a bid to add to his 2018 titles tally.
    Fellow Scots 162 Chester , 12 Harris , 62 Campbell , Callendar and 756 Spence will also make the two day event.
    From England the points chasers 555 Taber and 72 Goodswen are joined by a 3 into 2 A40 challenge with inside weight GB in 445 Saturday and the scales change has the karting kid 45 Craig pilots her on Sunday. Ryan Polley will be on board the second A40.
    Taber senior 116 and the music man 210 Weaver will also go west for the weekend.
    A all action packed Irish field of cars will fend off the challengers headed up by 19 Anthony Morgan along with 25 Cussack ,43 Corrigan, 99 Bushe , 100 Fenny and 976 Richardson although there may be late entries .
    Wales is represented by 57 Mike Oliver #Thewelshwizard who will take to Adrian Boyle car for the weekend.
    What a cracking line up who will become Irish Open Champion ?
    Moving on to Sunday we celebrate the life of Jim Purdie who passed away last year whilst attending to watch his Son Kenny Race.
    It will be an emotional time for all us at Classic Hot rod racing and especially for Kenny and his sister Janice .
    We can only wish that he take the win and trophy on the day and see tears of joy .
    Travel safe , race well and enjoy your weekends racing !
    Andy Hankin.


    The usual suspects of the ever growing Scottish classic hot rod scene were out and ready to race, no McTaber team who are busy preparing for a trip to Ireland.
    A wet and greasy heat 1 by the looks of it, 523 Matt Macpherson broke away and looked set for a win until spinning out with under 5 laps to go.
    17 Kenny Purdie was having a right old battle with 58 Alex Wilson , who was handed the lead battling away to take the win.
    Heat 2 a much dryer track 523 MacPherson again got to the front chased by 84 John Mcfarlane . 58 Wilson was looking good until cooking the Chuvitt up a little too much out of turn 4 ,allowing Jock Campbell and Purdie through. The pair battled for second a way down on MacPherson 523 who made sure of the win.

    A slightly smaller field of cars for the final was narrowed down further with 17 Purdie pulling off before the start has the car packed in
    523 MacPherson was first away chased by a much quicker 84 Mcfastlane although not quick enough to hold off 58 Wilson
    It was looking at  straight race for 523 Matt Macpherson, until 59 Wilson and Jock Vampbel caught up with him

     Wilson steaming by inthe zetec powered  Chuvitt to take a second victory of the night making it heat and Final. 

    A great nights racing , thanks to Kirsty Mcfastlane  and Janice Crawley for video work and Jason has always for his committal to CHR.

  • IPSWICH 08 09 2018-2018

    Ipswich classic hot rods 8 9 2018

    Two months after the last trip to Ipswich for the national championships the classic hot rods returned for a Saturday night meeting.
    This time around 198 Andy Steward back in the saddle after his holiday’s and ready to race . Joined by Gary Goodswen 72 and 555 Gavin Taber , the points chasers were ready to get on it around the oval.
    A change of steed for the Italian Stallion 121 Charlie Schembi , he piloted his Ford angle box of which is still up for sale on the button ready to go.
    A trip across middle earth from Oxfordshire for a last race from the back for 922 Graham Legge , in the ex 27 Dave York mk1 which raced here in the National.
    More good news has 421 Chris Aldridge joins us at classic hot rods in the ex Graham Callender mk2 zetec powered , making a move over from lightning rods.
    Heat one out on track then two new starters to the rear 116 Adrian Taber and 271 Jamie Johnson to lead them away . Legge 922 pulling out before the flag dropped and rejoining around lap 4 has 421 went down and 271 Johnson spun out on turn 4 . 116 Taber with the lead a hard chasing 236 Rhino Polley and 121 Schemrbi on it in the angle box. A few more laps in and 121 out of shape drops back has the 198 Donut starts to move up the field .
    Rhino 236 now riding on Taber’s off side arches try hard to take the lead, 198 donut drops out and retires to the infield . The pack has closed on Polley and Taber with under 5 laps to go 555 Taber closes in behind the MK2 of his father , Polley on the outside forced to drop back ; it’s a Taber 1 ,2 on the line.
    Result 116 Adrian Taber ,555, 236, 72 , 445 ,121, 922 , 271.

    heat two gets underway with 271 Johnson taking to the front and 236 Rhino running shotgun , the pack closes in and we are in for one hell of a race . 198 donut on the outside line , Polley not far ahead and there’s a shuffle on turn one 555 Taber and 72 Goodswen move up the field . 555 Taber forces down the inside of 116 (yes dad) move over this is racing at its best 555 up into 2nd place chasing jay jay 271.
    72 Goodswen moves on 555 Taber , he is trying to rub the 72 love heart of the back fin I drew on there LOL. Taber takes to the outside has 198 donut falls in line behind Goodswen , threes only one way around that high an fly for the anglebox of Taber has he throws her down into turn 3 and a cat length longer than 271 Johnson to take the lead.
    Goodswen and 198 Donut follow the same way a few laps later and chase after 555 Taber but the flag is down win to 555.
    Jamie Johnson 271 still fending the rest of the filed to the end his mk1 escort has had its rear end rubbed more than a trophy girl !
    Result 555 Gavin Taber , 72 ,198 , 121 ,445 ,271 ,922 ,421 , 116, 236

    Final time and both heats taken by team Taber who start at the rear of their grades for this one , who will take the win?
    Its a clutch start and 271 Johnson first away with Rhino in tow , its a steady procession has the tyres get warmer . 421 Aldridge from the rear is giving our superstar 72 Gary a run for his money both behind heat two winner 555 Taber.
    271 Johnson makes a mistake the Rhino 236 bunts his way through , young blood is at the front ! Johnson drops down the field . 445 Graham Boyd is having a good old battle further back with 198 Steward . Rhino goes on turn three something mechanical , its 116 Taber heat one winner at the helm with just under half way to go.
    The lap boards are out , the straight rail gearboxes are screaming ! 121 Schembri is on Taber’s case trying the high line for the lead . Schembri gets the lead , Taber now under the kosh from the pack drops back . 121 Schembri takes the flag and the price of the Anglia is now a good one the car has just won a final !

    Result 121 Charlie Schembri , 198 Andy Steward , 445 Graham Boyd ,555, 72 ,116 ,922 , 421 , 271.

    A cracking nights racing well done guys .
    Report Andy Hankin , videos Jaeden Larner , pictures and results Jason Larner.

  • Classic Hot Rods Scottish Round 5-5

    Classic Hot Rods Scottish Round 5
    HRP Lochgelly Raceway 15th September

    This weekend we see the Classics return to Lochgelly to contest round 5 of the Scottish series in which there is a healthy 10 cars booked for the evenings racing. Last time out at Cowdenbeath Racewall 26 John Campbell won the Joan Purdie Memorial Trophy and this weekend John is planning racing his 2Ltr Hot Rod as well as his Classic on the night, joining John we have 232 Brett Sneddon and 162 Keith Chesher who have been treating the Classic followers to some excellent racing between each other in their Mk2 Escorts. Heading down once again from the Scottish Highlands are 526 Matt MacPherson and 756 Marc Spence in which both drivers have shown that on there day are quite capable of pulling a win out of the bag. Back after a bad collision at Birmingham Wheels we have 12 Trevor Harris who somehow managed not only to rebuild his badly damaged Anglia but has also found the time to give his car a stunning makeover and since we are on the subject of damaged cars we once again welcome back 63 John Watkins who for the second time this season has had to rebuild his Mk1 Escort so hopefully John can stop at the chip shop in Halbeath after the meeting this weekend car fully intact. Another driver setting the heather on fire just now is 58 Alex Wilson with his Zetec powered Chevette having won heat 1 at Hednesford Hills last time out and Alex certainly knows his way round the tight Lochgelly track. Starting back in the fold this weekend is 84 John McFarlane having been happy with his new car at Hednesford Hillls after some teething issues and is hoping to be back in the mix Saturday night. Last but not least we have National Champion 17 Kenny Purdie hopefully not making his last appearance in Scotland in a Classic Hot Rod and if it is we wish Kenny all the best for the future and for helping put Scottish Classic Hot Rods firmly on the map. I would like to take the opportunity to wish all the drivers who are making the trip over to Tullyroan to support the Jim Purdie Memorial meeting …Good Luck Guys


    Saturday Night thunder
    It could well thunder through the wood of Foxhall heath has the classic hot rods return to Ipswich this Saturday night. Engulf yourselves in the finest retro oval cars and their close racing at a fast pace , it beats all Saturday night television.
    Fourteen cars are booked in with a possible few extras , we always have one or two late comers . Rightly if they turn in past the deadline they will have to start from the rear , chasing away behind our champions and points leaders.
    922 Graham Legge will make the trip across from Oxfordshire to complete his third meeting from the rear , once he moves to the front he will be one to catch. Having taken top ten positions so far from the rear of the field.
    The home track for Messrs Steward, Taber and Goodswen who are always on the pace at foxhall , they will be joined by Hughie Weaver, Charlie Schrembri , Andrew Willis ( Austin A35 ) , 271 Jamie Johnson ( previous EA champion on the track ) and a few more travellers from around the country.
    The pair of A40 powered by ford will be there with graham Boyd 445 and fresh from some clio cup action 236 Rhino Ryan Polley .
    Format will be two heats and final from graded order for the classic hot rods , the are joined by bangers and the Rookie rods for their long track championship.
    Start time is 18.45pm entry for an Adult is £16 with concessions for children and OAP.
    Great facilities on site for that Saturday night out with the family watching British motor sports.