97 Joel Richardson joins Saturdays line up for the classic hot rods national Championship.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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
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.
This coming weekend Classic Hot rods will be in action at Lochgellly The home of Hardie Race Promotions.
We will be racing on the Saturday only , a full weekend schedule of racing though .With 1300 stock cars British and open Scottich championships, Rebels for a 2 day Scottish Championship, Stock rods European and Scottish championships plus Ministox Fife championship . It will be a full on weekend for the Petrol heads. We will have reports , results etc from the classics on Saturday.
On Sunday over in Ireland Tipperary will be holding a meeting featuring classic hot rods , last time 57 Mike Oliver made the trip. Despite picking up some damage and missing the final for the boat home he didn’t have too bad a meeting.
The sun adorned the lane down to the pits at Mildenhall Stadium , Classics hot rods were already rolling in .
Eleven drivers scheduled to race on the short shale topped oval , fresh prepared by David Coventry ( who had spent most of the week laying a new track at Northampton).
Drivers had gone for various set ups , some gearing for more grunt out of the turn overs trying the other end in order to get grip. All had a selection of tyres with them to change as needed . With no practice heat one would be a chance to test out their theories.
For Gavin Taber the wait for his engine to be ready had expired , the solution a borrow of his fathers car with little more then the seat being adjusted.
With sometime on my hands a chat with drivers which may result in a podcast later in the week and a catch up with David Owen who was looking reasonably well .
Jock Mc Fastlane appeared and we set about who was doing what from the promo side on the night . John filmed live whilst I filmed for the first time in my life for later use. Something which may prove not so easy with me being the commentator at most live meetings.
The drivers came out and lined up for heat one , it was decided to give them 3 warm up laps . Unfortunately 72 Gary Goodwin ended out wide in the wet stuff and was recovered by the fork lift , retiring him from the race.
With no white grades 257 Andrew Willis in the pocket rocket lined up alongside the Welsh wizard in his Talbot Sunbeam to lead the field away , a rolling start was decided to be for the best on the loose surface.
57 Mike Oliver took the early lead with Willis not far behind the rest fell in and tried to find their grip , 210 Weaver was first to drop back . 555 Taber broke formation and found grip around the outside of 271 JJ.
The short wheel base of the A40 driven by Craig Boyd was proving to be useful has he and 198 Donut drove round JJ under forced the Pocket rocket out on a wider line. It was nose to tail the mk2 hunting down the A40 has they split from the pack to hunt down Taber and the Welsh Wizard.
45 Craig broke away from donut and attacked Taber lap by lap forcing a inside line . Has he passed his door came open . The defending from Taber had cost both Donut was now on song and breathing down their necks . Donut passed down the back straight , Boyd and Taber fought back Donut back to fourth. Has Boyd hit the front Donut was back up to 3rd , the last lap board came out ! Donut locked wheels with the Talbot of Oliver and they slid towards the infield . Boyd completed the lap to a chequered flag to take the first classic hot rod win on shale.
Heat 1 Winner 45 Craig Boyd
45 555 8 445 210 27 257 271
Pit time and a few adjustments for some , refuel, check cars over and back out in 2 races time for heat number 2.
Mike Oliver in the Talbot made the opening move and sped away at the front chased down by Willis, the hunting party was soon in his mirror headed up by the meeting sponsor 8 Dan Owen. Owen had raced on tarmac the week before in his refurbished mk2 , he had kept up with the ex national hot rods in the slick cars around Hednesford.
Soon Owen’s grip was lost when Weaver , Donut and a pair of Boyd’s went through on the inside of turn 2 . Going out in the loose stuff relegated him down the field.
At half way of the 20 lap race The Wizard had done a dissappearing act , half a lap up on Weaver in 2nd. The Cowboy 445 Boyd SNR was riding high holding off Craig 45 , both stopping progress of the Donut who was just having fun racing on shale.
Gary Goodswin had the Angle box back out and was staying out of the loose stuff.
Just under 2 laps to go and a punt into turn 3 from Weaver , Oliver held on . Taber did a 360 in front of the start line and 45 Craig moved past the Cowboy to challenge . The Welsh Wizard held on to take the win.
Heat 2 winner 57 Mike Oliver
result 57 , 45 ,210 ,445 ,198 , 27 ,72 ,8 ,257 ,271 nof
Final time up next and noticeably 27 Dave York from novice at the rear making fair results in both heats . Mike Oliver would now require to start rear of his grade for the heat win.
Gavin Taber 555 unfortunately didn’t make it out for the final .
First away was 271 JJ with the pocket rocket , Oliver and Owen in hot pursuit. Johnson ran into mechanical issues handing the lead over to Oliver , Owen had gone wide on turn 2 again letting the train up the inside. The pocket rocket dropped down the pack as well , 210 Weaver battled away with Oliver . The Boyd’s has a donut sandwich going on , Craig caught Weaver up and opened the inside line up going through to 2nd place. He slid through on turn 4 , Oliver returned and rubbed him around 1 and 2 regaining the lead.
Weaver had gone in on the entrance to turn 1 has the flag was pulled 45 Boyd who had dived in front spun around on turn ¾. On the restart Boyd was put back in by the steward with a few laps remaining .
Oliver was all out of shape on the restart , donut catching him and taking him round out of turn 2 .
Craig Boyd took the flag , Donut second on the line but excluded for contact on 57. This not even blemishing the smile of enjoyment the big fella had got for the fun he had enjoyed on the shale.
A dramatic end for Gary Goodswin who blew the engine has he crossed the line but was promoted to third place . The Cowboy went up from 3rd to Second .
A Boyd 1,2 both the shorter wheel base A40’s on the mildenhall shale.
Young James Owen was on hand to present the trophies for the Shale Shifter Supreme race , before going home to load up his micro f2 for Buxton.
A great nights racing fun and smiles all round for those who took part , the question on many lips . Can we race on the Northampton Shale?
Report Andy Hankin , Live streams Jock Mc Fastlane and Jason Larner. Photographs and results Jason Larner , Jaeden Larner.
A fine sunny Sunday afternoon in Tipperary . A dry track and eight classic hot rods . Time for a ice cream sit back and let your ears get pounded by those purring fords.
Drivers on attendance 19 Anthony Morgan , 25 Trevor Cussack ,57 Mike Oliver ,97 Joel Richardson ,99 Liam Bushe ,175 Andy O’Donnell ,195 Adrian Boyle and 464 Mike Meade.
Heat one was underway 99 Bushe led briefly before 464 Meade passed on the dry outside line followed by 19 Morgan and 175 O’Donnell . the later two exchanging blows before 175 catching hold of 19 rear quarter and taking him for a spin on turn one. With 175 facing the wrong way , 57 Mike Oliver had no where to go other than head on , this took out the radiator on the 57 car retiring him to the infield along with 175.
464 Meade led up to have way 19 Morgan managed to get through chased by 97 Richardson who looked to be struggling with a loose back end was unable to get any closer the win going to 19 Anthony Morgan.
results heat 1 19 97 464 195 25 99 .
Heat 2 again Bushe got off to a good start before the domination of 464 Meade and the pack hunted him down . Meade took to the fore and led until a handful of laps Richardson pulled up along on the outside . Meade battled back but Richardson drove clear to take the win . 19 Morgan and 175 O’Donnell went for a photo finish for third , Morgan getting it by a wing tip.
Results Heat 2 97 ,464 ,19 ,175 , 57 , 25 ,195 ,99
Final Time (clutch start)
No mike Oliver and O’Donnell retiring before the drop of the green , left 7 drivers to entertain the crowd. 99 Bushe dropped back has 464 Meade came to the front . 19 Morgan wound up his mk2 taking up the lead . Meade battled back bouncing off the wall before loosing the rear tyre on turn 4.
Morgan was out in front 97 Richardson came up to 2nd before developing a miss fire and retiring . A fairly straight finish to the end race win to 19 Anthony Morgan , making it a heat and final.
Results Final 19, 25 ,195 ,99.
Race report by Andy Hankin .