Newsletter June 2009 Dear Drivers,
After a hectic start to 2009, we pause to draw breath before the summer series of meetings gets under way. Due to the calendar, we have a five week break now until June 27th and 28th, which are much anticipated. We have had good driver support, and some very good crowds this year, which is due, we presume. To people spending their leisure cash at home rather than abroad, and realising just what good value for money our form of entertainment is.
Many of you will also know that we have spent heavily on new advertising channels in 2009, with a series of campaigns on Kiss 101 radio, and 50,000 leaflets being distributed through Take One outlets in various locations. The Raceway always responds to good crowds, and everyone loves racing when the sun is out and there are plenty of appreciative visitors on the banks.
With attendances of 44 and 40 cars at our two May meetings, and good support from the white and yellow tops, the stock car racing has been fast and entertaining on two good dry days. The first two Rookies Rounds have had two different winners, in fact two completely different podiums, which is the essence of this competition, and we are pleased that we now have only one unsponsored round left, if you know anyone who would like to step up. The next Round is sponsored by Northward Solutions, on Sunday 28th June. We know that there were some problems over the race line up at the last meeting, when an early yellow flag was followed very quickly by a red flag, but these were pretty unusual circumstances, and our new Steward was quick to admit that it could have been a wrong call, but safety is paramount, and with a wheel lying on the track, the race needed to be stopped as quickly as possible. Finally, it was the first time that we have held one of our major Banger events on the same day as the Stock Cars, although this happens regularly elsewhere, and it appears to have been a success, with the large crowd present appreciating both formulae, and our efficient staff making sure the track was clean as possible for your races. This will certainly continue, and we are staging our Banger Summer Open on June 28th, at the next stock car event. TOP TEN 886 Chris Bradbury 84677 Chris Roots 67642 Dave Luscombe 53152 Mick Sworder 53189 Paul Butcher 44315 Justin Fisher 40116 Ashley Rundle 37105 Ross Rowe 34530 Matthew Deeble 34779 Cameron Pugh 29
The Axminster Power Tools THUNDERBOLT IX was generally rated as one of the best yet, but was spoiled by the unfortunate events at the end of the Allcomers race. A badly misjudged attempt at a head on by Kelvin Cole (91) could have resulted in serious injury to race winner Scott Mowlam (396) whose automatic reaction was to attack Cole through the windscreen.
At the Board of Control that followed, Kelvin Cole was handed a twelve month ban, with eight months suspended, and by Management Committee decision, Scott Mowlam was handed the automatic ORCI twelve month ban for physical violence. Due to his previously unblemished record, and the provocation, ten month were suspended, and Scott may return to racing in July. In both cases, the suspended portion of the ban will remain in place until May 2010, and any further trouble will see the suspended portion imposed.
Apart from that, the meetings so far this year have been pretty special, with plenty of visitors, and some top action. It is really good to see how many young drivers are coming through, especially the second generation Cheddar Headers, the Hooliganz, the Webber brothers, and some old timers like Dave Carter really enjoying their racing. Dave Dalton will be back again this summer as well!
The next two meetings will be British Beef and the first £1000 Summer Open for 2litre ORCi bangers. If anyone has an old Ford that needs an engine, just give us a ring and we’ll talk through the options.
The Summer Open will run THUNDERBOLT style, with two heats, consolation and all in Final, dependent on driver numbers, and once again it carries sponsorship from Parker Hydraulics, who covered the English Championship in 2008. Drivers wishing to race in CARAVANDALISM in August may use a water tank FOR THAT RACE only, and tanks cannot be fitted for the Rookie Banger races on the day. RED TOPS BLUE TOPS58 Martin Dalton 106 136 Paddy Connelly 29404 Rob Mills 66 364 Darren Feltham 1944 Steve Griffin 65 162 Mike Cox 17198 Marcus Goldsmith 56 27 Paul Quinn 14517 Scott Weldon 56 441 Craig Griffin 13210 Paul Barnes 47 176 Ben King 1283 Andy Beaven 41 40 Pete Stanley(red) 10458 Kenny Dalton 36396 Scott Mowlam 32363 Sam Trim 32107 Dan Chiplen 22
Bangers World Qualifying
58 Martin Dalton 7644 Steve Griffin 59208 Jimmy Randall * 56517 Scott Weldon 47198 Marcus Goldsmith 46404 Rob Mills 46210 Paul Barnes 41458 Kenny Dalton 36239 Steven Carter* 27363 Sam Trim 24
* included for information only
Special RodsMore good racing in the Special Rods this month, with John Major (42) now just leading the points after some exceptional drives. If anyone looking for 13” second hand tyres, I should have some more available at the July meeting.
Here are the new grades-please make sure your roof is painted down to the waistline.
SUPERSTAR BLUE TOPS42 John Major 84 48 Steve Hodge 3147 Richard Howard 83 407 Nigel Gissing 29173 Alan Cambridge 69 45 Shaun Jennings 29RED TOPS 33 Shaun Norton 27 23 Ross Stuckey 61 19 Matthew Tegg 23198 Marcus Goldsmith 61 122 Joe Rowe 2310 Stephen Hine 51 8 Andrew Morgan 19144 Mark Thompson 50 136 Jason Horseman 1725 Robin Bath 50 993 Darren Foss 1441 Dene Howard 41 111 Jim Munden 1317 Lee Robins 38 43 Andy Howard 3683 Doug George 32930 Nick Simons 32 MiniRodsSadly we had to rescue another driver last meeting, but again we are pleased that Natasha Howe has suffered no further ill effects, and we hope she will be back soon, as did Jess Milverton, the meeting before. Our scrutineer and drivers rep will be checking on hjelmet fitting at the next meeting, as St John Ambulance think it may be that some helmets may be moving too much under impact and causing neck and back soft tissue damage. Meantime, that battle for the points is very close, and there has been some epic racing form the top drivers, and it is good to see younger drivers on their way up. The new grades are below-please paint your roof clearly in the grading colour, and down to the waistline of the car. RED TOPS BLUE TOPS 11 Tony Munden 94 91 Sam Bartlett 3660 Steve Sayer 93 56 Ryan Mulley 297 Aaron Charles 91 15 Shane Jennings 2823 Jack Stuckey 82 21 Emily Moulton 2822 Jordan Puddy 66 61 Alex Slogget 2543 Sam Howard 50 501 Sam May (silver) 2579 Mason Thomas 46 9 Jaz Skyrme 22796 Daniel Steeds 40 32 Dan Baker 20404 Macauley Mills 40 18 Jack Caulfield 15127 Louis Aldom 38 121 Kieran Gillard 14 Hot Rods Thanks to some hard work and generosity, the first Hot Rods Spring Classic produced a better field of cars and some great Hot Rod racing. Thanks to Andy and Loreen Harris, and Dora Tossell, and all of those who chipped in with some cash, Wilson Hamilton had enough to buy his diesel home! Seriously, it is going from strength to strength, and we hope it continues, as we have kept faith with the cars, and you, the drivers have responded. We look forward to the last two meetings, which, incredibly, are only a couple of months to go.
Anyone who has not visited the excellent mendipshotrods.co.uk should do so, and we applaud the efforts of those who contribute to and manage it. Hot Rods Top Ten26 Ross Loram 59718 Colin White 5888 Alan Shelper 56117 Dave Tossell 54205 Mike Norton 54904 Wilson Hamilton 5418 Larry Langmead 42775 Phil Parkhouse 24734 Ralph Sanders 17
24 Paul Bennet 16
Reliant Robins Numbers have been lower this year, but the crowd still enjoy the Robin racing, although it is more racing and less rolling! Having said that, no one is immune from the rollovers, as Mike Jones and Jon Coombes have come a pearler in the last couple of meetings. Well done to Barry Richards for winning the Mildenhall World Qualifier, and to all those who made the effort to take cars to the Millennium Stadium for Monster Jam. Top Ten
87 Barry Richards 8359 Mike Jones 6758 Martin Dalton 5878 Mark Bowskill 50658 Ken Burrows 433 Dan Tytheridge 3246 Jon Coombes 29250 Ryan Withers 24909 Dan Moss 21159 Katie Jones 19 Sales and wants MiniRod for sale - Terry Chapman 07775 738950
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