CLASSIC HOT ROD REPORT WIMBLEDON 22nd March. NATIONAL SERIES ROUND ONE THE LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.   image Eleven drivers attended the opening meeting of the season in London. All drivers who had booked had honoured their booking. A bigger field would have been appreciated on this clear dry spring night in the capital, but what was missing in quantity was more offset by the excellent quality of the cars present and the showmanship and high driving standards of the drivers. The first heat for the CHR's had eleven carson track and after two warm up laps it was John Hendy who led them away. Just before the half way stage he had built up a length of a straight lead but with Andy Steward up to second and the 196 car sounding sick that lead vanished very rapidly and with six to go John pulled the 196 car onto the centre green. Tim Foxlow has matched Steward for the first few laps but had more problems getting through the field and although Tim went well for second place at the finish, he was never able to challenge. Behind Tim was Daz Owen who also came through well for third place after a good battle with John Bowring's Anglia. RESULT 198,144,8,101,121,445,20,72,271,166. Heat two for the CHR's was slightly delayed after the Historic Stock Cars had had a very bruising race which left the fence needing some TLC. Dave Fry was a nonstarter in this race which like the first was led away by John Hendy who had to give way to Andy Steward as they started lap 13. Hendy however was still going well and finished a clear second. Behind those two the battle in the early stages was between Charlie Schembri, John Bowring and Graham Boyd. That battle was in the process of being passed by the fast moving pair of Daz Owen and Tim Foxlow but Foxlow went out with what looked like engine problems. Owen went on to take third with Schembri in fourth. RESULT 198,196,8,121,72,101,445,271,166 The London Championship for the CHR's was won by Andy Steward after he took the lead on lap seven. The real battle of the race was between Schembri, Boyd and Owen with Goodswen trying to join in for much of the race. The meeting steward decided that Schembri got a little too close to Hendy in 196 and after crossing the line in second was dropped to fourth which left Boyd in second and Owen third. Hendy had led the early laps but retired at the midway stage. RESULT 198,445,8,121,72,101 CHRIS JONES

    The Classic Hot Rods start what promises to be a fantastic series of racing in 2015 by starting off their campaign in the Big Smoke. Spedeworth's grand old lady of racing still has that great atmosphere that takes the oval race enthusiast back to the heady days of yesteryear and with the sight and sound of the cars on track once more that brought such racing pleasure to those far off younger day, the sight of CLASSIC HOT ROD RACING at Wimbledon Stadium is one not to be missed. Look out for the racing introduction of the revamped SHP prepared Mk2 Escort of last year's National Series Points Champion 198 Andrew Steward and the almighty howl of 144 Tim Foxlow's painstakingly reconditioned 1700cc Crossflow. Also down from the North will be 192 Ken Marriott who will be laying down a serious challenge to Steward's domination in 2015. With a whole host of other Hottest Stars in the Coolest Cars, be at Wimbledon on 22nd March for the Opening Round of this year's CHR National Series - THE LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP!image

    This year's Classic Hot Rod fixtures for England and Ireland. Not one date clashes either side of the Irish Sea and drivers from all countries have expressed an interest in racing at least once on the other side of the water in 2015. Expect a record breaking field for this year's National Championship this June at Ipswich. 2015, the formula's tenth anniversary, is going to be quite a season for the Classic Hot Rods! RH.     image image
  • Classic Hot Rod Meeting Report. Yarmouth. 8.6.14. English National Series Round 7 The sun shone on the righteous as the eleven classic hot rod drivers who chose to make the trek to the east coast of Norfolk were rewarded for, what was for some, a very long drive. The weather was gorgeous and the fans and holiday makers alike could enjoy the sights and sounds of the classics in the very best of conditions at the very well appointed Great Yarmouth Stadium. After enjoying the sun drivers were keen to get the set up just right for this very small track. Its a track that presents quite a few challenges to the CHR drivers as room to pass is at a premium and a mistake could be very costly as the old fashioned wire and post fence could serious shred a valuable classic like a can opener! Paint jobs sining illustriously the cars made the way out on track for heat one with 444 Gary Andrews on pole position. Gary is a driver that has been making the signs of significant progress this season and I had earmarked him for his first win earlier this week. But if that was to be fulfilled then racing challenges need to be overcome, the first one being the pace car! At he drop of the green the blue and while 444 machine was seriously bulked and the chasing pack of B grade cars, led by 196 John Hendy powered by. In those early laps Andrews was bettered by Hendy, 22 Rob Montagner, 445 Graham Boyd and 31 Steve Gooding, but it was fascinating to see the fight back that Andrews put in. Clawing back his place from Gooding and battling hard with Boyd. But the man outfoxing them all in heat one was English National Series points leader 198 Andy Steward. Andy had dialed in his Mk2 Escort to perfection for this little track and to see how he created the space, feinting, dancing, diving to go up the inside and the outside of his fellow racers was a master class in good old fashioned hot rod racing. Starting from the back, Andy over took ever other car on the track at least once to take a profound victory. Montagner, the popular local man at the wheel of his Chevette was second after leading the race until he was overcome by Donut. 445 Graham Boyd was third ahead of the recovering and battling Andrews. Could Steward dominate heat two in the same way? Well this time the pace car was not in the way and Gary Andrews enjoyed a clean and fast start from the front of the grid. If Steward had his Mk2 dialed in from the back, then likewise Andrews from the front as the 444 seemingly hugged the tight corners very quickly and sure footedly with the big 10 inch avons. Montagner resolutely gave chase clear of Boyd and Hendy. But here came Steward, making the most of the slower start of 10 Paul Bowring and 271 Jamie Johnson. As the current East Anglian champion battled with the orange man, Donut shot round the outside of both of them with a real devil may care style! And with Hendy senior and junior's cars not handling quite as smartly as they clearly looked, and Foxlow not on the pace thanks to the wrong choice of diff, it was all about whether Steward had more than enough pace from the back to catch the flying Andrews. In heat two, the answer was clearly NO. Steward was able to get the better of the other quick man Graham Boyd at the wheel of his A40, but Monty stayed ahead to the flag as did the delighted Gary Andrews who recorded his first ever win in classic hot rods! He was mighty pleased! But could he repeat the feat in the final? He most certainly could. In a perfect display of clean fast old skool hot rod racing, Andrews repeated his heat performance over the greater distance in the final. Monty was set to repeat his second place but retired with engine problems with just a few laps to go. Boyd kept ahead of Steward this time. So a successful night out East. There may have only been eleven cars, but to be honest round the tight little tarmac track at GT, it was plenty. Clean fast racing was the order of the day, a popular winner and new fans were won over to the formula. From the feedback the Classic Hot Rod page, with more fans LIKING us all the time, it will surely only enhance our claim for a place at the Ipswich Hot Rod World Final speedweekend - 2015?? Rob Hughes
  • Hednesford Result

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    10264308_597628746999608_8545249671333523057_n   Boyd takes final 45 Craig Boyd drove a blinding race to take the Final at Hednesford despite having took damage in heat one. Dave Fry's engine blew a piston covering the 440 yards of tarmac in oil , the cars piled into the bend resulting in 22 Monty on the armco taking a massive hit in the rear quarter from Boydy's a40. Monty unable to race due to a bent axle, Boyd repared the beast of  a A40  to march on and take the meeting Final.