British Open

Hednesford 23 Rd June was the British op en championship for the Classic hot rods and the Annual Bill Morris Trophy.

Cars weren’t at big numbers compared to previous years but still a good turn out of drivers looking to get their hands on the Bill Morris Trophy. Last years winner Darren Owen who has been busy with the development of his son’s James race career came along to defend the double title meeting; the previous holder of the titles now the current British points champion was also back for another try , 555 Gavin Taber.

Joining them were a whole host of formidable contenders and one in particular 45 Craig Boyd who took victory in Scotland earlier in the year , lifting the Scottish open championship .

Newcomers Nick Ross 93 , Dan Buckley 119 , 421 Chris Aldridge ( who is bagging wins like nobodies business and regular classic driver 42 Dean Kitchen , 24 Stuart Wright, 121 Charlie Schembri and travelling from Scotland the current National champion 17 Kenny Purdie.

Heat one was led by Charlie Schrembri ; Taber cut through the pack with Boyd hard on his tail . Finding a way past Charlie they both darted off for the flag drop Taber taking the win .

A reverse grid for heat two put Taber near the back and Craig a little further forward , the early leader Darren Owen was passed by 45 Craig who took over and was gone into the distance. Owen did well to stay second with 42 Kitchen and Wright 24 giving chase . Taber was well back but still scoring points.

The grid was a points accumulator for the championship putting Boyd and Taber on front row , Boyd made the break , Taber and Purdie followed ; Purdie was quicker and the blue flag waved at 555 for two laps , lucky for him Purdie developed a miss fire and dropped back down the field . Defending champion Owen coming up into third for the flag .

Well two down just the Irish to go for the triple championship for Craig now but first can he take the National at Ipswich ?

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