• Arlington Report 18 th July 2018 …by Steve Linfield

    The annual visit for the Classic Hot Rods to the far south-east of the map Arlington Stadium, Eastbourne saw a disappointing but not unexpected entry of seven cars in attendance, in front of a good-sized crowd on a nice summer’s evening (just as they most have been in 2018!) and as they old saying goes, it is not always necessary to have a large grid to produce good racing and it was proven on this time around the fast and tight confines of Arlington.

    The furthest travelled by far was 12 Trevor Harris, having made the 10-hour journey from Fife in Scotland whilst at the other end of the scale, 210 Hughie Weaver literally travelled from almost around the corner to race. 353 Steve Spooner had a relatively local meeting from the Dorking area, 257 Andrew Willis returned to with a trip down from Birmingham and the remainder made the trip from East Anglia in 72 Gary Goodswen, 445 Graham Boyd and 555 Gavin Taber.

    The evening will be remembered for the great battles between Goodswen and Taber. After Harris had led heat one until just past halfway he was caught and passed by 72 and 555. After several attempts looking round the outside of Taber, Goodswen made the move stick and went on to take a good win. Harris was the early leader in heat two, but a better start from Taber this time meant that Goodswen was only able to keep him in his sights rather than challenge him and it was 555 that took a comfortable win. The ‘Holiday Makers Trophy’ Final, this time via the clutch start saw Harris again lead the first part of the race but again all the progress was being made by Taber and Goodswen. They were almost together when they caught and passed Harris and then just as in heat one it was a case of Goodswen looking on the outside of Taber for lap after lap. Whether it was a case of the grip not being where it was in the first race, or Taber finding better pace, Goodswen just couldn’t find a way around this time. But it was certainly a fascinating watch. So, it was Taber’s win from Goodswen whilst for some of the time when the battle for the lead going on, there was a similar one for third with Boyd eventually making his way around Harris.

    thanks to Steve Linfield for the report.


  • Ipswich National championship report

    National Championship Ipswich 7th July 2018.

    Thanks to all our drivers that came down and across enduring that dreadful 40mph speed limit on the A14 , it was worth sitting on the dial in immense heat to watch some superb Classic hot rod racing.
    Luckily for the drivers they had one of the most shaded areas of the layout in the pits with a fair breeze at times.
    The track in the opening races of spedeweekend looked very dry and dusty , water carts were out doing the deed of dampening it down a little and the crowd at times . Yes I was caught by the hose pipe but I tell you now I didn’t even move , drenched a little but it was so refreshing . Soon drying out in the glorious sunshine. At stages I kept thinking I saw some Mexicans ! Or even pams people in tu-tu’s . Nah must have been heat stroke.
    Almost a complete field of pre- booked drivers with the exception of no Andy Steward or Kara Boyd.
    Andy I believe was helping out with team Haird in the National hot rods , with Chris on the march to possibly another world final win.
    Kara Boyd had opted out having not favoured Ipswich receiving damage there over the years and possibly gone off to play golf with last years winner brother Craig. GOLF ! Me and you need words , it spoils a good walk .
    Well the shaded pit area was soon filling up team Boyd/Polley had arrived , Rhino was on his way but the car was there and at 50-1 with bet Fred ..worth a chance of a plastic fiver.
    Graham was taking onboard a steady supply of water , keeping himself hydrated for the day . A sensible move has it was going to get hotter through the day , lets hope he won’t need a p#ss stop.
    Lee Wood was polishing the marviva , me wishing he would remove those front wings for a pair of original Vauxhall ones.
    Gavin Taber 555 and Adrian116 in the newly acquired Sammy Mitchell mk2 Escort, fresh from Oxford with just a number change. The car came complete with spares , raceciever and overalls . A sign that we may not see Sammy back another time , although I did ask Adrian if he had to engulf large turn ups ; Sammy being much taller than him of course.
    The very smartly painted Orange Mk2 of Clive Richardson 976 and 97 of Joel making the trip over to race . Alex Wilson 58 was last into the corner and then down the meadow in his own plot 17 #kingofcrossflows Kenny Purdie fresh from chasing the heels of that peeky blinder 8 Daz Owen ( who had opted out to go Drag racing ? Ah no hang on wear a dress and get drunk ).
    Stuart Wright 924 with the Mk1 and a chat with Stu has always , something to do with lube and glasses ? Not quite sure where that was going . However having got the car running right although on a few seasons old tyres he may rob the rest of victory.
    Dave York 27 was in the house , coach parked up for the weekend tacho out and race helmet on , the only tour he was looking at was a victory lap.
    The Captain 19 Anthony Morgan and what a well presented car looking absolutely amazing , could he take that title across the little stretch of water .
    #themusicman 210 Hughie weaver , has always the mk1 ready to go racing , a very quick driver around Ipswich.
    Mam Ma Mia 121 Charlie Schrembri , that mk1 back in its glory , no snow has of yet today ! Could mean going home in one piece .
    #silverfox the 100 e of 20 Dave Fry and his team had arrived , a bit of a quiet day at Hednesford for them but that could all change in the next few hours.
    Better late than never I suppose , steady does it 271 Jamie Johnson . Former east Anglian champion on this very track , arriving in time for the drivers briefing.
    The format for the day would be two heats from a Incarace draw , so the first grid drawn would be reversed for heat number 2. The points accrued and positions worked out for the championship race , with highest scores at the front.
    Heat one came out onto the track in front of the crowds under the extreme heat and began to assemble . The draw put #thewrightstuff 924 Stuart Wright ( no stranger to Ipswich) along side 27 #theduke Dave York , 2nd row 210 #musicman Weaver and #thecaptain 19 Anthony Morgan , 58 Alec Wilson and 271 Jamie Johnson. A fair mix of drivers for the first set .
    A couple of tyre warming laps and a rolling lap later the green flag was dropped and so opened up the carbs and let the horses run .
    27 York was away into turn one as 924 Wright tried to fend off #thecaptain 19 Morgan who was finding great grip around the outside and moved up into second.
    A handful of laps in out of turn four 19 Morgan began to slow with running issues dropping outside of turn one .#musicman 210 Weaver moved up into second applying pressure to the leader 27 York. 17 Purdie #kingofcrossflows was tucked in behind fellow Scot Alec Wilson and under pressure from 97 Joel Richardson in the Leslie Dallas replica ,has they went toe to heel around one and two.
    Further back 57 #thewelshwizard Oliver was pushing on behind #thesilverfox 20 Dave Fry , just behind them 121 Schrembri and 72 #thenorfolkboy Goodswin were dancing the same tango.
    Half the distance gone 27 #theduke York was still leading from 210 Weaver ,924 Wright with 97 Richardson on the outer panels and 58 Wilson close behind as 97 Richardson moved up to third 210 Weaver wound the mk1 up a little more , york out on the armco down the home straight brought her back in just has Weaver was on song . You spin me round baby like a record ! Yes there was contact , steward called it York cutting back in . Some said maybe Weaver could have thrown less coal on the boiler , who knows “if you ain’t rubbing , you ain’t racing “ .
    Weaver slid into number one as Richardson came through for the exchange on the inside , both slowed and dropped out leaving a very patient 924 Wright in command. Weaver recovered into 6th and Richardson was further down on the outside. Wilson 58 now sitting in second in the chuvitt pushing on behind Wright.
    17 Purdie was now being challenged by 976 Clive Richardson a previous winner around the Ipswich oval , moving on up was 555 Taber #vanman who was shaking the tail feathers of the anglebox moving up 4 places .
    The chequered flag dropped on Wright 924 from a close Wilson 58 , 17 Purdie , 976 Richardson a recovered 210 #musicman. Wilson later disqualified and trailered over a discretion on tyre serial numbers.
    Results heat 1 1st 924 Stuart Wright ,17 ,210 , 871, 976, 271, 121, 72, 57, 555

    Heat number two , reverse format with 333 Lee Wood former national Champion at the front all alone , no wonder with them Marina wings sticking out like “ a ageing ladies Bingo Wings”.
    42 Dean Kitchen and #Rhino Polley 236 behind him , poses for a interesting start !
    Next pack head up by 555 Taber and 445 #thecowboy Boyd with 72 Goodswin and 116 Taber #alpacaman in tow on row two.
    The flag dropped and away out of turn four the pace car just boxing 42 Kitchen in allowing 333 of Wood to arrive at turn one first.
    976 Richardson was lucky enough to break loose of his pack has a big push mid field arrived into turn one 97 Richardson behind 57 Oliver , who with no where to go loaded into the rear arch of 121 Schrembri , Dave Fry arrived in style to join the party ( was there fluids on the track ? ) . Has Fry parked up 210 Weaver tested his boot lid to see if the 100e was strong ? Caged and stranded the 100e now looking like a A40 at the rear . Richardson found a way through , Schrembri scraped out into the pack. Oliver left on the turn with one leg 4 inches forward the other 8 inches back and out of the championship. Most destructed 57 , best hit 210 !
    19 #thecaptain a lap later out on the same corner as 20 Fry limped in a bit covering himself and 57 Oliver.
    333 #princeofpop Lee Woods was still out in front and catching the rear of the pack at a vast rate of knots. Johnson 271 and 27 York were towards the rear having a cracking battle of the mk1’s , whilst behind Woods the battle of the A40’s was on #Rhino v #Cowboy. Even in that it sounds like an American football game at which point England had just gone 2 -0 up on Sweden and prices of hot dogs at Ikea were about to rise!
    924 Wright and 98 of Nigel Murphy had joined the party at the rear with 271 and 27 , as 333 of Woods could be viewed in all four rear mirrors . The pack was closing in Woods had to find a way through , the back markers warned of lead cars over the racecievers .
    Running order has the union jack came out 333,235,445,72,555,871 and 976 , 2nd place down all nose to tail doing the conga around this fats oval raceway. 42 Dean Kitchen had gone out on the edge of turn four again with mechanical issues.
    27 #duke Dave York managed to break free from 271,98 and 924 and pulled a 3 car gap. Woods 333 had now arrived behind them and so was the pack of hunting hounds all keen for points towards that championship grid. A train now of around 12 cars , Boyd 445 forced #rhino 236 to the outside , Woods had gone high and weaving in the back markers . 17 Kenny Purdie had joined the back of the train has the 2 laps remaining board was out .
    The chequered drop on 333 Woods with 445 Boyd in second , not mush room further back for change .
    Result 333 Lee Woods , 445 , 235 , 72 , 555, 871 , 976, 17, 25, 116 .

    The grid then inside out was has drawn.
    Inside 17, 72, 924 ; 555, 333, 121 ; 25, 116, 98 ; 19, 20 .
    Outside 871, 445, 976 ; 236, 210, 271 ;27, 57, 97 ;42

    non runners then 57 mike Oliver, 42 Kitchen . Loaded 58 Wilson.
    Time for the main event The 2018 National Championship for Classic Hot Rods .
    Two warm up laps and a clutch start , the stadium crowd poised on their favourites throughout the grid awaiting the green flag.
    Quick off the mark was the zetec powered car of 871 Graeme Callender , followed by 17 #kingofcrossflows Purdie and the local favourite #norfolkboy 72 Goodswin , 445 #cowboy Boyd was riding the high-line on the outside .
    It was right boot in arse end out all the way around 555 #vanman Taber was looking for a gap around 924 Wright , whilst further back 333 Woods was under attack from 210 #musicman Weaver.
    871 Callender and 17 Purdie pulled away at the front , 976 Richardson in the fresh orange mk2 slid through on the inside of 72 Goodswin as 445 Boyd had a look up the same inside. Goodswin shut the door as Richardson went off in pursuit shutting down the gap of the lead two cars.
    19 #thecaptain Morgan was trying to gain places from the rear battling away with 116 Adrian Taber . Back at the front 976 was on it trying to dislodge 17 Purdie from his tight line , Taber 555 was now up in the running behind 445 #cowboy.
    Over half way it was still 871 Callender from 17 #kingofcrossflows , 976 Richardson , 72 Goodswin , 445 and 555. 210 #musicman was drumming a rare old tune out on 333 Lee Woods boot lid .
    27 #theduke York went out on turn one , Wright 924 , 333 Woods and 210 Weaver closed in on 555 Taber and 445 Boyd. 97 Joel Richardson came around 210 weaver slotted that tight in behind 333 You could see the boot lid lift , this is close racing at its best ! Everything was getting rubbed ! Woods 333 went out down the back straight , game over for #theprinceofpop.
    Next to drop was 976 of Richardson down on turns 3 to 4 looking like a puncture , putting 72 #norfolkboy up into 3rd in the closing stages.
    The top three had closed in on the back markers of 116 Taber and 20 Fry , they went high side around coming across the star and finish line 17 Purdie divide for the inside 871 Callender out on the wires , 17 Purdie had hit the front . 72 Goodswin closed in on a last attempt challenge with less than 5 to go . Purdie wasn’t putting a foot wrong , the car known has “the spanker “ once owned by 144 Tim Foxlow and 66 Colin Hall was heading for victory once more !
    If your going to steal the gold from the English bring a Purdie and open both barrels !
    The flags dropped 17 #kingofcrossflows Kenny Purdie had won the National Championship of 2018.
    On with the celebrations a Scottish 1 ,2 local man 72 Goodswin in 3rd . The victory lap taken to Scotland the brave !
    Full result
    1st 17 Kenny Purdie , 2nd 871 Graeme Callender , 3rd 72 Gary Goodswin.

    Big thanks to char team for results and pics etc . Big thanks to Janet and Deane on a cracking weekend and all the staff that made it possible.

    Report Andy Hankin chr , Pic MkPics.net


  • National Championship Preview

    National Championship 2018 Preview.

    We move over to Ipswich for our next major title race and the National Championship event.
    All drivers entered must have done a minimum of two race meetings prior in this season in order to qualify.
    Last years winner 45 Craig Boyd will not be defending the title , also 8 Darren Owen recent winner of the English open will not be there.
    Needless to say the grid will not be short of quality drivers nor will it be short of the finest retro race cars you will find anywhere.
    The whole weekend is full of oval motor sport and starts on the Saturday with practice and lap timings for grid positions for the National hot rods.
    All details of the event and a chance to buy tickets on lie can be found on the Spedeworth website.
    From Scotland we have 17 Kenny Purdie #thekingofcrossflows , the man who sat with 8 #deadlydaz fro 25 of the hottest laps a few weeks ago at Hednesford . If he can get either of the pole positions he may be the man to set the pace.
    He is joined by 58 Alex Wilson who had a few running issues last time out in the ex Mcfastlane chuvitt lets hope he has put them to bed and has a cracking day.
    871 Graeme Callendar completes the travelling trio , he was on the pace at Hednesford in heat 2 but a non finish in heat 1 put him down the grid maybe this Saturday will see him shine.
    From Wales we have the one and only 57 #thewelshwizzard Mike Oliver in the Talbot , which has had a colour change for this Saturday to a more traditional scheme for a Welsh Man. When Mike gets on the pace he is rarely catchable and we have seen some great victories from him . He was on the podium in second place back in 2015 lets see him up there this year.

    Just two contenders from Ireland for this years race and we have see in recent days via facebook both have been busy in preparation .
    19 Anthony Morgan #captainmorgan, mk2 Escort has been taking quite a few victories so far this year over the water . The car itself looks splendid and on the pace the extra preparation could well pay off.
    25 Trevor Cussack is also ready to go racing and will be looking for a good qualifying position on the main grid in a chance of a podium position.

    Now the English grid ! Where do we start ? My word the finest cars and some rather interesting stars , both of today and yesteryear .
    Lets start with our own Penelope pitstop #littlemissBoydy 44 Kara , the engine has been out of the Riley for a rebuild , she has the guts and determination equal to any of the other drivers . Maybe she can get past the boys and take the championship , who knows? It would be splendid to see her up there on podium number one.
    No doubt 445 #thecowboy my old mate with good inside weight Graham Boyd will peddle the old A40 a little harder this year ? No doubt what ever he will be in the mix of things to come.
    924 Stuart Wright will be in the mk1 Escort has raced by Dad Roger in previous years , there had been a few running issues had Hednesford . No doubt that engine has been apart and put back together in detail these last few weeks. The angle box did Stuart proud will a change to the Escort see him on the podium?
    42 Dean Kitchen #thebromleybomber lost power had Hednesford recently with a blown head gasket lets hope the car is in good shape and ready for the big race.
    236 Ryan Polley #rhino will be on board the second A40 from Boyd’s stock of tough little cars , the youngster can certainly drive . Staying out of trouble at Ipswich is the main thing and a good grid position . Given he may have Craig s car this years race might have just got a little more interesting.
    Sporting his union jack roof in a car he bought for £££ many moons ago from the planet ford will be #jayjay 271 Jamie Johnson , often terming himself has the oldest rodder on the grid. A unknown quantity , we have seen him up there amongst the top three many times here at Ipswich , fingers crossed this year then.
    Well we are not even half way through the English group , it is only Monday today the weather still scorching and apparently we have four more weeks of this. Lets hope that hasn’t changed by Saturday ! Michael Fish got the weather wrong once and never forgot it !
    Next up then 116 #alpachaman Adrian Taber , the angle box looks cool in the gulf colours . Recent Hednesford was a up and down day dropping back down the pack quickly so who knows everyone has good days .
    257 #pockectrocket Andrew Willis , now the little Austin can get a shift on when she wants and fits in small gaps . No doubt Andrew will give the old girl all she’s got .
    210 #musicman Hughie Weaver , will have no doubt been through every nut , bolt and polished the mk1 up ready for the big day . Rubbing the wax on ready to rub and race the day away . Hughie can certainly ride a long on your door handles and then leave you for dust . If the car is in tune and the driver gets on song ! watch out the #musicman is coming through !
    198 #donut Andy Steward what hasn’t been said about this man , we all know he will drive the nuts of that Mk2 in a race sponsored by the builder SHP. Already taking the Scottish open and the Fife Open in Scotland this year , this man collects titles like some collect parking tickets .
    555 Gavin Taber #thevanman gave a good defence of his English title , the car had just the engine rebuilt . It should be run in enough now to get Gavin on the pace and up amongst the fore runners.
    72 #thenorfolkboy Gary Goodswin , the metallic red mk2 escort always looks to be on form . He took the first heat at Hednesford with a flying start but had to battle with 198 #donut for the win.
    In his own backyard and local fans cheering him on will give him the boost every driver needs , it accelerates the adrenalin and the car no doubt will be flying.
    121 #italianstallion Charlie Schrembri , the car was immaculately turned out for the English and was on a reasonable level of pace . A few more horses out of her could see Charlie up there challenging for a top three.
    976 Clive Richardson winner of the big race back in 2016 will be looking for another outside pole position that took him to that victory.
    151 Paul Hollis #hotrodhollis will be one of many Angle box drivers attending on Saturday , the car sporting a pinto will enjoy the large oval of Ipswich . A Good grid position will give Paul a reasonable finish to the day.
    27 Dave York #duke , this Dave’s first season with the classic hot rod and I must say he could well be one to watch Saturday he was well on pace at Hednesford .
    333 #theprinceofpop Lee Wood , on podium no1 back in 2015 . a few transitions on the Viva since and the old girl is still very much on pace . Gaffer tape in one hand and a bill for spare front wings in the other Lee will no doubt give it the best shot he can.
    Last but not least then Mr Classic Hot rod himself , he’s been in them longer than I can remember . He’s out seen his opposition Rick Fray and many more ! A few Mk1 Escorts , Mk2 Escort , Talbot and now the old ford my lord 100e ! infract he’s outlasted his cars . Yes indeed its 20 #thesilverfox Dave Fry . We can only expect his best all night from Dave , he certainly wont be short on trying for the win.
    Well race fans that’s the run down , I don’t think we are expecting any late comers .
    There will be two heats and a final under championship rules gridded . May the best man or woman take victory .
    I will be around with a few FREE keyrings with me , spot me grab one and lets talk rods.
    See you all Saturday ROD ON Andy Hankin.


  • Hednesford 24 06 2018 English Open And Bill Morris Trophies

    Hednesford 24 06 2018 
    It’s always an honor to be the commentator at the Annual Veterans and Bill Morris Memorial meeting , the English open an extra bonus.
    This years meeting also included the Ford Escort Extravaganza ( escort back to basics bangers), in celebration of 50 years of the Ford Escort.
    Early mid week bookings were showing twenty five drivers booked in to compete , 57 Mike Oliver a provisional awaiting parts for his Talbot.
    Drivers from all four corners of the United Kingdom would come together to compete not only for the English Open championship but the annual Bill Morris Memorial trophy.
    555 Gavin Taber was still having issues early week and was hopeful to have something in the engine bay and running by Sunday.
    44 Kara Boyd also suffering from the same issue would be sitting this one out whilst David Polley would pilot Craig Boyd’s A40.
    232 Brett Sneddon unfortunately not making it down due to family reasons take care my friend.
    It was a drawn grid being the English championship , the numbers came out too place the Avenger of 31 #thegoodguy Steve Gooding on pole alongside the Mk2 of 72 Gary Goodswin #theNorfolkboy , with 121 #italianstallionCharlie Schrembri and 257 #pockectrockect Andrew Willis on second row . 35 Kev Cushion , 20 Dave fry and #donut 198 Andy Steward would be the fore runners.
    Newcomer 98 Nigel Murphy #hotrodlegend at the rear behind the back set which included previous Bill Morris winner 8 #deadlydaz Daz Owen , 333 #gaffatape Lee Wood and #musicman 210 Hughie Weaver.
    The line up looked amazing around the oval , the sun scorching down on the track what a setting for what some consider the most important meeting of the race calendar year.
    A couple of installation laps and the grid would reform for the first of 2 heats , points then to be accumulated for the grids of the championship race.
    It was a rolling start ( time for the spanish flea) , 72 Goodswin was first away managing to break free of the pack inside of 3 laps . 31 Gooding was sitting in second at the break under pressure from the Mk1 of Schrembri ( the car looking amazing after the recent refurbish and fresh sign writing).
    #ItalianStallion 121 found a way around the tail happy Avenger just as the yellow flag was drawn by the starter .
    Whilst all eyes were on the leaders ; 22 Shane Taylor had met with the pit gate in the ford 100e , marshals were quick on the scene. Shane was OK but less could be said for the 100e . The damage to outside front of the car hefty but looking like a few days back in the workshop could sort it out.
    72 Goodswin still with the lead then led the pack away for continuation of heat 1. A good break for for him again for him chased by 121 Schrembri and 198 of Donut who were at it toe to toe corner on corner . (98 Nigel Murphy met with the armco out of turn 2 and the yellow again drawn. Murphy was recovered to the infield and so was 42 of Dean kitchen with engine issues ( a later discovered blown head gasket).
    Goodswin again broke free on the restart but the 198 of Donut wasn’t letting him get away right on his boot all the way . 871 Graeme Callender was up into third and fellow Scot 17 Kenny Purdie not too far behind .
    5 David Polley was having a great drive as was 27 Dave York who was battling away and climbing up the places .
    333 Lee wood had pulled up with overheating issues and was out of heat one. 555 Gavin Taber who was optimistic about the new engine pre race had got the car dialled in and was defending his title well.
    871 Callender retired has the lap boards came out leaving Purdie to chase at a good grid position for the Scots.
    The flag dropped an 72 Gary Goodswin #thenorfolkboy took the first victory of the day for the classics, Donut 198 a close second.
    Result. 72 Gary Goodswin ,198 ,17 ,27 5, 555, 8, 121, 210, 257

    Heat number two then a reversed grid of heat one , would put #deadlydaz 8 Darren Owen on pole and #musicman 210 Hughie Weaver on the outside.
    #gaffatape 333 Lee Wood in the Viva on second row with Travelling Scotsman 871 Callender along side the defending champion 555 Gavin Taber #thevanman .
    The pace car led them away and it was a drag race down into turn one for the first time , #musicman 210 Weaver hanging onto owen’s door handles trying to gain advantage on the outside. Owen was in tune with the track and was at a greater pace than #musicman Weaver . Has Weaver dropped back he faced a new battle , #gaffatape 333 Wood was now leaning on his back end . Wood found a way through so did 555 Taber and 871 of Callender who was unfortunate not to finish in heat one. 
    Midfield #theduke 27 Dave York was beginning a battle with 17 Kenny Purdie #thekingofcarluke , down a bit further the 198 of Donut was on the march closely followed by heat one winner 72 Goodswin.
    58 Alec Wilson in the ex Mc Fastlane Shovit had suddenly got running issues, after a few near misses , managed to get infield bound.
    Owen was in the back markers passing 121 Schrembri and 257 #pocketrocket Willis on the low side .
    With three to go the battle of the jocks began 17 Purdie was looking for the upside of 871 Callender in the closing stages but didn’t just get there.
    Owen raced to the flag , a cracking drive and setting us up for what might be a fast paced final.
    Result 8 Darren Owen , 333, 555, 871, 17, 27, 210, 198, 72, 928.

    Rather some interesting addition and grid drawing later the race was set.
    8 #deadlydaz Owen had got pole , Outside front #thekingofcaluke 17 Purdie . 
    Second row defending champion 555 Gavin Taber and 72 Gary Goodswin , third row gets interesting 198 #donut Steward and 27 Dave York ( definitely one to watch ).
    fourth row inside 5 David Polley ,outside #musicman Hughie Weaver, sixth row 333 #gafftape Lee Wood and 871 Callender . The rest has follows 121 Schremberi, 445 #cowboy Boyd,57 #pockectrocket Willis , 924 Wright ,20 Dave Fry , 116 Taber and 35 Cushion bringing up the rear . Everyone ready to take on board battle scars in a chance to lift the English Open Championship.
    Some installation laps and the grid reformed for a rolling start , it was England v Scotland on the front row . Luckily they didn’t dig up the centre green afterwards !
    The green flag dropped and it was down into turn one for the first time 17 Purdie hanging off the dust from 8 Owens outside rear tyre . They sped off into the distance pretty much like you would expect , Owen with the slight upper hand and Purdie hanging waiting for a chance to get by peeking on the blind side.
    555 Taber the defending champion had kept with them in the opening laps was now under the kosh from 198 Steward , 72 Goodswin and 27 York who was giving it 
    a good go. 
    The lead cars pulled away by 4 lengths , Owen still leading and also under the kosh from the #kingofcrossflow Kenny Purdie.
    It became a five way race for third has the #musicman 210 changed up the temp and began to make the mk1 sing. 198 #donut was starting to drop back has 27 of York and 72 Goodswin moved up on the attack of the 555 of Taber.
    17 #thekingofcrossflows was now trying the outside line of 8 Owen but just couldn’t find enough horses to pass , he swapped to the inside and Owen again upped the game. They encroached on back markers of 116 Adrian Taber and #pocketrocket 257 Willis . A safe passage through for both and more challenges from Purdie but he could not find a way around Owen .
    The race to the flag was now on who had the better tyres left ? Who could gain advantage ? A bit of rubbing and racing a few laps later they emerged out of turn 4 on the west bend both tail end out the flags were raised .
    Darren Owen had done it he would now be crowned the 2018 English open champion and another inscription on the Bill Morris Trophy ( the man who had helped him start out in business many years ago , local in Hednesford ).
    Despite trying hard to defend and regain the title 555 Taber who had driven a good race had been passed by 72 of Goodswin for 3rd place.
    Other good drives down the field had come from 5 Polley and again 27 Dave York . well done to all that took part it was a extremely hot day and the cars did well over the distance given .

    Result 2018 English Championship 1st 8 Darren Owen #deadlydaz 2nd 17 Kenny Purdie #kingofcrossflows 3rd 72 Gary Goodswin #thenorfolkboy 198 , 555, 333, 27, 210, 871, 5, 445, 257, 121, 116, 35 .

    Thank you for entertaining us all. 
    Thanks to all the Scottish drivers and fans who came down to race.
    Thanks to Jock McFastlane for videos and Jason Larner for pictures and results updates.

    Thanks to MK pics for the picture

    Andy Hankin classic hot rods PR

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  • TULLYROAN 16 06 18-18

    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.

    Results

    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.


  • Hednesford Preview

    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 10 06 2018-2018

    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

    thanks to Monaghan Motorsports for footage and notes.


  • Lochgelly 9 6 2018-2018

    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.

    Report compiled by Andy Hankin CHR PR.