• Great Yarmouth 29th July 2018-2018


    Seaside Special Gt Yarmouth 29 th July 2018

    Eleven drivers in total made it across to the East Coast raceway , two of which had travelled through the night from Cowdenbeath in Scotland .
    The meeting intended to celebrate the local sponsored driver of 72 Gary Goodswen , who has driven some cracking races so far in his Classic hot rod Career.
    Not often do we see the classic hot rods at Great Yarmouth , any drivers don’t like the cable and post fence set up . The race surface although at times a little sandy is a very smooth tarmac and pace is always good around the Yarmouth track.
    333 Lee Wood fell short of the cables a few years back but on this occasion had comeback for more . Joining Gary and Lee were 198 Andy #donut Steward , 116 Adrian Taber, 12 Trevor Harris , 555 Gavin Taber , 121 Charlie Schrembri , 271 Jamie #jayjay Johnson , 98 Nigel Murphy ,151Paul Hollis and 210 #musicman Hughie weaver.
    The agreed format was a drawn grid , reversed for heat 2 and points positions for the final.
    The battle from seaside 1 down at Arlington was set to continue has 555 Taber set off at the front chased down by 72 Goodswen , 333 #divainaviva Wood gave chase before being sugar coated by the front of #Donut in his rear view mirror .
    #Donut 198 moved up the field to split the dynamic duo apart and help reshape the boot panel of the 555 car in pursuit , rubbing is racing folks and this fast paced formula rubs along fine.
    Taber took first blood at the flag adding another win to his total .

    Result ht 1 555,198,72,333, 271 , 121 .116 , 98 , 12 ,151

    Heat 2 reverse grid time no 210 Weaver . For some mid point was a good place to be , early doors 121 Schrembri with the lead . By lap 4 198 #donut had moved up into position number one and it was up to the others to gain pace. 333 Wood dropped out along with 151 of Hollis.
    Needless to say 198 took the win from 72 Goodswen and a fair drive by 121 Schrembri.

    Result ht 2 198, 72 , 121 ,271 ,555 , 98 , 116

    Final time and the current top three drivers all at the front for the seaside parade and a charge to the chip shop , no I mean finish. No 333 , 210 or 12 for this one .
    198 #donut away from the front and in control of the whole pack , 72 Goodswen in hot pursuit plus the anglebox of 555 Taber. Pretty much that all the way through to the flag and a heat and final win for 198 Andy Steward.

    Result 198 Andy Steward , 72 Goodswen , 555 Taber , 121, 271 , 98 , 116 , 151

    Report Andy Hankin form video by Jaeden Larner , Pics Jason Larner.

  • Cowdenbeath July 28th 2018-2018

    Cowdenbeath Racewall 28th July 2018

    Scottish Championship Rd 3

    The turnouts for Scottish rounds are rising in numbers over the last year , this due to the commitment of the drivers who have sold cars on and built fresh.
    John McFarlane is one of those drivers and the new 84 car has made its debut , in fine livery and looking 100% a classic.
    10 cars made it to the raceway for a Saturday evening of high octane and rear tail swinging.
    The new national champion 17 Kenny Purdie was in attendance with new roof colours. Join in as well were 116 Adrian Taber, 58 Alex Wilson, 232 Brett Sneddon ,162 Keith chesher,12 Trevor Harris, 871 Graeme Callender, 523 Matt McPherson and 756 Marc Spence.
    All cars made the first heat with McFarlane running from the rear on grounds of a fresh car. Adrian Taber 116 was first away with Spence and Harris In tow , 871 Callender was all over 17 of Purdie for a few laps before hitting the wall out of the turn and pulling up.
    The lead changed has 58 of Wilson wound up the Chuvitt ( now running a ztec) , 162 Chesher was in chase . Purdie pulled up just inside of 5 to go , 232 Sneddon closed on the pair has the flag dropped.
    Mcfarlane kept it straight but a few teething issues with the new steed was the issue on pace.
    Result Ht 1 58 Alex Wilson ,162 ,232,116,12,84

    Heat 2 756 Marc Spence first away this time in the Talbot but soon had Wilson on his tail . Spence dropped on turn 1 has the chuvitt / escort train of Wilson and Chesher shunted on by.
    17 Purdie was a bit more on pace although under the kosh at times from 232 of Sneddon .
    Whilst 116 Taber and 12 Harris decided to have a battle of their own has 58 Wilson charged to the flag for a second win from Chesher in 162.

    Result Ht 2 58 Alex Wilson , 162 ,17 ,232 ,12 , 116 , 523 , 84

    Final time up next could Wilson take a hat trick in the Chuvitt ? Rob Montagner 22 has done the job a few years ago south of the Border .
    Well no Wilson for the final would put pay to the hat trick , seven cars lined up on what was now a wet track . Yes the good lord had decided that Cowdenbeath needed watering , the heavens had opened after weeks of blazing sunshine and immense heat.
    Trevor Harris 12 was first away along with Taber 116 , 17 Purdie made his move from the back displaying why crossflows are better in the wet. Harris spun out of turn 4 has Purdie took up the lead and onward to yet another fine victory. One or two were a bit tail happy with the now wet surface and loss of some grip combine with power and traction. A good evenings racing though a fair attendance has the Scottish Classic Scene begins to grow.

    Final Result 17 Kenny Purdie, 523 Matt McPherson , 116 Adrian Taber ,162 ,232 ,756.

    Report by Andy Hankin , pics Craig Duncan.

  • Cowdenbeath preview by Mc Fastlane

    Cowdenbeath Racewall Saturday 28th July Scottish Series Round Three Preview
    ‘The Racewall Rumble’
    Now that the dust has settled from the Spedeweekend at Ipswich we now turn our attention to the domestic scene where firstly we have to congratulate 17 Kenny Purdie on becoming the New National Champion 2018 who straight away dedicated his win to his late father Jim Purdie who sadly passed away last year and had been the driving force behind Kennys success over the years and of course we can’t forget 2nd place driver 871 Graeme Callander who showed what could be achieved with a Zetec engine under the bonnet taking his immaculate Mk2 escort so close but rumour has it Graeme will be Pinto powered this weekend with his stunning Mk1 escort. Both drivers will be returning from holiday and ready to take there place on the grid this weekend.
    Joining Kenny and Graeme on track are our two local drivers 162 Keith Chesher in his Pinto powered Mk2 escort who enjoyed two wins and a second last time out and will be looking for more of the same and 84 John McFarlane who will be making his first appearance of the season with his new pinto powered Mk2 escort. Joining us from the Highlands we have the ever improving Marc Spence in the 756 Talbot Sunbeam along with 523 Matt MacPherson with his lovely Zetec powered Mk2 escort. Next we have 58 Alex Wilson although having a disappointing Spedeweekend still showed the potential of the now Zetec powered Chevette certainly one to watch this weekend. Moving on to the ever impressive 232 Brett Sneddon who took a win and two seconds last time out and is always in the mix come the chequered flag in his pinto powered Mk2 escort. Well where do I start with our next driver 12 Trevor Harris ‘Some Say’ he is just using this Saturday at the Racewall as a pit stop having travelled more than the allocated 500 miles for a Scotsman taking in Arlington and Aghadowey ( NI ) only to head off again to Yarmouth Stadium for Sunday nights Classic Hot Rod meeting, Trevor in fact won his first ever race in a Classic Hot Rod at Aghadowey so well done that man. That concludes the Scottish entry leaving only one remaining entrant for the evenings racing at the Racewall and that’s 116 Adrian Taber from Norfolk who has enjoyed a good run of form in the ex Sam Mitchell Pinto powered Mk2 escort even though Adrian could appear with his Zetec powered Anglia we will just need to wait and see whatever Adrian decides to use he knows he always gets a warm reception and is pretty much becoming a regular on the Scottish scene.
    Good luck to everyone this weekend and have fun lads


    Seaside special 2

    The second of the seaside specials comes up this Sunday at Great Yarmouth, a very smooth tarmac track with cable and post fence. Featuring a grandstand seating area and bar.

    Local lad 72 Gary Goodswin heads up the field of cars for a two heat and final race format . On home turf can he increase his overall points total ?

    He will be joined by 555 Gavin Taber who is also chasing at points in the championship. 116 Adrian Taber , 271 Jamie Johnson ,121 Charlie Schrembri and 151 Paul Hollis.

    A small booking of six cars so far , with hopes of a few more making the trip down the A47. The sight and sound of the greatest retro formula of the raceways.

    Perhaps a chance to take in a little sea air and make a day of it , visiting the local attractions and pleasure beach. A paddle in the sea before settling down to a four formula meeting including the classic hot rods, 2lt hot rods , B2B bangers and the mighty unlimited bangers .

  • Aghadowey 22 7 2018-2018

    Aghadowey Raceway 22nd July 2018

    The classic hot rods were invited has part of the meeting for the lightning rod world championships.
    With the formula lacking still in numbers despite a few cars in build and one or two missing , just the four drivers arrived to race.
    Heat one was lead away by 99 Liam Bushe who was soon caught by 12 Trevor Harris ( who had been at Arlington on Wednesday ) , Trevor then taking up the lead . While 25 Trevor Cussack chased away at 19 Anthony Morgan from the back of the pack.
    19 #captain Morgan drove away fro Cussack passing Bushe and battling for a few laps rubbing along with 12 Harris before going the high line around and on to the win .
    Result 19 Anthony Morgan , 12 ,25 ,99
    Heat two again Bushe 99 of to the early start , 25 Cussack and 19 Morgan were toe to toe for half a dozen laps until Morgan broke loose.
    12 Trevor Harris went round Bushe for the lead , Morgan however picked up what looked to be a puncture on the outside relegating him to the infield.
    Harris 12 went on to win with 25 Cussack winding her up pat 99 Bushe for second place.
    Result 12 Trevor Harris , 25 ,99 , 19 DNF.
    Final time , all four cars on track and ready to go for a clutch start . Harris was on the tail of Bushe 99 by turn one , Morgan got away well from Cussack . Morgan hit the front before half way , Harris dropped back and 99 Bushe was putting up a great fight for places.
    Harris got a second wind and found his way around Bushe just in time has the flag dropped on the second win of the day for 19 Anthony Morgan.
    Heat and final to the #Captain
    result 19 Anthony Morgan , 25 ,12 , 99.

  • Arlington Report 18 th July 2018 …by Steve Linfield

    The annual visit for the Classic Hot Rods to the far south-east of the map Arlington Stadium, Eastbourne saw a disappointing but not unexpected entry of seven cars in attendance, in front of a good-sized crowd on a nice summer’s evening (just as they most have been in 2018!) and as they old saying goes, it is not always necessary to have a large grid to produce good racing and it was proven on this time around the fast and tight confines of Arlington.

    The furthest travelled by far was 12 Trevor Harris, having made the 10-hour journey from Fife in Scotland whilst at the other end of the scale, 210 Hughie Weaver literally travelled from almost around the corner to race. 353 Steve Spooner had a relatively local meeting from the Dorking area, 257 Andrew Willis returned to with a trip down from Birmingham and the remainder made the trip from East Anglia in 72 Gary Goodswen, 445 Graham Boyd and 555 Gavin Taber.

    The evening will be remembered for the great battles between Goodswen and Taber. After Harris had led heat one until just past halfway he was caught and passed by 72 and 555. After several attempts looking round the outside of Taber, Goodswen made the move stick and went on to take a good win. Harris was the early leader in heat two, but a better start from Taber this time meant that Goodswen was only able to keep him in his sights rather than challenge him and it was 555 that took a comfortable win. The ‘Holiday Makers Trophy’ Final, this time via the clutch start saw Harris again lead the first part of the race but again all the progress was being made by Taber and Goodswen. They were almost together when they caught and passed Harris and then just as in heat one it was a case of Goodswen looking on the outside of Taber for lap after lap. Whether it was a case of the grip not being where it was in the first race, or Taber finding better pace, Goodswen just couldn’t find a way around this time. But it was certainly a fascinating watch. So, it was Taber’s win from Goodswen whilst for some of the time when the battle for the lead going on, there was a similar one for third with Boyd eventually making his way around Harris.

    thanks to Steve Linfield for the report.

  • Ipswich National championship report

    National Championship Ipswich 7th July 2018.

    Thanks to all our drivers that came down and across enduring that dreadful 40mph speed limit on the A14 , it was worth sitting on the dial in immense heat to watch some superb Classic hot rod racing.
    Luckily for the drivers they had one of the most shaded areas of the layout in the pits with a fair breeze at times.
    The track in the opening races of spedeweekend looked very dry and dusty , water carts were out doing the deed of dampening it down a little and the crowd at times . Yes I was caught by the hose pipe but I tell you now I didn’t even move , drenched a little but it was so refreshing . Soon drying out in the glorious sunshine. At stages I kept thinking I saw some Mexicans ! Or even pams people in tu-tu’s . Nah must have been heat stroke.
    Almost a complete field of pre- booked drivers with the exception of no Andy Steward or Kara Boyd.
    Andy I believe was helping out with team Haird in the National hot rods , with Chris on the march to possibly another world final win.
    Kara Boyd had opted out having not favoured Ipswich receiving damage there over the years and possibly gone off to play golf with last years winner brother Craig. GOLF ! Me and you need words , it spoils a good walk .
    Well the shaded pit area was soon filling up team Boyd/Polley had arrived , Rhino was on his way but the car was there and at 50-1 with bet Fred ..worth a chance of a plastic fiver.
    Graham was taking onboard a steady supply of water , keeping himself hydrated for the day . A sensible move has it was going to get hotter through the day , lets hope he won’t need a p#ss stop.
    Lee Wood was polishing the marviva , me wishing he would remove those front wings for a pair of original Vauxhall ones.
    Gavin Taber 555 and Adrian116 in the newly acquired Sammy Mitchell mk2 Escort, fresh from Oxford with just a number change. The car came complete with spares , raceciever and overalls . A sign that we may not see Sammy back another time , although I did ask Adrian if he had to engulf large turn ups ; Sammy being much taller than him of course.
    The very smartly painted Orange Mk2 of Clive Richardson 976 and 97 of Joel making the trip over to race . Alex Wilson 58 was last into the corner and then down the meadow in his own plot 17 #kingofcrossflows Kenny Purdie fresh from chasing the heels of that peeky blinder 8 Daz Owen ( who had opted out to go Drag racing ? Ah no hang on wear a dress and get drunk ).
    Stuart Wright 924 with the Mk1 and a chat with Stu has always , something to do with lube and glasses ? Not quite sure where that was going . However having got the car running right although on a few seasons old tyres he may rob the rest of victory.
    Dave York 27 was in the house , coach parked up for the weekend tacho out and race helmet on , the only tour he was looking at was a victory lap.
    The Captain 19 Anthony Morgan and what a well presented car looking absolutely amazing , could he take that title across the little stretch of water .
    #themusicman 210 Hughie weaver , has always the mk1 ready to go racing , a very quick driver around Ipswich.
    Mam Ma Mia 121 Charlie Schrembri , that mk1 back in its glory , no snow has of yet today ! Could mean going home in one piece .
    #silverfox the 100 e of 20 Dave Fry and his team had arrived , a bit of a quiet day at Hednesford for them but that could all change in the next few hours.
    Better late than never I suppose , steady does it 271 Jamie Johnson . Former east Anglian champion on this very track , arriving in time for the drivers briefing.
    The format for the day would be two heats from a Incarace draw , so the first grid drawn would be reversed for heat number 2. The points accrued and positions worked out for the championship race , with highest scores at the front.
    Heat one came out onto the track in front of the crowds under the extreme heat and began to assemble . The draw put #thewrightstuff 924 Stuart Wright ( no stranger to Ipswich) along side 27 #theduke Dave York , 2nd row 210 #musicman Weaver and #thecaptain 19 Anthony Morgan , 58 Alec Wilson and 271 Jamie Johnson. A fair mix of drivers for the first set .
    A couple of tyre warming laps and a rolling lap later the green flag was dropped and so opened up the carbs and let the horses run .
    27 York was away into turn one as 924 Wright tried to fend off #thecaptain 19 Morgan who was finding great grip around the outside and moved up into second.
    A handful of laps in out of turn four 19 Morgan began to slow with running issues dropping outside of turn one .#musicman 210 Weaver moved up into second applying pressure to the leader 27 York. 17 Purdie #kingofcrossflows was tucked in behind fellow Scot Alec Wilson and under pressure from 97 Joel Richardson in the Leslie Dallas replica ,has they went toe to heel around one and two.
    Further back 57 #thewelshwizard Oliver was pushing on behind #thesilverfox 20 Dave Fry , just behind them 121 Schrembri and 72 #thenorfolkboy Goodswin were dancing the same tango.
    Half the distance gone 27 #theduke York was still leading from 210 Weaver ,924 Wright with 97 Richardson on the outer panels and 58 Wilson close behind as 97 Richardson moved up to third 210 Weaver wound the mk1 up a little more , york out on the armco down the home straight brought her back in just has Weaver was on song . You spin me round baby like a record ! Yes there was contact , steward called it York cutting back in . Some said maybe Weaver could have thrown less coal on the boiler , who knows “if you ain’t rubbing , you ain’t racing “ .
    Weaver slid into number one as Richardson came through for the exchange on the inside , both slowed and dropped out leaving a very patient 924 Wright in command. Weaver recovered into 6th and Richardson was further down on the outside. Wilson 58 now sitting in second in the chuvitt pushing on behind Wright.
    17 Purdie was now being challenged by 976 Clive Richardson a previous winner around the Ipswich oval , moving on up was 555 Taber #vanman who was shaking the tail feathers of the anglebox moving up 4 places .
    The chequered flag dropped on Wright 924 from a close Wilson 58 , 17 Purdie , 976 Richardson a recovered 210 #musicman. Wilson later disqualified and trailered over a discretion on tyre serial numbers.
    Results heat 1 1st 924 Stuart Wright ,17 ,210 , 871, 976, 271, 121, 72, 57, 555

    Heat number two , reverse format with 333 Lee Wood former national Champion at the front all alone , no wonder with them Marina wings sticking out like “ a ageing ladies Bingo Wings”.
    42 Dean Kitchen and #Rhino Polley 236 behind him , poses for a interesting start !
    Next pack head up by 555 Taber and 445 #thecowboy Boyd with 72 Goodswin and 116 Taber #alpacaman in tow on row two.
    The flag dropped and away out of turn four the pace car just boxing 42 Kitchen in allowing 333 of Wood to arrive at turn one first.
    976 Richardson was lucky enough to break loose of his pack has a big push mid field arrived into turn one 97 Richardson behind 57 Oliver , who with no where to go loaded into the rear arch of 121 Schrembri , Dave Fry arrived in style to join the party ( was there fluids on the track ? ) . Has Fry parked up 210 Weaver tested his boot lid to see if the 100e was strong ? Caged and stranded the 100e now looking like a A40 at the rear . Richardson found a way through , Schrembri scraped out into the pack. Oliver left on the turn with one leg 4 inches forward the other 8 inches back and out of the championship. Most destructed 57 , best hit 210 !
    19 #thecaptain a lap later out on the same corner as 20 Fry limped in a bit covering himself and 57 Oliver.
    333 #princeofpop Lee Woods was still out in front and catching the rear of the pack at a vast rate of knots. Johnson 271 and 27 York were towards the rear having a cracking battle of the mk1’s , whilst behind Woods the battle of the A40’s was on #Rhino v #Cowboy. Even in that it sounds like an American football game at which point England had just gone 2 -0 up on Sweden and prices of hot dogs at Ikea were about to rise!
    924 Wright and 98 of Nigel Murphy had joined the party at the rear with 271 and 27 , as 333 of Woods could be viewed in all four rear mirrors . The pack was closing in Woods had to find a way through , the back markers warned of lead cars over the racecievers .
    Running order has the union jack came out 333,235,445,72,555,871 and 976 , 2nd place down all nose to tail doing the conga around this fats oval raceway. 42 Dean Kitchen had gone out on the edge of turn four again with mechanical issues.
    27 #duke Dave York managed to break free from 271,98 and 924 and pulled a 3 car gap. Woods 333 had now arrived behind them and so was the pack of hunting hounds all keen for points towards that championship grid. A train now of around 12 cars , Boyd 445 forced #rhino 236 to the outside , Woods had gone high and weaving in the back markers . 17 Kenny Purdie had joined the back of the train has the 2 laps remaining board was out .
    The chequered drop on 333 Woods with 445 Boyd in second , not mush room further back for change .
    Result 333 Lee Woods , 445 , 235 , 72 , 555, 871 , 976, 17, 25, 116 .

    The grid then inside out was has drawn.
    Inside 17, 72, 924 ; 555, 333, 121 ; 25, 116, 98 ; 19, 20 .
    Outside 871, 445, 976 ; 236, 210, 271 ;27, 57, 97 ;42

    non runners then 57 mike Oliver, 42 Kitchen . Loaded 58 Wilson.
    Time for the main event The 2018 National Championship for Classic Hot Rods .
    Two warm up laps and a clutch start , the stadium crowd poised on their favourites throughout the grid awaiting the green flag.
    Quick off the mark was the zetec powered car of 871 Graeme Callender , followed by 17 #kingofcrossflows Purdie and the local favourite #norfolkboy 72 Goodswin , 445 #cowboy Boyd was riding the high-line on the outside .
    It was right boot in arse end out all the way around 555 #vanman Taber was looking for a gap around 924 Wright , whilst further back 333 Woods was under attack from 210 #musicman Weaver.
    871 Callender and 17 Purdie pulled away at the front , 976 Richardson in the fresh orange mk2 slid through on the inside of 72 Goodswin as 445 Boyd had a look up the same inside. Goodswin shut the door as Richardson went off in pursuit shutting down the gap of the lead two cars.
    19 #thecaptain Morgan was trying to gain places from the rear battling away with 116 Adrian Taber . Back at the front 976 was on it trying to dislodge 17 Purdie from his tight line , Taber 555 was now up in the running behind 445 #cowboy.
    Over half way it was still 871 Callender from 17 #kingofcrossflows , 976 Richardson , 72 Goodswin , 445 and 555. 210 #musicman was drumming a rare old tune out on 333 Lee Woods boot lid .
    27 #theduke York went out on turn one , Wright 924 , 333 Woods and 210 Weaver closed in on 555 Taber and 445 Boyd. 97 Joel Richardson came around 210 weaver slotted that tight in behind 333 You could see the boot lid lift , this is close racing at its best ! Everything was getting rubbed ! Woods 333 went out down the back straight , game over for #theprinceofpop.
    Next to drop was 976 of Richardson down on turns 3 to 4 looking like a puncture , putting 72 #norfolkboy up into 3rd in the closing stages.
    The top three had closed in on the back markers of 116 Taber and 20 Fry , they went high side around coming across the star and finish line 17 Purdie divide for the inside 871 Callender out on the wires , 17 Purdie had hit the front . 72 Goodswin closed in on a last attempt challenge with less than 5 to go . Purdie wasn’t putting a foot wrong , the car known has “the spanker “ once owned by 144 Tim Foxlow and 66 Colin Hall was heading for victory once more !
    If your going to steal the gold from the English bring a Purdie and open both barrels !
    The flags dropped 17 #kingofcrossflows Kenny Purdie had won the National Championship of 2018.
    On with the celebrations a Scottish 1 ,2 local man 72 Goodswin in 3rd . The victory lap taken to Scotland the brave !
    Full result
    1st 17 Kenny Purdie , 2nd 871 Graeme Callender , 3rd 72 Gary Goodswin.

    Big thanks to char team for results and pics etc . Big thanks to Janet and Deane on a cracking weekend and all the staff that made it possible.

    Report Andy Hankin chr , Pic MkPics.net