Moodie banned as a result of Dawson misdeamenour...>>>

Monday, 23 February 2015

Steve Green Junior #154

It's a real shame that the latest blog post should be on such a sad, sad, occasion, but tonight, we mourn the passing of one of our flock.

Steve Green Junior has been taken so cruelly from us by cancer, at the age of just 34.

A third generation racer, following in the footsteps of grandfather Stan, and dad Steve, he was one of a illustrious club, winning his first ever race.

A tarmac racer of some repute, Steve was a regular in red grade and a regular race winner on the midlands tar tracks.

So cruelly taken from us at such a young age, the whole stock car community is in shock, and in collective mourning.

Race in Peace, Steve

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Show n Tell

So once again all of a petrolheaded persuasion headed to the National Exhibition Centre, in good old Brum for the annual stock car drivers get drunk in Travel Taverns convention. Oh, and whilst they were there, why not bring you new car down. There's a big village hall nearby, perhaps we could put it in there....

Yep, It's Autosport weekend again, an opportunity for those with new cars to show off their wares, and for the sport to publicised in the usual way. In a sea of orange catsuited ladies and exteremly shiny paint jobs, once again Brisca F2 was once again the centre of attention at the Oval Racing Experience.

Questions and Answers

Like many things, there were many questions to be answered.... would there be any shocks or surprises up the sleeve. Would their be any surprise announcements? Would stage host Steve Linfield break from the jacket and jeans combo?

Answers came thick and fast, firstly the new RCE superstox was unveiled for William Hardie (#72) however, the number and name from the otherside gave a clue as to whom might be racing it a couple of times. Bedecked with the #79, it was for one G Moodie Esq, to race Lochgelly for a couple of Saturday nights, as many thought would happen when the clash was announced with Cowdenbeath. Without any bluster or broo haha, it was announced, perhaps with some sensibility, as any such move could have been inflamatory has come I'm led to believe its going to be a few guest appearances and not a total switch or even a season of both.

Shut up and show me so pics

A new cage for the Macmillan (S1) world winning tar car, with some fresh paint and signs, and Zetec power, along with a brand new shale car for George, which was debuted in the Live Action Arena.

Some more stunning cars coming from the TMR workshops, a new one for Tim Bailey (817) in his trademark puce and more Martini colours for Carl Pilkington (728)

A brand new TLF car for James Rygor (783) bedecked in yellow and black, and now with added engagement ring, congrats to the Tiger and Tia!

Brett's Constable(91) and Townsend (710) also had cars there, as did shalers Martin Ford (19) Andrew Palmer

Potential Novice of the Year 2015, is Ministox convert Colin Thomson (726) who looks like he could following in the shoes of Liam Rennie as one to watch up in Scotland.

Live Action Arena....

I must admit, the Live Action Arena, promises bluster and razzmatazz  and yes to a general motorsport fan can be fun, but to us hardened stock car folk, it seems we've gradually been dwindled out of the show as the individual shows for a one size fits all approach, which logistically works.

This year it had the feel it was going to be different. Crofty off the telly was hosting and then talked about a Skoda and was quite funny in knocking about with Pettr Solberg. However, some disappointment came about as Dave Richardson (not the RCE grand fromage) did the same old knockabout gags, and introduced a plethora of cars. Terry Grant came on to spin around, and so did Solberg, however, he killed the clutch and cooked the brakes, and left the arena, limping and down on power. The record attempt was a fairly good idea, but come on, who in the audience wanted them to fail and see a trio of mangled Fiat 500s!

Drifting, its like dressage for horses. All for show. Well done, you can drive erratically, and squeal and whinny around. Autograss, I don't know why they are indoors. It's not grass, it's a bit like having speedway on tarmac! Also Rallycross... bit random!

The best suited? Once again the 2's showed the rest how to play - now if every race could be like that, christ what a formula we had. Now, I know it's Strictly Come Brisca, but hell it was exciting!
Cheerio to Brisca??


Once again, Steve Linfield proved that he is a compere with compare, probably the best since Jerry St Clair, mastering the ceremonies with his usual aplomb. All that was missing was a house band and for him to crank out a few standards.
Once again, the Impact dancers did that, although I'm pretty sure I speak for all staff at the stand, that they are probably sick of Megan Trainor!

Saturday saw the usual presentations and interviews. The F1 Stockcar had a "Frankie" of Wainmans to be interviewed. Come 2pm, it was 2's at 2! World Champion George Macmillan was piped on stage by Mr Starter Dean Alexander, for a fun interview with the champ, which included an obilgatory GeoMac Selfie!

Steve Gilbert was interviewed as novice of the year, bit like a startled bunny in the stage lights, something he had never expected, and the poor lad was obviously worried about making a tool of himself. Still the lad took it in his stride, and bodes well!
Sunday saw Gordon Moodie take to the stand, playing ever the politician and going through the motions with Steve Linfield. A lot of potentially awkward questions were there to trip Moodie up and it appeared that he wasn't very happy.One could of said the decision to race superstox and be used as a pawn in a Scottish turf war, considering the end of season he had, maybe 2 fingers to Brisca, or maybe a decision he might later regret...

The Stand...

Imperious and dominating the skyline of the Oval Racing Experience, once again Brisca F2 proved itself to be golden again. With the most cars present of any oval formula once again, the stand looked professional and slick. With Mr Brown's Girl bedecked in the Orange catsuits, led by Ashleigh Reid, the girls had one more recruit, as the result of a bet with Paul Brown, Sarah Bowden- nearly twice the age of some of the girls rolled back the years and glammed right up. And she looked fab, not a day over 45. Not bad for an "old" girl, you might say!

Fixture lists were handed out, with a glaring error, a pre world final Hednesford weekend in August, to get cars dialled in. Indeed this is one of 5 f2 meetings at the Staffordshire Enormodull
Still it wasn't as bad as the F1 promotional material which had June in July and July in June, in the word of Maurice, the PitBored mascot, ooops...


Not a lot of promotion for the F2 World Final, or indeed the F1 one, you'd think for it being the biggest opportunity to gain new followers and fans.Perhaps, collectively these events could be promoted better, but that would take a fair element of co-opera.... forget I said it!

One thing is apparent, that the caustic end to season 2014 has certainly paid its part. Bradbury, Aldridge gone. Moodie crossing the floor, and looking thoroughly unloved, it is a brave person that is currently glass half full. I personally think, with the Zetec, it is half full. A changing of the guard, time to move along if your not happy.

However, the reappearance of Red Jeff, the man who singlehandedly brought the sport of F2 to its knees because of his own pigheadedness, is behind another splinter F2 series, to run at the feral non "Orci" tracks like Swaffham. Driver involvement is probably at its highest for sometime, the Zetec project is that, and yes whilst some promoters continue to promote F2 poorly, there's no need for a poor F2 copy to be promoted. Coming together should be the way forward - otherwise it just bleeds of greed.

First show for me for Downforce, so a lot more interviews, I even have one of those cubey things to make me look properly professional. My remit was to get interviews of the movers and shakers and find a bit of a story behind the show for Ovaltalk, which in 2015 will be fortnightly.

Interviews with Frankie Wainman Jnr, George Macmillan Jnr, Paul Moss (mini), Jacklyn Ellis (pretty), Paul Brown (Scottish), Mark Sargent (luvyoubye), Steve Gilbert (young, no mutton chops) Racing Dolls's Ashleigh Reid, Niomie and Yazmin, and Mike Priddle (bleep) will be on Ovaltalk soon enough....or indeed the "Listen Up!" page

Not long now folks, start to breathe!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Where the Hell have you been!!

Well people, an apology....

I've neglected this little old blog recently, and there are many reasons we head into 2015, let me tell you why I've been a busy boy...


In March of this year, Incarace's commentator Dave Goddard approached me to provide audio clips for the monthly podcast Ovaltalk, which he created.... and that I did! Well, it was just easy, I'd just give Dave the links to the audio interviews I started doing in February mainly to bring something different to the blog. A monthly pre recorded podcast was the start of the year. Then, Downforce svengali, former Startrax commentator Jake Sanson, decided that this should be a live show! The first live show was the September one, and the response was phenomenal - so it became a regular thing currently monthly, with me often reporting from meetings and chairing debates and giving opinions, and the now infamous delve into live commentary, which there might be more of next season, sorry about that! But like most things, myself and Dave are delighted of how the listener figures have gone for Ovaltalk, it shocked ourselves and also the Downforce team! Let us know what you want from us next season and I will try my best to include it. However, my involvement didn't stop there....

Soon, I became fully induced into the ample Downforce bosoms, and with the awful events that happened following the Japanese Grand Prix, I was inducted into both the "Debrief" and "Pit Bored" teams to help on their shows. When I say help, it was usually arguing with someone about Fernando Alonso! If you haven't heard Ovaltalk, or a just like listening to racing debate, all their shows, including live broadcasts are available in a  podcast form from their website


So during the calendar's put together for this meant getting together and friendly with Emma Wright, Cornwall's Macmillan fundraising manager. During the past year, she said something major was coming and would require my skills as a blogger to assist her in publicizing a major announcement. That announcement was a new cancer support centre is due to be built in Truro, next door to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. £1 million needs to be raised to provide Cornwall with a support centre for cancer sufferers and their nearest and dearest. So after helping her with a few ideas for fundraising I said that I could put together a few podcasts and look towards helping in other events. This started in November, with me and the girlfriend going down to Newquay to do some bucket shaking at the biggest firework display in the coastal town. Following that, I went, mobile app in hand to the Macmillan Christmas Fair, at the Eden Project, and interviewed all sorts of stall holders, volunteers and the like. The end result was this podcast - part of an ongoing series. I've also committed myself to lots more additional challenges which I will tell you about soon!

Well, it is great innit. Recently after numerous failed relationships that racked up motorway miles, I found a girl, a mile up the road in Pensilva. Ironic isn't it! However as she lives in the "Home of Champions" she knows not of its greatest export one, WM Batten Esq. She even lived in the same estate as him. However, she is looking forward to being educated on the finer points of stock car racing, and she has already watched the 2013 World Final with director's commentary.No doubt she'll be hanging around me so say hello!


Well the site will be going down for its annual revamp and aswell as reporters I shall be after some content from all across the country. Being down in the westcountry means that my travel can be somewhat limited, so your help, more than ever, next season will be greatly appreciated. With greater multimedia commitments, I am to provide the best interviews and knowledge in the blog's fifth year!

Happy new year....


Monday, 20 October 2014

Raceweek 33 & 34 - Belated Roundup!

Another weekend of racing passes (and due to my Downforce commitments this week, apologies for my lateness) and another we are entering. One of the last titles of the year is up for grabs - The Ben Fund Trophy and some glittering silverware.



Your regular service of 3 race wins for Sir Gordon (7) was chewed up in the national as Robbie Dawson (854) took the national...


Over to the Potteries.  Martin Ford (19) and Chris Mitchell (219) took the heats and Kyle Taylor (136) took the consolation before Carl Issit (103) took another final on the loose stuff this year.

So with the sound of the Wurzels and the last taste of scrumpystox, as Bristol played host to its last 2014 offering. But it also played host to the Benevolent Fund Trophy. A decent turn out for Bristol of 36 cars saw visitors in the form of Moodie and Macmillan, and Wagner from way up north!

After Lee Morgan (745) took the Rookie's Reward, it was on to the meeting proper. First up was the title race- open to the stars, but alas not a brillant turn out of the stellar folks....

So after Treasurer, Sharon Blood, gave them their starters orders, they were underway, albeit breifly, as Paul Moss (979) and a few others spun halfway down the start bringing out the reds. Come the restart, Sy Harraway (83) sped into the lead. He was pursued by world champ George Macmillan (S1), Gordon Moodie (7), Chris Bradbury (886) and Neil Hooper (676). Having caught and dispensed with Harraway, a stellar battle between the big guns took place. Bumpers flying in and a decent scrap developed with hits trading every corner, proper stock car racing!

After Moodie went in hard on Bradbury, he returned the favour and ended up spinning himself, taking no 1 and 2 in the points, a lap down and in the middle respectively. Come the restart, it was Macmillan that led away from Hooper and the pair continued to track each other, however it was those two that battled to the flag, with the newly crowned World Champion adding the magnificent Rosebowl to the title - a title his father won back to back in 1989 and 1990. Hooper took a good second from a great drive, albeit someway back, from Jamie Avery (126) in 3rd.

The second heat was a less lively affair, and it was also a little light in numbers - so a Top 8 was placed with Danny Withers (437) taking the win.

The consolation became the Bradbury show, a rarity indeed for Bradbury and for Bristol nowadays, saw him take a faultless win at a canter.

Morgan and Withers led the charge in the final until clash in the mid grid mid race saw Harraway facing the oncoming traffic. It was always going to be a matter of time before someone hit the car, and that they did. Gary Sillifant (627) being the unlucky driver. With the yellow flags, brought the same stellar battle now with added Justin Fisher (315). Bradders passed Moodie clean, and Moodie then rode into the wall with Bradbury, not once but twice, and those who know the usually smooth and fair driver, is not one to be messed with. Like Bruce Banner, you wouldn't like him when he's angry, just ask Mike James! The hits previously given by Moodie were only going to end in one outcome, as Bradbury latched on the #7 car and fired him straight in, sadly in the way of innocent bystander Justin Fisher (315). With Fisher needing medical attention, and the hoo-hah that followed with disqualification for 886, and a cause of the stoppage for Moodie. However, after the necessary admonishments it was back to the race. Gaining full advantage of the spat was Neil Hooper (676) who got the better of Macmillan this time, but not without a fight, but surprisingly a first final win for Hooper this season.
Back in the pits, the Justin Fisher car was in a poor state of repair, and Justin admitted he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Had he not been involved I doubt the incident would have warranted sanctions on either driver.

So with both star attractions on the trailer, the GN was a subdued affair, it was a second win for Danny Withers (437) who sped away in to the distance.



With Gordon Moodie (7) on one of his missionaries to the east (see below) the mice did play at Cowdenbeath.After Gregor Turner (391) took the WY Championship, there were heat wins for Chris Burgoyne (647) and Robbie Dawson (854). Dawson then took another final and Craig Wallace rounded out the Moodie free night with a win in the National.


Over at the East Coast, a mini Scottish invasion was the key as both Moodie and MacMillan brought an extra shine to the grid. However it was Mike Green (115) who took Heat 1, with Moodie and GeoMac taking 1-2's in heat 2 and the final. MacMillan then took the gold roof to victory lane yet again taking the GN.


So the final trip through the Valley of Windmills, to a spot of Cornish racing at the United Downs Raceway. A 2 out of 3 format was deployed with heat 1 doubling up as the Cornish Whites and Yellows Championship, which to add to the Devonian version, it was won by Tom Clark (575) to make it a double. Come the heats it was the returning Liam Rowe (605) who had spent the previous couple of months doing up a house and getting closer to the Jho family (he's dating my cousin!), taking the 2nd heat and rapid blue top Sy Harraway (83) holding off Rowe in the 3rd heat. Come the final it was the most prestigous of domestic trophies up for grabs, The Old Motorcycle Trophy, bought for £100 back in the mid 50's, and presented to Autospeed back in the 1970's. A veritable who's who of racing, it's been raced for from St Austell, Newton Abbot, Taunton, Ringwood, St Columb and St Day.

With £25 a lap on offer, the whites set about themselves, however it was Ben Hissit (776) in a debut visit to Cornwall, who led the first 7 laps in the Neil Langworthy (740) car. After,  an early mid Cornwall charge from Jay Tonkin (290) and Dale "Moves like Jagger" Moon (302), Jamie Avery (126) broke from the blues and looked to possibly take his second final at St Day this season. With Hooper behind and looking to possibly threaten come the end, the lap boards came out the Avery car appeared to slow going into the Turnstile bend, which allowed Hoops to swoop and taking the trophy for the 3rd time in 3 years. Former winner, Mike Nancekivell was on hand to present the trophy, although at his 6ft plus frame, he towered over everyone. So 2 finals in 2 weeks for Hooper, 3 in a row?

James Rygor (783) sealed the track championship for the 2nd season in a row with a win.

Nic Eastwood reports

12 cars were on the grid for the Buxton Whites & Yellows on 12th October, 359 Gary Wrench got off to a good start and bumpers were going in throughout the field from all competitors, by lap 7 they had spread out a bit with 359 still in a good lead with 578 Mark Gibbs closing up, a misfire was heard from the 359 car and this may have started to hamper his progress, lap 11 and it was 359, 578 and 604 Jamie Conway, by lap 13 578 had took the lead from 359 and 604 in 3rd, 

604 challenged for the second place and at the chequered it was 578, 604 and 359, a good race throughout with 578 Mark Gibbs enjoying the win at his local track, thanks go to Yokohama for providing tyres as prizes and BS Electrical for contributing 
to the prize fund.

15 cars were in attendance for the meeting proper which then went into a normal.Two Heats and Final format, Heat 1 was won by a very quick 604 Jamie Conway, Heat 2 was won by popular local 101 Kelvyn Whalley. The meeting Final was won by blue top Buxton regular 581 Dan Fallows, 
second place was 101 and 913 Pete Bartram third, also awarded after the Final was the Stuart Swales White Top Award which was won by 132 Dan Birkin, the Grand National was contested by 13 cars and was won by 101, 618 Ben Lockwood did his last few yards onto the turn 3 fence on his two left wheels, This event rounds off an excellent season of BriSCA F2 racing at Buxton Raceway,not present today but winner of the track championship is 968 Mickey Brennan, many thanks to all the drivers that have raced with us this season we hope you will be back in 2015.


14 cars took to the track at Barford, at a track which has been haemorraging drivers this season. After the "Race of Real Champions" which was won by Paul Prest (49) who also took the 1st heat. Heat 2 was won by Gordon Moodie (7), and the Scotsman took the final at a canter from Prest and the Zetec powered Liam Rennie (3). Rennie was to make history as the Zetec took its first win


Over to Madchester for a spot of mad fer it stock car action on a late Sunday afternoon. With many drivers in attendance and the added bonus of a Shoot Our round for the tractors it was time to put on a good show. Heat 1 went the way of Luke Branston (741) who avoided everyone elses pickles to take the chequered (see what I did there). Tony Blackburn (225) took heat 2, before Rob Mitchell (905) took heat 3 and then supersized his win with a final win. Kyle Taylor (136) won the GN.


A cracking show of comradery as Phil Mann (53), Justin Fisher (315), Paul Moss (979) et al, when the cars were crashed, everyone helped. Just makes you proud to be in this close knit community.

Again, a poor call by the Bristol steward saw Sy Harraway (83) pointing the wrong way at the fastest point of the track. In a meeting which was to the benefit the charity that supports the drivers when injured, maybe a more enthused performance could have avoided unnecessary damage and potential for injury. After the last meeting saw 2 drivers carted of in the ambulance, something needs to be done. Whether it is retraining, additional stewards (whole track visibility is a problem) something needs to be done
I don't like being critical of stewards, but again sometimes it needs to happen up and down the country, but a lack of clinical consistency is ruining the sport.
Like a football referee, they can't have their eyes everywhere, but its down to the other officials to be their eyes and to be on the radio. Like every football phone in I've ever heard, what the drivers, fans and officials want is consistency. Again the follow in...!
Another 3/4 drivers with battered to the point of being wrecked cars or with bad backs the following day. EVERY effort must be made by the officials to make sure that driver safety is paramount, and that the very clear difference that machinery is more than a scrapyard banger and a cider rod.
Also , and this is not anti Moodie, just pro rules, if a driver has suspension hanging over him, and a misdemeanor occurs, i.e is loaded up, what triggers off the suspension? Much more clarity required from the current foggy conditions that prevail diciplinary matters 

Congratulations to Superstox's Steve Jackson (376) who took his third Spudworth World Title at Wimbledon on Sunday night. A great race, a rarity in the supers according to experts who were there. However, the crowd was a little disappointing, and the mighty Plough Lane, Wimbledon, is just waiting for the inevitable redevelopment which is very much on the cards. Now, if only the Supers and F2 could come together....

Stay tuned for a points of order state of the nation address coming very will be lively.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Raceweek 32 - Outside the Headmaster's Office

So a spot of the four corners covers as we went north, south, east and west for more post World goings on....


Another Mildenhall meeting for the shale boys and another cracking set of races. In the in house whites and yellows final, Andy Gibbs (431) took the win. Andrew Palmer (606) reminded everyone in heat 2 that he is still one of the men on shale. Steve North (372) took the consolation - he is getting a bit of habit of winning those. However it was purple top Ollie "Jaguar" Skeels (124) who took top honours in the final, from veteran Carl Issit (103) and Ben Kerry (842). Martin Ford (19) continued his rich form in the GN.

A restricted entry and a much shortened format, saw 3 races for the Brisca F2's at King's Lynn. Following on from the night before Palmer took the "heat", leaving old Granville himself Sam Wagner (823) open all hours to the victory. Daz Shaw (377) fresh from his Cowdie world ride free ride took the GN at 18:20pm. Almost in the gloaming darkness - 4 hours from heat to finish. Far too long!


A rare visit for his Gordyness south of the border to the hills of Buxton was a welcome addition to the Rebels' Worldwide Rebellion meeting - or World Final as us non hoppy weirdos with delusions of grandeur call it. After a heat wins for Daniel Fallows (581) and Kelvyn Whalley (101), it was Moodie who took full advantage of an angry clash of regular final winners at Hi Edge, Whalley and Richard Bowyer (761) which included some ramming that even Mr M might have applauded. However, looks likely that they will be both be up before the beak at some point. Moodie took the win, and the GN was won by Daniel Fallows


So another good turnout at Taunton, and everyone was talking about the gold. For Steve Gilbert (542) it was in a spare borrowed engine after his went bang spectacularly. With the standard nearly 40 cars in the pits (other promotions take note- this will be the highest average for tarmac this season), and the conclusion with the whites and yellows championship run as heat 1. Courtney Finnikin (55) came down to play again and sped away into an early lead, however an early caution saw Tom Clark (575) take the lead and wasn't challenged much after that. With most of the Whites and Yellows in the first heat, the second heat was much more lively, with a field of Bradbury, Hooper and Rygor, it was always going to be lively. Sy Harraway (83) led the race until Hooper dispensed with Rygor in the pit bend after a good 3 way star tussle The 783 car was out of the racing line, however flames started to appear from the air filter, which brought out the yellows. Bradbury then swooped for the lead, taking Hooper with him. Rygor made a mends with victory in the Consolation - his first as a former world champion.

All eyes were on the final for the Dave Wilson Memorial Trophy and Steve Rich Memorial Trophy. After Julian Coombes (828) took an early lead, Jamie Beere (954) swooped in behind as an early yellow was brought out for Smokey Issacs (937) who was broadside down the back straight. After another yellow for Sy Harraway (83), the stars were beginning to swoop. Bradbury inheirited the lead from Beere, and Rygor hen moved into second. However, there was the mother of all scraps for 3rd, with up to 6 drivers getting in the mix, all in good jest. Nathan Maidment (935) produced a best finish at Taunton for some time, celebrating with some donuts. Some truly awesome stuff.

The GN was to raise the bar, and in some cases, cross the line, however, with an absolute packed grid, the GN was never going to be a quiet race. It became a shoot out for the St John's Ambulance Shield between Danny Withers (437) and Courtney Finnikin (55). Withers took the lead, but behind him, cars spun and clashed dramatically, with some feuds reignited
An angry clash between Nathan Maidment (935) and Matt Stoneman (127) saw Stoneman remonstrate with the TART, in the form of part angry hootenanny dance and imaginary fire fighter under the caution. This caution allowed Bradbury to be on the same lap - he was 4th on the road, such was the brutal nature of the race, however with many backmarkers and incidents to negotiate, it was little surprise that the 886 car took a maximum - a second of the season for him.

So a maximum for Bradbury and another on one of his favourite haunts

Blowjobs. It's season game over for the aforementioned Clark, who's engine let go spectacularly, and is another driver waiting to see if the rules can be thrashed out ready to go...

The old chestnut of restricted entries reared its head again. King's Lynn not only restricted the entries to a third of the cars that would have raced there unrestricted. Not only that, the white and yellows championship that was scheduled for this meeting also has been shelved for the Christmas meeting!!! A promoter should know how many cars his track attracts - Kings Lynn is consistently one of the best for attendance and driver satisfaction, so over subscribing the support formula isn't going to stand them in good stead. Having only 3 races made it a bit of wasted journey for some. Again, perhaps next year, drop it?

Finally - another £400 quid or so in the kitty for the calendar, bringing the total up to around £2500! Awesomeness peeps - will also be on sale this Sunday at Bristol at the Ben Fund meeting which is looking like a cracker....

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Raceweek 31.... back to Normality

So after the Cowdie broo haha, for man it was time to get back to normal. Howevere, there was the small matter of the F1 WF Weekend, which the F2 play a supporting role, and the return to something normality up in the country of Scotland, which is part of the United Kingdom, for the time being.


So along with the clogwearing fraternity of tractor drivers, the F2's were invited to play on the hallowed shale of Brandon. Lee Clement (158) took the first heat, and on his return to a more familar car and surface, fresh from his World Final debut Kyle Taylor (136) took the 2nd heat. Consolation king Simon Farrington (259) won that, and it was Lee Cooke (295) who took a career first final from Sjend van Smidt (H218) and the Tuther Mitchell (219). Chris Bradbury (886) rounded out the night with a GN win.


So with half the crowd, and minus the new World Champ the post indy ref Scotland was not greeted with a brave new world, as Gordon dominated taking both heats and final.  He even got back to second in the GN, however Liam Rennie (3) put the brakes on the Moodie max.


Crimond for the final time this season and after a win each for the Kelly Bros Graham and Stuart, it was Jason MacDonald (387) who took another Crimond final, rounding out a successful season in the northern outpost. Graham Kelly took the GN, but it was Robbie Dawson (854) who took the track championship, fresh from being diddled numerous times last weekend.


So again, another opportunity to play 2nd fiddle to the Ones, this time at the traditional after party at Northampton. After a win for Pete Bartram (913) and Luke Wrench (560), and the gorgeously turned out car of AJ Thompson (717) took the consolation. Final time and a quite busy track saw Wrench hit the front and wasn't challenged. A return to red for Wrench, not without time! The meeting was rounded off by Mike Green (115) taking the GN.


Congratulations to former F2 driver Craig Finnikin (ex955) in the F1 World Final. Another golden dynasty has been born to go with the Wainmans and Smiths, following in Bert's footsteps.


Monday, 22 September 2014

F2WF14 Epilogue - By George I Think He's Done It!

Well, what a weekend that was. Sorry for the delay on this report, but man alive, what a weekend, what an atmosphere, what a show! It'll take me a full year to recover, and I'll tell you this, Scotland, I'll be back sooner than 4 years time!

So, with the backdrop with all eyes on Scotland, with referenda, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cups all eyes are Scotland. And the F2 world was no exception, as the world and his wife, descended into the Kingdom of Fife, at to the mecca of Scottish stock car racing - the Racewall

I arrived, with the calendar entourage at around 11:30am on Friday morning to be greeted by the old stadium looking spin and span, with some finishing touches being added. The Grandstand looked imperious and the temporary grandstand gave you an awesome view.

Someone described it as Scotland's Colosseum - they wouldn't be too wrong


With it being 12 years in the making and having the Saloon World as a "test" event last year, Cowdenbeath put on a magnificent show. Prior to the meeting itself, using online ticket sales, and utilising social and print media to its fullest, GMP were determined to make the show look good. With a grandstand funded by the local council and tourism board (a truly great resource used to its fullest potential) it certainly proves that the resources are there to be used, and if your willing to submit the necessary time and effort, additional rewards can be gained.

Now, last year I did mention the on track meet the drivers show which I last witnessed back in 1989 would be a nice touch. And that it was. Giving the fans unbridled access to their cars and the drivers, and giving the kiddies a nice poster of all the world finalists, for them to sign. It made every driver from Moodie, Speak and Bradbury et al feel like a superstar, even the shale drivers getting their first taste of a world final. And of course there was Abi and Sammy, complete in racer girl outfits getting autographed on their bodies with sharpies wasn't the best idea!

With the pre race build up at fever pitch, the big race was race 9, one of the latest I have seen in the programme for a long long while (I'd have it even later if I was in charge - see points of order), people were clamouring and chomping at the bit to get it on. The drivers had been told to get ready in grid order - with Helen Kaleta and Crispen Rosevear sorting the cars into order so that they came on track at the right time. Then the lights went out. Intentionally. As a single spotlight, was shown on the pit gate and the competitors came out, through dry ice. Pure theatre, with everyone applauded. Then Speak, then Moodie. Pure pantomime. With everyone on track and assembled, it was go time. Richard Kaleta, the "host" of the show, mentioned those immortal words, and the floodlights came on. Dramatic stuff, and the cars set off on 2 rolling laps, led by VW Golfs!

As they got away for the first time, it was Chris Bradbury who led to the flag, however the reds came out almost instantaneously as Jan Bekkers (B96) Daz Shaw (377), Kyle Taylor (136) and Martin Ford (19) found themselves a part of autoscuplture on the pit bend. With about 8 cars failing to make the restart, the main beneficiary was Gordon Moodie (7) who jumped up the grid only a row, but nearer to the pack.

Come the restart, Josh Coleman (615) led them away this time, persued by Goldin, Bradbury and Speak. Moodie rapidly shot up behind the Speak car. Speak had already gone sideways into the wall at the restart, but Moodie was swiftly on his back bumper, and dispensed with him into the town bend. However Moodie rode in with Speak, and Speak using tactics straight out of the "Wacky Racers" stomped on the brakes, stopping the 7 car in its progress.

The race then settled down. Bradbury, Goldin and Macmillan and Dawson leading the pack. Goldin went into the lead and started to pull a gap on the cars in front. Meanwhile further back, Moodie was cutting through the traffic and setting about getting back on terms. Macmillan then past Bradbury for 2nd as behind, charging westcountrymen Steve Gilbert (542) and Nathan Maidment (935) were carving through the field holding their own. As halfway flag came out, Goldin led from Macmillan by about a 1/4 of a lap. Goldin was finding it hard to dispense with the traffic, and the 100 car inched towards the 401 machine. Then, bang! Cornishman Gilbert's expired on the pit bend and that was game over for him. The following lap though, Goldin went in, slid in and found himself in a large accident which took most of the remaining field out. Goldin was out of the race, and also out for the count, as some concern surrounded the former World Champion. Goldin can consider himself to be very unlucky, a second title was there for the taking, but that, as they say, is stock car racing, and it why we love the sport.

So for the second year in a row, George Macmillan, restarted the race in the lead. Behind him, some confusion as first Robbie Dawson (854) had overtook Bradbury, only to demoted not only to 3rd but to 4th. Then the backmarkers came in to give some breathing space, as Moodie now was in 3rd, and looking very, very dangerous. As the pace car pulled off, the grid slowed to a crawl, leaving Macmillan, backmarker Dougie Kinrade (IOM164) and Bradbury. The Scot got a perfect restart, and pulled a good 3 cars clear. Meanwhile, as the boards came out Moodie had swooped on the 886 car and moved him wide. With 3 laps to go, the unthinkable couldn't happen this year surely. Greeting the one lap board this time, George had a clear track ahead, and a clear track behind, Moodie a good 3 car lengths away. The Racewall Roar greeted the chequered flag and I don't think there has been a more popular winner in recent times, as the S100 car crossed the line.


Video courtesy of David Allan

In the immediate joy all round, cheers all round. A Scottish one-two and champ we could all cheer. As the S100 car pulled into victory lane, his entourage and wellwishers spilled onto the track to celebrate the champ, as everyone congratulated the new champ, total disbelief was the order of the day as Geomac climbed on top of his car to wave to his fans, complete with orange Mac100 t shirt on. All the great and good, As he had many laps on honour on the Burgoyne break down wagon, the guard of honour for the new champ in the pits and applause and adulation was cranked up another notch. The sheer disbelief was mixed with pure joy, all around, from Scully, to sisters Lyn and Liz and the celebrations carried on well into the night.

For me, it is a great win. One of stock cars nice guys, George and his family has been dealt some awful luck over the past couple of years. Disillusionment at the start of 2012 saw George temporarily join the throng of Spedeworth, however the light was seen and he was back on the grid for the consi semi final at Barford which he duly won, only a few weeks after losing his father. To then cross the line 3rd in the big race only to have taken away on an infringment. This was also after losing the British with engine troubles that year. Then in 2013, he led right up to the last corner at Bristol in the semi finals, after passing Speaky, only to trip over James Rygor (783). Then we all know what happened in the World Final last year. He was quickly becoming a parody, a bit like Unlucky Alf on the Fast Show, so for all that bad luck, good luck was bound to follow. A dream ending to a bloke who truly deserves the world title - only one question George, Korev or Rattler????

Friday night saw Sam Wagner (823) take the consolation semi, which saw many of the fancied runners fall by the wayside, including Burgoyne. Marc Fortune (64) took the heat, with Craig Wallace (16) taking the Consolation, and then Liam Rennie (3) taking the final. On Saturday night, Wallace and Chris Burgoyne (647) took the heats, the consolation went the way of Stephen Forster (652). Bobby Griffin (866) taking the Alan Benson Trophy, in only the 2nd of 2 English winners over the weekend. The Sunday session saw Wallace and Rennie take the heats, a rare win for Garry Sime (480) in the consi, before Rennie took the final and Gordon, the GN. It was Cowdie after all!


The only criticisms I've got are minor points. The starts are horrendous up here. They might as well be a closed grid. Whilst the pace car keeps the pace, everyone does not keep the gaps. There were some races where reds were in the middle of the blues - and not just your run of the mill red, superstars!!! Lets see a few pringles please Cowdie!
Both evening meetings fell foul of the curfew. With championship races they can take a small age to run, so perhaps, if next year's meeting is under curfew, (and if it is to be Hednesford then they have a curfew on the Sunday aswell!), have a few appetisers, and leave us with the main course. No dessert required, cos lets face it, after the world everything is an anticlimax.
If I didn't have calendars to sell, I doubt I would have gone on Sunday. It just felt a little flat, and perhaps another championship, maybe for the saloons, would have been better to keep the interest there. The World Revenge wasn't mentioned once, and it didn't seem to have the same prize fund as the previous year, which is a shame really, which, despite the awful weather that befell last year, worked!
I'm also not a fan of the Heritage. These big old jalopies should not be on big meetings. Plus I'd like to see the next generation- the custom builts, the 1300 era. These original heritage cars should be preserved and not raced!
Scottish Food.... I love it. I think it's the first time I've had the options of noodles from a Burger van since an ill advised festival choice back in the day, but after 2 scotch pies - yum, a Scottish breakfast - tatty scones and lorne sausage, all washed down with Irn-Bru and Red Cola.... the stuff that is smuggled to Skegness every year for that well known Scottish asylum seeker, Paul Brown! Sadly, I didn't have the stomach for the stomach of a haggis, and didn't go to a chippy - which I should have done - the chips up here are something else!

It would be remiss of me to not to put through a few thank yous with regard to the stall. Firstly, to the Racewall staff for assisting us with the set up.From the owners, the Brewsters, and Dave Borthwick, to the guy that changes and empties the bins, we were made to feel most welcome. A fantastic effort. Yes, it took a while to set up on the Friday night, but we got a stall up and running, run by myself, Dave Trickey, calendar girls Abi Coombes and Madame Starter Sammy Brenton(who was on flag duties as well at Cowdie), James Brenton, saloon driver and chip abuser Ben Goddard, Racewall Racing Doll, Ashleigh Reid and her fella Niall, and her girls Shawnni and Jodie, and also to Jacklyn Ellis and Liam Bentham - that boy can sell sell sell! Neil Hooper and Dave Polley for borrowing tables and Team MiniMossy for transporting the gazebo. And to those who bought the calendar or gave donations - THANK YOU! Initial counts put the figure around £2000 which truly is fantastic!

So Macmillan was a winner all round!