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F1 Fight Night 2

13 November 2018 - 11:08 PM

Hello folks.


F1 Fight Night 2 is confirmed for Saturday February 23rd 2019.


Not only will this be an evening of top entertainment, it is also a charity event which saw thousands of pounds go to numerous charities following this years event.


A huge thanks to Scott Davids and the SafeGas UK Ltd team for being the main sponsor.


Currently we have the following fighters - 


Karl Hawkins 

Paul Hines 
Matthew Newson 
Steven Webster 
Dave Dorans 
Joe Booth 
Chris Cowley 
Chris Claire 
Scott Davids 

Ben Riley 

Graham Fagan 
Mark Guinchard 
Dylan Maynard 
Ed Neachall 
Dan McLaren 
Craig Smith 
Lee Fairhurst 
Charlie England 
Jordan Thackra


More to be added in due course.


Further information will be posted here and on social media.


Facebook - https://www.facebook...95520117/?ti=ia

Twitter - @f1fightnight2 (http://www.twitter.com/f1fightnight2)




Ian B

World Mental Health Day

10 October 2018 - 10:03 PM

As today is World Mental Health day, I thought it’d be good to briefly talk about a charity very close to my heart.


CALM (campaign against living miserably) was set up in 2006 as a direct response to the ever increasing suicide rate of young men under 2006. The headline words ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’ are problems that lots of men suffer – and unfortunately most of them do so in silence before it’s either too late or they end up damaging themselves or those around them.


Guys have issues for a whole manner of reasons – debt, stress at work, alcohol, drugs, struggling with their sexuality, PTSD, divorce etc. The list goes on and on and is infinite. Fortunately the age old BS of being told to ‘man up’ or ‘get hold of yourself’ is becoming less and less prevalent and mental health is slowly but surely being given the recognition that it deserves.


Having problems in life is something we all have to go though at one point or another and should things get bad and you find yourself struggling with depression, it’s massively, massively important for you to realise that you’re struggling with an illness and not a lifestyle choice or that you simply can’t cope with life as you’re not ‘man enough’.


CALM are a fantastic organisation as they totally understand that us men are complicated creatures and some of the advice and help that we need is often different to ‘the norm’. Lots of us like to see ourselves as ‘geezers’, so you’ll find tons of their advice written in a way not only we can relate to but also in words we are comfortable with and can understand. The days of cuddling up to a warm mug of cocoa and making a pretty butterfly in some BS colouring book are over!


Not only do they offer tons of advice on their website, but they also have a helpline that you can call in the evenings if you want to reach out and get something off your chest. There’s also a webchat facility that you can use. Sometimes actually speaking to a ‘real human’ can be massively intimidating so taking the first steps by the way of a webchat is a very positive thing.


Of course, should you feel that you’re in real danger of harming yourself (or others) you should reach out to your GP – as hard as it is you simply can’t leave things until the last minute. It just doesn’t and can’t work out that way.


CALM also offer support and help for someone who is concerned that a mate or loved one may be going through some hard times and there’s some really good learning that they can give you to allow you to help in a positive way. Clearly, saying to someone you’re worried about “why are you being such a miserable tool, you need to sort your life out and cheer up” is never going to help, but again even the best intentions can cause things to get worse rather than better – so seeking advice is a positive step that could just save your friends life.


In our world of oval racing we do, by default, shove our chests out and try to be ‘double hard’ all the time with a Liam Gallagher type swagger when bowling around the pits. It’s the nature of the beast and I get that, to some extent. But, our world has lost some people due to suicide in recent years from both sides of the fence and that is just appalling.


One thing I do know is that the oval racing family is one of the best out there, so please, if you’ve read this far have a good think about what I’ve written tonight. If you’re really struggling in life you really, really aren’t alone and there are good people who can help. Trust me, if you just want to ring someone up and cry, shout, scream and call everyone in the world a bitch for 30 minutes they’re cool with that. If you want to ask how you can get yourself off the floor they’ll help too. Again, if you see someone you care for sinking these people can hold your hand and make sure you do the very best you can.


Due to time constraints at the F1 World Final, there was only one Grand National held. The second was due to be ran under the ‘CALM’ banner through my sponsorship of the event. This Saturday the Skegness team have very kindly offered to run the Grand National in their name. I personally would like to thank Paul Brown and the Speak family for helping me make this happen.


The CALM team can be found at www.thecalmzone.net


Thanks for reading this folks, it means a lot to me.


Peace and love, always.


Ian Bennett




22 March 2018 - 09:59 PM

New bar

New toilets

New shop


If the Skeggy team keep on at this rate people will have nothing to moan about.


Actually forget that.


But hey, take a look at the work the Skeggy team have recently completed.


Something to be positive about, sorry to buck the trend.


Ian B


http://www.skegway.i...22nd March 2018

F1 Fight Night Tickets (Table)

22 February 2018 - 09:46 PM

Hello all.


F1 Fight Night this Saturday.


2 x Table Tickets for sale.


£45 each.


Dinner provided as part of the package.


Dress code applies.


Message me for more details.


Northern Beaks

29 December 2017 - 10:22 PM

Hello all,


I wrote a column for the now cancelled meeting at Stoke this weekend. I've chucked it here for anyone interested.




Ian B




‘Northern Beaks’


Hello Stock Car fans and welcome to this Boxing Day meeting at Belle Vue. Actually sorry it’s the day after Boxing day meeting. Well, that was of course until it became the New Year’s Eve meeting! Oh, and of course if you’re reading this you’ll know the venue has changed to Stoke as well! Despite having more changes than a 2018 spec F1 shale tyre, one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that this is, of course, the very last meeting of 2017!


Although it’s fair to say that the meeting today is ‘just for fun’ I’m sure there will be a reasonable number of drivers turning up to put on a show for you. It has always been the way that a ‘Christmas’ meeting has been put on for as long as I can remember – I think it’s done purely as everyone starts going a bit crazy after the whirlwind that is the festive season and of course it’s a nice stop gap before the season starts again next year.


Looking forward to 2018, I actually think that there’s a lot to look forward to and get excited about. Although it’s only one date (for now), the BriSCA F1’s make their return to Mildenhall on the 7th of April. I’ve long been a fan of this little track and I’m old enough to remember when the F1’s originally used to race there! I do feel that this meeting is a ‘toe in the water’ for (the new owners) Spedeworth and they should be commended for trying something different. Racing at this track has always been good – it’s a lovely place with quite possibly the best chip shop in the country, oh and they serve Stella in the bar. Of course, this doesn’t make for good racing but you will also find it’s a tidy place with plenty of places to view the racing.


I know for some of you ‘Northern based’ fans it’ll be a huge journey to make but trust me it’ll be one worth doing. Next year is going to be pivotal to the sports future and supporting meetings like this are important. Staying with the Spedeworth bunch, they have let slip one of the biggest shocks since we found out Steve (Gangsta) Rees once bought a round of drinks, that being they plan to turn Brafield (aka Northampton!) into a shale track for some meetings next year, one of which will be the European Championship in July. For those of you without an internet connection, there has been a lot of ‘bleating’ about the continued use of Brafield as the venue for that meeting and the lack of Dutch racing over the last few years has further fuelled the emotions from the internet experts.


There is no doubt that the meeting has suffered from the lack of Dutch – they bring with them a real party mood and also several hundred litres of beer! What perhaps isn’t that well known is that Brafield legally ‘has’ to run the European Championship every year so moving it to another venue simply isn’t an option. With a lack of Dutch competitors who race on tarmac and a recent upsurge on shale racing in the Netherlands it makes total sense for Deane Wood and his Spedeworth team to make this change. I’d imagine financially it’s a huge gamble and of course getting it put in won’t be easy. I feel that Deane is doing this to basically say – “right you lot, you said it was boring and you said it needs more Dutch so here you go, here’s some shale – let’s see how it turns out!”. If the Dutch support it and also the fans turn up en masse then I’m sure he’ll do it again, but it doesn’t prove a success who knows. Stock Car Racing is a business and if he can’t make money on this event who knows what will happen!


Before we all get chance to moan about dust and loud music at the Euro’s we are also getting another chance to head North of the border for the Scottish Championship weekend at Cowdenbeath and Lochgelly. Now for those that know me you’ll know that I don’t need much of an excuse to head up to the legendary ‘Racewall’ for some Stock Car action. In terms of atmosphere, there’s nowhere in the United Kingdom that beats that place and given it’s rough and tumble nature there’s few tracks that can offer the racing it provides as well. The Sunday meeting at Lochgelly is worth looking at as well – it’s a great stadium with some awesome facilities and can often throw up some surprise winners! It’s certainly not cheap getting up there, especially if you’re based in ‘the South’ like me – however with a bit of planning it can be made less painful (thanks EasyJet!) and if you have to miss a few meetings to raise the funds to go up then so be it!


Hit the fast forward button a bit and you’ll find yourself at the World Final in September which is being held at Skegness Stadium for the first time since Rob Speak took over control. For those of you who went there this year it’s obvious that work has already started in earnest to improve the facilities and make it ready to hold the big meeting. There will be a (temporary) grandstand along the home straight and hopefully a new bar facility to replace the old one that we saw getting expertly ‘smashed up’ on Facebook earlier this year! Also the old toilet block at the back of turn 1 has now also met the same fate as the old bar much to everybody’s (and the internet’s) relief. Word is that the remains have had to be buried 3 miles below the earth to stop them becoming a biohazard to the inhabitants of Lincolnshire!


On a serious note, it’s clear that the Skegness team are putting a lot of effort in to improve things – not just with regards to the facilities but also how they conduct and promote themselves. With so much apathy around the sport this year the team may well have wondered why they were bothering – but with well supported meetings and cracking races they must be quietly confident that 2018 will be very special indeed.


As many will know there’s a few changes coming to the 2018 rule book. It’s highly likely that rear axle width is going to be changed which will affect very few drivers – however one of them is our current World Champion Nigel Green. He has gone on record stating that if this does happen he’ll not race next year which is a real shame. You can totally understand his reasoning as to an extent it does appear like he’s being victimised for his success but on the flip side you must appreciate that the sport is worried about the direction it is heading. Personally, I’d like to see Nigel make his car(s) legal and come back and kick everyone’s AUTOMATICALLY DELETED WORD even harder than he did in 2017 – and for him to stick two fingers up at the rule makers. I’m not sure if this will happen but again, for us not to see the World Champion next year is a shame and it’s (more importantly) not good for the sport.


There is also a ruling that engines will be electronically limited to 7,500rpm next year. There’s a few reasons to why it’s felt this is a good thing – a reduction in engine braking at high revs and also making expensive, high revving engines no longer needed are a few. As I’m someone involved (to some extent) in this process I’m not going to rattle on about it… but like I stated at the BSCDA AGM it really, really does need to be carefully policed or we could damage the sport more than we can fix it!


For one reason or another we have been lacking some of the bigger star names in 2017, but hopefully next year we’ll see the return of Tom Harris, Mick Sworder and Dan Johnson. All of them are hugely, hugely talented drivers and getting them back into the mix will make 2018 a much nicer place to be. As already mentioned we may lose Nigel and there’s also a chance Craig Finnikin will sit out 2018 as well so we can’t get complacent, but I feel with the right level of passion, forward thinking and patience we can put the social media demons to bed next year and get back to what Stock Car Racing is, and should always be known for – and that’s entertainment!


I wish you all the very best for the coming New Year – and I hope that you enjoy yourselves this evening. Whether you’re drinking Stella, Newcastle Brown, John Smith’s or Earl Grey it doesn’t matter. We’re all Stock Car fans so let’s raise a glass and toast the season we’ve just had – and the season we’re going to have!


Ian Bennett