Rogers UK Oval Racing Pages

NEWS


 

Spedeworth

Mike Greenwood's excellent Calendar

You can order your 2014 Calendar from
Photostox(Dept. ROP), 11 Elliott Drive,
Leicester Forest East, Leicester LE3 3FA.
The cost is £18.00 including postage and
packing (cheque’s made payable to
Mike Greenwood please). Please e-mail
mike@photostox.demon.co.uk if
you would like to purchase a Calendar

and pay by PayPal.


Click above for news from the
 UK's premiere Drag Strip

Advertise here for as little as
 £20 a month (less than half it
 costs elsewhere) and have
 your ad seen by around a
 1,000 people a day!!!

29/12/14 The December Edition of Unloaded 7.3 Magazine is out. This is the time of the year for Dinners and presentation evenings, this issue has details of several. The Diary covers October and November so has lots of events to report on. Hmmm takes a look at the White and Yellow championship finals for F2's and Saloons. There is an abundancing reading but also how many meetings were attended by the drivers. Thank goodness no one worked out the cost of the diesel used though. The F2 Grand National Championship took place at Coventry with a different driver taking the title from the past six years when two drivers have dominated. Jim Turner reports on the exciting Saloon Superbowl that took place at Cowdenbeath. The ministox have a number of meetings coming up during January and February, this issue keeps you up to date with what's happening where. If like me you like BriSCA F2's and/or 2L Stock Saloons (not to mention ministox) pick the mag up at a track or subscribe, see my magazine page for details.e of stats for the formulas where not only things like average points make interest

12/12/14 See how the BBC in pictures views Oval Racing.

11/12/14 Read what Classic Cars has to say about classic Bangers racing days. No doubt some racing folk won't agree with all that's being said!!

20/11/14 The Wanderer recently made his way to Birmingham for a visit, many thanks to him for the following report.....

With the season coming to a close I decided to fit in a trip to Birmingham Wheels on the 15th November for their Brisca Gala Night with the F1s, F2s and Minstoxs racing. I got there early to leave time for a good look around the pits and to guarantee some ‘on site’ parking! It promised to be a good evening with a big crowd, a full pits and nothing more than light mizzle to moisten the track. As well as there being a number of trophies up for grabs, the Gala Night provides an opportunity for all drivers and teams to let their hair down after a busy season. It also provides an opportunity for some new drivers, a few returnees and a number from other formulas to try their hand. Brisca and BSCDA come together annually to organise the evening with all proceedings going to further the cause of stock car racing.

Thirty seven F1s had booked in for the meeting including former F2 World Champions Chris Burgoyne and Mickey Brennan, Saloon Stockcar regular Murray Jones, youngsters Jordan Falding and Austin Moore, V8 star Phoebe Wainman plus a one off appearances by Sean Tilley amongst others. Also present was Dutchman Marcel Jansen racing the Daniel Van Speiker car. A number of the leading names from the F1 ranks were again obvious by their absence but it mattered not.

Twenty two F1s emerged for the first Heat and after an early stoppage to recover a stranded 448 Jason Eaton it was 14 Roger Bromley who led them away with 445 Nigel Green having moved up to second spot. Green soon moved through to take the lead and went on to take the win ahead of Bromley and 515 Frankie Wainman Jnr. During his F2 career Green had made the Wheels raceway his own but this was his first F1 win at the track and I suspect a move from blue up to red is imminent. I had a good look around his car in the pits and it certainly had the appearance of work in progress with a number of innovations already applied. Heat Two saw waved yellows to recover 392 Chad Evans who had gone in hard on the car park bend. On the restart it was 172 Mickey Randell who led them off and went on to take the win with 212 Danny Wainman second and 217 Lee Fairhurst third. Scotsman Burgoyne took fifth place in the borrowed Speak car to go with his eighth spot in the first Heat. Heat Three saw all three Wainmans on track and Dave Goddard speculated as to whether when Frankie Jnr Jnr comes of age we might see Frankie Snr make a guest appearance to have all five Wainmans out together. Other than one early stoppage the race went the distance with Green taking his second win of the night followed by 352 Rory Foster and 68 Mickey Brennan; amongst the other finishers were Murray Jones coming home sixth and Phoebe Wainman in seventh place.

The F1 Final saw twenty six qualifiers line up in graded order on a closed grid. A fast starting race was soon brought under caution to recover a stranded Foster, and Green also pulled off at this stage. Randell who had been really flying all evening led the pack away but as the laps ticked away he was overhauled and it would be Danny Wainman who’d take the lead followed by a hard charging Paul Ford with Burgoyne in hard pursuit. It looked to be going Wainman’s way until Ford executed a perfect last bender to take the lead and chequered ahead of Burgoyne with Wainman coming home third. History was also made as this was reckoned to be the first time ever in Brisca F1 that Scotsmen had taken first and second place in a Final. There have been rumours of Paul leaving F1 at this end of this season but judging by the earlier conversation I had with him I think we’ll be seeing him again next year.

The F1 Race of Champions saw Nigel Harrhy, Lee Fairhurst, Paul Ford, FWJ, Danny Wainman, Michael Randell, Nigel Green and John Lund line up on track; Tim Farrell did make it out onto track but was directed onto the midfield, not sure what happened there. It never did really develop into a race with all drivers enjoying a bit of theatre for the ten laps before really letting it go after the green flags with a spectacular display of tyre smoking and donuts – a fitting finale to the season. Just for the record it was Randell who took the chequered!

‘Sir’ John Lund has been in the thick of it and competitive all season but unless I’m mistaken this could be the first season since 1976 in which he’s failed to win a race, an incredible record and the likes of which we may never see again.

The F2s had a full six race format including their Shoot Out, Final and Race of Champions. All corners of the UK were represented with the Midlands based drivers being joined by those from the West Country, East Anglia, Northern Ireland and Scotland; included amongst the latter was a strong contingent from Crimond in the far north and by my reckoning that’s a round trip of over nine hundred miles! Unlike the F1s they had their World and National Points Champions present along with 2013 World Champion 783 James Rygor. Their first race ran as the ‘Last Chance’ for the Shoot Out with the first three to qualify. The nineteen drivers formed up in a points based reverse closed grid with 886 Chris Bradbury sat on the back row. They were off to a quick start but Bradbury quickly sliced through the field to take the lead by lap three and from there he coasted to the finish with 117 Thomas Bailey coming home a distant second followed by 828 Julian Coombes in third spot.

Next up was the F2 Shoot Out with the thirty cars again forming a closed grid for the twenty lap race. Amongst those on track was team Bailey with long time racer Paul joined by his two sons Thomas and Tim. With 1 George MacMillan Jnr and Gordon Moodie bringing up the rear it was an awesome looking field of cars. It was a flying 83 Sy Harraway who made up the early running and then led right up to the last bend when Moodie made his move, dislodged him and took the win and Shoot Out Championship; second place went to 101 Kelvin Whalley with Harraway recovering to take third.

The F2s third race was run as a Consolation and with almost a dozen red tops bringing up the back of the field, action a plenty was promised. No sooner were the greens shown than waved yellows were brought out to recover a stranded car from the racing line. What happened next can only be described as a shambles with the race being restarted, or was it, as cars immediately tangled under the starter’s rostrum and yellows were brought out, sort of! Eventually the cars were brought under caution but not before several others sustained damage and the decision was taken for a complete restart. The race then ran the distance with 846 Ashley England taking the win ahead of Rygor and 768 Tom Adcroft. The grid for the Final included twenty nine cars with over a dozen top men at the back of the field including the silver and gold roofs. The twenty lap race saw three stoppages to recover cars with the top men taking full advantage to move through the field. After the third stoppage there were only sixteen runners left and Moodie had fought his way through to the fourth spot. At half distance it was Harraway ahead of Moodie again but the Scotsman was able to move through to cross the line first followed by Harraway and MacMillan. After a pause it was announced that Harraway was docked two places for jumping the restart promoting MacMillan to second spot and NI312 Christopher Kincaid to third.

The penultimate race for the F2s was billed as an All Comers but with only ten cars appearing on track it didn’t quite live up to expectations. Never the less with only one red and one blue top on track it provided an opportunity for some of the lower grades to have a good race and for NI935 Dean McCrory to take the win with 339 Stuart Kelly in second place and 828 Julian Coombes coming home third leaving representatives of Northern Ireland, Crimond and Exeter to take the victory lap! With Sy Harraway unable to make it back onto track, only seven cars lined up for the F2 Champion of Champions but they certainly didn’t hold back and it was close packed action all the way. After Moodie and Whalley tangled on the back straight they were effectively out of the running and it would be Kincaid who would take the Champion of Champions trophy back to Northern Ireland rounding off what had been a good night for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The F2 scene will certainly look different next year with Barry Goldin announcing his retirement and Chris Bradbury apparently taking a couple of years out due to work commitments. They are two stars of the sport who have made an enormous commitment and contribution to the F2 racing; also they belong to that small group of drivers who can mix it with the best on both tarmac and shale.

After a fantastic season over thirty Ministox were present for their end of season finale and for a number of drivers including Sophie Maynard and Ryan Fairburn this would be their final appearance in the formula having reached the ripe old age of sixteen. Heat One saw twenty cars on track and other than one early stoppage to recover two stranded cars this one went the distance with 180 Courtney Witts taking the win ahead of 134 Sophie Maynard and 226 Amy Webster. Heat two saw twenty one cars appear and a fast stoppage free race saw 287 Janson Wilkinson cross the line first with Webster taking second and 183 Charlie Gruinchard the third spot. Heat Three saw the yellows out on the first lap as cars tangled as they approached the green flag. What followed though was another good race with the lead drivers racing three abreast and the lead changing throughout before Witts took the chequered and her second win of the night ahead of Wilkinson and 60 Matt Venables.

Their Final was to be another thriller but not before the yellows were brought out to recover 10 Chloe Jukes who was in the thick of it before taking a big hit on the pit gate corner and ending up on the infield banking. A lengthy stoppage saw Chloe receiving medical attention and her car roof removed before she exited the car and was thankfully able to walk away. With racing resumed the action was full on and having taken the lead and with five to go, it looked as though Witts was going to make it a hat trick. Unfortunately for her fate intervened and with just three laps remaining she got involved in a tangle with back markers on turn two allowing Webster to come through for the win with Venables second and 262 Camey Dorrell. Appreciation must go to all of the young drivers for the quality of racing they’ve delivered all season and the consistently high quality of the cars.

All in all a good night’s racing and all wrapped up by 9.45pm comfortably ahead of their curfew and with only next weekend’s National Banger Champion of Champions race to come next weekend before the Wheels Stadium is put under wraps for 2014. Appreciation is due to Steve Rees for promoting and to Incarace for hosting a good meeting.

The Wanderer

22/10/14 George Rimmer (who does great work promoting the sport in general and the Heritage cars in particular) has kindly been in contact  to let us know that ....(PHOTO'S KINDLY SUPPLIED BY JAY ADAIR MOTORSPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY www.jayadairmotorphoto.com)

The fans up at Warton Raceway near Carnforth, were treated to an unexpected nostalgia trip last Sunday (18/10), when three Heritage drivers took their 'Oldskool' F1's for a few demonstration laps around the Cumbrian oval. Local driver Martin Makim, a former Super Banger Champion at Warton, had his long awaited Jim Esau 244 replica on hand, alongside Dave Newby who gave his recently acquired Doug Cronshaw 'Potent Mix 2' its first outing in the hands of her new owner. Making a short trip up the coast to join the fun was Southport's Ron Harney, a Heritage F1 veteran who raced with the original THORA division, giving his Topolino bodied Wilf Blundell #75 tribute car an end of year work out. These three mighty F1 war horses looked quite at home on the tight and tricky little track (with its notorious 'dog leg' on the back straight). However the 244 cars run was cut short after a slight detour to the fence in what can only be described as ''greasy conditions'' that didn't agree with the skinny cross ply tyres!! The cars seemed to be very well received judging by the large crowds around them in the pit area after the demonstration. As with most Heritage events, the drivers were more than happy to take time and chat with the fans about their cars and rekindle plenty of old memories and stories. Martin's Esau replica took over two years to build and features a Standard ' Flying 8' body with a 350ci Oldsmobile 'Rocket' motor as was used on the original 244. The Pontiac powered 'Cronny' Auto Enthusiast Special' was recently purchased by Dave from Rochdale's Steve Dyson who built the car in 2013 and unveiled it at the NEC show. Ron's car was one of the first Heritage Retro Specials, built by BriSCA Veteran John Plant, and originally featured a Jaguar power unit prior to having it's current ferocious small block Chevy installed. Many Thanks to all three drivers for putting on a good show at Warton's final meeting of their 42nd season. .

9/9/14

George Rimmer has been in touch to tell us about an exciting demo put on by the Heritage folk.....


All pictures kindly supplied by JASON EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY

We did a demo event last Saturday at the Wirral Rally which is held along the closed public Promenade road at New Brighton. Its a big event on the rally calender, with all the usual Subaru's, Mitsibushi's, Escorts and all sorts of other exotic rally machinery on hand. The organisers (Wallasy Motor Club), asked us to take the stock cars out on the road in the interval, but little did I know that they had actually set up a full oval course and told the lads to let rip!! We had seven Heritage cars there, but sadly only five of them made it out onto the demo run due to tech issues. It was still quite a spectacular sight however, and the huge crowd of 16,000 Rally fans totally loved it!! Obviously there was a great deal of interest from the locals too, as New Brighton once had the legendary high banked track that closed back in 1976. It was just a pity that several of the Heritage drivers who had said they were going pulled out for various reasons, as it would have been even more impressive with a dozen of them out there!!

3/4/14 As most people will know Mildenhall Stadium has been the subject of court cases that have alleged noise nuisance. The result of the legal action could affect all sorts of events that have taken place for years with no problem. RDC have more information about it all on their web site and you can sign the official petition by clicking here..

16/2/14

Thanks to Mark Teg for the pictures from the Wisbech Remembered gathering that took place in the car park of the Tesco's that now stands on the site of the old Wisbech track. Like many others I spent many a happy hour at this track.

16/2/14 Read what the Richmond and Twickenham Times has to say about a meeting at Wimbledon, nice to read a well informed piece.

14/2/14 Read what Your Local Guardian has to say about the prospects of racing continuing at Wimbledon.

28/01/14 News from Kevin Hassell Racing.....

Kelvin Hassell will fly to California in April to take part in the Northern California Pro 4 Modified Series.

The Championships opening round is at All American Speedway, a venue where Kelvin plans to race the NASCAR K&N Pro Series later in the year.
“This is going to be a kind of recce mission for us ahead of our K&N debut. We just want to see how the logistics work and, from my point of view, I want to run a race there and the GSR Racing team have given us the opportunity to do that with their Pro 4 Modified program.”

The race will hold more new challenges for Hassell, yet another unfamiliar car at an unfamiliar venue. But Hassell is confident. “I feel like we say this every year! It will be fine. It is always fine!”

Modified racing hails back to the beginnings of stock car racing in the United States where, in order to prepare a car for motorsport, you simply removed the lights and fenders. Today, the Modifieds are a unique brand of specialised race cars. From the back, they look like the conventional American NASCAR stock cars you see on television. At the front you can see an open wheel design more like a single seater. A “No lights and fenders” look that gives a nod back to the formulas roots.

Hassell is not planning to race full time in the USA at the moment, but will do so whenever his budget allows. “We are looking at races that are best for us and our marketing partners within the NASCAR umbrella. But really we want to concentrate on the NASCAR K&N West Series.”

21/1/14 News from Pete at Racequip...

Thought we would drop you a few lines re Swaffham Raceway, don't know if you know but as from Jan 2014 it will come under the Racequip Raceways banner ( yes are the people who run Smallfields ) anyway we kick off at Swaffham on Sunday March 09th with the National Micro Bangers with £500 prize money up for grabs , this meeting will also have Superstox / Street Rods / Jrn Rods as support .

We will be running the CORTINA meeting later in the year and also have a planned speedweekend , so lots going on if anyone would like a fixture list they can send an email to racequipraceway@hotmail.co.uk and we will forward one on

Smallfields re open on Aril 6th again with the Mirco bangers which so far have already have over 70 cars booked in , another date planned is the BEARS CHALLENGE which this year will take place Sunday 22nd June

You can see a PDF of the Swaffham fixtures by clicking here.

19/1/14 I managed to take a good few pictures at the NEC and here are the links to a couple of the albums...

NEC Pictures 1

NEC Pictures 2

I'd be interested to know if any of you appear in any of the pictures :-).

12/1/14 There was an abundance of cars powered by Lyndale Engines (sponsors of this page) at the NEC, see the Lyndale advert and link at the top of this page.

11/1/14 Great day today at the NEC meeting friends old and new. I have masses of pictures and will eventually be getting them onto the net. anyway here's one to be going on with. Don't forget it all happens again tomorrow...

 

19/12/14 Mike Greenwood is pleased to announce that the 2014 F1 Stock Car Calendar is still available. Now in its fourteenth year the Calendar features the best photos from the top UK and Dutch stock car photographers.

The 2014 themes include – stock car heritage, new cars, crash-bang-wallop, the shoot-out contenders, the 2013 World Final, photographic excellence and in the driver’s seat!

Any profits from Calendar sales will be used to maintain the Photostox F1 Stock Car photo archive which now contains over 210,000 images, covering the period from the mid 1960s to present, and the F1 Stock Car driver database of almost 5,000 drivers.

You can order your 2014 Calendar from Photostox (Dept. ROP), 11 Elliott Drive, Leicester Forest East, Leicester LE3 3FA. The cost is £18.00 including postage and packing (cheque’s made payable to Mike Greenwood please). Please e-mail mike@photostox.demon.co.uk if you would like to purchase a Calendar and pay by PayPal.


5/12/13 I never got to see the racing at the Kimbolton  Track that was active in the 80's and it appears that the land is about to be redeveloped shortly so David and Chris took their cameras along and you can see what they found by clicking here. Many thanks to them for the pictures.

26/05/13 I have been wanting to see the Classic Modifieds in action for a long time but things like heart operations got in the way. At last I was able to get to Swaffham Raceway and I was pleasantly surprised, not just by the Classic Modifieds but also by the whole set up at Swaffham. If you want a good day out for a reasonably price then Swaffham could be for you. This Sunday was a 'Speed Sunday' which meant that the emphasis was on Rod type formulas (Next week on the 2nd June at 1:30pm its the turn of the contact guys with East Anglian Championship for Junior Bangers plus Bangers, Superstox, Unlimited Rookie Bangers and Street Stox). This Sunday there were 21 races on the program and there was little time spent looking at an empty track. It was virtually racing all the way. Its all very friendly (perhaps not quite so much amongst a few of the Hot Rod Drivers that has a slight falling out at one stage :-)  ). I was particularly delighted to find that the commentator is none other than Jim Gregory. The joint promoter Shawn Mason was pretty busy as he was also the meeting steward and was racing the great number 01 car shown below (Good looking but a bit of a handful to drive, mind you Shawn managed to win with it).

Also on hand was Malc Foskett with his classic Ford Cortina, sadly this had piston ring problems early on as can bee seen by the trail of smoke.....

You couldn't find a more likeable couple of chaps than Malc and brother Trevor. Trevor won a race in the 63 car, he had taken on a drive in this car at short notice after usual pilot from Team Tegerdine was a taken ill....

Click here to see more of my pictures from Swaffham.

For more news about what's coming up at Swaffham visit www.swaffhamraceway.com

28/2/13 Rob Speak has announced that he will be racing a F2 in the QR at Kings Lynn this coming weekend.

22/1/13 I have uploaded four albums of pictures from the show at the NEC, they can be viewed by clicking below....

Album 1

Album 2

Album 3

Album 4

6/8/12 On Sunday I visited the very smart Great Yarmouth Stadium. In fact this must be one of the best facilities we have in the UK. Great under cover viewing with a good variety of food available. Sit behind a table in very pleasant surroundings or enjoy the atmosphere on the grass spectator banks. If you like to enjoy a bit of comfort with your racing then Yarmouth is the place for you. See more details at http://www.yarmouthstadium.co.uk/ and see what's formulas are on on the left of this page or on Spedeworths web site.

The Superstox final on Sunday went to :- 482, 176, 612, 540, 17, 279


Jane Allard proved to be more than just a pretty face when she took her 369 banger to a win in
one of Sunday's National Banger heats.

A trip to the seaside followed by an evening at Yarmouth raceway makes a fabulous day out or long weekend. See more pictures from Yarmouth by clicking here.


A regular and very enthusiastic competitor at Yarmouth in the rookie Rods is a guy usually
more often seen on two wheels, Coventry Speedway Star Edward Kennett.

6/6/12 Clive Marchant has sent us some brilliant pictures from last weekends Ipswich meeting, I have now added the remainder of Clive's pictures to the album,  by clicking here you can see his atmospheric pictures.

30/5/12 News from Les at Spedeworth....

Please find updated photos of the new #11 Spedeworth Fabrications Tigra that will be campaigned by South African Champion Neville Loosemore in the 2012 National Hot Rod World Championship Final. The body has now been painted and mounted on the chassis, all wiring has been installed as well as the fuel system and cooling system. The Anderson Racing Engine is due for delivery shortly and, once this has arrived, the drive-train will be installed; the car will then be finished off in preparation for Neville’s arrival in the UK for planned familiarisation sessions prior to taking part in the Thunder 500 event at Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich on June 23rd. This event will allow Neville to test the car, and himself, against the finest drivers and machines that National Hot Rod racing can offer in an evening of racing featuring a truly cosmopolitan field. The car will then be readied for its big test – the World Championship at Foxhall Stadium on July 7th & 8th – Neville Loosemore is an experienced driver with many championship races under his belt and a number of championship victories on his racing CV and is rightly considered as a serious contender in any event that he attends.

24/5/12 European Late Model Series 20th May 2012, Warneton Speedway, Belgium

21/4/12 More news from Spedeworth....

Spedeworth Motorsports continue to go from strength to strength!
Spedeworth Motorsports are now in the process of building a new Engineering Workshop that will give the Spedeworth Fabrications team more space in the main workshop area. Chris Ludlow issued the following statement:
“With the influx of orders for new cars from both new and existing customers, as well as the high demand for maintenance work on existing cars from our large customer base; we have experienced issues in accommodating all of the cars that require work – as well as the new cars that are in progress. I am delighted that Deane Wood has agreed to invest even more and to give us the space that we require to ensure that all work is completed on time and to the high standards expected and demanded by Spedeworth Fabrications.”

16/4/12 Les has sent us the latest episode in the Spedeworth Fabrications Build Diary for National Hot Rod #11.

It may have been a short working week due to the bank holiday but that has not stopped progress being made on the new Spedeworth Fabrications car of South African Champion Neville Loosemore. Richard has now wired up and installed the dashboard as well as measuring and fitting the panel kit. The addition of the panel kit certainly makes the new Spedeworth Fabrications Tigra look more like a race car but there is still a great deal of work to do – Richard is waiting on components arriving shortly and then he will begin installing the drive-train of the car.



We are delighted to announce that Neville Loosemore will be debuting the new car at the Thunder 500 meeting at Ipswich on Saturday June 23rd – we are sure that this “test session” will stand Neville in good stead for his 2012 World Final campaign.

9/4/12 Many thanks to Mark Tegerdine for sending the Photos by AmmoPhotography.co.uk and the report by Richard Waldridge....

Classic Modifieds @ Swaffham Raceway – Easter Sunday 8th April 2012
Easter Sunday saw Swaffham Raceway host the ‘Panda Car Pandemonium’ race day. A six formula race fest in aid of Cystic Fibrosis research, and this was to be the first outing of 2012 for the Classic Modifieds. A lot of midnight oil had been burnt over the winter months which saw the field grow to eight cars for the start of the season. New comers include John Jones in the immaculately prepared Anglia 105E; the mid Norfolk circuit also welcomed veteran Super Rod World Champion, Malc Foskett in his Cortina Mk1. The racing family of the Classic Modifieds world, otherwise known as Team Meakins swelled to three drivers for this season. Young Jordon in a Triumph Stag, and Eric Newson in a BMW 2002; both of which had been mated to Reliant Scimitar chassis gave company to Julian in the Escort Mk1.
Along with regulars Dave Cumbridge in his aptly reliveried Morris 1000, Shawn ‘Mr Swaffham Raceway’ Mason in his Standard Vanguard and former Super Rod star Kelly King guest driving the Cortina Mk2 of Darren Barnes, this was looking to be a very entertaining afternoon of racing.
Due to the mix of formulae on show, the Classic Modifieds opted to go out for the first race of the afternoon. As the burbling V6 engined machines came out onto the track, grid positions were determined by a mixture of experience mated to the finishing results from the 2011 season. This meant that John Jones in 26, Jordon Meakins in 33and Dave Cumbridge in 92 lined up nearest the start/finish rostrum. Half way round the pit bed you was to find Shawn Mason in 01, Kelly King in 69 and Eric Newson in 34. Finally on the back straight was Julian Meakinsin 32 and Malc Foskett in 48. Although half a lap down, once the green flag dropped the grid soon bunched up in what became a fairly evenly paced race, only separated by the more experienced drivers taking the outside line in which to pass. Kelly King was an early retirement due to fuelling issues and Julian Meakins was also a casualty to gremlins within the gearbox and also a weepy engine core plug – the latter proving too risky to continue the meeting. Plenty of sideways action (not always intentional) from Foskett and Mason, Shawn ending up doing a detour via the back straight infield at one point to save any nasty repercussions from his Vanguard deciding to have a case of steering from the rear. Once the chequered flag dropped, it was a well-deserved win for ‘rookie’ racer John Jones, with Malc Foskett in second, and Dave Cumbridge in third.


During the other supporting races, the heavens decided that enough was enough for a dry Easter Sunday and treated the track to a hefty downpour. This would prove to be somewhat challenging for the Modifieds in that only half the field was equipped with wet tyres, so the decision was made amongst the drivers that in keeping with the spirit of the formula, and to keep the playfield as level as possible, everyone was to go out on slicks. Once the second race had arrived, the first two home from race once saw Jones and Jordon Meakins start alongside Malc Foskett on the back straight. This was to be a slightly more sedate pace due to the weather but the action tap was still flowing well enough to see pirouettes from King (right in front of a rapidly paced Foskett), Mason, Jones and a fairly hefty nearside rear quarter clout of the home straight Armco by Newson in car 34, luckily the bumpers saving the Bavarian tin work. Unfortunately, about four laps from home, the 48 car came to a rest on the outside of the pit turn due to what was later found to be a broken differential, the second in two meetings for Team Foskett. On completion of the race, it was the Stag of Jordon Meakins first home, followed by Jones and Newson.


Although the rain held off for the final, the track was left in a very greasy state for the drivers; in particular, Kelly King, who fought desperately to catch the fish-tailing Mk2 Cortina as it exited turn two about half way through the race. This resulted in it tagging the wall about a third of the way down the back straight, buckling the nearside front wing and bending the steering and suspension enough to prematurely retire the 69 car from the meeting. Malc Foskett saw his team’s hard work rewarded in getting the Cortina back together by taking the win, and to celebrate this landmark in the formula, a celebratory powerslide accompanied by a wave to the crowd as he exited turn four. Second was Jones with Cumbridge in third.
Post-race feedback from the drivers and spectators alike was all positive, a thoroughly enjoyable meeting whereby spirits weren’t dampened by the inclement conditions. If anything, the main question was ‘what else is being built?’ Currently in various stages of build are a Mk1 Capri, Daf 44, Ford 100E, a second Triumph Stag a pair of VW Beetles and even a Mk2 Jaguar. These should all be turning a wheel on the Norfolk oval during the season.
The next meeting for the Classic Modifieds is at Swaffham is on Saturday 12th May at 6pm – we can’t promise you better weather, but the action from the V6 powered retro racers will continue to be, as Terry-Thomas would say, ‘bang on, old boy…!’
Regular reports on the Classic Modifieds will be appearing on this website and also in the Retro Ford Magazine throughout the season.
Formula Website www.classicmodifieds.co.uk




F2` Final winner Dan Moss

The caravan race had 16 caravans and in no time the crowd got what they had come to see, the vans reduced to piles of aluminium and wood.

22/4/11 It was the old firm in the F2's at Northampton where young Mr George was doing the tweeks to a certain Mr Speaks car with rather good results ( results above )....


  

22/4/11 In my opinion some of the engineering on todays F2's are almost works of art, have a look at the inboard suspension on this F2 that was at Northampton on 22/4/1 for the Autospeed meeting (
larger pictures available by clicking here)...