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Roy B

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In Topic: Off Season Winter Gallery

20 January 2018 - 07:19 PM

Saloons WF w/end at Cowdie - Day 2 - Sun 20 Aug’17


After the excitement of the previous evening the Saloons turned it up a notch with today’s action surpassing the first day. The main event was the Raymond Gunn Tribute race. Daniel Parker the new world champion was unable to race owing to a scrutineering query following his win. The carburettor insulation block was the subject of an investigation which in the end was declared legal.


A surprise presentation occurred when, “The Hammer Of The Scots”, Conrad Self handed the Scottish Open trophy back after having it in his possession for 25 yrs!


Lee Sampson(428) and David Aldous(499) won the heats with Willie Skoyles(641) getting the Consolation. The Tribute event was the race of the weekend. “Dignity” by Deacon Blue played as the 29 cars moved off. Numerous stoppages occurred throughout the race until we got to the last few laps when it developed into a shootout between the Sampson brothers and local favourite Ross Watters(670). Jamie Sampson(149) was dealt with by Watters who then pile drives Lee into the wall with a death or glory style last bender. The crowd erupted throughout the stadium as they witnessed Sampson manage to drag his wounded car across the line to claim the £228 first prize whilst Watters’ increased momentum saw him spin out. Anthony McIvor(NI711) and Skoyles were 2nd and 3rd. The home fans appreciated what they had just seen and gave the Englishman rousing applause.



The F.2’s were racing for the Nationals trophy. The trophy featuring a scaled down F2 was created 20 years ago by ex racer and goldsmith Jon Padgett(ex 346) and is simply stunning. It was made using 1kg of silver wire and sheet and is mounted on a solid mahogany plinth which was from a ship step. Around 1500 separate pieces of silver were used with some of it gold plated. The main chassis and roll cage were soldered but everything else is riveted and took Jon approx. 300 hrs to make. The first year it was raced for, the top 3 drivers were able to take part in a lucky dip from a container of £1 coins for the winner, 50p’s for the runner up and 20p’s for 3rd. However many they could scoop out in one hand they got to keep. Elasticated cuffs on the overalls saw Toon Schut, Speaky and Bill Batten gathering up armfuls rather than a handful!! Chris Burgoyne the defending holder would have been the first to aim to win it 3 times had it not been for his Bristol injury but he was on hand to present the trophy.


A few less cars than Saturday sees a turnout in the low 30’s. Autospeed had a grand parade pre meeting and the draw for the Nationals Race grid positions was made. Pole went to Cowdie resident Paul Reid(17) with Conor Hughes(NI929) joining him on the front row. As on the previous day the first race was another event for the drivers who were teenagers back in March. Entitled the Teen Sensations it was won by Bradley McKinstry(NI747) and the overall winner of the two races combined was Anthony Kincaid(NI221). With Dean McCrory(NI935) winning day one’s teen race it was resounding domination by the lads from the Emerald Isle.


The Nationals race was run as Ht.1 and set off on the first of two rolling laps only for the drivers to forget there was another still to go which created a bit of a mix up. At the second attempt Reid raced into the lead with Middler and Polley up to 4th and 5th from their 5th row start. The NI favourite – Kincaid had made up 9 places into 7th but ended up losing places being spun out on the pit bend. 41 & 38 continued their progress with Polley passing Middler early on. Dawson and Wallace were also making good inroads to the front as the first and second placed men lost out to some decisive manoeuvres from Polley, the 38 car taking the lead around halfway. Wallace continuing his forward progress  got 3rd with 5 to go but by then Polley and Middler had an unassailable advantage and the top two podium spots were secured. Ian Thompson Jr finished 4th having come through from the back of the grid.


Kincaid won the 2nd heat, Wallace the 3rd, Liam Rennie(3) the Final ahead of that man Kincaid, and Dawson the GN. Euan Millar(629) had a scary looking crash in this one ending up going through the infield crash barrier on the turnstile bend. So finished one of the finest weekends of stock car racing north of the Border for many a year.


Pics in the gallery.



Next week:  The Scottish theme continues with the long haul up to Crimond.

In Topic: This weeks blog.

14 January 2018 - 09:01 PM

What a great pic Nigel. Billy is an inspiration to everyone.

In Topic: Off Season Winter Gallery

13 January 2018 - 01:49 PM

This week it’s day one of the Saloon’s WF weekend at Cowdenbeath back in August. F.2’s were on the bill and were racing for the Mac 100 trophy.


This was the 36th running of the event and was an Autospeed “on tour” presentation. They promote in the south west at Taunton and St.Day. In 3 previous times that the current Autospeed team have staged the Saloon WF at Taunton they have had disappointingly low crowd numbers for this prestigious event. The track itself is spot on but in their words,”its location is not its strong point”. Hence this joint enterprise with GMP Scotland. In earlier days the partnership’s previous promoters (Trevor Redmond & Gordon McDougall) were great friends and this has continued over the ensuing years with the current organisations. It’s good to see promoters can work together for the good of the sport.


The F.2's were racing for the Mac 100 trophy in memory of George MacMillan. Double prize money and a brand new wing for the first white, yellow and blue finishers in addition to extra prizes were up for grabs. An impressive entry of 2’s including 7 from NI & 9 from England showed the admiration and high esteem for George, one of the sports true gentlemen who was taken from us in 2012. Front bumpers sported the trademark yellow/black stripes.


On the saloon front  a 57 car entry had as many East Anglians as Scots with 5 from NI and a few from the south-east and south-west. A last chance qualifier determined the final 6 places on the WF grid. A £100 cash bonus was paid to Rob Mawhinny(951) after executing a huge double rollover. Tommy Barnes(26) and Billy Smith(161) caused havoc in this one which ended with Jamie Sampson(149) the victor, Adam O’Dell(171) 2nd and Luke Grief(219) 3rd.


The World Finalists entered the track through a dry ice filled tunnel to take up their grid positions. A two lap rolling start brought misery for home favourite Ross Waters(670) whose half-shaft let go before the green flag. Shane Davies(158) the polesitter got turned into the wall and Simon Venni(570) rolled off a turn 2 marker tyre and was carried halfway down the straight by the following pack. This brought out a caution with Michael Allard(349) leading. At the restart Daniel Parker(306) took the lead with Allard being shoved wide by Deane Mayes(730). As the race progressed Allard began catching the leader in traffic and by halfway was on his back bumper but did’nt make a decisive move to get past which allowed Simon Welton(6) to close up and put a hit in relegating Allard to 3rd. Welton struggled to close the gap until Parker slowed to avoid cars spinning on the home straight. In the melee that followed a mix of backmarkers and leaders entered the turnstile bend together, and just as Welton was going in for the kill he got clobbered by Kyle Irvine(85) which dropped him down the order. Parker had an untroubled last couple of laps and took the victory with Allard and Aldous following him home for the podium spots. Welton who had earlier announced his retirement finished his last WF in 7th.


Two further full action races followed. A 31 car Consolation with numerous cars fired up the wall and a rollover and then the Final which saw the only Scottish victor of the weekend in Ian McLaughlin(684) claiming the race.



In the F.2’s owing to the decent car turnout they ran a full format meeting. “Young Guns” an additional race to start proceedings was open to any driver who was a teenager on 1 March 2017.  Dean McCrory(NI935) was the victor. The heats were won by Ian Thompson(901) & Christopher Kincaid(NI312) with the Consolation going to Marc Fortune(64).


The Mac 100 Final kicked off in spectacular fashion with Connor Hughes(929) on his roof and George MacMillan Jnr doing an airborne 360 degree. At the restart Craig Wallace(16) raced off to the win, surviving another restart and held off Kincaid and Dennis Middler(41). The GN victory goes to Kincaid, the man from Ireland having an excellent night and very entertaining to watch. Wallace takes 3rd from the lap handicap finishing behind Dave Polley(38) who makes reference to Craig having a glass front bumper.

As the large crowd filed out many were talking about the great night’s racing.



Kevin Bentham Memorial meeting at Belle Vue – Tues 15th August


An impressive 43 car entry of F.2’s plus Heritage F.1’s attended this “School Holiday” midweek event. Ben Riley spotted on the safe side of the fence and John Dowson Jnr also in attendance with the Bentham team. Gordon Moodie(7) brought the Chris Burgoyne car and Craig Wallace making a rare appearance on the Manchester shale turned up with a car owned by Warren Taylor. In addition several extremely well presented cars gave plenty to look at in the pits.


Heat winners were: Daz Shaw(377) and Tony Blackburn(225) and the Consi went to Stuart Simpson(755). Josh Coleman won a race to the line to beat Billy Webster(226) and Dave Polley(38) to the Kevin Bentham Memorial Final win and Blackburn got the GN victory. The Scottish pair in shale spec cars did’nt fare so well this time with Moodie’s best result a Ht. 5th and Wallace non-scoring.


Next week: Day 2 of the Saloons WF weekend.

In Topic: Off Season Winter Gallery

09 January 2018 - 08:07 PM

Thanks Roy,

The Odsal pictures are great. The second picture is taken from where we used to stand in the late 70s and early 80s for those epic meetings. I was only watching footage from YouTube a couple of days ago of the old tar track.

Having only previously seen racing at Aycliffe and Hartlepool Odsal was awesome. Huge crowds and real promotion. The sight of the likes of Smithy, Powles, Finn, Bezz, Wolfe, Closey roaring round the big tarmac track right on the edge of grip and coming within inches of the plate fence is something I will always remember.

It's criminal that the fence was weighed in for scrap by the crooks running the stadium, ending the prospects of a return to racing.

Cowdie is similar track wise but narrower and I look forward to tone Weekender in June.


Thanks Linky. It was amazing how many cars they used to get on a Friday.

In Topic: Off Season Winter Gallery

09 January 2018 - 08:05 PM

That is well good Roy, thanks for the effort, "top cable came from White City ( London ) and is considerably older than the others" is the type of snippet of info I love to read, cheers


Cheers Fraggleina. That top cable had lasted years!