• A Year a go !

    What was happening a year ago with classic hot rods and where are the drivers and cars that have mysteriously disappeared into dust filled workshops ? Classic Hot rods intends to investigate and ask can we get them back out on track ?  

    It would be great to see a thirty strong field of cars at one meeting in 2020 wouldn’t it ?

    the following article is from last year.

    Welcome to the classic hot rods oval round up, the season has got of to a slow start in the terms of meetings being spread out more than in recent years. It has been a great winter though with time for rebuilds and fresh builds, it seems the option of the Ford zetec power unit maybe encouraging a few to build. It is in the long run a cheaper option the flip side is that this engine may get harder to find in time.
    Also the amount of talent that is now lining up at the rear of the field for their first three meetings is also very impressive with drivers changing formula for a choice of classic hot rods.
    The increase has been the best one in recent years and this was displayed by this years visit to Aldershot raceway, we will come back to that later ; firstly we will take a look at the Invasion that was made on Scotland during the multi championship weekend at HRP Lochgelly.
    The first part of the weekend was a very wet meeting and a change to wet grip tyres for those who had them on board , the downside some had to run one wet tyre the next day in the dry due to tyre regulations across the weekend.
    During a pit walk at a domestic meeting I met up with 24 Stuart Wright now the proud pilot of his dads mk1 which he has pimped out; Stuart still beaming from this weekend and how well the car went. The car was well on pace with the newly fitted zetec power unit and full Simpson exhaust and to add Stuarts first set of NEW tyres Having run many seasons in his Angle box on old tyres . I know Stuart well and his main love has always been the stock rod but there is a change forming in there somewhere , hopefully we will see more of the mk1 Escort than the Corsa.
    Craig Boyd was setting the pace in the wet in both heat races in the A40 ( which was on show at Peterborough back in February) and looking favourite for the win in the first night for the Scottish championship. Andy Steward 198 the current title holder out after a operation on his back.
    Boyd took heat one in style but the steward was unsure although the win was later awarded ; heat two the Scots fought back hard with 26 Jock Campbell taking victory over Boyd. It was by now raining heavily , vision was down to how much the drivers could see from the spray off other cars , getting out in front a real benefit.
    Come championship time it was Boyd on pole position and a faultless drive for the win ; 976 Clive Richardson made the trip from Ireland worth it by coming home second and part reason of the beaming smile 24 Stuart Wright third .
    The 2019 Scottish champion 45 Craig Boyd a worthy win for the Cambridge based driver after the long haul journey.
    Moving on to day two and a much dryer day a few cars down for those who had took a soaking the previous night and decided their weekend should be cut short.
    Today’s meeting the Malcolm Chesher memorial and its celebration to one of Scotland’s finest hot rod drivers , if you have seen the bonnet of his sons Keith’s Mk2 you will have noted the mural in dedication.
    A second day of being on the pace for Stuart Wright , a better days racing for the English points champion 555 Gavin Taber a regular visitor to Scotland but a Belter of a day for 45 Craig Boyd.
    Boyd opened the account with a heat win chased by Taber ; the second heat Taber turned up the oven and cooked a great win form Wright who was pushing all the way at the heels of the Angle box of Taber .
    It was without a doubt though that Craig Boyd was going to bag a second final win of the weekend and no surprise for many he should lift the memorial trophy; Taber in second and Wright third ; a English 1,2,3 . Scotland conquered off home to prepare for English round two at Aldershot.
    News comes of fresh builds in Scotland from Graham Mc Cabe , a Toyota Corolla for Ian Bell the former stock rod champion now in his early seventies and wanting one more go.
    The classic hot rod seen in Scotland a little quieter than last year so far , although the early part of the year can be a busy work time for many in that part of the country.
    Maybe we will see 17 Kenny Purdie back out in order to defend the national championship later in the year ?
    Aldershot has never produce great numbers for the classic hot rods with the majority living east or north of the country in previous years . Now whether it be a boom in driver numbers or the want to race for the first time we have reached good double figures of 16 cars booked into race . Amongst those 169 Ben Hardy for his first meeting in the formula, Jason Busby (ex flt hot rod champion) joining us after purchase of the Charlie Schembri Angle box and a return of 42 Dean kitchen after needing engine repairs following a failure at the National championships.
    The track at Aldershot has plenty of room down the straights and the bends wide enough for two and a bit . The weather absolutely perfect for hot rod racing , the sun out and a good crowd.
    Warm up laps ,the music a change for whistling bill smith ? Who knows its a Southern thing maybe ? I always use Spanish Flea up here in T’North.
    Gary Goodswen 72 the newly crowned International champion in his very much improved Mk2 sport ex pack and now in a deep metallic blue joined us for the first time this year , work commitments on the recovery side has been busy for the Norfolk based driver.
    The drivers lined up with 353 Steve Spooner leading them away and making a good start , 421 Chris Aldridge now from the front end of the pack was soon on his heels taking over the lead to the flag , with Goodswen popping home third ahead of 445 Graham Boyd. Graham back in his own A40 after a spell in the Wolsley whilst Ryan Polley who ran the A40 in 2018 has returned to the circuits in the Renault Clio series for this season.
    Aldridge was suffering issues on the gearing and during the delay between races , the promoters Son hot rod world champion Billy Wood was on hand to nip down to the Spedeworth Motorsport shop and grab some spare kit . The commitment of a racing family is always great in the sport and the promoters not only sort out the tracks, they help with car builds , spare supply and still manage to race as well. Topping all that off with promoting a track over in South Africa , the Wood family live for the sport.
    Heat two a little further back for Aldridge on this start gave 353 Spooner a better start; not long before the ex-lightning rod driver 421 Aldridge was on his tail , dancing around the outside and into the lead to take a second win of the day .
    Final time and of course a little more distance this time , a chance for those further back to get close enough for a podium finish maybe?
    353 Spooner was first away on the flag drop Aldridge was giving good chase; 72 Goodswen turned up the power and found his way through the busy pack ; 42 Dean Kitchen had now got the Angle box on song ( a change of livery too a style of the rising sun graphics in red ) maybe its bringing him look? The car was performing well has he chased after the leaders ; Spooner dropped back has kitchen hit the front , Goodswen went round Spooner and co to give chase but only a second place has the flag dropped on Kitchen .
    A great return after such a bad season in 2018 and to top it all off it was Deans Birthday as well , well done team 42 !
    Our next classic hot rod meeting is at Hednesford Hills Raceway in Staffordshire on Bank holiday Monday the 27th May start time 1.30pm.
    Thanks to regular photo suppliers mkpics.net , Keith Duke, Jason Larner and Craig Duncan.
    Till next time Rod On Andy Hankin.


  • Best in Britain 2019-2019

    It’s the final show of the season, The Best in Britain for classic hot rods.

    This Sunday Hednesford Hills raceway will go out of 2019 with a bank , a fine selection of classic hot rods and their drivers will be racing for the best in Britain , won last year by 976 Clive Richardson .

    Clive has yet to confirm a booking, however race promoter and former hot rod world champion 942 Davey McCall will be coming over to have a go for this one. Davey now settling into the formula looks like one of the favorites for the title.

    Craig Boyd will be the one to catch if he gets away from a good position in the Austin A40, although his father Graham is booked in who can also push an A40 around the fast banked Staffordshire oval.

    Gavin Taber 555 looks set to retain the English point’s championship for the second consecutive season in the Ford Anglia.

    24 Stuart Wright who took the Midlands championship recently at Birmingham is not shy of the podium at Hednesford , the car now at the best it has ever been will no doubt be up there in the running.

    Joining classic hot rods is Richard Lee having raced grass track cars and some oval formats he has purchased the ex109 Mathews Anglia, which looks absolutely stunning.

    Kenny Purdie is back in the saddle of the spanker and the national hot rod is up for sale a great return to classics could see him up near the front of the grid. Also returning is 333 Lee wood, yes! The Viva lives on!

    Want to know more? Then come and join us this Sunday at Hednesford Hills raceway start time 2pm, also National hot rods world qualifier rd7 PLUS over eighty bangers on track for the Man of the Midlands 2019.


  • Cock of the NORTH-2

    The Doug  Farrer Trophy on Saturday  at  Cowdenbeath  Racewall will see a new holder , unless Ryan Polley makes a surprise appearance after being successful this year on the circuits in a Renault Clio series.

    It is the first part of the “Cock of the North” meeting and as the night progresses towards the meeting final, of which Craig Boyd 45 the current holder may not make.  Leaving one possibility of 445 Graham making the trip, he has had a good year so far and the win Campbell will be joined by fellow Scot t in an attempt to retain both trophies in Scotland.

    What of those fellow Scots? , well rumour has it Graham McCabe has sold the x-pack Escort but to who we do not know. Kenny Purdie 17 may well appear in the spanker to give Taber a run for his money.

    McPherson has his mark two escort ready to go for Saturday and Keith Chesher 162 looks to be near ready to race.  Missing and still up for sale though is 232 Bret Sneddon who won last year’s points championship , something of which the Scots have not been contending this year . With no points charts for their grades against the visitors it could well come down to an out of the hat grid for Saturday, which could produce one or two surprises on the draw.

    Good luck to all , have a safe night’s racing.

     


  • PEAKY BLINDERS RETURN

    This Saturday the classic hot rods line up for the Midlands championship at Birmingham Wheels. Defending champion 198 Andy Steward is yet to confirm his booking, having returned recently taking the East Anglian Championship.

    Those in the English series qualify for racing in TER Apel next month by joining Saturdays field of cars. 

     

    45 Crag Boyd is back for this one, having taken the majority of finals this year he will start favourite.

    It’s a full on night with both Brisca F1 and F2, along with lightning rods.

    Start time is early at 5pm.


  • NI Classic Hot Rods

    Classic Hot Rods return to DMC Promotions AghaDowey raceway this weekend. It has been a story of change and numbers declined but are back on the up slightly over the water.

    Davey McCall will be racing his immaculate Mk2, joining him will be current Irish points champion 19 Anthony Morgan, Adrian Boyle and newcomer Lawrence Doherty. Doherty has purchased the all new mk2 raced by Gerry Rothwell last time out has he enters a career of classic hot rod racing.

    976 Clive Richardson is also expected to book in and possibly a couple of others has they join the full race programme with National Hot rods heading the bill for round 1 of their series.

    We at Classic hot rods wish Lawrence a good night’s racing.


  • seaside anyone?

    Great Yarmouth isn’t for every driver in the classic hot rods and those that turn in receive equal points; it gives them a chance to demonstrate the formula to the holiday makers.

    Last year’s was a celebration of 72 Gary Goodswen’s points title win; with him being sponsored by the track.

    This year it’s a double whammy! 555 Gavin Taber taking the points title and the newly crowned national champion 421 Chris Aldridge both hailing from the East!

     A chance for them both to show off to their local fans their new roof grades and demonstrate why classic hot rods are a fantastic formula to watch.

    Making the journey and a fair travelling on a Sunday for 121 Charlie Schembri and 353 Steve  Spooner along with 98 Nigel Murphy and 271 Jamie Johnson will all join them for the meeting.

    445 Graham Boyd will swap his tractor for a few hours for the Austin A40 and maybe one to catch on the tarmac of Great Yarmouth.

    A worthy trip out for some good old fashioned hot rod racing, sea, sun? And definitely sand plus some fish and chips.

    Start time 5.30pm


  • National Championship 2019-2019

    The calm before the storm , this years National championship is not far off starters orders ; with 17 cars booked in it will be a close fast paced two heats ; the points accumulated will give grid positions for the big race .

    There is no great favourite for this one and the field of drivers are all quite capable of taking victory at Ipswich.

    555 Gavin Taber would like to take victory and add to his success in the formula , as would 121 Charlie Schembri and the other 15 drivers who will take part . Graham Boyd will push the A40 to its limits and if he gets in front will drive a hard tight line.

    Anthony Morgan 19 our Irish entry and current Irish points champion has made many changes to his Mk2 Escort and could do with a better run of look than he had last year. Hopes were that 976 Clive Richardson would join him but a late cancellation means he won’t make it this year .

    Craig Boyd won’t be here to add to his title collection for this year as he is away with work and would have been hot favourite .

    Scottish hopes went out when 12 Trevor Harris received a hand injury earlier in the week , we wish him a fast recovery ; defending champion Kenny Purdie will be racing his National hot rod instead on home turf.

    Who ever takes this years crown will have deserved to have taken victory , may the best man win !


  • All the fun of the fair

    Arlington is a great little track way down on the south coast , it runs all formats of domestic oval motor sport.

    Classic hot rods visit once a year , its a mid week meeting and a long travel for half of those who turn in for the event.

    This years participants , 45 Craig Boyd , 445 Graham Boyd , 116 Adrian Taber , 353 Steve Spooner, 119 Dan Buckley, 421 Chris Aldridge , 555 Gavin Taber, 42 Dean Kitchen 12 Trevor Harris and 121 Charlie Schembri .

    The tight concrete oval provides some tricky passing situations and in heat one has they got away over the opening laps ,555 became a casualty on the outside of 119 in turn one. Trevor Harris having made the trip down from Scotland went out with clutch issues .

    Craig Boyd got off to a flying start with 421 Aldridge in close proximity for a few laps , before leaving him behind to march on to victory.

    Heat two and a reverse grid put 445 Graham Boyd up front with Dean Kitchen who missed heat one due to a brake issue joining in at the rear . Graham got off to a good star and led most of the distance ; 353 Steve Spooner dropped out and 119 Dan Buckley was up to second when 45 Craig came through on the inside passing the leader in the next corner . With less than a hand full to go 119 Buckley was spun out on turn one by a charging 555 Taber . Craig bagged win number two.

    The final and both a40’s on the front row , Craig broke away and Graham was going well till he spun on turn four , with Dean Kitchen doing the same on the next lap’ both recovering and joining the traffic. Craig went on to make it a hat trick of wins


  • SEASIDE SPECIAL

    The Jolly boys are on a outing today Wednesday 3rd July has I join team Boyd for a trip down to Arlington for the Southern Championship. The Cambridgeshire based classic hot rod team will be in force with both A40’s out at the meeting.

    Joining them on track will be the duo from the East 555 Taber, 1116 Adrian Taber and 72 Goodswen who put on a great displayhttp://www.spedeworth.co.uk/incarace/rules at last years meeting .

    Chris Aldridge will be in action looking to tot up some more point in his first season campaign. Dean Kitchen has hopefully sorted the gearbox issues and will be able to attend .

    Making the some 1050 miles round trip will be 12 Trevor Harris , lets hope he has a safe journey both ways. Dan Buckley 119 is a late entry on the booking who is also hoping to make it a worth while trip.

    Local racer 353 Steve Spooner, will be looking for a good grid position come final time. 

    The deep suoth may even get me to listen too during the meeting !

    See you there Rod On

    Andy Hankin.


  • British Open

    Hednesford 23 Rd June was the British op en championship for the Classic hot rods and the Annual Bill Morris Trophy.

    Cars weren’t at big numbers compared to previous years but still a good turn out of drivers looking to get their hands on the Bill Morris Trophy. Last years winner Darren Owen who has been busy with the development of his son’s James race career came along to defend the double title meeting; the previous holder of the titles now the current British points champion was also back for another try , 555 Gavin Taber.

    Joining them were a whole host of formidable contenders and one in particular 45 Craig Boyd who took victory in Scotland earlier in the year , lifting the Scottish open championship .

    Newcomers Nick Ross 93 , Dan Buckley 119 , 421 Chris Aldridge ( who is bagging wins like nobodies business and regular classic driver 42 Dean Kitchen , 24 Stuart Wright, 121 Charlie Schembri and travelling from Scotland the current National champion 17 Kenny Purdie.

    Heat one was led by Charlie Schrembri ; Taber cut through the pack with Boyd hard on his tail . Finding a way past Charlie they both darted off for the flag drop Taber taking the win .

    A reverse grid for heat two put Taber near the back and Craig a little further forward , the early leader Darren Owen was passed by 45 Craig who took over and was gone into the distance. Owen did well to stay second with 42 Kitchen and Wright 24 giving chase . Taber was well back but still scoring points.

    The grid was a points accumulator for the championship putting Boyd and Taber on front row , Boyd made the break , Taber and Purdie followed ; Purdie was quicker and the blue flag waved at 555 for two laps , lucky for him Purdie developed a miss fire and dropped back down the field . Defending champion Owen coming up into third for the flag .

    Well two down just the Irish to go for the triple championship for Craig now but first can he take the National at Ipswich ?