• What’s our 555 Gavin been up to now ?

    That’s what we are all about at Classic Hot Rods !

    The British points champion 555 Gavin Taber is a pure gent , he took time out on the 27th November from his business to treat a special someone to a hot rod experience day !
    Gavin runs Royden service station and van sales along with Lopham vehicle services , he manages a near full season of racing as well.
    Long time sponsor and follower of all things Hot Rod and Oval racing , Andrew Bigmore of Cattermoles of Ipswich has just turned 70 years of age.
    He was abducted by Gavin and family and taken on a journey across to a Local raceway at Swaffam , on arrival he began to realise that his day was going to get better .
    There waiting were the team with one of the classic hot rods(116 mk2 Escort) from the Taber stable ready to be taken for a spin around the raceway.
    Safety gear on and a few pointers from the champion 555 Taber and Andrew was off on one of the greatest experiences a hot rod fan could have.
    Andrew came back of track beaming , the day had been organised with Gavin by Andrews wife .
    The day then took a turn has Mrs Taber took the reigns of the 116 Ford Anglia (used by Gavin’s father Adrian). Move over champ ! The Mrs is coming through.
    Well done great work Gavin Taber truly the act of a champion.

  • Driver review 119 Dan Buckley


    Dan has been racing in the slick cars for most of 2018 . He owns a number of race cars including a Mercedes national hot rod .
    The car he has raced most of the season has been his Malcolm Blackman Peugeot 205 replica . The car has turned heads around the raceways over the last 12 months , especially those who are fans of the retro race scene.
    Dan purchased his Mk2 escort classic hot rod from none other than 144 Tim Foxlow , this car is the ex 198 Andy Steward championship winning car .
    When it arrived with Tim it was re panelled front and rear . Tim reckons most of the paint on the front was his anyway , from a tad of race rubbing on the behind of the spanker ( Tim’s previous car ) .
    Dan has had the paint work perfected and liveried in his own paint scheme , which is absolutely stunning .
    So how did it all fare for Dan ?
    Dan raced the night before Best in Britain 2018 in the slick cars with the Escort , the drive in the distributor decided to spin and ended his nights racing rather shorter than he wanted . The Peugeot on that night was lent out to 333 Lee Wood who is out with engine issues at the moment. Lee really pushed the pug to limits around Birmingham Wheels.
    Dan Managed to make Hednesford with the car but again ran into a few teething issues .
    Hopefully Dan after having the car on show at the Autosports and Motorsport with attitude shows will be ready for season 2019 .
    The car has pedigree and so does the driver , its a pleasure to have Dan on Board at classic hot rods.

    words Andy H

    picture MKPICS.net Martin Kingston

  • Whats happening ?

    The closed season

    We will be looking back on 2018 at the drivers their highs and lows , catching up on winter rebuilds for some and spit and polish for others.
    We are awaiting the full fixture list from the promotions so you can plan your diaries full of good solid racing .
    The Autosports show will feature a fine display of oval race cars with the McGill motorsports stand in January .
    Then in February the Motorsport with attitude show will feature classic hot rods on display and in the demonstration / race arenas .
    The best looking car of 2018 is in its final voting , the winner will be presented with the shield for 1 year , in addition we will be adding the previous winners to the shield.
    Rod on

  • Best in Britain Hednesford November 4th 2018-2018

    Best in Britain

    A wet November Sunday afternoon , 24 classic hot rods set to do battle.
    With visitors from Scotland and Ireland the Staffordshire oval of Hednesford Hills Raceway was about to be alight with the sound of classic hot rods
    From Scotland we had 871 Graeme Callender , Trevor Harris fellow Scot was unable to finish repairs to his car ,however he did receive the Neil Edwin most improved driver of the year trophy (which was delivered by Graeme).
    From Ireland the new 2018 Irish points champion 19 Anthony Morgan who also raced at the track last month taking on heavy frontal from the armco turn three barrier when his throttle stuck open.
    Joining him 976 Clive Richardson and Davey McCall (ex national hot rod four time world champion ),now taking his position in the classic hot rods . Davey is the promoter of DMC Tully-roan oval which promote classic hot rod racing in the Emerald Isle. He turned out a fresh white mk2 escort a car which caused a lot of interest pre race.

    More new starters in the formula 93 Nick Ross in the ex 57 Mike Oliver Talbot sunbeam, 02 Rich Adams in the ex Karl Dudley Jones mk 2 Escort and119 Dan Buckley the ex 144 Tim Foxlow car
    Never have I seen so many people join us in such a short space of time at classic hot rods.
    A championship race requires a drawn grid,the choice for groups of six .The later group being pretty much unchanged all day whilst the other grids would be reversed for the second heat.
    The points then accumulated would give us the highest points scorers to the front positions for the big race.
    The first six were send round to line up behind the control car, British points leader 555 Gavin Taber had been fortunate enough to draw pole position , alongside him 976 Clive Richardson,behind him in the first six 19 Anthony Morgan,871 Graeme Callendar,8 Darren Owen and 445 Graham Boyd.
    72 Gary Goodswin led the second pack away,922 Graham Legge next to him with 116 Adrian Taber,22 Shane Taylor and Andrew Willis A30 has rear gunner .
    The third pack of six led by 35 Dave Cushion , 236 Ryan Polley,121 Charlie Schembri,924 Stuart Wright,45 Craig Boyd and 20 Dave Fry.
    The fourth set of cars would be mostly static during the course of the day containing 209 Andy Lee,31 Steve Gooding,942 Davey Mc Call,119 Dan Buckley ,02 Rich Adams and 93 Nick Ross.

    209 Andy Lee in the last six made a great break and was soon in amongst the set in front .
    555 Taber was fighting hard on the inside but the power of Richardson on the outside was too much 976 Richardson was gone .
    19 Anthony Morgan made a good challenge but began to drop back leaving 555 Taber on his own in second .
    The chequered dropped and 976 Clive Richardson took victory with 555 Gavalar Taber second.
    976 555 19 922 45 942 236 8 116 871
    Heat two reverse grid ,20 Dave Fry and 45 Craig Boyd come to the pole positions . The rear group remaining as was in heat one,31 Gooding in that group penalised for late arrival .
    20 Fry in his Ford popular was first away and the veteran of the formula had hit good form although under pressure from the younger blood of 45 Craig Boyd .
    Boyd slid outwards has 121 Charlie Schembri went under and up to second , now third Boyd was under pressure from the second Austin A40 of Rhino Ryan Polley 236.
    Half way and 19 Morgan with 976 Richardson staying close had moved up to 3rd and 4th respectively.
    The closing lap got fry caught up in back markers , Richardson found a way round the outside and took victory.
    The Grand Final time championship race for the Best in Britain a fast fuelled race lies ahead !
    Front row the double heat winner 976 Clive Richardson,outside the newly crowned Irish points champion 19 Anthony Morgan .25 laps the distance ,
    19 Morgan and 976 Richardson were going for it from the drop of the flag,Morgan locked on the side of the x pack of Richardson all the way around the first corner.
    Morgan took the early lead,976 Richardson was soon back up on the inside line forcing 19 Morgan wide,there was no room between the two again. Morgan then dropped down the grid has others moved up.
    The race had progressed the last lap board was out, Richardson was on his way to victory, Boyd was set for second, Taber a safe third and victory for his season long battle of the English points .
    Congratulations to 976 Clive Richardson a treble winner on the day and the 2018 Best in Britain Champion.
    Congratulations also go to 555 Gavin Taber the new English points champion 2018.
    Race report Andy Hankin .




    Best in Britain

    Exciting times and all on the last meeting of the year for the classic hot rods.
    A year of highs and lows all round will end with a bang as we go into the final round of the British points series and its a out of the hat grid .
    555 Gavin Taber leads the points by a very small margin over 72 Gary Goodswen . The two could land anywhere on the first grid and reverse of that for the second , points accumulator will place them in highest to the front for the all exciting finale .
    For a few rear starts will feature all day 02 Rich Adams makes a move over from national hot rods having purchased the ex Karl Dudley Jones car . He will be joined by fellow midlander who will move over from 2 litre hot rods 93 Nick Ross ( who has the ex Mike Oliver green dragon Talbot) . Both have spent many years at Incarace in various formulas .
    942 Davey McCall the DMC promoter will make his presence known has he starts his classic hot rod quest , the former national hot rod world champion will be racing a fresh mk2 x pack escort .

    976 Clive Richardson will be back in “Dallas” livery mk2 for Sundays meeting also making a trip across the sea will be 19 Anthony Morgan.
    924 Stuart Wright is back with the mk1 now ford ztec powered , Simpson exhaust …it’s been bling’d.
    We are only just getting warmed up ! 8 Darren Owen The British open champion will be looking to add another trophy to the cabinet .
    Trophies are sponsored by Darren’s brother David who crashed out early in the season , taking heavy damage to his back from which he is recovering well. The car was pretty sha##ed has well.
    The two time Cock of the North 45 Craig Boyd will pilot the A40 bullet , while 236 Rhino is on board the grey one having struck his first final podium this year last weekend . Could Rhino be the next “driver “ like his grandfather ex world champion 306 George Polley ?

    The rest of the field is still star studded , 121 Schembri ,257 Willis , 210 The music man ,20 Dave Fry , 22 Taylor , 31 Gooding , 116 Taber SNR are all booked to race .
    871 Graeme Callender who took two heat wins last time out at Hednesford and 922 Graham Legge who stormed his first final having gained a blue grade from his 3 rear starts.
    12 Trevor Harris probably the driver who travelled more miles in one week of racing than most do in a year through the summer is also booked to race.

    The National hot rods are there for a world championship qualifier with 33 cars booked into compete.
    Its man of the Midlands time for the bangers 57 cars and growing all about to do the battle royal around the Staffordshire oval !
    plus the mighty firework display as well , start time 2 pm .
    Myself and Dave G on the comms all day , food bars open , track shop open .

  • Cock of The North !

    Cowdenbeath 28th Sunday Coming

    Kenny Purdie headlines the cock of the North at Cowdy , support comes from the proclaimers 84 Mc Fastlane and 247 Mc Cabe .

    Sounds like a good gig for those wishing to travel 500 miles round trip to see the best of Scotland’s classic hot rods complete their busiest season yet .
    Craig Boyd and inside weight Boyd SNR 445 will be making the trip from out east up the long road , there may be a stock up on cattle on the way back down. Joining them will be 236 Rhino , now which one has shoe horned themselves into the Riley ? We will find out on Sunday .
    Newcomer 209 Andy Lee will make the trip with his second outing from the rear of the grid .
    The racing promises to be fast and a wee bit furious , with 58 Wilson , 12 Harris and 871 Callender on the shorter road .
    26 Jock Campbell and 63 John Watkins are also booked in to race on Sunday.
    The event also incorporates the Doug Farrer Memorial trophy .
    Have a great finish to the Scottish season boys !

  • Hednesford 20 10 2018-2018

    Hednesford 20th October classic hot rods Autumn Rumble

    A good turnout of cars for this Autumn rumble with a newcomer to the scene , Andy Lee 209 in the ex Clive Richardson ( orange ) Mk2 now in Andy’s livery. A debut of a new car for 247 Graham McCabe , a mk2 x pack car with rear spoiler which right or wrong had to be removed at scrutineers discretion .
    Graham chose to start from the rear with 209 Andy lee and 421 Chris Aldridge for the afternoon in order to run the car in.
    A good invasion by Scotland with Mc Cabe bringing along 84 Mc Fastlane , 58 Wilson and 871 Callender for the convoy .
    Anthony Morgan 19 visiting form Ireland , their newly crowned points champion.
    Northampton the night before had been dry for the evening however the clouds had opened overnight . My trip from Kettering up was water bound all the way, so much my arms were aching by the time I got there from holding on to the car in the wash of the M6.
    Four formula meetings are the way to be at Hednesford whatever the weather , joining us were the National hot rods , Oval track legends and back to basic bangers .
    Heat one lined up ready for a few installation laps on the wet oval , a pond on the inner of turn four turn out was ideal for any passing ducks.
    Dave Cushion led the field away with 236 Rhino a little further back running from yellow grade, along with 116 Adrian Taber and 257 Willis in the A35 ( more like a yellow submarine in this weather).
    A Scottish Front row from blues with 84 Mc Farlane and 871 Callender, red grades with 210 #themusicman and 58 Alex Wilson. The points chasers from silver grade 72 Goodswen and 555 Taber ( current points leader ) on the outside line.

    35 Cushion the early leader was passed by 922 Legge around lap 4 with 871 Callendar on the same line , Callender hit the front and drove away from the field of cars.
    555 Taber had broke loose from the outside of Goodswen and mid field , Goodswen was under pressure from 209 Andy Lee who got past and was making good progress until running into problems with 5 to go.
    871 Callender continued pulling away from the pack to take the first heat in fine style.
    Results 871 Graeme Callendar , 121, 198 ,58, 555 ,210 ,72 ,19 ,922 ,116

    Heat two lined up on a slightly drier track with 922 Legge missing from the field , due to issues with the car that caused him to drop back in heat 1 .
    Mc Far lane also missing due to electrics failure on car , apparently they got a tad warm , this with 871 Callender at the rear of the blues following the win.
    35 Cushion was first away before handing over to 121 Schembri ,only to be passed on the inside line by the charging Scot 871 Callender .210 Hughie was on song in the mk1 as the music man closed in on the pair.
    555 Taber fended of the Norfolk boy 72 Goodswen over 20 laps to stay 1 ahead as 871 Callender closed heat 2 with a second win.

    Result 871 Graeme Callender , 121,210 , 198 ,58 , 555 , 72 ,19 ,116 .236.
    Final time the track much better than the start of the day , all to play for at the back in this penultimate points meeting . The points championship for the English points being down to the wire for the Best in Britain Championship at Hednesford in November.
    Cushion from white took the gig away for the third time of the day , 922 Legge was on a march having spent his first three outings at the rear . Legge hit the front and looked steady around the banked oval , 236 Rhino and 116 Taber managed to reach the leader and Polley began to give him a hard time.
    Nine laps gone and Callender the double heat winner retires to the centre , running order still 922 ,236 116 . Goodswen is two positions up on 555 Taber having forced through on 198 Doughnut and 210 Hughie.
    236 Polley goes for the high side of 922 Legge but gets rubbed a little before dropping back , 116 Taber goes up to second and amidst 922 Legge gets his foot down.
    The visiting Irish point champion 19 Anthony Morgan gets on full chat has the throttle sticks and goes straight on in turn three and Carl Checkley ( blast from the past ) looks on saying I did that same thing.
    A rolling continuation and 922 Legge pulls away from the front once more to take the flag , his first victory in classic hot rods and more to come no doubt.
    Result 922 Graham Legge , 116 Adrian Taber , 72 Gary Goodswen ,198 ,555 ,210 ,121 ,236 , 58 ,421.
    next time out will be in Scotland for the cock of the North trophy , check website etc for drivers list.


  • This weekends Classic Hot Rods

    Hednesford Autumn Classic

    Not quite a new venue to write from but today’s preview comes from John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford and yes folks we will coming out of turn 4 and heading for home next week.
    Hednesford always attracts more classic hot rods than other tracks, is it because its the home of hot rod racing ? Or the commentator knows his stuff (LOL).
    Twenty cars are booked into race at the Staffordshire venue , with a possibility of the English Open champion 8 Darren Owen coming to blow off the cob webs . He has been busy with son James race career which has stormed his final year in the micro stock cars , with lots of travelling and plenty of wins.
    The points chase is close as we can get with 72 Gary Goodswen and 555 Gavin Taber chomping at their bits to let the horses loose.
    We have visitors from Scotland with 58 Alec Wilson ,84 Jock McFastlane and 871 Graeme Callender. From Ireland we have the Irish Points championship winner 19 Anthony Morgan.
    Just 236 Ryan Polley this time around from team Boyd , Craig is in France and Graham’s gone fishing? ( something other than oval racing anyway).
    The weather reports are wet over Saturday , hopefully dry for a Sunday afternoons racing , see you there don’t be late .
    Andy Hankin.
    p.s. Martin Various from M.K.Pics will be in da house.