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26TH OCTOBER – SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED AND SOMETHING BLUE….WITH A RED CHASSIS!


YOUR FIRST RACE WIN IS AN INCREDIBLY SPECIAL MOMENT, NONE MORE SO THAN FOR OUR 'TEAM OLDSKOOL' CAPTIAN 125 PETER GRAY, ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DRIVERS CURRENTLY IN THE FORMULA - WELL DONE MATE! 

                                                                      (PIC COURTESY CHRIS BERRY PHOTOGRAPHY).  

AFTER THE FANTASTIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WE WITNESSED AT WIMBLEDON, THE ‘BUZZ’ HAS CERTAINLY CONTINUED OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS WITH ANOTHER MEMORABLE NIGHT AT TULLYROAN FOR THE IRISH CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP, AND EMOTIONAL MEETINGS TOO AT BOTH FOXHALL AND LOCHGELLY!


TO ROUND UP, TULLYROAN KICKED OFF ON SATURDAY 11TH OCTOBER WITH THE OPENING HEAT GOING TO 951 JEFF MINISH FROM 917 GARY GRATTAN AND 975 NATHAN BEATTIE WHO HAD REPAIRED FOLLOWING THE DAMAGE INCURRED AT THE DROP OF THE GREEN AT WIMBLEDON. HEAT TWO SAW A WIN FOR 918 DAVID McMENEMY WHO HAS HAD A FEW OF THESE NOW, FROM 914 LEE DAVISON (HOPEFULLY ENJOYING HIS NEW JOB) AND 907 DENVER GRATTAN.

THE N.W. PROPERTY DEVELOPMENTS FINAL WENT TO 936 BILLY FINNEGAN, FROM 914 DAVISON AND 917 GARY GRATTAN.


THE FOLLOWING DAY, IT WAS ACROSS THE WATER TO LOCHGELLY FOR THE ACTION ON A DAY WHEN OUR GOOD FRIEND 177 STU GILCHRIST TOOK A WELL DESERVED DAY OFF FROM RACING.

HEAT ONE SAW A WIN FOR 265 BARRY STEPHEN FROM 453 KENNY McKENZIE AND 55 LEE LIVINGSTON, WITH 74 DINO BRUCE AND 15 DAVID BALLENTINE OF ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ FOLLOWING THEM HOME.

HEAT TWO WAS WON BY 684 RALPH STURROCK, FROM 53 DAVID FRAME AND 55 LIVINGSTON, ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 39 LEE CLARK, 15 BALLENTINE AND THE RETURNING 116 ANDY COCHRANE ALSO FEATURED IN THE TOP TEN PLACES.

THE FINAL OF THE DAY WAS FOR THE THOMAS MICHIE MEMORIAL, WON BY 55 LEE LIVINGSTON, FROM 265 BARRY STEPHEN AND 53 DAVID FRAME THIRD TO ROUND OFF WHAT HAD BEEN A VERY COMPETITIVE DAY AT LOCHGELLY WHICH IS STILL PRODUCING NEW DRIVERS TO THE FORMULA NEARLY EVERY MEETING INCLUDING FORMER F2 STAR DRIVER, 309 BRYAN FORREST.


FRIDAY NIGHT RACING RETURNED TO AGHADOWEY ON THE 17TH, - THE NEWLY ANNOUNCED VENUE FOR THE 2015 SUPERSTOX CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD – AND SO DID THE RAIN!

IN WHAT APPEARED TO BE A TORRENTIAL NIGHT OF RAIN, ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S 955 KYLE BEATTIE TOOK THE IRISH CHAMPIONSHIP FROM 917 GARY GRATTAN AND 907 DENVER GRATTAN. HOPEFULLY THIS WAS OF SOME COMPENSATION TO KYLE WHO, LIKE BROTHER NATHAN, HAD GONE TO A LOT OF TROUBLE TO BE AT WIMBLEDON ONLY TO PICK UP DAMAGE ON THE OPENING LAP SADLY.

THE ‘REVENGE RACE’ SAW A WIN FOR 917 GARY GRATTAN IN WHAT APPEARED TO BE ONLY TWO RACES FOR THE SUPERSTOX ON THE NIGHT.


THE FOLLOWING DAY SAW SPEDEWORTH ACTION AT FOXHALL IN WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A PLEASANT MILD EVENING. CAR NUMBERS WERE NOT QUITE AS HIGH AS NORMAL BUT A FORTNIGHT ON FROM THE WORLD FINAL, NO DOUBT SOME DRIVERS WERE STILL BUSY ON REPAIRS! NONETHELESS IT WAS A GOOD TURN OUT OF CARS INCLUDING THE DEBUT OF 144 JAMIE OATES, SON OF 4 DAVE OATES WHO COMPETED IN SUPERSTOX, SUPER RODS, HOT RODS AND SEVERAL OTHER THINGS THROUGHOUT THE 70’S AND 80’S.


IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO MEET UP WITH 32 MARTIN BROWN IN THE FORMER 18 MARK EATON WORLD WINNING HIGMAN OF 2001. THE CAR STILL LOOKS GREAT AND GOES WELL HAVING BEEN FORMERLY CAMPAIGNED BY 516 MICHAEL FIORE AND 58 LUKE HAMILTON.

MARTIN WILL SHORTLY BE JOINED BY HIS BROTHER CHRIS, THEIR LATE FATHER STEVE BROWN HELPED MANY A DRIVER IN YEARS GONE BY AND WE’LL BE TALKING MORE TO THEM ABOUT THEIR DAD, AND GROWING UP WITH SUPERSTOX BUILDING, PLUS WE’LL ALSO BE LOOKING AT ANOTHER PROJECT OF MARTIN’S WHICH WE ARE GOING TO CHRISTEN, ‘PROJECT 171/4’


ALSO IN THE PITS WAS 23 MATT CARBERRY IN THE BORROWED 482 JASON COOPER HCD, MATT’S OWN SPEDEWORTH FABRICATIONS CAR HAVING SUSTAINED CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE IN THAT MASSIVE OPENING LAP SHUNT OF THE WORLD FINAL.

THE PITS AND DRIVERS WERE STILL BUZZING FROM WIMBLEDON AND RIGHTLY SO ON A NIGHT WHEN THE SUPERSTOX FORMULA CREATED FOLKLORE STORIES TO BE TOLD OVER THE COMING YEARS!


THE MEETING WAS ROUND 14 OF THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES WHICH ALSO GAVE ME THE OPPURTUNITY TO CHAT TO SPONSOR, 124 DAVE MILES IN THE PITS ABOUT THE ZETEC POWERPLANT HE’S BEEN DEVELOPING THROUGH THIS SEASON….THERE WILL BE MORE TO READ ON THIS VERY SOON AND AS WE CLOSE FOR PRESS, SPEDEWORTH/INCARACE HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT THE REV LIMITER ON THESE ENGINES CAN BE TURNED UP A NOTCH TO 7800 RPM TO ASSIST WITH GEARING.


376 STEVEN JACKSON WAS PARADED ON THE CONTROL CAR WITH THE NOW 5” TALLER TROPHY (YOUR’S TRULY DID’NT GET MYSELF PICTURED WITH IT THIS TIME!)…AND THEN DEMONSTRATED WHY HE’S WORLD CHAMPION BY TAKING THE OPENING HEAT IN FINE STYLE, FROM A VERY FAST AND DETERMINED LOOKING 242 SAM STACEY WAVING THE ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL FLAG’ IN FINE STYLE FROM 482 JASON COOPER AND OUR OWN 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON. 540 BRETT WESBROOM, ALWAYS IN THE RESULTS NOWADAY’S CLAIMED 8TH IN THIS ONE.

HEAT TWO AND THIS WAS SIMPLY A JOY TO WATCH! I’M THRILLED TO SAY THIS WAS A FIRST EVER WIN FOR ONE OF THE NICEST FELLAS IN OVAL RACING AND ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL CAPTIAN’, 125 PETER GRAY!

TAKING THE LEAD EARLY ON, PETER SET A PACE THAT EVEN 482 JASON COOPER COULD’NT REEL IN UNTIL THE CLOSE AND EVEN IN BACKMARKING TRAFFIC PETER WAS NOT TO BE DENIED AND EVEN SURVIVED A BIT OF A LUNGE FROM MR COOPER AT THE END TO TAKE A HUGELY POPULAR WIN THAT BROUGHT HANDSHAKES ALL ROUND FOR A GUY THAT PUTS SO MUCH INTO HIS RACING AND HAS RACED WHEN AND WHENEVER HE COULD INCLUDING TWO ANNUAL VISITS TO SCOTLAND.

THERE’S NO DOUBTING PETER’S POPULARITY AS FACEBOOK WENT MAD OVER THE WEEKEND WITH MESSAGES OF CONGRATULATIONS FROM EVERYONE INCLUDING OUR VERY OWN ‘TARTAN TORNADO’ 177 STU GILCHRIST AND THE GOOD FOLK FROM LOCHGELLY.

AS MENTIONED, 482 COOPER WAS SECOND WITH 416 MARK SMITH THIRD. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE THE RETURNING 60 BEN MARJORAM IN 5TH, 540 WESBROOM IN 7TH AND 59 STEVE HAMILTON IN 9TH.


THE FINAL WAS ANOTHER THRILLING RACE TO BRING THE CURTAIN DOWN ON SUPERSTOX AT FOXHALL IN 2014, THIS ONE GOING TO 482 JASON COOPER, FROM 60 MARJORAM, 432 ROBINSON THIRD AND 125 PETER GRAY IN 4TH WHICH HAS POSTED HIM STRAIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE BLUE GRADE FOR THE NEXT GRADING PERIOD.

WESBROOM BAGGED A 6TH IN THIS ONE TO ADD TO HIS POINTS TALLY AND 176 ALEX MEADOWS ENDED A FRUSTRATING NIGHT WITH AN 8TH WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER BUT FOR A FRUSTRATING MISSFIRE ON THE NIGHT.


THE FOLLOWING DAY, IT WAS BACK UP AT LOCHGELLY WITH THE OPENING HEAT GOING TO 177 STU GILCHRIST, FROM 53 DAVID FRAME AND 265 BARRY STEPHEN WITH WET CONDITIONS STILL PREVAILING IN THE NORTH.

HEAT TWO WAS A REVERSAL WITH 53 FRAME LEADING 177 GILCHRIST OVER THE LINE FROM 309 BRYAN FORREST.

THE GRAND FINAL WAS A ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ 1 – 2 WITH 177 GILCHRIST TAKING THE WIN FROM OUR GOOD FRIEND 116 ANDY COCHRANE WHO SADLY COULD NOT ATTEND THE WIMBLEDON WORLD FINAL. 453 COLIN FRAME WAS THIRD AND ONCE AGAIN 39 CLARK, 74 BRUCE AND 15 BALLENTINE FEATURED IN THE RESULTS ALL DAY.


THIS WAS ALSO ONE VERY SPECIAL DAY AT LOCHGELLY FOR IT MARKED THE RETURN TO RACING FOR 779 PETER EASTON AFTER SEVERAL YEARS. LIKE MANY OF THE SUPERSTOX DRIVERS AT H.R.P, PETER IF A FORMER F2 DRIVER AND HAS RETURNED TO RACING WITH A VERY GOOD CAUSE IN MIND, TO RAISE AWARENESS AND HOPEFULLY FUNDS FOR VARIOUS CANCER CHARITIES. WE WILL BE TALKING MORE ABOUT PETER, HIS FAMILY AND HIS CAUSES IN DUE COURSE.

PETER HAD THIS TO SAY; “THIS IS WHY I CAME BACK TO THE SPORT I LOVE, TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THOSE WE LOVE AND HAVE LOST.

I DON'T WANT SPONSORS, JUST CHOOSE ONE OR ALL THE CHARITYS ON THE SUPERSTOX AND PLEASE DONATE”.

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“IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO”!


PLEASE IF YOU CAN, SUPPORT PETER AND THESE VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSES, OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX WILL BE FOLLOWING PETER’S PROGRESS BOTH ON TRACK AND OFF WITH HIS CAMPAIGN.

FROM A RACING PERSPECTIVE, IN THE POORING RAIN IT WAS A CASE OF GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH THE CAR WHICH SUFFERED FROM UNDERSTEER, BUT IT ALL CAME TOGETHER WITH AN 8TH IN THE FINAL.


ON THE OLDSKOOL BUILD FRONT, I CAUGHT UP WITH FORMER STAR DRIVER 242 BRIAN STACEY, FATHER OF SAM AT FOXHALL, WHO INFORMED ME THAT THE REPLICA BUILD OF HIS LAST CAR IS COMING ON WELL, CHECK OUT THE ‘PROJECT 242’ ALBUM AND WE COULD WELL SEE IT COMPLETED FOR NEXT SEASON.


I ALSO MET UP WITH FORMER DRIVER 124 BILL BRIGNALL WHO HAS RECENTLY BEEN ON JURY SERVICE BUT IS ABOUT TO START RECREATING HIS SUPERSTOX ANY DAY NOW, HE HAS QUITE A LOT OF PARTS COLLECTED ALREADY!


THE STEVIE ROSS OLD/NEW BUILD IS ALSO UNDERWAY, CHECK OUT THE PIT AREA FOR THE FULL STORY!


WE ARE ALSO STILL FINDING OLD SUPERS! I HAD BEEN CHASING THIS ONE FOR A WHILE AND WITH GRATEFUL THANKS TO FORMER SPEDEWORTH DRIVER, 2 JASON FIELDWICK, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF PICS OF WHAT WAS ORIGINALLY THE LAST RACED CAR OF 380 ALAN CAYZER. SHE’S BEEN PARKED UP FOR A WHILE HAVING ALSO SEEN DUTY WITH MATT SOLE WHEN HE WAS LEARNING HIS CRAFT AT TONGHAM MOTOR CLUB, THEN PASSING TO JASON A GOOD FEW YEARS BACK NOW. THE CAR IS STILL OWNED BY JASON AND SITS RESTING STILL IN MATT’S FORMER RACING COLOURS. IT’S REALLY HOPED THAT ONE DAY SHE WILL BE RETURNED TO ALAN CAYZER’S ORIGINAL RED AND SILVER AND RUNNING ONCE MORE AS A TRIBUTE TO THIS FAMOUS RACING FAMILY THAT PLAYED SUCH A HUGE PART IN SUPERSTOX RACING THROUGHOUT THE 70’S.


OUR NEXT ACTION IS AT GT YARMOUTH NEXT SUNDAY 2ND NOVEMBER FOR THE FINAL ROUND OF THE YARMOUTH SUPER SERIES AND ITS GALA NIGHT TOO SO PLENTY OF FIREWORKS!


AS WE CLOSE FOR PRESS, I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN SENDING OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENSCES TO BOTH THE ELMS AND GRAY FAMILIES WHO HAVE SUFFERED BEREAVEMENTS THIS WEEKEND.

LIFE CAN BE VERY, VERY HARD SOMETIMES, BUT WITH THE COMMUNITY OF FRIENDSHIP COMES COMFORT.


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


TORRENTIAL RAIN AT AGHADOWEY FOR THE IRISH CHAMPIONSHIP, OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 955 KYLE BEATTIE.

                                                                               (PICS COURTESY BRIAN LAMMMEY NIF2.COM) 



BACK IN 1976, 449 DAVE OATES AT WIMBLEDON, 2014 SON JAMIE DEBUT'S AT IPSWICH. (PICS COURTESY RICHARD JOHN NEIL AND GRIDART)



STILL LOOKING GREAT ALMOST FIFTEEN YEARS SINCE IT WAS DEBUTED, THE FORMER 2001 WORLD WINNING HIGMAN OF 18 MARK EATON IS NOW IN THE HANDS OF 32 MARTIN BROWN (PICS COURTESY DEAN COX AND CHRIS BERRY PHOTOGRAPHY).



THE LAST SUPERSTOX RACED BY 380 ALAN CAYZER (SEEN HERE WITH SON PETER AT THE WHEEL) HAS BEEN LOCATED SILENTLY SLEEPING (PICS COURTESY YARMOUTH STADIUM AND JASON FIELDWICK).


UP AT LOCHGELLY, 779 PETER EASTON HAS RETURNED TO RACING AND IS SUPPORTING SOME VERY WORTHWHILE CAUSES!



12TH OCTOBER – GOLDEN MOMENTS!

376 STEVEN JACKSON TAKES THE CHEQUERS TO BECOME 2014 WORLD CHAMPION AND THE FAMOUS OLD TROPHY IS NOW SOME 5" TALLER TO ACCOMMODATE ALL THE CHAMPIONS!

                                                                     (PHOTOS COURTESY CHRIS BERRY PHOTOGRAPHY)



AS FAR AS SUPERSTOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS GO, LAST SUNDAY’S WAS AN ABSOLUTE CLASSIC AND ON A SENTIMENTAL NOTE, A WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO WIMBLEDON STADIUM, IN MANY WAYS STILL THE EVENTS ‘SPIRITUAL HOME’.


FOR ME PERSONALLY, THIS WAS MY FIRST ‘OFFICIAL’ WORLD FINAL IN THAT I HAD BEEN ENLISTED, BY DEANE AND JANET WOOD OF SPEDEWORTH/INCARACE, TO ASSIST IN THE PROMOTION OF THE EVENT. I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS A MASSIVE PRIVILAGE TO BE ASSIGNED THIS ROLE AND TOGETHER WITH STEVE ‘STATTO’ YATES OF THE SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE AND A HUGE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE, WE BUILT IT IN THE MEDIA AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE WITH THE TIME AND RESOURCES WE HAD AVAILABLE.


AS WITH THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING IN MAY, WE WERE BLESSED WITH TERRIFIC WEATHER, PROBABLY AS BIG A CROWD AS YOU CAN PHYSICALLY SQUEEZE INTO WIMBLEDON NOWADAYS, WONDERFUL SUPPORT FROM THE ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ ADMIN TEAM, NO HOLDS BARRED RACING FROM THE DRIVERS, PAST CHAMPIONS WHO RETURNED TO PLOUGH LANE AND THE FANS WHO SHOUTED, CHEERED, BOOED AND THEN LEFT THE STADIUM STILL TALKING AND BUZZING ABOUT WHAT THEY HAD JUST WITNESSED!

WE HAVE SAID IT BEFORE, BUT IT REALLY DOES PROVE THE POINT THAT IF FAN’S, DRIVERS AND PROMOTERS ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SPORT, AMAZING THINGS CAN AND DO HAPPEN. THE EVENT AND THE SPORT RECEIVED VERY HIGH ACCLAIM FROM MOTORSPORT NEWS DEPUTY EDITOR MATT JAMES, (WHO I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING), IN HIS COLUMN THIS WEEK, SO WE MUST BUILD ON THIS AND KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING….IT ALSO PROVES THAT IF YOU REMEMBER AND HONOUR HISTORY PREVIOUSLY MADE, AN EVENT HAS SO MUCH MORE A MOUTH – WATERING STATUS.


BEFORE WE COMMENT MORE ON THE RACE ITSELF, WE’LL CATCH UP WITH THE ‘PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS’ OF WHAT HAD BEEN HAPPENING WHERE IN THE WEEKS LEADING UP TO WIMBLEDON.


YARMOUTH ON 14TH SEPTEMBER HERALDED THE RETURN OF FORMER WORLD CHAMPION, 60 BEN MARJORAM TO SPEDEWORTH AND AS PER USUAL AT YARMOUTH THIS SEASON, IT THREW UP A SURPRISE OR TWO!

HEAT ONE SAW A WIN FOR 416 MARK SMITH FROM 811 GRAEME PARROT AND 540 BRETT WESBROOME FOR A ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ 1,2,3.

HEAT TWO WAS RATHER DESTRUCTIVE WITH A BIG ROLL FOR OUR 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHICH ALSO SAW A VERY HARD VISIT TO THE FENCE FOR 540 BRETT WESBROOME, LOOKING VERY MUCH AS IF WRITTEN OFF! AT THE END OF THE CARNAGE, IT WAS A WIN FOR 482 JASON COOPER FROM 376 STEVEN JACKSON AND 416 SMITH THIRD.

THE FINAL OF THE NIGHT ALSO SAW VICTORY FOR 482 COOPER, FROM THE MUCH – TRAVELLED IMMACULATE CAR, AND NOW ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL MEMBER’, OF 602 DALE FEWINGS. 416 MARK SMITH ROUNDED OFF A GOOD NIGHT WITH ANOTHER THIRD PLACE.


FIVE DAY’S LATER, IT WAS ACTION AT AGHADOWEY WITH 997 JACK GILPIN TAKING THE OPENING HEAT, WITH 980 LISCINDA SMYTH THE SECOND AND ANOTHER DIFFERENT WINNER IN 918 DAVID McMENEMY THE FINAL FROM 927 GREG HYNDMAN AND 997 GILPIN ON A NIGHT WHEN THE GRATTAN BROTHERS FINISHED FURTHER DOWN THE ORDER.


TWO DAYS LATER, ON THE 21ST, IT WAS A RETURN TO LOCHGELLY WITH OUR GOOD FRIEND 177 STU GILCHRIST TAKING HEAT ONE FROM 53 DAVID FRAME, 265 BARRY STEPHEN, 74 DINO BRUCE AND 477 COLIN FRAME…A ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ TOP FIVE!

HEAT TWO ALSO WENT THE WAY OF THE ‘TARTAN TORNADO’, THIS TIME FROM 265 STEPHEN, 53 FRAME, 74 BRUCE AND 477 C FRAME.

IT WAS NOT TO BE A HATTRICK FOR GILCHRIST THIS TIME HOWEVER AS 53 DAVID FRAME TOOK THE FINAL FROM 265 BARRY STEPHEN AND 477 COLIN FRAME.


MUCH FURTHER SOUTH ON THE SAME DAY IT WAS A RETURN TO ALDERSHOT NOT ONLY FOR THE FORMULA BUT ALSO THE MUCH – REPAIRED 540 BRETT WESBROOME AND 279 PHIL PROCTOR, BOTH OF WHOM HAD SPENT A HUGE AMOUNT OF TIME REBUILDING THEIR CARS DURING THE WEEK!

IT WAS ROUND 12 OF THE SAFARI SERIES AND THE LAST ‘SHAKEDOWN’ BEFORE THE UPCOMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP!

THE OPENING HEAT WENT TO 376 STEVEN JACKSON, FROM 482 JASON COOPER, 67 CHRIS ROOTS, 59 STEVE HAMILTON AND 540 WESBROOM IN HIS REBUILT CAR ALREADY BACK IN THE RESULTS! SADLY TEN LAPS IN, 279 PHIL PROCTORS ENGINE BLEW TO CURTAIL ALL HIS TEAM’S HARD WORK DURING THE WEEK.

HEAT TWO SAW A VICTORY FOR ANOTHER GUY WHO WIN’S WHEN I’M NOT PRESENT, ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S 521 ALAN GRAY WHO MUST HAVE BROUGHT THE HOUSE DOWN AS HE LED HOME 67 ROOTS, 376 JACKSON AND 482 COOPER.

ALAN ALSO PICKED UP A FINE FIFTH IN THE FINAL OF THE DAY, THE ORDER BEING 482 COOPER, 376 JACKSON, 67 ROOTS AND 95 SAUNDERS. SPECIAL MENTION MUST ALSO GO TO 811 GRAEME PARROT WHO WAS IN THE POSITIONS AGAIN ALL DAY.


WITH ALDERSHOT DONE, IT WAS FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD AT WIMBLEDON ON SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER. AMONGST OUR PLANS IN THE MEDIA, WE DECIDED WE WOULD REUNITE AS MANY FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS AS WE POSSIBLY COULD AT THE MEETING INCLUDING 443 STEVE MONK WHO HAD WON THE TITLE THERE SOME FORTY YEARS PREVIOUSLY.

UNFORTUNATELY, TIME IS THE ONE FACTOR WE DON’T HAVE AT WIMBLEDON NOWADAYS SO IT WAS DIFFICULT TO GET EVERYONE TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME, BUT WE DID GET 443 STEVE MONK, 320 DAVE PIERCE, 500 ALAN WARDROPPER, 323 DAVE TURNER, 51 COLIN AYLWARD AND 212 LUUD LAURIJSSEN ALL TOGETHER UNDER THE OLDSKOOL MARQUEE AT ONE POINT FOR THOSE WHO WANTED AUTOGRAPHS. MANY FORMER CHAMPIONS WERE ALSO STILL IN THE PITS EITHER IN SCRUTINEERING OR PRACTISING!


IT WAS GREAT TO SEE SO MANY ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ FANS WHO CAME TO SAY HELLO AND ENJOY MEETING OUR CHAMPIONS WHILST LOOKING AT THE WONDERFUL PICTURE BOARD DISPLAY MICK AND PATSY WINTER HAD VERY KINDLY BROUGHT ALONG ONCE MORE FOR OUR ENJOYMENT. IT WAS PARTICULARLY PLEASING TO FINALLY MEET RICHARD JOHN NEIL WHO REALLY INSPIRED THE ORGANISATION FROM THE BEGINNING AND FORMER F80 DRIVER RICK MOSS WHO AT ONE TIME, WAS A FORMER OWNER OF THE TOPOLINO THAT SITS UPON ‘PROJECT 320’ TODAY. SPEAKING OF WHICH, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR VERY GRATIOUS COMMENTS WITH REGARD TO THE CAR. AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, IT IS DOWN TO A VERY LARGE TEAM EFFORT BY SOME VERY SKILLED PEOPLE WHEREAS I AM JUST THE ‘VISIONARY’!


ONCE MORE WE WERE JOINED BY THE SIMPLY GORGEOUS ‘SUPER POP’ OF 691 BRIAN AND TERRY BEARMAN AND THE STUNNING RESTORATION OF THE FORMER 111 MAC McCARTHY CAR OWNED BY ROBIN SECKER. SADLY, LOGISTICS AND AVAILABILITY CURTAILED ANY OTHER APPEARANCES OF OUR OTHER CARS, BUT THERE WILL BE PLENTY MORE IN 2015!


SO ONTO THE GREAT RACE, WELL 443 STEVE MONK, 320 DAVE PIERCE, 500 ALAN WARDROPPER JOINED STEVE YATES AND MYSELF ON TRACK FOR THE DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS WHERE WE WERE ALLOWED TO REMAIN THROUGHOUT THE RACE. STU BLYTH AND TERRY BEARMAN ONCE AGAIN FIRED UP 691 AND 111 AND LED THE QUALIFIERS OUT ON TRACK FOR THE GRAND PARADE, BOTH OF WHOM COMMENTING ON WHAT A ‘TERRIFIC BUZZ’ THEY HAD EXPERIENCED ONCE MORE WHEN PASSING THROUGH THE FAMOUS WIMBLEDON TUNNEL ONTO THE TRACK.


I AM SURE MANY OF YOU WERE THERE TO WITNESS IT, GIVEN THE SIZE OF THE CROWD, BUT WHAT UNFOLDED WAS POSSIBLY ONE OF THE GREATEST SUPERSTOX WORLD FINALS OF ALL TIME. AT THE END OF IT, THERE HAD BEEN AROUND FOUR STOPPAGES, MORE LEAD CHANGES THAN I CAN REMEMBER, A TREMENDOUS DRIVE AT THE FRONT WITH AN EQUALLY TREMENDOUS DRIVE THROUGH FROM THE BACK, A BLACK CROSS AND A LAST LAP DECIDER…PHEW!

WITH THE DUST FINALLY SETTLING, IT WAS A SUCCESSFUL DEFENCE FOR 376 STEVEN JACKSON, FROM 532 BOBBY DAVIS JUNIOR, 151 NICK SMITH AND 540 BRETT WESBROOM. IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THE REMAINING POSITIONS READ, 416 MARK SMITH, 258 GEOFF BRIDGES, 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN, 483 SARAH COOPER, 811 GRAEME PARROT AND 95 JOHN SAUNDERS WHO HAD ALL DRIVEN SPECTACULARLY TO SURVIVE THE CARNAGE.


IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE SPECTACLE AND TO SPEND IT AND LISTEN TO THE COMMENTS OF THREE FOMER LEGENDS OF THE SPORT FOR ME WAS AN ABSOLUTE DREAM COME TRUE!

FITTINGLY, 443 STEVE MONK PRESENTED THE TROPHY TO 376 STEVEN JACKSON, SOME FORTY YEARS BETWEEN THEIR VICTORIES, BUT BOTH KNOWING EXACTLY HOW THAT MOMENT FELT.


AS A FOOTNOTE, I WILL SAY THAT AS THE RACE BUILT INTO A CRESCENDO, GIVEN HALF A CHANCE, I AM QUITE CONFIDENT MR MONK, PIERCE AND WARDROPPER WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE BEEN OUT THERE AGAIN AMONGST IT ALL, GIVEN THE COMMENTS THEY WERE SAYING!

THE FOLLOWING TWO HEATS OF THE NIGHT WERE TAKEN BY 416 MARK SMITH AND 176 ALEX MEADOWS AND SPECIAL NOTE FOR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL CAPTAIN’ 125 PETER GRAY WHO PICKED UP A 10TH ON HIS RETURN FROM INJURY AND 32 MARTIN BROWN AND 279 PHIL PROCTOR (WITH ANOTHER ENGINE) WHO PICKED UP 7TH AND 8TH PLACES RESPECTIVELY TO ROUND OFF A MEMORABLE NIGHT FOR OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.


JUST WANTED TO SEND MY SINCERE THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WHO, WITH MANY OTHERS, WORKED SO HARD BEHIND THE SCENES HELPING 'OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX' AND THE P.R. CAMPAIGN FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT WIMBLEDON; STU BLYTH, STEVE PEACHEY, ALEX MEADOWS, DOM FREEMAN, BRETT WESBROOM, DAVID WESBROOM, KEVIN WEGG, LES WALLER, BRIAN LAMMEY, STEVEN YATES, MICK AND PATSY WINTER, DEREK SMITH. DAVE BALDWIN, CHRIS BERRY AND AT LEAST ANOTHER 100+ PEOPLE - THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HELP!


OUR NEXT ACTION IS AT FOXHALL THIS COMING SATURDAY NIGHT 18TH OCTOBER WITH NATIONAL HOT RODS AND BANGERS ON THE BILL.


“DON’T FORGET YOUR FLASK AND KNEE RUG FOR THIS ONE GRANDAD!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.



IT'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLY BUSY TIME FOR 540 BRETT WESBROOME AND 279 PHIL PROCTOR LATELY, BRETT AND TEAM REBUILDING HIS CAR IN LESS THAN SEVEN DAYS!

                                    (PHOTOS COURTESY PAUL COX/GRAHAM UTTING AND WESBROOME FAMILY)



918 DAVID McMENEMY TOOK A FINAL AT AGHADOWEY WHILST 53 DAVID FRAME WON AT LOCHGELLY WITH 265 BARRY STEPHEN AND 477 COLIN FRAME FOR COMPANY.

                       (PHOTOS COURTESY RICARDO IMAGING/DMC/BRIAN LAMMEY N.I.F2.COM AND SCOTTISH STOCKCARS.NET)



LIKE BACK IN THE 80'S, KEVIN WEGG RAN A 'SHUTTLE COACH' FROM FOXHALL TO WIMBLEDON, EVEN THE COACHDRIVER WAS A FORMER MG MAGNETTE SALOON MAN!

 691 BRIAN AND TERRY BERMAN'S 'SUPERPOP' AND ROBIN SECKER'S 111 MAC McCARTHY Y MODEL SPECIAL.

                                                (PHOTOS COURTESY KEVEN WEGG/MICK DABBS AND RICHARD JOHN NEIL).

                          


                               FOLK WERE MOST GENEROUS IN COMPLIMENTING 'PROJECT 320'......FROM THE TEAM, WE THANK YOU!

                       IT WAS A MASSIVE HONOUR AND HUMBLING TO JOIN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PHOTOCALL! 

L - R; YOURS TRULY, 500 ALAN WARDROPPER, 443 STEVE MONK, 532 BOBBY DAVIS JUNIOR, 376 STEVEN JACKSON, 515 NICK SMITH, STEVE YATES, 540 BRETT WESBROOME AND 320 DAVE PIERCE.

                                                                       (PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS BERRY PHOTOGRAPHY).






7TH OCTOBER - REMEMBERING THE LATE, GREAT 211 HOWARD COLE.




4TH OCTOBER – IT’S NEARLY HERE!


ALTHOUGH IT’S APPEARED A LITTLE QUIET ON HERE OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, IT’S BEEN RATHER HECTIC BEHIND THE SCENES AS WE PREPARE FOR THE MECCA OF ALL SUPERSTOX FANS, THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD AT WIMBLEDON STADIUM THIS COMING SUNDAY.


THOSE IN THE KNOW WILL KNOW THAT I HAVE BEEN RUNNING A FACEBOOK PAGE ON BEHALF OF SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS AND WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF STEVE YATES, WE HAVE BEEN TALKING TO ANYONE WHO WOULD LISTEN AND SHOUTING FROM THE HIGHEST TREE TOPS ABOUT HOW GOOD THIS YEARS EVENT WILL BE!


THERE IS NO DOUBT, SUPERSTOX RACING IS REALLY ‘BUZZING’ RIGHT NOW AND HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL FORMER DRIVERS ARE RETURNING AND NEW DRIVERS ARE ENTERING THE FORMULA WHICH CAN ONLY BE GOOD. THIS THEME IS NOT ONLY HAPPENING WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS EITHER, H.R.P. IN SCOTLAND AND D.M.C. IN NORTHERN IRELAND ARE ALSO ENJOYING THE SAME TREND.


BUT AS PER OLDSKOOL TRADITION, LET’S LOOK BACK AND FIRSTLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT THIS YEARS EVENT MARKS THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF 443 STEVE MONK’S WIN AT WIMBLEDON, WHICH INCIDENTALLY, I HAVE ON A RECORDED CASSETTE….AND EACH TIME PLAYED, THE LATE JOHN EARREY’S COMMENTARY STILL HAS YOU SITTING ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT!


I SPOKE WITH STEVE AT THE JOHN EARREY REUNION ABOUT THAT WORLD FINAL WIN;

“A LOT OF PEOPLE ASK AS TO WHY I WAS SO SPEECHLESS WHEN INTERVIEWED TRACKSIDE AFTER THE WIN. TO BE HONEST, FOR A MONTH OR TWO PRIOR TO THE EVENT I HAD TECHNICALLY RETIRED FROM RACING. I WAS SAVING TO PUT A DEPOSIT ON A HOUSE AND DID’NT HAVE ANY SPONSORS SO PLANNED TO SELL THE CAR ETC.

WHEN I WAS TOLD I HAD QUALIFIED, I THOUGHT I MIGHT AS WELL DO THE RACE BEFORE RETIRING, SO PREPARED THE CAR AND OFF WE WENT.


THE RACE WENT WELL, TOO WELL AND AFTER I WON, IT SUDDENLY DAWNED ON ME WHAT I HAD DONE SO ALL I COULD THINK ABOUT ON THE LAP OF HONOUR WAS HOW I WAS GOING TO KEEP RACING FOR THE NEXT YEAR AT LEAST!

BECOMING WORLD CHAMPION DID HELP THOUGH AND THROUGH SPEDEWORTH, I WAS ABLE TO GET SPONSORSHIP FROM B.P. ETC….AND THEN I WAS ASKED TO DISPLAY MY CAR AT THE CUNARD HOTEL FOR THE END OF SEASON DO, SO I THOUGHT I HAD BETTER BUILD A NEW CAR FOR THAT!”


THE REST AS THEY SAY IS HISTORY, FOR STEVE CONTINUED TO RACE, LANDING FURTHER MAJOR TITLES INCLUDING EUROPEAN AND BRITISH…..AND HE STILL OWNS THE CAB FROM THAT ‘NEW’ CAR OF 1975!

I’M REALLY PROUD TO SAY THAT STEVE WILL BE JOINING US THIS SUNDAY AT THE OLD SKOOL MARQUEE TO JOIN THE FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS IN A PRE – MEETING AUTOGRAPH SESSION FOR THE FANS.


SPEAKING OF FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS, HERE IS THE LIST OF WHO WE HAVE ATTENDING SO FAR;

320 DAVE PIERCE 1968 & 1980

500 ALAN WARDROPPER 1969

443 STEVE MONK 1974

212 LUUD LAURIJSSEN 1994

7 GLENN SALMON 1995 & 1996

323 DAVE TURNER 2000

376 STEVEN JACKSON 2006 & 2013

69 SHAUN BROOKER 2007

51 COLIN AYLWARD 2010

151 NICK SMITH 2011

177 STU GILCHRIST 2012

482 JASON COOPER 2005 & 2008

60 BEN MARJORAM 2009


NOT A BAD TURNOUT WHEN YOU CONSIDER THE AMOUNT OF TITLES BETWEEN THEM!


WE WILL BE A FEW OLDSKOOL CARS SHORT UNFORTUNATLY AT WIMBLEDON, MAINLY DUE TO LOGISTICS OF GETTING THEM DOWN TO THE CAPITAL, PLUS WE ALSO STILL HAVE CARS BEING BUILT/RESTORED, BUT NONETHELESS, WE WILL HAVE THE 320 DAVE PIERCE REPLICA, AND BOTH THE 111 MAC McCARTHY AND 619 BRIAN BEARMAN CARS WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY LEAD THE QUALIFIERS OUT ONTO THEIR GRAND PARADE.THERE MAY ALSO BE A SURPRISE OR TWO IN TERMS OF BITS N PIECES TO SEE, ALL STILL TBC!


BEFORE WE GO, CHECK OUT THE WORLD CHAMPIONS ALBUM, IN TRIBUTE WE HAVE MADE MORE ADDITIONS THIS WEEK COURTESY OF SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER, CHRIS BERRY.


SO THERE WE ARE, TIME TO LOAD AND HEAD FOR WIMBLEDON,

HOPEFULLY SEE YOU ALL THERE!


“YOU WON’T FIND MUCH SHALE THERE NOW GRANDAD!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.



INCREDIBLY, WE CELEBRATE FORTY YEARS SINCE 443 STEVE MONK BECAME CHAMPION OF THE WORLD AND HERE'S THE SAME TROPHY AWAITING POLISHING AT THE SPECIALISTS THIS WEEK....WOULD'NT WE ALL LOVE THAT IN OUR HOMES! 






1ST OCTOBER - NEWSFLASH!


OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.COM IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS ARE IMMENSLEY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WILL BE ORGANISING A ‘WORLD CHAMPIONS REUNION AT THIS YEARS 2014 SUPERSTOX CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD AT WIMBLEDON STADIUM ON SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER.


THE AIM WILL BE TO REUNITE AS MANY FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS AS POSSIBLE, MANY OF WHOM HAVE WON THEIR RESPECTIVE TITLES AT WIMBLEDON.


ALREADY CONFIRMED IS 1968 AND 1980 WORLD CHAMPION 320 DAVE PIERCE, WHO WON HIS FIRST TITLE AT WIMBLEDON.

THE 1972 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING, BP/CUSTOM CAR MAGAZINE REPLICA CAR OF 320 DAVE PIERCE WILL BE JOINED BY THE RESTORED CARS OF 691 BRIAN BEARMAN, AND 111 MAC MACARTHY, AND WILL BE ON DISPLAY ON THE 'OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX' STAND BY THE STADIUM TURNSTILES ENTRANCE.


UNVEILED AT THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING IN MAY, THESE CARS ATTRACTED GREAT INTEREST FROM BOTH FANS FROM THE 1970'S ERA AND NEW FANS WANTING TO TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO SEE THE FORMULAS ROOTS.

DEAN COX, STU BLYTH AND THE OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX ADMIN TEAM WILL BE ON HAND AT VARIOUS TIMES THROUGHOUT THE MEETING TO CHAT TO FANS, WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK MEMBERS ALIKE, AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT WIMBLEDON FOR WORLD FINAL 2014.



14TH SEPTEMBER – CHAMPIONSHIPS, FABRICATION AND EVEN A BIT OF HOT RODDING!

HE QUIETLY PARKED THE OLD MAGNETTE UP FOR A FEW YEARS AND TOOK IT EASY.....BUT DRAGGED HER OUT OF A BUSH, DUSTED HER DOWN AND MADE ONE MORE APPEARANCE AT KINGS LYNN RECENTLY FOR THE NATIONAL SALOON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.


                              HORRY AKA 'HORACE THE BARNES 562 / 6 WE SALUTE YOU SIR, QUITE SIMPLY "MR OLDSKOOL"



WELL THERE’S CERTAINLY BEEN QUITE A LOT GOING ON IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT, RACES AND TITLES WON, ANOTHER OLDSKOOL PROJECT WELL UNDER WAY AND WE LOOK AT A COUPLE OF GUY’S WELL INTO THEIR HOT RODS, BUT WITH OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX RUNNING VERY MUCH THROUGH THEIR VEINS!


BUT FIRST, A CATCH UP AS THERE HAS BEEN RATHER A LOT OF LONG – STANDING TITLES UP FOR GRABS AS WE BUILD UP TO THE BIG ONE ON 5TH OCTOBER!


YARMOUTH ON 24TH AUGUST SAW THE ENGLISH TITLE UP FOR GRABS, ONE OF THE FORMULAS OLDEST TITLES WHICH EVEN FORMER GRAND PRIX DRIVER, 221 DEREK WARWICK HAS HELD, HIS WIN BEING WAY BACK IN 1972. AS OFTEN THE CASE NOWADAY’S, THE TITLE RACE WAS TO BE THE FIRST EVENT AND IT WAS TO BE THE USUAL TRIO OF 376 STEVE JACKSON, 482 JASON COOPER AND 7 GLENN SALMON TO DOMINATE THE RACE AND FINISH IN THAT ORDER, THESE GUY’S REALLY EXCELLING THIS SEASON AT THE CAISTER OVAL. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE THE MEADOW’S BROTHERS BACK OUT AND OUR 540 BRETT WESBROOM LANDING AN EIGHTH PLACE IN THIS ONE.


HEAT ONE SAW A WIN FOR ANOTHER YARMOUTH ‘FORM MAN’ IN 717 TERRY LAWRENCE, FROM JACKSON, 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON AND WESBROOM THIS TIME FOURTH. HEAT TWO AND JACKSON FINISHED THE NIGHT WITH THE WIN FROM LAWRENCE, ROBINSON AND WESBROOM TO ROUND OFF A GOOD NIGHT FOR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL!


A WEEK LATER AND A FEW MILES FURTHER NORTH, THE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP WAS UP FOR GRABS AT LOCHGELLY ON A BRIGHT AND SUNNY AFTERNOON. AGAIN THIS MEETING ALSO HERALDED THE TITLE EVENT AS THE OPENING RACE WITH A FLAG TO FLAG VICTORY FOR OUR MAN, 177 STU GILCHRIST FROM 172 CHRIS MILLER AND 265 BARRY STEPHEN THIRD IN A RACE THAT HAD ONLY SEVEN FINISHERS! THE HEAT RACES SAW VICTORIES FOR THE VERY IN FORM 55 LEE LIVINGSTON AND 53 DAVID FRAME AND ALSO PLEASING TO SEE 74 DINO BRUCE, 15 STEVEN BALLENTINE AND 39 LEE CLARK IN THE RESULTS AND FLYING THE FLAG FOR TEAM OLDSKOOL!


MEANWHILE…A FEW MILES WEST, TULLYROAN STAGED THE GRAND FINAL OF THE N.I. OVAL TV SERIES. BUCKING THE TREND, TWO HEATS WERE RUN FIRST WHICH WERE BOTH CLAIMED BY 951 JEFF MINISH BUT THE FINAL ITSELF CAME DOWN TO THE GRATTAN’S AND THE BEATTIE’S WITH 917 GARY GRATTAN TAKING THE TITLE WITH 955 KYLE BEATTIE SECOND AND 907 DENVER GRATTAN THIRD TO ROUND OFF WHAT HAS BEEN A VERY SUCCESSFUL SERIES FOR BOTH THE FORMULA IN IRELAND AND DMC PROMOTIONS.


WE KEEP WITH THE IRISH THEME AS LAST WEEKEND, 6TH AND 7TH SEPTEMBER DMC STAGED THE IRISH OPEN AT AGHADOWEY ON THE SATURDAY FOLLOWED BY THE RESURECTED NATIONAL TITLE AT TULLYROAN THE FOLLOWING DAY.

AT THIS POINT, I’LL HAND YOU OVER TO BRIAN LAMMEY OF N.I.F2.COM WHO TAKES UP THE WEEKENDS ACTION FOR US;


SATURDAY - IRISH OPEN

THE SUPERSTOX RACED FOR THEIR IRISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AND WERE IN FINE FORM, I THINK STARTING WITH TWENTY EIGHT CARS IN THE OPENING RACE. DENVER GRATTAN WON THE OPENING HEAT BEFORE STUART GILCHRIST TOOK HEAT TWO, DISPATCHING NICK ROOTS INTO THE WALL IN THE CLOSING STAGES. GILCHRIST TOOK POLE FOR THE FINAL WITH DENVER GRATTAN ALONGSIDE. GILCHRIST WAS ON A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN AND TOOK A COMFORTABLE ENOUGH WIN WITH DAVID FRAME SECOND AND KYLE BEATTIE THE FIRST LOCAL FINISHER HOME IN THIRD.


SUNDAY - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

THE SUPERSTOX NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS THE FIRST MAJOR FOR THE CLASS TO BE STAGED IN NI SINCE THEIR RETURN TO ACTION LAST SEASON.

GILCHRIST DREW POLE FOR THE OPENING HEAT WHICH MADE THE OUTCOME A BIT PREDICTABLE, BUT HE DIDN’T GET THE WIN UNCHALLENGED AS GARY GRATTAN PUT SEVERAL HITS IN ON “THE TARTAN TORNADO”. WITH A REVERSE GRID FOR HEAT TWO IT WAS FELLOW SCOTTISH STAR DAVID FRAME WHO TOOK THE WIN FOLLOWED HOME BY DENVER GRATTAN WHILE GARY GRATTAN THIS TIME GOT THE BETTER OF GILCHRIST FURTHER DOWN THE ORDER.

GILCHRIST AND GARY GRATTAN FILLED THE FRONT ROW OF THE GRID FOR THE FINAL AND GILCHRIST LED INTO TURN ONE WITH GRATTAN SLOTTING IN BEHIND AND SOON ON THE ATTACK, EVENTUALLY FIRING GILCHRIST WIDE, TAKING THE LEAD AND GETTING A FEW CAR LENGTHS WAY. A STOPPAGE FOR KYLE BEATTIE WHO WAS STRANDED ON THE BACK STRAIGHT BECAME THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR GRATTAN’S CHALLENGE AS GILCHRIST FIRED HIM INTO THE WALL ON TURN ONE WITH GRATTAN RETIRING WITH DAMAGE TO THE INFIELD. THE HIT ON GRATTAN DROPPED GILCHRIST TO THIRD, PROMOTING BARRY STEPHEN TO THE LEAD AND CHRIS ROOTS TO SECOND. A FEW LAPS LATER AND IT WAS ROOTS TURN TO MOUNT A CHALLENGE ON THE LEAD AS HE PUSHED STEPHEN WIDE IT ALLOWED GILCHRIST UP THE INSIDE OF ROOTS AND THE TWO OF THEM DROVE AROUND SIDE BY SIDE FOR A LAP, WITH THE PACK CLOSING IN GILCHRIST EDGED AHEAD INTO TURN THREE AND WAS FIRED WIDE BY ROOTS, WHILE BARRY STEPHEN PUT IN A HIT ON NICK ROOTS FOR THIRD WHICH SPUN THE PAIR ALLOWING CARBERRY THROUGH INTO THIRD.


ON THE CONSTRUCTION SCENE, PROJECT 41 HAS BEEN STRETCHED BY THREE INCHES AND LOWERED BY TWO INCHES TO GET THE PROPORTION EVEN CLOSER TO THE ORIGINAL AND MAY, JUST MAY EVEN HAVE THE PAINT FINISHED IN TIME FOR THE CAR’S NEXT VIEWING WITH ‘STABLEMATE’ PROJECT 320 AT WIMBLEDON ON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT.


THOSE OF A KEEN EYE, WILL KNOW THAT GRADUALLY WE HAVE ADDED THE ODD PHOTO TO THE ALBUM OF PROJECT 242….WELL TAKE A LOOK IN BOTH THE PIT AREA AND THE ALBUM NOW!

FORMER STAR MAN, 242 BRIAN STACEY KEPT THE ORIGINAL CUT ‘ N’ SHUT METRO CAB AND BONNET FROM THE CAR HE RETIRED FROM RACING IN, IN THE 1990’S, THE ENGINE GOING TO 36 KEVIN CROXON AND THE REST WEIGHED IN NOOOO!

WELL AFTER SOME ARM TWISTING FROM US, BRIAN HAS MADE GREAT STRIDES IN REPRODUCING THE ORIGINAL CHASSIS RECENTLY AND ALTHOUGH THE CAR MAY NOT BREAK COVER UNTIL IT IS FINISHED, HOPEFULLY NEXT YEARS EVENT’S WILL SEE THE CAR EXHIBITED IN ALL HER GLORY.


PLEASE ALSO CHECK OUT THE PIT AREA PAGE AS WE ENDEVOUR TO CATCH UP WITH THE CONTINUED BUILD OF PROJECT 320.


IN THE MEANTIME, FOR THOSE SERIOUSLY INTERESTED IN BUILDING THEIR OWN OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX, WE HAVE AN 1800 MGB ENGINE AVAILABLE FOR SALE, PLENTY OF AVON 7.3 TYRES AND EVEN THIS WEEK AN ALL STEEL FIAT TOPOLINO DONOR BODY HAS APPEARED ON E BAY WITH A STARTING PRICE OF £500, NOT BAD WHEN A FIBREGLASS VERSION IS AROUND THE SAME FIGURE AND THIS COMES WITH PARTS THAT CAN BE SOLD ON!

IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN ANY OF THE ABOVE OR ADVICE/PARTS, PLEASE MAKE CONTACT WITH US VIA THE OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE.


I TOOK THE OPPURTUNITY TO GO ALONG TO FOXHALL STADIUM LAST NIGHT TO TAKE IN A MEETING I PROBABLY WOULD NOT ATTEND, BUT IT DID GIVE ME THE OPPURTUNITY TO SAY HELLO TO 2.0LTR HOT ROD STAR DRIVER, 310 SEAN O’LEAREY WHO LIKE ME, WAS A MASSIVE 320 DAVE PIERCE FAN. IT ALSO GAVE ME THE OPPURTUNITY TO ADMIRE HIS TERRIFIC RACE CAR THIS TIME AS HE HAS ENJOYED LOOKING OVER ‘PROJECT 320’ WHEN IT HAS BEEN DISPLAYED.


ON THE TERRACES I ALSO HAD THE CHANCE TO CHAT WITH NATIONAL HOT ROD DRIVER 316 PAUL FROST. I’M SURE MOST WILL KNOW, PAUL IS THE SON OF THE LEGENDARY PAT FROST AND NEPHEW OF EQUALLY LEGENDARY, THE LATE TREVOR FROST.

PAUL HIMSELF HAS BEEN RACING VERY SUCCESSFULLY OVER SEVERAL YEARS, HAVING STARTED YOUNG IN STOCK RODS AND FINDS HIMSELF ON THE NATIONAL HOT ROD SCENE NOWADAY’S AFTER RACING IN THE NATIONAL’S IN SOUTH AFRICA A COUPLE OF WINTER’S BACK.

SADLY, PAT IS NOT IN THE BEST OF HEALTH NOWADAY’S BUT WE GET TO HAVE A QUICK WORD WITH HIM SOON.


WE WERE ALSO SADDENED TO HEAR THAT FORMER STAR DRIVER AND ‘FOXHALL FOXES’ AUTOSPEDEWAY TEAM DRIVER, 307 NORMAN CROWE HAS NOT BEEN IN THE BEST OF HEALTH EITHER RECENTLY.

I HAD THE GREAT PLEASURE TO MEET NORMAN AND HIS LOVELY WIFE HEATHER A GOOD FEW YEARS BACK WHEN WE CAME ACROSS SOME CINE FILM OF HIM RACING IN THE SIXTIES, AND THOUGHT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT.

FELLOW STOCK CAR HISTORIAN NIGEL ROBINSON AND I SPENT TWO VERY ENJOYABLE EVENINGS AT NORMAN’S FELIXSTOWE HOME, REMINISCING AND HEARING OF A TIME WHEN NORMAN WOULD RACE TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK AND EARN FAR MORE FOR THAT THEN HE COULD AS A MECHANIC IN A DEALERSHIP!


AND SO AS I WRITE THIS, WE ARE BUT THREE WEEKS AWAY FROM THE BIG ONE, THE ‘SUPERSTOX CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD’.

MANY WILL KNOW THAT I HAVE LAUNCHED A FACEBOOK PAGE THAT WILL SUPPORT THE BUILD UP TO THE EVENT, PLEASE ‘LIKE’ AND ‘SHARE’ THE PAGE AS WE ENDEVOUR TO ONCE AGAIN MAKE WIMBLEDON STADIUM ‘BUZZ’ ONCE MORE ON THE NIGHT.


THE OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX WILL BE ON DISPLAY AND THE TEAM WILL BE ON HAND TO MEET AND GREET YOU IN THE PITS.


IN THE MEANTIME, THERE’S THE MATTER OF WHAT HAS SOUNDED LIKE A DAMAGING NIGHT AT YARMOUTH AND THEN NEXT SUNDAY AT ALDERSHOT TO CONTEND WITH!


“IT’S ALL GOING TO GET RATHER BUSY AGAIN GRANDAD!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


                                             



                                             A FEW MONTHS BEHIND, BUT WE CATCH UP WITH 'PROJECT 320' IN THE PIT AREA! 



THIS LITTLE GEM HAS JUST APPEARED ON E BAY!...... WHILST BRIAN STACEY'S 'PROJECT 242' RESURECTION IS COMING ON WELL!



THE N.I. OVAL TV SERIES HAS BEEN A GREAT SUCCESS IN NORTHERN IRELAND WITH AN OUTRIGHT WIN FOR 917 GARY GRATTAN. (PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY N.I.F2. COM)




376 STEVEN JACKSON TAKES THE ENGLISH TITLE AT YARMOUTH, WHILST 177 STU GILCHRIST TOOK THE SCOTTISH AT LOCHGELLY SEVEN DAY'S LATER. (PHOTOS COURTESY GRAHAM UTTING/PAUL COX AND SCOTTSH STOCK CARS.COM)




IT WAS A GREAT WEEKENDS RACING IN NORTHERN IRELAND WITH 177 STU GILCHRIST TAKING THE IRISH OPEN AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP'S. (PHOTO'S COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY, N.I.F2 .COM)



WE WELCOME TO 'TEAM OLDSKOOL' FROM 2.0 LTR HOT RODS, 310 SEAN O'LEARY, NATIONAL HOT RODS 316 PAUL FROST AND HISTORIC SALOON'S 404 BRIAN WICKENS WHO DEBUT'S AT ARLINGTON THIS WEDNESDAY, GOOD LUCK BRIAN!





7TH SEPTEMBER – ANOTHER OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX EXCLUSIVE!


OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.COM IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS ARE IMMENSLEY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY WILL BE APPEARING AT THIS YEARS 2014 SUPERSTOX CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD AT WIMBLEDON STADIUM ON SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER.


THE 1972 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING, BP/CUSTOM CAR MAGAZINE REPLICA CAR OF 320 DAVE PIERCE WILL BE JOINED BY THE 1976 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING REPLICA CAR OF SCOTLAND'S 41 GORDON 'SPOTTY' McDOUGAL. THESE CARS HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED OVER THE PAST YEAR BY FORMER SUPERSTOX STAR DRIVER, 235 STU BLYTH, DEAN COX, ALAN HARWOOD, TREVOR WEBB AND STEVE PEACHEY.


IN ADDITION, IT IS HOPED THE RESTORED CARS OF 691 BRIAN BEARMAN, 111 MAC MACARTHY, 359 KEITH ‘BUTCH’ GOODINGS, 529 BARRY PLUMMER AND 482 NEIL BEE WILL ALSO BE IN ATTENDANCE AND WILL BE ON DISPLAY ON THE 'OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX' STAND BY THE STADIUM TURNSTILES ENTRANCE.

UNVEILED AT THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING IN MAY, THESE CARS ATTRACTED GREAT INTEREST FROM BOTH FANS FROM THE 1970'S ERA AND NEW FANS WANTING TO TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO SEE THE FORMULAS ROOTS.


DEAN COX, STU BLYTH AND THE OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX ADMIN TEAM WILL BE ON HAND AT VARIOUS TIMES THROUGHOUT THE MEETING TO CHAT TO FANS, WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK MEMBERS ALIKE, AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT WIMBLEDON FOR WORLD FINAL 2014.


KEEP CHECKING BACK HERE FOR UPDATES!


“GRANDAD, YOU CAN GET YOUR TUXEDO OUT, IT’S A WIMBLEDON WORLD FINAL!”

DEAN COX.






2ND SEPTEMBER – IT'S GETTING TOWARDS THAT TIME OF YEAR!

                                    THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS HERE! .....CHECK BACK HERE FOR NEWS IN THE COMING DAYS........







1ST SEPTEMBER – R.I.P. 278 ALAN TAYLOR.


WE WERE VERY SADDENED TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF FORMER STAR DRIVER, 278 ALAN TAYLOR LAST WEEK.

ALAN WAS VERY MUCH PART OF THAT RICH VEIN OF SUPERSTOX TALENT FROM DISS ON THE SUFFOLK/NORFOLK BORDER. HE SERVED HIS MECHANIC’S APPRENTICESHIP AT A MAIN FORD DEALERS IN DISS AND THEN WENT ONTO TO OPEN HIS OWN REPAIR AND GARAGE BUSINESS.

HE COMMENCED RACING IN THE EARLY SIXTIES AND IN 1971 WENT ON TO RACE AUTOSPEDEWAY FOR THE YARMOUTH GREYHOUNDS. HE ALSO DABBLED WITH STOCK SALOON’S AS MOST DRIVER’S DID BACK THEN, BUT CONTINUED TO RACE SUPERSTOX, WHERE HE REMAINED A STAR DRIVER, TAKING SEVERAL WIN’S INCLUDING THE ‘WHIP ST MOTOR’S TROPHY IN THE POURING RAIN AT THE 1974 SPEDEWEEKEND IN FRONT OF THE LIVE CAMERA’S OF I.T.V’S ‘WORLD OF SPORT’.


ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I REMEMBER BOTH MY MUM AND ALAN’S WIFE SITTING NEXT TO EACH OTHER IN THE OLD BACK STRAIGHT STAND AT FOXHALL ONE MEETING AND GETTING ON ‘LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE’.


IT MUST HAVE BEEN AROUND THE END OF THAT 1974 SEASON THAT ALAN RETIRED FROM RACING, BUT KEPT UP THE COMPETITIVE SPIRIT WITH HORSEPOWER OF THE FOUR LEGGED VARIETY, 217 BOB PERRY TAKES UP THE STORY, “ALAN WAS ALSO KNOWN FOR SHOWING HORSES AND WON MANY CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH HIS HACKNEY.”


IN RECENT TIMES ALAN BRAVELY FOUGHT CANCER BUT I WAS THRILLED WHEN HE AGREED TO COME TO THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL REUNION BACK IN MAY. ALAN AND I HAD A GREAT CHAT ON THE PHONE, THANK’S TO ROSE McMAHON AND SPOKE OF AN INTERVIEW AT SOME POINT….HOPEFULLY ONE DAY WE WILL STILL TELL ALAN’S RACING STORY.


SADLY, NOT LONG AFTER THE REUNION, ALAN WAS READMITTED TO HOSPITAL AND PASSED AWAY LAST TUESDAY.

FOR ME, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE MANY MEMORIES TO BE PROUD OF ABOUT OUR INAUGURAL REUNION, BUT NONE MORESO THAN ALAN WAS ABLE TO ONCE AGAIN SPEND AN EVENING AT THE RACING WITH HIS FRIENDS AND FORMER RACING COLLEAGUES.

I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN SENDING OUR SINCEREST CONDOLENSCES TO ALAN’S FAMILY AND MANY FRIENDS AT THIS VERY SAD TIME.


                   ALAN GET'S A TOW INTO THE PITS AT YARMOUTH, LATE 60'S WHILST AT FULL SPEED AT WIMBLEDON IN 1974.

HAPPIER TIMES, ALAN AT THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL REUNION, FIRSTLY MEETING UP WITH 352 RICK DREWERY (ALAN ON RIGHT) AND THEN WITH THE DISS 'STAR'S OF 304 DEREK FISKE, 282 ROGER BROWN, 217 BOB PERRY AND 254 SID ORFORD. 








31ST AUGUST – A 'CUSTOM' SUMMER HOLIDAY!


THIS 1974 ISSUE OF CUSTOM CAR MAGAZINE FEATURES DETAILS OF THE 1974 BP/CUSTOM CAR TEAM.....OH AND 'NICOLA' BY THE WAY!



SO I TOOK A COUPLE OF WEEKS OUT FOR THE FAMILY HOLIDAY, BUT STILL MANAGED TO SQUEEZE IN SOME SUPERSTOX ACTION ALONG THE WAY, INCLUDING A VERY NOSTALGIC TRIP TO GT YARMOUTH.


BEFORE WE RACE DOWN MEMORY LANE, WE’LL CATCH UP WITH ALL THE LATEST RESULTS AND PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS!

OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT D.M.C. PROMOTIONS STAGED THIS YEARS 2LTR HOT ROD WORLD FINAL AND SPEDEWEEKEND ON THE 26TH/27TH JULY WITH THE SUPERSTOX COMPETING SUNDAY ONLY, FOR THE MOFFETT SHIELD. THE RETURNING 482 JASON COOPER MADE THE TRIP AND IT WAS CERTAINLY WORTHWHILE FOR HEAT ONE YIELDED A SECOND PLACE FINISH TO 951 JEFF MINISH WHO’S RATHER GOOD IN THE WET!

HEAT TWO SAW A WIN FOR 997 JACK GILPIN, FROM 482 COOPER AGAIN, 955 KYLE BEATTIE THIRD, HEADING HOME BOTH THE GRATTAN BROTHERS.

THE MOFFETT SHIELD FINAL WENT THE WAY OF 907 DENVER GRATTAN, FROM 482 COOPER WITH A HATTRICK OF SECONDS AND 989 GAVAN FAGAN THIRD.


IN THE MEANTIME SEVERAL MILES AWAY, GT YARMOUTH STAGED ROUND TWO OF ITS NAMED SERIES, RATHER SHORT OF CARS, BUT CERTAINLY NOT ACTION! ALTHOUGH ONLY ELEVEN CARS GRACED THE PIT AREA, IT WAS TO BE A NIGHT OF ACTION AND DAMAGE.

HEAT ONE WENT TO 376 STEVEN JACKSON WHILST HEAT TWO WENT TO TEAM OLDSKOOL’S 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON WITH 540 BRETT WESBROOM SECOND IN A RACE WHICH SAW 7 GLENN SALMON BLOW AN ENGINE AND ONLY EIGHT FINISHERS.

IF THE SECOND HEAT WAS FEW OF FINISHERS, THE FINAL HAD AN UNBELIEVEABLE FOUR FINISHERS WITH 376 JACKSON AGAIN THE WINNER FROM 612 GARY SPARKES, THE EVER – PRESENT 811 GRAHAM PARROT, AND 540 WESBROOM FOURTH.


A FEW DAYS LATER AND ‘FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER’ RETURNED TO LOCHGELLY. 177 STU GILCHRIST TOOK THE OPENING HEAT AND IT WAS GREAT TO SEE 74 DINO BRUCE TAKE SECOND SPOT. HEAT TWO WAS TAKEN BY 219 PAUL MACKIE WHILST THE FINAL WENT TO 55 LEE LIVINGSTONE RAPIDLY MAKING A SUCCESFUL NAME FOR HIMSELF, WITH TEAM OLDSKOOLS 15 STEVEN BALLENTINE SECOND AND 74 DINO BRUCE THIRD. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE OUR PAL 8 CHRIS CUTHBERT BACK OUT RACING AFTER HIS SCARY CRASH AT THE EUROPEAN WEEKEND.


AGHADOWEY STAGED ITS OWN ‘FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER’ A WEEK LATER WITH THE OPENING RACE THE RESCHEDULED ‘KING OF AGHADOWEY FINAL’ WHICH WAS WON BY 917 GARY GRATTEN, FROM BROTHER 907 DENVER AND 86 BILLY FINNIGAN THIRD.

THE HEAT RACE ALSO WENT THE WAY OF GARY GRATTEN AND HE ALSO WRAPPED UP A GOOD NIGHT WITH TAKING THE N.I. OVAL SERIES ROUND THREE FINAL IN A REPEAT OF THE SAME THREE TOP PLACES AS THE OPENING EVENT.


THE FOLLOWING TUESDAY IT WAS A RIGHT TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE FOR ME AS I TRAVELLED WITH THE 279 PHIL PROCTOR TEAM TO YARMOUTH FOR A VERY RARE NOWADAYS, TUESDAY NIGHT ENCOUNTER.

BACK IN THE DAY, SUPERSTOX AND STOCK CARS AND LATTERLY MINISTOX WERE THE NORM FOR A TUESDAY NIGHT AT YARMOUTH AND WERE ALWAYS VERY WELL SUPPORTED, INDEED AS A START MARSHALL IN THE EIGHTEES, I SPENT MANY GREAT NIGHTS AT YARMOUTH AND SAW SOME TERRIFIC RACING ON TUESDAY NIGHTS.

ALAS, TIME MOVES ON BUT IT WAS SIMPLY GREAT TO BE BACK TO A TRACK THAT I HAD NOT VISITED FOR THE BEST PART OF TEN YEARS!

IF YOU HAVE’NT BEEN TO THE STADIUM FOR A WHILE, IT HAS SEEN SOME CONSIDERABLE INVESMENT IN THE REBUILDING OF THE HOME STRAIGHT GRANDSTAND AND RESTAURANT, TRACK RESURFACED, NEW FLOODLIGHTING, PERIMETER FENCING AND A WHOLE LOT MORE. ALTHOUGH THE HALCYON DAYS OF 25 SUPERS PLUS COULD’NT BE MATCHED, A VERY HEALTHY 18 CARS ARRIVED INCLUDING 811 GRAHAM PARROT, 602 DALE FEWINGS AND 7 GLENN SALMON WHO HAD ALL TRAVELLED CONSIDERABLE DISTANCES TO BE THERE.

THE MEETING ALSO MARKED THE RETURN OF 161 BILLY SMITH TO SUPERSTOX, AND 482 JASON COOPER AFTER HIS TRIP TO IRELAND AND THIS TIME SPORTING A HIGH – ROOF MOUNTED WING AS PER SCOTLAND’S DAVE FRAME. IT WAS TO BE IN FORM MAN 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON WHO TOOK THE OPENING HEAT FROM LOCAL 416 MARK SMITH, THE CAR OF WHICH I FINALLY FOUND OUT FROM MARK WAS BUILT BY F2 STAR CHAD HARRIS WHO HAS BEEN RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING SOME GREAT LOOKING CARS OVER THE YEARS, MARK’S BEING NO EXCEPTION. TO PROVE THE POINT, MARK WON HEAT TWO FROM GOOD PAL 376 STEVEN JACKSON WHILST THE GT YARMOUTH SERIES ROUND THREE FINAL WENT TO 717 TERRY LAWRENCE WHO WON BY A STRAIGHT’S LENGTH FROM A FAST FINISHING 7 GLENN SALMON AND 482 COOPER THIRD.

AS FOR OUR CHAUFFER PHIL, HANDLING ISSUES INCURRED FROM THE PREVIOUS MEETINGS DAMAGE PLAYED A MAJOR PART ALL NIGHT INCLUDING WHAT WAS FOUND TO BE A TWISTED STEERING COLUMN – YES TWISTED LIKE A CORKSCREW!


A FORTNIGHT AGO SAW THE 1300 STOCK CAR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND UP AT LOCHGELLY. OUR OWN 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON WAS THE SOLE ENGLISH VISITOR FOR THIS ONE BUT MADE THE JOURNEY VERY WORTHWHILE WITH A FIFTH IN THE OPENING HEAT, WON BY 55 LEE LIVINGSTONE WHO ALSO TOOK THE SECOND, THIS TIME WITH ROBINSON IN SECOND, THE FINAL GOING TO 177 STU GILCHRIST BUT OUR LONE HERO STILL CAME HOME IN SEVENTH TO ROUND OFF A GOOD DAY ONE FOR THE 432 CREW!

DAY TWO AND MICHAEL DID WHAT HE HAD BEEN THREATENING TO DO AND TOOK THE OPENING HEAT WHILST TAKING A SECOND IN HEAT TWO TO 219 PAUL MACKIE.

THE FINAL OF THE WEEKEND WAS SCOTTISH BUSINESS AS USUAL WITH 177 STU GILCHRIST TAKING THE WIN FROM 772 KENNY MITCHELL AND 265 BARRY STEPHEN THIRD.


ACROSS THE WATER AT TULLYROAN, IT WAS THE TURN OF 907 DENVER GRATTAN TO TAKE THE N.I OVAL TV SERIES ROUND, REPEATING THE WIN IN HEAT ONE AND THE GRAND FINAL WITH 927 GREG HYNDMAN TAKING THE SECOND HEAT AS THE FORMULA STILL CONTINUES TO GROW IN NORTHERN IRELAND.


IT WOULD APPEAR THE FORMULA IS STILL DOING NICELY IN SCOTLAND TOO AS FORMER CARS OF 7 GLENN SALMON, 490 MATT SOLE AND 66 KEVIN FERRIS ARE ALL HEADED NORTH, WHILST IN REVERSE, 958 PAUL DUNN’S CAR IS APPARENTLY RETURNING SOUTH, THIS CAR HAVING BOUNCED SEVERAL TIMES OVER HADRIANS WALL DURING ITS LIFETIME!

BY THE WAY, MATT SOLE WILL SOON BE HAVING A NEW CHASSIS BUILT AND SHOULD BE OUT LATER THIS YEAR, WHILST KEVIN FERRIS IS HAVING A BREAK TO ATTEND A BACK INJURY, WHILST BROTHER STUART, 170 IS HOPING TO RETURN IN A COUPLE OF SEASON’S.

SPEAKING OF STUART, I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING HIM AND HIS LOVELY LADY JO ON THE RECENT BIRTH OF DAUGHTER DAISEY!


IT’S AMAZING WHAT YOU CAN FIND IN SALVAGE/RECLAMATION YARDS! I RECENTLY VISITED OUR LOCAL YARD LOOKING FOR OLD TIMBERS FOR A GARDEN PROJECT, WHEN I VENTURED INTO A BARN TO VIEW AN OLD BOOKCASE WHICH WAS FULL OF HARDBOUND BOOKS AND MAGAZINES. YOU WOULD NEVER BELIEVE THE SURPRISE I GOT WHEN READING THE SPINES OF THESE COVERS, NINE YEARS WORTH OF ‘CUSTOM CAR’ MAGAZINE…AND ALL FROM THE 1970’S!

‘CUSTOM CAR’ MAGAZINE WAS A VALUABLE READ TO AN ADOLESCENT LIKE ME IN THE 70’S, IT WAS MORE THAN A CAR MAG, IT WAS A LIFESTYLE MAG IN ITS OWN WAY. AS WELL AS PROVIDING ALL THE LATEST NEWS ON BOTH THE SPEDEWORTH AND BRISCA RACEWAYS, IT COVERED OBVIOUSLY CUSTOMISED CARS/VANS AND MOTORCYCLES, BUT ALSO A LOT OF STRANGE VEHICLE BUILDS SUCH AS A ROCKET POWERED GO KART….AND OF COURSE, GLORIOUS CENTER SPREADS FEATURING THE GORGEOUS ‘NAUGHTY NICOLA’ ALSO FAMOUSE AS THE KP NUTS CARD MODEL (REMEMBER THEM?)

THERE’S NO DOUBT, THIS MONTHLY MAG I USED TO BUY WITH MY POCKET MONEY AT FOXHALL, WITH A FROWN FROM MY MUM WHENEVER SHE SAW THE COVER, WAS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF MY UPBRINGING AND GOT ME THROUGH PUBERTY QUITE NICELY THANK YOU!

ALAS, LIKE MANY THOUGH, ONCE READ, I WOULD CUT OUT THE RELEVANT STOX PICTURES….YES AND THE CENTER SPREADS! AND THESE STILL SIT MY DELAPIDATED SCRAP BOOKS TO THIS DAY….THE STOX PICTURES THAT IS!

YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW I FELT WHEN I SAW THESE HALLOWED PUBLICATIONS ONCE AGAIN COMPLETE AND WITH THAT VALUABLE INFO AND PRINT THAT I HAD DISCARDED LONG AGO.

WITH YOUTHFULL EXUBERANCE, ALL THE ISSUES WERE PURCHASED AT A GREAT PRICE AND I RETURNED HOME, MINUS THE TIMBER, WITH A VALUABLE SOURCE OF SEVENTIES RACING INFO, IN THE INTERESTS OF OVAL RACING HISTORY I AM SURE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND!!


“GRANDAD, WHERE’S ALL THE NICOLA PICS?!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


LONE ENGLISH VISITOR FOR THE LOCHGELLY 1300 WORLD STOCK CAR WEEKEND, 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON FEATURED IN THE RESULTS ALL WEEKEND AND TOOK A WIN TOO!

MEANWHILE AT LOCHGELLY, 172 CHRIS MILLER'S OLDSKOOL HIGMAN? AND 15 STEVEN BALLENTINE'S NEW CAR HAS BEEN GETTING INTO THE RESULTS. (PICTURES COURTESY OF SCOTTISHSTOCKCARS.NET).



907 DENVER GRATTAN'S BEEN ON FORM LATELY BY CLAIMING FIRST THE MOFFETT SHIELD, FOLLOWED BY A ROUND OF THE N.I. OVAL SERIES, BOTH AT TULLYROAN. (PICTURES COURTESY OF BRIAN LAMMEY N.I.F2.COM).




3RD AUGUST – QUICK AS A FLASH!


JUST A VERY SHORT MICRO UPDATE THIS WEEK TO LET ALL YOU GOOD PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN BUSY WITH THE PHOTO ALBUM’S THIS WEEK WITH MANY MORE PHOTOS ADDED TO SEVERAL EXISTING ALBUM’S AND A FEW MORE ALBUM’S ADDED IN ADDITION.

LOT’S MORE COMING UP IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, ALL THE LATEST GOING’S ON WITH OUR PROJECTS, BOTH OLD AND NEW, WE INTERVIEW 81 BILL PULLAR….AND FOR ALL YOU ‘STOCK BODY’ FANS, COMING UP IS OUR ‘CUT N SHUT, FLAME GRILLED SPECIAL!'


“GRANDAD, YOU CAN PUT THE ‘BOX BROWNIE’ AWAY NOW!”


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


                                TIME TO GET SOME GAS IN AND THE TORCHES OUT.....COMING SOON, "IT'S THE FLAME GRILLED SPECIAL!"







27TH JULY – CATCHING UP, WITH MIXED EMOTIONS!


SAD NEWS THIS WEEK WITH THE SUDDEN PASSING OF ANDY FLETCHER, AND AS WE ALL KNEW HIM, MECHANIC TO BROTHER MARK 415.




IT’S BEEN A BUSY COUPLE OF WEEKS BEHIND THE SCENES, AFTER THE WORK LEADING UP TO AND INCLUDING SPEDEWEEKEND, IT’S BEEN A TIME TO CATCH UP ON MANY OUTSTANDING JOBS AT HOME…..PLUS A LITTLE SUPERSTOX DETECTIVE WORK AND MAYBE A PURCHASE OR TWO IN THE BACKGROUND!


BEFORE WE GET INTO ALL THAT, WE’LL HAVE A ROUND UP OF WHO HAS BEEN WINNING WHAT IN THE CURRENT ERA, THAT WILL ALSO GIVE THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN SPENDING, - TIME TO CREATE A DISTRACTION ETC SO OUR BETTER HALVES WON’T SEE WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO!!


WE’RE GOING BACK TO ALDERSHOT FIRST, WITH THE 1ST JUNE MEETING. THIS HAS TO BE ACCOUNTED AS THE OPENING HEAT WAS TAKEN BY OUR GOOD PAL, AND LONG SERVING DRIVER, 59 STEVE HAMILTON WHO ALSO SURVIVED A LAST BEND LUNGE BY A HARD CHARGING 7 GLENN SALMON. THERE WAS A SIMILAR RESULT IN HEAT TWO AS STEVE’S SON LUKE 58 TOOK THE WIN AND AGAIN SURVIVED A LAST BEND LUNGE, THIS TIME FROM THE RETURNING 2 ANDY COLLINS WHO USED TO RACE ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ORIGINAL FIREBALL ‘OLDSKOOLGRANDPRIX MIDGETS’ LEFT REMAINING.

THE FINAL OF THE DAY WAS TAKEN BY A DRIVER I THINK WILL CREATE HIS OWN HISTORY IN THE FORMULA, 77 NICK ROOTS, WITH 7 GLENN SALMON SECOND AND 416 MARK SMITH THIRD, ENJOYING A TRIP DOWN SOUTH.


NEXT UP, WAS LOCHGELLY ON 27TH JUNE WITH ONE OF ITS POPULAR ‘FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER’ MEETINGS. CELEBRATING RECENT FATHERHOOD, ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S 177 STU GILCHRIST TOOK THE OPENING HEAT WITH FELLOW TEAM MEMBERS 174 IAIN BRUCE AND 116 ANDY COCHRANE IN THE RESULTS.

THE SECOND HEAT WENT THE WAY OF 53 DAVID FRAME WITH ANOTHER DRIVER MAKING QUITE A SUCCESSFUL REPUTATION, 55 LEE LIVINGSTONE TAKING THE FINAL FROM ‘OUR GILKY!’


THE FOLLOWING DAY, IT WAS ACROSS THE SEA TO TULLYROAN FOR THE SECOND ROUND OF THE N.I. OVAL TV SERIES.

WE HAVE’NT SEEN HIM OUT OF NORTHERN IRELAND THIS YEAR SO FAR, BUT 907 DENVER GRATTAN CLAIMED THE FIRST HEAT, WITH THE IN FORM 927 GREGG HYNDMAN THE SECOND BUT THE GRAND FINAL WENT TO 916 RYAN McCLURE, FROM A MAN WE HAVE SEEN ABOUT THIS YEAR, 955 KYLE BEATTIE WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED HYNDMAN THIRD.


THE FOLLOWING WEEK WE HAD THE IPSWICH SPEDEWEEKEND WE’VE ALREADY COVERED AND THEN THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY IT WAS BACK TO ALDERSHOT FOR THE ‘GRAPHICS BY DAVE’ SPONSORED, SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP. AS USUAL, OUR DAVE PULLED OUT ALL THE STOPS AND BOTH PARTICIPATING DRIVERS AND RACE WINNERS CAME AWAY WITH SOME GREAT GOODIES SUPPLIED BY DAVE’S TRACKSHOPS. IF YOUR LIKE ME AND CAN’T HELP BUT PURCHASE DAVE’S FANTASTIC MERCHANDISE, YOU WILL KNOW EXACTLY HOW THE DRIVERS FELT!

I’M REALLY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE OPENING HEAT WAS TAKEN BY ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S 540 BRETT WESBROOME WHO IS A THIRD GENERATION RACER AND ALL ROUND NICE GUY WHO BUILDS SOME SIMPLY GORGEOUSE CARS AT THE FAMILY ENGINEERING BUSINESS IN COLCHESTER. IT WAS ALSO PLEASING TO SEE 490 MATT SOLE BAG A FIFTH IN THIS ONE AND 454 DAVE PIKE A SEVENTH…ANOTHER GUY WE’LL BE HOPEFULLY INTERVIEWING IN THE FUTURE.

RACE TWO, WAS SIMPLY A FEAST FOR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’! 124 DAVE MILES SNR TOOK THE WIN AND THE RESULT AS FOLLOWS; 7 GLENN SALMON, 125 PETER GRAY TEAM CAPTAIN, 67 CHRIS ROOTS, 490 MATT SOLE, 717 TERRY LAWRENCE, 532 BOBBY DAVIS AND 540 BRETT WESBROOME, MAKING IT AN ‘OLDSKOOL’ 1 – 8!

IT WAS ALMOST THE SAME IN THE SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL WHICH WENT TO THE VERY TALENTED 77 NICK ROOTS, FROM 7 GLENN SALMON AND 124 DAVE MILES SNR THIRD AFTER 59 STEVE HAMILTON WAS SADLY EXCLUDED FROM THIRD AFTER A TYRE PAPERWORK IRREGULARITY WHICH WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE THINGS.


BACK TO TULLYROAN LAST SUNDAY, 20TH JULY AND 907 DENVER GRATTAN WON HIS ‘NOW CUSTOMARY’ OPENING HEAT, WITH 951 JEFF MINISH THE SECOND WHILST 955 KYLE BEATTIE WON THE FINAL FROM 927 GREGG HYNDMAN AND 989 GAVAN FAGEN. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE SUPERSTOX SCENE IN NORTHERN IRELAND IS REALLY BOOMING AND HOPEFULLY A SUPERSTOX ‘BIGGIE’ WILL BE STAGED THERE IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE, AND OF COURSE WE’LL BE THERE TO BRING YOU THE EVENTS! WE’VE BEEN TOLD BY MANY HOW GOOD IT IS OVER THERE, WE JUST NEED A GOOD EXCUSE TO GO NOW!


NOW, SERIOUS MATTERS FIRST. I AM PLEASED TO REPORT THAT SCOTTISH SUPERSTOX LEGEND 39 LES CLARK CONTINUES TO MAKE GOOD PROGRESS AFTER RECENTLY SUFFERING A MILD STROKE AT HOME. I’M GRATEFUL TO MYRA CLARK WHO INFORMS THAT LES’ RECOVERY HAS BEEN GREATLY ASSISTED BY ALL THE GOOD WISHES HE HAS RECEIVED VIA THE VARIOUS FACEBOOK PAGES ETC AND I AM SURE EVERYONE IN THE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ COMMUNITY ACROSS THE WORLD WILL JOIN ME IN HOPING THAT LES’ HEALTH CONTINUES TO IMPROVE.


WE RECEIVED SOME VERY SAD NEWS LAST WEEK IN THE SUDDEN PASSING OF ANDY FLETCHER, BROTHER AND MECHANIC TO OUR GOOD FRIEND, FORMER DRIVER 415 MARK FLETCHER.

THE 1980’S DECADE WAS A PARTICULARLY GOOD ONE FOR ME, I HAD BECOME A SPEDEWORTH OFFICIAL WHICH MEANT I COULD GET AS CLOSE TO SUPERSTOX RACING AS YOU COULD WITHOUT ACTUALLY RACING. DURING MY TIME IN THIS CAPACITY, I WAS PRIVILAGED TO MEET AND BECOME FRIENDS WITH SOME TERRIFIC SUPERSTOX DRIVERS AND THEIR FAMILIES BECAUSE BEHIND EVERY DRIVER, IS A GROUP OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO’S COMMITMENT AND SUPPORT CONTRIBUTES SO MUCH TO THE ON TRACK SUCCESS.

TUESDAY NIGHTS AT YARMOUTH WERE PARTICULARLY SPECIAL BACK THEN, WE HAD GREAT RACING AND SOME GREAT LAUGHS TOO AND NO MEETING WAS COMPLETE WITHOUT A CHAT AND LAUGH WITH BOTH MARK AND ANDY.

ALTHOUGH ANDY SPENT MANY HOURS REPAIRING MARK’S CARS AND SUPPORTING THE CAUSE, ANDY HAD BEEN QUITE A RACER HIMSELF PRIOR TO THEN WITH AN EARLY RACE CAREER IN STOCK SALOONS IN THE EARLY SEVENTIES, NO MEAN FEAT BACK THEN!, RALLYCROSS AND RALLYING, EVEN COMPETING IN THE ORIGINAL RAC RALLY.


I’M SURE MANY OF YOU KNEW ANDY AND LIKE US ARE SADDENED TO HEAR OF HIS PASSING, ALL TOO SOON.

ANDY’S FUNERAL TAKES PLACE ON TUESDAY 5TH AUGUST AT THE GORLESTON CREMATORIUM AT 3:20PM, THEN AFTER AT THE GRANGE HOTEL, ORMESBY.

IN MARK’S WORDS, “ALL ARE WELCOME TO CELEBRATE HIS LIFE, NO DRESS CODE, CASUAL AND LAID BACK, JUST LIKE ANDY”.


HAPPIER NEWS, AND WE’VE BEEN FINDING MORE OLD SUPERSTOX AND NEWS OF YET ANOTHER RETRO PROJECT UNDERWAY!

VIA A SIMPLE CONVERSATION AT SPEDEWEEKEND, THIS HAS LEAD US TO AN ABSOLUTE GEM OF A FIND AND A CAR OF SUPERSTOX HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE. WE CANNOT COMMENT ANYMORE AT THIS TIME AS WE HAVE’NT OBTAINED THE CAR YET, BUT THE NEGOTIATION HAS TAKEN PLACE AND HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE ABLE TO BRING YOU MORE NEWS ON THIS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS.


IN THE MEANTIME, I CAN BRING YOU NEWS OF ANOTHER ORIGINAL CAR, THIS TIME IN THE HANDS OF ROBERT SELLER FROM OXFORDSHIRE. ‘ROBBO’ HAS BEEN AROUND THE SPORT A LONG TIME, MOST RECENTLY WEILDING THE SPANNERS FOR HERITAGE F2 RACER JAMES PRATT, WHO INCIDENTALLY PURCHASED HIS RACER IN KIT FORM FROM ME! IN CONVERSATION AT THE TIME, ROBBO MENTIONED HE HAD RACED SUPERSTOX BACK IN 1977….BUT I DID’NT RECALL HIM TELLING ME THAT HE STILL HAD THE CAR!

THOSE ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE WILL HAVE SEEN THE TRANSATLANTIC CONVERSATIONS TAKING PLACE WHEN ROBBO POSED SOME ENGINE QUESTIONS THAT HAD SUPERSTOX SUPERSTARS, 4 ANTHONY VAN DEN OETELAAR, 294 GEOFF GODDARD AND 235 STU BLYTH ALL JOIN IN…AND THIS HAS LEAD TO HOPEFULLY A FEW PICTURES AND FURTHER DETAILS ON ROBBO’S PROGRESS WITH THE CAR IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, WATCH THIS SPACE!


AND TO WET THE APPERTITE EVEN MORE, FORMER SUPERSTOX AND SPEDEWORTH V8 PILOT, 124 BILL BRIGNALL, ALIAS ‘BILKO’ HAS ANNOUNCED THAT HE INTENDS TO RECREATE HIS FIRST SUPERSTOX FROM THE EARLY SEVENTIES WHICH WAS A FORMER 301 STAN WARWICK MACHINE, YES UNCLE TO 221 DEREK WARWICK AND THE LATE PAUL.

BILL LIVES VERY CLOSE TO ME NOWADAY’S WHICH IS A GREAT EXCUSE TO BADGER HIM FOR AN INTERVIEW. AS I RECALL HE HAS A WEALTH OF STOCK CAR HISTORY KNOWLEDGE AND A THOROUGHLY NICE GUY SO I CANT WAIT TO HEAR MORE ABOUT HIS RACE CAREER AND THE CAR HE HOPES TO COMMENCE BUILDING IN THE AUTUMN. A COMPLETE TRIUMPH FRONT BED AND A MGB 1800 AND BOX HAVE ALREADY BEEN PURCHASED, THE ORIGINAL CAR HAD QUITE A HISTORY INCLUDING TWO ‘TOURS OF DUTY’ IN SOUTH AFRICA - WE’LL BE COVERING THIS BUILD VERY CLOSELY ALSO!


SO ALL IN ALL AN EVENTFUL FORTNIGHT WITH SOME REAL HIGH’S AND LOW’S.

IN WRAPPING THIS PIECE UP, AND I ENDEVOUR NOT BE POLITICAL IN SOCIAL MEDIA, - BUT THOUGHTS ARE WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN HOLLAND AT THIS TIME FOR THE HUGE LOSSES INCURRED IN LAST WEEKS HORRIFIC AIRCRAFT DISASTER. WATCHING THE NEWS AROUND THE WORLD HAS BECOME QUITE DEPRESSING AND WORRYING AT THIS TIME.

I’M NO POLITICIAN, BUT MAYBE, JUST MAYBE, THE WORLD COULD TAKE A LESSON FROM OUR LITTLE ‘OLDSKOOL WORLD’, AND JUST CONCENTRATE ON THE THINGS WE DO HAVE IN COMMON INSTEAD OF WHAT WE DON’T….JUST A THOUGHT?


R.I.P ANDY.


“GRANDAD?..IS THERE SPACE FOR ANOTHER CHASSIS AT THE HOME?”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


916 RYAN McCLURE TOOK THE FINAL OF THE SECOND ROUND OF THE N.I. OVAL TV SERIES WHILST 955 KYLE BEATTIE KEEPS ADDING TO HIS TROPHY COLLECTION! (PHOTOS COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY, N.I.F2 .COM)




FORMER SUPERSTOX AND SPEDEWORTH V8 DRIVER, 124 BILL 'BILKO' BRIGNALL AT WISBECH RECENTLY...AND THE CAR HE INTENDS TO RECEATE!






16TH JULY - GET WELL SOON LES!

                         SCOTTISH SUPERSTOX LEGEND 39 LES CLARK WAS TAKEN ILL AT THE WEEKEND, HERE'S TO A SPEEDY RECOVERY!





13TH JULY – SPEDEWEEKEND SHOWTIME!


THERE’S NO DOUBTING THAT THE SPEDEWEEKEND OF THE MODERN ERA IS A WELL ORGANISED, WELL SCRIPTED AND WELL DELIVERED FEAST OF ENTERTAINMENT.

WHEN YOU SEE JUST HOW MUCH IS PUT IN FROM SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS AND ALL THE STAFF, REGARDLESS OF THEIR CAPACITY, ITS AMAZING TO THINK BACK TO MY ERA AS A START MARSHALL IN THE MID 1980’S WE HAD NO SCRIPT (OTHER THAN THE PROGRAMME!), AND CERTAINLY NO COMMUNICATIONS (OTHER THAN SHOUTING!)…HOW WE EVER GOT IT DONE – AND WITH LIVE TV, I’LL NEVER KNOW!


THIS YEARS WEEKEND, DESPITE THE AWFUL WEATHER, FOR ME, RAISED THE BAR A LITTLE HIGHER AGAIN. WE HAD A HINT OF THE OLD ‘WORLD OF SPORT’ TV DAYS, WITH THE 100 CAR BANGER RACE, WE ALSO HAD A HINT OF THE ‘EATON ERA’ WITH A MARCHING BAND AND TERRY GRANT’S STUNT SHOW BACK ON TRACK, BUT WE ALSO HAD A GREAT INSIGHT INTO THE FUTURE OF SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS WITH EVERY POSSIBLE HOSPITALITY MARQUEE FULLY BOOKED, WHAT APPEARED TO BE MORE SPONSORS ONBOARD THAN EVER AND WHAT MUST SURELY BE SPEDEWEEKEND’S BEST EVER MEETING PROGRAMME.

THE TRACKSHOP MEGASTORE ALMOST SOLD OUT ON SATURDAY NIGHT – (NECESSATATING DAVE BALDWIN MAKING AN OVERNIGHT JOURNEY BACK TO SUSSEX FOR MORE STOCK) - THAT’S WITHOUT A WHOLE HOST OF ‘LITTLE TOUCHES’ WHICH MADE THE WEEKEND AN INCREDIBLE EVENT DESPITE THE ‘WEATHER GOD’S’ NOT READING ITEM 1 ON THE SCRIPT!


BEFORE WE TALK FURTHER ON SPEDEWEEKEND 2014, WE’LL REWIND BACK A FEW DAY’S PRIOR TO THE EVENT TO TELL YOU WHAT HAD BEEN GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES AS IT WERE!

WITH OUR IMMENSE GRATITUDE TO DEANE AND JANET WOOD, FOLLOWING THE JOHN EARREY REUNION MEETING, WE WERE GIVEN AN OPPURTUNITY TO AGAIN DISPLAY OUR 320 AND 41 TRIBUTE CARS, THIS TIME IN THE TRADERS VILLAGE OF SPEDEWEEKEND WHICH IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS WHEN YOUR TRYING TO SHOWCASE AN ITEM IN THE OVAL MOTORSPORT WORLD!

WITH SUCH AN OPPURTUNITY, STU BLYTH, ALAN HARWOOD, STEVE PEACHEY AND MYSELF DECIDED THAT IN KEEPING WITH THE INCREDIBLE IMAGE OF SPEDEWEEKEND NOWADAY’S WE WANTED A MARQUEE WHERE WE COULD DISPLAY AND GARAGE THE CARS, THE PICTURE BOARDS AND OURSELVES. THE MARQUEE, 6MTRS X 3 MTRS WAS PURCHASED IN OUR NOW TRADITIONAL COLOURS AND NEXT ON THE AGENDA WAS A VISIT TO MICK AND PATSY WINTER TO SEE IF THEY WOULD KINDLY BRING ALONG THEIR FANTASTIC PICTUREBOARDS THAT WE ALL LOVED AT THE REUNION. A VERY PLEASANT EVENING WAS SPENT AT THEIR HOME TALKING STOCK CARS, MICK HIMSELF IS A FORMER RACER IN THE MODEL ‘Y’ DAYS OF THE 60’S AND THE HOLDER OF ‘235’ BEFORE STU WAS ALLOCATED IT AND PATSY IS THE DAUGHTER OF THE LEGENDARY PAT FROST AND SISTER TO NATIONAL HOT ROD DRIVER, PAUL 316. HELPFUL AS EVER, NOT ONLY HAD THEY KEPT THE PICTUREBOARDS, THEY HAD ALSO MADE ANOTHER SPECIAL BOARD FOR THE SPEDEWEEKEND ALSO SO THAT WAS ANOTHER ITEM TICKED OFF THE LIST!


ALTHOUGH THERE IS STILL LOTS TO DO ON THE PROJECT CARS, WE HAD DELIBERATELY NOT TOUCHED THEM SINCE THE REUNION AS WE KNEW THE WEEKEND WOULD BE LOOMING FAST…BUT THERE JUST WAS A COUPLE OF LITTLE ITEMS WE JUST HAD TO GET DONE ON 320!

AT THE END OF THE REUNION MEETING, DAVE PIERCE HAD VERY KINDLY GIVEN ME THE ORIGINAL ‘DORKING COCKEREL’ PLATE THAT HAD ADORNED THE ORIGINAL CAR. IT WAS AN AMAZING THING TO DO HAVING KEPT IT ALL THESE YEARS, AND FOR A LIFELONG FAN LIKE ME, WAS THE ULTIMATE ITEM I COULD EVER BE GIVEN! HAVING GOT THE ITEM HOME, I DISCOVERED THE REVERSE OF THIS PLATE IS ACTUALLY ONE OF DAVE’S FIN PLATES FROM HIS EARLIER CAR’S OF THE 1960’S AND STILL BEARS THE SHALE SPLATTERED 320 NUMBER! AS STU PUT IT, “THERE’S NO WAY YOU CAN COVER THAT UP AGAIN DEANO!” AND HE WAS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE ORIGINAL ITEM WILL THEREFORE GO INTO A DOUBLE – SIDED GLASS CASE, AND HAVING DONE SUCH A TERIFFIC JOB OF THE REPLICA SIGNWRITING, ANDY OF BANNER SIGNS, STU’S ORIGIANL SIGNWRITER, WAS BOOKED TO RECREATE THE COCKEREL ON THE CAR.

SO WE HAD THE COCKEREL SORTED, THAT MEANT WE JUST HAD TO GET THE LEGENDARY ‘BP/CUSTOM CAR’ STICKERS RECREATED. MY GOOD FRIEND DAVE ‘GRAPHICS’ BALDWIN, RESPONSIBLE FOR SPEDEWORTH’S UNRIVALED MERCHANDISE, HAD TO BE THE MAN FOR THIS AND SO THESE ITEMS WERE DULY ORDERED TOGETHER WITH ANOTHER ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ BANNER AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER GOODIES….AS IF DAVE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH ON HIS PLATE!


IT WAS DURING THIS TIME I TOOK IN THE ‘THUNDER 500’ MEETING AT FOXHALL AND HAD CHANCE TO MEET UP WITH A LIFELONG FRIEND AND FORMER BANGER DRIVER 239 ERIC PEARSON, WHO HAS KNOWN ME, AND MY PASSION FOR SUPERSTOX, ‘SINCE I WAS A LAD’. DURING OUR CONVERSATION, ERIC MENTIONED TO ME THAT HIS FRIEND AND FELLOW 80’S BANGER RACER, 272 DICK HART, HAD AN OLD SUPERSTOX SITTING IN HIS YARD – WELL I JUST HAD TO FIND OUT MORE! A FEW PHONECALLS LATER AND WITH THE WEEK OFF WORK LEADING UP TO SPEDEWEEKEND, THERE WAS AN OPPURTUNITY FOR SOME GOOD OLD SUPERSTOX DETECTIVE WORK.

A SHORT TRIP DOWN INTO ESSEX AND DICK KINDLY MET ME AT HIS BUSINESS PREMISES AND LED ME TO AN OLD BOX LORRY WHERE SAT IN THE BACK, INDEED LAY AN OLD, BUT COMPLETE SUPERSTOX.

THE CAR ITSELF I IDENTIFIED AS PROBABLY BEING A P.R.I. CAR FROM AROUND THE LATE 80’S. I WILL ADMIT TO NOT EVER SEEING THIS ONE RACE, BUT SEEM TO REMEMBER IT MAYBE FROM MAGAZINE PICS ETC. DICK SEEMS TO RECALL IT MAY HAVE HAD THE NUMBER 24 ON IT WHEN HE CAME INTO OWNERSHIP, WHICH WAS PART OF A TRANSPORTATION DEAL A GOOD FEW YEARS BACK.

“IT CAME TO US AS PART PAYMENT FOR A JOB AND WE THOUGHT THE ENGINE WAS SEIZED UNTIL WE DISCOVERED THE STARTER MOTOR JAMMED. WE SIMPLY CHANGED THE STARTER AND THEN MY SON AND I HAD SOME FUN BUZZING AROUND THE YARD WITH IT…IT’S BEEN SAT IN THIS LORRY FOR FOUR YEARS NOW!”

WITH A PARRALEL CHASSIS AND A PINTO ENGINE, THERE’S NO DOUBT THE CAR DATES FROM THE MID 80’S ONWARDS AND, HAVING HEARD OF THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ DICK MAY NOW BE IN A POSITION TO SELL ON THE CAR. WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING INTO BROKERING A DEAL TO PASS THIS CAR ONTO ANOTHER ENTHUSIAST….WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED OF PROGRESS ON THIS ONE!


TWO DAYS LATER, I HAPPENED TO BE PASSING FOXHALL ON THE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND THOUGHT I WOULD JUST POP IN TO SEE PROGRESS AS IT WAS LESS THAN 48 HOURS FROM SPEDEWEEKEND. I MUST ADMIT, THIS PROVED TO BE A REAL TREAT AS SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE WOOD HAD ALREADY ARRIVED AND KINDLY TOOK TIME OUT TO TALK ME THROUGH THE NEXT PHASE OF RESTRUCTURE AT FOXHALL. AS MOST WILL KNOW, FOXHALL IS RAPIDLY TURNING INTO A ‘MINI DAYTONA’, THE FACILITIES ARE CURRENTLY UNRIVALLED IN MY OPINION…BUT IN THE FUTURE, THERE IS STILL A WHOLE LOT MORE TO COME!

I HAVE TO ADMIT, WHEN TALKING WITH DEANE, I AM TOTALLY ENTHUSED WITH HIS PLANS FOR SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS AND OVAL MOTORSPORT IN GENERAL, AS MUCH AS I ENJOY LOOKING BACK AT SPEDEWORTH’S RICH HISTORY, I CAN SEE IT HAS A TERRIFIC FUTURE AHEAD WHICH NO DOUBT SOMEONE WILL ALSO LOOK BACK ON IN TIME!


FRIDAY DAWNED, AND A TRIP TO STU’S WORKSHOPS TO COLLECT PROJECTS 320 AND 41. AS USUAL WITH THESE THINGS, THERE IS ALWAYS A FEW LAST MINUTE HITCHES, SO WITH ANDY SIGNWRITING THE AFOREMENTIONED ‘DORKING COCKEREL’ ON THE CAR, STU AND I SET ABOUT REPAIRING A PUNCTURE WHICH CHOSE TO APPEAR AS WE WANTED TO LOAD UP!

WITH THE SIGNWRITING STILL DRYING, STU SET OFF WITH 320 WHILST I TOWED 41 AND TWO HOURS LATER SAFEY ARRIVED AT FOXHALL ONLY FOR STU’S CLUTCH TO GO AS WE ENTERED THE STADIUM.


WE MUST THANK OUR NEIGHBOURS IN THE TRADERS VILLAGE FOR HELPING US ERECT THE MARQUEE AS INITIALLY WE WERE REMINISCENT OF THE TEAM FROM ‘TOP GEAR’ AS WE WRESTLED THE FOLD UP DEVICE! EVENTUALLY, THE MARQUEE WAS UP AND DAVE BALDWIN APPLIED THE FAMOUSE BP/CUSTOM CAR GRAPHICS WE HAD VISUALISED SEEING FOR SO MANY MONTHS.


SPEDEWEEKEND DAWNED WITH NOT THE WEATHER WE HAD HOPED, BUT IT WAS A REAL PLEASURE TO MEET SO MANY OF YOU GOOD PEOPLE AND PUT FACES TO THE NAMES. IT WAS REALLY GOOD TO SEE SO MANY OF OUR FRIENDS FROM SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND AND OF COURSE HOLLAND AND GERMANY WHICH UNDERLINES JUST HOW INTERNATIONAL OUR INTEREST IN SUPERSTOX RACING IS. IT WAS GOOD IN THAT WE HAD BOTH ENGLISH AND SCOTTISH CARS IN ATTENDANCE AND I’M SURE IT WILL ONLY BE A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE WE SEE OUR FIRST ‘OLDSKOOL CONTINENTAL’ CAR!


FORTUNATELY, THE WEATHER DID NOT EFFECT ANY OF THE SUPERSTOX RACES WHICH WERE ABSOLUELY SUPERB. THE OPENING HEAT WAS TAKEN BY ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S 124 DAVE MILES SENIOR WHICH WAS EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANT IN THAT THIS WAS A WIN FOR THE ZETEC ENGINE WHICH WILL EVENTUALLY BECOME THE REPLACEMENT FOR THE PINTO AS SUPPLIES DIMINISH. 59 STEVE HAMILTON CAME HOME A GREAT SECOND WITH 376 STEVEN JACKSON THIRD AND A BRILLIANT FOURTH FOR 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN FROM HOLLAND MAKING THE TRIP WORTHWHILE AFTER HIS ENGINE PROBLEMS IN THE WEEKS EARLIER!


SATURDAY’S EVENING RACE WAS ALSO A GOOD ONE WITH A WIN FOR JACKSON FROM 158 WILF BRIDGES AND 176 ALEX MEADOWS. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE 490 MATT SOLE TAKE THE FIFTH SPOT AND 515 JORDAN AYLWARD TAKE SEVENTH AFTER BOTH HAVING NOT THE BEST OF LUCK RECENTLY.


SADLY, IT WAS ONLY THE ONE RACE ON SUNDAY, BUT A GOOD ONE IN THE FANTASTIC EATON FAMILY TROPHY CO – SPONSORED BY LLOYDS GENERAL BUILDING MAINTENANCE. THIS WAS ALSO COMPLETED IN DRY CONDITIONS AND FOXHALL SPECIALIST 23 MATT CARBERRY CAME OUT AS THE WINNER FROM ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S 7 GLENN SALMON AND 176 ALEX MEADOWS. IT WAS ALSO GOOD TO SEE 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON COME HOME IN SEVENTH IN THIS ONE AFTER BEING OUT OF RACING SINCE THE SPRING AFTER A VERY NASTY CYCLING INJURY.


AND SO, IT WAS ANOTHER MEMORABLE WEEKEND IN SO MANY WAYS, EVEN WHEN IT WAS OVER WE HAD A GOOD OLD CHAT WITH NONE OTHER THAN MR GEORGE POLLEY AND FORMER SUPERSTOX MULTI – CHAMPION 443 STEVE MONK WHO RETURNED TO FOXHALL FOR THE SECOND TIME IN SIX WEEKS! LET’S HOPE WE CAN PERSUADE HIM TO RECREATE HIS CAR, HE’S STILL GOT THE CAB!


I MUST JUST THANK A FEW PEOPLE WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN, , NAMELY DEANE AND JANET WOOD, CHRISTER EARREY, MARK MILLER AND ALL AT SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS, STEVE PEACHEY, TREVOR WEBB, ANDY FROM BANNER SIGNS, DAVE BALDWIN, ALAN HARWOOD, MICK AND PATSY WINTER, STU AND KATH BLYTH AND ALL THE ADMIN TEAM, MEMBERS, FANS AND FRIENDS WHO CAME BY TO SAY HELLO AND OFFER THEIR SUPPORT, SOME OF WHICH HAD TRAVELLED A VERY LONG WAY!


“GRANDAD, THE MARQUEE FOLDS THAT WAY!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


HOLLANDS 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN MADE THE JOURNEY WORTHWHILE BY TAKING A FOURTH IN THE OPENING HEAT! 

(PHOTO COURTESY GISMO RACING .DE)

THE 'DORKING COCKEREL' EMBLEM WAS SIGNWRITTEN JUST HOURS BEFORE SPEDEWEEKEND, THE RIVET'S ARE SIGNWRITTEN TOO! 

DAVE BALDWIN COMPLETED THE FAMOUSE BP/CUSTOM CAR LIVERY FOR US. 



IN A BUSY WEEK BUILDING UP TO SPEDEWEEKEND 2014, WE STARTED OFF WITH A GOOD BIT OF 'OLD SUPERSTOX HUNTING' IN ESSEX! 






9TH JULY – FLASHBACK – THE 1980’S SPEDEWEEKENDS REVIEWED!


YOU MAY REMEMBER LAST YEAR, WE COVERED THE SUPERSTOX SPEDEWEEKEND ACTION OF THE 1970’S, SO THIS YEAR, WE THOUGHT WE WOULD TAKE A LOOK AT THE DECADE WHEN MUSIC WAS AS DIVERSE AS THE SEX PISTOLS TO WHAM AND FASHION DIVERSIFIED FROM LEATHER BOX JACKETS, SKINNY JEANS AND WHITE TOWELLING SOCKS, TO RIPPED JEANS, VESTS AND SAFETY PINS…..YEP, WE ARE TALKING THE ‘NEW WAVE 1980’S!’


WE LEFT LAST YEARS REVIEW AT 1980, WITH 768 DEREK HALES TAKING THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN A HIGMAN CAR WHICH DAWNED THE NEW ERA OF SUPERSTOX WITH 4 X LINK SUSPENSION, HIGH POWERED CROSSFLOW ENGINES AND CONSIDERABLY LIGHTER IN THEIR CONSTRUCTION!


THE 1981 SPEDEWEEKEND BROUGHT WITH IT CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP IN THE BRAND ‘MOTAQUIP’, A NEW NAME IN CAR PARTS AND CONSUMABLES AND EVEN THE ‘DAILY MIRROR’ RAN A COMPETITION IN THE PROGRAMME.

AS PER THE PREVIOUS YEAR, THE FEATURED RACE FOR SUPERSTOX WAS THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH WAS RACE FOUR ON SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE. AS FAR AS I CAN REMEMBER THE RACE WAS SCREENED LIVE ON ‘WORLD OF SPORT’ WITH THE WIN TAKEN BY 393 BRAIN RANDALL WHO WAS ENJOYING A RETURN TO THE FORMULA AFTER NOT BEING SEEN SINCE THE EARLY 70’S. IT WAS’NT WITHOUT ITS PROBLEMS FOR BRIAN WHO HAD TO DRIVE ONE HANDED, THE OTHER HAND HOLDING HIS BONNET DOWN AFTER THE FASTENINGS FAILED! CHASING HIM HOME WAS 482 NEIL BEE SECOND WITH 320 DAVE PIERCE THIRD. THIS RACE WAS ALSO UNIQUE IN THAT THIS WAS TO BE THE LAST COMPETITIVE RACE IN THE FORMULA FOR A GOOD FEW YEARS FOR OUR OWN 235 STU BLYTH, WHO PULLED OFF IN THE OPENING LAPS.

THE SATURDAY EVENING’S WHITE AND YELLOW GRADE RACE (YES!) WAS TAKEN BY 58 TERRY O’CONNER, WHILST THE LATER RACE WAS WON BY 320 DAVE PIERCE….I REMEMBER CHEARING MYSELF ‘HOARSE’ WILLING DAVE ONTO THAT WIN!

UNUSUALLY, DAVE DID NOT REAPPEAR ON THE SUNDAY, 482 NEIL BEE TOOK THE OPENING HEAT, 323 DAVE TURNER THE SECOND AND THEY REVERSED THE ORDER FOR SUNDAY’S FINAL WITH BEE TAKING THE WIN FROM TURNER WITH 211 HOWARD COLE THIRD.


MOTAQUIP WERE BACK AS SPONSORS FOR THE 1982 SPEDEWEEKEND, THIS TIME WITH A TALBOT HORIZON CONTROL CAR! THE SEASON LONG £1000 MASTERS SERIES WAS WELL INTO ITS SWING SO SATURDAY’S RACES WERE ALLOCATED TO TWO ROUNDS OF THE SERIES WHERE SIXTEEN OF THE COUNTRIES TOP SUPERSTOX DRIVERS COMPETED ON 10” WELLER RACING WHEELS WITH SLICKS!

768 DEREK HALES TOOK THE OPENING RACE WHILST 546 JOHN GRAY TOOK THE NEXT.

‘NORMAL’ RACING RESUMED FOR THE EVENING WITH SCOTLANDS, 56 TOMMY CURRUTHERS TAKING THE FIRST HEAT AND 482 NEIL BEE TAKING THE LATTER AS DARKNESS FELL IN READINESS FOR THE GRAND FIREWORK DISPLAY.


THE SUNDAY’S OPENING HEAT SAW A WIN FOR HOLLANDS 41 JO VAN RENGS, FLYING THE FLAG FOR SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL, LEADING HOME THE IN – FORM 546 JOHN GRAY.

GRAY FOLLOWED 482 NEIL BEE HOME IN THE NEXT RACE BEFORE 768 DEREK HALES TOOK THE FINAL FROM BEE.

THE 1982 SPEDEWEEKEND HAD BEEN AN ABSOLUTE FEAST FOR SUPERSTOX FANS WITH 4 X HEATS, 2 X ‘MASTERS’ HEATS AND A GRAND FINAL!


SHOCK OF THE 1983 SPEDEWEEKEND WAS THE NO SHOW OF 320 DAVE PIERCE, NOT EVEN BOOKED IN! TO BE FAIR, BY NOW DAVE WAS REDUCING HIS RACING COMMITMENTS AND IT WAS TO BE A TEENAGE DRIVER, 444 ALAN MICKEL, AND BROTHER OF JOHN, WHO WAS GOING TO SHINE THIS WEEKEND!

FIRST UP FOR GRABS WAS THE NATIONAL TITLE, RACE TWO OF THE WEEKEND. THERE WAS VERY KEEN INTEREST ON THE TERRACES FOR THIS ONE AS IT WAS THE VERY FIRST RACE WITH THE NEW COMPULSORY TWO LITRE PINTO ENGINE, REPLACING THE OLD CROSSFLOW HOT ROD ENGINE. ALTHOUGH MANDANTORY FOR THE ENGLISH DRIVERS, THE SCOTTISH AND CONTINENTAL DRIVERS STILL HAD THE ‘LUXURY’ OF THE CROSSFLOW SO ALL EYES WERE ON THE OUTCOME OF THIS ONE.

AS IT TURNED OUT, THE HIGHEST PLACED CROSSFLOW WAS FOURTH WITH SCOTLANDS 94 VIC RUSSELL, THE WIN GOING TO THE LATE, GREAT 77 TONY ROOTS, FROM 206 ROBIN RANDALL AND 482 NEIL BEE.

THE WHITES AND YELLOW’S RACE LATER SAW A WIN FOR THE AFOREMENTIONED 444 ALAN MICKEL WHO REPEATED THE FEAT LATER AGAINST ALL THE TOP BOY’S IN THE EVENING RACE!


77 TONY ROOTS TOOK THE OPENING SUNDAY HEAT WITH THE NEXT GOING TO STOCK SALOON LEGEND 99 WALLY HALL WHO WAS HAVING A BIT OF A ‘SORTE’ IN THE FORMULA AND GETTING GOOD RESULTS IN A CAR LOOKING CONSIDERABLY DATED BUT DELIVERING VERY GOOD RESULTS!

SUNDAY’S GRAND FINAL WAS AGAIN TAKEN BY MICKEL FROM ROOTS AND 397 PAUL PEARSON.


THE SPEDEWEEKEND OF 1984 DAWNED WITH A NEW START MARSHALL ON THE TEAM, A CERTAIN DEAN COX! DAVE PIERCE WAS BACK ALSO AMONGST A HUGE ENTRY OF 70, YES 70 SUPERSTOX!

ANOTHER TEENAGER WAS TO COME TO THE FORE THIS WEEKEND IN THE SHAPE OF THE HUGELY TALENTED, LATE 221 PAUL WARWICK, YOUNGER BROTHER OF GRAND PRIX DRIVER DEREK. PAUL TOOK THE OPENING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LEADING HOME VERY EXPERIENCED STARS IN 443 STEVE MONK AND 17 ROY EATON.


AS I WAS OFFICIATING, I DO NOT HAVE ANYMORE RESULTS OF THIS WEEKEND, BUT I CAN TELL YOU THAT I HAD TO STOP THE SATURDAY EVENINGS WHITES AND YELLOW’S RACE FOR MY OLD PAL, 414 IAN CURTIS WHO SLAMMED INTO MY ROSTRUM WALL EARLY IN THE RUNNING! POOR IAN WROTE HIS CAR OFF, DIDN’T KNOW WHAT DAY IT WAS AND TO THIS DAY CANNOT RECALL WHAT HAPPENED! FOR MY PART, I WAS PULLING SHARDS OF CONCRETE OUT OF MY HEAD FOR DAYS!


SEVENTY SUPERSTOX RETURNED TO CONTEST THE 1985 SPEDEWEEKEND THAT HAD TWO TITLES UP FOR GRABS, THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS AND SILVER JUBILEE GRAND FINAL, COMMEMORATING 25 YEARS OF THE SPEDEWORTH PROMOTION.

IF MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT, 56 TOMMY CURRUTHERS TOOK BOTH TITLES, THE LATTER RECEIVING A SILVER TROPHY FULL TO THE BRIM WITH 50P PIECES.

PLEASE APPRECIATE I WAS OFFICIATING AGAIN, BUT I SEEM TO REMEMBER LES SAYING ON THE CENTER GREEN THAT IF TOMMY GUESSED CORRECTLY HOW MUCH CASH WAS THERE, LES WOULD DOUBLE IT! TOMMY MADE HIS GUESS, AND LES, EVER THE SHOWMAN ‘CONFIRMED IT WAS CORRECT’ SO TOMMY GOT HIS BONUS!


FOR 1986, TWO TITLES AGAIN, THE GOLDEN AWARD AND CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS. IT WAS TO BE AN ENGLAND V SCOTLAND BATTLE WITH 77 TONY ROOTS LEADING HOME 70 DAVE CLARK TO THE GOLDEN AWARD, WHILST THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS WENT TO SCOTLAND’S 94 VIC RUSSELL AFTER A GOOD OLD SCRAP WITH 546 JOHN GRAY, ALL TELEVISED BY ANGLIA TV’S ‘WHEELS PROGRAMME’.


1987 SAW THE DEPARTURE OF MOTAQUIP AS SPONSORS, WITH AVON TYRES FILLING THE VOID. NOT QUITE SUCH A HIGH BOOKING LIST AND SURPRISINGLY, NO CONTINENTAL DRIVERS FOR THIS WEEKEND EITHER. ONE BIG SURPRISE IN THE BOOKINGS WAS FORMER 70’S SUPERSTAR AND MULTI – EUROPEAN CHAMPION, 364 TONY MAY WHO WAS ENJOYING A RETURN TO RACING AFTER COMPETING IN THE VETERAN’S RACE AT WIMBLEDON THE PREVIOUS YEAR!

FIRST UP WAS THE NOW TRADITIONAL GOLDEN AWARD, WON BY 54 MARTYN BRAND, WHILST THE AFTERNOON’S RACE WAS TAKEN BY 2 NICK LAWRENCE WHO ONLY WEEKS EARLIER. HAD COMPETED WITH THE SAME CAR AND NUMBER IN BRISCA F2!

INCIDENTALLY, TONY MAY WAS THIRD IN THIS ONE, NOT BAD AFTER A TEN YEAR BREAK.

TO ROUND OFF THE EVENING, BRAND TOOK THE LAST RACE AND MAY WAS FIFTH IN THIS ONE.

SUNDAY’S OPENING RACE WAS AGAIN TAKEN BY 2 LAWRENCE, WITH OUR GOOD FRIEND, 604 GERRY ‘SUPER’ COOPER SECOND.

THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FINAL WAS ALSO TAKEN BY LAWRENCE, FROM 217 ROB PERRY AND 206 ‘ROCKIN’ ROBIN RANDALL. TONY MAY FINISHED NINTH IN THIS ONE TO ROUND OFF A GOOD WEEKEND ON HIS IPSWICH RETURN.


FOR 1988, KENT CAMS JOINED AVON AS CO – SPONSORS, 364 TONY MAY RETURNED AGAIN, BUT WHAT REALLY CAUGHT MY EYE WAS OUR GOOD FRIEND, 267 JOHN SOLE RACING A STEEL TOPOLINO BODIED CAR THAT WAS ORIGINALLY CAMPAIGNED BY 380 ALAN CAYZER BACK IN THE 70’S!

NICK LAWRENCE HAD DISAPEARED BACK TO BRISCA F2 WEEKS AFTER THE PREVIOUS YEARS SPEDEWEEKEND, SO DID NOT DEFEND HIS CHAMPION OF CHAMPIOINS TITLE, BUT THE CONTINENTALS WERE BACK!


WE SAW HIM AT OUR JOHN EARREY REUNION, 216 GRAHAM MONK OPENED PROCEEDINGS WITH THE GOLDEN AWARD, WHEREAS 88 DARREN INNOCENT TOOK THE NEXT HEAT….364 TONY MAY WAS TENTH IN THIS ONE!

THE SATURDAY NIGHT RACE WAS WON BY THE LATE, 33 KEVIN SHAMBROOK.


SUNDAY DAWNED AS ONE OF THE WETTEST SPEDEWEEKEND DAY’S EVER, INNOCENT SPLASHED THROUGH TO WIN THE HEAT WHILST THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS FINAL WENT TO 217 ROB PERRY AFTER THREE RACE STOPPAGES!


FOR 1989 AND THE CLOSE OF THE DECADE, 364 TONY MAY HAD RETIRED FROM RACING (AGAIN) AND 216 GRAHAM MONK REPEATED THE OPENING GOLDEN AWARD VICTORY FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

612 GARRY SPARKES CLAIMED THE AFTERNOON’S HEAT AND ALSO THE NIGHT RACE BEFORE THE BANGER D.D.

SUNDAY’S RACE SAW A WIN FOR 123 ‘SNOWY’ CROUCH AND THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS WENT TO 217 ROB PERRY.


SO IT HAD BEEN A DECADE OF CHANGE FOR SPEDEWEEKENDS, ITV’S ‘WORLD OF SPORT’ HAD BEEN REPLACED BY ANGLIA TV’S WHEELS PROGRAMME, MOTAQUIP HAD BEEN REPLACED BY BOTH AVON AND KENT CAMS. SOME YEARS THE CONTINENTALS CAME AND SOME YEARS THEY DID’NT. SUPERSTOX HAD GROWN LARGE WINGS ON THEIR ROOFS, HCD FACTORY CAR’S HAD ARRIVED AND THE SPORT WAS EVOLVING EVER FORWARD WITH SUPERSTOX ENTERING THE ‘HYBRID’ ERA OF THE FORTHCOMING 1990’S!


1980'S SPEDEWEEKENDS MEANT ACTION! 414 IAN CURTIS HIT MY ROSTRUM HARD, "TILL THIS DAY I DON'T RECALL WHAT HAPPENED". SAYS IAN.                                                                                                 78 RICHARD BAKER HAD A SIMILAR SMASH ON THE BACK STRAIGHT.



SCOTLAND'S 56 TOMMY CURRUTHERS SCOOPED THE JUBILEE LOOT WHILST 320 DAVE PIERCE BOLTED ON THE 10" RIMS FOR THE MASTERS SERIES!

NO 1980'S SPEDEWEEKEND WAS EVER COMPLETE WITHOUT 206 'ROCKIN' ROBIN RANDALL ON THE CRANIVAL GRAND PARADE!






4TH JULY - LET THE SHOW BEGIN!

                                              SOME OF OUR ADMIN TEAM ARE ALREADY WELL INTO THE 'SPEDEWEEKEND SPIRIT'!



APOLOGIES EVERYONE, EVENTS LEADING UP TO THE TERRIFIC SPEDEWEEKEND AHEAD HAVE OVERTAKEN US SOMEWHAT, SO OUR LOOK BACK AT THE SPEDEWEEKEND SUPERSTOX ACTION OF THE 1980’S WILL NOW BE PUBLISHED AFTER THE WEEKEND……BUT IT WILL GIVE YOU ALL SOMETHING TO SAVOUR AND HOPEFULLY KEEP YOU ALL IN THE SPEDEWEEKEND SPIRIT FOR A GOOD FEW DAYS AFTER THE EVENT!


IN THE MEANTIME, MAY I WISH ALL THOSE GOING A WONDERFUL WEEKEND AS WE CELEBRATE ALL THAT IS JUST SO GOOD ABOUT NOT JUST SUPERSTOX RACING, BUT ALL THAT IS GOOD IN OVAL RACING IN ITS HISTORY, ITS PRESENT AND THE FUTURE.


DON’T FORGET TO DROP BY THE OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX STAND IN THE TRADERS VILLAGE, WE’LL BE THERE AT VARIOUS TIMES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND SO PLEASE DO COME AND SAY HELLO!


“EARLY NIGHT FOR YOU GRANDAD, THE NEXT FEW DAYS ARE GOING TO BE BUSY!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

DEAN COX.


                                                                              THE SPEDEWEEKEND LOOT.... OF 1975!

PICTURED FURTHER DOWN ARE THE REPLICAS WE WILL BE DISPLAYING IN PROGRESS, WE THOUGHT YOU MIGHT LIKE TO SEE THE ORIGINALS! 





30TH JUNE - PLEASE CAN YOU HELP?


AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO ALL THAT'S GREAT ABOUT THE IPSWICH SPEDEWEEKEND, WE AT OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.COM WOULD LIKE TO ALSO ASK YOU TO SPARE A FEW THOUGHTS, AND IF POSSIBLE A FEW PENNIES OR POUNDS TO THE FOLLOWING TWO GREAT FUNDRAISING CAUSES. IT'S QUITE CERTAIN THAT AMONGST ALL THOSE PRESENT AT FOXHALL, A HIGH PERCENTAGE WOULD HAVE BEEN OR WILL BE TOUCHED BY CANCER IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER INCLUDING MYSELF.....PLEASE, IF YOU CAN HELP JOHN AND NIK IN THEIR QUEST TO HELP THOSE THAT NEED OUR HELP NOW AND IN THE FUTURE. 

National Hot Rod World Champion 962 John Christie's Race Team are completing a Charity Cycle to raise money for Action Cancer.  8 members of the team plan to set off on Wednesday 2nd July from Crumlin and cycle 300 miles over 2 days across England from Liverpool to Ipswich. Also, some of the female team members will also be completing The Moonlight Walk in June. We have the ambitious goal of raising £20000 and we would be very grateful if you could support us by providing donations.

Action Cancer's dedicated team of staff and volunteers work across the whole of Northern Ireland helping to save lives and support people affected by cancer.  Cancer is a devastating illness that affects millions of people, it has affected many of our teams families and friends, unfortunately there aren’t many people who haven’t been touched in some way by Cancer.  We have decided to try and do our bit to raise money to help those who are dealing with Cancer, and to support prevention of this terrible disease.

 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

 

Thank you very, very much - we really appreciate every donation!!


John's Donation Page can be found at www.justgiving.com/962





I'm growing a beard for The Pink Rose Breast Cancer Unit at the Princess Diana Hospital in Grimsby. The reason for doing this is because my wife was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in August 2012. They did such a wonderful job, and I would like to give something back to them, to help them carry on doing the good work that they do.

Hannah has now been given the all clear, so our life can start getting back to normal, if this is ever possible.

I will be shaving my beard off on the 5th July 2014 at the Spedeweekend at Foxhall Stadium Ipswich, where donations can be made.


Nik's Donation Page can be found at www.justgiving.com/Nik-Styles



29TH JUNE – OLDSKOOL SPEDEWEEKEND!

YES, THE REPLICAS WILL BE BACK FOR SPEDEWEEKEND 2014......SEE YOU THERE! (PIC COURTESY CHRIS BERRY PHOTOS)

LIKE MOST OF YOU GOOD FOLK, I’M NOW EAGERLY COUNTING THE DAY’S AND CONSTANTLY MONITORING THE WEATHER FORECAST’S IN ANTICIPATIION OF THIS COMING WEEKENDS, IPSWICH SPEDEWEEKEND, THE ORIGINAL…AND STILL THE BEST!


YOU MAY REMEMBER LAST YEAR, WE LOOKED BACK AT THE SUPERSTOX SPEDEWEEKEND ACTION OF THE 1970’S, IN A DAY OR SO, I’LL BE POSTING OUR REVIEW OF THE 1980’S AS TO WHO WON WHAT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORMULA THROUGHOUT THAT DECADE. BUT BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT, I AM EXTREMELY PROUD TO BRING YOU OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE!



OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.COM IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE WILL HAVE A PRESENCE AT THIS YEARS 2014 SPEDEWEEKEND.

THE 1972 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING, BP/CUSTOM CAR MAGAZINE REPLICA CAR OF 320 DAVE PIERCE WILL BE JOINED BY THE 1976 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING REPLICA CAR OF SCOTLAND'S 41 GORDON 'SPOTTY' McDOUGAL. THESE CARS HAVE BEEN CONSTRUCTED OVER THE PAST YEAR BY FORMER SUPERSTOX STAR DRIVER, 235 STU BLYTH, DEAN COX, ALAN HARWOOD, TREVOR WEBB AND STEVE PEACHEY AND WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN THE 'OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX' STAND IN THE TRADERS VILLAGE BY THE STADIUM TURNSTILES ENTRANCE.


UNVEILED AT THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING IN MAY, THESE CARS ATTRACTED GREAT INTEREST FROM BOTH FANS FROM THE 1970'S ERA AND NEW FANS WANTING TO TRAVEL BACK IN TIME TO SEE THE FORMULAS ROOTS.


DEAN COX, STU BLYTH AND THE OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX ADMIN TEAM WILL BE ON HAND AT VARIOUS TIMES THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND TO CHAT TO FANS, WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK MEMBERS ALIKE, AS WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT SPEDEWEEKEND 2014!


“GRANDAD, DON’T GO RIPPING THE AWNING!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT

DEAN COX.





26TH JUNE - BEING STUCK UP!

                                                                                    ALL WILL BE REVEALED VERY SOON!



                                                                                   FOR WHAT WE ARE ABOUT TO RECEIVE!





25TH JUNE – LOCHGELLY’S OLD SKOOL EUROPEAN!


CONGRATULATIONS FROM US ALL AT OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX TO 2014 EUROPEAN CHAMPION, 177 STU GILCHRIST. (PICS SCOTTISHSTOCKCARS.NET) 



I’VE SAID IT BEFORE, BUT IN SO MANY WAY’S, SCOTLAND HAS ALMOST BECOME A SECOND HOME TO ME, GREAT FRIENDS, GREAT RACING, GREAT SOCIAL SIDE AND SUPERB SCENERY MAKES A VISIT TO LOCHGELLY AS EAGERLY AWAITED AS ANY EVENT!

MY ‘PARTNER IN CRIME’ FOR THE TRIP AGAIN THIS YEAR WAS MR KEVIN WEGG, AKA ‘WEGGY’ WHO HAD DONE HIS UTMOST TO WIND UP OUR HOSTS, IN THE NICEST POSSIBLE WAY I HASTEN TO ADD, - PRIOR TO OUR FRIDAY DEPARTURE! MAYBE WORD HAD GOT AROUND, BUT BOTH KEVIN AND I WERE TAKEN TO ONE SIDE AT CUSTOMS WHILST OUR TOILETRIES AND SIZE OF THE RESPECTIVE BAGS WERE CHECKED!

WE WERE FINALLY ALLOWED THROUGH AND BOARDED OUR EASYJET FLIGHT TO EDINBURGH WHERE THE FUN DID’NT STOP EITHER AS SOMEHOW KEV AND I WERE THE VERY LAST TO BE SERVED DRINKS AND OUR FIRST SIP OF OUR RESPECTIVE BEERS WERE MET WITH THE INSTRUCTION TO FASTEN OUR BELTS FOR LANDING AND STEWARDESS LAUREN RUSTLING A BIN BAG AT US FOR OUR CUPS!


‘OLDSKOOLSCOTLAND’ RACE MANAGER, ALAN HARWOOD WAS OUR HOST THIS YEAR AND KINDLY MET US AT THE AIRPORT COMPLETE WITH SUIT, SHADES AND SIGN IMMEDIATELY ELEVATING US TO VIP STATUS. FOLLOWING A FANTASTIC MEAL, A SHORT WALK TO ALAN’S LOCAL SAW US EMBARK ON A GREAT EVENING OF TALKING OLDSKOOL STOX, DRINKING, TALKING AND SO FORTH….!


SATURDAY MORNING DAWNED AND OUR FIRST MISSION WAS TO COLLECT AN 1800 MGB ENGINE AND BOX THAT ALAN HAD’NT SEEN ON E BAY AND HAD’NT PURCHASED (MRS H MAY BE READING) AND SMUGGLED INTO ALAN’S GARAGE SO IT COULD BE DONATED TO ANYONE ELSE WHO MAY WANT TO BUILD AN OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX PROJECT! (PHEW).

MOVING ON, WE HEADED FOR LOCHGELLY AND A CHANCE TO MEET UP WITH A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ TOGETHER FOR THE 2014 EUROPEAN TITLE. RAIN SADLY ARRIVED BEFORE START TIME AND WITH THE BIG RACE EVENT TWO, CONDITIOINS WERE ANTICIPATED TO AND CERTAINLY DID PLAY A PART IN PROCEDINGS.


‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 483 SARAH COOPER HAD DRAWN POLE, BUT WITHIN A LAP OR SO SHE WAS OUT WITH DAMAGE AND AT A RESTART A LAP OR SO LATER, WE HAD LOST A FEW CARS. UPON RESUMPTION OF THE RACE, 376 STEVEN JACKSON AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS HEADED THE FIELD AND SWAPPED THE LEAD A FEW TIMES WHILST THE RAPIDLY DRYING TRACK SAW 177 STU GILCHRIST, (COMPLETE WITH NEW OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX STICKER) RAPIDLY GAINING ON THE TWO LEADERS. THERE WAS ACTION APLENTY THROUGHOUT THE RACE AND AS ROOTS MADE A FINAL MOVE ON JACKSON, THE PAIR MOMENTARALY TANGLED AND GILCHRIST WAS THROUGH AND GONE INTO THE DISTANCE, TAKING A HUGELY POPULAR WIN AND TITLE FOR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ WITH ROOTS SECOND AND JACKSON THIRD. DEFENDING CHAMP, 23 MATT CARBERRY WAS A SUPERB FOURTH WHILST IT WAS GREAT TO SEE ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 116 ANDY COCHRANE COME HOME FIFTH FROM A GRID POSITION WAY TOWARDS THE BACK…ALAN AND I CAN CLAIM A LITTLE CREDIT HERE AS WE HELPED ANDY WITH A REAR WHEEL PROBLEM BEFORE THE START WHICH MAY HAVE RULED HIM OUT OF THE RACE!

ALL IN ALL, A SUPERB RACE, UNUSUALLY THE FIRST EVENT FOR THE SUPER’S, BUT IT DID SET UP PROCEEDINGS NICELY FOR THE WEEKENDS RACING AHEAD.


AS ALWAYS, THE WEEKEND FOR ME IS AS MUCH ABOUT SOCIALISING AS RACING AND IT WAS TERRIFIC TO BE REUNITED ON THE TERRACES WITH ‘OLDSKOOL COLLEAGUES’ WILLIE ANDERSON, DUNCAN SHAND, ALAN, IAN ROBERTSON, ALISON DEVLIN, KENNY IRELAND AND BILL PULLAR. IT WAS ALSO AN OPPURTUNITY TO MEET BILL’S LOVELY WIFE ISABELLA WHO HAD NOT MADE THE TRIP TO IPSWICH. NOT ONE TO MISS AN OPPURTUNITY, COURTESY OF WILLIE, I SAT DOWN WITH BILL AND ISABELLA IN THE FANTASTIC CAFÉ AT LOCHGELLY AND INTERVIEWED THEM BOTH FOR A FORHCOMING ARTICLE WHICH WILL BE A LABOUR OF LOVE TO WRITE AND NO DOUBT A FASCINATING STORY FOR ‘OLDSKOOL FANS!’

WHILST DOING THIS, WE MISSED THE FIRST SUPERSTOX HEAT, TAKEN BY 55 LEE LIVINGSTONE, A FUTURE STAR IN THE MAKING, - BUT WHEN YOU ARE WITH BILL AND ISABELLA, LISTENING TO THEIR RACING LIFE, IT’S BOTH A PRIVILAGE AND JOY TO SPEND TIME WITH THEM!


WE MADE SURE WE DID’NT MISS THE SECOND SUPERSTOX HEAT, WHICH WAS YET ANOTHER GREAT RACE TAKEN BY MR GILCHRIST AGAIN, TO BE FAIR, LOOKING IN A CLASS OF HIS OWN, WHILST OUR OWN 66 KEVIN FERRIS, WHO LOVES LOCHGELLY AS MUCH AS I DO!, CAME HOME FOURTH. KEVIN ACTUALLY ARRIVED AT THE LINE IN SECOND BUT WAS ALLEGED TO HAVE MADE A JUMPED START AND WAS PENALISED TWO PLACES.


WE RETURNED TO ALAN’S DELIGHTFUL HOME WHERE WE HAD TO WITNESS ENGLAND’S OPENING WORLD CUP GAME….ENOUGH SAID! BUT THE DRINKS AND COMPANY MORE THAN COMPENSATED ANYTHING WE WERE GOING TO SEE ON TV IN ANY CASE.


SUNDAY DAWNED TO MORE RAIN, BUT WE HAD A REAL TREAT IN STORE AS ALAN BROUGHT OUT HIS PHOTO COLLECTION FROM SPEDEWORTH SCOTLAND’S YEARS PAST WHEN THE PROMOTION WAS BASED AT COWDENBEATH. IT’S AMAZING REALLY, BUT IN MANY WAY’S BOTH ALAN AND I HAD SIMILAR CHILDHOODS WITH REGARDS TO RACING AND IT WAS GREAT TO SEE AT FIRST HAND JUST HOW TERRIFIC THE ACTION WAS AT COWDENBEATH IN THE SEVENTIES.

ARRIVING AT THE TRACK, THE SUN BROKE OUT AND A CHANCE TO RELAX WITH EVERYONE IN THE PIT AREA. AS YOU WILL SEE IN THE ALBUM, EVERYONE HAD A SMILE ON THEIR FACES AND THIS IS VERY MUCH THE FLAVOUR OF A LOCHGELLY SPEDEWEEKEND, GREAT RACING, GREAT HOSPITALITY AND A CHANCE FOR EVERYONE TO MINGLE, FORM FRIENDSHIPS AND HAVE A LAUGH OR TWO IN A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE. JULIE GRAY WAS MAKING CUPS OF TEA FOR ALMOST EVERYONE AND IT WAS A REAL PLEASURE TO SEE ALL THE SUPERSTOX DRIVERS, REGARDLESS OF HOME COUNTRY, CHATTING, HELPING EACH OTHER OUT AND REMINDING US OF ALL THAT IS GREAT ABOUT SUPERSTOX RACING WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS!


THE RELAXING CERTAINLY STOPPED IN SUNDAY’S OPENING HEAT. AT THE GREEN FLAG, ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S CAPTAIN’ 125 PETER GRAY MOVED ASIDE TEAM MATE 174 IAIN BRUCE AND STOMPED INTO THE LEAD AND PULLED AWAY. A LAP OR SO LATER AND BROTHER 521 ALAN ARRIVED BEHIND AND IT WAS SIMPLY GREAT TO SEE THESE TWO POPULAR GUY’S HEAD THE FIELD FOR WHAT WAS TWO THIRDS OF THE RACE. UNFORTUNATELY, AT THE FLAG, BOTH HAD BEEN RELEGATED DOWN THE FIELD BUT IT WAS SO PLEASING FOR ALL, PRESENT TO WITNESS THESE GUY’S MIXING IT IN SUCH A QUALITY FIELD! ARRIVING BACK AT THE PIT’S, PETER WAS SO ‘PUMPED UP’ WE ALMOST GRABBED EXTINGUISHER’S, AND BUCKETS OF WATER TO EXTINGUISH PETE WHO WAS JUST ON FIRE!

FOR THE RECORD, THIS WAS ANOTHER WIN FOR 55 LIVINGSTON WITH 177 STU GILCHRIST SECOND AND 523 MATT McPHERSON THIRD.


SADLY, WE HAD LOST 66 KEV FERRIS FOR THE SECOND HEAT WITH A SEIZED HUB, BUT THE TEAM OF BROTHER STU AND DAD DAVE (BOTH FORMER SUPERSTOX PILOT’S) - STILL HEADED HOME HAPPY AFTER THEIR WEEKEND.

THIS RACE WAS ALSO ACTION PACKED AND I WAS VERY HAPPY TO SEE 174 IAIN BRUCE FINISH A CLOSE SECOND TO MR GILCHRIST. IAIN IS SLOWLY GETTING TO GRIPS WITH HIS BRAND NEW RANDALL WHICH IS PREPARED IMMACULATELY. AGAIN, IAIN IS A SMASHING GUY TO HAVE IN THE SPORT RIGHT NOW, HE’S FULL OF ENTHUSIASM, HAS A GREAT LOOKING CAR AND IS A SPORTSMAN THROUGH AND THROUGH. TESTAMENT TO THIS CAME A FEW DAYS LATER WHEN IAIN AND PETER GRAY CHATTED ABOUT THEIR RACES TOGETHER ON FACEBOOK…MUTUAL RESPECT AND A FRIENDSHIP FORMED YET STILL HAPPY TO TRADE PAINT…JUST WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!


BEFORE CLOSE OF PLAY AND THE SCOTTISH OPEN, IT WAS ANOTHER CHANCE TO PERUSE THE PITS AND CATCH UP WITH ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 8 CHRIS CUTHBERTSON, WHO CAME DOWN TO NORTHAMPTON EARLIER THIS YEAR, 15 STEVEN BALLENTINE WHO WE SHOULD SEE AT SPEDEWEEKEND AND WHOSE MECHANIC ‘GEORDIE’ WAS A FORMER MECHANIC TO BILL PULLAR BACK IN THE DAY, AND NEW EUROPEAN CHAMP STU GILCHRIST, HIS LOVELY PARTNER LAUREN, WHO WAS ‘EXPECTING’ THEIR HAPPY ARRIVAL THAT WEEKEND, AND ALL THE TEAM. IT’S SIMPLY GREAT BEING IN THEIR COMPANY ALSO, STU IS RACING TO WIN, BUT TO HAVE FUN ALSO AND IS QUITE PREPARED TO HELP ANYONE, ESPECIALLY NOVICES IN THE SPORT. “WE HELP THEM AND BRING THEM ON, UNTIL THEY START DOING WELL…AND THEN LEAVE THEM TO IT!” FAIR ENOUGH REALLY AND IS QUITE PROBABLY A MAJOR FACTOR AS TO WHY THE SPORT IS FLOURISHING SO WELL NORTH OF THE BORDER AND IN NORTHERN IRELAND.


IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE 540 BRETT WESBROOME UP FOR THE WEEKEND….HE VOWED TO COME THIS YEAR AFTER HEARING HOW MUCH WE RAVED ABOUT IT LAST TIME! I ALSO SPENT TIME ‘SWOONING’ OVER THE HIGMAN OF 172 CHRIS MILLER. CHRIS HAD A GOOD WEEKEND IN THE RESULTS AND THE CAR SIMPLY LOOKS STUNNING, YET HAD A KIND OF ‘OLDSKOOLERY’ ABOUT IT THAT I JUST LOVED!


IN HOT SUN, THE CARS GRIDDED FOR THE OPEN SCOTTISH FINAL WHICH GOT OFF TO AN ALARMING START AS 8 CHRIS CUTHBERT SLAMMED INTO THE WALL WITH A JAMMED THROTTLE. AFTER A FEW ANXIOUS MOMENTS, CHRIS EMERGED FROM THE CAR AND WAS TAKEN TO HOSPITAL OVERNIGHT FOR OBVERSATION. I’M PLEASED TO REPORT BOTH HE AND HIS TEAM WERE IN GOOD SPIRITS AS THE HOSPITAL ‘SELFIE’S’ APPEARED IN THE SOCIAL MEDIA A FEW HOURS LATER AND CHRIS WAS DISCHARGED THE FOLLOWING MORNING.

THERE WERE TO BE A NUMBER OF RESTARTS IN THIS RACE, FOR A MANNER OF REASON’S AND ALTHOUGH STU GILCHRIST CROSSED THE LINE FIRST, IT WAS NORTHERN IRELAND’S 955 KYLE BEATTIE WHO WAS AWARDED THE WIN AFTER A STEWARD’S ENQUIRY, WITH 67 CHRIS ROOTS SECOND AND GILCHRIST THIRD.

DESPITE THE DECISION, NOTHING CAN BE TAKEN AWAY FROM BEATTIE WHO WAS CERTAINLY LOOKING VERY QUICK IN THIS ONE AND, AS WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE, IS CERTAINLY A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR NORTHERN IRISH SUPERSTOX…SOMEONE MAY KNOW BETTER, BUT THIS MIGHT JUST BE THE FIRST TIME AN IRISHMAN HAS WON THE OPEN SCOTTISH?


BEFORE WE KNEW IT, ANOTHER LOCHGELLY WEEKEND WAS SADLY OVER, BUT AGAIN A WHOLE HOST OF GREAT MEMORIES SPENT WITH GREAT PEOPLE AT A GREAT STADIUM WITH GREAT RACING.

MY GRATEFUL THANKS GO OUT TO MY GOOD FRIENDS, ALAN AND MAUREEN HARWOOD FOR THEIR WONDERFUL HOSPITALITY, ‘WEGGIE’ FOR COORDINATING EVERYTHING, BILL AND ISABELLE PULLAR, WILLIE ANDERSON AND EVERYONE ELSE PRESENT WHO MADE THE WEEKEND WHAT IT WAS.


LOCHGELLY FEEL’S LIKE A SECOND HOME TO ME NOWADAY’S AND I WOULD THOROUGHLY RECOMMEND A VISIT TO ANYONE IN THE OVAL WORLD….HOPEFULLY, WE’LL BE BACK NEXT YEAR AND BRING EVEN MORE TEAM’S WITH US…WHO’S COMING THEN?

THAT’S ONE WEEKEND DONE GRANDAD, YOU KNOW WHAT’S COMING NEXT!


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


125 PETER GRAY ENJOYED HIMSELF IN SCOTLAND AND THE VICTORIOUS THREE! (PIC COURTSEY SCOTTISHSTOCKCARS.NET)



LOCHGELLY IS AS MUCH A SOCIAL EVENT AS IT IS RACING, YOURS TRULY WITH 81 BILL AND ISABELLE PULLAR, WHILST KEVIN WEGG 'CHILLS' WITH 7 GLEN SALMON AND CREW ON SUNDAY MORNING.






22nd JUNE – CONGRATULATIONS STU AND LAUREN!


I’M SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN US IN SENDING OUR CONGRATULATIONS AND VERY BEST WISHES TO ‘THE TARTAN TORNADO’ HIMSELF, 177 STU GILCHRIST AND HIS LOVELY PARTNER LAUREN ON THE RECENT BIRTH OF BABY KYLIE, JUST FOUR DAYS AFTER HIS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WIN AT LOCHGELLY. OUR GOOD PAL, AND ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ DRIVER COMMENTED;WINNING THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WAS OUT OF THIS WORLD, BUT BEING A DAD IS SIMPLY THE BEST FEELING EVER!”


OUR GOOD FRIEND, 177 STU GILCHRIST IS 'COCKAHOOP' AT BECOMING EUROPEAN CHAMPION AND A DAD IN LESS THAN A WEEK!

(PHOTO COURTESY scottishstockcars.net)
















                                                         THE QUALIFIERS FOR THE 1971 EUROPEAN...HOW MANY CAN YOU NAME?



13TH JUNE – LOCHGELLY LOOMING!


I, LIKE SO MANY OTHERS, HAVE BEEN REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS COMING WEEKEND AND A CHANCE TO VISIT LOCHGELLY RACEWAY IN SCOTLAND FOR THE 2014 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP.

AS MOST WILL KNOW, WE LOVED THE PLACE WHEN WE VISITED FOR THE FIRST TIME LAST YEAR FOR THE WORLD FINAL, WE WERE ABLE TO MEET MOST OF THE LEGENDS OF SCOTLANDS RICH OVAL RACING HISTORY, ENJOY TERRIFIC RACING IN WONDERFUL FACILITIES AND MAKE FRIENDSHIPS WITH GREAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE BECOME VERY FIRM FRIENDS!

WHEN YOU ADD IN TIME SPENT IN GORGEOUS EDINBURGH, HAGGIS AND A SMOKED SAUSAGE SUPPER WASHED DOWN WITH A GOOD OLD BOTTLE OF IRONBRU….WELL YOU CAN CALL ME DEAN McCOX!


I’M NOT ALONE IN MY FEELINGS FOR LOCHGELLY, MOST WHO TOURED LAST YEAR ARE COMING BACK AGAIN, PLUS ONE OR TWO WHO KICKED THEMSELVES FOR NOT GOING LAST YEAR, IT WILL ALL ADD UP NO DOUBT TO A GREAT WEEKEND OF RACING….AND APRE`S RACING!

BEFORE WE TALK MORE ABOUT THIS COMING WEEKEND, I THOUGHT YOU GOOD PEOPLE MAY WANT TO READ ABOUT MY MEMORIES OF A EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP PAST AND WHY THIS TITLE HAS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART.

AS A FAMILY, WE HAD FIRST SAMPLED OVAL RACING AT THE WHITSUN BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY IN 1969. I WAS AGED FOUR THEN AND THE FAMILY BECAME SMITTEN WITH THE SPORT STRAIGHTAWAY. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT WE WOULD HAVE ATTENDED THE 1969 AND 1970 IPSWICH SPEDEWEEKENDS, BUT FOR SOME REASON THE FIRST SPEDEWEEKEND I CAN RECOLLECT IS THE 1971 EUROPEAN WEEKEND. IN THIS ERA OF THE SPORT, ALTHOUGH HOT ROD RACING WAS GAINING A HUGE MOMENTUM OF SUPPORT, SUPERSTOX WERE STILL SPEDEWORTH’S PREMIER FORMULA AND HAD TOP BILLING AT EVERY EVENT.


I REMEMBER ARRIVING AT THE STADIUM WITH MY PARENTS AND MY BROTHER DAVID AND IMMEDIATELY FOXHALL SEEMED SO DIFFERENT, THE USUAL LONG QUE TO PARK THE CAR WAS EVEN LONGER, THE VAST AMOUNT OF PEOPLE WALKING AROUND OUTSIDE THE STADIUM WAS EVEN GREATER, THERE APPEARED TO BE RACE CARS, TRAILERS AND TENTS SQUEEZED INTO JUST ABOUT EVERY SPARE SPACE OF LAND…AND IT WAS EARLY ON A SATURDAY MORNING!

THERE WAS AN EVEN GREATER ATMOSPHERE ABOUT THE PLACE, SOMETHING YOU REALLY NOTICE WHEN YOUR SIX YEARS OLD AND OUR FIRST PORT OF CALL WAS TO ONE OF THE PROGRAMME SELLER’S WHO USED TO STAND IN FRONT OF THE OLD CORRIGATED TURNSTILES AT FOXHALL. THE PROGRAMME PURCHASED WAS SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT TO THE USUAL RECTANGULAR SHAPED PUBLICATION, THIS WAS A3 IN SIZE, GLOSSIER IN PAPER AND MUCH, MUCH THICKER IN CONTENT – WOW! I BARELY HAD TIME TO OPEN THE ‘BOOK’, BUT I DID CATCH A GLIMPSE OF A PICTURE THAT I WOULD SAY WAS PIVOTAL IN MY LOVE FOR SUPERSTOX, AND IN PARTICULAR, ‘CUT N SHUT’ STOCK BODIES. THE PICTURE IN QUESTION WAS THAT OF THE THEN DEFENDING CHAMPION, THE LATE GREAT 107 MALCOLM PATERSON SAT UPON HIS NOW FAMOUS MINI BODIED SUPERSTOX. THIS PICTURE IS STILL ICONIC TO ME ALL THESE YEARS LATER IN THAT THE CAR TO ME, WAS FANTASTIC LOOKING, IMMACULATELY PREPARED AND PAINTED.

MOMENTS LATER AND WE WERE INSIDE THE TURNSTILES AND FOXHALL CERTAINLY LOOKED DIFFERENT. THE CAROUSEL STEAM ENGINE, POSITIONED TO THE LEFT OF THE TURNSTILES, WAS PLAYING ITS MUSIC TO ENTERTAIN THE ARRIVING PUBLIC, THE AIR WAS FULL OF THE SCENT FROM THE CHICKEN AND CHIPS BAR WHICH SEEMED TO BE SUPPLYING EVERYONE’S BREAKFAST AND AT THE REAR OF THE TERRACING BETWEEN BENDS 1 AND 2, NEXT TO GIPSON’S FRUIT STALL, SAT A VERY LARGE TENT AND A STAGE!

MY DAD HAD A 6FT LONG PIECE OF FOAM, WRAPPED IN POLYTHENE AND WHEN POSITIONED HALFWAY DOWN ON THE DIRT TERRACING, THIS WAS TO BECOME OUR SEATING POSITION FOR THE DAY.


THERE APPEARED TO BE SO MUCH GOING ON ALL DAY, RACING FOR ALL FORMULAS, THE USUAL EAST ANGLIA V SOUTH V SCOTLAND STOCK SALOON BATTLES, BARRY LEE’S EMMINS SPARES ESCORT V GEORGE POLLEY’S BP/ CUSTOM CAR ANGLIA IN THE HOT RODS, A STATIC DISPLAY OF DRAGSTER’S, ENGLAND V DENMARK HOT ROD TEAM EVENTS…AND THE FAMOUS JAZZ MUSICIAN, MR ACKER BILK AND HIS BAND PLAYING ON THAT AFOREMENTIONED STAGE!


MUSIC PLAYED OVER THE P.A. INCLUDED NEIL DIAMONDS, ‘SWEET CAROLINE; TONY ORLANDO AND DAWN, ‘KNOCK THREE TIMES’ AND LYNN ANDERSON; ‘I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN’…FUNNY HOW I ALWAYS REMEMBER THESE SONGS!

THERE’S NO DOUBTING THAT THE DAY WAS AN AMAZING FESTIVAL AND A LIFECHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR ME…IN SOME WAYS ALL A BIT MUCH FOR SOMEONE SO YOUNG AND I REMEMBER FALLING ASLEEP AGAINST MY DAD DURING THE MIDGET RACE AT THE END OF THE EVENING….THE FIREWORKS WERE VIEWED FROM DAD’S ZEPHYER AS WE JOINED A HUGE QUE AGAIN TO LEAVE THE STADIUM!

SUNDAY DAWNED AND WE WERE UP EARLY AND BACK AT THE STADIUM. ANOTHER PIVOTAL MOMENT CAME WHEN DAD ANNOUNCED THAT WE WERE GOING TO TRY THE NEW BACK STRAIGHT GRANDSTAND, PURCHASED FROM I.T.F.C. AND NEWLY ERECTED AT FOXHALL. FROM THIS POINT ONWARDS, THIS POSITION WAS TO REMAIN THE COX FAMILY’S SECOND HOME UNTIL ITS DEMISE IN THE LATE 1980’S!


SUNDAY MORNING ENTERTAINMENT INCLUDED MORE FROM ACKER BILK AND TWO OF THE DRAGSTER’S TOOK TO THE TRACK. THE SLINGSHOT DRAGSTER TOOK A VERY SEDATE TOUR OF THE OVAL, WHILST THE CAPRI ‘FUNNY CAR’ LIGHT UP ITS TYRES ON THE BACK STRAIGHT, RUN OUT OF ROOM AND CLOUTED THE OLD ARMCO IN FRONT OF THE OLD WATER TOWER BEND MUCH TO EVERYONES AMUSEMENT! I MAY BE WRONG, BUT THERE MAY HAVE EVEN BEEN AN AUTO TEST EVENT ON THE TRACK ALSO.

THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WAS ONE OF THE FIRST, IF NOT FIRST EVENT OF THE DAY FOLLOWING A HUGE GRAND PARADE AND WAS PRECEDED BY A PARADE OF ITS OWN WITH THE BASILDON DRUM MAJORETTE’S LEADING OUT THE QUALIFYING DRIVERS.

THIS IS WHERE YET ANOTHER PIVOTAL MOMENT CAME TO ME IN JUST WHO TO CHEER FOR? 790 DAVE KERSHAW WAS THE FIRM FAVOURITE, WAS ON FORM HAVING WON THE EAST ANGLIAN TITLE A FEW WEEKS BEFORE AND MEMBER OF THE FOXHALL FOX’S AUTOSPEDEWAY TEAM, BUT 320 DAVE PIERCE WAS ALSO HERE, ANOTHER MAN TIPPED FOR THE TITLE AND I FOUND THAT BP/CUSTOM CAR LIVERY INTOXICATING!


I REMEMBER THE RACE STARTING AND STRAIGHT AWAY THE AUSTRIAN, A1 HANS ALTMAAN HAD A BIG COMING TOGETHER WITH 456 TONY BELL AND A FEW OTHERS WHICH RESULTED IN THE AUTOSPEDEWAY CAB BEING TORN OFF THE ALTMAAN CAR AND THE ENTIRE RADIATOR CONTENTS BEING EMPTIED ALL OVER THE TRACK. NO CAUTION FLAGS ETC IN THESE TIMES AND THE RACE CONTINUED WITH ACTION APLENTY. 217 BOB PERRY HAD MADE A GOOD START AND HAD MADE A SUBSTANTIAL LEAD THAT WAS UNLIKELY TO BE REDUCED. DAVE PIERCE CHASED AS HARD AS HE COULD, BUT COULD NOT MAKE UP THE DISTANCE AND AT THE FLAG IT WAS A WIN FOR PERRY, STILL A TEENAGER, FROM PIERCE AND B.P/ CUSTOM CAR TEAM MATE, 364 TONY MAY THIRD.


THE REST OF THE WEEKENDS RACING WAS TERRIFIC WITH A GREAT SCRAP WITH 499 BOB STUDD, 170 DAVE DAVENPORT AND 243 BRAIN EDWARDS IN THE STOCK SALOONS AND A SUPERSTOX FINAL THAT HAD JUST ABOUT EVERY AVAILABLE SUPERSTOX LEFT RUNNING TAKING PART.

AN AMAZING LIFE – CHANGING EXPERIENCE FOR ME AND I STILL HAVE THE TWO PROGRAMMES, MINE AND DAVID’S WITH ONE SIGNED BY ACKER BILK AND THE SECOND HOPEFULLY TO BE SIGNED BY MR BOB PERRY HIMSELF WHEN I’LL BE INTERVIEWING HIM LATER THIS SUMMER.


I AM VERY PROUD TO SAY THAT I HAVE NOT MISSED A SPEDEWEEKEND AT FOXHALL SINCE.


MY DAD SADLY SUCCUMED TO CANCER IN 1991, MY MUM, BLESS HER IS NOW 82, NOT IN THE BEST OF HEALTH, BUT DID RETURN TO FOXHALL A FEW YEARS BACK AND SAW ME WIN A FINAL IN MY STOCKKART, WHILST MY BROTHER DAVID, SOME OF YOU MET AT THE REUNION WHEN HE CAME AS MY VIP GUEST….AFTER ALL IT WAS HE THAT GOT THE FAMILY INTO THE SPORT IN THE FIRST PLACE!


BACK TO THE CURRENT AND OUR HOST’S FOR LOCHGELLY, OLDSKOOL SCOTTISH RACING MANAGER’S ALAN HARWOOD AND WILLIE ANDERSON HAVE KINDY ARRANGED A VISIT TO 81 BILL PULLAR’S HOME FOR A FORTHCOMING INTERVIEW, BILL HIMSELF A FORMER EUROPEAN CHAMPION, WINNING THE RACE WHILST THE TRACK WAS LITERALLY ON FIRE!, AND A CHANCE TO MEET UP WITH OUR GOOD FRIENDS, IAN ROBERTSON AND ALISON DEVLIN AND THAT’S EVEN BEFORE WE MEET UP WITH 174 IAIN BRUCE, 177 STU GILCHRIST, 35 CHRIS STEWART, 116 ANDY COCHRANE, 74 DINO BRUCE AND ALL THE REST OF ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOL’ WHO HAVE BEEN FLYING THE FLAG AT LOCHGELLY FOR US!


“GRANDAD, STOP FLIRTING WITH THE AIR HOSTESSES, WE NEARLY GOT ON THE WRONG PLANE LAST TIME!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


                                                                                  217 BOB PERRY, 1971 EUROPEAN CHAMPION.

                                                   THE LAP OF HONOUR FOR THE 1971 EUROPEAN AT FOXHALL.






5TH JUNE - HAPPY BIRTHDAY STU!

TODAY WE WISH OLDSKOOL RACING DIRECTOR, STU BLYTH A VERY SPECIAL "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" FROM US ALL AT OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX.





2ND JUNE – WHAT ELSE HAS BEEN HAPPENING?


HITTING FORM IN THE RUN UP TO THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP, 77 NICK ROOTS WHO HAS CLAIMED BOTH THE EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP AND BRIAN STREET MEMORIAL WITHIN A FORTNIGHT, PICTURED AT FOXHALL.

AND HERE'S 790 DAVE KERSHAW, NEWLY CROWNED EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPION AT FOXHALL IN 1971.



OBVIOUSLY, THE REUNION HAS BEEN GRABBING ALL THE HEADLINES IN RECENT WEEKS, BUT AS WE ARE VERY MUCH PART OF THE CURRENT SCENE AS WELL AS THE PAST, ITS TIME WE CAUGHT UP WITH ALL THE LATEST HAPPENINGS OF THE ACTION IN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, NORTHERN IRELAND….AND MAYBE THE CONTINENT!


FIRST THINGS FIRST, FOR MORE INDEPTH INFO ON THE FORMULA IN THE CURRENT ERA, PLEASE CHECK OUT THE ‘SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX’ FACEBOOK PAGE HEADED BY STEVE YATES WHO BRILLIANTLY ADMINISTERS ALL THE ‘STATS’ OF THE FORMULA EACH SEASON AND ALSO MY GOOD PAL, STUART FERRIS HAS RELAUNCHED THE SUPERSTOX.ORG.UK WEBSITE TOGETHER WITH A FACEBOOK PAGE ALSO, ADDED TO THAT LEE MAHER’S SUPERSTOX FORUM AND YOU HAVE FOUR OF US WHO ARE COMMITTED TO WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX RACING….NOT BAD EH?


SO WE KICK OFF WITH LOCHGELLY ON 21ST APRIL AND THE SECOND OF THE POPULAR ‘FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER’ MEETINGS. THE OPENING HEAT WAS TAKEN BY 172 CHRIS MILLER WITH ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 116 ANDY COCHRANE FOURTH AND 15 STEVEN BALLENTINE FIFTH WITH 174 IAIN BRUCE COMING HOME NINTH IN WHAT WAS THE DEBUT OF HIS STUNNING NEW RANDALL MOTORSPORT CAR.

‘OLDSKOOL’S 74 DINO BRUCE TOOK THE SECOND HEAT WITH BALLENTINE THIS TIME UP TO FOURTH, BUT IAIN BRUCE WAS SIDELINED WITH GEARBOX PROBLEMS FOR THIS ONE AND HIS NIGHT FINISHED EARLY.

THE FINAL SAW ANOTHER WIN FOR CHRIS MILLER WITH COCHRANE 4TH AND VERY FEW FINISHER’S BEHIND THEM!


TULLYROAN ON 3RD MAY SAW BOTH HEATS TAKEN BY 917 GARY GRATTAN HEADING HOME 955 KYLE BEATTIE WITH KYLE REVERSING THE RESULT TO TAKE THE FINAL FROM GARY.


BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 5TH MAY SAW SUPER’S IN ACTION AT ARLINGTON, SIMILAR TO WHAT WE ONCE LOVED AS THE ‘MAYDAY BLOCKBUSTER MEETING’….SURELY TIME TO RELAUNCH THIS MEETING FORMAT?

AS ALWAY’S THE CASE AT ARLINGTON, THE ACTION CAME THICK AND FAST, BUT IT WAS 123 DAVE MILES JUNIOR WHO TOOK BOTH THE HEATS WHILST THE FINAL WENT THE WAY OF 376 STEVEN JACKSON FROM LOCAL BOY, 454 DAVE PIKE AND A GOOD THIRD FOR 246 DEREK RUSSELL.


ACTION RETURNED TO THE RELAUNCHED AGHADOWEY ON 10TH MAY AND 917 GARY GRATTAN PICKED UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF THE OPENING MEETING FINAL, WITH A HEAT ONE WIN, WITH 916 RYAN McCLURE TAKING THE SECOND. THE GRAND FINAL AND ‘KING OF AGHADOWEY’ EVENT WAS CANCELLED AND THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY 8TH AUGUST.


THE FOLLOWING DAY, IT WAS OVER TO LOCHGELLY FOR A REGULAR SUNDAY SLOT ON 11TH MAY. 132 DAVID McBETH GRABBED THE FIRST HEAT WITH ‘OUR’ 74 DINO BRUCE SECOND, 15 STEVEN BALLENTINE FOURTH AND 174 IAIN BRUCE BACK IN NINTH.

THE ‘TARTAN TORNADO’ 177 STU GILCHRIST STAMPED HIS AUTHORITY ON HEAT TWO WITH DINO BRUCE TAKING A FOURTH TO CLAIM A 1 – 4 FOR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ AND AGAIN IT WAS THAT MAN GILCHRIST TAKING THE FINAL AND IT WAS REALLY PLEASING TO SEE 174 IAIN BRUCE CLAIM A GOOD THIRD AND THE FIRST TROPHY FOR THE NEW RANDALL.


THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING AT FOXHALL CAME NEXT ON THE 17TH WITH BOTH THE JOHN EARREY TROPHY AND EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP UP FOR GRABS. HEAT ONE WAS PARTICULARLY GREAT FOR ME AS I HAD BEEN ASKED TO COME OUT OF RETIREMENT AND BE START MARSHALL FOR THIS ONE! 1987 WAS THE LAST TIME I FLAGGED AWAY SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX AND TO SAY I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! IT WAS A TERRIFIC RACE WITH THE WIN GOING TO THE RETURNING 158 WILF BRIDGES FROM A HARD CHARGING 612 GARY SPARKES WHO WAS LOOKING VERY QUICK FROM MY POSITION! THE RACE WAS OVER ALL TOO SOON BUT IT WAS SIMPLY GREAT TO FEEL THE CARS CHARGE PAST UNDER MY FINGERTIPS ONCE AGAIN.

HEAT TWO, AND THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL TROPHY, WAS TAKEN BY OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER, 717 TERRY LAWRENCE WHO IS CERTAINLY A DRIVER TIPPED FOR BIG THINGS IN THE FUTURE, SPEAKING OF WHICH THE HIGHLY TALENTED 77 NICK ROOTS TOOK THE EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIOINSHIP FINAL IN FRONT OF SEVERAL FORMER E .A. TITLE HOLDERS ENJOYING THE ACTION FROM THE REUNION LOUNGES. IT WAS A HATTRICK OF ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ VICTORIES ON WHAT WAS AN INCREDIBLE NIGHT WHEN WE HAD FOUR ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ ON STATIC DISPLAY IN THE STADIUM, FIVE RUNNING CARS FOR AN ON TRACK DISPLAY AND MANY FORMER SUPERSTOX DRIVERS FROM THE PAST IN ATTENDANCE INCLUDING EIGHT FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS!


SPECIAL NOTE MUST ALSO BE MADE FOR 39 LEE CLARK WHO TRAVELLED DOWN FROM SCOTLAND AND 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN WHO CAME ACROSS FROM HOLLAND WITH FATHER LUUD AND ONE OF OUR ‘OLDSKOOL CONTINENTAL RACING MANAGER’S, REINIER ROOSEN. HOPEFULLY LEE ENJOYED HIS EVENING BUT JEROEN WAS SIDELINED WITH ENGINE PROBLEMS IN PRACTISE WHICH ENDED HIS EVENING. HAPPY NONETHELESS, JEROEN PROMISED TO RETURN FOR SPEDEWEEKEND WHICH IS LOOMING RATHER FAST NOW!

CERTAINLY AN EVENING I WILL NEVER FORGET AND THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN WITH ME!


ACROSS THE SEA AT TULLYROAN THE NEXT DAY SAW THE OPENING ROUND OF THE NORTHERN IRELAND OVAL T.V SERIES WITH 997 JACK GILPIN CLAIMING BOTH THE HEATS WHILST IN FORM MAN 927 GREGG HYNDMAN TOOK THE FINAL FROM 951 JEFF MINISH AND 975 NATHAN BEATTIE THIRD. PHOTOGRAPHER AND CORRESPONDENT BRIAN LAMMEY KINDLY SENT ME SOME VIDEO OF THE ACTION IN NORTHERN IRELAND AT THE MOMENT AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THE FORMULA IS GROWING RAPIDLY WITH SOME VERY QUICK DRIVERS IN VERY GOOD MACHINERY. LAST YEARS SPEDEWEEKEND SAW THE GRATTAN BROTHERS AND KYLE BEATTIE MIX IT WELL AND TRULY WITH EVERYONE SO THERE’S EVERY CHANCE AN IRISHMAN COULD TAKE A MAJOR SUPERSTOX HONOUR VERY SOON…MAYBE THE FORTHCOMING EUROPEAN?


BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND SAW ACTION AT LOCHGELLY ON THE 25TH AND OUR MAN 177 STU GILCHRIST ROMPED AWAY WITH BOTH HEATS AND FINAL BEING CHASED BY 74 DINO BRUCE WHO CHASED STU OVER THE LINE IN BOTH HEATS WHILST 453 KENNY McKENZIE CLAIMED SECOND IN THE FINAL WITH OUR MAN 174 IAIN BRUCE TAKING THE THIRD TO TAKE ANOTHER TROPHY AS THE RANDALL SETTLES IN. “WE’VE STILL GOT A LITTLE ‘PUSH’ – BUT WE’RE GETTING THERE!” IAIN INFORMED ME. LET’S HOPE THERE WILL BE A BOOKING FOR IAIN AT SPEDEWEEKEND FOR I KNOW HE IS ONE OF SEVERAL SCOTTISH DRIVERS WHO WOULD LOVE TO COME DOWN AND RACE!


THIS BRINGS US BANG UP TO DATE WITH YESTERDAY’S 1ST JUNE ACTION AT ALDERSHOT FOR THE BRIAN STREET MEMORIAL TROPHY

HELD IN RESPECT OF THIS MUCH MISSED SPEDEWORTH OFFICIAL. THE MEETING ALSO TURNED OUT TO BE A ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ FEST AS OUR GOOD FRIEND 59 STEVE HAMILTON DOMINATED THE OPENING HEAT AND HELD OFF A GREAT LAST BEND LUNGE FROM OUR 7 GLENN SALMON AND STEVE’S SON LUKE 58 TOOK THE SECOND AND ALSO SURVIVED A LAST BEND LUNGE, THIS TIME FROM 2 ANDY COLLINS!

NEWLY CROWNED EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPION 77 NICK ROOTS WON THE FINAL AND BRIAN STREET TROPHY FROM SALMON AND 416 MARK SMITH ENJOYING A MEETING DOWN SOUTH.


UP AT LOCHGELLY, IT WAS THE LAST OUTING PRIOR TO THE IDEAL COMMERCIALS SUPERSTOX EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND.

453 KENNY McKENZIE TOOK THE OPENING HEAT WHILST 523 MATT McPHERSON TOOK THE SECOND WITH ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 15 STEVEN BALLENTINE A GOOD SECOND. THE FINAL AGAIN WAS TAKEN BY McKENZIE FROM 132 DAVE McBETH AND McPHERSON THIRD IN A MEETING THAT APPEARED TO BE SHORT OF NUMBERS.


REGARDING THE CONTINENT, I HAVE HEARD OF ONE PROMOTER WHO HAS SHOWN A POSSIBLE INTEREST IN SUPERSTOX….I CAN CERTAINLY CONFIRM THAT NOTHING OFFICIAL HAS BEEN SPOKEN ABOUT….BUT LETS JUST HOPE THAT ONE DAY WE WILL SEE CONTINENTAL SUPERSTOX ONCE MORE. IF THE FORMULA HAS BEEN RE -ESTABLISHED IN BOTH SCOTLAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND, SURELY SAME COULD BE DONE IN HOLLAND, BELGIUM….OR EVEN SOUTH AFRICA? FOOD FOR THOUGHT!


ONTO THE RETRO FRONT, THERE HAS CERTAINLY BEEN SOME PROGRESS SINCE THE FOXHALL DISPLAY. ONE OR TWO FORMER DRIVERS HAVE BEEN HEARD TO BE ASKING AROUND FOR CERTAIN ‘RETRO PARTS’ AND FROM SCOTLAND COMES SOME VERY EXCITING NEWS OF YET ANOTHER POSSIBLE CAR BUILD AND THE FIND OF ANOTHER FORMER COMPLETE CHASSIS WHICH HAS QUITE A LOT OF HISTORICAL INTEREST TO SCOTLAND, HOPEFULLY WE’LL HAVE MORE NEWS ON THIS WHEN WE RETURN FROM THE LOCHGELLY EUROPEAN WEEKEND.


CLOSER TO HOME, I’VE BEEN IN TOUCH WITH MARTYN COLES WHO STILL HAS AN ORIGINAL HCD CHASSIS FROM THE 80’S ERA. “IT’S LOOKING IN A BIT OF A STATE AS I ORIGINALLY USED IT IN F2, BUT ITS TUCKED AWAY WITH THE PLAN FOR A FULL RESTORATION!” THIS IS GREAT NEWS AND HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE TAKING A LOOK AT THE CAR IN THE COMING WEEKS EN ROUTE TO A MUCH ANTICIPATED VISIT TO HCD TO SEE HOW THINGS ARE DONE IN THE CURRENT ERA!


NEWS FROM WISBECH, YES WISBECH! WE CAN NOW FINALLY BREAK NEWS ON A LITTLE SECRET THAT’S BEEN WORKED ON IN RECENT MONTHS IN THE FORM OF A ‘TRIBUTE TO WISBECH STADIUM’ WALL DISPLAY WHICH HAS BEEN FUNDED BY TESCO’S AND MOUNTED ON A WALL IN THEIR NEW STORE WHICH OCCUPIES THE ORIGINAL SOUTH BRINK STADIUM SITE.

MARK TEG TAKES UP THE STORY,”THE TESCO GRAPHIC WAS INSTALLED ON THE 44TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TRACKS OPENING. THOSE PRIMARILY INVOLVED WERE, MELVYN JOHNSON, JULIAN LYNN, DAVE BALDWIN, STU BLYTH, MYSELF AND PAUL RAFFERTY WHO IS STORE DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FOR TESCO WHO HAS BEEN BRILLIANT IN THE PROCESS. WE APPROACHED PAUL ABOUT INSTALLING A PLAQUE TO REMEMBER THE STADIUM AND ON HIS SUGGESTION, WE DESIGNED A GRAPHIC TO REPLACE ONE OF THEIR OWN ADVERTISING GRAPHICS! THE GRAPHIC MEASURES 4290 X 2250MM AND THE WHOLE THING WAS FINANCED AND INSTALLED BY TESCO, THE IDEA BEING THAT THE PLAQUE WAS DESIGNED TO REFLECT THE LOCAL RACING COMMUNITY”.

SO IF YOU ARE IN THE AREA, POP IN AND GIVE THE GRAPHIC A LOOK IT’S A TREMENDOUS PIECE OF ART AND OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO ALL INVOLVED FOR A JOB WELL DONE!


NEXT WEEK WE’LL BE THINKING ABOUT THE FORTHCOMING EUROPEAN AT LOCHGELLY AND REMINISCING ABOUT EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS PAST.


“GRANDAD, TIME TO GET YOUR OLD CASE OUT OF THE LOFT, WE’VE GOT TO START PACKING!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


SMILES ALL ROUND AT LOCHGELLY RECENTLY, L - R 174 IAIN BRUCE, 177 STU GILCHRIST & 453 KENNY McKENZIE....THEIR RESPECTIVE CAR'S ARE TESTAMENT TO THE SUPERSTOX RACER IN THE MODERN ERA - PICS COURTESY SCOTTISH STOCKCARS.NET.

SUPERSTOX AT SPEEDWAY? THE ALEX MEADOWS SUPER RECENTLY PRESSED INTO THE ROLE OF PARADING THE TEAMS AT IPSWICH SPEEDWAY IN CONJUNCTION WITH ONE OF HIS SPONSORS.....MEANWHILE THE DOMESTIC SUPERSTOX SCENE IN NORTHERN IRELAND IS LOOKING VERY GOOD! - PIC COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY NIF2.COM



THE FANTASTIC GRAPHIC NOW WALL MOUNTED IN THE TESCO'S THAT OCCUPIES THE OLD WISBECH STADIUM SITE, WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED INCLUDING TESCO'S WHO FUNDED IT! POP ALONG AND HAVE YOUR PICTURE TAKEN WITH IT FOR OLD TIMES SAKE. 









28TH MAY – WELL THAT WENT WELL!


ALTHOUGH HE COULD'NT BE THERE IN PERSON, TWICE WORLD CHAMPION 294 GEOFF GODDARD SENT A WELCOME MESSAGE TO ALL AT THE REUNION!




OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX RACE DIRECTOR, 235 STU BLYTH, SCOTTISH RACING MANAGER ALAN HARWOOD, TOGETHER WITH JULIE AND 147 BRIAN GRAY HEAD UP A VERY STRONG ADMIN TEAM THAT WILL ENSURE EVENTS SUCH AS THIS WILL CONTINUE, MEANWHILE........

EMMA AND KELSEY DID A GREAT JOB OF 'BOOKING IN' EVERYONE, TO ENSURE ALL THE 'i''S WERE DOTTED AND THE 't'S WERE CROSSED.




WOW, WOW, WOW! ONE WEEK LATER AND WE ARE STILL 'BUZZIN' FROM THE FANTASTIC NIGHT WE HAD AT FOXHALL FOR THE 10TH JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING AND FIRST OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.COM REUNION.


HAVING EMERGED FROM A DARKENED ROOM! I HAVE RECEIVED SOME WONDERFUL MESSAGES AND COMMENTS WHICH ARE VERY KIND BUT THE WHOLE EVENT WAS A BIG TEAM EFFORT AND I WILL ENDEVOUR TO MENTION THE FOLLOWING WONDERFUL PEOPLE WITHOUT WHOM THE REUNION SIMPLY WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED;


FIRSTLY, WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE AND JANET WOOD FOR ALLOWING US THE PROVISION OF THE STADIUM, THE VIP LOUNGES AND THEIR RESPECTIVE FACILITIES. THE DELICIOUS REFRESHMENTS WERE A VERY WELCOME ADDITION AND A WONDERFUL SURPRISE AS THIS HAD NOT BEEN INITIALLY DISCUSSED. DEANE AND JANETS SUPPORT HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS RIGHT FROM THE START AND WE SIMPLY CANNOT THANK THEM ENOUGH - IT’S A GREAT HONOUR TO BE “CARETAKER’S” OF THE HERITAGE OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX.


WE MUST ALSO THANK DAREN AND CHRISTER EARREY FOR ALLOWING US TO BECOME PART OF THEIR FATHER’S MEMORIAL MEETING IN THE FIRST INSTANCE.


NEXT, WE THANK OLDSKOOL RACING DIRECTOR STU BLYTH WHO HAD BEEN TIRELESSLY CONTACTING DRIVERS, BUILDING RETRO SUPERSTOX AND SUPPORTING OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX SINCE DAY ONE. WE HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED VIEWING OUR DAVE PIERCE AND GORDON McDOUGAL REPLICA CARS, THIS WAS ALL DOWN TO STU, SO MANY THANKS TO HIM!


WE THANK OUR LOVELY LADIES, JULIE, EMMA AND KELSEY GRAY, WHO WERE YOUR "MEETER'S AND GREETER'S" AND WORKED SO HARD BEHIND THE SCENES TOGETHER WITH BRIAN, PETER AND ALAN TO COORDOINATE AND MAKE EVERYTHING RUN SO SMOOTHLY!

LIKEWISE WE THANK DAVE BALDWIN, CHRIS BERRY AND KEVIN WEGG FOR ALL THEIR MEDIA WORK IN THE RUN UP TO AND DURING THE EVENT.


WE ALSO THANK MICK AND PATSY WINTER WHO SPENT THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS MAKING AND PRODUCING THE FANTASTIC PICTURE BOARDS AND PROVIDING THE WONDERFUL MEMORABILIA FOR DISPLAY, LIKEWISE JULIAN ARMES FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION.


HUGE THANKS GO OUT TO STU BLYTH, ALAN HARWOOD, THE BEARMAN FAMILY, THE BUNKLE FAMILY, SHAUN BROOKER, THE SUTTON AND BEE FAMILIES, ROBIN SECKER, MARTY PAGE, PAUL ROOKYARD AND THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAM'S FOR ALL THEIR HARD WORK BEHIND THE SCENES IN PREPARING THE VINTAGE SUPERSTOX THAT DISPLAYED ON THE NIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH PEOPLE, YOUR CONTRIBUTION ON THE NIGHT WAS ENORMOUSE AND HAD BEEN ONGOING FOR SEVERAL WEEKS SO THANKYOU!


THANKS ALSO GO OUT TO OUR SCOTTISH 'OLDSKOOL RACING MANAGER' ALAN HARWOOD, WILLIE ANDERSON, ALISON DEVLIN AND IAN ROBERTSON FOR TRAVELLING ALL THE WAY DOWN FROM SCOTLAND FOR THE EVENT AND ALSO FOR PERSUADING BILL PULLAR AND KENNY IRELAND TO COME DOWN AND JOIN US ALSO.


WE ALSO THANK 1994 WORLD CHAMPION, LUUD LAURIJSSEN AND HIS SON JEROEN FOR TRAVELLING ACROSS FROM HOLLAND WITH REINEER ROOSEN REPRESENTING OLDSKOOL SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL, THANKS GUY'S IT WAS TRULY APPRECIATED.


FINALLY, WE MUST THANK ALL YOU GOOD PEOPLE FOR SUPPORTING THE EVENT, SOME OF YOU ALSO TRAVELLED LONG DISTANCES TO BE THERE ALSO, AND ESPECIALLY WITH THE COST OF FUEL NOWADAY'S, IT WAS TRULY APPRECIATED AND SPURS MYSELF, STU, ALAN AND ALL THE ADMIN TEAM ON NO END IN THE PURSUIT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS YOU HAVE ALL MADE AND CONTINUE TO MAKE IN THE HISTORY OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX RACING!


IT WAS GREAT TO MEET SO MANY OF YOU IN PERSON AND MEET UP WITH A LOT OF GOOD FOLK I HAD NOT SEEN FOR A GOOD NUMBER OF YEARS, APOLOGIES TO THOSE I DID NOT GET TO CHAT TO AS LONG AS I HAD HOPED, BUT WITH EVERYTHING GOING ON I HAD ON AVERAGE AROUND TWO MINUTES PER PERSON!

THANKYOU ALL FOR YOUR KIND DONATIONS TO OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX, WE RAISED £138 ON THE NIGHT WHICH WILL PAY FOR SIGNAGE ETC AND SUPPORT THE WEBSITE FEE’S.


AS SOME OF YOU WITNESSED, I RETURNED TO THE STARTER’S ROSTRUM FOR SUPERSTOX HEAT ONE. I HAVE TO CONFESS, I HAD SIMPLY FORGOTTEN JUST WHAT A TERRIFIC JOB THIS REALLY IS! THE LAST SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX RACE I CONTROLLED WAS AT THE END OF 1987 YET AS SOON AS I PUT THE HEADPHONES ON, IT WAS AS IF I HAD NEVER BEEN AWAY. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT, SO MUCH SO THAT WITH MY FELLOW ‘VINTAGE STARTER’S’ WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE A GO ONCE EACH YEAR AGAIN, MAYBE A ‘STARTER’S TROPHY’ OR SOMETHING.


JUST ABOUT EVERY DRIVER AT THE REUNION SIGNED THE ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ T SHIRT, IT LOOKS TERRIFIC WITH SO MANY FAMOUS NAMES, TOGETHER WITH EACH DRIVER’S NUMBER. MORE DETAILS WILL FOLLOW, BUT WE ARE HOPING TO AUCTION THIS AT THIS YEARS SPEDEWEEKEND WITH THE PROCEEDS GOING TO CANCER RESEARCH UK, A CHARITY VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART AND I KNOW, VERY CLOSE TO MANY OTHERS TOO!

CHECK OUT THE REVISED DRIVERS LIST TO SEE JUST HOW MANY FAMOUS NAMES ATTENDED THE REUNION, INCLUDING QUITE A FEW FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS!


PLEASE ALSO CHECK OUT THE REUNION PHOTO ALBUM FOR THE STORY OF THE REUNION FROM BEGINNING TO END IN PICTURES AND WORDS.


THOSE WHO KNOW ME WELL WILL KNOW THAT I LIKEN OVAL RACING TO A 'TRIANGLE' WITH A PROMOTER, DRIVER AND FAN SAT ON EACH POINT. IF YOU TAKE ANY ONE OF THESE ELEMENTS AWAY, THE SHAPE IS INCOMPLETE....BUT, IF EACH ELEMENT IS PRESENT AND PULLING ALL IN THE SAME DIRECTION, YOU HAVE A VERY STRONG CONSTRUCTION.

THE JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING AT FOXHALL SHOWED JUST WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED WHEN EVERYONE PULL'S TOGETHER FOR THE GOOD OF THEIR BELOVED SPORT....THE BUZZ WAS INCREDIBLE ON THE NIGHT FOR EVERYONE TO WITNESS.


SO IN CLOSING, FAN'S GET BEHIND YOUR DRIVERS AND SHOW THEM YOUR SUPPORT, DRIVERS GET BEHIND YOUR PROMOTER AND SHOW THEM YOUR SUPPORT AND THE RESULT, AS WITNESSED IS AN INCREDIBLE STADIUM WITH THE VERY BEST FACILITIES, AN INCREDIBLE BUZZ ON THE TERRACES AND TERRIFIC RACING!


THANKS ONCE AGAIN EVERYONE AND HERE'S TO THE NEXT ONE!


“GRANDAD’S NOT STOPPED TALKING ABOUT IT SINCE!”

DEAN COX, STU BLYTH, ALAN HARWOOD AND THE OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.COM ADMIN TEAM.


FANS ENJOYED OUR PROJECT CARS, THE REPLICA OF 41 GORDON McDOUGAL'S 1976 WORLD WINNER AND THE 320 DAVE PIERCE 1972 BRITISH CHAMPIOINSHIP WINNER, HERE BEING 'TRIED FOR SIZE' BY THE GREAT MAN HIMSELF FLANKED BY OUR OWN STU BLYTH LEFT AND YOUR'S TRULY RIGHT.



THE T SHIRT WITH SOME VERY FAMOUS AUTOGRAPHS! WE ARE HOPING TO AUCTION THIS AT IPSWICH SPEDEWEEKEND WITH THE PROCEEDS GOING TO CANCER RESEARCH.




SCOTTISH LEGENDS, 81 BILL PULLAR AND 196 KENNY IRELAND RETURNED TO FOXHALL AFTER SEVERAL YEARS, .....MEANWHILE, "HELLO BILL, LAST TIME I SAW YOU, WE WERE IN GERMANY!", 320 DAVE PIERCE REMEMBERS GREAT TIMES WITH BILL ON THE CONTINENT.






11TH MAY – PERSONAL MEMORIES OF JOHN EARREY!


I HAVE TO CONFESS, SINCE WE LAUNCHED THE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX MOVEMENT’ MYSELF AND MY COLLEAUGES HAVE BEEN CONSTANTLY HUMBLED BY THE SUPPORT AND EFFORTS THAT FOLK UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY, MAINLAND EUROPE AND THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD HAVE BEEN GOING TO, TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE INVOLVED HAS GREAT ENJOYMENT FROM OUR ACTIVITIES!


IT’S VERY SATISFYING, BECAUSE THE ULTIMATE AIM IS THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU, IN YOUR OWN WAY, ‘OWNS’ THEIR LITTLE OWN PIECE OF ‘OLDSKOOL’ AND CAN FEEL THAT THEY CAN MAKE THEIR OWN CONTRIBUTION, WETHER ITS JUST A SIMPLE PHOTO, INTERVIEW, NEWS OR EVEN A CAR BUILD, IT IS ALL MASSIVELY APPRECIATED BY ALL AND ENJOYED BY ALL.


NEXT SATURDAY 17TH MAY, THE FRUITS OF EVERYONES EFFORTS WILL COME TOGETHER IN A VERY FITTING WAY TO REMEMBER A GREAT COMMENTATOR WHO HELPED ‘BUILD UP’ THE PRESTIGE OF THE FORMULA WE LOVE AND ALSO LAY THE FOUNDATIONS OF FUTURE EVENTS TO NOT ONLY CELEBRATE THE PAST, BUT ALSO THE CURRENT AND FUTURE OF SUPERSTOX RACING.


HOPEFULLY YOU NOW ALL KNOW THE PRECEDURE OF NEXT WEEKS MEETING, ANY LAST MINUTE NEWS WILL BE POSTED UP THIS WEEK, - BUT WE ARE MORE OR LESS READY, BAR ONE OR TWO SLEEPLESS NIGHTS! – TO ENSURE YOU HAVE A GREAT EVENING AT THE 10TH JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING.


PLEASE SEE WE HAVE ADDED A ‘DRIVERS LIST’ PAGE TO THE WEBSITE. AS A BIT OF FUN, I HAVE CREATED THIS IN THE OLD STYLE MEETING PROGRAMME FORMAT. PLEASE, PLEASE NOTE! THE LIST IS BASED UPON DRIVERS WE HAVE CONTACTED AND HAVE SHOWN AN INDICATION THAT THEY MAY BE ATTENDING. THIS IS BY NO MEANS A CONFIRMED ‘BOOKING LIST’ AND DOES NOT GAURANTEE A DRIVERS APPEARANCE, IN REALITY, THERE WILL BE SOME WHO CANNOT MAKE IT, SOME WHO WILL WHO IS NOT ALREADY ON THE LIST….AND THERE WILL BE SOME NOT THERE PERSONALLY, BUT WILL BE VERY MUCH THINKING OF US ON THE NIGHT!


PLEASE ALSO CHECK OUT THE ARTICLES PAGE WHERE YOU WILL SEE THE LONG AWAITED 294 GEOFF GODDARD INTERVIEW. APOLOGIES FOR THE VERY LONG WAIT ON THIS ONE, IN TRUTH, I WANTED TO SO THIS ARTICLE THE JUSTICE IT RIGHTLY DESERVED AND WANTED TO PUBLISH IT AT A PARTICULAR MILESTONE IN THE OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT, I BELIEVE WE HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT MOMENT AND HEREBY PRESENT FOR YOUR PLEASURE, GEOFF’S STORY WHICH BOTH HE AND I SINCERELY HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY!



AS A YOUNG LAD, I HAD GROWN UP LISTENING TO THE GREAT COMMENTARIES BY THE VARIOUS SPEDEWORTH COMMENTATORS, BUT BY BEING IPSWICH BASED, IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT I WOULD HEAR MORE OF JOHN EARREY’S SPOKEN WORDS, THAN ANY OTHER.

JOHN HAD THE CAPABILITY OF PAINTING A PICTURE IN YOUR MIND, EVEN IF YOU COULD’NT SEE THE RACING! A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THIS IS THAT I HAVE AN OLD CASSETTE RECORDING OF JOHN COMMENTATING ON THE 1974 WORLD FINAL AT WIMBLEDON, WON BY 443 STEVE MONK. WHEN PLAYING THE CASSETTE, THERE IS NO VISUAL EVIDENCE, BUT WITH THE SUBTLE ENGINE NOISE IN THE BACKGROUND, MIXED WITH JOHN’S VOICE, I AM TRANSPORTED RIGHT TO THE TRACK AND CAN VISUALISE THE WHOLE RACE, EVERY INCIDENT PLUS INFO INBETWEEN FROM FLAG TO FLAG, THIS FOLKS IS A LYRICAL ARTIST AT WORK!


FAST FORWARD TO THE EIGHTEES AND I HAD BECOME ONE OF THE MECHANIC’S TO 31 IAN CAMPBELL WHO ALSO WORKED PART TIME AS MAINTENANCE MAN AT FOXHALL. INEVITABLY, I WAS INTRODUCED TO JOHN VIA IAN AND WE ‘HIT IT OFF’ STRAIGHTAWAY. IN NO TIME, I WAS ALSO DOING ODD JOBS AROUND THE STADIUM, I LOVED IT, PAINTING, CUTTING GRASS, SWEEPING UP…ANYTHING THAT HELPED MAKE THE OPERATION WORK WAS PURE ENJOYMENT TO ME. THROUGH MY PASSION WITH ART, I EVEN RE – SIGNWROTE JOHN’S OPAL ASCONA CONTROL CAR WHICH I JUST LOVED PARKED ON MY PARENTS DRIVEWAY FOR A FEW DAYS!


AT THIS TIME, SPEDEWORTH WERE GOING THROUGH QUITE A FEW CHANGES AT THE HELM, SADLY TED WEAVER, WHO HAD ONLY BEEN RACING MANAGER A SHORT TIME, RETIRED THROUGH ILL HEALTH.

DAVE SMITH TOOK OVER THE ROLE, SO A NEW START MARSHALL FOR EAST ANGLIA WAS REQUIRED AND OUT OF THE BLUE, JOHN ASKED ME IF I FANCIED GIVING THE ROLE A TRY. IT WAS A REAL WRENCH TO LEAVE ‘TEAM CAMPBELL’ BUT I HAD TO GIVE THIS 100% AND GRABBED THE ‘JOB’ WITH BOTH HANDS.

AFTER INITIAL TRAINING, I WAS OFFICIATING AT IPSWICH, YARMOUTH, WISBECH, MILDENHALL, SOMETIMES CLEETHORPES…AROUND FIVE MEETINGS A WEEK AND STILL HOLDING DOWN A FULL TIME APPRENTICESHIP….JUST!


THE MAJORITY OF MEETINGS WERE SPENT TRAVELLING IN THE CONTROL CAR WITH JOHN WHO VERY KINDLY WOULD OFTEN PICK ME UP FROM MY PARENTS HOME. WE COVERED MILES AND MILES, SOMETHING WHICH NEVER SEEMED TO PHASE JOHN, HE TOOK IT ALL IN HIS STRIDE…AFTER ALL INBETWEEN ALL THIS HE WAS TRAVELLING TO BIRMINGHAM AND OTHER TRACKS ALSO IN HIS ROLE AS A BSPA SPEEDWAY COMMENTATOR!

TRAVELLING WITH JOHN WAS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE, WE MUST HAVE COVERED THOUSANDS OF SUBJECTS IN OUR CONVERSATIONS AND JOHN CERTAINLY KNEW HOW TO TELL A STORY OR TWO. IT WAS ALSO A JOY TO HEAR JOHN’S COMMENTARY THROUGH MY HEADPHONES AT MEETINGS, I ALWAYS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS HAPPENING…ALTHOUGH WE ONCE HAD A GRAND FINAL WITH AN EXTRA COUPLE OF LAPS BECAUSE THE ACTION WAS COMING SO THICK AND FAST….BUT I’M NOT TELLING WHICH!


WE ALSO HAD AN OCCASION AT WISBECH WHERE THE HEADPHONES PACKED UP, JOHN, COOL AS EVER, SIMPLY WROTE ON PIECES OF PAPER WHICH HE HELD UP TO THE GLASS OF THE BOX WHICH WORKED WELL UNTIL IT STARTED RAINING!

YARMOUTH WAS ALWAYS FUN WITH JOHN, BECAUSE WE HAD TO BE EXTRA INFORMATIVE WITH THE HOLIDAY MAKERS, JOHN CAME UP WITH THE IDEA THAT I SHOULD STAND WITH HIM TO INTRODUCE THE MEETING ON THE TRACK AND HE WOULD INTRODUCE ME. I TOOK THIS AS A MASSIVE HONOUR, SADLY THIS DOES’NT SEEM TO BE DONE NOWADAYS BUT IN MY OPINION IS GREAT ETIQUETE TO A MEETING INTRODUCTION.


HOWEVER, EVERY MEETING WE ATTENDED HAD CERTAIN RITUALS WHICH HAD TO BE FOLLOWED;

AT MEETING END, WE WOULD ADJOURN TO THE BAR FOR ‘ONE’ PINT OF BITTER, BANTER AND GOOD CONVERSATION WITH DRIVERS, FANS AND OTHER OFFICIALS, FOLLOWED BY A NEARBY STOP FOR FISH AND CHIPS, BEFORE THE JOURNEY HOME.


WE HAD SOME TERRIFIC FUN AND LAUGHS IN THE VARIOUS BARS, YARMOUTH WAS ALWAYS GOOD AND JOHN WOULD ALWAYS BE UP FOR A PRANK OR SEND SOMEONE UP. I REMEMBER JOHN MICKEL’S MUM USED TO BRING ALONG THE FAMILY DOG, A LITTLE THING, AND JOHN WOULD START ‘BARKING’ WHEN NO ONE NOTICED TO START THIS LITTLE ANIMAL OFF…JOHN WOULD ALWAYS GET THE LAST ‘BARK’ IN AND THE POOR ANIMAL WOULD OFTEN GET A SCOLDING FROM MRS M!


I OFTEN WOULD BEAR THE BRUNT OF JOHN’S JOKES ON THE TRACK, ONE NIGHT AT YARMOUTH, KNOWING FULL WELL MY GIRLFRIEND AT THE TIME WAS IN THE CROWD, JOHN ANNOUNCED TO A PACKED TUESDAY NIGHT CROWD THAT I WAS “SINGLE AND AVAILABLE”!

IN REALTY, I COULD REMININSE FOR HOURS ABOUT MY OWN MEMORIES OF JOHN EARREY, BUT THEN AGAIN SO MANY HUNDREDS OF OTHERS COULD ALSO FOR HE HAD TIME FOR EVERYONE IN BOTH THE STOCK CAR AND SPEEDWAY WORLD AND BEYOND.


I AM HONOURED TO SAY THAT I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH JOHN FOR HIS LAST TWO SEASONS OF STOCK CAR COMMENTATING AND BROUGHT OUT THE RED’S ON HIS LAST OFFICIAL SPEDEWORTH RACE, IT WAS A PRIVILAGE TO KNOW JOHN AND THAT’S WHY I WANTED TO PUT SO MUCH INTO THIS VERY SPECIAL MEETING.


SEVERAL OF YOU HAVE BEEN ASKING ABOUT ‘GRANDAD’ THAT I SIGN OFF WITH ON EACH UPDATE?

‘GRANDAD’ WAS INVENTED BY JOHN.

BACK IN THE SEVENTIES, JOHN WOULD DO A PREVIEW JINGLE FOR LOCAL RADIO FOR EACH FORTHCOMING MEETING AT FOXHALL AND SIGN IT OFF WITH A PIECE ABOUT GRANDAD TO CAPTURE THE WHOLE FAMILY ASPECT OF SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORT.


IT’S MY OWN LITTLE TRIBUTE TO A GENTLEMAN COMMENTATOR, MUCH MISSED, BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN!


AS ALWAYS, I’M GOING TO LET JOHN SAY THE LAST WORDS.

DURING ONE OF OUR MANY TRAVELS, I ONCE ASKED JOHN WHAT MAKES A GOOD COMMENTATOR?

HE THOUGHT FOR A WHILE, AND THUS CAME THE REPLY;

“WHEN ITS POORING WITH RAIN, THERE’S ONLY ONE MAN AND HIS DOG ON THE TERRACES AND ONLY SEVEN CARS ON TRACK, IF YOU CAN STILL MAKE IT SOUND LIKE A WORLD FINAL, THEN YOU ARE DOING YOUR JOB!”


SO LONG AS WE KNOW.


“DON’T FORGET YOUR AUTOGRAPH BOOK SATURDAY GRANDAD”!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


THE 'OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT' IS NOT JUST FOR US 'SENIORS', HERE YOUNG TOMMY AYLWARD DEMONSTRATES ITS 'COOL TO BE OLDSKOOL!'




AT LAST I HEAR YOU CRY! 

YEP, CHECK OUT THE ARTICLES PAGE FOR THE 294 GEOFF GODDARD INTERVIEW.....IN HIS OWN WAY, GEOFF WILL BE WITH US AT THE REUNION! 

FATHER AND SON, 217 BOB AND ROB PERRY HAVE BOTH JUST CONFIRMED, DISS WILL BE VERY WELL REPRESENTED!




FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS, HOLLAND'S 12 LUUD LAURIJSSEN AND 323 DAVE TURNER HAVE CONFIRMED.



FORMER FOXHALL FOX AUTOSPEDEWAY TEAM MEMBER 790 DAVE KERSHAW AND SON GAVAN, FORMER RACER AND NOW BRITISH GT RACER ARE AIMING TO ATTEND. 




TWO MEN WHO HAVE BEEN WITH US SINCE THE START AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE REUNION, 476 CHRIS ELMS AND 147 BRIAN GRAY.





5TH MAY – ONLY A FORTNIGHT AWAY!


RECENTLY CONFIRMED FOR THE REUNION, 60'S AND 70'S STAR DRIVER 278 ALAN TAYLOR - PHOTO COURTESY RICHARD JOHN NEIL.

WELL IT’S CERTAINLY BUILDING UP TO WHAT WE ANTICIPATE WILL BE A GREAT REUNION EVENING AT THE 10TH JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING ON SATURDAY 17TH MAY.


AS TIME IS RUNNING SHORT, AND THERE’S STILL PLENTY TO DO, I THOUGHT I WOULD TAKE THIS OPPURTUNITY TO GIVE YOU ALL A RESUME` OF WHAT’S IN STORE ON THE NIGHT SO YOU ALL HAVE AN IDEA OF EVENTS PRIOR TO THE EVENING!


FIRST THINGS FIRST, THE ADMISSION TURNSTILES USUALLY OPEN AROUND AN HOUR BEFORE THE MEETING SO WILL PROBABLY OPEN APPROX 5.45 PM, THE MEETING STARTING AT 6.45PM.


THERE ARE NO COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS FOR THIS MEETING, EXCEPT FOR CAR EXHIBITORS. THE REASON BEING THUS IS THAT OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.COM IS A SEPARATE ORGANISATION TO SPEDEWORTH AND THE TWO ORGANISATIONS RUN INDEPENDANTLY WHICH PROBABLY WORKS VERY WELL FOR BOTH PARTIES!

HAVING SAID THAT, SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE AND JANET WOOD HAVE VERY KIDLY GIVEN US THE ‘BEST VIP BOX’ IN THE HOUSE, USUALLY £500 FOR FREE! PLUS TEAS AND COFFEES. THEY HAVE ALSO MADE PROVISION FOR THE BAR/RESTAURANT TO REMAIN OPEN AFTER THE MEETING TO SERVE DRINKS AND FOOD FOR THE CONTINUED FESTIVITIES. IN ALL I BELIEVE SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS HAVE BEEN MOST GENEROUS SO I SINCERELY HOPE EVERYONE ARE OK WITH THIS AND ENTER INTO THE SPIRIT OF WHAT THE MEETING IS ALL ABOUT, WHICH IS TO REMEMBER A GENTLEMAN COMMENTATOR WHO HELPED LAY THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE TERRIFIC SPORT WE HAVE ALL ENJOYED OVER SO MANY YEARS AND MEET UP WITH OLD FRIENDS IN WHAT WE HOPE WILL BE AT LEAST AN ANNUAL EVENT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO SPEDEWORTHS ORIGINAL AND OLDEST FORMULA.


ADMISSION PRICES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE TURNSTILES AND THERE ARE CONCESSIONS FOR THOSE OF ‘OAP’ STATUS!

ONCE THROUGH THE TURNSTILES, THOSE WHO WISH TO CAN TURN LEFT AND HEAD TO THE HOME STRAIGHT LAWN AREA WHERE WE WILL BE DISPLAYING OUR RESTORED/RETRO – BUILT SUPERSTOX.

ITS STILL TO BE FINALLY CONFIRMED, BUT WE ARE HOPING TO BE DISPLAYING THE ‘HERITAGE’ BUT TECHNICALLY SPEDEWORTH SPEC 60’S RETRO SUPERSTOX OF 594 MARTY PAGE AND 205 PAUL ROOKYARD, THE SEVENTIES ARE REPRESENTED BY THE ACTUAL ORIGINAL CARS OF 354 KEITH ‘BUTCH’ GOODINGS, 691 BRIAN BEARMAN AND 258 BILL BRIDGES AND THESE WILL BE JOINED BY THE RETRO – BUILT CARS OF 320 DAVE PIERCE’S 1972 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING CAR AND 41 GORDON ‘SPOTTY’ McDOUGALS 1976 WORLD WINNING CAR.

THE 1980’S ARE REPRESENTED BY MAC McCARTHY’S RESTORED ‘Y’ MODEL BODIED SUPERSTOX, OWNED BY ROBIN SECKER AND FINALLY FOR THE 1990’S WE HAVE ANOTHER MAC McCARTHY CAR IN MID RESTORATION FROM ROBIN SECKER AND THE LATE NEIL BEE’S LAST RACED CAR, COURTESY OF THE BEE FAMILY AND SHAUN BROOKER. IT’S ALSO POSSIBLE THAT WE MAY ALSO SEE THE ORIGINAL BODYWORK FROM 242 BRIAN STACEY’S LAST CAR FROM THE 1990’S WHICH IS ALSO UNDERGOING RESTORATION!


AFTER VIEWING THE CARS, PLEASE MAKE YOUR WAY AROUND THE TERRACING OF TURNS ONE AND TWO AND HEAD FOR THE VIP BOXES THAT ARE SITUATED THERE. ON APPROACHING THE SUPERB DAVE’S GRAPHICS TRACKSHOP AND CHRIS BERRY PHOTOGRAPH’S SUPERSTORE, YOU WILL SEE THE OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX.COM BANNER ON THE BALCONY RAILINGS, PLEASE HEAD UP THE STEPS TO THE BOX WHERE YOU WILL BE GREETED BY OUR TWO LOVELY LADIES; JULIE AND EMMA WHO WILL TAKE DRIVERS NAMES AND NUMBERS AND PROVIDE YOU WITH A STICKER TO WEAR FOR THE EVENING SO THAT EVERYONE KNOWS WHO IS WHO!

YOURS TRULY AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ADMIN TEAM WILL ALSO BE THERE TO MEET YOU. THE LOUNGE WILL BE ‘THE HUB’ OF THE REUNION AND WILL BE THE MEETING POINT….OF COURSE EVERYONE IS FREE TO MINGLE AS THEY WISH DURING THE COURSE OF THE MEETING!


THERE WILL BE AN ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ T SHIRT WHICH WE WOULD LIKE DRIVERS TO AUTOGRAPH WITH THEIR RESPECTIVE NUMBER, LATER IN THE SEASON THIS WILL BE AUCTIONED OFF WITH THE PROCEEDS GOING TO CANCER RESEARCH.


TEA AND COFFEE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN THE VIP LOUNGE. ONE THING TO BEAR IN MIND, THE LOUNGE HAS A MAXIMUM CAPACITY OF AROUND 50 PEOPLE AND ITS QUITE LIKELY WE WILL EXCEED THIS SO CAN I PLEASE ASK THAT EVERYONE IS CURTEOUS AND THERE IS CERTAINLY PLENTY OF SPACE ON THE TERRACING BELOW….IT’S HOPED IT WILL BE A WARM SUNNY EVENING SO WE CAN ALL ‘MILL AROUND’ IN COMFORT!


DURING THE MEETING, WE WILL BE VISTED BY WHEELSPIN EDITOR AND SPEDEWORTH COMMENTATOR, PAUL HUGGETT WHO MAY GRAB A WORD OR TWO WITH THOSE WHO ARE HAPPY TO GIVE COMMENT AND REMININSE OVER THE AIRWAVES.


PRIOR TO THE SUPERSTOX EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, THERE WILL BE AN ON TRACK DEMONSTRATION FROM THE AFOREMENTIONED RESTORED/RETRO SUPERSTOX THAT ARE RUNNING, THESE WILL REMAIN ON THE CENTRE GREEN DURING THE EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP AND THEN WILL ACCOMPANY THE WINNER OF THE RACE ON HIS OR HER LAP OF HONOUR. IF THE MECHANICS ARE WEARING FIREPROOF SUITS, I’M SURE THE DRIVERS OF THE ‘OLD CARS’ CAN BE PARADED AROUND ALSO.


AT MEETING END, WE WILL THEN ASSEMBLE IN THE BAR/RESTAURANT ON THE FIRST BEND WHERE SPEDEWORTH HAVE KINDLY MADE PROVISIONS FOR A LATE BAR AND THE RESTAURANT TO KEEP SERVING FOOD FOR A SHORT WHILE FOR THOSE A LITTLE PECKISH! ONCE ASSEMBLED, YOURS TRULY WILL BE MAKING A SHORT SPEECH AND A FEW THANK YOU’S, HOPEFULLY FOLLOWED BY A SURPRISE MESSAGE VIA OUR ‘SATTELITE LINK’ AND THEN EVERYONE IS FREE TO MINGLE, TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PICTURE BOARDS AND REMININCE WHILST WE PLAY 70’S 80’S SUPERSTOX RACES ON THE TV AND WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL IN THAT WE HAVE SOME OF JOHN EARREY’S SUPERSTOX COMMENTARIES, SUCH AS THE 1974 WORLD FINAL PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND AS WELL AS SOME MUSIC OF THE ERA!


ALL IN ALL, WE ARE HOPING THAT THE NIGHT WILL BE A GREAT NIGHT OF NOSTALGIA AND WILL PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR FUTURE REUNION EVENTS – SOMETHING FOR ALL THOSE WHO LOVE THEIR SUPERSTOX IN RECOGNITION OF A TRULY GREAT COMMENTATOR WHO CERTAINLY LOVED HIS SUPERSTOX RACING.


NEXT WEEK, WE’LL BE FINALISING ANY OUTSTANDING DETAILS, PUBLISHING THE 294 GEOFF GODDARD ARTICLE, MY PERSONAL TRIBUTE TO JOHN EARREY…..AND WE’LL BE REVEALING JUST WHO IS GRANDAD!


THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.





IT'S BEEN A BUSY TIME OF LATE AS TEAMS UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY ARE EITHER WAKING UP 'SLUMBERING SUPERS' OR PROGRESSING WITH 'RETRO SUPERS' IN AN EFFORT TO GIVE YOU A GREAT DISPLAY AT FOXHALL IN A FORTNIGHT!




2ND MAY – LAPPING IT UP!


ALTHOUGH PRIOR COMMITMENTS WILL KEEP FORMER STAR DRIVER, 417 ROGER WARNES AWAY FROM THIS REUNION.....FORMER SCOTTISH SUPERSTOX CHAMPION 196 KENNY IRELAND, WILL BE COMING DOWN!




AS THE REUNION CONTINUES TO GATHER PACE, THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CURRENT DAY SUPERSTOX ACTION THROUGHOUT THE U.K SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, WE’LL CATCH UP ON WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING!


LOCHGELLY KICKS US OFF AND ANOTHER OF ITS POPULAR ‘FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER’ MEETINGS ON APRIL 4TH SAW ANOTHER HATTRICK OF VICTORIES FOR OUR OWN 177 STU GILCHRIST WITH FELLOW ‘OLDSKOOL TEAM MATES’ 116 ANDY COCHRANE, 74 DINO BRUCE, 52 ALAN CUTHBERT AND 174 IAIN BRUCE PICKING UP PLACINGS ON THE NIGHT ALSO. IAIN WAS DEBUTING HIS LOVELY BRAND NEW RANDALL WHICH, DESPITE A MINOR GEARBOX PROBLEM, REWARDED IAIN WITH A NINTH PLACE IN ITS FIRST RACE.


ACROSS THE WATER AT TULLYROAN THE NEXT DAY SAW THE OPENING HEAT TAKEN BY 997 JACK GILPIN WHO APPARENTLY CROSSED THE LINE BACKWARDS WHILST 975 NATHAN BEATTIE TOOK THE SECOND HEAT WHILST RAIN HAD ARRIVED BY FINAL TIME AND A DIFFERENT WINNER AGAIN IN 951 JEFF MINISH WITH THE GRATTON BROTHERS, DENVER 907 AND GARY 917 SECOND AND THIRD RESPECTIVELY.


EASTER SUNDAY AND LOCHGELLY KICKED OFF THE ACTION AGAIN WITH IN FORM MAN 177 STU GILCHRIST TAKING ANOTHER HATTRICK WITH 265 BARRY STEPHEN SNAPPING AT HIS HEELS ON EACH OCCASION TO COMPLETE A HATTRICK OF SECONDS!


SEVERAL MILES FURTHER SOUTH SAW GT YARMOUTH OPEN ITS 2014 CAMPAIGN WITH ADDED CASH INCENTIVES TO RACE FOR.

THE OPENING HEAT WAS TAKEN BY 416 MARK SMITH GETTING A GOOD RESULT FROM HIS ‘NEWISH’ CAR, FROM 376 STEVEN JACKSON AND ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S 515 JORDAN AYLWARD THIRD.

HEAT TWO SAW A FIRST EVER VICTORY FOR 515 JORDAN AYLWARD, HEADING HOME JACKSON AND SMITH. THE FINAL FINALLY CAME TO 376 JACKSON FROM 416 SMITH AND 612 GARY SPARKES GETTING A GOOD THIRD.

IT WAS A GOOD NIGHT FOR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ 540 BRETT WESBROOME, 717 TERRY LAWRENCE, 176 ALEX MEADOWS, 279 PHIL PROCTOR, 66 KEVIN FERRIS AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS WERE ALSO IN THE PLACINGS ALL NIGHT.

PARTICULAR MENTION MUST GO OUT TO TERRY LAWRENCE WHO WAS DEBUTING THE FORMER 69 SHAUN BROOKER BLUE HIGMAN.

TERRY HAD BEEN LEARNING HIS CRAFT IN INDEPENDENT RACING AND THE MOVE TO SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS WAS REWARDED WITH TWO FINE SEVENTH’S IN THE HEATS FOLLOWED BY A GREAT SIXTH IN THE FINAL AMONGST SONE VERY EXPERIENCED COMPANY, CERTAINLY A GUY TO WATCH AS THE SEASON UNFOLDS!


BEFORE WE LEAVE GT YARMOUTH, WE MUST JUST MENTION FLAG MARSHALL RICHARD MARSH WHO WAS UNFORTUNATELY INJURED DURING THE MEETING. LATEST ON RICHARD IS THAT HE HAS HAD SURGERY ON HIS LEG AND WILL BE OUT OF ACTION FOR SOME TIME WHILST HE BEGINS THE ROAD TO RECOVERY. I’M SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN WISHING RICHARD A SPEEDY RECOVERY AND LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HIM AROUND THE RACEWAYS LATER IN THE SEASON.


IT WAS HISTORY IN THE MAKING THE NEXT DAY ON EASTER MONDAY AS AGHADOWEY OPENED ITS DOOR’S FOR RACING UNDER THE D.M.C. PROMOTION AFTER SEVERAL YEARS OUT OF THE SPOTLIGHT.

IT’S BEEN QUITE A GOOD FEW YEARS SINCE THE SUPERSTOX FORMULA HAD APPEARED HERE, BUT CERTAINLY IT WAS HOSTING THEM FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE MODERN ERA. FIFTEEN CARS ARRIVED FOR THE MEETING AND IT WAS 975 NATHAN BEATTIE WHO OPENED THE HISTORY BOOKS WITH A WIN IN HEAT ONE FROM BROTHER KYLE 955. MARK MURPHY 978 TOOK HEAT TWO WHILST THE FINAL WENT TO ANOTHER PAIR OF BROTHER’S WITH 907 DENVER GRATTAN TAKING THE WIN FROM 917 GARY. SO WE NOW HAVE TWO SUPERSTOX VENUES IN NORTHERN IRELAND, THE FUTURE IS CERTAINLY LOOKING GOOD FOR IRISH SUPERSTOX!


I HAD THE GREAT PRIVILAGE TO SPEAK WITH SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES STAR DRIVER AND FORMER MEMBER OF TEAM BP/CUSTOM CAR, 417 ROGER WARNES THIS PAST WEEK. NO DOUBT SEVERAL OF YOU HAVE SEEN HIS FLEET OF TRUCKS ON THE HIGHWAYS AND ALTHOUGH A BUSY MAN, ROGER KINDLY ALLOWED ME TIME FOR A CHAT. UNFORTUNATELY, A PRIOR COMMITMENT WILL KEEP ROGER AWAY FROM THE FORTHCOMINGREUNION, BUT HE’S VERY KEEN TO COME ALONG TO FUTURE EVENTS AND HOPEFULLY I MAY EVEN BE ABLE TO PERSUADE HIM INTO AN INTERVIEW AT SOME POINT.


ALTHOUGH ROGER CANNOT MAKE THE REUNION, A TEXT FROM OUR GOOD FRIEND WILLIE ANDERSON IN SCOTLAND BROUGHT US NEWS THAT FORMER SUPERSTOX AND HOT ROD LEGEND, 196 KENNY IRELAND NO LESS IS COMING! TO HAVE ONE OF SCOTLAND’S ALL TIME GREAT DRIVERS IN 81 BILL PULLAR CONFIRMED WAS ALREADY A GREAT ADDITION TO THE NIGHT AND TO HAVE ANOTHER OF SCOTLAND’S ALL TIME GREATS ATTENDING IS ANOTHER SUPERB ADDITION! APART FROM KENNY’S SUPERSTOX CAREER, NO DOUBT MANY OF YOU STILL REMEMBER THAT TERRIFIC SCRAP KENNY HAD IN THE RAIN WITH 351 BARRY LEE IN THE 1974 WORLD HOT ROD FINAL AT FOXHALL….AND IF YOU HAVE’NT, I AM SURE YOU WILL FIND IT ON U – TUBE!

WHILST MENTIOINING U – TUBE, THERE IS SOME TERRIFIC ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ FOOTAGE ON THERE NOW INCLUDING SOME FROM WISBECH IN THE EARLY 70’S AND TWO GREAT CLIPS FROM CROSS IN HAND, ONE OF WHICH IS AN AUTOSPEDEWAY TEAM MATCH AGAINST ALDERSHOT! THERE IS ALSO CONTINENTAL ACTION FROM TILBURG AND KALDENKIRCHEN, INCREDIBLY RARE AND GREAT TO WATCH, GIVE THEM A LOOK!


HOPE YOU ENJOYED OUR PHOTO STORY ON HOW TO BAND STEEL WHEELS? SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT AND DESIGNED TO GIVE THE FANS ON THE TERRACES AN INSIGHT INTO HOW THE TECHNICAL WORLD OF SUPERSTOX RACING WAS ACHIEVED BACK IN THE DAY! AS TIME GOES ON WE’LL HOPEFULLY BRING YOU MORE OF THESE, IN THE MEANTIME, WE HOPE THE PROJECT 320 AND 41 UPDATES IN THE PIT AREA WILL INTEREST THE ‘DRIVER/MECHANIC WITHIN’!


“WHO’S THAT ON THE PHONE NOW GRANDAD?”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.




OUR OWN 'TEAM OLDSKOOL'S' 515 JORDAN AYLWARD TOOK THE SECOND HEAT AT YARMOUTH ON EASTER SUNDAY - PHOTO COURTESY PAUL COX PHOTOGRAPHY.

WHILST THE FOLLOWING DAY, 907 DENVER GRATTAN TOOK THE FIRST EVER FINAL AT AGHADOWEY UNDER THE DMC BANNER - PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY NIF2.COM  

                                                                   REMEMBERING NICK THOMAS, 21.04.59 - 28.04.13

                                                   REMEMBERING 255 EDDIE FREEMAN, 05.08.1947 - 27.04.2008





21st APRIL – HAPPY EASTER!

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE AND WE COULD'NT LET IT PASS WITHOUT THROWING A FEW EGGS INTO THE CROWD COULD WE?

HERE 364 TONY MAY DOES THE HONOURS AT 'CROSS IN HAND' IN 1971!

THE BRAND NEW MEETING POSTER FOR MAY 17TH, COURTESY OF 'DAVE'S GRAPHICS.

TWO MEN FROM THE EIGHTEES JOINING US AT THE REUNION, 492 JULIAN LYNN (WHO WAS ALSO WISBECH AND YARMOUTH TRACK PHOTOGRAPHER...AND IS BRINGING HIS CAMERA! - AND 64 GRAHAM ORCHARD, ONE OF SEVERAL SUCCESSFUL HERTFORDSHIRE RACERS!



TWO MEN BOTH VERY WELL KNOWN FOR BUILDING GREAT LOOKING CARS IN THE SEVENTIES AND POSSIBLY JOINING US AT THE REUNION, 364 TONY MAY AND 111 MAC McCARTHY.




WELL THERE IS NO DOUBTING THE PLANNING OF THE INNAUGURAL ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ REUNION AT THE 10TH JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING IS CERTAINLY GAINING PACE!


BEHIND THE SCENES, OUR ADMIN TEAM UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO MAKE THIS THE SUCCESS WE SINCERELY HOPE IT WILL BE.

GENUINE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERS’ AND ‘RETRO SUPERS’ ARE BEING PREPPED, PHOTOBOARDS ARE BEING CREATED, DVD’S EDITED, FORMER DRIVERS CONTACTED AND A LOT OF TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS ARE CERTAINLY PAYING DIVIDENDS. OBVIOUSLY, ONCE WE HAVE COMPLETED THIS EVENT, FUTURE EVENTS SHOULD BE EASIER FOR WE WILL KNOW WHERE TO CONTACT YOU AND YOU WILL KNOW WHERE WE ARE AND HOW TO OBTAIN INFORMATION!


LATEST DRIVERS TO ANNOUNCE THEIR INTENTIONS TO ATTEND INCLUDE EIGHTEES DRIVERS, 353 GRAHAM YOUD, 227 ‘TITCH’ GARDNER, 65 ROBIN MOORE AND 64 GRAHAM ORCHARD, WHILST WE ARE HOPING THAT FOLLOWING CONVERSATIONS LAST WEEK, THEY WILL BE JOINED BY SEVENTIES DRIVERS, 16 PAUL FIORE, 205 PAUL ROOKYARD, 111 MAC McCARTHY, 443 STEVE MONK AND 364 TONY MAY NO LESS! THE LIST IS GROWING AND WE ARE KEEPING ALL OUR FINGERS CROSSED THAT THESE DRIVERS WILL INDEED ATTEND AND JOIN THE TERRIFFIC GROUP THAT ARE INTENDING TO BE THERE ON THE NIGHT.


ONCE AGAIN, THE PIT AREA BRINGS YOU ALL THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS WITH PROJECTS 41 AND 320, AND WE ALSO BRING YOU SOMETHING DIFFERENT IN ‘HOW TO WIDEN YOUR WHEELS’ THE BLYTH SPIRIT WAY! YES, WE GET A BEHIND THE SCENES ACCESS AT BLYTH SPIRIT H.Q. AND NO SECRETS ARE HIDDEN AS STU UNVEILS HOW BOTH HE AND HIS LATE FATHER TREVOR MANUFACTURED ALL THOSE WIDE STEEL BANDED WHEELS WE ALL LOVE SO MUCH…WITH A PHOTO STORY NO LESS!


WE ALSO HAVE MORE ADDITIONS TO THE ALBUMS WHICH ARE GROWING ALL THE TIME.


DURING THIS WEEK, WE’LL BE BRINGING YOU ALL THE LATEST HAPPENINGS OF SUPERSTOX MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE UK BUT AS WE CLOSE FOR PRESS, I AM SURE YOU WILL JOIN ME IN WISHING ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON AND YARMOUTH TRACK MARSHALL RICHARD MARSH, SPEEDY RECOVERIES FOLLOWING RECENT NASTY INJURIES.


IN CLOSING, WE JUST WANTED TO WISH STOCK CAR RACING A VERY HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY THIS WEEKEND AND EVERYONE OUT THERE A VERY HAPPY EASTER!


“GO STEADY ON THOSE EGG’S GRANDAD, SAVE SOME FOR THE KIDS!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


LOOKS FAMILIAR? MAKING HIS DEBUT AT GREAT YARMOUTH THIS WEEKEND IN THE FORMER SHAUN BROOKER HIGMAN, 717 TERRY LAWRENCE. TERRY HAS 'CUT HIS TEETH' IN INDEPENDANT RACING AND IS NOW SPEDEWORTH REGISTERED AND 'TEAM OLDSKOOLS' NEWEST TEAM MEMBER.

AS WE CLOSED FOR PRESS, RESULTS INDICATED TOP TEN PLACINGS ALL NIGHT!













10th APRIL – THE REUNION’S RUNNING ORDER!


HIS PRESENTATION AND COMMENTARY HELPED LAY THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WONDERFUL SPORT WE LOVE TODAY, ON MAY THE 17TH WE COME TOGETHER TO REMEMBER JOHN EARREY, "THE VOICE OF EAST ANGLIA".



INTENDING TO BE AT THE REUNION, NONE OTHER THAN FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS 320 DAVE PIERCE (1968 & 1980) AND 500 ALAN WARDROPPER (1969)!




AS MENTIONED IN MY PREVIOUS UPDATE, LAST WEEK I WAS ABLE TO MEET WITH BOTH CHRISTER AND DAREN EARREY, TO DISCUSS ‘OLDSKOOLS SUPERSTOX’ CONTRIBUTION IN THEIR LATE FATHERS 10TH MEMORIAL MEETING.


THE 17TH MAY IS A RATHER POIGNANT DATE IN THAT IT ACTUALLY MARKS TEN YEARS TO THE DAY OF JOHN’S PASSING SO THE MEETING CARRIES EVEN MORE RELAVANCE. AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE DATE, I WILL SHARE MY PERSONAL TRIBUTE OF JOHN WITH YOU FOR I HAD THE ABSOLUTE PRIVILAGE OF WORKING, TRAVELLING AND SOCIALISING WITH THE GREAT MAN UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT FROM SPEDEWORTH STADIUM MANAGEMENT, - EVEN THEN I WAS A COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HIS TESTIMONIAL MEETING!

A FULL RUNNING ORDER OF THE EVENING’S EVENTS WILL BE POSTED UP IN DUE COURSE, BUT FIRSTLY WE MUST THANK DEANE AND JANET WOOD OF SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS WHO HAVE VERY GENEROUSELY GIVEN US THE USE OF ONE OF THEIR VIP LOUNGES, SITUATED ABOVE DAVE’S GRAPHICS TRACKSHOP AND THE CHRIS BERRY PHOTOGRAPHS SUPERSTORE ON THE FIRST AND SECOND BENDS. THESE BOXES WITH THEIR PATIOS ON THE FRONT OFFER UNPARRALLED VIEWS OF THE TRACK, RACING AND STADIUM AND NORMALLY RETAIL AT AROUND £500 PER MEETING AND WE HAVE THE USE OF THIS FOR THE EVENING FREE OF CHARGE! THE LOUNGE HAS A CAPACITY OF AROUND 40/50 WITH TABLES, SOME CHAIRS, A FRIDGE AND TEA AND COFFEE WILL BE PROVIDED ALSO. THE LOUNGE WILL BE ‘THE HUB’ OF THE REUNION AND WILL BE THE MEETING POINT….OF COURSE EVERYONE IS FREE TO MINGLE AS THEY WISH DURING THE COURSE OF THE MEETING!


THE ORIGINAL ‘LAWN BAR AREA’ ON THE HOME STRAIGHT WILL BE GIVEN OVER TO OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX TO DISPLAY OUR GROWING COLLECTION OF RESTORED/RETRO BUILT SUPERSTOX. WE ARE WORKING ON THE LOGISTICS OF THESE AT THE MOMENT BUT IT IS VERY LIKELY WE SHOULD HAVE AROUND EIGHT CARS FOR VIEWING AND MAYBE FOUR OF THESE COULD BE UP AND RUNNING!

THIS BRINGS ME NICELY TO THE NEXT ITEM WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY BE A SHORT FEWS LAPS DEMONSTRATION BY THE AFOREMENTIONED CARS PRIOR TO THE SUPERSTOX EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, TO WHICH ‘OUR’ CARS WILL REMAIN ON THE CENTRE GREEN. AFTER THE RACE, OUR ‘OLDSKOOL CARS’ WILL THEN FOLLOW THE CONTROL CAR AND ACCOMPANY THE NEW EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPION ON THEIR LAP OF HONOUR.


AT MEETING END, WE WILL THEN ASSEMBLE IN THE BAR/RESTAURANT ON THE FIRST BEND WHERE SPEDEWORTH HAVE KINDLY MADE PROVISIONS FOR A LATE BAR AND THE RESTAURANT TO KEEP SERVING FOOD FOR A SHORT WHILE FOR THOSE A LITTLE PECKISH! ONCE ASSEMBLED, YOURS TRULY WILL BE MAKING A SHORT SPEECH AND A FEW THANK YOU’S, HOPEFULLY FOLLOWED BY A SURPRISE MESSAGE VIA OUR ‘SATTELITE LINK’ AND THEN EVERYONE IS FREE TO MINGLE, TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PICTURE BOARDS AND REMININCE WHILST WE PLAY 70’S 80’S SUPERSTOX RACES ON THE TV AND WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL IN THAT WE HAVE SOME OF JOHN EARREY’S SUPERSTOX COMMENTARIES, SUCH AS THE 1974 WORLD FINAL PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND AS WELL AS SOME MUSIC OF THE ERA!


ALL IN ALL, WE ARE HOPING THAT THE NIGHT WILL BE A GREAT NIGHT OF NOSTALGIA AND WILL PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR FUTURE REUNION EVENTS – SOMETHING FOR ALL THOSE WHO LOVE THEIR SUPERSTOX IN RECOGNITION OF A TRULY GREAT COMMENTATOR WHO CERTAINLY LOVED HIS SUPERSTOX RACING.


CHECK OUT THE PIT AREA, WITH ALL THE LATEST ON PROJECTS 320 AND 41 WHICH HAVE KEPT OUR RACE DIRECTOR 235 STU BLYTH VERY BUSY!......AND OUR SCOTTISH RACING MANGER, ALAN HARWOOD HAS KEPT HIMSELF BUSY TOO WITH THE LATEST ON TOP SECRET PROJECT 2 AND NOW NUMBER 3 WOULD YOU BELIEVE!


THE ALBUMS KEEP GROWING ALL THE TIME WITH SOME GREAT ADDITIONS TO THE 1970’S ALBUM FROM CHRIS FRIEND AND THE 1980’S ALBUM COURTESY OF HUGH BEECHING, BE SURE TO CHECK THOSE OUT.

I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN IN TOUCH WITH 546 JOHN GRAY, A TRUE SUPERSTAR AND ENGLISH CHAMPION OF THE FORMULA. UNFORTUNATELY JOHN CANNOT MAKE THE REUNION DUE TO A PRIOR ARRANGEMENT, “OTHERWISE I WOULD’NT HAVE MISSED IT FOR ANYTHING!”…BUT JOHN HAS PROMISED ME AN INTERVIEW VERY SOON SO WATCH THIS SPACE AS THIS WILL BE ANOTHER GREAT STORY!


IN CLOSING, I HAVE JUST RECEIVED CONFIRMATION FROM 320 DAVE PIERCE AND 399 CHRIS STUDD THAT THEY WILL BE ATTENDING AND THERE IS ALSO A STRONG POSSIBILITY THAT WE MAY ALSO SEE 1969 WORLD CHAMPION, 500 ALAN WARDROPPER ALSO, THREE VERY BIG NAMES FROM THE HISTORY OF OUR FAVOURITE FORMULA!

IT’S JUST GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!


“I WONDER WHO’S GOING TO BE NEXT TO CONFIRM GRANDAD?”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE AND JANET WOOD HAVE VERY KINDLY GIVEN US THE USE OF THIS FANTASTIC VIP LOUNGE FOR THE MEETING, OFFERING AN UNPARALLED VIEW OF THE RACING.....THIS WILL BE THE 'OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX HUB' WHILST THE MEETING IS RUNNING.



399 CHRIS STUDD HAS CONFIRMED FOR THE REUNION, SEEN HERE DRIVING OVER 637 GORDON MAIDMENT IN THE 1973 BRITISH, NO DOUBT HE AND GORDON'S BROTHER 650 CLIFF WILL CATCH UP ON WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY!

546 JOHN GRAY UNFORTUNATELY CAN'T MAKE THE REUNION, BUT PROMISES US AN INTERVIEW VERY SOON.



FLYING THE FLAG FOR 'OLDSKOOL CONTINENTAL', OUR VERY GOOD FRIENDS 128 STEF HELLMANS AND 259 GEERT ROEBROEKS WERE OVER AT FOXHALL RECENTLY IN THE HISTORIC SALOONS, IT DOES'NT GET ANYMORE 'OLDSKOOL' THAN THESE FELLAS!

PHOTO COURTESY GISMORACING.DE




1st APRIL – THE REUNION’S GATHERING PACE, NO JOKE!


TWO OF THE SPORTS BIGGEST NAMES ARE INTENDING TO BE THERE FOR THE REUNION, 304 DEREK FISKE AND SCOTLAND'S 81 BILL PULLAR.

IT’S BEEN OFFICIAL FOR ONLY ONE WEEK AND ALREADY WE HAVE SOMETHING IN THE REGION OF FORTY FORMER SUPERSTOX PILOTS INTENDING TO ATTEND OUR REUNION!

LATEST TO CONFIRM ARE 304 DEREK FISKE AND SCOTLANDS 81 BILL PULLAR, WHILST 213 DOUG McMAHON AND 790 DAVE KERSHAW ARE CHECKING THEIR DIARIES…..THANKS TO DEREK FEAR, WE’VE ALSO TRACKED DOWN 319 DENNY PEARSON!

I WILL BE POSTING UP A DRIVERS LIST VERY SHORTLY SO YOU CAN SEE WHO IS INTENDING TO COME AND ANY FORMER DRIVER’S READING THIS, AND ARE INTENDING TO COME TO THE REUNION ALSO, PLEASE CONTACT US VIA THE FACEBOOK OR CONTACTS PAGE.

I HAVE A MEETING WITH SPEDEWORTH’S CHRISTER EARREY THIS WEEK TO CONFIRM MORE DETAILS OF THE MEMORIAL MEETING IN TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE FATHER, JOHN AND AS MORE DETAILS BECOME AVAILABLE, I WILL POST THESE IN DUE COURSE.

THERE IS A BIT TO CATCH UP ON, SO I’LL ENDEVOUR TO BRING YOU THE LATEST SUPERSTOX ‘PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS’!

OUR FRIENDS IN ULSTER, D.M.C. RACE PROMOTIONS, COMPLETED THEIR WINTER SERIES ON 23RD FEBRUARY WITH THE OPENING HEAT BEING TAKEN BY 917 GARY GRATTEN, WITH HEAT TWO AND THE GRAND FINAL BEING TAKEN BY 927 GREGG HYNDMAN FROM A BRACE OF STAR MEN SNAPPING AT HIS HEELS!

THE GRAND SEASON OPENER AT TULLYROAN TAKES PLACE THIS COMING WEEKEND, ON SUNDAY 5TH APRIL TO OPEN WHAT SHOULD BE A GREAT SEASON OF SUPERSTOX IN ULSTER WITH THE REEMERGENCE OF THE AGHODOWEY TRACK UNDER THE D.M.C. BANNER ALSO IN 2014.


LOCHGELLY OPENED ITS 2014 SUPERSTOX CAMPAIGN WITH A ‘FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER’ MEETING ON 7TH MARCH. 172 CHRIS MILLER TOOK THE OPENING HEAT FROM ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOLS 177 STU GILCHRIST WITH OUR GUY’S 116 ANDY COCHRANE AND 74 DINO BRUCE, 4TH AND 8TH RESPECTIVELY.

HEAT TWO SAW ANOTHER WIN FOR MILLER WITH COCHRANE SECOND, GILCHRIST THIRD, BRUCE 7TH AND 35 CHRIS STEWART 8TH.

COME THE GRAND FINAL, OUR MAN STU TOOK THE WIN TO CLAIM OUR FIRST ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOL’ WIN OF THE YEAR, FROM MILLER 2ND, 265 BARRY STEPHEN 3RD, COCHRANE 4TH AND BRUCE 6TH.


NEXT TO COME WAS THE MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIP AT NORTHAMPTION, THE TITLE BEING STAGED ON TARMAC THIS YEAR FOLLOWING PAST YEARS ON THE SHALE AT COVENTRY.

A GOOD TURN OUT AND WEATHER PRODUCED SOME PRETTY FAST RACING WITH THE OPENING HEAT GOING TO 602 DALE FEWINGS, WITH ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 67 CHRIS ROOTS 3RD AND 515 JORDAN AYLWARD 5TH. HEAT TWO SAW A WIN FOR 95 JOHN SAUNDERS, WHO GOES PRETTY WELL AT N.I.R. WITH OUR OWN 7 GLENN SALMON 3RD, 242 SAM STACEY 4TH AND 532 BOBBY DAVIS JNR 5TH.

THE MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIP ITSELF WAS WON BY 376 STEVEN JACKSON, BACK ON TRACK AFTER SOME INTENSIVE PHYSIO TO HIS BACK, FROM 482 JASON COOPER AND OUR OWN 7 GLENN SALMON 3RD. SPECIAL MENTION GOES OUT TO OUR VERY OWN 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHO PICKED UP A 10TH IN THE FINAL AFTER HE HAD SPENT A VERY BUSY WEEK REPAIRING DAMAGE INCURRED AT THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING!


FACEBOOK WENT INTO A MINI FRENZY DURING THE WEEK WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY’S MEETING AT WIMBLEDON HAD BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A LOW NUMBER OF BOOKINGS FOLLOWING A BUSY FEW WEEKS FOR THE FORMULA, BUT UP AT LOCHGELLY OUR MAN GILCHRIST TOOK BOTH THE HEATS WITH ANDY COCHRANE 4TH AND DINO BRUCE 7TH AND THEN BRUCE 3RD AND COCHRANE 7TH IN THE SECOND HEAT.

IT WAS A SHOCK TO FIND GILCHRIST ON THE INFIELD DURING THE GRAND FINAL AND IT WAS 171 MARK BRADY WHO TOOK THE GRAND FINAL WITH OUR DINO BRUCE IN 6TH AND COCHRANE IN 7TH.


NEXT SUPERSTOX MEETING AT LOCHGELLY IS THIS COMING FRIDAY FOR ANOTHER ‘FRIDAY NIGHT OF THUNDER’.

SPECIAL MENTION MUST GO OUT TO OUR FRIENDS NORTH OF THE BORDER AS DEMAND FOR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ STICKERS GREW DRAMATICALLY AT THE DAWN OF THE SEASON SO I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE DRIVERS UP THERE FOR THEIR SUPPORT, AND NOT JUST IN SUPERSTOX I HASTEN TO ADD!


AND SO LOOKING AHEAD, WE SEE THE SUPERSTOX AT THE ALDERSHOT SEASON OPENER THIS COMING SUNDAY 6TH APRIL AND AS OF TODAY, WE HAVE 22 CARS BOOKED IN INCLUDING THE RETURNING 2 ANDY COLLINS IN ROUND 4 OF THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES.

DON’T FORGET SUPERSTOX FANS, YOU CAN CATCH UP WITH ALL THE LATEST IN THE SUPERSTOX WORLD IN THE CURRENT ERA VIA THE EXCELLENT SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE. WE’LL BE CHATTING WITH OUR FRIENDS AT THIS PAGE SOON AS WE HAVE BOTH PLEDGED OUR JOINT SUPPORT TO WHAT IS SPEDEWORTH’S ORIGINAL AND OLDEST FORMULA.

WITH A CHANGE IN PLANS, I FOUND MYSELF AT FOXHALL THIS PAST SATURDAY NIGHT TO SEE THE NATIONAL HOT RODS AND HISTORIC SALOONS. IT WAS A GOOD CHANCE TO NETWORK AND CATCH UP WITH A LOT OF FOLK ABOUT THE REUNION INCLUDING NHR 316 PAUL FROST, SON OF THE LEGENDARY PAT FROST AND CARRYING HIS ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ STICKER ON THE SPECTATOR SIDE OF THE CAR, CHEERS MATE!

IT WAS ALSO AN OPPURTUNITY TO MEET FORMER 70’S AND 80’S STAR DRIVER 350 JEFF OLDING WHO WAS THERE WITH SON STUART. IT WAS GREAT CHATTING WITH JEFF, ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE CARS HE HAS OWNED OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING PURCHASING 320 DAVE PIERCE’S LAST CAR FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT FROM RACING. WE’LL BE CATCHING UP WITH JEFF AND BROTHER 334 CHRIS LATER IN THE SEASON AND CHATTING ABOUT THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPERSTOX CAREERS.


IN THE MEANTIME, I MUST SAY A BIG THANK YOU TO ‘PROJECT 354’S JOHN BUNKLE FOR SUPPLYING ME WITH SOME MUCH NEEDED TRIUMPH PARTS FOR PROJECT 320. IT’S FULL STEAM AHEAD WITH THE CAR NOW AS WE ENDEVOUR TO TURN IT INTO A SHOW CAR OF SORTS FOR THE REUNION, JOINING OTHER PROJECTS AND FAMOUS CARS OF THE PAST ON THE NIGHT, OH YES IT’S NOT JUST GOING TO BE A GATHERING OF DRIVERS ONLY!


“KEEP CHECKING THOSE PARTS ON E BAY GRANDAD, DON’T GET OUTBID!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


GREAT TO MEET 70'S AND 80'S DRIVER 350 JEFF OLDING AT FOXHALL. WE'LL HOPEFULLY BE CHATTING TO JEFF AND BROTHER CHRIS LATER IN THE SEASON! PHOTO COURTESY PETROLHEAD IMAGES.

927 GREGG HYNDMAN FINISHED THE WINTER SERIES OVER AT TULLYROAN IN FINE STYLE RECENTLY. PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY NIF2.COM

SCOTLAND'S 174 IAIN BRUCE JOINS 'TEAM OLDSKOOL' FOR 2104.....HE EVEN DID'NT GO OUT FOR TESTING UNTIL HE'D ATTACHED HIS OFFICIAL STICKER, THANKS IAIN!

23RD MARCH – IT’S OFFICIAL! THE OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX REUNION!


WELL, WE’VE TALKED ABOUT IT, DREAMED ABOUT IT AND HOPED FOR IT AND NOW I CAN OFFICIALLY CONFIRM THAT FOLLOWING TALKS WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORT’S DEANE WOOD, DAREN AND CHRISTER EARREY, I AM BOTH PLEASED AND PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE VERY FIRST ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ REUNION WILL TAKE PLACE AT FOXHALL STADIUM ON THE EVENING OF SATURDAY 17TH MAY 2014!

THE REUNION WILL FORM PART OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING IN RECOGNITION OF THE MUCH MISSED SPEDEWORTH COMMENTATOR. THE MEETING ALSO FEATURES SUPERSTOX AND THEIR 2014 EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, 1300 STOCK CARS AND BANGERS.


OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW AND CONFIRM, BUT THE OUTLINE SO FAR WILL BE A ‘MEET AND GREET’ IN ONE OF THE SUPERB SPEDEWORTH HOSPITALITY SUITES OVERLOOKING THE TRACK, COURTESY OF SPEDEWORTH’S DEANE WOOD, A DISPLAY OF BOTH RESTORED AND ‘RETRO BUILT’ SUPERSTOX AND AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE NIGHTS RACING, A CELEBRATION IN THE BAR FEATURING WHAT WE ARE HOPING WILL BE MAYBE ONE OR TWO SURPRISE GUESTS!


PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT IN YOUR DIARY’S FOLKS, THERE WILL BE MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW, BUT IF YOU WERE/ARE A DRIVER, MECHANIC, OFFICIAL OR FAN OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX RICH HISTORY, THEN THIS WILL BE A NIGHT FOR YOU AND HOPEFULLY ‘KICK OFF’ WHAT IS HOPED TO BE THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF ANNUAL EVENTS IN CELEBRATION OF SPEDEWORTH’S OLDEST AND ORIGINAL FORMULA. WE ALL SAW WHAT A FANTASTIC JOB OUR FRIENDS DID IN LOCHGELLY, SCOTLAND LAST YEAR WITH THE ‘SCOTTISH LEGENDS’ REUNION, LET’S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO AS THE ‘LEGENDS FLAME’ IS PASSED SOUTH OF THE BORDER!

IN CELEBRATION OF OUR ANNOUNCEMENT, PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LONG AWAITED ARTICLE ON FORMER DRIVER 529 BARRY PLUMMER WHO RETIRED FROM RACING IN 1975…..OR DID HE? CHECK OUT THE FEATURE TO SEE JUST WHAT BARRY HAS ‘TUCKED AWAY FOR A RAINY DAY’!


“THE REUNION COUNTDOWN STARTS NOW GRANDAD!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


FIRST DRIVER TO 'BOOK IN' FOR THE REUNION WAS 650 CLIFF MAIDMENT SEEN HERE AFTER HIS BACK STRAIGHT ROOFSLIDE DURING THE 1972 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP......THE RESULT OF DRIVING OVER HIS BROTHER, 637 GORDON'S LOOSE WHEEL!

QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY 415 MARK FLETCHER WHO HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL IN 'ROUNDING UP' SOME OF THE 1980'S PILOTS!

CHECK OUT THE ARTICLES PAGE FOR OUR FEATURE ON 529 BARRY PLUMMER...AND HIS CAR!

5TH MARCH – TITLES AND A 60TH BIRTHDAY!

OUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 2014 BRITISH CHAMPION, 23 MATT CARBERRY, FLANKED BY (LEFT) 'TEAM OLDSKOOLS' 69 SHAUN BROOKER 3RD AND (RIGHT) 482 JASON COOPER 2ND.
(PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS BERRY)

IT’S BEEN A BUSY TIME BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT THIS PAST WEEK OR SO WITH SOME GREAT ANNOUNCEMENTS TO FOLLOW IN A FEW DAYS….KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE FOLKS!

 

TAKING CARE OF RECENT EVENTS, THE 2014 SEASON AT FOXHALL OPENED WITH THE SUPERSTOX BRITISH TITLE AT STAKE. A GREAT ENTRY OF 29 CARS ARRIVED IN THE PITS, INCLUDING OUR GOOD FRIENDS 35 CHRIS STEWART, 53 DAVID FRAME AND 265 BARRY STEPHEN DOWN FROM LOCHGELLY RACEWAY, REPRESENTING SCOTLAND. A LAST MINUTE SHOCK WITHDRAWL WAS DEFENDING CHAMPION, 376 STEVEN JACKSON WHO HAD SUFFERED A BACK INJURY DURING THE WEEK AND WAS ADVISED TO REST.

SPEAKING OF BACKS, I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN WISHING NOT ONLY STEVEN, BUT 177 STU GILCHRIST AND FORMER DRIVER 267 JOHN SOLE SPEEDY RECOVERIES BOTH FROM RECENT BACK SURGERY.

 

THE SECOND EVENT, AND FIRST FOR THE SUPERSTOX WAS THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE ITSELF. IN THEORY THIS IDEA WORKS WELL WITH REGARD TO DAMAGE ETC, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NOWADAYS DOES LACK THE PRE - RACE BUILD UP THAT A HISTORIC TITLE SUCH AS THIS WARRENTS. NONETHELESS, WE WERE TREATED TO A SUPERB RACE WITH INCIDENTS GALORE, HIGH SPEED ACTION, THREE RESTARTS AND AT THE END OF IT ALL IT WAS 23 MATT CARBERRY WHO CAME HOME TO TAKE THE TITLE TO ADD TO HIS EUROPEAN CROWN, FROM 482 JASON COOPER AND OUR OWN ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 69 SHAUN BROOKER WHO, HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE THIRD RESTART, WOULD HAVE PROBABLY TAKEN THE TITLE AND PROVED THIS WITH AGAIN CLAIMING THE FASTEST LAP OF THE NIGHT!

 

‘HEAT ONE’ TURNED OUT TO BE A GOOD OLD FASHIONED STOCK CAR RACE AND A GREAT DUEL FOR THE LEAD ENSUED BETWEEN 602 DALE FEWINGS AND OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER 454 DAVE PIKE WHO HAD BEEN WELL ON THE PACE IN THE BRITISH. WITH THREE TO GO PIKE STRUCK AND PUSHED FEWINGS WIDE ONLY FOR DALE TO BIDE HIS TIME AND A TERRIFIC LAST BEND LUNGE NERFED PIKE JUST WIDE ENOUGH TO SNEAK THROUGH AND TAKE THE WIN BUT FROM OUR SPOT IT LOOKED NIGH ON BY ONLY A FOOTS DISTANCE!

 

HEAT TWO AGAIN WAS ANOTHER TERRIFFIC RACE WITH PLENTY OF VERY HARD, BUT FAIR, KNOCKS GOING IN EVERYWHERE. THIS TIME THE PREVIOUS RESULT WAS REVERSED WITH A GREAT WIN FOR DAVE PIKE FROM DALE FEWINGS TO END WHAT HAD BEEN A SUPERB NIGHTS RACING IN RATHER COLD BUT DRY AND FAST CONDITIONS.

DURING THE MEETING, I HAD THE OPPURTUNITY OF A CHAT WITH DAVE; A FORMER BRITISH CHAMPION HIMSELF, WHO HAS BEEN RACING A NUMBER OF YEARS HIMSELF. “WE’VE STILL GOT THE REMAINS OF RICHARD BAKERS LAST SUPERSTOX IN OUR YARD AND ANOTHER OF MY OLD CARS, ALTHOUGH THAT’S KINDA CUT UP.”

THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING ABOUT DAVE’S CURRENT CAR WHICH LOOKED FAMILIAR, WHICH 258 GEOFF BRIDGES WAS ABLE TO CONFIRM FOR ME; “IT’S AN EXACT COPY OF MY ORIGINAL ELITE!” DAVE CONFIRMED, “YEP RIGHT DOWN TO EVERY SINGLE BRACKET!”

THE FAMOUSE ELITE OF BRIDGES WHICH HAS TAKEN MANY RACE WINS AND TITLES OVER THE YEARS STILL SITS IN GEOFF’S WORKSHOP; “I’VE ORDERED SOME NEW SHOCKS, BRAKES AND BIT’S N PIECES SO WE CAN GET HER OUT RACING SOON BECAUSE WILF RETURNS FROM NEW ZEALAND SOON AND WANT’S TO RESUME RACING IN WHAT WAS THE FORMER 51 COLIN AYLWARD ‘BLACK BEAUTY”.

 

IT WAS A FANTASTIC NIGHTS RACING AT FOXHALL BUT SPARE A THOUGHT FOR OUR POOR OLD 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHO ENDED HIS BRITISH TITLE HOPES WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED BRIDGES PERCHED ON TOP OF HIS BONNET AND THEN IN HEAT ONE WAS COLLECTED BY 99 DAREN PHILLIPS WHILST STATIONARY ON THE SCOREBOARD BEND. “I’M A BIT SORE AND BRUISED, BUT THE CAR’S WORSE, THE CREW ALWAYS TRY AND GET ME BACK OUT, BUT THAT’S IT FOR TONIGHT”, CLAIMED OUR PHIL AS THE BREAKDOWN SHOVED THE STRICKEN 279 MACHINE ONTO THE TRAILER.

TEAM ‘McOLDSKOOLS 53 DAVID FRAME AND 35 CHRIS STEWART DID NOT HAVE THE BEST OF NIGHTS EITHER TO SHOW FOR THEIR LONG JOURNEY’S, BUT AS ALWAYS SEEMED INCREDIBLY CHEERFUL!

 

CHECK OUT THE EXCELLENT SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE FOR A FULL ACCOUNT OF THIS MEETING AND EVERYTHING CURRENT ON THE SUPERSTOX SCENE OF TODAY.

  

SPEAKING OF ‘CLASSIC SUPERS’ SUCH AS THE BRIDGES ELITE, ANOTHER UNIQUE CAR IS NOW UP FOR SALE, THE FORMER 18 MARK EATON 2000 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING HIGMAN. 58 LUKE HAMILTON HAS RACED THE CAR IN RECENT YEARS BUT HAS DECIDED TO CALL IT A DAY SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO OWN WHAT IS A RATHER FAMOUSE CAR, CHECK OUT OUR FOR SALE PAGE.

THE HIGMAN’S OF 69 SHAUN BROOKER ARE ALSO UP FOR SALE, ALTHOUGH SHAUN IS HOPING THE SALE OF ONE WILL HELP FUND THE CONTINUATION OF RACING THE OTHER, AS SHAUN WILL BE RUNNING A SLIGHTLY RESTRICTED SCHEDULE IN 2014. AS WITH ALL OUR SUPERSTOX LAD’S, THE U.K. ECONOMY OF THE LAST FEW YEARS HAS TAKEN IT’S TOLL ON THEIR RACING AND SHAUN IS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WHO COULD DO WITH A SPONSOR OR TWO AND ANYONE THINKING OF SPONSORING COULD DO NO BETTER THAN PUT THEIR NAME ON SHAUN’S CAR WHICH IS STILL SETTING FASTEST LAPS TIMES AT A LOT OF MEETINGS!

 

 AS A LOT OF YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW, THE 50TH CELEBRATION OF U.K. STOCK CAR RACING WAS CELEBRATED IN A BIG WAY, INCREDIBLY THAT WAS TEN YEARS AGO NOW AND THE SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY IS NOW ALMOST UPON US, APRIL 16TH TO BE PRECISE!

IN CELEBRATION OF THIS, THOSE GOOD FOLK AT BRISCA HERITAGE HAVE ORGANISED A BRISCA 60TH PRESS DAY AT COVENTRY STADIUM THIS COMING FRIDAY, WHICH WILL FEATURE STATIC DISPLAY’S OF F1 & F2 CARS AND ALL SORTS OF STUFF WE ALL LIKE. THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO THIS EVENT, WHICH WILL NO DOUBT BE A ‘MUST DO’ FOR THE ENTHUSIAST, OUR OWN GEORGE RIMMER WILL BE THERE TO WELCOME YOU, PLEASE CHECK BRISCA HERITAGE PRESS FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND POP ALONG IF YOU HAVE A DAY OFF!

 

FRIDAY NIGHT, FURTHER UP COUNTRY, OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT H.R.P. LOCHGELLY START THEIR SUPERSTOX SEASON OFF WITH A ‘FRIDAY NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS’ MEETING WHICH WILL NO DOUBT BE ACTION PACKED AND 24 HOURS LATER, THE NEWLEY RENAMED D.M.C. RACE PROMOTIONS OPEN THEIR SUPERSTOX SEASON SATURDAY NIGHT AT TULLYROAN WITH THE PROMOTION ALSO PROMOTING MEETINGS AT THE REOPENED AGHADOWEY RACEWAY IN 2014 ALSO! 

 

ITS ALL BUILDING NICELY TO A TERRIFIC 2014 SEASON, WITH A MAJOR ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ ANNOUNCEMENT COMING THIS WEEKEND SO KEEP VIEWING PLEASE FOLKS….IT’S ALL GOING TO GET VERY EXCITING!

 

 

“THAT’S ENOUGH PANCAKES GRANDAD, THERE’S A LOT OF PLANNING TO BE DONE!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

'TEAM OLDSKOOLS' NEWEST TEAM MEMBER, 454 DAVE PIKE WAS IN GREAT FORM AT FOXHALL SATURDAY NIGHT!
(PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS BERRY)

ITS 'FRIDAY NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS' AT LOCHGELLY THIS COMING FRIDAY, EXPECT PLENTY OF ACTION!

(PHOTO COURTESY H.R.P FACEBOOK PAGE)

TULLYROAN ROARS BACK INTO SUPERSTOX LIFE THIS COMING SATURDAY NIGHT!
(PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY NIF2)

27TH FEBRUARY – RESPECT AND NOSTALGIA!

SAT ON WHAT WAS ONCE THE POSITION OF THE B.R.S. BEND AT WISBECH, THE SUPERSTOX OF THE LATE 482 NEIL BEE.

WE REMEMBERED NEIL, KEVIN AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER GOOD PEOPLE AT WHAT WAS AN EMOTIONAL REUNION AND FAREWELL TO WISBECH STADIUM.

(PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK TEGARDINE).

WELL I FOR ONE CAN’T BELIEVE THE NEW SEASON IS UPON US, LET ALONE THE FORTHCOMING SUPERSTOX BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP AT FOXHALL THIS SATURDAY!

 

BEFORE WE LOOK BACK, WE’LL TAKE CARE OF RECENT EVENTS AND SEND OUT A HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO 521 ALAN GRAY WHO NOT ONLY TOOK THE WIMBLEDON OPENING HEAT ON 16TH FEB, BUT FEATURED IN THE RESULTS ALL NIGHT ALSO. ALAN HAD ONLY BEEN RACING A LIMITED SCHEDULE IN 2013 AFTER A HEFTY ENGINE BLOW IN EARLY SUMMER WHICH PUT HIM ON THE SIDELINES APART FROM OCCASIONAL OUTINGS IN THE COLIN FULLER RANDALL WHICH HAD BEEN MOTHBALLED. IT’S NOT ALAN’S FIRST WIN IN SUPERSTOX, THIS BEING HIS SECOND, BUT GREAT TO SEE HIM IN THE RESULTS AFTER BEING SIDELINED SO LONG.

UNFORTUNATELY, BROTHER PETER 125 WAS NOT SO FORTUNATE; ENGINE PROBLEMS AROSE AGAIN FOR OUR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL SKIPPER’. UNDAUNTED, I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THOUGH THAT OUR PETER WILL BE BOUNCING BACK SHORTLY WITH LYNDALE POWER UNDER THE BONNET!

THE REST OF THE EVENINGS RACING SAW A HEAT TWO AND GRAND FINAL VICTORY FOR 376 STEVEN JACKSON, THIS TIME GETTING THE BETTER OF 482 JASON COOPER AND HEARTY CONGRATS MUST ALSO GO OUT TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 515 JORDAN AYLWARD AND 242 SAM STACEY FOR TOP PLACINGS ALL NIGHT ALSO.

 

THE DAY BEFORE, WE HAD SPENT ANOTHER DAY ON PROJECT 320, DETAILS OF WHICH WE’LL BE POSTING IN THE PIT AREA SHORTLY, BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER REASON FOR BEING IN THE FEN’S AND THAT WAS THE WISBECH STADIUM REUNION THAT EVENING.

 

FACEBOOK DOES RECEIVE ITS BAD PRESS, BUT IT CAN DO SOME AMAZING THINGS ALSO! THE THOUGHT OF A REUNION HAD BEEN MOOTED ON FACEBOOK SOME MONTHS PREVIOUS WITH THE AIM TO MAYBE HOLD A GATHERING AT THE OLD SOUTH BRINK AROUND THE OPENING DATE OF THE NEW TESCO ETC THAT NOW OCCUPIES THE SITE. I MUST STRESS THIS WAS IN NO WAY POLITICAL,WITH NO INTENTION OF OBSTRUCTING TESCO, JUST A WAY OF RESPECTING THE OLD STADIUM AND PEOPLE VERY CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH IT, PRIOR TO THE PLACE FINALLY BEING CONFINED TO DISTANT MEMORIES. MANY PEOPLE PLEDGED SUPPORT FOR THIS AND THE MOMENTUM CONTINUED UNTIL 6PM THAT SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN AROUND 20 RACE CARS FROM ALL DISCIPLINS OF OVAL RACING AND A GOOD 100+ FOLK MET AND REMEMBERED FOR ONE LAST TIME.

BEHIND THE SCENES, A GREAT DEAL OF WORK AND PLANNING HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT BEFOREHAND WITH TESCO’S BEING ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE IDEA FROM THE OFFSET. THE IRONIC THING ABOUT THE SITE NOW, FOR THOSE WHO VISITED IT BACK IN THE DAY, IS THAT THE ENTRANCE TO THE DEVELOPMENT SITS I WOULD SAY DIRECTLY ONTOP OF THE PIT ENTRANCE ONTO THE TRACK AND THEN YOU TURN LEFT TO GO ONE WAY ALONG THE OLD BACK STRAIGHT, OR TURN RIGHT TO HEAD TOWARDS THE OLD B.R.S. BEND! WITH THAT IN MIND, THE GATHERING WAS HELD ON THE ‘B.R.S. BEND’ WITH THE RACE CARS NEATLY PARKED IN THE CAR PARK BAYS. EVEN THE SMELL OF HAMBURGER’S AND ONIONS FILLED THE AIR ONCE MORE AS A CATERING WAGON HAD BEEN DEPLOYED INTO THE AREA ALSO.

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE SO MANY OLD FACES, CHRIS JACKLIN WHO WAS A TRACK MARSHALL WITH ME WHEN I WAS THE START MARSHALL THERE, MALCOLM FOSKETT, WHO NOT ONLY RACED THERE, BUT WOULD D.J. THE DISCO’S IN THE BAR AFTER RACING ALSO. ADRIAN KEW, WHO NOT ONLY DEBUTED IN STOCK SALOONS IN MY ERA, BUT WENT ON TO BECOME AVERY BIG NAME IN THE FORMULA. THE AYLWARD FAMILY, NOBBY AND WENDY KING, JULIAN LYNN, STU BLYTH, NOT ONLY ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX RACING DIRECTOR, BUT ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FEN TIGERS AUTOSPEDEWAY TEAM DRIVERS, THE NAMES AND FACES CONTINUED TO ARRIVE, FOLK SYNONAMOUSE WITH WISBECH AND ALL HAD A MEMORY TO TELL.

IT WAS ALSO A BITTER – SWEET TIME FOR WE REMEMBERED SO MANY PEOPLE NO LONGER WITH US INCLUDING BOTH CHARLENE KINGSTON AND FORMER LOCAL STOCK SALOON DRIVER, LEN JOHNSON WHO HAD CHOSEN HIS BELOVED WISBECH TO BE HIS RESTING PLACE FOR HIS ASHES SEVERAL YEARS PREVIOUS. A VERY NICE GESTURE WAS THE UNVEILING OF A PLAQUE IN MEMORIAL TO CHARLENE PLACED IN A FLOWER BED ADJACENT TO THE B.R.S. BEND WHICH I UNDERSTOOD HAD BEEN COMMISSIONED BY TESCO ITSELF. THERE WAS EVEN TALK OF THE POSSIBILITY OF A PLAQUE BEING POSITIONED JUST INSIDE THE STORE COMMEMORATING THE FORMER STADIUM.

THE REUNION LASTED ONLY A SHORT WHILE, BUT RESPECT WAS PAID AND THE GROCERY SUPERSTORE/STOCK CAR FAN RELATIONSHIP IN WISBECH HAD GROWN SOMEWHAT CLOSER, AFTER ALL THE OLD SITE HAD BEEN STOOD DERELICT FOR A GOOD FEW YEARS!

 

I PERSONALLY HAVE SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES OF WISBECH, IT WAS THE FIRST TRACK I WORKED SOLO AFTER MY START MARSHALL TRAINING, THE ONE AND ONLY TRACK I CAME VERY CLOSE TO BEING RUN OVER AT, THE HOME OF MANY A GREAT END OF SEASON KNEES UP, THE FIRST TRACK I RACED AT WHEN I STARTED RACING MYSELF AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER MEMORIES I COULD’NT POSSIBLY SHARE!        

 

WITH GRATITUDE TO STU BLYTH, MARK TEGARDINE AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER KIND PEOPLE, WE ARE PROUD TO UNVEIL OUR WISBECH STADIUM TRIBUTE ALBUM IN THE PHOTOS SECTION OF THE WEBSITE.

WISBECH STADIUM LIVES ON, ON THE ‘WISBECH STADIUM REMEMBERED’ FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

I MENTIONED LAST WEEK ABOUT ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ STICKERS, WELL I’VE BEEN SENDING THEM EVERYWHERE THIS PAST WEEK! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL THE DRIVERS WHO GOT IN TOUCH AND WANT TO CARRY OUR LOGO, I’M TRULY HUMBLED AND WE’LL BE POSTING UP A ‘TEAM PAGE’ VERY SHORTLY WHICH ALSO CONTAINS A LOT OF H.R.P. LOCHGELLY DRIVERS AS WELL AS SPEDEWORTH, THANKS FELLAS….WHOSE GOING TO BE OUR FIRST TULLYROAN TEAM MEMBER?

 

ONE OF OUR MEMBERS, GEORGE RIMMER KINDLY GOT IN TOUCH RECENTLY. GEORGE IS A SMASHING FELLA AND HEADS UP THE P.R. DEPT OF OUR FRIENDS OVER AT BRISCA HERITAGE. OVER THE COMING WEEKS, GEORGE AND MYSELF WILL BE BRINGING YOU A UNIQUE STORY OF AN ‘OLDSKOOL CAR’ OR PARTS OF, THAT IN IT’S TIME SAW ACTION IN NOT ONLY SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX, BUT BRISCA F2 ACTION ALSO!

 

THIS PAST SATURDAY, I MADE A FLEETING VISIT TO FOXHALL FOR THE PRACTISE NIGHT, PRIOR COMMITMENTS MEANT I ONLY HAD TIME TO SEE A FEW FOLK IN THE PITS PRIOR TO START TIME, BUT IT WAS GOOD TO CATCH UP WITH 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON WHO HAD SPENT THE WINTER CARRYING OUT A LOT OF MOD’S TO WHAT WAS ALREADY A SUCCESSFUL CAR, THIS TIME THE CAR “IS LIGHTER AND SHORTER” MICHAEL INFORMED ME, HOPING THIS MIGHT JUST GIVE HIM THAT LITTLE EXTRA EDGE HE WAS LOOKING FOR. OUR OWN, 67 CHRIS ROOTS, 540 BRETT WESBROOM AND 66 KEV FERRIS ARRIVED IN THE PITS WHILST 482 JASON AND 483 SARAH COOPER, WERE PRESENT NO DOUBT TO ‘DIAL IN’ THEIR CARS FOR NEXT SATURDAY’S BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP!

MY VISIT WAS ALSO AN OPPURTUNITY TO CATCH UP WITH SPEDEWORTH’S DEANE WOOD FRESH BACK FROM A TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA. I’LL HOPEFULLY BE BRINGING MORE NEWS FROM DEANE AND SPEDEWORTH OVER THE COMING WEEKS, BUT I CAN SAY THAT FROM AN ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ PERSPECTIVE, WE HAVE SOME GREAT NEWS WHICH I SHALL BE REVEALING VERY, VERY SOON!

 

THIS LEADS US VERY NICELY INTO NEXT SATURDAY’S MOUTHWATERING MEETING AT FOXHALL, WHERE ONE OF SPEDEWORTH’S OLDEST TITLES WILL BE UP FOR GRABS, THE SUPERSTOX BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP. ONCE UPON A TIME THE HEADLINE EVENT FOR THE IPSWICH SPEDEWEEKEND, THE BRITISH TITLE IS STILL TODAY A RACE STEEPED IN HISTORY AND ONE THAT ANY DRIVER WOULD DEARLY WANT TO WIN TO ADD THEIR NAME TO THAT OF FISKE, PIERCE, MONK, PERRY, SPARKES AND COOPER TO NAME JUST A FEW FAMOUS NAMES THAT HAVE BEEN CROWNED BRITISH CHAMPION AND IN SOME CASES, MORE THAN ONE OCCASION!

 

IT’S A GOOD ‘OLD SKOOL’ STOCK CAR MEETING WITH 1300 STOCK CARS AND BANGERS ON THE BILL ALSO WITH THE ACTION GETTING UNDERWAY AT 6.45PM.        

 

“I’LL TREAT YOU TO SOME OF FOXHALL’S FAMOUS FISH N CHIPS, GRANDAD!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

NICE TO SEE ALL HIS HARD WORK PAID OFF! 521 ALAN GRAY TAKES THE OPENING HEAT AT WIMBLEDON ON 16TH FEBRUARY. (CHRIS BERRY PHOTO).
304 DEREK FISKE, THE MASTER OF BRITISH TITLES, TAKING THE 66, 67, 68 AND 1970 TITLES RESPECTIVELY.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING, 320 DAVE PIERCE RACES TO 'MR STARTER' TED WEAVER'S CHEQUERED FLAG TO TAKE THE 1972 BRITISH IN FRONT OF LIVE TV CAMERAS FOR ITV'S 'WORLD OF SPORT' PROGRAMME.

217 BOB PERRY TOOK THE TITLE A YEAR LATER, PICTURED HERE WITH A YOUNG 221 DEREK WARWICK (2ND) AND 202 FRED BELT (3RD).

THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING CAR OF 443 STEVE MONK - AND THE CAB STILL EXISTS TO THIS DAY!

18TH FEBRUARY – IT’S ALL GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES!

TEAM CAPTAIN, 125 PETER GRAY HAS HAD HIS WHOLE WING SIGNWRITTEN FOR THE 2014 CAMPAIGN, MANY THANKS MATEY!

WELL THE RECENT ILLNESS I WAS SUFFERING HUNG ABOUT FOR, FIVE WEEKS NO LESS BUT WE’RE BOUNCING BACK!

 

APOLOGIES FOR LACK OF RECENT NEWS, BUT WE’VE BEEN PARTICULARLY BUSY CATCHING UP. FIRST ON THE AGENDA WAS TO FINALLY COMPLETE THE LONG AWAITED 294 GEOFF GODDARD AND 529 BARRY PLUMMER INTERVIEWS. I’M SURE YOU’LL APPRECIATE, THAT TO WRITE MY ARTICLES, I HAVE TO BE IN A PARTICULAR ‘ZONE’ SO THAT YOU DEAR READER ENJOY NOT ONLT THE STORY, BUT THE PICTURES AND SCENES I DESCRIBE IN MY MINDS EYE IN THE CONTENT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE ‘ZONE’ IS NOT ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE BUT I DO HOPE YOU APPRECIATE THE CONTENT WHEN IT’S FINISHED!

BOTH ARTICLES HAVE BEEN SENT TO GEOFF AND BARRY RESPECTIVELY AND AS SOON AS I HAVE THEIR APPROVAL, THESE WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE POST HASTE.

 

WHILST THIS WAS GOING ON, I FITTED IN A NICE DAY OUT AT 41 SUPERSTOX AND NOWADAY’S 32 HISTORIC STOCK SALOON, MARK JOHNSON’S FAMILY PREMISES. THE NATURE OF THE VISIT WAS TO PURCHASE THE NEW TOW CAR FOR PROJECT 320, UNFORTUNATELY IT’S NOT AN AUSTIN WESTMINSTER AS DAVE USED AT THE TIME, BUT A NICE MONDEO ESTATE THAT WILL DO THE JOB VERY NICELY THANK YOU!

WHILST AT MARK’S WE HAD A LOOK THROUGH HIS PARENT’S SCRAP BOOK WHICH WAS FULL OF PRESS CUTTINGS FROM MEETINGS ETC FROM NEARBY CROSS IN HAND. I COULD HAVE SAT FOR HOURS READING THESE AND IN SUCH GREAT CONDITION TOO, THEY REALLY DO DOCUMENT THE TRACKS HISTORY FROM START TO FINISH.

MARK’S LOVELY 100E SALOON WAS AT THE ‘DOCTOR’S BUT WE DID GET TO SEE ANOTHER RECENTLY PURCHASED 100E SALOON, THE MK1 CORTINA SALOON AND ANY MANNER OF LOVELY ‘BRM, BRM’S’ WHICH WE’LL KEEP SECRET! MARK’S BEEN FULL OF SUPPORT FOR ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ SINCE THE BEGINNING AND IS A GREAT MATE TOO, HOPEFULLY WE’LL SORT HIM A ‘RETRO SUPERSTOX’ AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

 

WHILST ALL THIS WAS GOING ON, I’D BEEN SCANNING THE OLD INTERNET FOR A SUITABLE TRAILER. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I WAS AMAZED THE MONEY THAT SOME FOLK ASK FOR WHAT THEY WOULD LOOSELY DESCRIBE AS A ‘CAR TRAILER’! AN OLD CARAVAN WITH AN ILLEGAL HOOK, NO BRAKES, NEEDING FRESH STEEL AND SEVERAL WEEKS OF WORK DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE BEST PART OF £1000 IN MY BOOK, FOR BRIAN JAMES IT IS NOT!  I MUST ADMIT TO INITIALLY TRYING TO FIND A RETRO - LOOKING TWO WHEEL TRAILER, OR EVEN ONE OF THE FOUR – WHEELED COLIN HIGMAN TRAILER’S SO POPULAR IN THE EIGHTEES BUT ALAS NONE APPEARED, BUT WE HAVE FOUND A GREAT LITTLE TRAILER AT A SENSIBLE PRICE TO DO THE JOB AND WE’LL BE PICKING HER UP IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO… WHAT IS COINCIDENTAL IS THAT THIS TRAILER HAD BEEN USED TO TRANSPORT A FORD MODEL ‘Y’, THE ORIGINAL DONOR CAR FOR SUPERSTOX RACING IN THE SIXTIES!

 

WE HAD ANOTHER GREAT DAY AT STU BLYTH’S THE OTHER WEEK WHEN WE WERE JOINED BY SCOTLAND’S ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX RACING MANGER’ ALAN HARWOOD AND ‘SCOTTISH LEGENDS’ SUPREMO WILLIE ANDERSON. WE HAVE ALL BECOME GREAT FRIENDS OVER THE PAST YEAR OR SO AND ALL SEE THE ‘OLDSKOOL WORLD’ IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. APART FROM THE SHEER ENJOYMENT OF AN AFTERNOON ALL SPENT TOGETHER, ALAN AND WILLIE HAD ALSO BROUGHT DOWN ALAN’S DELICIOUS PROJECT 41 GORDON McDOUGAL REPLICA FOR SOME WORK AT THE ‘BLYTH SPIRIT’ WORKSHOPS OVER THE COMING WEEKS. IT WAS GREAT TO PUT PROJECTS 41 AND 320 TOGETHER, WITH THE 320 VINTAGE OF 1972 AND 41’S BEING 1976, YOU CAN CERTAINLY SEE THE DEVELOPMENT THAT HAD EVOLVED OVER THE FOUR YEARS AT THAT TIME! WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PIT AREA.

 

SPEAKING OF SCOTLAND, I MUST WELCOME 74 DINO BRUCE, 52 ALAN CUTHBERTSON, STEVIE AND LEE SMART TO ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOL’ DINO KINDLY POSTED A PIC ON FACEBOOK OF THE WING OF HIS SUPERSTOX COMPLETE WITH LOVELY TARTAN H.R.P. LIVERY AND ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ STICKER, TO WHICH BOTH  ALAN AND STEVIE INQUIRED ABOUT SO OFFICIAL STICKERS HAVE BEEN HEADING TO THE HIGHLANDS, THE LAD’S JOINING 177 STU GILCHRIST, 53 DAVE FRAME, 35 CHRIS STEWART AND 116 ANDY COCHRANE. ALL I CAN SAY IS THANKS VERY MUCH FELLA’S, IT IS TRULY APPRECIATED AND WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR PROGRESS AS THE SEASON GETS UNDERWAY AT LOCHGELLY AND WE’LL BE UP TO SEE YOU AT THE EUROPEAN!

ONE FINAL NOTE ON SCOTLAND, TO DEMONSTRATE HOW WELL THE FORMULA IS GROWING AT LOCHGELLY, BOTH 174 IAN BRUCE AND 453 WILLIE McKENZIE DEBUTED TWO GREAT LOOKING SUPERSTOX AT THE N.E.C. AUTOSPORTS SHOW. THE CARS LOOK SUPERB, JUST NEEDING THEIR ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ STICKERS TO FINISH THEM OFF!

 

NOT TO BE OUTDONE, DOWN SOUTH, THE GRAY BROTHERS, PETER AND ALAN HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY OF LATE REBUILDING AND PAINTING THEIR CARS FOR THE NEW SEASON WITH ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL CAPTAIN’ PETER CARRYING THE LOGO SIGNWRITTEN RIGHT ACROSS HIS WING!

THE FERRIS TEAM, STU 170 AND KEVIN 66, HAVE COMPLETELY STRIPPED KEV’S HCD DOWN OVER THE WINTER, REBUILT THE UNDERCARRIAGE AND ARE NOW PUTTING THE CAR BACK TOGETHER IN READINESS FOR THE BRITISH AT IPSWICH ON MARCH 1ST.

 

I WAS RECENTLY CONTACTED BY 227 ANDY ‘TITCH’ GARDNER WHO NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION TO SUPERSTOX AND STOCK SALOON FANS ALIKE.

ANDY AND I HAVE BEEN PAL’S FOR YEARS, WAY BACK TO HIS EUROPEAN SALOON TITLE BACK IN 1984. WE LIVED QUITE CLOSE TO EACH OTHER IN IPSWICH, ‘RACED HARD AND PARTIED HARD’ DURING THOSE HEADY YEARS, WITH ‘TITCH’ GOING ON TO FORGE A VERY SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN SUPERSTOX. LIKE ME, ‘TITCH’ HAS BEEN AROUND THE OVAL’S SINCE HE WAS A ‘BABE’, HAS A GREAT COLLECTION OF PHOTOS AND STORIES AND HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE BRINGING YOU AN INTERVIEW SOON!

 

NEXT UPDATE, WE’LL BE BRINGING YOU NEWS FROM ROUND ONE OF THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES AT WIMBLEDON, THE EMOTIONAL REUNION AT THE FORMER WISBECH, NOW TESCO’S SUPERSTORE AT SOUTHBRINK, PROJECTS 320 AND 41 PLUS SECRET PROJECT 2 WHICH IS NOW GETTING UNDERWAY.

 

“HAVE YOU FINISHED MY TOW BAR YET GRANDAD?”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

521 ALAN GRAY PUT A LOT OF TIME INTO HIS CAR OVER THE WINTER, AND IT CERTAINLY PAID OFF!....ALL TO BE REVEALED IN A FEW DAYS!

66 KEVIN AND STU FERRIS HAVE COMPLETELY REBUILT THE UNDERCARRIAGE OF THEIR HCD FOR 2014.

BIG THANKS GO OUT TO 74 DINO BRUCE WHO JOINS 'TEAM OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX' FOR 2014!

174 IAN BRUCE'S SUPERB NEW SUPERSTOX, READY FOR THE 2014 CAMPAIGN AT LOCHGELLY.
LIKEWISE 453 KENNY McKENZIE'S SUPERB NEW MOUNT! (BOTH PICS HRP).

27TH JANUARY – WELL, I WAS’NT EXPECTING THAT!

IT'S WINTER 1973 AND TWO SUPERS ARE BEING 'READIED' FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON.....OR IS IT?
CHECK OUT THE PIT AREA!

LIKE MOST FOLK IN MY PROFESSION, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR IS A BUSY TIME. A DUTY ON EMERGENCY CALL MEANT I COULD’NT MAKE THE WINTERNATIONALS, BUT HAVING COMPLETED MY WEEK,I WAS ALL SET FOR A RELAXING EXTENDED WEEKEND INCLUDING MY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS WHEN WHAM...SOMETHING HIT ME LIKE AN EXPRESS TRAIN! THE DOCTOR DIAGNOSED IT TO A COMBINATION OF BRONCHITIS, LARENGITIS AND ANOTHER VIRUS, ALL I KNOW IS THAT I HAVE’NT FELT SO ILL IN A LONG TIME SO APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAYED UPDATE!

 

CATCHING UP, THE WINTERNATIONALS AT WIMBLEDON ON NEW YEARS DAY, ALTHOUGH RATHER WET, PROVED A FITTING TRIBUTE WITH THE RECENT PASSING OF KEVIN BEE. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN OVER FROM HOLLAND FOR THE MEETING AND A MINUTES SILENCE WAS OBSERVED ON TRACK PRIOR TO THE MEETING START.

RACING THE FAMOUSE ‘482’ JASON COOPER TOOK THE FIRST HEAT WHILST KEVIN’S ‘TEAM DRIVER’ 69 SHAUN BROOKER CLAIMED HEAT TWO AND THE ALL IMPORTANT WINTERNATIONALS FINAL TO END AN EMOTIONAL DAY.

 

KEVIN BEE’S FUNERAL TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY AND WAS VERY WELL SUPPORTED BY THE RACING COMMUNITY. WITH REGRET, DUE TO ILLNESS, I COULD NOT ATTEND AS PLANNED BUT ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ WAS REPRESENTED IN MY UNFORTUNATE ABSENSE.

 

MOVING ON, THE SUPERSTOX RETURNED TO WIMBLEDON ON 19TH JAN FOR THE LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP. A HEALTHY TURN OUT OF TWENTY CARS GATHERED IN THE PITS, ALTHOUGH 58 LUKE HAMILTON HAD TO SIT OUT THE MEETING AFTER A THROTTLE JAM IN PRACTISE WHICH IS GOING TO NECESSITATE SOME WORK ON HIS FAMOUSE HIGMAN. FORTUNATELY, STEVE 59 HAD A GOOD MEETING, GETTING INTO THE RESULTS SO HOPEFULLY THE LUCK IS SLOWLY CHANGING FOR OUR GUY’S!

HEAT ONE WAS TAKEN BY 482 JASON COOPER, BUT THE SECOND HEAT AND LONDON TITLE WENT TO 151 NICK SMITH WHO WAS WELL OVERDUE SOME GOOD LUCK WHICH HAD ELUDED HIM SINCE HIS WORLD TITLE IN 2011. LET’S HOPE IT’S A CHANGE OF FORTUNE AND WE’LL SEE MORE OF NICK ON THE PACE CAR IN 2014.

 

MOVING ON, THE SPEDEWORTH FIXTURE LIST BECAME AVAILABLE ON THE SPEDEWORTH WEBSITE OVER CHRISTMAS SO WE CAN PLAN OUR SUPERSTOX ‘FIX’ OF RACING OVER THE COMING YEAR.

 

I MUST PASS ON A HUGE THANK YOU TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 490 MATT SOLE AND 279 PHIL PROCTOR.

HAVING WON A COUPLE OF MINI BUCKET SEATS ON E BAY FOR PROJECTS 320 AND 235, MATT KINDLY PICKED THESE UP FROM ALDERSHOT ON NEW YEARS DAY NO LESS, AND BROUGHT THEM TO WIMBLEDON, FOR PHIL TO BRING THEM BACK TO OUR PART OF THE WOODS! HUGELY APPRECIATED GUY’S, ONCE AGAIN DEMONSTRATING WHAT GREAT FOLK WE HAVE WITHIN THE SUPERSTOX COMMUNITY.

 

HOPE YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE ADDITIONS TO THE ALBUMS?

JUST TO SHOW HOW WELL ‘TUNED IN’ ALAN, STU AND MYSELF ARE, WE WERE ALL WORKING ON THE ‘WORLD CHAMPIONS ALBUM’ AT THE SAME TIME IN SECRET! WITH ALAN BREAKING COVER, IT PERSUADED ME TO PUBLISH ALL THE PICS I HAVE. THE AIM IS TO ENDEVOUR TO PUBLISH A PHOTO OF EACH WORLD CHAMPION WITH THE FAMOUS TROPHY WHICH HAS BEEN PRESENTED EVERY YEAR. THERE ARE ONE OR TWO TWISTS ALONG THE WAY, BUT BY AND LARGE WE SHOULD JUST ABOUT BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THIS WHICH WILL BE QUITE A UNIQUE ITEM! THE GREAT THING IS, FROM NOW ON WE CAN CONTINUE TO BUILD THIS GALLERY. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALL THE DRIVERS WHO HAVE KINDLY HELPED WITH MATERIAL FOR THE ALBUM, MOST RECENTLY 320 DAVE PIERCE, 69 SHAUN BROOKER AND 7 GLENN SALMON. THERE’S A LOT MORE TO GET AND ANY HELP WOULD BE GLADLY APPRECIATED!

 

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK THROUGH ALL THE ALBUM’S THERE HAS BEEN EVEN MORE PICTURES ADDED TO JUST ABOUT EVERY ALBUM SO THAT SHOULD KEEP ALL YOU  ‘OLDSKOOL’ FAN’S OCCUPIED!

 

CHECK OUT THE PIT AREA, WHERE WE BRING YOU THE LATEST NEWS ON PROJECT 320 AND PROJECT 41 WHICH WILL BE LODGING DOWN SOUTH FOR A FEW WEEKS….ALL WILL BE REVEALED IN DUE COURSE!

 

IT LOOKS AS THOUGH WE NOW HAVE A PINTO AND GEARBOX FOR PROJECT 284, SO THAT’S ANOTHER CAR RESTORATION THAT WE WILL BE GETTING INTO IN 2014.

 

I DO HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY OUR CONTINENTAL SUPERSTOX FEATURE, WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR SOME TIME AND I CANNOT THANK OUR FRIENDS FROM MAINLAND EUROPE ENOUGH FOR ALL THEIR INPUT, ASSISTANCE AND WILLINGNESS TO ALLOW US TO USE THEIR GREAT PHOTOS….ALL THE MORE SPECIAL WHEN YOU THINK THAT TECHNICALLY SUPERSTOX HAVE NOT BEEN A FORMULA ON THE CONTINENT FOR TWENTY YEARS PLUS! IN ADDITION TO THE FEATURE, THE SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL ALBUM HAS BEEN SWELLED WITH AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF PHOTOS SO WE ARE ABLE TO TELL THE STORY IN PICTURES AS WELL AS WORDS.

NEXT FEATURES WILL BE 294 GEOFF GODDARD AND 529 BARRY PLUMMER WHICH I AM DESPERATELY TRYING TO FINISH, THAT’S BEFORE I CATCH UP WITH 476 CHRIS ELMS AND SPEDEWORTH SCOTLAND….OH YES, IT’S GOING TO BE A BUMPER FEATURE THAT ONE…AND HOPEFULLY PUBLISHED IN TIME FOR THE EUROPEAN AT LOCHGELLY THIS YEAR!

 

SPEAKING OF CHRIS ELMS, CHRIS HAS BEEN POORLY LATELY SO I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN WISHING CHRIS A SPEEDY RECOVERY.  

 

OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, I’M HOPING TO PUBLISH A FIXTURE LIST OF GET TOGETHERS/EVENTS ETC THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, PLEASE BEAR WITH ME AS I HAVE TO HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH SPEDEWORTH’S DEANE WOOD (CURRENTLY IN SOUTH AFRICA).

 

MEMBERSHIPS! OUR FACEBOOK PAGE BOASTS A SUPERB 260+ MEMBERS, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO ACIEVE THIS ON THE WEBSITE. IT IS ENTIRELY FREE TO JOIN, AND IT GIVES US THE OPPURTUNITY TO SEE WHO ENJOY’S OUR LITTLE WORLD, GIVES YOU ALL THE OPPURTUNITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND ALSO POST PHOTOS/ALBUMS FROM YOUR OWN FAVOURITE COLLECTIONS. IT’S A WIN/WIN SITUATION FOLKS SO PLEASE SIGN UP AND DON’T FORGET IF YOU ARE/WERE A SUPERSTOX DRIVER, LET US KNOW AND WE’LL FEATURE YOU IN OUR ‘READER’S DRIVES’ ALBUM TOO!   

 

“GRANDAD, LAY OFF THE CAUGH MIXTURE, WE’VE GOT WORK TO DO!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

 

IT WAS ALL A BIT DIFFERENT IN 1975 AS THE LATE, 407 JIM DAVEY SLICED THROUGH THE THICK WIMBLEDON SHALE TO TAKE THE WINTERNATIONALS!
HOPEFULLY, WE'LL GET TO SEE 691 BRIAN BEARMAN AND SUPERPOP (ON JIM'S OUTSIDE) AT SOME OF OUR FUTURE EVENTS!
OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 2014 LONDON CHAMPION, 151 NICK SMITH.
(PHOTO COURTESY SPEDEWORTH WEB/FACEBOOK PAGE)
FLYING THE FLAG FOR SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL, IT WAS GREAT TO SEE 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN OVER FROM HOLLAND FOR THE WINTERNATIONALS -
CHECK OUT OUR SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL FEATURE AND ALBUMS!
HAPPIER TIMES, KEVIN BEE PRESENTING A TROPHY TO FELLOW WISBECH MAN AND STAR DRIVER 216 GRAHAM MONK.

29TH DECEMBER – A SAD END TO THE YEAR.

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Kevin Bee.

I doubt there is anyone in the Superstox World who has not either met or know of Kevin. Brother of the late 482 Neil Bee, Kevin commands his own legendary status having not only Managed Neil's racing career, but also those of Rob Perry and Shaun Brooker in recent years.

Kevin's success rate stands alone not only in the Teams he managed, but he advised and helped a much bigger portfolio of Drivers along the way also.
I last saw Kevin at the September Foxhall meeting, following the World Final. although busy discussing set up’s on Shaun’s car, he kindly obliged my intrusion and we discussed the “oldskool movement” of which he supported and offered Neil’s former car to Stu and myself to borrow for any future displays etc, such an act of great kindness.

It was planned to interview Kevin in the New Year .... In time we will tell his story by those who knew him best and pay tribute to a man we all respected so much.

For now, we reflect the passing of a true Gent and Superstox Legend and Our thoughts go out to Kevin's Family and Friends at this sad time.

I’m going to reproduce comment produced by our own 69 Shaun Brooker, which says it all;

 

“Lets all remember that people like Kevin make our sport bigger and better, and for no other reason than that they love it for what it is.

Kevin Bee has managed the following Superstox champions.


1975 World Champion - Neil Bee
1981 World Champion - Neil Bee
1982 World Champion - Neil Bee
1983 British Champion - Neil Bee
1986 World Champion - Neil Bee
1986 National Champion - Neil Bee
1987 East Anglian Champion - Neil Bee
1990 National Champion - Neil Bee
2002 Southern Champion - Rob Perry
2002 British Champion - Rob Perry
2006 English Champion - Shaun Brooker
2006 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2007 National Champion - Shaun Brooker
2007 World Champion - Shaun Brooker
2008 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2009 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2011 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2011 European Champion - Shaun Brooker
2011 East Anglian Champion - Shaun Brooker
2011 Open Scottish Champion - Shaun Brooker
2012 London Champion - Shaun Brooker
2012 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2013 Gold Roof Champion - Jayden Brooker

Apart from these victories, many more minor victories were achieved by Kevin and he remained dignified, honest and loyal.


Let’s praise him for now and remember what being a sportsman means.”


BUT WHEN TALKING 'OLDSKOOL' WITH KEVIN, HE REMEMBERED NEIL'S FIRST EX 213 DOUG MCMAHON CAR WITH GREAT AFFECTION AND WISHED IT WAS STILL AROUND....SOMEWHERE.
AS HAS 69 SHAUN BROOKER, CURRENTLY UNDER THE 'BEE'S MOTORS' BANNER.
217 ROB PERRY ENJOYED FURTHER SUCCESS WHILST UNDER KEVIN'S WING.

22ND DECEMBER – A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPURTUNITY TO SAY A FEW THANK YOU’ S!

I CANNOT BELIEVE WE ARE NOW HEADING INTO OUR SECOND CHRISTMAS AND THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ AS A WHOLE IS GROWING BIGGER BY THE DAY.

 

I HAVE SAID IT SEVERAL TIMES, BUT THE INTEREST HAS AND STILL FAR EXCEEDS WHAT WAS EXPECTED, THE FACEBOOK PAGE ALONE HAS NEW MEMBERS JOINING THE GROUP IN THEIR DROVES FROM ALL PARTS OF EUROPE AND THE INTEREST IN THE WEBSITE MEANS THE DEMAND FOR NEW MATERIAL AND INFORMATION KEEPS ME AT A FLAT OUT PACE – ALL GOOD, ALL HEALTHY AND ALL VERY, VERY POSITIVE!

 

WE HAVE ASSEMBLED A TERRIFIC ADMINISTRATION TEAM, FROM ALL PARTS OF EUROPE YET ALL HAVE THAT ONE COMMON GOAL TO UNITE SUPERSTOX RACING FANS, DRIVERS, OFFICIAL’S ETC FROM BOTH THE PAST AND THE PRESENT IN ONE COMMON GROUP.

 

THE INTEREST FROM SUPERSTOX DRIVERS OF TODAY HAS BEEN PHENOMINAL, ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ CONTINUES TO GROW MEETING AFTER MEETING, NOT JUST DOWN SOUTH, BUT OUR FRIENDS AT LOCHGELLY ALSO AND WE’RE HOPING TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES TO THE GOOD FOLK AT TULLYROAN AS SOON AS THE OPPURTUNITY ARISES. WE HAVE’NT DISCOUNTED JEROEN AND LUUD FROM HOLLAND EITHER, LETS HOPE ONE DAY WE MAY SEE THE RETURN OF SUPERSTOX TO MAINLAND EUROPE, EVEN IF IT WERE A ONE – OFF!

 

LIFE – LASTING FRIENDSHIPS HAVE BEEN MADE, REKINDLED AND NO DOUBT MORE WILL BE FORMED AS WE HOPEFULLY WILL ALL MEET UP AT VARIOUS GET TOGETHERS IN 2014.

 

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO APOLOGISE FOR THE DELAYED ARTICLES ON GEOFF GODDARD, BARRY PLUMMER AND SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL. THESE WILL BE PUBLISHED EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR, A NUMBER OF FACTORS CAUSING DELAY ON MY PART IN WHAT HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLY BUSY, YET VERY ENJOYABLE LAST FEW MONTHS.

 

ON BEHALF OF THE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ ADMINISTRATION TEAM, MAY WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

 

DEAN COX, STU BLYTH, THE ENTIRE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ COMMUNITY AND OF COURSE…..

“EASY ON THE MINCE PIES GRANDAD!”         

532 BOBBY DAVIS JUNIOR, IN GREAT FORM AT WIMBLEDON RECENTLY!

17TH DECEMBER – BACK AT THE START!

BEFORE WE CATCH UP THIS WEEK, WE SEND OUR THOUGHTS TO OUR FRIENDS IN SCOTLAND, PARTICULALRLY THOSE IN THE GLASGOW AREA, AND SOUTH AFRICA, TWO PLACES IN MOURNING CURRENTLY.

 

I WAS TRANSPORTED BACK TO MY TEENAGE YEARS RECENTLY WHICH, IF YOU ARE LINKED TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, PROVIDED GREAT AMUSEMENT TO ALL….AND ME INPARTICULAR! MOST WILL KNOW THAT FROM 1983 – 1987 I WAS A SPEDEWORTH START MARSHALL, A JOB I ABSOLUTELY RELISHED AND ENJOYED TO THE MAX. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, SEVERAL PHOTOS WERE TAKEN OF ME DURING THAT PERIOD, MOSTLY WITH RACE WINNERS, BUT SOMETIMES ON MY OWN, MAINLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT I WOULD FREQUENTLY SEND MYSELF UP, ALL PART OF THE JOB!

I REMEMBER ONE FAN PRESENTED ME WITH A HUGE FOAM STETSON HAT AT A BANK HOLIDAY YARMOUTH ONCE SO I PRECEDED TO WEAR THIS ON GRAND PARADES (YES WE STILL HAD THEM THEN) FOR A WEEK OR TWO.

FAST FORWARD 29 YEARS AND THE LOVELY TRUDY AYLWARD CAME ACROSS A PHOTO OF ME WEARING SAID ITEM AND POSTED IT ON MY TIMELINE. MY GREAT PAL ALAN HARWOOD THEN POSTED IT ON THE GROUP PAGE AND TO MAKE SURE IT WAS WELL AND TRULY PUBLIC, ANOTHER PAL MARK HENDERSON MADE SURE IT WAS THERE FOR ALL TO SEE! THE BANTER THAT FOLLOWED WAS HILARIOUS AND CONTINUED THROUGH THE WEEK AND IN THE PITS AT WIMBLEDON LAST SUNDAY NIGHT! I HAVE TO SAY, THIS WAS ONE BIG GIGGLE AND THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING IT SO. FOR A WHILE I WAS TRANSPORTED BACK TO A TIME WHEN I HAD A FEW LESS RESPONSIBILITIES, THE WORLD WAS A LITTLE MORE ‘RELAXED’ AND I LIVED FOR NOTHING BUT RACING!

THIS ERA ALSO ALLOWED ME TO HAVE ACCESS TO MY RACING HERO’S ON TRACK AND I WOULD HEARTILY RECOMMEND ANY ENTHUSIAST TO GET INVOLVED WITH OFFICIALDOM AT MEETINGS, IT’S A WONDERFUL WAY TO GET INTO THE SPORT WITHOUT ACTUALLY RACING, RUB SHOULDERS WITH YOUR HERO’S AND FORM LONG STANDING FRIENDSHIPS THAT FOR ME STILL CONTINUE TO THIS DAY.   

 

WE HAD ANOTHER TRIP TO WIMBLEDON THE OTHER SUNDAY, THANKS TO 279 PHIL PROCTOR, FOR A CRACKING MEETING FEATURING A RARE APPEARANCE OF THE NATIONAL HOT RODS NO LESS! THIS GAVE ME THE OPPURTUNITY TO ‘SIGN UP’ OUR FIRST NHR DRIVER TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ IN THE SHAPE OF 316 PAUL FROST. PAUL NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION BEING THE SON OF LEGENDARY 316 PAT FROST AND NEPHEW OF THE LATE, 68 TREVOR FROST. PAUL AND I GO BACK A LONG WAY TOO, BACK TO OUR TEENS WHEN PARTYING WAS VERY MUCH PART OF THE RACING AGENDA FOR US!

PAUL INFORMED ME THAT HIS FATHER IS NOW 90 AND ALTHOUGH NOT IN THE BEST OF HEALTH, WOULD WELCOME A CHAT ABOUT HIS RACING YEARS SO WE’LL GRAB A FEW WORDS WITH HIM IN THE NEW YEAR. I CERTAINLY ADMIRE PAUL FOR STICKING WITH NHR, NOT AN EASY FORMULA, EVEN WITH HIS VAST RACING KNOWLEDGE AND TALENT, AND I SINCERELY HOPE SUCCESS COMES HIS WAY SOON FOR ALL THE EXPENSE AND EFFORT HE IS PUTTING INTO HIS PROGRAMME.

 

I ALSO GOT THE OPPURTUNITY TO CHAT WITH 95 AND 96 WORLD CHAMPION, 7 GLENN SALMON. “WE’VE STILL GOT THE DAZ KITSON CAR DOWN THE BOTTOM SHED AND THIS ONES GOING WELL NOW, - YEA WE’RE STILL ENJOYING IT AT THE MOMENT….IF WE STOP ENJOYING IT, THEN WE’LL GIVE IT A REST AGAIN!”

 

THE REST OF THE PIT GOSSIP WAS AS FOLLOWS; 279 PHIL PROCTOR HAD PUT HIS CAR ON THE ROLLING ROAD PRIOR TO THE MEETING AND MANAGED TO SQUEEZE A FEW MORE BHP – DETAILS CLASSIFIED! 59 STEVE AND 58 LUKE HAMILTON WERE AGAIN WORKING ON THEIR CARS UP TO 10.30PM THE NIGHT BEFORE TO GET THEM RACE READY, WHILST 66 KEVIN AND STU FERRIS HAD REBUILT THEIR GEARBOX AFTER IT WAS FOUND TO BE IN PIECES AFTER THE BEST IN BRITAIN SHUNT.

 

A SUPERB 21 CARS GRIDDED FOR THE OPENING HEAT WHICH SAW ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 532 BOBBY DAVIS JNR TAKE A COMMANDING LEAD WHICH WE THOUGHT COULD’NT BE TAKEN BUT A FLYING 482 JASON COOPER HAD OTHER IDEAS AND TOOK THE WIN WITH A LAST LAP LUNGE, BOBBY RECOVERING FOR SECOND. THE MISERY FOR THE HAMILTON’S CONTINUED UNFORTUNATELY WITH THEM BOTH OUT IN THE OPENING LAPS AND 125 PETER GRAY’S ENGINE LET GO WHILST IN A TOP TEN SPOT.

 

HEAT TWO WAS VERY SIMILAR, THIS ONE BROUGHT TO CAUTION ON LAP FIVE AFTER A SHUNT WITH OUR OWN 279 PHIL PROCTOR AND 23 MATT CARBERRY. ON THE RESTART, COOPER CAME THROUGH AGAIN TO TAKE THE WIN FROM 95 JOHN SAUNDERS WHO WAS ENJOYING BETTER FORTUNE THAN A FORTNIGHT EARLIER!

 

COULD COOPER MAKE IT A HATTRICK IN THE FINAL? A SHUNT WITH 24 BEN STYLES ON THE OPENING LAP NEARLY STOPPED JASON, BUT THERE WAS NO STOPPING HIM AND WITH A CAR THAT WAS SUPERBLY ‘DIALLED IN’ HE CLAIMED THE WIN FROM A FLYING 532 BOBBY DAVIS JNR AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS TO END A GREAT NIGHTS RACING AT WIMBLEDON.

A GOOD MANY OF YOU MAY HAVE SEEN ON FACEBOOK RECENT PLANS UNVEILED FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF WIMBLEDON STADIUM AND HOPEFULLY THE RETURN OR CONTINUATION OF OVAL RACING. I BELIEVE THE STADIUM CHANGED OWNERSHIP AGAIN IN THE SUMMER AND I SINCERELY HOPE WE WILL SEE OVAL RACING AT PLOUGH LANE FOR MANY YEARS YET…ONE THING IS FOR SURE, IT WILL BE HOSTING THE 54TH SUPERSTOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2014, MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY’S FOLKS THIS WILL BE ONE NOT TO BE MISSED AND HOPEFULLY, ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE TOO!

 

RECENTLY HAD A COMMUNICATION FROM FORMER RACER, 20 RAY WORLEY WHO NOT ONLY WENT ON TO WIN A NATIONAL TITLE BUT ALSO SURVIVED ONE OF THE NASTIEST LOOKING CRASHES SEEN IN RECENT DECADES! RAY HAS KINDLY SHARED HIS PICS WITH US WHICH I SHALL BE POSTING UP THIS WEEK AND HOPEFULLY IN 2014 WE’LL BE HAVING A CHAT WITH HIM ABOUT HIS SUPERSTOX RACING…AND WHAT RACING HE IS UP TO NOWADAYS!

 

I HAVE ALSO BEEN COMMUNICATING WITH MY OLD PAL 414 IAN CURTIS WHO WAS PART OF A VERY SUCCESSFUL ‘POSSE’ OF GREAT YARMOUTH DRIVERS IN THE 80’S…..I’M HOPING THAT I CAN TEMPT IAN TO RECREATE ONE OF HIS CARS WHICH WERE VERY MUCH ON THE LINES OF THE 284 DICK GAMBLIN / 31 IAN CAMPBELL CARS – ONE OF WHICH IS CURRENTLY SITTING IN STU BLYTH’S YARD.

 

HOPEFULLY I HAVE DONE ENOUGH TO PERSUADE 242 BRIAN STACEY TO CONSTRUCT A CHASSIS FOR THE BODYSHELL HE HAS BEEN RESTORING AND THE BEARMAN FAMILY INFORM ME THAT ‘SUPER POP’ IS STILL VERY MUCH LIVING AT HOME.

 

OUR GOOD FRIEND 532 BOB DAVIS IS JUST ABOUT TO OPEN SHOP WITH A BRAND NEW SPRAY BOOTH AND BUSINESS AND WE’RE HOPING HE MIGHT JUST BE TEMPTED TO ‘CUT N SHUT’ A MK3 CORTINA TO RECREATE ONE OF HIS FORMER CARS.

 

IT’S A CHICKEN AND EGG SITUATION, BUT I AM HOPING THAT WITH ENOUGH CARS EITHER BEING RESTORED OR RECREATED, THERE MIGHT JUST BE THE CHANCE FOR A TRUNDLE OR TWO FOR THE OLD CARS IN 2014 AND BEYOND. AS MENTIONED IN MY LAST UPDATE, THERE ARE MORE CONVERSATIONS TO TAKE PLACE, BUT I AM HOPING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO PRODUCE A ‘FIXTURE LIST’ OF REUNIONS AND EVENTS ETC WE ARE HOPING TO STAGE IN THE COMING YEAR!

 

WITH CHRISTMAS APPROACHING FAST, THERE’ S EVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO ASK SANTA FOR THAT TRIUMPH FRONT END AND THOSE CORTINA LEAFS…..ESPECIALLY AS GRANDAD IS PLAYING SANTA THIS YEAR!

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

FORMER DRIVER, 20 RAY WORLEY HAS BEEN IN TOUCH RECENTLY,
CHECK OUT RAY'S ALBUM...WE'LL BE TALKING TO RAY IN 2014.

WIMBLEDON STADIUM, IN THE NEWS AGAIN RECENTLY....HOPEFULLY WITH THE CONTINUATION OF OVAL MOTORSPORT!

(PIC COURTESY OF SHAUN BROOKER)

THE LATE, GREAT 295 ALAN FREEBODY AVOIDING THE MELEE AT ARLINGTON BACK IN THE LATE 60'S - HOPEFULLY SON TONY MIGHT DECIDE TO RECREATE ONE OF HIS FATHERS CARS!

24th NOVEMBER – BEST OF THE BEST AT WIMBLEDON!

FOR ME, THE BEST IN BRITAIN MEETING NEVER DISSAPOINTS. WE’VE BEEN ATTENDING THIS MEETING RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING IN THE 80’S, EVEN BEFORE SUPERSTOX WERE ADDED TO THE FARE AND IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT WAY TO FINISH OFF THE SEASON.

OF COURSE, I CAN GO BACK EVEN FURTHER TO WHEN IT WAS THE BP SUPERNATIONAL WHICH WAS ANOTHER WIMBLEDON SPECIAL ATTENDED BY DIGNATORIES AND A BLACK TIE AFFAIR IN THE RESTAURANTS!

 

THIS YEAR WE TRAVELLED DOWN WITH OUR VERY OWN 279 PHIL PROCTOR IN THE CREW BUS TO BEAT ALL CREW BUSUS! NIGHTHEATER, MICROWAVE, RUNNING HOT AND COLD WATER, INFLIGHT TEA AND COFFEE, COMFY SEATS AND EVEN FREE WIFI, OH YES, PHIL’S VAN HAS IT ALL AND IT WAS GREAT TO SPEND THE MEETING WITH PHIL, GRAHAM AND CLIVE WHO ENJOY THEIR SUPERSTOX RACING NO MATTER WHAT. WE BASKED ON THE WAY ABOUT PHIL’S FINE WIN AND THIRD IN FINAL AT THE LAST MEETING AT YARMOUTH, YET ON ARRIVAL PHIL TOOK DELIVERY OF A SET OF PICS OF HIS SPECTACULAR ROLL AT WIMBLEDON LAST TIME!!

FOLK SUCH AS PHIL AND HIS CREW TYPIFY THE WHOLE SCENE IN SUPERSTOX RIGHT NOW, ONE OF ENJOY THE MEETING WHATEVER HAPPENS IF YOU CAN!

 

HAVING MISSED A FEW MEETINGS, IT WAS A CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH FOLK, THE FIRST OF WHICH WAS A VISIT TO THE GRAY FAMILIES TRANSPORTER AND A QUICK COMMITTEE MEETING TO DISCUSS SOCIAL EVENTS AND PLANS FOR 2014….EMMA HAD EVEN BROUGHT ALONG SOME SAMPLES OF VARIOUS SPIRITS FOR THE COMMITTEE TO TRY AND AGREE ON AHEAD OF SUCH SHANANAGANS THAT LAY AHEAD!

SERIOUSLY THOUGH, I CAN’T THANK THIS TEAM ENOUGH FOR THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE SHOWN THE OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT RIGHT FROM THE START AND CONTINUE TO DO SO….PLANS FOR THE 2014 SPEDEWEEKEND CAMPING AND OLDSKOOL PARTY ARE WELL AHEAD!

 

SPEAKING OF SUPPORT, I WAS ABSOLUTELY MADE UP TO FIND THAT 242 SAM STACEY NOT ONLY CARRIED OUR STICKERS ON HIS CAR, BUT BRIAN AND HE HAD, HAD IT SIGNWRITTEN ACROSS THE BONNET ALSO, THANK YOU SO MUCH GUY’S!

BRIAN HAS BEEN RESTORING HIS SUPER’S ORIGINAL METRO BODYSHELL, ADDING NEW STEEL AND INFORMED ME IT’S NOW IN PRIMER. HOPEFULLY WE’LL GET TO HAVE A TRUNDLE WITH THE OLD CARS IN 2014 TO WARRANT THE OUTLAY OF A CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR…..MORE NEWS TO COME ON THAT.

 

I ALSO MET UP WITH OUR BELGIUM RACING MANAGER, REINIER ROOSEN WHO IS AS JUST A BIG TOPOLINO FAN AS ME, IF NOT BIGGER! WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO TRACK DOWN AN OLD BELGIAN CAR FOR A WHILE AND WE MAY BE GETTING CLOSER, WATCH THIS SPACE!

 

HAD A GREAT CHAT WITH 532 BOB DAVIS, WE’LL BE INTERVIEWING BOB IN THE NEW YEAR ABOUT HIS RACING EXPLOITS AND IT’S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO CHAT TO 267 JOHN SOLE WHO WAS ONE OF THE FORMER OWNERS OF THE TODD SWEENEY CORGI ROCKETS CAR, WHICH JOHN FEELS IS STILL LAYING AROUND THE CROYDON AREA! JOHN ALSO INTRODUCED ME TO 295 TONY FREEBODY, SON OF THE LEGENDARY ALAN. TONY HAD’NT HEARD OF OUR LITTLE WORLD, HE DOES NOW AND MAY EVEN LOOK INTO BUILDING A REPLICA OF ONE OF HIS FAMOUS DAD’S CARS, ALAN SADLY PASSING AWAY A FEW YEARS BACK.

 

53 DAVE FRAME HAD MADE THE JOURNEY DOWN FROM SCOTLAND ON HIS OWN! AND WAS JOINED BY 917 GARY GRATTAN AND 955 KYLE BEATTIE FROM NORTHERN IRELAND. I DID MANAGE TO HAVE A CHAT WITH DAVE WHO’S A TOP BLOKE AND EVEN RACED AT TULLYROAN ON THREE OCCASIONS THIS SEASON. I DID TRY AND PERSUADE HIM TO DO SPEDEWEEKEND NEXT YEAR WITH OUR ‘McOLDSKOOL TEAM’ OF 116 ANDY COCHRANE, 117 STU GILCHRIST, 35 CHRIS STEWART AND 657 TONY LATTKA, LET’S HOPE ONE EXTRA HEAT OVER THE WEEKEND MIGHT BE ENOUGH TO PERSUADE DAVE TO COME DOWN.

 

ONCE INSIDE THE STADIUM, I ALSO GRABBED THE OPPURTUNITY FOR A CHAT AND CATCH UP WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE WOOD, WHO DESPITE BEING A VERY BUSY MAN, ALWAYS FIND’S THE TIME FOR A CHAT FOR WHICH I’M VERY GRATEFUL.

HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE TALKING TO DEANE NEXT YEAR ABOUT HIS RACING IN SUPERSTOX, HIS THOUGHTS FOR THE FORMULA AND HIS VISION FOR OVAL RACING IN THE FUTURE WHICH SOUNDS VERY, VERY POSITIVE INDEED;

“WE SPENT BETWEEN £8 – 900,000 ON FOXHALL THIS YEAR AND THERE’S STILL A LOT WE WANT TO DO, EVENTUALLY EVERYTHING WILL BE REPLACED AND WE’LL BUILD A PROPER SCRUTINEERING BUILDING UNDER COVER WHERE WE CAN CLOSE THE DOORS AND GET ON WITH THE JOB IN HAND!”

“I HAVE A VISION; THIS IS A BUSINESS AND MUST WORK THAT WAY”.

 DEANE ALSO WENT ON TO TELL ME HIS THOUGHTS ON THE VALUE OF WHAT WINNING A WORLD TITLE SHOULD CARRY FOR A DRIVER AND WE’LL COVER THIS AND MORE WITH DEANE NEXT YEAR!

 

FROM AN OLDSKOOL PERSPECTIVE, THERE’S STILL MORE TO DISCUSS AND OBVIOUSLY CONFIRM WITH DEANE, BUT IT’S VERY LIKELY THAT WE CAN HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE OF BOTH CAR’S AND MEMORABILIA AT THE SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL IN 2014 IF IT’S SPEDEWORTH STAGED, BOTH A STATIC DISPLAY AND HOPEFULLY EITHER A TRUNDLE TO OPEN THE MEETING OR A PARADE LAP TO LEAD OUT THE WORLD COMPETITORS.

IT’S ALSO CONFIRMED THAT THERE WILL BE AN ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX REUNION’ IN 2014 WHICH WILL INCORPORATE EVERYTHING SO FAR, AND BE STAGED ON THE SAME DATE AS A SUPERSTOX MEETING, WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF OUR CARS BEING PERMITTED TO HAVE A TRUNDLE AT SOME OF THE SPEDEWORTH PRACTISE DAYS ETC ALSO.   

SO ALL IN ALL, A LOT TO DISCUSS FURTHER AND CONFIRM, BUT ALL VERY, VERY POSITIVE AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED.

 

THE RACING SUNDAY WAS CRACKING WITH 31 CARS ON THE GRID FOR THE FIRST HEAT WHICH HAD TO BE STOPPED ALMOST STRAIGHT AWAY WITH A HEAVY ROLL FOR 95 JOHN SAUNDERS.

UPON RESTART, THE ACTION CONTINUED AT A VERY FAST PACE ON THE STILL DRY TRACK, WITH 482 JASON COOPER TAKING ANOTHER WIN IN HIS RCE CHASSIS.

BY HEAT TWO, WE NOW HAD A NOW WET AND GREASY TRACK WHICH LEVELLED THINGS OUT SOMEWHAT AND A GREAT BATTLE ENSUED BETWEEN 419 ROB CAPON AND OUR OWN 66 KEV FERRIS FOR THE LEAD. THESE TOW SWAPPED THE LEAD LAP AFTER LAP, SOMETIMES TWICE PER LAP AS THEY FOUGHT EACH OTHER AND THE CONDITIONS. AT THE FLAG IT WAS A WIN FOR CAPON, BUT FOR ME THIS HAD BEEN THE SUPERSTOX RACE OF THE NIGHT WITH BATTLED AND ACTION GOING ON EVERYWHERE!

THE BEST IN BRITAIN FINAL WAS RUN BY NOW IN RAIN AND EARLY CASUALTIES INCLUDED 955 KYLE BEATTIE AND 66 KEV FERRIS WHILST THE OTHERS FAUGHT THE TRACK AS WELL AS EACH OTHER. 69 SHAUN BROOKER DID HIS BEST TO BATTLE WITH COOPER AND LANDED A BLOW OR TWO TO THE 482 REAR BUMPER BUT IN THE END HAD TO CONCEDE TO COOPER AND AT THE FLAG IT WAS ANOTHER TITLE FOR COOPER WITH BROOKER SECOND AND POST RACE CONFIMED 376 STEVEN JACKSON THIRD TO END WHAT HAD BEEN A CRACKING NIGHTS RACING.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES, WE’VE HAD A FEW GOOD DAY’S ON PROJECT 320, THE PROGRESS OF WHICH WE’LL CATCH UP WITH IN THE PIT AREA, WHILST UP IN SCOTLAND, ALAN’S ABOUT TO RESUME ON HIS 41 GORDON McDOUGAL REPLICA AFTER A HECTIC FEW MONTHS.

LAWRENCE JOHNSTON HAS ACCUIRED AN ENGINE AND GEARBOX FOR HIS MALCOLM PATERSON REPLICA AND HOPES TO START AFTER XMAS WITH THE AIM TO COMPLETE BY SEPTEMBER! IF THIS CAR IS GOING TO BE ANYTHING LIKE THE WONDERFUL SCALE STOCK CAR MODELS HE CREATES, THIS WILL BE AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER!

 

THOSE OF YOU ON FACEBOOK WILL HAVE NOTICED THE 443 STEVE MONK PICTURES SUBMITTED BY HIS SON DERRY RECENTLY. STEVE HAS’NT CHANGED A BIT AND STU HAS ALREADY BEEN ON THE PHONE TO HIM HOPEFULLY PAVING THE WAY FOR AN INTERVIEW NEXT YEAR! WONDER IF WE CAN PERSUADE HIM TO DIG THAT FAMOUSE CAB OUT OF THE WEEDS?

 

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THE ALBUMS FOLKS, WE’RE ADDING TO THEM ALL AS NEW MATERIAL COME’S IN AND A MASSIVE THANKS GOES OUT TO ALL THOSE THAT CONTRIBUTE PHOTOS FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY.

 

THAT’S ABOUT IT FOR NOW, WE MAY WELL BE SNEAKING IN AN EXTRA MEETING AT WIMBLEDON ON 1ST DECEMBER WHICH ALSO SEE’S THE RETURN OF NATIONAL HOT RODS TO PLOUGH LANE!

 

“YES GRANDAD, THEY’LL SWEEP THE SHALE OFF THE BENDS FOR THAT ONE!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

 

'MOVEMBER' MEANS IT'S BEST IN BRITAIN TIME - CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 482 JASON COOPER WHO TOOK THE TITLE AT WIMBLEDON LAST SUNDAY.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU GOES OUT TO 242 SAM AND BRIAN STACEY FOR HAVING THE NAME SIGNWRITTEN ONTO THEIR CAR - THANKS FELLAS!

11TH NOVEMBER – LEST WE FORGET!

TODAY WE REMEMBER THOSE THAT PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ IS A TRULY INTERNATIONAL GROUP AND THEREFORE I FEEL WE SHOULD REMEMBER THOSE FROM ALL COUNTRIES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN ACTIVE SERVICE.  

 

A FIRST RACE WIN IS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL, ESPECIALLY AFTER SUCH A TOUGH CAR - BREAKING SEASON! OUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 'TEAM OLDSKOOLS' 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHO TOOK A FINE WIN AT YARMOUTH LAST SUNDAY, AND THEN FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH A THIRD IN THE FINAL! - PHOTO COURTESY PAUL COX.

10TH NOVEMBER – LONG DARK NIGHTS!

JUST WANTED TO START OFF THIS WEEK WITH A HEARTY THANK YOU TO ALL YOU KIND PEOPLE FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY MESSAGES FOR THE WEBSITE, TRULY APPRECIATED….NOW ONTO OUR SECOND YEAR!

 

WE’LL CATCH UP WITH THE ‘PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS’ FIRST!

OVER AT TULLYROAN, 907 DENVER GRATTAN JOINED THE ‘HATTRICK CLUB’ FOR 2013 WITH A TWO HEATS AND FINAL WIN ON 18TH OCTOBER, BUT IT WAS BROTHER GARY 917 WHO WAS CROWNED NORTHERN IRELANDS FIRST NATIONAL POINTS CHAMPION FOR MANY YEARS, SO OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO HIM.

 

TWO DAYS LATER AND ACROSS AT LOCHGELLY, 172 CHRIS MILLER TOOK THE OPENING HEAT AFTER 177 STU GILCRIST WAS DOCKED TWO PLACES FOR JUMPING THE START, “HAVE’NT DONE THAT IN A WHILE” COMMENTED STU WHO THEN WENT ON TO TAKE THE SECOND HEAT AND FINAL FROM 265 BARRY STEPHEN AND THEN 172 CHRIS MILLER RESPECTIVELY, WITH THANKS TO OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDENT, 177 STU GILCRIST! THIS PAST SUNDAY, 3RD OUR STU FINISHED THE SEASON OFF IN STYLE WITH ANOTHER HATTRICK TO TAKE THE H.R.P. £1000 SERIES AND THE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2013.

 

SUNDAY 27TH AND THE SUPERSTOX RETURNED TO THE PRIMO NORTHAMPTON RACEWAY AND ON A BLUSTERY AFTERNOON AND THE HEATS WENT TO 67 CHRIS ROOTS AND 246 DEREK RUSSELL WITH THAT MAN AGAIN, 482 JASON COOPER TAKING THE FINAL TO WRAP UP A FEW GOOD WEEKS HAVING TAKEN THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES FINAL AT WIMBLEDON A WEEK OR SO EARLIER. SADLY, OUR GOOD FRIEND 490 MATT SOLE ROLLED IN THE OPENING HEAT AND BLUE SMOKE THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON MAY HAVE CURTAILED HIS RACING UNTIL THE NEW YEAR. TWO GUY’S OUT OF RACING AT THE MOMENT, BUT STILL VERY BUSY ARE 58 LUKE AND 59 STEVE HAMILTON, HOPE TO SEE YOU BOTH BACK OUT SOON GUYS! 

 

THERE ARE SO MANY ENJOYABLE FACTORS TO THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ NONE MORE SO THAN THE OPPURTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING POSITIVE IN THIS HARSH OLD WORLD.

OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH LORNA PATERSON, DAUGHTER OF THE LATE, GREAT 107 MALCOLM PATERSON AND TRACEY VASS, DAUGHTER OF THE LATE, GREAT 170 HOWARD WHITE. THROUGH OUR ARCHIVES, I HAVE BEEN PRIVILAGED TO PROVIDE THEM WITH PHOTOS, VIDEO AND INFO OF THEIR FAMOUS FATHERS AND IN TIME, IT’S HOPED WE CAN DOCUMENT THE RACING STORIES OF THESE GREAT MEN WHO WERE BOTH TAKEN FROM OUR WORLD FAR TOO SOON.

 

I TOOK THE OPPURTUNITY TO VISIT MY OLD PAL NICK DELLAR THE OTHER NIGHT WHO RACES THE 499 BOB STUDD HISTORIC STOCK SALOON. YOU MAY REMEMBER, I HAVE PURCHASED AN 1800 MGB ENGINE FOR PROJECT 320 FROM NICK AND HE IS SETTING ABOUT BUILDING IT UP FOR ME. ALTHOUGH THE ENGINE WILL BE STANDARD, THE AIM IS TO AT LEAST MAKE IT SOUND CORRECT WITH THE DISTINCTIVE B SERIES ‘BURBLE’. IN THE PURSUIT OF THIS, WE WILL BE PUTTING A MILD CAM IN AND A WEBER 45 CARBURETTOR. LIKE PROBABLY A LOT OF YOU, I SCAN E BAY AND WHAT HAS AMAZED ME IN RECENT WEEKS IS THAT THE DEMAND FOR MGB WEBER INLET MANIFOLDS AND WEBER 45’S, THE SHEER AMOUNT OF FOLK THAT ARE BIDDING ON THESE ITEMS…LET’S JUST HOPE THAT THEY ARE ALL BUILDING/RESTORING ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’, WE COULD BE ON THE VERGE OF A BOOM FOLKS!

 

I HOPE YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE ADDITIONS TO THE ALBUMS, WE ARE ADDING TO THEM ALL THE TIME AND PARTICULAR THANKS MUST GO OUT TO TOP BANANA PHOTOGRAPHY, N.I.F.2.COM, STOCK CAR WORKSHOP, TRUDY AYLWARD, CHRIS BERRY, KEITH HOBSON, ANTONY CROSHAW, PAUL EVISON, TINA GAY AND ANY OTHER MEDIUM WHO HAVE KINDLY GIVEN THEIR BLESSING TO US ‘KNABBING’ PICTURES FROM THEM! ALL THESE GOOD PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN EXCELLENT WEBSITES AND FACEBOOK PAGES SO TAKE A LOOK WHEN YOU CAN FOR THERE WILL BE SOMETHING TO INTEREST EVERYONE.

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS ON THE 284 DICK GAMBLIN ARTICLE, GLADE YOU ALL ENJOYED IT. I AM AIMING TO PUBLISH THE 294 GEOFF GODDARD AND 529 BARRY PLUMMER ARTICLES AS SOON AS I CAN AND THERE’S A LOT MORE IN THE PIPELINE!

 

YESTERDAY WE SPENT ANOTHER ‘SUPER SATURDAY’ ON THE DAVE PIERCE REPLICA…ROLLCAGE TIME, AND YOU CAN READ OF OUR PROGRESS IN THE PIT AREA. WHILST SPEAKING OF DAVE, HE HAS’NT BEEN 100% THESE PAST FEW MONTHS BUT I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT HE IS NOW WELL ON THE MEND AND I AM SURE YOU WILL JOIN ME IN WISHING DAVE THE SPEEDIEST OF RECOVERIES.

 

OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT HCD ARE ON THE MOVE!

AS FROM MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER, THEIR NEW ADDRESS IS;

HCD WORKSHOP. 85, BROADGATE. WHAPLODE DROVE. NR SPALDING. LINCS. PE12 0TN. 01406 331167.

IT’S BEEN A BUSY TIME FOR THE FOLK AT HCD WHO HAD TO RECENTLY ENGAGE A SPECIALIST REMOVAL TEAM TO HELP THEM MOVE ALL THE KIT TO THE NEW PREMISES!     

 

IT’ S INCREDIBLE HOW QUICKLY WE HAVE GOT TO THIS STAGE IN THE YEAR, TULLYROAN AND LOCHGELLY HAVE FINISHED THEIR CAMPAIGNS FOR THE YEAR, WHILST YARMOUTH LAST SUNDAY, CONCLUDED SPEDEWORTH’S DOMESTIC SCENE BAR THE WIMBLEDON SEASON. WE DID CONSIDER YARMOUTH, AND SHOULD HAVE GONE AFTER ALL FOR AFTER 7 GLEN SALMON TAKING THE OPENING HEAT, OUR VERY OWN 279 PHIL PROCTOR TOOK HEAT TWO IN SOME STYLE ACCORDING TO OUR SOURCES AND THEN ROUNDED A GREAT NIGHT OFF WITH A FINE THIRD PLACE IN THE FINAL WON BY 23 MATT CARBERRY. IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING ALL OF US AT OLDSKOOL HQ SEND OUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS OUT TO PHIL WHO PUTS SO MUCH EFFORT INTO SUPPORTING THE FORMULA AND DOES’NT ALWAYS HAVE THE LUCK HE RIGHTLY DESERVES. CERTAINLY FACEBOOK WENT VERY BUSY WITH CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES FOR PHIL WHEN THE NEWS FILTERED THROUGH FROM OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDENTS!

 

NEXT WEEK, IT’S A MEETING WE ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO, THE ‘BEST IN BRITAIN’. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I ALWAYS ENJOY THIS MEETING, THE RANKS ARE USUALLY SWELLED WITH ONE OR TWO FRESH FACES, OR ONE OFF APPEARANCES AND IT ALL USUALLY ADDS A LITTLE ‘SPICE’ TO THE RACING. ONE THINGS FOR SURE, IT’S ONE MEETING NOT TO MISS!  

 

“YOU SHOULD’NT NEED YOUR KNEE RUG FOR THAT ONE GRANDAD!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

AT HOME, OUR OWN 482 JASON COOPER CONTINUES HIS FINE FORM AND RECENTLY TOOK THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES FINAL AT WIMBLEDON - CHRIS BERRY PHOTO.

LIKEWISE 177 STU GILCRIST WHO TOOK SCOTLAND'S POINTS TITLE IN STYLE WITH A HATTRICK AT THEIR LAST OUTING OF 2013. WE'LL BE CHATTING TO STU NEXT SEASON AND HOPEFULLY LOOKING THROUGH HIS FAMILIES COLLECTION OF SCOTTISH PROGRAMMES DATING WAY BACK!

OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 917 GARY GRATTAN, TULLYROAN'S FIRST SUPERSTOX N.I. POINTS CHAMPION - PIC COURTESY N.I.F2.COM

HCD HAVE MOVED PREMISES AND ENGAGED A SPECIALIST REMOVAL COMPANY TO ASSIST WITH THE MOVE, HERE WE SEE THEM PREPARING JORDAN'S SUPERSTOX FOR PACKING!

26TH OCTOBER – HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'OLDSKOOL’ SUPERSTOX!

WELL FOLK’S, INCREDIBLE AS IT SEEMS, THE ‘OLD SKOOL SUPERSTOX’ WEBSITE HAS TURNED ONE YEAR OLD THIS PAST WEEK!

I REALLY CANNOT BELIEVE WE HAVE REACHED THAT MILESTONE ALREADY AND WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN A RELATIVELY SHORT SPACE OF TIME.

 

AS WE’RE HAVING A ‘YEARLY REVUE’ THIS WEEK, I THOUGHT FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ‘NEWER’ VIEWER’S I WOULD RECAP FROM THE BEGINNING AS TO HOW ALL THIS CAME ABOUT!

 

THE STORY STARTED WITH 4 X KEY PEOPLE; OVAL JOURNALIST AND LIFE TIME FAN; RICHARD JOHN NEIL, STAR SUPERSTOX DRIVER 235 STU BLYTH; LIFETIME ENTHUSIAST AND SUPERSTOX MECHANIC, ROBIN SECKER AND SUPERSTOX ANORAK, ME! WE ALL KIND OF KNEW OF EACH OTHER WITHOUT ACTUALLY MEETING, SUCH IS THE OVAL WORLD.

I HAD RESTORED AND COLLECTED ONE OR TWO OLD SUPERSTOX (THINKING I’D BE THE ONLY PERSON INTERESTED IN SUCH A THING) AND THEN ROBIN AND I MET A FEW YEARS LATER, WHEN HE PURCHASED A FORMER 111 MAC McCARTHY SUPERSTOX FROM ME.

IT BECAME APPARENT THAT ROBIN AND I SHARED THE SAME INTEREST, HE RESTORED AND STILL OWNS THE CAR, AND WE BECAME GOOD FRIENDS TO THIS DAY.

ROBIN AND STU ALREADY KNEW OF EACH OTHER BOTH HAILING FROM THE WISBECH AREA AND STU GOT TO KNOW RICHARD THROUGH THEIR JOINT INVOLVEMENT IN THE LEGENDS FORMULA AT THE TIME.

WHILST I WAS ENJOYING THE VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS THAT RICHARD PRODUCED, HE MOOTED IN AN EDITORIAL THAT THERE SHOULD BE AN ‘ORGANISATION’ FOR VINTAGE SUPERSTOX WHICH HIT HOME TO US ALL! FROM MEMORY, I CONTACTED RICHARD AND WE CONVERSED VIA E MAIL, RICHARD CONTACTED STU AND THEN STU RANG ME. YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW I FELT WHEN ONE OF MY HERO’S PHONED…..THE SAME AS THE NIGHT I ANSWERED THE PHONE AND IT WAS DAVE PIERCE ON THE LINE...BUT THAT’S ANOTHER STORY. I RANG ROBIN AND ALREADY THE IDEA WAS FORMED.

 

IT WAS ACTUALLY AROUND THE BEST PART OF A YEAR BEFORE WE REALLY GOT GOING, I NEEDED TO FINISH THE ISSUES OF ‘STOCK CAR RACING IS MAGIC’ WHICH I HAD BEEN PRODUCING WITH DAVE BALDWIN AND HAND THE PROFITS OVER TO CANCER RESEARCH.

STU IN THE MEANTIME HAD ‘HINTED’ THE IDEA TO DEANE WOOD; I FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH AN E MAIL TO JANET AND A ONE TO ONE DISCUSSION WITH DEANE, AND THEN JOINTLY THEY GAVE US THEIR BLESSING FOR WHICH WE ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.

 

WITH THIS IN PLACE, I CONSTRUCTED THE WEBSITE YOU SEE BEFORE YOU, SOMETHING I HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE AND WE WAITEDTO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT.

IT WAS TRULY A BLANK PAGE AND I HONESTLY THOUGHT THAT MAYBE JUST ONE MAN AND HIS DOG MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN READING WHAT I HAD TO SAY AND WHAT ‘WE’ AS A GROUP WANTED TO DO!

IN A MATTER OF DAY’S THE GRAY FAMILY CAME ONBOARD AND AGREED TO AN INTERVIEW WHILST KINDLY LOADING THE SITE WITH THEIR GREAT ALBUMS AND MEMORABILIA.

SHORTLY AFTER FORMER STAR DRIVERS 32 STEVE GAY, 59 STEVE HAMILTON, 476 CHRIS ELMS AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHERS BECAME MEMBERS AND WE WE’RE ROLLING.

 

AS YOU KNOW, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY DREAM TO ONE DAY RECREATE MY HERO, 320 DAVE PIERCE’S CAR FROM THE 71/72 SEASON. THANKS TO SPEDEWORTH V8 DRIVER, KEVIN TURNER, I WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE THE FORMER 32 DENNIS HARRIS TOPOLINO BODY ON THE CONDITION THAT IT WAS USED FOR THIS PURPOSE ONLY. IT WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A HARD TASK, I NO LONGER HAD THE WORKSHOP FACILITIES I USED TO ENJOY WITH MY FORMER EMPLOYERS AND HAD VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW THEY WERE ACTUALLY BUILT ‘BACK IN THE DAY’ …IN ESSENCE I HAD THE ENTHUSIASM BUT WOULD IT EVER GET DONE?

STU HAD WANTED TO RECREATE ONE OF HIS CARS FROM THE SAME ERA AND IT WAS DURING ONE OF OUR TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS THAT STU OFFERED TO HELP ME WITH MY DREAM PROJECT.

HE WILL HATE ME FOR SAYING IT, BUT STU’S VERY KIND OFFER WAS WELL ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AND I’LL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL FOR HIS KINDNESS, I STILL CAN’T QUITE BELIEVE SOMETIMES THAT I’M ACTUALLY BUILDING A CAR WITH HIM IN HIS WORKSHOP’S, BUT ALSO IT’S HIS FRIENDSHIP WHICH I VALUE SO MUCH ALSO.

 

AS WE MOVED THROUGH THE WINTER, WE SADLY LOST SOME OF OUR ‘OLD SKOOL SUPERSTOX HERO’S’ WHICH SPURRED US ON EVEN FURTHER TO PAY TRIBUTE AND RESPECT THE DRIVERS AND THE SPORT THAT WE HAVE LOVED ALL OUR LIVES.

 

WHAT BECAME APPARENT VERY EARLY ON, WAS THAT A LOT OF TODAY’S SUPERSTOX DRIVER’S ARE FAN’S OF THE WEBSITE ALSO AND SO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ WAS FORMED TO ALSO RECOGNISE THE EFFORTS OF THE DRIVERS IN THE MODERN ERA WHO ARE STILL THRILLING US ON THE OVALS TODAY.           

 

THE MEMBERSHIP CONTINUED TO GROW AND WHAT WAS SO PLEASING FOR US WAS TO SEE SO MANY MEMBERS JOIN FROM SCOTLAND AND MAINLAND EUROPE. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE INTENTION TO INCLUDE ALL SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX RACING!

VERY SOON, ALAN HARWOOD GOT IN TOUCH FROM SCOTLAND AND ALTHOUGH WE LIVE A GOOD FEW MILES APART, WE SEE THE WORLD IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY AND SO PROJECT 41 WAS BORN AND SHORTLY AFTER ALAN FORMED OUR GROUP ON FACEBOOK WHICH NOW HAS WELL OVER 100 MEMBERS.

ALAN NOW HEAD’S UP ALL ‘OLDSKOOL’ ACTIVITIES NORTH OF THE BORDER WITH WILLIE ANDERSON.

 

SHORTLY AFTER, I GOT TO KNOW HISTORIC SALOON DRIVERS 32 MARK JOHNSON AND 259 GEERT ROEBROEKS – GEERT INTRODUCING ME TO THE KEY PEOPLE OF SUPERSTOX KNOWLEDGE FORMERLY IN MAINLAND EUROPE AND ALSO LOANED US ULTRA – RARE AUTOSPEDEWAY BODY PANELS IN THE HOPE THAT ONE DAY WE CAN RECREATE THESE FAMOUS CARS!

 

COME SPEDEWEEKEND, I WAS THRILLED TO SEE SO MANY OF TODAY’S DRIVERS CARRYING THE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ STICKERS ON THEIR CARS. THERE IS NO FINANCIAL GAIN FROM THE OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT, THEREFORE WE CANNOT SPONSOR ANYONE, BUT TO SEE SO MANY DRIVERS GIVE UP SPACE ON THEIR CARS FOR OUR LOGO MADE ME FEEL TOTALLY HUMBLED.

EVEN THIS WAS PREAMBLE FOR WHAT WE FELT WHEN WE HEADED TO LOCHGELLY FOR THIS YEARS WORLD FINAL.

LOCHGELLY AND FOXHALL REGULAR, 35 CHRIS STEWART HAD SUMMED IT UP PREVIOUSLY ON FACEBOOK WHEN COMMENTING THAT HISTORY WAS BEING MADE AND HE WAS NOT WRONG FOR THE RETURN OF THE SUPERSTOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO SCOTLAND FOR MANY YEARS WAS SIMPLY AWESOME ON SO MANY COUNTS!

WILLIE ANDERSON AND HIS TEAM HAD WORKED FOR MONTHS AND MANAGED TO REUNITE THE BEST PART OF 100 OF SCOTLAND’S FORMER DRIVERS, INCLUDING ALL THE BIG NAMES AND I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW WELCOME STU AND I WERE MADE TO FEEL WHEN WE ATTENDED THE ‘LEGENDS REUNION’ AT THE MEETING.

GREAT FRIENDSHIPS WERE FORMED THAT WEEKEND THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME AND IT WAS A TRULY GREAT HONOUR TO MEET SO MANY SCOTTISH FOLK INVOLVED IN THE SPORT AND FAN’S OF THE WEBSITE!

 

I FOR ONE, CANNOT WAIT TO RETURN TO LOCHGELLY, SO LET’S HAVE ANOTHER ‘BIGGIE’ NEXT YEAR PLEASE H.R.P.

(INDEED AS I WRITE THIS, WILLIE AND I HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONVERSING ON THE TELEPHONE PLANNING ‘OLD McSKOOL’ ACTIVITIES FOR 2014!)    

 

SO AS WE HEAD INTO AUTUMN, WE HAVE 70+ MEMBERS OF THE WEBSITE, PLUS LOTS MORE WHO VIEW WITHOUT BECOMING MEMBERS (WHY NOT FOLK’S IT’S FOC), AND 100+ FACEBOOK MEMBERS.

WE HAVE CURRENTLY FOUR TRIBUTE SUPERSTOX IN CONSTRUCTION WITH TWO PENDING, TWO CAR’S PRACTICALLY READY TO RUN/DISPLAY, AND ONE OR TWO OTHERS THAT WITH A GOOD WEEKEND ON THEM WOULD BE READY TO PLAY ALSO. THERE’S AROUND ANOTHER THREE KNOWN CAR’S WE’RE STILL TRYING TO GET ACCESS TO AND THAT’S WITHOUT ‘TOP SECRET PROJECTS’ OF WHICH I HAVE A FEELING IN MY BONES THERE COULD WELL BE ONE OR TWO WE HAVE’NT BEEN TOLD ABOUT….YET!  

 

PERSONALLY, I THINK THIS IS TREMENDOUSE PROGRESS AND THE SUCCESS SHOULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU GREAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE SHOWN SO MUCH SUPPORT, ALLOWED US TO SHARE YOUR STORIES, PHOTO’S AND MEMORIES AND IT’S THIS INPUT THAT MAKES IT ALL SO WORTHWHILE.

 

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO COME ALSO, OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, WE’LL BE VISITING THE CONTINENT AND SOUTH AFRICA (EDITORALLY SPEAKING), KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE ON CAR BUILDS, LOOKING INTO WHAT GOES INTO COMPETING IN THE SPORT IN THE MODERN ERA, ‘WHERE ARE THEY NOW?’ LOADING LOADS MORE PHOTOS FROM THE PAST, ‘SUPERSTOX SWAP SHOP’ AND ANY GENERAL ‘MULLARKEY’ WE CAN COME UP WITH TO PAY HOMAGE TO THE GREAT HISTORY OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX.

HIGH ON THE AGENDA IS A REUNION FOR DRIVERS AND FAN’S, A 70’S/80’S FILM NIGHT AND A DISPLAY OF THE CARS!

NOTHING IS CONFIRMED, BUT DEANE WOOD AND I HAVE CONVERSED AND HOPEFULLY, IN SOME CAPACITY OR OTHER, ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ WILL HAVE A PRESENCE AT NEXT YEARS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

 

IN CONCLUDING, THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE AND PLEASE KEEP SUPPORTING US TO SUPPORT YOU.

 

“OI GRANDAD, SAVE US SOME BIRTHDAY CAKE!”

 

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

EVEN GLAMOROUS MODELS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT TRYING TO PEEL OUR STICKERS OFF CARS WHEN NO ONES LOOKING, CHECK OUT BOTTOM LEFT OF WING!....THANKS TO HCD FOR PHOTO.

SUPERSTOX DRIVERS OF TODAY SUCH AS MATT SOLE HAVE SHOWN SO MUCH SUPPORT FOR THE WEBSITE.....AND GIVEN OUR STICKERS PRIDE OF PLACE...THANKS MATT!

IT COULD' NT POSSIBLY BE COULD IT...? ALL WILL BE REVEALED IN DUE COURSE!

14th OCTOBER – A WEEK OF ‘OLDSKOOL’!

LAST WEEK WAS MUCH ANTICIPATED FOR ME ON SO MANY ACCOUNTS. IT HAD BEEN A VERY BUSY TIME AT BOTH WORK AND THE COX HOUSEHOLD AND THE TIME HAD ARRIVED FOR A WEEKS HOLIDAY, A TIME TO PUT MY FEET UP, TAKE IT EASY….NOT ON YOUR NELLY!

TWO THINGS HIGH ON MY AGENDA WERE TO VISIT FORMER DRIVER 529 BARRY PLUMMER FOR AN INTERVIEW AND SECONDLY SPEND ANOTHER DAY AT STU’S WORKSHOPS WITH STU AND TREVOR ON PROJECT 320. 

 

WE’LL CATCH UP ON RECENT NEWS FIRST AND THEN WORK OUR WAY BACK FROM THERE IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT!

 

THE PRIMO NORTHAMPTON RACEWAY, OR BRAFIELD AS US OLDIES CALL IT, PLAYED HOST TO SUPERS ON 28TH SEPTEMBER WITH 7 GLEN SALMON TAKING THE OPENING HEAT WHILST 482 JASON COOPER FOLLOWED UP WITH THE SECOND HEAT AND GRAND FINAL. OUR OLD MATE 490 MATT SOLE WAS IN THE POINTS ALSO BEFORE I BELIEVE DAMAGE CAME A CALLING ONCE AGAIN UNFORTUNATELY. IT WAS ALSO GOOD TO SEE 279 PHIL PROCTOR IN THE POINTS IN THE FINAL, LIKE MATT, THIS GUY PUTS A HUGE EFFORT INTO JUST BEING ON THE GRID AT A MEETING AND DESERVES SOME REWARD FOR ALL THE EFFORT HIS VERY LIKEABLE TEAM PUT IN…..EXPECT TO READ SOME STORIES OF 279 ON TOUR OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND WHAT GOES INTO PUTTING A SUPERSTOX ON TRACK IN THE MODERN ERA!  

 

LAST SATURDAY 5TH SAW TULLYROAN HOST THE CLOSED IRISH CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH WAS AN EXCITING AFFAIR BY ALL ACCOUNTS BUT AT THE END IT WAS 955 KYLE BEATTIE WHO TOOK THE TITLE FROM 917 GARY AND 907 DENVER GRATTON. I’M GRATEFUL TO BRIAN FROM NIF2.COM FOR INFO AND PHOTOS, HE INFORMS ME THAT THE FORMULA HAS DONE WELL IN ITS FIRST SEASON BACK IN IRELAND AND THERE IS THE PROSPECT OF EVEN MORE DRIVERS JOINING THE FORMULA NEXT SEASON. ITS HOPED THAT BRIAN, HIS COLLEAGUES AND YOURS TRULY WILL DOCUMENT THE HISTORY OF IRISH SUPERSTOX RACING IN THE FUTURE, ALTHOUGH, AS WITH MANY STORIES, THERE WILL NO DOUBT BE A TWIST OR TWO ALONG THE JOURNEY! TULLYROAN CERTAINLY LOOKS AN EXCELLENT STADIUM SO HOPEFULLY WE’LL GET A VISIT IN AT SOME POINT WHEN A ‘BIGGIE’ IS HELD THERE FOR THE TEAM ARE PUTTING IN A LOT OF WORK AND WOULD LOVE TO WELCOME AS MANY DRIVERS AND FANS AS POSSIBLE.

 

THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON IT WAS UP AT LOCHGELLY AND ANOTHER HATTRICK FOR OUR GOOD PAL 177 STU GILCHRIST WHO ALSO BAGGED THE TOM MICHIE MEMORIAL, TO ADD ANOTHER TROPHY TO HIS HUGE COLLECTION. STU’S ANOTHER GUY WE’LL BE TALKING TO IN THE FUTURE, FOR BOTH HE AND HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN AROUND SCOTTISH SUPERSTOX FOR A LONG TIME…AND HAVE THE PROGRAMMES TO PROVE IT! THANKS TO OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDENT LAUREN GERARD, WHO ALSO INFORMS US THAT EX F2 DRIVERS 696 GER WILSON AND 12 TREVOR HARRIS ALSO MADE THEIR DEBUT’S AT THIS MEETING TO ADD ANOTHER TWO DRIVERS TO THE RANKS. BY ALL ACCOUNTS, ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOLS' 116 ANDY COCHRANE ALSO HAD A GOOD MEETING.

 

SUNDAY EVENING IT WAS DOWN AT WIMBLEDON FOR THE GRAND FINAL OF THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES WON BY 482 JASON COOPER FROM 376 STEVEN JACKSON AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS, THREE MEN VERY MUCH ON FORM AT THE MOMENT. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE 490 MATT SOLE IN THE POINTS ALL NIGHT AND NO DAMAGE WHILST ALSO STARTING FROM HIS NEW BLUE GRADE POSITION.

 

PRIOR TO ALL THIS I HAD SPENT A DAY IN DEEPEST HAMPSHIRE AND THE RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS OF FORMER STAR DRIVER 529 BARRY PLUMMER FOR A FORTHCOMING ARTICLE. I WON’T GIVE TOO MUCH AWAY SO AS NOT TO SPOIL THE ARTICLE, BUT YET AGAIN IT WAS GREAT TO BE IN THE COMPANY OF AND HEAR THE STORY FROM ONE OF THE MANY DRIVERS WHO WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE SPEDEWORTH EMPIRE AT THE TIME AND THE DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT REQUIRED TO COMPETE IN SUPERSTOX AT THAT LEVEL AT THAT TIME. BARRY'S IS A GREAT STORY WITH SOME HUMOROUS TALES ALONG THE WAY WHICH MADE MY 280 MILE ROUND TRIP VERY MUCH WORTHWHILE!

 

A DAY TO REST AND HAVE A TOOTH EXTRACTED YES! AND THEN I WAS BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN UP TO STU’S WORKSHOPS JUST OUTSIDE WISBECH. SINCE WE HAD STARTED WORK ON THE TOPOLINO BODY OF PROJECT 320, WE WANTED TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING AND WITH STU HAVING A SPARE MIDWEEK DAY, IT WAS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE THE PROJECT ALONG.

WE’LL COVER IT MORE IN THE PIT AREA BUT AFTER ANOTHER GOOD DAY, WE ALMOST HAVE THE CAB AT 100% - ALTHOUGH WE DID HAVE TO ‘UNPICK SOME OF THE STITCHING’ ALONG THE WAY!

 

BEFORE I LEFT WISBECH, STU TOOK ME DOWN TO SOUTH BRINK AND THE SITE OF THE OLD WISBECH TRACK, THE SCENE OF SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES FOR US BOTH, FOR STU AS A DRIVER, AND FOR ME AS MR.STARTER! SAD TO SAY, NOTHING REMAINS NOW EXCEPT AN OLD BOX SECTION GUARD RAIL WHICH STU ACTUALLY CONSTRUCTED BACK IN THE EARLY 70’S AND IS NOW USED TO HELP GUARD THE SITE ENTRANCE WHERE THE OLD STADIUM ENTRANCE WAS. THE SITE IS DISSAPEARING UNDER A CINEMA AT THE B.R.S END AND A TESCO AT THE PITS END. THE DAFT THING IS THAT THERE IS A GIANT TESCO LESS THAN HALF A MILE DOWN THE ROAD! FUNNILY ENOUGH, BOTH BUILDINGS SEEM TO SOMEHOW SIT IN THE ‘OVAL SHAPE’ IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN WITH THE TESCO ON STILTS SO THE CARS CAN RACE, I MEAN PARK UNDERNEATH WHOOPS!

 

FRIDAY EVENING CAME AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE MOVIES AND SEE THE NEW RON HOWARD FILM ‘RUSH’ ABOUT THE JAMES HUNT/NIKKI LAUDA RIVALRY FOR THE 1976 WORLD TITLE. I’M THE FIRST TO ADMIT THAT I’M NO F1 FAN OF TODAY, BUT ANYTHING PRE 1990 I ENJOY AND CERTAINLY THE 70’S ERA. I MUST SAY, I REMEMBER THAT YEAR AND STAYING UP IN THE MORNING TO SEE THAT FINAL RACE ON ITV’ S WORLD OF SPORT, BUT I HAD NO IDEA THE RIVALRY WAS QUITE THAT INTENSE. IN RECENT INTERVIEWS NIKKI HAS ACKNOWLEDGED HOW AUTHENTIC THE FILM IS SO YOU LIVE AND LEARN.

I WOULD ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE ANY MOTORSPORT FAN TO SEE THIS FILM, THE STANDARD OF WHICH HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE ‘GRAND PRIX’ FILM OF THE 60’S. THE AUTHENTICITY IS SUPERB AND THE RECREATION OF RACING AT CRYSTAL PALACE, THE PIT EQUIPMENT, TRANSPORTERS, FASHIONS AND DRAMA IS QUITE INCREDIBLE. SURE THERE IS C.G.I. BUT YOU DID’ NT REALLY EXPECT THEM TO WIPE OUT HALF THE DONNINGTON GRAND PRIX COLLECTION DID YOU? (THERE WAS A SMALL ITALIAN MINORITY BEMOANING ON FACEBOOK ABOUT THE WRONG TYPE OF FERRARI USED FOR LAUDA’ S CRASH!)…BUT THIS FILM DOES HAVE IT ALL, IT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, MAKE YOU GAG (YES), MAKE YOU PERHAPS CRY BUT MOST OF ALL IT WILL TELL YOU A STORY OF WHEN THE WORLD WAS NOT QUITE SO P.C. INTENSE, HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSCIOUS, AND AN ERA A LOT MORE FUN TO LIVE IN! 

IN A SIMILAR VEIN, I WONDER IF ANYONE WOULD EVER PUT UP THE MONEY FOR THE BARRY LEE, GEORGE POLLEY AND MICK COLLARD STORY. EQUALLY AS GOOD, IF NOT BETTER AND SHARING THE SAME TIME CAPSULE THAT WHEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN MOTORSPORT, YOU DROVE BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS!

 

WE CELEBRATE OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK, YES THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ IS ONE YEAR OLD! WE’LL BE LOOKING BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED, WHERE WE HOPE TO BE GOING AND WHERE WE HOPE TO BE AROUND THIS TIME NEXT YEAR!

 

“GRANDAD, I DON’T MIND TAKING YOU TO SEE ‘RUSH’ AGAIN, BUT PLEASE DON’T WEAR THOSE FLARES AND CAPPED SLEEVES AGAIN!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

WHILST ACROSS THE SEA AT LOCHGELLY, OUR MAN STU GILCHRIST ADDED THE TOM MICHIE TROPHY TO HIS GROWING COLLECTION!


955 KYLE BEATTIE TOOK THE IRISH CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP AT TULLYROAN - PIC COURTESY NIF2.COM.

WHAT'S THIS WE FIND LURKING IN SOME BRAMBLES? - HEAD TO THE PIT AREA FOR FURTHER NEWS!

2ND OCTOBER – BODY’S IN THE BUSHES!

AFTER AN INCREDIBLY BUSY FEW WEEKS AT WORK, IT WAS A WELCOME RETURN TO PROJECT 320 THE OTHER SATURDAY AND A CHANCE TO MOVE THE CAR ON FURTHER AT STU’S WORKSHOPS.

WE’LL DOCUMENT THE DAY FURTHER IN THE PIT AREA, BUT SUFFICE TO SAY FURTHER STEEL WAS ADDED TO THE CHASSIS AND WE GOT TO GRIPS WITH THE TOPOLINO BODY, THE ICONIC SUPERSTOX SHAPE THAT IS APPARENTLY ADMIRED NOT ONLY HERE IN THE U.K. BUT MUCH ADMIRED IN MAINLAND EUROPE ALSO!

 

BEFORE WE LOOK INTO THE PAST, WE’LL CATCH UP WITH RECENT EVENTS;

23 MATT CARVERY TOOK THE SOUTHERN TITLE AT ARLINGTON, SPONSORED BY OUR GOOD FRIEND ‘GRAPHICS BY DAVE’. BY ALL ACCOUNTS THIS WAS A MEETING FULL OF DRAMA WITH THREE CARS RULED OUT IN PRACTISE ALONE, 246 DEREK RUSSELL SUSTAINING A NASTY LOOKING CAR FIRE WHILST OUR GOOD MATE 490 MATT SOLE WAS ALSO LOST TO DAMAGE INCURRED IN PRACTISE!

 

THEN IT WAS ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO TULLYROAN FOR THEIR SPEDEWEEKEND INCORPORATING THE IRISH OPEN SUPERSTOX CHAMPIONSHIP, A TITLE WHICH HAD NOT BEEN HELD FOR MANY YEARS! TULLYROAN LOOKS A TERRIFFIC STADIUM AND A FUTURE VISIT THERE MUST BE ON THE CARDS, BUT IN THE MEANTIME IT WAS OUR OWN ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 67 CHRIS ROOTS WHO TOOK THE TITLE TO MAKE THE JOURNEY WORTHWHILE.

 

THOSE ON FACEBOOK WILL HAVE SEEN THAT OUR GOOD FRIEND LAWRENCE JOHNSTON UP IN SCOTLAND HAS BEEN RESEARCHING THE COMPONENTS NEEDED TO RECREATE THE LATE 107 MALCOLM PATERSON 1970 EUROPEAN TITLE WINNING CAR. THIS CAR WAS RATHER UNIQUE IN THAT IT FEATURED FIVE – STUD BOTH FRONT STUBS AND REAR AXLE, SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT TO THE CONVENTIONAL FOUR STUDS THAT IS USUALLY USED.

 IF INDEED ANYONE OUT THERE HAS ANY COMPONENTS/CARS/PARTS/MEMORABILIA ETC THAT WILL BE OF BENEFIT FOR ANY CAR BUILDS OR RESTORATIONS, PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH AND WE’LL POST IT UP ON THE FOR SALE PAGE.

 

ALAN HAS ALSO FOUND A SUPPLIER THAT CAN RECREATE THE ORIGINAL ‘SPEDEWORTH’ 1970’S OVERALLS THAT FEATURED THE DIAGONAL ZIP AND STRIPES DOWN THE ARMS AND LEGS. THESE ARE NOW PRODUCED IN FLAME RETARDENT PROBAN AT A VERY REASONABLE COST, CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK PAGE OR CONTACT US FOR FURTHER DETAILS IF YOU FANCY THE ‘RETRO LOOK’.

 

SORTING THROUGH SOME ITEMS AT HOME THE OTHER DAY AND I CAME ACROSS A VERY RARE ITEM I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT,A CASSETTE TAPE RECORDING OF THE LATE JOHN EARREY’S ACTUAL RACE COMMENTARY OF THE 1974 WORLD SUPERSTOX FINAL WON BY 443 STEVE MONK AT WIMBLEDON. I REMEMBER PURCHASING IT OFF E BAY A FEW YEARS BACK AND ITS COMPELLING LISTENING!

WHILST ON THE SUBJECT OF STEVE MONK, TAKE A PEEK THROUGH THE BRAMBLES IN THE PICTURE AND JUST SEE WHAT IS LURKING THERE – NONE OTHER THAN THE CAB SECTION OF STEVE’S MULTI – WINNING SUPERSTOX DEBUTED FOR THE 1975 SEASON AFTER HIS WORLD TITLE WIN IN 74! THANKS TO SON DERRY, IT ONLY RECENTLY CAME TO LIGHT THAT STEVE IS STILL IS POSSESSION OF THIS FAMOUSE CAB SECTION, THE REMAINDER HAVING LONG SINCE BEEN WEIGHED IN…..BUT FROM SMALL ACORNS, - ALL WE NEED NOW IS TO CONVINCE THEM TO DRAG IT OUT OF THE BUSHES AND STICK A CHASSIS UNDERNEATH IT AGAIN! 

 

UP IN NORFOLK, JOHN BUNKLE IS CURRENTLY BUILDING NEW WORKSHOP PREMISES TO NOT ONLY HOUSE THE 354 KEITH GOODINGS RESTO, BUT ALSO BOTH THE 352 RICK DREWERY REPLICA BUILDS THAT SON CRAIG WANTS TO UNDERTAKE!

 

THOSE OF YOU ON FACEBOOK MAY HAVE READ THE NEWS FROM OUR P.R. MAN RICHARD JOHN NEIL THAT A VERY RARE MK4 FIREBALL MIDGET WAS RECENTLY WEIGHED IN TO A BREAKER, TERRIBLE NEWS INDEED AND HIGHLIGHTS JUST HOW MUCH WE MUST HANG ONTO THE HISTORY OF OUR FORMULA! WE ARE VERY LUCKY IN THAT SOME SUPERSTOX, OR PARTS OF, STILL SURVIVE AGAINST THE ODDS AND WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO PRESERVE THEM BECAUSE IT’S SURPRISING, MEMORABILIA ALONE, HOW LITTLE SURVIVES FROM THE HISTORY OF OVAL RACING AS A WHOLE.

 

NEXT UPDATE, WE’LL BE CELEBRATING OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY, LOOKING AT WHATS BEEN ACHIEVED SO FAR OVER THE PAST YEAR, WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE FUTURE AND A FEW OTHER SURPRISES THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE!

 

IN THE MEANTIME, THIS COMING SUNDAY IT’S BACK TO GOOD OLD WIMBLEDON FOR THE GRAND FINAL OF THE SAFARI SERIES WHILST UP AT LOCHGELLY THERE IS ACTION ALSO AS WE HEAD INTO THE AUTUMN AT WHAT SEEMS QUITE A SPEED!.

 

“GRANDAD, COME OUT OF THOSE BUSHES, YOU WON’T FIND ANY OLD CARS THERE!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

THE MALCOLM PATERSON 1970 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING CAR THAT LAWRENCE JOHNSON IS PLANNING TO RECREATE!

OVER AT TULLYROAN, CHRIS ROOTS TOOK THE IRISH OPEN TITLE - PIC COURTESY NIF2.COM

DAVE 'GRAPHICS' BALDWIN CONGRATULATES 23 MATT CARBERRY ON HIS SOUTHERN TITLE AT ARLINGTON - PIC COURTESY SPEDEWORTH FACEBOOK.

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2013 WORLD SUPERSTOX CHAMPION

376 STEVEN JACKSON, FROM US ALL AT OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX.

YOU WOULD NEVER GUESS, I BORROWED A CAR AT LOCHGELLY, PUT IT AT THE BACK OF THE GRID AND CAME THROUGH FOR THE WIN!

THEN I WOKE UP!

PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVEN JACKSON - I KID YOU NOT!

8TH SEPTEMBER – A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER!

WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND WE HAD IN SCOTLAND AND A HOST OF MEMORIES THAT WILL PERSONALLY LIVE WITH ME FOREVER MORE!

AS MOST WILL KNOW, MY CO – TRAVELLER FOR THIS EPIC WAS OVAL JOURNALIST KEVIN WEGG AKA “WEGGIE”, WHO HAD ALREADY WOUND UP OUR HOSTS IN THE MEDIA BEFORE WE HAD EVEN LEFT STANSTED!

AMAZINGLY, WE CLEARED PASSPORT CONTROL AND ENJOYED A ONE HOUR FLIGHT INTO EDINBURGH AIRPORT WHERE WE WERE MET BY PHOTOGRAPHER CHRIS BERRY AND HIS LOVELY WIFE RISSOLE WHO WERE TO BECOME OUR ‘FOSTER PARENTS’ FOR THE WEEKEND. OUR ACCOMODATION WAS AN EXECUTIVECARAVAN ON A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION OVERLOOKING THE FORTH COURTESY OF OUR GOOD FRIEND AND FAMED SCOTTISH COMMENTATOR, STEPHEN ‘THE MADMAN’ MCDIARMID.

 

SATURDAY DAWNED WITH A SMASHING COOKED BREAKFAST WHILST WE WATCHED FOLK KITE SURFING ON THE FORTH WATERS OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW. WE GOT TO LOCHGELLY STADIUM EARLY AFTERNOON AND WAS IMMEDIATELY IMPRESSED WITH THE PLACE AND ITS FACILITIES, ITS FAIR TO SAY THAT H.R.P. HAS TOTALLY BOUGHT INTO THE SPEDEWORTH THEORY OF RUNNING A SHOW IN THE MODERN ERA, THE ‘TURNSTILE’ IS NOT A TURNSTILE AT ALL, BUT MORE LIKE VISITING YOUR BUILDING SOCIETY WITH A LONG COUNTER AND LOVELY LADIES WITH A SMILE!

THE SCRUTINEERING BAY IS ACTUALLY A BUILDING WITH 2 X 4 X POST CAR RAMPS AND TWO SEPARATE BAYS FOR WEIGHING ETC, WHILST THE PITS ARE COMPLETELY TARMACED WITH PAINTED PARKING BAYS AND THE STADIUM CAFÉ BOASTS AN EXTENSIVE MENU OF LOVELY FOOD AND A SEATING AREA TO ESCAPE THE SCOTTISH WIND, ALL IN ALL WE WERE COMPLETELY IMPRESSED!

 

AS PREVIOUSELY MENTIONED, THE AFTERNOON CONSISTED OF THE ‘SCOTTISH LEGENDS’ REUNION. WILLIE ANDERSON, IAN ROBERTSON, ALISON DEVLIN AND TEAM HAD DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB OF TRACKING DOWN OVER 100 OF SPEDEWORTH SCOTLANDS FORMER DRIVERS INCLUDING SOME VERY, VERY BIG NAMES AND IT WAS A JOY TO BE PART OF THIS GREAT EVENT.

I HAVE TO SAY, I WAS TOTALLY OVERWHELMED AND HUMBLED BY THE RECEPTION THESE GREAT PEOPLE GAVE ME, I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW POPULAR THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ WAS IN SCOTLAND, BUT TO BE ASKED TO AUTOGRAPH T SHIRTS AND POSE FOR PHOTOS WAS VERY FLATTERING, ESPECIALLY AS I WAS AMONGST SUCH ESTEEMED COMPANY!

SUPERSTOX – WISE, 31 TENNANT ‘THE SAINT’ DOUGLAS, 39 LES CLARK, 49 ERIC MOORE, 81 BILL PULLAR AND 41 GORDON ‘SPOTTY’ MCDOUGAL ALL ATTENDED WHILST IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE JOY TO SEE OUR ‘OLDSKOOL’ PRESIDENT 235 STU BLYTH ARRIVE HAVING DRIVEN THROUGH THE EARLY HOURS WITH SISTER PEGGY ANN AND SON BRADLEY. OUR OWN 155 IAN SUTTON HAD ALSO MADE THE TRIP UP WITH HIS LOVELY WIFE PAULINE AND FAMILY AND PROUDLY WORE HIS ‘OLDSKOOL’ T SHIRT.

OUR SCOTTISH RACING MANAGER, ALAN HARWOOD, TOGETHER WITH STEVIE ROSS WAS DOING A GREAT JOB FLYING THE FLAG FOR US WITH THE GORDON MCDOUGAL REPLICA ON DISPLAY TOGETHER WITH A BOARD OF PICTURES ETC. THE WHOLE AFTERNOON CONSISTED OF A QUIZ, PRODUCTION CAR RACES ON TRACK AND LOTS AND LOTS OF TALKING! IT WAS A REAL HONOUR TO MEET GORDON MCDOUGAL WHO GAVE A LOT OF HIS TIME TO CHAT WITH US WITH HIS FORMER MECHANIC AND GAVE ALAN’S CAR A BIG THUMBS UP, DECLARING THAT IT WAS, “VERY, VERY CLOSE TO THE ORIGINAL” AND COMMENDED ALAN ON HIS WORK CONSIDERING ALAN HAS BUILT MOST OF THE CAR VIA PHOTOGRAPHS. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE GORDON AND STU CATCH UP ON OLD TIMES, MUCH MUTUAL RESPECT EVIDENT.

I ALSO TOLD GORDON OF A STORY GEOFF GODDARD HAD TOLD ME ABOUT THEM RACING IN HOLLAND, GORDON REMEMBERS IT WELL GEOFF AND SENDS HIS VERY BEST REGARDS! GORDON SPOKE VERY WARMLY OF THE ENGLISH DRIVERS OF HIS ERA, YOU COULD SENSE THE COMMARARDERY THAT WAS EVIDENT THEN AND ACTUALLY IS STILL THERE NOW.

 

ALL TOO SOON IT WAS MEETING START AND THE BUILD UP TO THE WORLD FINAL ITSELF. IT HAS TO BE SAID, ALTHOUGH THE RACE MAY NOT HAVE BEN A CLASSIC, IT DID FEATURE A ROLLOVER, A RESTART AND ENOUGH DRAMA TO KEEP US ON OUR TOES BUT AT THE END IT WAS A VICTORY FOR 376 STEVEN JACKSON, FOLLOWED HOME BY DEFENDING CHAMPION 177 STUART GILCHRIST AND 482 JASON COOPER THIRD. I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING STEVEN ON HIS VICTORY, THERE’S NOT MANY MEETINGS THE JACKSON TEAM DOES’NT ATTEND SO HE’LL BE A WORTHY CHAMPION, WE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE STUART GILCRIST ON HIS YEARS REIGN, HE’S BEEN A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR THE SPORT EVER SINCE JOINING SUPERSTOX AFTER A SUPERB F2 CAREER.

 

AS DARKNESS FELL, THE CONVERSATIONS CONTINUED AND THE RACING FROM THE SUPERSTOX JUST GOT BETTER AND BETTER, OUR OWN 490 MATT SOLE, 77 NICK AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS, 66 KEV FERRIS, 125 PETER GRAY, 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON, 515 JORDAN AYLWARD AND 35 CHRIS STEWART ALL IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES!

 

ALL TOO SOON, THE MEETING WAS OVER AND A TIME TO UNDERTAKE A GREAT SCOTTISH TRADITION OF A SMOKED SAUSAGE AND CHIPS SUPPER WASHED DOWN WITH A BOTTLE OF IRON BRU! 

 

SUNDAY DAWNED AND THE CORDIAL CONVERSATIONS CONTINUED AND THE RACING STILL CONTINUED TO GET BETTER, LOCHGELLY IS A REAL PROPER STOCK CAR TRACK AROUND THE SAME SIZE AS YARMOUTH WITH DIFFERING BENDS AND IS INCREDIBLY FAST WITH NOWHERE TO HIDE!

I GOT CHATTING TO 116 ANDY COCHRANE WHO HAS BEEN A SUPERSTOX FAN ALL HIS LIFE AND HAD SOME CLASSIC PICTURES POSTED IN A COLLAGE` ON THE REAR OF HIS CAR. ANDY VERY KINDLY ACCEPTED MY INVITATION TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ AND DULY PLANTED HIS STICKERS ON THE CAR THERE AND THEN.

 

BEFORE WE KNEW IT, IT WAS TIME FOR THE OPEN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, WHICH WAS A THRILLING RACE TO END THE WEEKEND WITH AND CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 482 JASON COOPER ALTHOUGH COMMISERATIONS MUST ALSO GO TO 151 NICK SMITH WHO WENT OUT AFTER STORMING INTO THE LEAD AND WHAT LOOKED A CERTAIN WIN.

 

SADLY, THE WEEKEND WAS OVER ALL TOO SOON AND TIME TO SAY OUR FAREWELLS BEFORE ANOTHER SUPPER ON THE WAY HOME!

MONDAY WAS SPENT AROUND EDINBURGH AND A VISIT TO THE ZOO….AND YES WE DID’NT SEE THE PANDAS! WE FLEW BACK MONDAY EVENING REFLECTING ON WHAT HAD BEEN A TOTALLY FANTASTIC WEEKEND.

 

IN FINISHING THE WORLD FINAL REPORT, I MUST SAY A FEW THANKYOUS’ AND THOUGHTS;

MASSIVE THANKS TO, KEVIN WEGG, CHRIS AND RISSOLE BERRY, STEPHEN MCDIARMID, STU, PEGGY ANN AND BRADLEY BLYTH, ALAN HARWOOD, STEVIE ROSS, IAN SUTTON, WILLIE ANDERSON, IAN ROBERTSON, THE DEVLIN FAMILY, LES WALLER AND ALL AT HRP, GORDON MCDOUGAL AND ANYONE ELSE I HAVE MISSED WHO MADE THE WEEKEND POSSIBLE AND MADE ME FEEL SO WELCOME.

I MUST ALSO THANK THE DRIVERS, ONCE AGAIN I WAS VERY PROUD AND HUMBLED TO SEE SO MANY CARS CARRYING THE ‘OLDSKOOL’ STICKERS ON THEIR CARS OVER THE WEEKEND, THANKS EVERYONE THAT MEANS A GREAT DEAL!

 

I WOULD WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND ANY OVAL RACING FAN TO VISIT LOCHGELLY, THE RACING IS SUPERB, IN GREAT FACILITIES WITH VERY FRIENDLY OFFICIALS AND FANS…WE CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK!

         

AND NOW THE ‘OLDSKOOL NEWS, A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN A WEEK!

PHIL HILES HAS RECEIVED HIS ‘OLDSKOOL’ GOODIES HAVING CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED THE IDENTITY OF SECRET PROJECT 1; WE’LL DO A SIMILAR THING WITH SECRET PROJECT 2 WHEN IT’S MOVED ON A LITTLE FURTHER.

ALAN ALSO INFORMES US THAT A FATHER AND SON ARE LOOKING INTO PURCHSING A FIBREGLASS TOPOLINO BODY TO RECREATE ANOTHER TOP SCOTTISH CAR WHILST LAWRENCE JOHNSTON HAS DECLARED HIS INTENTION TO BUILD A REPLICA OF THE MUCH ADMIRED LATE 107 MALCOLM PATERSON MINI – BODIED CAR WHICH WON MALCOLM THE 1970 EUROPEAN TITLE AT COWDENBEATH.

 

IT WOULD APPEAR THE AUTOSPEDEWAY CAR FOUND IN MANCHESTER IS NOW IN SCOTLAND, IT DID’NT APPEAR AT LOCHGELLY BUT REPORTS SAY IT’S BEING RESTORED, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS PRECIOUS LITTLE NEWS AT THE WEEKEND, WATCH THIS SPACE HOPEFULLY!

 

THE FACEBOOK PAGE RECEIVED A LARGE INFLUX OF MEMBERS FOLLOWING THE WEEKEND, SOME VERY FAMOUS NAMES HAVING JOINED THE GROUP, WELCOME AND THANKS!

 

STU BLYTH HAS KINDLY ACCEPTED OUR REQUEST TO BE OUR ORGANISATIONS PRESIDENT. STU REALLY WAS THE ORIGINATOR OF THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ AND IN THE WORDS OF MY CO - OFFICIALS, “STU IS DEFINITELY THE GUY, HIS CARS ARE THE BENCHMARK WE ARE AIMING FOR AND HE WAS ACTUALLY RACING AND WINNING IN THAT ERA!”

WHILST SPEAKING OF STU, SON BRADLEY DECLARED HE WANTED TO GO SUPERSTOX RACING FOLLOWING LOCHGELLY AND WITHIN A WEEK A CAR HAS BEEN DULY PURCHASED AND NOW PROUDLY CARRIES THE FAMOUSE 235 NUMBER. BRADLEY WILL BE LEARNING THE ROPES ‘INDEPENDANTLY’ FIRST, BUT WE ARE CERTAINLY ALL VERY EXCITED AT THE THIRD GENERATION OF ‘BLYTH SPIRIT’ RACING!

 

TAKE A LOOK AT THE ALBUMS, WE ARE ADDING TO THEM ALL THE TIME, PARTICULARLY ‘CHILDHOOD MEMORIES’ AND ‘RACE IN PEACE’.

 

WE WISH OUR OWN HISTORIC SALOONS, MARK JOHNSON A SPEEDY RECOVERY FOLLOWING A RACE INJURY AND OUR THOUGHTS ARE FIRMLY WITH THE MEADOWS FAMILY AND FRIENDS DURING ANDREWS ILLNESS.

 

AS PREVIOUSELY MENTIONED, WILLIE ANDERSON AND TEAM DID A GREAT JOB IN THE SCOTTISH REUNION, NOW IT’S OUR TURN!

THEY SET THE BAR VERY HIGH, BUT WE CAN’T BE OUTDONE BY OUR HIGHLAND PALS. WHEN DETAILS OF NEXT YEARS WORLD FINAL IS CONFIRMED, WE’LL BE LOOKING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF STAGING A BIG REUNION AND DISPLAYING OUR CARS TOO – IT ALL STARTS RIGHT HERE!

 

WE HAD A GOOD SHOWING OF CARS AT FOXHALL LAST NIGHT, CONSIDERING IT WAS JUST A WEEK AFTER LOCHGELLY.

A QUICK VISIT TO THE TEAM GRAY HOSPITALITY SUITE STARTED THE NIGHT OFF NICELY AND IT WAS GOOD TO SEE 521 ALAN HAVING AN OUTING IN PETER’S CAR ALTHOUGH POOR PETE AND BRIAN NEVER REACHED THE MEETING, THE TRUSTY C.F. BREAKING DOWN EN ROUTE.

 

A GREAT NIGHTS RACING AGAIN WITH 24 BEN STYLES AND 482 JASON COOPER TAKING THE HEATS WITH 23 MATT CARBERRY THE FINAL.

IT WAS ALSO GOOD TO SEE 490 MATT SOLE WHO HAD BEEN GIFTED TWO NEW SHOCKS AS BEST YELLOW GRADE AT LOCHGELLY, AND MEET UP WITH 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHO GOT QUICKER AS THE NIGHT WENT ON, EXPECT TO HEAR OF ‘TALES ON TOUR WITH TEAM PROCTOR’ IN THE NEAR FUTURE! 258 GEOFF BRIDGES ALSO APPEARED AT THE WHEEL OF SON WILF’S FORMER AYLWARD WORLD WINNER.

 

ACROSS AT TULLYROAN, DENVER GRATTEN TOOK THE NI OVAL TV SERIES FINAL AFTER BROTHER GARY WON THE HEATS AND TODAY AT LOCHGELLY 177 STU GILCHRIST TOOK BOTH HEATS AND FINAL FOR A CLEAN SWEEP.  

 

TALKING OLDSKOOL, I CAUGHT UP WITH NOW RETIRED FROM RACING, 114 EDDIE EDMONDS AND KEVIN BEE WHO HAS PROMISED ME AN INTERVIEW DURING THE WINTER. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY INTENTION TO TELL NEIL’S STORY, BUT I WANTED TO DO THE PIECE AND NEIL’S FAMILY AND MANY FANS THE JUSTICE IT DESERVES FOR A MAN WHO WAS SO ICONIC IN OUR SPORT.

 

LOOKING AHEAD, I’LL BE POSTING THE STORY OF ‘OLDSKOOL CONTINENTAL’ VERY SOON AS WE LEAVE SCOTLAND AND HEAD ACROSS THE SEA.

 

OUR NEXT SUPERSTOX ACTION IS WEDNESDAY 18TH AT ARLINGTON FOR THE SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND DAVE BALDWIN, AKA ‘GRAPHICS BY DAVE’….I HAVE TO WORK SO WILL HAVE TO GIVE IT A MISS GRR!

FOLLOWING THAT, WE HAVE THE IRISH OPEN AT TULLYROAN ON THE 21ST AND 22ND SO PLENTY TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

 

“RIGHT GRANDAD, SMOKED SAUSAGE SUPPER AND AN IRON BRU?”    

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

 

PHIL HILES, PLEASED WITH HIS 'OLDSKOOL GOODIES'!

FEW PICTURES, IF ANY, REMAIN OF THAT HISTORIC MEETING IN 1961, BUT HERE IS ONE OF THE LATE JAN SCOTT RECEIVING HIS 'TROPHY TO KEEP' FROM FAMOUS MARATHON WALKER, BARBERA MOORE.


26TH AUGUST – THE GOLDEN MOMENT!

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

ITS BEEN PLANNED FOR, ITS BEEN SAVED FOR,ITS BEEN QUALIFIED FOR AND SOME HAVE WORKED THEIR SOCKS OFF REPAIRING FOR IT AND NOW THIS COMING WEEKEND, HISTORY WILL AGAIN BE MADE IN THE STAGING OF THAT ONE GREAT RACE, THE STAGING OF THE 2013 SUPERSTOX CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD.

 

BEFORE WE GET INTO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, WE’LL HAVE A QUICK ROUND UP OF RECENT NEWS!

THE INTERNET WAS BEING A PAIN THE OTHER NIGHT, BUT I HAVE NOW BEEN ABLE TO UPLOAD THE MUCH – AWAITED PICS OF 242 BRIAN STACEY’S BODYSHELL RETAINED FROM HIS LAST SUPERSTOX!

BOTH SAM AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PERSUADE BRIAN TO REBUILD A CHASSIS FOR A LITTLE WHILE NOW, THE ORIGINAL HAVING BEEN SCRAPPED WITH THE PINTO GOING TO 36 KEVIN CROXON WHO DID VERY NICELY WITH IT THANK YOU!

WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED WITH NEWS ON THIS AS AND WHEN IT HAPPENS.

 

SPEAKING OF BUILDS, OUR SCOTTISH RACING MANAGER ALAN HARWOOD HAS SOME TRIUMPH HERALD FRONT SUSPENSION COMPONENTS FOR SALE FOR ANY BUDDING ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX BUILDERS’.PLEASE GET IN CONTACT IF YOU HAVE A SERIOUS DESIRE TO BUILD A CAR AND WE’LL DO ALL WE CAN TO HELP. I AM HOPING TO PRODUCE A ‘FOR SALE’ PAGE FOR THE WEBSITE SO THAT ANY RELATED ‘OLDSKOOL’ ITEMS CAN BE ADVERTISED AND PUT TO GOOD USE. ALAN’S ITEMS ARE SURPLUS HAVING PURCHASED THE KIT NECESSARY FOR ‘SECRET PROJECT 2’ NO LESS!

 

I HAVE ALSO ADDED ANOTHER ALBUM, ‘RACE IN PEACE’, SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS TIME IN THAT WE PICTURE VARIOUS OVAL CARS, NOT JUST SUPERSTOX, IN THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACES….KIND OF TRAGEDY, KIND OF ART!

SPEAKING OF ART, I’VE BEEN CALLED MANY THINGS, BUT NEVER A POET! A FRIEND OF MINE LIKENED MY DECRIPTION OF THE A60’S AT ARLINGTON TO A ROMANTIC NOVEL….WELL THERE’S A THING.

 

I WAS ONLY JUST MENTIONING 264 PETE WELLAND AND 529 BARRY PLUMMER, LAST WEEK AND BARRY HAS VERY KINDLY GOT IN TOUCH.

I WILL BE HEADING DOWN TO HAMPSHIRE SOON TO MEET THEM BOTH FOR A CHAT AND PICTURE OR TWO AND A SURPRISE WHICH I HOPE EVERYONE WILL LIKE!

 

THE NEWS OF THE AUTOSPEDEWAY CAR IN MANCHESTER HAS QUIETENED AT THE MOMENT, IT COULD WELL BE THAT ITS UNDER GUARD OR AMIDST ANOTHER ‘TOP SECRET’ MISSION, BUT WE’RE HOPING THAT MORE NEWS WILL COME FORTH AT LOCHGELLY WHERE IT WAS ROUMOURED TO BE HEADING.

 

FORGOT TO SAY I BUMPED INTO OUR GOOD FRIEND PAUL HUGGET OF WHEELSPIN MAGAZINE ETC AT ARLINGTON, WHO TOLD ME OF A COUPLE OF 2LTR HOT ROD GUY’S WHO HAD COME ACROSS ANOTHER 70’S SUPERSTOX DOWN SOUTH. SUFFICE TO SAY, I’M ‘BADGERING’ PAUL TO REMEMBER WHO THEY WERE, HE DID TELL THEM ABOUT THE MOVEMENT SO IF YOUR READING THIS FELLAS, PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH!

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, IF ANYONE KNOWS THE WHEREABOUTS OF ANY OLD SUPERSTOX, PLEASE LET US KNOW….WE EVEN HAVE WHAT MAY BE A WAITING LIST OF PERSPECTIVE PURCHASERS.

 

AND NOW ONTO THE MAIN EVENT! DRIVER’S UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT IT AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THEY CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT THAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO PARTICIPATE IN.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH 1961 HERALDED A NEW BEGINNING FOR SPEDEWORTH F2. THE ‘SPLIT’ HAD OCCURRED ONLY SOME THREE MONTHS EARLIER AND THIS WAS THE FIRST ‘MAJOR’ TO BE PROMOTED BY THE ‘FORMULA 2 STOCK CAR COMPANY’ UNDER LES EATON AND THE FIRST MEETING FOR THE COMPANY AT IPSWICH’S FOXHALL HEATH STADIUM WHICH AT THIS POINT WAS STILL A SHALE SPEEDWAY TRACK. THE MORNING DAWNED WITH HEAVY RAIN BUT THIS CLEARED FOR THE MEETING START AND IT WAS FORMER CZECH PILOT 95 JAN SCOTT WHO TOOK THE FIRST EVER WIN FROM 17 TONY MAIDMENT.

FROM THIS POINT ONWARD, AS WE KNOW, THE FORMULA AND PROMOTION NEVER LOOKED BACK AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR ANOTHER FIRST WAS ACHIEVED WHEN LONDON’S WIMBLEDON STADIUM STAGED THE WORLD FINAL AS ITS OPENING MEETING ALSO! WIMBLEDON BECAME THE WORLD FINAL HOME FOR A GOOD FEW YEARS AND IT STILL HAS TO BE SAID THAT IT WAS THE SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL THAT FIRST PACKED WIMBLEDON OUT AND BECAME AN ALL TICKET, BLACK TIE AFFAIR WITH WELL KNOWN CELEBRITIES IN ATTENDANCE.

 

AS THE YEARS ROLLED ON, THE WORLD FINAL MOVED FROM WIMBLEDON AND WAS STAGED THROUGHOUT EUROPE AT MANY DIFFERENT VENUES, SADLY SOME ARE LONG GONE, BUT THEIR PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF THE FORMULA IS ASSURED AND REMEMBERED.

 

LIKE ANY FORMULA, THERE HAVE BEEN GOOD TIMES AND BAD THROUGHOUT THE YEARS AND SOME WORLD FINALS WERE CLASSICS WHILST OTHERS WERE SADLY NOT, BUT THE HISTORY AND NOSTALGIA OF THE EVENT HAS ALWAYS REMAINED THE SAME, ASK ANY DRIVER WHO HAS EITHER COMPETED IN OR WON A WORLD TITLE!

 

IN 2001, THE 40TH STAGING OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNED TO FOXHALL IN WHAT BECAME A THREE DAY EVENT THAT SAW 18 MARK EATON, SON OF LES, TAKE AN EMOTIONAL WIN.

 

TWO YEARS AGO, HISTORY WAS MARKED AGAIN WITH THE 50TH STAGING OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, BACK AT FOXHALL AND ALMOST THE SAME DATE AS JAN SCOTT’S FIRST VICTORY.

THIS SAW A VERY POPULAR WIN FOR 51 COLIN AYLWARD WHO HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR THE SPORT IN RECENT TIMES, THE TROPHY BEING PRESENTED BY THE GREAT 320 DAVE PIERCE ON A WEEKEND WHEN WE REUNITED AND REMEMBERED SUPERSTOX DRIVERS OF THE PAST AND WHAT WAS TO SEW THE SEEDS FOR THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ WE HAVE TODAY.

 

IN 2013, WE FIND HISTORY BEING MADE AGAIN WITH THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BEING STAGED IN SCOTLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1985. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE REEMERGENCE OF SUPERSTOX IN SCOTLAND, TOGETHER WITH IRELANDS TULLYROAN OVAL HAS ADDED MUCH NEEDED IMPETUS BACK INTO THE FORMULA AND IF WE COULD JUST GET IT GOING IN HOLLAND, GERMANY AND BELGIUM AGAIN, WELL, THAT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE….OVER TO YOU PROMOTERS?

H.R.P. HAS PUT THEIR HEART AND SOLE INTO THE WEEKEND AND DESERVES A WELL ATTENDED FANTASTIC MEETING.

IN RECOGNITION OF THIS HISTORIC EVENT, WILLIE ANDERSON, IAN ROBERTSON AND ALL THE TEAM PLAN TO ALSO REUNITE AROUND 120 OF SCOTLANDS FORMER SPEDEWORTH DRIVERS FROM ALL FORMULAS ON THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN WHAT WILL BE A FEAST OF NOSTALGIA AND THE CHANCE TO SAY HELLO AGAIN TO THESE GREAT MEN IN A MARQUEE ESPECIALLY FOR THIS EVENT ALONE!

 

I FOR ONE, THANK H.R.P. AND ALL INVOLVED FOR STAGING NOT ONLY WHAT WILL NO DOUBT BE A GREAT WEEKEND, BUT FOR RECOGNISING THE HISTORY OF THE SUPERSTOX FORMULA IN SUCH AN HONOURABLE WAY.

 

IN FINISHING, I RECENTLY ASKED 1971 AND 1972 WINNER; 294 GEOFF GODDARD (VIA SKYPE TO SOUTH AFRICA) WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO WIN THE SUPERSTOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. HE PAUSED FOR A MOMENT AND THIS CAME THE REPLY;

“AS I SPEAK TO YOU, I CAN FEEL THE HAIRS ON MY NECK STANDING UP AND I HAVE GOOSE BUMPS ON MY ARMS – LOOK!”

“THE CROWDS AT WIMBLEDON BACK THEN WERE HUGE AND THE NOISE ON THE LAP OF HONOUR, WOW!”

AT THIS POINT, GEOFF PAUSED TO REFLECT, IT WAS AN EMOTIVE MOMENT FOR HIM AND I COULD SENSE IT EVEN THOUGH I WAS A FEW THOUSAND MILES AWAY AND IT WAS AN HONOUR TO WITNESS WHAT THE TITLE MEANT TO HIM ALL THESE YEARS LATER.

 

DRIVERS WHO HAVE QUALIFIED, I WISH YOU ALL A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND OF RACING, IT IS IRRELEVANT TO ME AS TO WHO WINS; IT’S ABOUT THE FORMULA WINNING!

 

A GREAT MAN RECENTLY SAID, AND I QUOTE, “A RACER NEVER LOSES HIS SPEED.”

 

“GRANDAD – LEAVE THE AIR STEWARDESSES ALONE!”

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

HRP ARE PRODUCING A BUMPER PROGRAMME FOR THE EVENT.

ITS BEEN 28 YEARS SINCE SCOTLAND HOSTED THE SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL AND LES WALLER, WILLIE ANDERSON AND ALL THE HRP TEAM ARE PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS TO MAKE THIS EVENT LEGENDARY!


19TH AUGUST – THE WEEK THAT WAS!

ON THE FACE OF IT, IT WAS THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, A FEW MUCH NEEDED DAY’S AWAY WITH THE FAMILY ON THE SOUTH COAST, BUT, (THANKS TO THE GOOD OLD I PHONE), THE OPPURTUNITY TO STILL KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ALL THAT’S HAPPENING IN THE ‘OLDSKOOL WORLD”!

 

TO CATCH UP, AS WE KNOW, THE PROPOSED ‘DUPLICATED’ MEETINGS BECAME THE ONE SOLITARY YARMOUTH FIXTURE, WHICH ALTHOUGH DID’NT GO DOWN TOO WELL WITH SOME, CERTAINLY PLEASED 376 STEVEN JACKSON WHO BAGGED ANOTHER HATTRICK OF WINS AND A FEW OTHERS INCLUDING OUR OWN 125 PETER GRAY WHO PICKED HIMSELF UP A FEW HANDY POINTS ALSO!

THE REVISED SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE BECAME MY SOURCE OF INFO ON THIS ONE AND I WOULD RECOMMEND ANYONE TO KEEP FOLLOWING THIS PAGE FOR UP TO DATE NEWS ON ALL THAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CURRENT SUPERSTOX SCENE.

SPEAKING OF FACEBOOK, THANKS TO ALAN WE HAVE IN THE REGION OF SIXTY ODD MEMBERS IN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP, IT’S A LITTLE QUIET AT THE MOMENT, BUT IT’S BUILDING AND THERE IS ALSO SOME GREAT RACING FOOTAGE OF YEARS GONE BY ON THERE SO TAKE A LOOK AND DON’T BE SHY TO MAKE A POSTING, WE’RE A FRIENDLY BUNCH! 

 

MOVING ON, I WENT BACKWARDS, WELL KIND OF! WITH A VISIT TO ARLINGTON WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO TAKE IN THE A60 AMBLE, TOGETHER WITH HISTORIC STOCK SALOONS AND HERITAGE F2’S….JUST MY KIND OF MEETING!

IT’S BEEN MANY A YEAR SINCE I LAST VISITED ARLINGTON, PROBABLY AT THE LAST MAYDAY BLOCKBUSTER (THIS MEETING MUST BE RESURECTED!) AND IT WAS ROPES N POSTS BACK THEN, BUT THIS GREAT LITTLE VENUE HAS LOST NONE OF ITS APPEAL AND CERTAINLY ACTION. IT WAS A GREAT NIGHTS RACING, WITH THE PLACE PACKED OUT AND FULL OF ATMOSPHERE. ALTHOUGH ONLY AROUND NINE HERITAGE F2’S ATTENDED, THEY RACED THEIR HEARTS OUT AND PUT ON A SHOW THAT FRANKLY DID’NT NEED ANYMORE CARS AS THEY ALL SEEMED TO WANT THE WIN!

LIKEWISE, THE SAME APPLIED TO THE HISTORIC STOCK SALOONS WHO WERE A LITTLE SHORT OF NUMBERS, BUT NOT ACTION.

OUR OWN 32 MARK JOHNSON WAS IN THE THICK OF IT ALL NIGHT, DOING A ‘WALL OF DEATH’ ALONG THE BACK STRAIGHT IN THEIR OPENING HEAT, “I COULD SEE CONCRETE RUSHING PAST THE SIDE OF MY FACE!”

259 GEERT ROEBROEKS BROKE A FRONT STRUT IN THE OPENING HEAT ALSO, BUT THAT DID’NT HINDER HIM ALL NIGHT, MADE OF TOUGH STUFF OUR DUTCH FRIENDS! GEERT HAD ALREADY HAD AN EVENTFUL WEEK, HAVING FLOWN FROM BRUSSELS TO SCOTLAND, TAKEN IN LOCHGELLY FRIDAY, THE NATIONAL SALOON WORLD AT COWDENBEATH AT THE WEEKEND, THEN RETURNED HOME TO COLLECT HIS CAR WITH BELGIAN MECHANIC STEFF HELLMANS AND THEN RETURN VIA FERRY TO DO ARLINGTON, LANDING BACK HOME THURSDAY EVENING – PHEW! 

 

ROUNDING UP ARLINGTON, I’LL ADMIT TO NOT BEING A BANGER FAN, BUT THE A60’S WERE GREAT, PROPER ‘OLDSKOOL BANGERS’ AND TO HEAR THOSE OLD ‘B’ SERIES ENGINES AGAIN, ESPECIALLY AS THE PROPS RUBBED ON THE TRANSMISSION TUNNELS TO WHINE AND SPARK IN THE FADING DAYLIGHT TRANSPORTED ME RIGHT BACK TO MY VERY FIRST VISIT TO ARLINGTON IN 1975, (INCIDENTALLY AS A KID WITH MY PARENTS ON HOLIDAY) WHEN BANGERS WERE AGAIN ON THE BILL WITH SUPERSTOX ON A NIGHT WHEN 403 JOHN FENTON CLEANED UP TWO HEATS AND FINAL AND WAS BY FAR THE QUICKEST SUPERSTOX OUT THERE THAT NIGHT.

 

TO CONCLUDE ARLINGTON, IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO MEET UP WITH FORMER STAR MAN 264 PETE WELLAND, NOW ENJOYING HIMSELF IN THE HERITAGE F2’S. PETE ADMITS TO SURFING THE INTERNET, BUT HAD NOT COME ACROSS OUR LITTLE WORLD SO IT WAS GREAT TO INTRODUCE OUR WORLD TO HIM. PETE RACED FOR AROUND 27 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS AND IS VERY MODEST OF HIS SUCCESS DESPITE BEING A CONSITANT STAR DRIVER AND THIRD PLACED IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, I THINK 1970. PETE LIVES VERY CLOSE TO 529 BARRY PLUMMER, WHO STILL OWNS HIS LAST CAR, SO A VISIT OF TWO INTERVIEWS CAN HOPEFULLY BE ARRANGED SOON! BEFORE I LEFT PETE, I JUST HAD TO ASK WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS LAST MINI BODIED CAR, “IT FINALLY WENT TO A GUY WHO WANTED TO RACE IT ON THE GRASS TRACKS” WHICH IS A COMMON OCCURANCE IN THAT PART OF THE UK.

 

SO NOW MOVING BACKWARDS, WE HAD MENTIONED ABOUT 242 BRIAN STACEY RETAINING THE BODYSHELL FROM HIS LAST CAR, WELL, WE NOW ARE ABLE TO BRING YOU THE MUCH AWAITED PICTURES COURTESY OF BRIAN AND HIS SON, SAM. MORE ON THIS IN THE ‘PIT AREA’.

 

THE FORMER 284 DICK GAMBLIN ‘CAR THAT NEVER WAS’ IS CURRENTLY BEING STRIPPED DOWN AND BEING PREPPED FOR SANDBLASTING BY TREVOR WEBB AT STU’S WORKSHOP, AGAIN THERE IS MORE ON THIS IN THE PIT AREA.

 

ON OUR HOLIDAY RETURN, I ROUNDED OFF WITH A VISIT TO FOXHALL LAST NIGHT TO SEE THE DEBUT OF BRISCA F2.

AS SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE READ, I RACED F2 FOR A COUPLE OF SEASON’S IN THE 90’S (CAN’T TELL YOU WHY I DID THIS AND NOT SUPERSTOX, COS I DON’T KNOW MYSELF!)

AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE CAR COUNT AMOUNTED TO AROUND A DOZEN. UNFORTUNATELY THIS DATE CLASHED WITH A BIG SPEDEWEEKEND AT VENRAY, HOLLAND; I BELIEVE A COWDENBEATH AND COVENTRY WAS ALSO HAVING A SPECIAL MEETING TOO FOR THE GUY’S WHO LOVE THE SHALE.

SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DID  THEIR USUAL EXCELLENT P.R. WORK ON THE EVENT IT HAS TO BE SAID AND THE GUY’S THAT DID ATTEND PUT ON A GREAT SHOW, WERE A CREDIT TO THEIR FORMULA AND WERE REWARDED WITH A FIRST CLASS STADIUM AND THE USUAL SLICK AND SMOOTH PRESENTATION WHICH HOPEFULLY MADE THEIR, AND SOME CONSIDERABLE, JOURNEY’S  WORTHWHILE.

WETHER THIS IS LIKELY TO BE REPEATED, WE CANNOT SPECULATE, WIMBLEDON DID HAVE A REASONABLE TURNOUT A FEW YEARS BACK BUT THAT AS YET HAS NOT BEEN REPEATED, SO WE WAIT AND SEE!   

 

INCIDENTALLY, ‘OLD SKOOL INTEREST’ CENTERED AROUND 464 MATT LINFIELD WHO MANY WILL REMEMBER WAS A FORMER SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX DRIVER.

WHILST AT THE MEETING, IT WAS ALSO GOOD TO MEET DAVID’S SENIOR AND JUNIOR MILES WHO WERE WATCHING THE ACTION. I WAS FLATTERED WHEN THEY TOLD ME THAT THE FAMILY WERE ALREADY REGULAR VIEWERS OF THE WEBSITE AND THAT THEY ARE ALSO IN POSESSION OF A FORMER VERY FAMOUS SUPERSTOX OF THE 80’S…..THIS IS ONE STORY I’LL DEFINITELY BE FOLLOWING UP SOON!

 

 

IN SUMMING UP, 494 TONY – SMITH – WELLER, WHERE ARE YOU?

WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO TRACK TONY DOWN FOR A WHILE AND HIS FORMER MECHANIC HAS BEEN IN TOUCH ALSO WITH OUR P.R. MAN RICHARD, SO IT WOULD BE GOOD TO REUNITE THEM. I ALSO HAVE MANY PICTURES OF THE VARIOUS CARS, AND THERE WERE QUITE A FEW, THAT WOULD MAKE AN ALBUM OF THERE OWN!

 

STOP PRESS: CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO DAVID MILES SENIOR WHO CAPTURED THE SOUTHERN V8 TITLE AT ARLINGTON TODAY.

(COURTESY OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE)

HISTORY WAS ALSO IN THE MAKING AT LOCHGELLY TODAY AS THE LEGENDARY 81 BILL PULLAR, 31 TENANT ‘THE SAINT’ DOUGLAS, 39 LES CLARK AND 49 ERIC MOORE RETURNED TO THE TRACK AFTER MANY YEARS. LIKE THE STOCK SALOON LEGENDS LAST SUNDAY, THESE GUY’S ALSO HAD ESPECIALLY PREPARED SALOON CARS TO ROAR AROUND WITH, BUT IT WOULD ALSO APPEAR THAT BOTH BILL AND TENANT HAD A BLAST AROUND IN STU GILCHRIST’S AND ANDY COCHRANE’S CURRENT CARS ALSO!

 

ALL THIS IS BUILDING UP NICELY TO THE LOCHGELLY SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL IN A FORTNIGHTS TIME, WHEN AROUND NOW 120 OF SPEDEWORTH SCOTLANDS FORMER DRIVERS, MANY OF THEM LEGENDARY WILL BE ATTENDING TO MARK THIS HISTORIC EVENT ON 31ST AUGUST. THE FOLLOWING DAY IT’S THE OPEN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOO SO IT’S A FESTIVAL NOT TO BE MISSED FOLKS.

THOSE GOOD GUY’S AT H.R.P. ARE DOING A GREAT JOB (THEY HAVE EVEN GOT SOME CANS OF SHANDY IN FOR US, THANKS LES!) AND WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED OF NEWS AS IT HAPPENS IN THE BUILD UP, IN THE MEANTIME, IT’S ROUMOURED THAT 161 BILLY SMITH MAY BE RETURNING FOR A ONE OFF APPEARANCE AT LOCHGELLY ALSO!

 

BEFORE THIS GREAT EVENT, WE HAVE ONE MORE OUTING AT YARMOUTH ON BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY. BUT, WHAT TO DO? LAST CHANCE SET UP? SAVE THE CAR? RISK DAMAGE? BUT THEN BE RUSTY FOR THE WORLD? ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT!

 

“NO, YOU DON’T NEED YOUR CASE UNTIL THE FOLLOWING WEEK GRANDAD!”

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

SLIGHTLY LESS YEARS, BUT STILL A GOOD FEW SINCE WE LAST SAW IT, THE LAST 242 BRIAN STACEY BODYSHELL STILL EXISTS TO THIS DAY!

MORE IN THE 'PIT AREA'.

ITS BEEN A GOOD FEW YEARS SINCE THEY LAST RACED TOGETHER, BUT 81 BILL PULLER AND 31 TENANT 'THE SAINT' DOUGLAS WERE REUNITED AT LOCHGELLY ON SUNDAY!


FINALLY, WE REVEAL THE IDENTITY OF THE 'TOP SECRET PROJECT'!


7TH AUGUST – SPLIT DECISION!

IT HAD COMPLETELY SLIPPED MY RADAR WHEN MY GOOD FRIEND (AND ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ CAPTAIN) PETER GRAY MENTIONED TO ME THAT THIS COMING WEEKEND THERE WERE TO BE TWO SUPERSTOX MEETINGS ON THE SAME DAY! I CHECKED THE FIXTURES AND LOW AND BEHOLD BOTH ALDERSHOT AND YARMOUTH WERE PROGRAMMED TO RUN THE FORMULA. IF WE REWIND TO THE PRE – CROSSFLOW ERA, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN NO PROBLEM YOU WOULD OFTEN FIND A RINGWOOD AND IPSWICH ON THE SAME SUNDAY AND I’VE KNOWN AS MANY AS THREE ON THE SAME BANK HOLIDAY – ALL SUSTAINABLE IN THE OLD DAYS! OUR P.R. MAN, RICHARD JOHN NEIL EVEN HAS RECORDS OF THIS HAPPENING IN THE EIGHTEES.THE WHERE’S AND WHY FOR’S I’LL NOT GET INTO, BUT ALDERSHOT IS CANCELLED AND YARMOUTH GOES AHEAD, BUT IN THE FUTURE, WOULD’NT IT BE GREAT IF IT COULD HAPPEN? I’D LOVE TO SEE THE FORMULA SUBSCRIBED BACK TO WHERE IT ONCE WAS, WE MUST ALL DO OUR BIT TO GET BEHIND THE FORMULA AND LET EVERYONE KNOW WHAT A GREAT SERIES IT IS TO RACE IN!

 

BEFORE WE MOVE ONTO THE PAST? CONGRATULATIONS TO 376 STEVEN JACKSON ON A HATTRICK OF WINS AT LAST SUNDAY’S YARMOUTH AND WELL DONE TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 66 KEVIN FERRIS, 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON AND 279 PHIL PROCTOR FOR ALL BEING IN THE PLACES AND HOPEFULLY NO DAMAGE!

(THANKS TO OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDANT, KEVIN FERRIS).

 

WHILST SPEAKING OF DAMAGE, WE WERE SORRY TO HEAR OF SOME COMPREHENSIVE CAR DAMAGE TO OUR OWN 490 MATT SOLE AND 59 STEVE AND 58 LUKE HAMILTON SUSTAINED AT ARLINGTON. MATT APPARENTLY WILL BE OUT FOR A WHILE, UNSURE ABOUT THE HAMILTON’S. IN THESE TOUGH TIMES, IF THERE’S ANY BUDDING SPONSORS OUT THERE, THEY COULD DO NO BETTER THAN SUPPORT THESE THREE GUY’S WHO PUT THEIR HEART AND SOUL INTO THE RACING, TURN UP AT AS MANY MEETINGS AS POSSIBLE AND ARE GREAT AMBASSADERS FOR THEIR SPORT.

OUR SCOTTISH CAPTAIN, 35 CHRIS STEWART ALSO HAD A NASTY RACING INCIDENT UP AT LOCHGELLY LAST SUNDAY WHICH RESULTED IN A FAIR BIT OF CAB DAMAGE AND A VERY SORE LEG ALSO. PLEASED TO REPORT THOUGH THAT THE TEAM WERE ALREADY ON THE CAR BY SUNDAY NIGHT WHILST CHRIS WAS RECOVERING WITH A CHILLED CIDER, FOR MEDICIMAL PURPOSES OF COURSE!

 

WITH ALL THIS DAMAGE OCCURING, IT’S GOOD TO POINT OUT THAT THOSE GOOD PEOPLE OVER AT HCD ARE OFFERING A 10% DISCOUNT THROUGHOUT AUGUST, OFF ALL THEIR IN HOUSE FABRICATED PARTS. A TRULY GREAT OFFER FOR DRIVERS IN THESE TOUGH TIMES, ‘CHOPPER’, TRUDY AND THE TEAM CAN BE REACHED ON 01733 211441.

 

 

SO WHAT’S NEW THIS WEEK? WELL WE CAN FINALLY PUBLICALLY ANNOUNCE THAT THE ALAN HARWOOD ‘TOP SECRET PROJECT’ IS INDEED A REPLICA OF 41 GORDON ‘SPOTTY’ MCDOUGALS WORLD TITLE WINNING CAR FROM 1976, CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED BY PHIL HILES. AN ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ GOODY BAG WILL BE ON ITS WAY TO PHIL SOON WHO USED TO BE A REGULAR AT COWDENBEATH AND NEWTONGRANGE BACK IN THE DAY. THE RACE IS ON FOR ALAN TO GET THE CAR TO A SILHOUETTE STAGE SO THAT IT CAN BE DISPLAYED AT THE OVAL LEGENDS REUNION AT LOCHGELLY WHICH WILL BE PART OF THE WORLD FINAL CELEBRATIONS ON 31ST AUGUST. IT IS AMAZING TO THINK THAT WILLIE ANDERSON, IAN ROBERTSON AND THEIR TEAM HAVE MANAGED TO CONTACT 115 OF SCOTLANDS FORMER DRIVERS, MANY OF THEM STAR GRADE IN THEIR REPECTIVE ERA’S, TO BE THERE ON THE DAY TO CELEBRATE WHAT NO DOUBT WILL BE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND BY HARDIE PROMOTIONS. DON’T FORGET, THE ENGLISH PAST DRIVERS ARE INVITED TOO SO ITS NOT TOO LATE TO BOOK IN!

 

JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’RE STRUGGLING TO FIND ONE, IT HAS COME TO LIGHT THAT WHAT IS THOUGHT TO BE A COMPLETE AUTOSPEDEWAY SUPERSTOX HAS BEEN LOCATED IN MANCHESTER! REPORTS SAY THAT IT WAS DRAGGED OUT OF A GARAGE STILL SAT ON ITS TRAILER AND WITH THE SPARE WHEELS IN THE CAB, JUST LIKE THEY USED TO! THERE IS EVEN A WHISPER THAT IT WILL BE BROUGHT TO LOCHGELLY, WE CERTAINLY HOPE SO. IT’S CERTAINLY A LONG WAY FROM SPEDEWORTH TERRITORY, BUT I DO RECALL ONE CAR APPEARING IN BRISCA F2 AT ONE POINT AND EVEN THE MODSTOX AT NEW BRIGHTON HAD ONE MANY MOONS AGO SO MAYBE IT ORIGINATES FROM THAT! FASCINATING STUFF, LET’S HOPE WE CAN GET OUR PAWS ON THE CAB FOR A MOULD!

 

THE ‘BUTCH’ RESTO PROJECT IS UNDERWAY. WE WERE FINALLY ABLE TO GET TO THE CAR, - (SAT IN FOXHALL STADIUMS ‘GRAVEYARD’ AFTER THE GRANDSTAND EQUIPMENT WAS MOVED FOR PHASE TWO ERECTING ON THE BACK STRAIGHT), - TODAY, SO JOHN BUNKLE WAS ABLE TO COLLECT THE CAR AND ITS NOW ON ITS WAY BACK TO ITS SPIRITUAL HOME IN NORFOLK, VIA 352 RICK DREWERY’S PREMISES, RICK HAVING RACED AN IDENTICAL CAR IN THE LATE 60’S EARLY 70’S AND BEING KEITH ‘BUTCH’ GOODINGS STABLEMATE FOR MANY YEARS.

 

WHILST AT THE STADIUM, I USED THE OPPURTUNITY TO ‘BADGER’ STADIUM MANAGER, CHRISTER EARREY TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANY OLD STADIUM INFRASTRUCTURE I COULD WRESTLE AWAY FOR OUR FUTURE DISPLAYS ETC! HIGH ON MY LIST WAS ONE OF THE OLD CENTRE GREEN FLAGS…UNTIL WE REALISED THAT THE ORIGINAL ONES, OF SO MANY YEARS, ARE STILL THE ONES IN USE TODAY! MY DISSAPOINTMENT WAS REPLACED WITH JOY TO THINK THEIR STILL IN USE – PROPER RETRO!

WHAT I DID MANAGE TO GET WERE THE SIGNS FOR THE 50TH SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL CHAMPIONS PARTY. ONLY THREE YEARS OLD, BUT MARKING A HISTORICAL MILESTONE NO LESS. IF ANYONE DOES HAVE ANY ITEMS OF HISTORICAL INTEREST, COULD THEY PLEASE GET IN TOUCH? DON’T WORRY WE WON’T TAKE THEM FROM YOU, BUT IF WE CAN MAKE A REGISTER OF WHAT IS OUT THERE, THEN WE CAN MAYBE TROUBLE YOU TO BRING IT ALONG WHEN WE START DISPLAYING HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR? IT MIGHT BE ‘TAT’ TO YOU, BUT FOR US ANORAKS ITS PURE GOLD!

 

FINALLY, A MASSIVE THANK YOU MUST GO OUT TO OUR PALS ACROSS THE SEA, NAMELY EDWIN CLOUT, GEERT ROEBROEKS AND REINER ROOSEN WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO PRODUCE A FASCINATING HISTORICAL ARTICLE ON SUPERSTOX RACING ON THE CONTINENT WITH SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL. OUR FRIENDS IN HOLLAND, GERMANY AND BELGIUM HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF SUPERSTOX RACING AND IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THIS IS RECOGNISED. ALTHOUGH WE NO LONGER HAVE SUPERSTOX ON THE CONTINENT, 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN TRAVELS ACROSS FROM HOLLAND AS OFTEN AS HE CAN TO RACE WITH US WHICH SHOULD BE TRULY APPRECIATED AND WE ALL HOPE THAT ONE DAY, JUST MAYBE, ONE PROMOTER WILL GIVE THE SUPERSTOX ANOTHER GO IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE. AS SOON AS I’VE COMPILED EVERYTHING, I’LL POST THE ARTICLE UP IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, IN THE MEANTIME, CHECK OUT THE SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL ALBUM IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY, INDEED ALL THE ALBUMS HAVE HAD AN UPDATE OR TWO SO KEEP BROWSING THEM FOLKS.

 

IN CLOSING WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND OUR VERY BEST WISHES TO ANDY MEADOWS, FATHER OF THE MEADOWS BOY’S WHOSE BEEN POORLY LATELY.

 

WE ALSO SEND OUT A ‘HELLO’ TO FORMER YARMOUTH BASED DRIVER 415 MARK FLETCHER AND TRACEY VASS WHO IS DAUGHTER OF THE LATE, GREAT 170 HOWARD WHITE WHO WAS A GREAT MAN BOTH ON AND OFF THE TRACK AND TAKEN FROM US ALL TOO SOON.

 

“FIRE UP THE STANDARD TEN GRANDAD, IT’S BACK TO YARMOUTH”           

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

AND SO ANOTHER RESTO PROJECT IS UNDERWAY, THE 354 KEITH GOODINGS CAR ABOUT TO BE RESTORED BY JOHN BUNKLE.

THE LATEST 'BOOTY' CLAIMED FOR OUR FUTURE DISPLAYS!

YOURS TRULY AND STEVIE P. AFTER A LONG, HOT BUT ENJOYABLE DAY ON PROJECT 320!

 

28TH JULY – SWEATY SUSPENDERS!

YESTERDAY HERALDED YET ANOTHER MEMORABLE DAY IN THE ‘BLYTH SPIRIT’ WORKSHOPS OF STU BLYTH AND ANOTHER INCREDIBLY HOT, YET FANTASTIC DAY WAS SPENT ON MOVING ‘PROJECT 320’ FURTHER FORWARD.

WE’LL DOCUMENT FURTHER IN THE ‘PIT AREA’ BUT BASICALLY AFTER TEN HOURS, ONE BLEEDING THUMB AND A CUT FINGER HERE AND THERE,  WE GOT THE CHASSIS SITTING CORRECTLY ON BOTH FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION!

TO WORK WITH STU IS AN ABSOLUTE JOY, AND TO THINK THAT A GUY I LOOKED UP TO SO MUCH AS A DRIVER AND CAR BUILDER IS NOW PROJECT – MANAGING MY INSPIRED DREAM IS VERY HUMBLING FOR ME AND WE HAVE BECOME FIRM FRIENDS. MY GREAT PAL OF TWENTY YEARS PLUS, STEVIE P. ONCE AGAIN JOINED THE PARTY AND WORKED HIS SOCKS OFF TOO, THANKS GUY’S IT IS REALLY APPRECIATED!

 

THE ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ FACEBOOK PAGE IS COMING ALONG NICELY; MICHAEL IS PROVIDING US WITH MORE GREAT CLIPS OF YESTERYEAR SUPERSTOX RACING ON THE CONTINENT, WHILST PHIL HAS POSTED UP SOME GREAT ACTION OF SUPERSTOX AT COWDENBEATH SCOTLAND IN THE EARLY 80’S, GREAT STUFF LAD’S KEEP IT UP!

THERE IS EVEN SOME INTERESTING INFO FROM DERRY MONK, SON OF FORMER MULTI CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER, 443 STEVE MONK. TUNE IN TO FIND OUT MORE, BUT THOSE NOT INTO THIS MEDIA NEED NOT WORRY AS WE WILL HOPEFULLY ENLIGHTEN YOU MORE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!

 

SO WHAT’S NEW THIS WEEK? WELL, IN A SIMILAR VEIN 242 SAM STACEY, SON OF BRIAN GOT IN TOUCH THIS WEEK AND KINDLY FORWARDED ME SOME PICS OF BRIAN’S SAVED BOYSHELL FROM HIS LAST SUPERSTOX THAT HE RACED. BRIAN HAD LET IT SLIP THAT HE STILL HAD IT A WHILE BACK AND I’VE BEEN NAGGING THE TEAM EVER SINCE SO A BIG THANKYOU GUY’S! WHAT IS ALSO SO PLEASING IS THAT BRIAN ALSO SAVED THE CAB WING AND BONNET TO COMPLETE THE WHOLE LOOK. WE’LL BE POSTING THESE PICS UP SOON TOGETHER WITH A FEW WORDS.     

 

HAND’S UP THOSE OF YOU WHO SAW THE ‘MOTOR’S TV’ PROGRAMME OF THE HOT ROD WORLD FINAL AND SPEDEWEEKEND?

I’LL ADMIT THAT OVER THE YEARS I HAVE RATHER CRINGED AT SOME, NOT ALL OF THE INDEPENDANTLY MADE TRANSMISSIONS OF THE UK OVAL RACING WORLD, BUT THIS, - AS WAS THE RECENT SUPERB ‘BANGER BOY’S ‘SERIES ON THE ‘HISTORY CHANNEL’ - WAS PERFECT IN SO MANY WAYS AND DAVE RICHARDSON, GRAHAM WOODWARD, MARTIN HUNT AND ALL INVOLVED SHOULD BE IMMENSLEY PROUD OF A GREAT PRODUCTION WHICH SHOWED OUR SPORT IN SUCH A HUGELY PROFFESSIONAL MANNER.

A MAJOR PART OF THE HOUR LONG PROGRAMME WAS THE INTERVIEW WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE WOOD AND HIS VISIONS FOR NOT ONLY THE FUTURE OF THE SPEDEWORTH/INCARACE COMPANIES, BUT THE STADIUMS AND THE SPORT AS A WHOLE. THIS WAS COMPELLING VIEWING AND SUPPORTS MY OPINION THAT THE SPORT WE ALL LOVE IS IN VERY GOOD HANDS!

 

I’M SURE MANY OF YOU, LIKE ME, ALSO LOVE A GOOD OLD DOSE OF NOSTALGIA FROM THE OTHER FORMULAS? IN AS MANY WEEKS, I HAVE BECOME THE LUCKY RECEIPIANT OF TWO GREAT BOOKS, THE FIRST OF WHICH WAS THE NEW BARRY LEE BOOK, ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF WINNING’ WHICH IS A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO BARRY’S PERSONAL AND RACING LIFE AND THE UP’S THE DOWN’S THAT GOES WITH IT. I’M NOT TOO MATCHO TO ADMIT THAT I FOUND THE BOOK A FASCINATING READ WHICH MADE ME LOUGH AND ALSO EMOTIONAL.

AS KID’S OUR OVAL HERO’S TO US ARE INVINCIBLE AND THEIR PERSONA EQUALLY, SO IT’S A REAL TESTAMANT TO BARRY AND HIS EDITORIAL TEAM THAT HIS VULNERABILITY, WHICH INDEED WE ALL HAVE AT TIMES, IS ALLOWED TO SURFACE. THE FORWARD IS BY SUPERSTOX AND FORMULA ONE LEGEND DEREK WARWICK AND I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ENOUGH TO ANY OVAL FAN!

BARRY’S BOOK IS AVAILABLE VIA WWW.BARRYLEE.CO.UK AND IS £24.95 + P & P.

 

THE SECOND BOOK TO ARRIVE THROUGH THE POST IS BY ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ PRESS AND P.R. OFFICER, RICHARD JOHN NEIL. MOST OF YOU WILL KNOW RICHARD WHO HAS BEEN A LIFE LONG OVAL FAN, PRODUCED SEVERAL GREAT PUBLICATIONS ON THE HISTORICAL SCENE OF THE SPORT AND NOWADAYS PRODUCES AND COMMENTATES ON A LOT OF THE LONG CIRCUIT TV TRANSMISSIONS WE VIEW NOWADAY’S.

RICHARDS LATEST BOOK, ‘GRAND PRIX MIDGETS 1967 – 1979’ IS ANOTHER FASCINATING READ WHICH TELL’S THE STORY OF THE EVOLUTION OF MIDGET RACING FROM IT’S SPEDEWORTH INFANCY, THROUGH TO EVENTUAL INDEPENDANCY AS THE GRAND PRIX MIDGET CLUB. NOT ONLY DOES THIS BOOK CONTAIN SOME GREAT OLD PICS, BUT SOME GREAT QUOTES FROM FORMER DRIVER’S AND JUST ABOUT EVERY FACT AND FIGURE THAT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN RECORDS! THE BOOK IS WORTH GETTING FOR THE GREAT FRANK BOYLES ‘FIREBALL MK 4’ PIC ON THE COVER ALONE!

COPIES ARE IN LIMITED EDITION AND SELLING FAST RESERVE YOUR COPY VIA GPMIDGET@GMIAL.COM  AND IS £6.00 + £1.10 P & P.

    

IN CLOSING, ‘HOT OFF THE PRESS NEW’S’ FROM ARLINGTON IS THAT TODAYS SUPERSTOX ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP HAS BEEN WON BY 482 JASON COOPER, WITH 67 CHRIS ROOTS SECOND AND 151 NICK SMITH THIRD. EARLY REPORTS INDICATE THAT THIS WAS A BIT OF A BRUISER WITH A FEW GAINING CAR DAMAGE….HOPEFULLY NOT TOO SEVERE!

(WITH GRATEFUL THANKS TO OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDANT, TRUDY AYLWARD).

 

NEXT SUNDAY, ATTENTIONS ARE FOCUSED ON OUR OTHER ‘SEASIDE TRACK’ OF YARMOUTH WITH A ‘GOOD OLD’ SUPERSTOX AND STOCK CAR MEETING WITH MASCAR’S TOO. IT’S ROUND 11 OF THE SAFARI SERIES AND HERE’S HOPING FOR A GOOD TURN OUT, MAKE A DAY OF IT, SUNBATHE, VISIT THE FAIR AND THEN RACE!

 

“YES GRANDAD, WE’LL VISIT THE BINGO TOO!”

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

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INTRODUCING ALAN HARWOOD, OLDSKOOLSCOTLAND RACING MANAGER AND CREATER OF THE 'TOP SECRET PROJECT'