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A trip back down to Aldershot for the next installation of classic hot rod racing;
Craig Boyd 45 made a second outing of the season back behind the wheel of his A40 of which Graham took to a hat trick last time out. Dan Buckley who took on some heavy frontal damage at Hednesford having spent a few hours or so in the workshop was back n track with the mk2 Escort.
Gavin Taber 555 made the trip down from Diss in Norfolk the busy garage owner opting to use the Anglia of his father’s in the Gulf livery , the ex Pat Smith/Richard Boulton multi race winner , of course now powered by the ford zetec of which has won a few with Adrian 116.
the first green flag of the day released the classics for twenty laps of the track; first away was 151 Paul Hollis again seeming much smoother from the start; 168 Roberts sporting a new front end also having took damage at Hednesford leapt up into second place but not for long has 210 Hughie Weaver wound up his mk1. The Sussex veteran was now establishing a good lead from the rest of the field; further back progress of Taber 555 was halted when hooking up with the 44 of Kara Boyd and a tyre after being spun all the way around by Ross in 93 on turn four; a black cross for contact for 93 in the process; Weaver going onto a trip down victory lane.
Heat two and yet another good start in 151; Kara was first out of shape and then brother Craig in 45 took Hughie for a spin in turn one (black cross 45).
A change soon came’ 168 Roberts moved up front and that is becoming a familiar sight in the world of classic hot rod racing; Further back 45 Craig was struggling to find a way past 119 Buckley, no race win yet for the A40 today!
Moving onto the feature final for the classics just four laps in on the opening of lap five in turn two 121 Charlie Schembri a little tight on the outside of 119 Buckley got tangled ; Buckley climbing upside of said Mk1 Escort and dropping down safely ; only to be hooked again in turn three with the 555 of Taber. The 121 car now with a very much torn Fibre glass front wing flapping in the wind; Schembri forced to retire on a technical flag.
119 Buckley still battling in behind 45 Boys and 83 Ross drove through the pair has they encountered the slower moving 44 car of Kara and 119 was off to chase down the leaders; 151 Hollis spinning it out on turn three ahead of the pack before retiring and all of a sudden noticeably where did Dave Cushion arrive from, he wasn’t in the heats.
Weaver winding the leader in around lap fifteen for an easy pass up the inside out of turn four and this final now with 119 Buckley in third looking very reminiscent of the last visit to Aldershot for the classics ; no penalties this time though has Weaver makes it all the way to the chequered.
Well done Hughie Weaver heat and final in the bag.
Aldershot hosts the fourth classic hot rod meeting since out of lockdown and there’s a few down on numbers. With covid restrictions coming into force in Scotland we may not see any of the drivers this time around; Martin Balfour still has a few bits to do on the 100e since the axle ripped out on his last meeting. Graeme Callendar has the mk2 Escort up for sale but isn’t fussed whether or not it sells.
Dan Buckley has carried out major repairs since Hednesford when the front took a bashing and is hopeful that the car will perform well on Sunday; Kevin Roberts who survived two incidents at Hednesford also lines up for a return south after being awarded the final last time at Aldershot.
Craig Boyd finally has time out from a busy work schedule and will be piloting the A40 which took Graham to a hat trick at Hednesford last meeting, whilst is sister Kara has still to fully master the original A40 classic hot rod built by team Boyd.
Charlie Schembri and Paul Hollis will be ready to go as always with both cars performing well so far this season; whilst Charlie’s ex Anglia is still somewhere in the depths of Jason Busby’s workshop still or that’s where it was last seen? Busby is yet to make a return.
Paul Preston makes his second entry and has had some time to make a few changes to the ex rich Adams car, will it perform a whole lot better this time.
Others making the meeting will be Nick Ross with the Talbot Sunbeam travelling down from the midlands and also Keith Mills in the Mini a local driver or be it nearer to the track.
Gavin Taber will be on his way across from Norfolk with intentions to defend his English point’s title to the extreme; although recently he has offered for sale a whole host of classic rolling stock, which may indicate that his father Adrian may not be racing for the fore seen future.
The track is tight and fast and no doubt for those of you who have purchased tickets the drivers will be entertaining.
The racing was electric both days this weekend but we had a few casualties and a few cars by the wayside.
Lochgelly started out with eight cars , one or two having mechanical issues across the night especially Dan Buckley who found good form and took a heat win before the gearbox failed.
Kenny Purdie won the other heat and put on a great display with 555 Taber in the final has they went side by side for most of the distance, Taber taking the victory.
Graeme Callendar unveiled his latest car an Mk2 Escort and the car looked on the right pace but he was one who suffered teething issues over the weekend; His ex ford 100e at the hands of Martin Balfour suffered rear end issues with the back axle.
A trip through the early hours brought four of the drivers back down to Hednesford; Buckley and team working on the car until gone 6 am fitting a new gearbox. Little did they know the hard work would amount to a bad day in the office at Hednesford? A pile up in heat one proved fatal for the mk2 with heavy frontal damages and an end to his racing for the weekend.
Newcomer Steve Hunt in the ex Darren Owen car had two top ten but failed to finish the final; whilst Darren Fewell who span out in heat one finished sixth in the final when the field of cars dropped one by one with a few piling in on turn four as Hollis lost the tail end in turn three.
Boyd snr was in fine form aboard Craig’s Austin A40 bagging heat one when Steward faced a Dq , then going onto take heat two and a fantastic race for victory in the final.
Aldershot is scheduled for the next outing…Fingers crossed!
We have long awaited the return of racing to the home of Hot Rods and it comes with a bang this weekend! Not only will your favourite classic hot rods be racing but will be in support to round five of the national hot rod world series ; in addition there are over thirty stock rods booked in and back to basic bangers.
Tickets are limited and still on sale, remember we are under new rulings of groups of six at 2mts apart, when at the raceway; Face coverings are compulsory for the non exempt at all times in the grounds of the raceway.
It’s the second meeting of the weekend and two English drivers will have a long journey south in the early hours , chasing them back down to ensure they come back over the border will be a number of our Scottish Stars.
Kenny Purdie will lead out the drivers from Scotland with Graeme Callendar and a possible late booking still to come from Martin Balfour and Trevor Harris. That’s all providing none of the above take on irreparable damage the night before at Lochgelly.
We have two new drivers to the formula lining up for their first outing n Sunday as the sport welcomes Darren Fewell and Steve Hunt ; Darren has purchased the ex Graham McCabe mk2 x pack Escort and Steve the now proud owner of Darren Owens multi championship winning Mk2 .
Don’t write off Darren Owen though to our accounts he still has David’s escort which is under repair and the Mk2 of which he collected from Ireland not so long ago ; So expect to see him soon.
The formula now has over fifty cars somewhere in existence in forms of race ready / repair or being built; covid19 certainly hasn’t kept down the enthusiasm for retro racing in the UK.
Hughie Weaver will be sitting this one out, after Aldershot in August where he was disqualified for contact in the final thus handing the win to 168 Kevin Roberts; Roberts was in good form at the last Hednesford meeting and given the confidence boost maybe one to watch on Sunday.
There is little news from the camp of lee Wood after the Viva took on heavy damage back in March except of a few Chinese whispers of a fresh build possibly under wraps?
Charlie Schrembri and Paul Hollis will be travelling north for the event, Charlie possibly putting in more track time in the classics than any other driver booked in.
Our own Penelope Pit stop has made a return and will be present on board the A40 of Graham Boyd, of which she is currently using for the series. A welcome return came at Aldershot for the now racing “mum” and our only lady so far in the classic hot rods. Stop wait Dad is booked in but will the big G run the Wolsey or Craig’s A40?
The points championship currently in England is wide open after 555 Gavin Taber had a bad days racing at Aldershot ; IT will be tight at the top when announced and possibly the closest number of drivers competing for the title of English point we have seen in recent years . No doubt there will be preparation to be done in the morning once he arrives at the track along with 119 Dan Buckley who also will be doing the double weekender.
Andy Steward who was on rails at the March meeting until a collision in turn one finished his day off will be back on track this Sunday , at Aldershot he took victory in the heats and the rest of the day seemed to be having some good old battles with Kenny Purdie in mid section of the pack.
Reigning Midlands champion 24 Stuart Wright will also line up for Sundays event along with 70 Ricky Lee, 31 Steve Gooding and 209 Andy Lee.
Classic hot rods return to Lochgelly Raceway this coming Saturday and it looks like it may be a busy one.
A small number of drivers are travelling across the border in a bid to score international points in the series; 555 Gavin Taber has booked in to race after not having a great meeting down at Aldershot and so has Dan Buckley who scored well after having to rebuild his engine prior to Aldershot. Buckley was out at PRI@s Birmingham with the slick cars last Saturday and the car looked to be spot on.
They will be up against Scotland’s finest though, headed up by 17 Kenny Purdie who still has to dial in the “spanker” after adding the x pack kit and updating the braking system. The axle needed repairs between races at Aldershot’s meeting but looked much quicker in the final.
871 Graeme Callendar who was featured in this month’s Retro Ford magazine has yet another car to bring to the table; having sold his mk1 escort / the dust sheets have come off a bright yellow mk2 that he has been working on but knowing him it will be resprayed prior to hitting the track. Graeme has built some great machines in this formula with one of his old cars going on to win the National championship in the hands of new owner Chris Aldridge.
Martin Balfour purchased the 100e that Graeme finished off to a good standard, he will be looking for more success after a great days racing down at Aldershot last meeting with the car.
12 Trevor Harris will look to end the little run of bad luck he seems to have has over the last twelve months’ having put in a lot of miles he has endured clutch failures and race damages which has kept him out of the top results. 26 John Campbell will be making an appearance and is usually up there in the running all night at Lochgelly.
There are still a few to be confirmed like Graeme Allister and his long awaited return plus a possibility of the Hillman Imp making its first race appearance; drivers have until Thursday to confirm.
It great to see the effort of travelling drivers given the current world situation; we will try to keep you updated with any changes.
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Welcome to new driver 55 Paul Preston having purchased the ex Rich Adams car and looked good on track at Aldershot, another ex grass track racer joining classics.
The biggest turnout for Aldershot in classic hot rods history , well done to all those who made the effort , especially the three drivers who came from Scotland following yonder star , oh hold on we aren’t at xmas yet!
It’s been a funny old year and a long time since we were at Hednesford back in march, the loss of quite a few well known drivers along the way including Pete Stevens who was a big fan of classic hot rods. Not forgetting Leapy was 76 this week and George Polley also turning another year, would be great to see then at it one more time?
Well the change from crossflow to zetec has paid off for Jamie Johnson the car was a lot more lively and performed great on the oval Sunday , picking up some damage in heat one and a win in heat two before being spun out of the chance for glory in the final.
Kenny Purdie the spanker looks great and had further work to carry out between heats when the axle threw a wobbler but still picking up good places in a busy race stream.
The donut was charging through everywhere on Sunday and after stoppage in heat one was firm favourite to come from fifth to win on the next green flag drop , not too bad in heat two but picked up a black cross for spinning Stuart Wright out in the final.
The points championship is wide open with Taber retiring after heat one having brought out the angle box to find it running poorly towards the end of heat one.
What should have been a favourite on the tight line was the mini of Mills but didn’t look to have the pace all day, whilst Kitchen in the same Livery picked up damage in heat one to the mechanical side of things.
Some rubbing went on has could be expected with nigh on twenty classic around Aldershot ; Dave Cushion forced wide and losing a wheel in heat one a few dented “arse” ends by the end of the day as well.
Kevin Roberts was handed his first win in the formula when Hughie was disqualified in the final with fellow team traveller Andy Lee picking up third.
Dan Buckley blew the engine pre hand in a practice session at Birmingham and was a late entry having done a full rebuild it paid off with a second in heat two and second in the final.
Martin Balfour has been in touch he was impressed with his days racing picking up a fourth in heat two and fifth in the final with the ex Graeme Callendar 100e ; let’s see how he goes in the mk2 he has allegedly purchased from John McFarlane.
We await news for the next fixture, hoping for a run out at Ipswich which would be good and could see a few more blowing cobwebs off; we will post up when we know until then my friends stay safe.
353 Steve Spooner has sold the Mk1 back to Dave Fry ; An Anglia is the new ride and looks smart so far , we will catch up with Spoons in due course for a chat about the car change.
New Classic hot rod entry comes from 55 Paul Preston “Paddy” ; After visiting Andy Lee’s work shed he claimed he has the bug and went out to snap up the bargain of Rich Adams’s Mk2 Escort . “There’s work to be done still but it will come up well “said Paddy.
Paul joins us from the world of Autograss racers which seems to be a frequent change over in recent years with a few joining.