CLASSIC HOT ROD REPORT
WIMBLEDON 22nd March. NATIONAL SERIES ROUND ONE
THE LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Heat 1 8 Darren Owen 16 275 6 333 144 444 121 192 31
Heat 2 88 Dave Owen 45 16 198 924 275 8 144 444 333
Final 45 Craig Boyd 924 Stuart Wright 88 Dave Owen 8 16 144 333 444 121 6