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  • Shale Shifting

    Back tracking time and a review of this years visit to the shale shifter meeting at Mildenhall Stadium , home of the best fish and chips in Suffolk.

    Numbers are so up and down in the classic hot rods at the minute,even more so when you mention shale! However 121 Charlie Schembri has been converted , yes the mk1 has got down and dirty with the Italian Stallion.

    With two visitors from Scotland 84 John McFarlane and 63 John Watkins to add in we had the same number of cars has last year , eleven in total .

    Heat one was a bit slow with only a inside line and not much to pass with on the outside without going into the wheatabix and loosing the back end. The shorter wheelbase a40’s of team Boyd flying through the field , with three from home 555 Taber and Buzz Boy hooked up for a spin out of turn two. Team Boyd taking a one two has the old boy giving Craig lessons on the shale.

    Heat two and a bit of pre race tyre packing with rolling laps three a breast, Jamie Johnson leading away from white grade having ventured out with the zetec power unit . He tells me there is still teething issues and hopes to have them sorted for later in the year. A false start meant a second go at the get away , the track much smoother and the pace somewhat quicker. Craig made the break from Graham and chased after the leaders , taking over from Johnson just before half way 45 Boyd was on for the win.

    Final time and 271 Johnson holding the lead until running into issues when 121 Schembri took over just before half way; Craig Boyd was up to third and dropped out with running issues , leaving the old boy to make the challenge ; Graham Boyd with two to go seized his chance coming out of turn two on the inside , 121 Schembri holding on for a good second.

    Well done all , especially our long distance boys and fresh converts (121).

    Classic Hot Rods Heat 1
    445 Graham Boyd,45,121,116,87,421,84,72,271,63

    Classic Hot Rods Heat 2
    45 Craig Boyd,445,121,555,116,421,87,271

    Classic Hot Rods Final
    445 Graham Boyd, 121 Charlie Schembri, 421 Chris Aldridge, 555,72,87,116,63


  • Shale Shifting Saturday

    A second visit in consecutive years to Mildenhall for the shale shifter trophy , eleven cars line up for Saturdays meeting.

    121 Charlie Schembri lines up for his maiden run out on the loose stuff having not tried the shale last year .

    John Watkins and John McFarlane will travel down from Scotland for the meeting after racing at a very wet racewall last time the may be ones to watch .

    Craig Bod 45 who took victory last year is looking for a second win , he will be joined by 445 Graham Boyd ; both will be smiling all the way.

    Others competing will be 72 Garry Goodswen , who finished in a cloud of steam last year , 555 Garfin Taber , 421 Chris Aldridge and 87 Jason Busby ; along with a return of Jamie Johnson who will be running on zetec power this year.

    There will be plenty of sideways action !


  • Aldrigde wins first final

    Hednesford Hills bank holiday Monday 18 classic hot rods booked into race.
    Firstly apologies from 353 Steve Spooner a last minute cancellation.
    Irish points champion 19 Anthony Morgan in his now x packed Mk2 Escort , international points champion 72 Gary Goodswen and English points champion 555 Gavin Taber . All joined by the Scottish open champion in the red flying A40 Craig Boyd.
    A few at the back 119 Dan Buckley run number 3 and the second runs for both 169 Ben Hardy and 87 Jason Busby.
    A rather wet heat one ; Dave cushion 35 making steady progress at the front till just after half way when he was caught by 45 Boyd. The last lap and disaster struck out of turn two with a class of metal between 555 Taber and 72Goodswen sent Taber Spinning. Down in turn three tagging out of shape 121 Schembri and a descending cushion who hooked up  Cushion spun catching 20 Dave Fry sending him in on turn three while Cushion went inner bank bound. Fry coming off with heavy frontal damage and a load onto the trailer. The win going to Craig Boyd in the A40.
    Heat 1 Winner
    45 Craig Boyd
    45 98 121 555 19 421 42 116 871

    Heat two the track still some what wet and a few cars down , Cushion making it back out led the field away . 871 Graeme Callender who had took 2 heat wins in Scotland the night before looked to be on form and chasing well. 421 Aldridge had obviously made a few alterations since heat one and was right on the boot of Cushion . Has Aldridge took the lead further back the pack were battling away , a out of shape 31 Goodings rear quarter caught by 121 Charlie  who was holding the line which sent him spinning to the wall on turn three. Boyd and Schembri dropped out has Aldridge lost the lead to 871 Callender.
    555 Taber came from nowhere like a man possessed forcing three a breast out of turn four , Callendar in the middle hooked up with the anglebox front coming into turn one ; one almighty spin hitting the inner bank and rendering the mk1’s day over . 421 Aldridge went on to take the win after a short lived restart.
    Heat 2 Winner
    421 Chris Aldridge
    421 555 87 98 116 19 119 35 169

    Final Time and a great get away by Dean Kitchen who was looking good for a possible second final win of the season; Aldridge who had started further back was soon with him and the two battled away until Aldridge found a way by. Boyd had got a good start and chased after the pair; once with them he made a dive for the lead and lost ground . Aldridge taking his first final win in the Formula . Further back 93 Nick Ross was putting in a great drive to finish fourth ahead of 555 Taber.
    Final winner
    421 Chris Aldridge
    421 45 42 93 555 121 87 116 87 35 119


  • Cowdenbeath ..wet wet wet

    Saturday night was rather a bit wet at Cowdenbeath for the classics it didn’t deter those wanting to blow away the winter cobwebs.
    84 John McFarlane’s last outing in 2018 was a wet day as well , maybe he brings the weather with him?
    A decent Scottish turnout for a Saturday ;247 McCabe mk2 x pack, 84 McFarlane mk2, 871 Callendar 100e, 12 Harris Anglebox, 162 Chesher mk2,523 Mc Pherson mk2, 756 Spence Talbot,176 Nicholls mk2 spanker and 63 watkins mk1.
    It was down to business with plenty of tail ends sliding out and water flow from the tyres. Graeme Callender took both of the heats with the fresh built 100e.
    The spanker out on loan to 176 Gary Nicholls better known for his drive in the stock rods and starting as a new driver from the rear. That didn’t deter him from pushing the famous spanker out wide and high to get some grip , powering through to win the evenings Final .
    That has only happened once before at Birmingham in monsoon weather when Ken Marriot in the ex Dan Holden angle box flew past everything .
    This could be an interesting season up in Scotland.

    A Craig Duncan Piture


  • Bank holiday rodding

    The weekend ahead
    Hello classic Hot rod fans , its a bank holiday and if your prepared to travel there’s a whole lot of racing.
    On Saturday classic hot rods will make their appearance for the first time this year at Cowdenbeath. Unknown are the numbers but intending to race is 871 Graeme Callender
    in his ford 100e , Matt McPherson will also be lining up in his refreshed Mk1 . Jock Campbell ,Keith Chesher and John McFarlane will be amongst the drivers .
    Gavin Taber may make the trip having raced in Scotland a large percentage of 2019; Kenny Purdie still has the Spanker but was out with Back issues.
    Moving across to Hednesford on Monday and 17 cars will line up for the English series ; 871 Graeme Callendar also booked in for this one too.
    19 Anthony Morgan will be joining us from across the Irish sea ; with a few new at the rear in the shape of 169 Ben Hardy and 87 Jason Busby; OK I know Jason is experience and will be one to watch.
    93 Nick Ross will be going from the front end of the grid , keep eyes peeled on this ambitious young man.
    Garvin Taber will be with us the current points champion as will 72 Gary Goodswen , 20 Dave Fry both former points title holders.
    The Scottish champion 45 Craig Boyd will be back in the seat after having one off for Aldershot.
    We are all set for a cracking days racing with oval track legends , bangers and over 45 stock rods also on the bill; start time 1.30pm.
    Rod On


  • Aldershot 5 5 19-19

    A Sunday Drive out

    For most the Aldershot track can be a little challenging but if they get it right the racing is superb .
    The classic hot rods meeting number 4 given Scotland was a two day event , this the English round two . All change around for some with the new ones from the later end of last year moving to the front.
    Newcomer 87 Jason Busby better known for his exploits in 2lt hot rods had purchased the Charlie Schembri Angle Box middle of last made it out for his first of three from the back. A position all must complete regardless of experience .
    Heat one lined up on track with 421 Chris Aldridge now a fore runner along with 353 Steve Spooner who seems to be improving at a good pace . It was Aldridge that managed to get out in front and keep ahead to lead , further back 72 Goodswen in the refurbed Mk2 was away from International champion grade chased hard by 555 Taber .
    Great to see 445 Graham Boyd back in his usual ride and on song sandwiched between the two. It was Aldridge who took the win though from 353 Spooner.
    Result ht 1 winner 421 Chris Aldridge
    421 353 72 445 555 87 98 20 93 116
    heat two saw the ex lightning rod star take a second win of the day and was showing great form knocking up the points , for a challenge at his best buddy Garfin Tabers title.
    Chris was struggling with differential issues and Billy Wood from Spedeworth motorsports was on hand to help sort them out and provide a first class service.
    Ben Hardy 169 looked to have solved his issues from the day 1 test at Hednesford , the ex Arena Essex champion may well turn a few heads when he arrives at the grid front end.

    Heat 2 – 421 Chris Aldridge, 353, 72, 42, 121, 555, 445, 98, 87, 116.

    Dean Kitchen 42 has been out for sometime with engine issues , a return in new livery and the engine sorted proved a great success . His birthday celebrations were topped off when he romped to victory in the final . Managing to catch and pass 421 Aldridge with 72 Goodswen hot on both their tails.
    A great turnout of cars probably the best meeting we have seen for the classic hot rods at Spedeworths Aldershot raceway ,
    Well done to 42 Dean Kitchen on taking the final in the southern sizzler and well done to 421 Aldridge on the points haul.
    Rod on
    Andy Hankin


  • Aldershot BOOM

    Classic hot rods line up at Spedeworth home track this Sunday ,Aldershot hosts a great array of formulas for afternoons racing .
    Its a top turnout for the classics with sixteen drivers booked into race the biggest turnout for Aldershot in the history of the formula.
    It will be heavy traffic for the current points champion and points leader 555 Gavin Taber. He will do battle with a star studded grid ahead of him . Long time classic racer 445 Graham Boyd is on track ; Aldershot is one of Graham’s favourite tracks .
    Nigel Murphy took a win at Hednesford and will be a little further back for this one , 87 Jason Busby makes a move into the classics and starts his first of three visits from the rear.
    209 Andy Lee and Nick Ross both have one more start from the rear , they finished top 6 at Hednesford in the final.
    Gary Goodswen 72 makes his first outing of the year since the car refurbish over the winter, he will start has the current international points Champion.
    It will be a well worth visit for the fans with back to basic van bangers , B2b bangers , ninja karts and Oval track legends.
    Happy bank Holidays.


  • Two days Two wins

    Boyd secures the Scottish Championship and takes The Malcolm Chesher Memorial

    14 Classic hot rods turned in for a rather wet Saturday evening at HRP Lochgelly , 2 opening heats and a grid for the Scottish Championship.

    Gavin Taber had to make adjustments to the car due to the weather and the wet suits were out , choice of tyres etc and away we went .Two Trevor’s over the top of the twelve cars booked in then 25 Cussack and 12 Harris . English man, Irish man and Scotsman arrived in the pits , where’s Mike Oliver when you need a welsh man? Promises of a few good jokes there.!

    Heat one was j taken by hot favourite 45 Craig Boyd.

    Heat two a win for the Scots in the form of Jock Campbell a regular on the podium in Scotland, Boyd 45 in second and Matt Mc Pherson in 3rd .

    Championship time and a wet track doesn’t suit all , Boyd was on it and found the way to the front as top qualify starring on outside pole. Absolutely  drove a great race from start to finish itn poor weather conditions  to take the win ,Well Done Craig.

    Day two a few less cars and a lot dryer day for some classic hot rod racing .

    Heat one a time to see what might be needed for a better set up and time to slide round the track, 45 Craig Boyd coming through in 1st place with Taber in 2nd.

    Heat two a reverse grid and Taber hits the front driving tight till the flag ,24 Wright 2nd and 3rd Boyd

    The English had invaded the front rows were ready for taking glory for a second day in a row , 116 Adrian Taber sporting new colours was further back but still in support .

    There was improvement in the weather and it could go anyway between the top three so far , Wright after all the hard work on the mk1 was reaping benefits and giving fellow Englishmen a hard time.

    It was Boyd who took the flag and the little A40 again to take the Malcolm Chesher memorial trophy to had with the previous nights rewards.

    Alan Pirouet Photography.(oval racing photos)


  • Invasion 2019-2019

    The Scottish championship takes place this weekend at Lochgelly on Saturday with more racing on Sunday for the Malcolm Chesher Memorial trophy.

    The Scots will be invaded from all sides , current champion 198 Andy Steward is out of action following an operation on his back.

    On the attack for England will be current British points champion Gavin Taber 555 in his Angle box , 116 Adrian Taber (choice of 2 cars) , Stuart Wright 24 in the revamped mk1, 421 Chris (new paint ) Aldridge, Dan Buckley 119 ( ex foxlow mk2) and a favourite for the win 45 Craig Boyd.

    Invasion from the Emerald isle will be headed up by the best in Britain winner 976 Clive Richardson along with 25 Trevor Cossack .

    Defending the pride of Scotland Will be Matt McPherson , Jock Campbell, Alex Wilson and Keith Chesher.

    It will be a fine battle with the locals having more track time at the Loch , over the last twelve months .

    There maybe a few late bookings but good luck to all.

    Rod on

    Andy H.


  • Round 1 seconds away

     

    Hednesford 10 03 19

    Whilst there was snow in some areas of the UK places although cold and windy the track remained dry for the first classic hot rods meeting of 2019.

    17 drivers booked into race and 17 we had not quite the same 17 but there was some nice fresh looking cars none the less.

    Ben Hardy 169 fell short of his first meeting when drive line issues on the transmission stopped him mid way of a few practice laps, back on the trailer for a disappointed Ben.

    Hughie Weaver full refurbish on the mk1 , stunning sign work by our own spedeworth dynamic Dave Baldwin signs aka graphics by Dave. Unfortunately Hughie spun out in heat one and took out the off side suspension on both corners ouch !

    Kevin Feeney made a return in the fresh painted ex Thomas Dilly mk2 escort starting at the back progress looked a little slow.

    Heat one with 20 Dave Fry from white , should have been a walk over but the 100e doesn’t seem to have the power of the ex points champions previous cars. Stephen Gooding in the Avenger seemed to make great progress at the front the car handling really well and some great battles to try and hold on.

    Just under half way and 98 Nigel Murphy now at yellow grade after his first 3 from the back marched on by to take the win by a good distance.

    Heat 1 winner 
    98 Nigel Murphy 31 121 20 555 116 209 93 119 353 871

    Heat 2 and Nigel moved to the rear of his grid but pulled off with issues during the course of the race..

    The battle of the Dave’s for the first half of the race although 31 Gooding still on it in the avenger looked quicker . However it was “Narfolk Dave” Gavin Taber who came through from the rear has reigning points champion to wind the angle box up and take the win

    .Heat 2 Winner 555 Gavin Taber 20 121 31 353 116 93 119 421

     

    A few missing for the final , left a clear path for Taber to get going and was top five within the same amount of laps , once around the traffic he was gone into the distance . A class performance from our points champion and fastest lap times as well.

    The interesting point was 209 Andy shakey Lee who came from further back in the ex Richardson car to take his first podium finishing third , bear in mind this was his third time at the rear possibly red for first grade?

    Finishing behind him in fourth was 93 Rosco in the Talbot sunbeam , re grading new starters will be fun this early season.

    Final Winner 555 Gavin Taber 20 209 93 421 35 119 121

     

    Rod On