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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.


  • 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.