Newsletter 04 2009


With Autumn closing in, we have two meetings left for 2009. August Bank Holiday was very good for the raceway, with good crowds on both days, despite the threat of a foggy afternoon! We were really lucky on both events to be able to run full programmes, and we had good driver support and some great entertainment. The Caravandalism event once again served up the goods, and is probably the best one ever, due, as always, to the time and effort, and bravery of the drivers, and the way our marshals quickly dealt with some serious untangling to get the race underway after two huge pileups.!

Formula Two Stock Cars

Our final 2009 meeting includes the final of the Rookies Reward series, and you will have had a letter confirming your entry if you have qualified. There is another good prize fund and eight tyres to be won, so please come along if you can. The two safety changes will need to be in place for those of you local racers-the centralising of your aerofoil and the welding in of the 3mm steel plates in the sides of the footwells. If you need any advice, please give us a ring and we’ll talk you through it.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to stage the 2010 Brisca F2 Nationals event next year, and will be looking to attract a good sponsor for this Championship, for which the winner receives that beautiful silver stock car created by Jon Padgett. National Fixture planning for 2010 is well advanced, and this meeting will be an extra F2 event for us.

Despite his disappointment in the World Final, Chris Bradbury will retain the Points Championship at the Raceway, having put it safely out of reach on August 30th.

Top Ten

 886 Chris Bradbury 164
 152 Mick Sworder 97
 677 Chris Roots 86
 315 Justin Fisher 73
 676 Neil Hooper 69
 105 Ross Rowe    68
 877 Eddie Darby 63
 642 Dave Luscombe 62
 189 Paul Butcher 59
 812 Scott Williams 56
 530 Matthew Deeble 55


Two more meetings to go and the next one is an 1800cc World Qualifying Round, just to top up the points for Ipswich and the 2litre World at Hednesford. If you wish to race at either of these two meetings let me know as soon as possible. There have been places available in the Taunton and the Arena World Final this year, so if you want to go, just ask!

The next meeting is a chance for all you Rookie drivers to have a go in National Bangers and finish off your car before the winter! There is to be very little change in Banger rules for 2010, except for what was notified in the last Newsletter, and the major change allowing full injection cars into unlimited bangers will be worded up soon.

The later date of the West of England Championship –October 18th- will attract a better field of drivers, we hope, and will be the final 2010 meeting. We have decided that if the Banger Points Championship is won by a visiting driver, which does seem possible, we will award a trophy to that driver to acknowledge his achievement, but the Points Championship Trophy and prize will be given to the highest Mendips Raceway points scorer.

The two Rookie Banger meetings over the August Bank Holiday were a great success, with fields of 51 and 42 cars respectively, and culminated with a Points Championship win for Kenny Dalton(458). It was great to see all those Old Skool cars out, which would never be seen in National Bangers. We are working on our dates for 2010 at the moment, and we have been asked for more Rookie meetings, although it is difficult to see how we will be able to find room for any more.

Rookie Bangers Final 2009 table

 458 Kenny Dalton 86
 58 Martin Dalton  78
 133 Jody Jeanes 52
 15 Brett Sedgbeer 49
 49 Rob Bevan 44
 149 Lee Norman 33
 441 Craig Griffin  31
 282 Steve Hunt 29
 117 Ollie Starr 28
 677 Glen Nash 28


Two Mini Mums have been brave enough to suggest that we might have a Disco/Buffet evening for all MiniRod drivers, possibly at Farrington Gurney where the Driver Meeting is held. If you would be interested, please contact Mandy Mulley on 01179 140840, email Lin Milverton @, or make contact at the track.

Mini Mums and Dads are always welcome at the Dinner and Dance in February!

New grades will be in force for the final meeting of 2009, which is the West of England Championship meeting, as shown below.

 Red  Blue
 60 Steve Sayer   150 91 Sam Bartlett 52
 7 Aaron Charles 130 21 Emily Moulton 45
 23 Jack Stuckey 128 15  Shane Jennings  38
 11 Tony Munden  127 56 Ryan Mulley   34
 43 Sam Howard 82 61 Alex Sloggett  29
 404 Macauley Mills 71 9 Jaz Skyrme 25
 22 Jordan Puddy 66 16 Daniel Milverton 25
 501 Sam May  65 111 Natasha Howe 22
 127 Louis Aldom 57 342 Ben Elliot 21
 79 Mason Thomas 56   
 796 Daniel Steeds 56   

Special Rods

One more meting for 2009, and the Points Championship looks nicely poised for a close finish. At this time of the season it can get a little too serious, so we shall be watching extra carefully for any foul play between the top contenders. Thanks to Robin Bath and AREBEE SIGNS, the West of England Championship will have some extra nice trophies, so we hope everyone manages to get out to the last meeting.

There will be a proposal at the Drivers Meeting to open up the engine regulations be allowing any cylinder head and camshaft, so everyone needs to put some thought into whether this change is for the best. Some drivers have intimated that they think there may be some cheating going on, and this would be an easy way to stop it, although not necessarily the right way.

There are new grades for the last meeting, as detailed over the page.

 47 Richard Howard 119 33 Shaun Norton 34
 42 John Major  113 136 Jason Horseman 34
 23 Ross Stuckey 95 993 Darren Foss 34
 Red  83 Doug George 33
 198 Marcus Goldsmith 94 930 Nick Simons 32
 173 Alan Cambridge 81  19 Matthew Tegg 30
 25  Robin Bath 70 407 Nigel Gissing  29
 144 Mark Thompson 63 45 Shaun Jennings  29
 10 Stephen Hine 56 8  Andrew Morgan 29
 41 Dene Howard 48   
 43 Andy Howard  47   
 17 Lee Robins 46   
 48 Steve Hodge 38   

Hot Rods

Congratulations to Ross for retaining the Points Championship over a much improved season for the Hot Rods. Although it has been difficult for visiting drivers with the costs of fuel, we have had some excellent sessions, and look forward to some more in 2010. Wilson’s new car made the West of England look easy, but I’m sure there will be drivers updating their equipment over the close season to give him more of a challenge. It was great to see John Wood back at the raceway, although he wasn’t able to stay for long-he has been a good friend to Hot Rod racing at the Mendips, ands we hope to see him again next year. We will, of course, be discussing the 2010 season at the Drivers Meeting, of which we will be writing to you again after the September and October races.

Here is the Final Top Ten

 26 Ross Loram   88
 205 Mike Norton 85
 117 Dave Tossell  77
 88 Alan Shelper 77
 718 Colin White    68
 904 Wilson Hamilton 63
 775 Phil Parkhouse 48
 18 Larry Langmead 42
 734 Ralph Sanders 37
 35 Neil Mewdell 28

Reliant Robins

Another great finale to our Reliants’ 2009 season, with the Figure of Eight and the Destruction Derby, and congratulations go to Points Champion Barry Richards and DD winner Mark Bowskill. We are working hard to come up with some different events for the Robins, that will bring the fun back into the racing without the all out wrecking that happens at other tracks. We know that not everyone wants to have flat out racing, although this does have a place in the sport. Any suggestions will be welcome at the Drivers Meeting.

Here are the Final scores for 2009

 87 Barry Richards 127
 58 Martin Dalton 107
 59 Mike Jones     104
 78 Mark Bowskill 93
 46 Jon Coombs 71
 658 Ken Burrows 53
 250 Ryan Withers 51
 909 Dan Moss    43
 3 Dan Tytheridge  32
 159 Katie Jones    32
 39 Simon Faulkner 19
 48 Barry Dalton 18
 348 Shane Brereton 16
 24 John Brereton 12
 444 Mark Loader 12
 707 Jeremy Moss 10
 7 Jamie Charles 10
 21 Brad Worthington 3
 308 Andrew Harrison 3

The Last Bit

Cancer Research
We are delighted to be able to announce that Filo’s Crashmania made £2855  00 for Cancer Research UK, and that our running total to date is £10,857  78p. We’ll be looking to increase that total again in 2010. Well done again to everyone who has worked for the cause.

Driver of the Year 2009
 We have decided to change the way this is voted for in 2009, and as many of you will know, Nicci port has been going round asking each and every driver to vote for Driver of the Year, so that it is a drivers’ decision rather than a public decision. We felt that it was possible to swing the voting in the previous method, so this year we’ll see who comes out on top! All of our Staff will also have the chance to vote, as well, so if Nicci doesn’t find you over the next couple of meetings make sure that you find her and register your vote. Remember, it is a vote for a driver who is registered with Mendips Raceway only.

Photos - If you wish to buy photos from any of our meetings-check out the track shop, or select them from the website and email

Still buying Reliant axles and propshafts-£30 each    See Graham or phone 01963 220028.

Dvds available for all of our meetings-contact Chris Dalton 01454 319000 or

Dinner and Dance Tickets available now!  At the Office or 01963 220028

Jason Horseman has a 2door Sierra Shell for sale-£200 phone. 07826 436162.

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