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26th December
Mitch Souter claims the Junior Rod points title at Wimbledon.

21st December
Jamie Lee Callis continues his good run of form to take the Rookie Rod London Championship ahead of Charlie Hodge and Lee Ribbans.

14th December
  • Andy Sturt collects the Stock Rod Best in Britain title ahead of Dean O'Dell and John Smith
  • Top non-English driver was Ronnie McMillan in 7th
  • Heats were won by Sturt and O'Dell

    14th December
  • Andy Sturt collects the Stock Rod Best in Britain title ahead of Dean O'Dell and John Smith
  • Top non-English driver was Ronnie McMillan in 7th
  • Heats were won by Sturt and O'Dell

    30th November
  • Sean O'Leary wins the 2L Hot Rod Hoosier Tire Series Grand Final after securing the points title before the meeting
  • George Turiccki wins the other heats
  • Ed Kennett wins the Rookie Rods Supreme Championship.
  • Heats are won by Paul Freeman and Jamie Lee Callis

    26th November
  • Classic Hot Rods to race at 2015 Spedeweekend during the last weekend of June
  • Racing on the Saturday only

    16th November
    Best in Britain
  • 2L heats won by Adam Hylands and Mark Paffey. Final won by pole sitter Chris Crane
  • Lightning Rods heats won by Jason Busby and Ben Murray.
  • Leaders Ben Furness and Jason Busby. Busby carried with black cross awarded and takes chequers however a last bend crash wipes out rest of the field
  • Only 5 classified finishers: Ben Murray winning ahead of Andy King

    11th October
    2L Hot Rods - Tullyroan - Irish Championship
  • Joel Richardson takes title
  • Early leader Adam Hylands loses this with backmarkers

    10th October
    National Hot Rods - Aghadowey - NI WQ Round 7
  • Jaimie McCurdy takes his second hat-trick in a row

    4th October
    Lightning Rods - Tullyroan - Irish Championship
  • Scott Cochrane wins ahead of Feargal McNally and Vince Litter
  • Res: 970, 988, 992, 902, 916, 910, 937, 963, 919, 933

    Stock Rods - Tullyroan - Irish Championship
  • Jonny Cardwell takes the title from pole position
  • Res: 47, 25, 3, 65, 55, 97, 972, 842

    Birmingham
  • 305 hatrick in National Hot Rods
  • 192 wins Classic Hot Rod heats and 198 final

    28th September
    Expected to return to Spedeworth after 20 years since his last meeting with them and closer to 30 since being a regular is Roy Cook for this Sunday's 2L Hot Rods

    27th September
    Lightning Rods - Tipperary - European Championship
  • Ben Murray wins title from Nigel Jackson and Jordan Rochford

    National Hot Rods - Tipperary
  • John Christie wins Davy Evans Memorial
  • Shane Murphy wins European Challenge Cup ahead of David Casey and Christie
  • Ben McKee debuts in class

    21st September
    National Hot Rods - Mendips - WQ Round 3
  • Ralph Sanders wins heat and final
  • Other heats won by Dan Holden and Carl Waller-Barrett
  • Colin White loaded-up for aggressive behaviour mid-meeting

    ORCi Stock Rods - Barford - English Championship
  • Neil Truran wins both heats and the title in a small field
  • Other podium finishers in the final are Ricky Walker and Wayne Shackleford
  • Res: 306, 106, 148, 40, 9, 189, 95, 897, NOF

    20th September
    National Hot Rods - Tullyroan - WQ Round 5
  • Gary Woolsey takes heat and final double
  • Mark Heatrick first over line but docked for contact in final, also wins second heat
  • Andrew Murray disqualified in final
  • Brendan McConnell makes his debut in class

    Stock Rods - Cowdenbeath - Scottish Championship
  • Willie Hardie takes the final at the Racewall
  • Res: 72, 232, 83, 272, 109, 644, 194, 197, 900, 854

    13th September
    2L Hot Rods - Ipswich - English Championship
  • 27 cars booked in currently, including the debut of Martin Heath in the ex-Bourne Saxo and return of Damon Wellman after several months away
  • One new tyre only per driver
  • Paul Wrights wins title ahead of Mark Paffey and Dan Smith, more to follow

    Classic Hot Rods - Birmingham
  • Ken Marriot wins both heats
  • Stuart Wright takes the final for a Anglia whitewash
  • Tim Foxlow breaks his thumb when he tangled with Jamie Bowring

    7th September
    Stock Rods - Arena Essex - Supreme Championship
  • Jamie Collins wins the title after qualifying on pole position

    Buxton - Open Rods (Formally RookiRods) - Good Roof
  • Stu Bromley wins ahead of Paul Lockett and Carl Boote

    6th and 7th September
    Aghadowey + Tullyroan Weekend
  • National Hot Rods British Championship Res: 9, 996, 962, 76, 117, 115, 20, 970, 994, 209
  • Leslie Dallas Memorial Trophy: 9, 305, 997, 209, 996, 964, 970, 962, 20, 935
  • Stock Rods European Championship Res: 65, 25, 551, 944, 647, 972, 171, 658, 3, 34
  • Tullyroan Challenge Cup: 47, 171, 23 3, 842, 272, 944, 803, 92, 77
  • 2L Hot Rods Irish Open Res: 923, 950, 976, 54, 342, 67, 993, 924, 935, 914
  • Tullyroan Challenge Cup: 54, 976, 923, 67, 924, 914, 935, 979, 993, 71
  • Lightning Rods North West Supercup: 977, 902, 962, 974, 937, 988

    3rd September
    2L Hot Rods - Eastbourne - Southern Championship
  • Dan Smith returned to form to take the title
  • Res: 565, 310, 118, 39, 303, 60, 48, 75, 11, 58
  • Chris Crane and Luke Stonehouse wins heats, Smith qualifies on pole with Sean O'Leary alongside

    1st September
    2L Hot Rods - Spedeworth Points
  • Gavin Botfield heads the chart for the first time ahead of Mark Paffey and Dale Atkins
  • Botfield has since the summer been racing with a Zetec engine

    31st August
    Rookie Rods - Great Yarmouth - East Anglian Championship
  • Jon Dunn takes heats and final
  • Charlie Hodge takes runners-up spot and the opening heat of the day

    25th August
    National Hot Rods - Hednesford - WQ Round 2
  • Heat and final in the rain for Bradley Dynes
  • Shane Bland takes the opening heat and second place in the final, Kew takes the other podium place from the back
  • Early stages of the points (unofficial) 964-109, 42-94, 629-83, 115-73, 92-72, 174-64, 5-62, 155-59

    2L Hot Rods - Northampton
  • Nick Ross takes heat and final, for the next meeting he'll start as superstar grading
  • Dave Leech wins the other heat

    24th August
    ORCi Stock Rods - Arena Essex - World Championship
  • 16 year old Ben Grant takes the title ahead of Wayne Shackleford, Neil Truran, Simon Jones and Jamie Collins
  • Heats were won by Grant, Ricky Lofthouse, Ricky Walker and Collins
  • The meeting had representatives from PRI, Autospeed and Barford Raceway
  • As this is the ORCi version, the previous champion was Chris Lattka and should not be confused with the title that Stuart Smyth won at the Spedeweekend which is non-ORC class

    23rd August
    Classic Hot Rods - Tipperary - Irish Open
  • 4 locals drivers took on 6 travelling drivers from Northern Ireland, England and Scotland
  • Stu Donald made a one-off return to racing
  • Daz Owen won heat and final; Tim Foxlow won the other heat

    19th August
    Rookie Rods added to Great Yarmouth fixture on Tuesday 19th August replacing Street Stocks.

    17th August
    Outlaw Hot Rods - Ringwood - World
  • Mike Hibberd wins the World and the Southern title
  • Scott Bourne takes 2L version

    16th August
    National Hot Rods - England Round 1 - Ipswich
  • Heats won by Tam Rutherford
  • Rutherford spun out by Dynes in the final, Dynes is disqualified after race so Jack Blood takes the win

    14th August
    George Polley finishes 7th in the Motorsport News list of top British drivers of all time beating the likes of Hill, Stewart and Moss.

    10th August
    Hot Fords - Midland Championship - Northampton
  • Heats won by Adam Priest and Gage Ford
  • Ford wins the title from pole position

    2L Hot Rods - Lochgelly - Scottish Championship
  • Gordon Alexander takes title ahead of Kerr Paterson
  • Res: 71, 67, 844,217, 26, 251, 58, 626, 610, 899

    8th August
    National Hot Rods - NI World Series Round 1 - Aghadowey
  • Whole series in Northern Ireland to be sponsored by PC Paints & Components
  • Mega wet conditions. Heats won by Gary Woolsey and Derek Martin; Glenn Bell wins the final
  • Woolsey and John Christie score top points

    2nd August
    National Hot Rods - National Championship - Hednesford
  • Heats won by Adam Maxwell, Billy Wood, David Casey, Danny Fiske, Rob McDonald and Kym Weaver
  • Glenn Bell secures pole after taking a 2nd and 3rd in the heats. Davy McCall and Chris Haird fail to make the cut.
  • Bell takes a flag to flag victory
  • Res: 9, 970, 209, 962, 304, 996, 76, 20, 42, 92
  • Carl Waller-Barrett wins the NHRPA Championship

    Stock Rods - National Championship - Hednesford
  • Micky McFall to line up on pole alongside Stuart Smyth
  • Heat winners: Ronnie McMillan, Tyler Collison, Jonathan Lattka, Andy Sturt, Dean O'Dell and Smyth
  • Res: 3, 171, 447, 183, 944, 232, 47, 168, 7, 72

    Lightning Rods - National Championship - Hednesford
  • Heats won by Gary Beggs, Andy Minshull and Ben Furness
  • Beggs to start on pole next to Ben Murray (who set the fastest lap of the day) followed by Scot Gary Nicholls
  • Res: 974, 81, 977, 45, 962, 355, 339, 50, 79, 9

    Classic Hot Rods - National Championship - Hednesford
  • Heats won by Ken Marriot, Andy Steward and Lee Wood
  • Wood had crashed out earlier heat but repaired it for the final heat that he won, then he followed that up with the main title
  • 19 cars race including the new Chevette of Graham McCabe
  • Res: 333, 8, 45, 6, 88, 121, 30, 192, 144, 247

    1st August
    National Championship practice:
  • Adam Hylands sets the fastest time of 13.765 followed by Kym Weaver and Glenn Bell
  • Other notables: John Christie 9th, Davy McCall 16th and Chris Haird didn't record a time
  • Andy Steward tops the Classic Hot Rod times followed by Ken Marriot

    28th July
    National Championship weekend latest bookings:
  • 69 Stock Rods, 44 National Hot Rods (including the return of Davy McCall and Ralph Sanders), 36 Lightning Rods and 19 Classic Hot Rods.

    27th July
    2L Hot Rod - World Championship - Tullyroan
  • Shane Murray wins 2L Hot Rod World ahead of Chris Crane who was later docked 2 places.
  • Res: 70, 931, 923, 75, 935, 979, 745, 303, 71, 976
  • Nigel Jackson won the Lightning Rods Irish Open after taking both qualifying heats.
  • Chris Gordon won the Stock Rod Tullyroan Super Cup ahead of Victor McAfee and Jonathan Lattka

    Junior Rods - East Anglian Championship - Great Yarmouth
  • Louis Skoyles wins both heats and the final
  • Mitchell Souter and Bethany Usher take the other podium places in the final

    26th July
    V6 Hot Rods - English Championship - Arena Essex RTS
  • Dan Wilkins wins the title ahead of Mark Pointer, Peter Ash and final finisher Craig Jones

    23rd July
    Rookie Rods - Southern Championship - Eastbourne
  • Matt Evans and Sean Merchant win the heats
  • After a 2nd and 3rd in the heats Lee Woolgar wins the title ahead of Matt Evans and Lee Ribbans

    20th July
    Stock Rods - East Anglian Championship - Great Yarmouth
  • Heats won by Luke Oliver and John Smith
  • Andy Sturt takes the title ahead of John Smith and Dean O'Dell

    UK Stock Rods (ORC) - British Championship - Taunton
  • Chris Drake wins his first championship ahead of Wayne Shackleford and Justin Washer
  • 32 cars raced with 5 qualifying heats won by Kev Hockings, Washer, Neil Truran, Kev Lock and Simon Jones

    19th July
    Classic Hot Rods - Ipswich
  • The annual trip to Ipswich for the class sees Lee Wood take all three races.

    18th July
    National Hot Rods - Irish Masters - Ballymena
  • Racing the car Willie Hardie used at the Spedeweekend Adam Hylands took the title in his opening meeting starting from the back of the grid
  • Andrew Stewart (who raced the ex-Pullen RCE built 206cc) was second and Carl Sloan third

    16th July
    2L Hot Rods - Eastbourne
  • Dalton Scarlett takes his first win in the class by taking the opening heat
  • Scott Morgan wins the second heat and the final

    12th July
    Rolling Thunder English Championships winners
  • Junior Rods 68 Lewis Wood; Euro Rods 55 Gary Thomas; 1450 Hot Rods 34 Paul Macklin; Pick-ups 7 Tony Bates; Outlaw Hot Rods 172 Steve Kite

    5th July
    Spedeweekend 2014
  • National Hot Rods - Unofficial Grid - 115 997 9 970 117 940 174 844 304 76 996 305 348 491 162 92 261 962 192 42 39 960 994 100 196 615 209 113 66 700 152 467 955 308
  • Flag to flag win for Chris Haird in the rain. Res: 115, 970, 940, 174, 996, 348, 305, 9, 92, 42
  • Stock Rod World : 447, 876, 183, 3, 47, 924. Majority of race was led by 35 until he retired.
  • 2L heats won by 60 and 54. 60 pole for National Championship - he spun out from 3rd. 70 beats 43 in a photo finish after dived inside on the final corner. Res: 70, 43, 88, 75, 54, 303
  • Lightning Rods heats won by 636 and 21. 355 on pole and pulls clear. Res: 355, 974, 452, 947, 962, 50
  • NHR Best in Britain. 970 leads until final lap when 39 moves by but deemed to have pushed 970 off line and docked. Res:970, 76, 174, 9, 39, 209

    UK Stock Rods (ORC) - ORCi Championship - Buxton
  • Neil Truran won the title ahead of pole-sitter Levi Robinson and Rick Cornell

    29th June
    Classic Hot Rods - Bill Morris Memorial - Hednesford
  • Andy Steward wins ahead of Dave Fry and Tom Hannah who races the Polly Anglia
  • John Bowring and Tom Hannah win the heats
  • Mick Caton debuts in a Ford Escort mk1

    Chick Woodroffe Memorial - Arena Essex
  • Steve Gooch takes a heat and final double in the Stock Rods
  • Anthony Lawrence wins the Lightning Rod version

    25th June
    Stock Rods - Southern Championship - Eastbourne
  • Andy Sturt wins his sixth Southern title from Nicky D'Souza and Luke Oliver, only 6 cars last the distance from 18 starters
  • Sturt and Stuart Smyth wins the heats. Smyth started on pole alongside Tristan Jackson

    22nd June
    Lightning Rods - English Championship - Aldershot
  • Heats were won by Ben Furness and Lee Skoyles
  • Adam Eyles took pole after a 5th and 7th place in each heat, he also set the fastest laps in both heats.
  • Eyles won the title, his first championship in the class
  • Result: 452, 339, 50, 411, 553, 30, 87, 636, 711, 591

    UK Stock Rods (ORC) - European Championship - Nutts Corner
  • Poor turn-out, Steve Gooch thrashed the competition by winning both heats and the title
  • Second and third in the title race were Levi Robinson and Trevor Ashworth

    21st June
    National Hot Rods - Thunder 500 - Ipswich
  • Billy Wood and Neil Stimson win the heats. Jason Kew is spun out of both of them.
  • Two third places gives Weaver pole and he pulls away in the final. Haird closes in but struggles to get onto his outside
  • Result: 209 115 162 304 76 940 271 996 174 491

    UK Stock Rods - European Championship
  • Meeting has been moved from Ballymena to Nutts Corner "due to circumstances beyond their control"

    20th June
    National Hot Rods - Thunder 500 Entry
  • 3 Northern Irish drivers and 2 continental drivers join the English to make up a 21 car grid in their last chance to race at Ipswich before the World Final

    Lightning Rods - English Championship
  • Reigning champion Frankie Cunningham heads the entry at Aldershot for Sunday
  • 23 cars booked in: 5 from Incarace and 18 from Spedeworth

    14th June
    Stock Rods - Lochgelly - British Championship
  • Last chance race won by Darren McAlpine
  • Heats won by Chris Lattka and Brett Sneddon. Reigning champion Gary Butler retired in heats and didn't start the final
  • Andy Grant wins his first major title after qualifying fourth, Lattka's take the front row
  • Result: 7, 232, 658, 41, 647, 447, 272, 34, 207, 171, 197, 25

    Ballymena
  • Meeting cancelled mid-point due to concrete wall being destroyed by Saloon Stock Cars

    8th June
    National Hot Rods - Aldershot - Final WQ Round
  • Heats won by Dick Burtenshaw, Shaun Taylor and Rob McDonald
  • McDonald goes to the outside of Tony Moss to win the victory and overturns Jason Kew's lead to take the English points. Haird blows up with 3 laps left.
  • Unofficial groups 117 174 940 304 / 115 305 348 491 / 162 192 42 92 / 196 100 39 615 / 113 152 209 // 31 27

    2L Hot Rods - Aldershot
  • Lots of new cars and 3 Dutch based racers
  • Bradley Dynes takes a heat and final double
  • Brett Collison wins other heat when Dynes is docked for punting Dynes out wide

    Hot Rod Super Sunday
  • 22 National Hot Rods booked in at Aldershot for the final WQ Round
  • 23 2L Hot Rods at Aldershot including 2 drivers from NNO Ter Apel
  • 38 Lightning Rods & 32 Stock Rods at Northampton
  • 10 Classic Hot Rods at Great Yarmouth. 125 over the Spedeworth tracks.

    7th June
    Classic Hot Rods - Tipperary
  • Class to debut in Ireland
  • Drivers to race Trevor Cusack, Paraic McCormack, Kevin Feeney, Gerry Rothwell, Austin Fitzgerald, Jackie Harris, James Ginty and Kenny Wilson

    6th June
    National Hot Rods - Ballymena - Final WQ Round
  • Heats won by Andy Stewart and John Christie; Derek Martin takes the final
  • Christie blows up in the final
  • Andrew Murray wins the Irish points ahead of Glenn Bell. Other qualifiers (in points orders) Christie, Stewart Doak, Adam Maxwell, Keith Martin and Mark Heatrick.

    26th May
    National Hot Rods - Ipswich - WQ Round
  • Heat 1: Wood dives by Trimmer as yellows are aired for crashed car. Res 305 304 152 196 42 100
  • Heat 2: Holden goes around the outside of Taylor for his first win. Res 161 152 196 192 305 42
  • Final: Another pass from Holden for the lead. Res 161 305 304 152 113 92

    Unofficial points
    Gr1: 174 - 442, 115 - 435, 304 - 435, 305 - 427;
    Gr2: 940 - 424, 348 - 422, 491 - 419, 117 - 418;
    Gr3: 162 - 402, 42 - 390, 92 - 381, 192 - 378;
    Gr4: 196 - 377, 39 - 360, 615 - 359, 113 - 356;
    Gr5: 31 - 337, 27 - 332, 100 - 326;
    NQ: 152 - 323, 209 - 310

    25th May
    National Hot Rods - Northampton- WQ Round
  • Heat 1: Taylor pulls clear before being caught and passed by McLaird. Smith disqualified from 2nd for spinning out York. Res 113 152 348 162 174 42
  • Heat 2: Lehec leads all the way, Brereton takes third on final lap. Res 615 192 348 115 42 162
  • Heat 3: Lehec leads until Smith blasts past. Res 491 615 192 115 39 113
  • Final: Leaders Taylor and Burtenshaw crash leaving McLaird in the lead who later yields to Haird. Res 115 491 113 615 174 348

    Unofficial points
    Gr1: 940 - 414, 115 - 413, 174 - 412, 348 - 408;
    Gr2: 117 - 407, 491 - 402, 304 - 389, 162 - 387;
    Gr3: 305 - 367, 42 - 356, 92 - 354, 192 - 345;
    Gr4: 39 - 340, 615 - 339, 196 - 334, 113 - 324;
    Gr5: 27 - 322, 209 - 310, 100 - 306;
    NQ: 31 - 305, 271 - 279, 217 - 274, 152 - 265

    17th May
    Lightning Rods - Cowdenbeath - World Championship
  • Heats won by Ben Murray (*2), Frankie Cunningham and Winston Weir
  • Murray to line up on pole alongside Gordon McKee who has set the fastest lap of the day.
  • 11 cars finish - Winston Weir wins from Nigel Jackson and Gordon McKee who later docked places
  • Result subject to scrutineering: 962 902 30 51 947 636 78 411 9 57

    6th May
    National Hot Rods - Unofficial Points (after Hednesford)
    Gr1: 117 - 386, 940 - 383, 174 - 372, 304 - 370;
    Gr2: 491 - 359, 348 - 356, 115 - 355, 162 - 349;
    Gr3: 305 - 335, 92 - 324, 42 - 321, 196 - 321;
    Gr4: 209 - 310, 27 - 302, 192 - 301, 39 - 300;
    Gr5: 100 - 284, 271 - 279, 31 - 278;
    NQ 615 - 276, 217 - 274, 113 - 268, 152 - 234, 155 - 230

    5th May
    National Hot Rods - Hednesford
  • Terry Hunn takes a hat-rick in a crash packed meeting. Big pile-ups triggered by Walter spinning in heat and Taylor being fired into the fence.
  • Gary Woolsey wins the other heat.

    Classic Hot Rods - Hednesford
  • Dave Fry's blow-up in heat one, the top 3 hit the oil and crash out; Daz Owen wins this heat
  • David Owen wins heat two; the repaired Craig Boyd wins the final

    3rd May
    National Hot Rods - Tullyroan
  • Glenn Bell takes the biggest haul of points with two second places and the final
  • Point leader Andrew Murray and Keith Martin win the heats.

    1st May
    Hot Rod debuts this weekend
  • Ken Marriot in Classic Hot Rods as #192 at Hednesford in ex-Smith Anglia
  • After racing at Swaffham and RTS Brian Twinn to race 2L Hot Rods at Ipswich

    27th April
    National Hot Rods - Lochgelly - Scottish Open/ Malcolm Chesher Memorial
  • Rob McDonald wins from pole ahead of David Casey and Andrew Murray
  • Heats won by McDonald and John Christie

    26th April
    National Hot Rods - Lochgelly - European Championship
  • John Christie leads the whole race from pole with Rob McDonald pressuring him before retiring with 2 laps to run.
  • Res: 962 174 997 261 162 960
  • Heats won by McDonald, Andrew Murray and Jason Kew

    2L Hot Rods - Lochgelly - European Championship
  • Adam Hylands win from Paul Wright and Chris Crane. Dan Smith was docked from third to fifth
  • Shane Murray wins the Scottish Open the following day

    21st April
    National Hot Rods - Aghadowey
  • The class returns to the track for the first time since 2000 now promoted by Davy McCall, the track has been upgraded over the winter
  • Each races sees a Mervyn Crawford - Mark Heatrick 1-2

    Classic Hot Rods - Northampton - Midland Championship
  • 11 cars present but no Neal Smith
  • Dave Fry wins both heats but finishes final second behind Graham Fulker

    Stock Rods - Hednesford
  • Gareth Barton takes the final ahead of Scottish visitors Brett Sneddon and Craig Tosh
  • Heats are won by Tosh and Kevin Wareham

    20th April
    2L Hot Rods - NNO Ter Apel
  • 7 cars race in the first ever race meeting for the class in mainland Europe
  • Heats are won by Martijn Vowinkel and Frank Nohring
  • Vowinkel wins the final ahead of Dirk Albrecht and Nohring

    19th April
    2L Hot Rods - Birmingham
  • Alex Crane finishes third and second in the heats before winning the final
  • Heats are won by Marc Gould and George Turiccki

    ORC Stock Rods - Ringwood
  • Kev Lock won the final in the second qualifying round of the National Championship Series
  • Lock is now third behind early leader Jamie Akehurst and Jamie Lee Callis

    National Hot Rods - unofficial points (after Northampton)
    Gr1: 174 - 344, 491 - 342, 304 - 338, 115 - 331
    Gr2: 348 - 330, 117 - 330, 940 - 329, 162 - 325
    Gr3: 305 - 307, 196 - 304, 42 - 302, 209 - 301
    Gr4: 92 - 283, 192 - 276, 27 - 271, 615 - 259, 100 - 259
    Gr5: 31 - 256, 217 - 255
    Non-qualifiers 39 - 230, 113 - 230, 271 - 230

    18th April
    National Hot Rods - Ballymena
  • Heat and final double for Derek Martin, he finished second in the other heat behind Andrew Murray

    National Hot Rods - Northampton
  • Dan Holden and Martin Heath debut. Chris Lehec crashes heavily in practice
  • Heat 1: 217 goes around the outside of 152 and wins by half a lap. Res 217 940 304 152 162
  • Heat 2: 316 retires from lead giving it to 136 who falls back on a slippery track. Res 27 31 304 348 491 115
  • Heat 3: 940 passes 152 on outside with 2 laps left. Res 940 152 113 89 162 155
  • Final: 152 held on for most of the race until 162 seemed to edge ahead in the final few laps but then the whole field seemed to plough into each other. Res 152 162 192 31 27 174

    12th April
    National Hot Rods - Tullyroan
  • Davy Gurney wins heat and final, the other heat is won by points leader Andrew Murray

    National Hot Rods - Tipperary
  • Republic of Ireland season starts
  • Tom Casey wins final ahead of Shane Murphy. Eamon O'Donovan and Murphy win heats
  • Ruiari Cooke débuts

    2L Hot Rods - Ipswich
  • In his first meeting from the whites Tyler Wilkins takes both heats
  • Brett Collison wins the final - his first win in the class; Wilkins is second

    6th April
    Classic Hot Rods - Northampton
  • Big talking point of the meeting is Andy Steward and Neal Smith in heat 2; Steward ends up in the wall and Smith is loaded up.
  • Jamie Johnson wins both heats from the yellow grade, he is upgraded to blue for the final
  • Stephen Gooding leads until the final corner where he is taken out by Steward who is disqualified, the Malcolm Girling rule is employed to win the win to Gooding

    4th April
    National Hot Rods - Ballymena
  • Opening heat won by Glenn Bell
  • Second heat won by Andrew Murray who jumps to the top of the points

    Unofficial National Hot Rods points (after Ipswich)
    Group 1: 174 - 311, 348 - 311, 491 - 310, 115 - 308, 117 - 308
    Group 2: 209 - 301, 304 - 296, 42 - 281, 305 - 281, 940 - 281
    Group 3: 196 - 279, 162 - 273
    Group 4: 92 - 259, 615 - 258, 100 - 243, 192 - 242
    Group 5: 39 - 230, 27 - 222, 271 - 217
    NQ: 217 - 216, 113 - 207, 31 - 204, 316 - 193, 155 - 182

    National Hot Rods - Ipswich
  • Heat 1: 39 turfed into back straight fence for stoppage. 117 passes 42 for win. Res 117 42 491 174 304 271
  • Heat 2: Stoppage when 141 and 44 were out wide. 305 took win but was docked for contact. Res 491 174 305 117 155 940
  • Heat 3: 27 passes 316 on the outside, 92 copies but too far back to catch 27. Res: 27 316 162 92 304 348
  • Final: Epic drive from 491 sees him take 2nd on final corner buy is docked. Res: 305 117 42 491 348 174

    Stock Rods - English Championship - Birmingham
  • 24 cars booked in (16 Spedeworth, 8 Incarace)
  • Final: 447, 207, 669, 755, 83, 168, 212, 257, 171, 942

    Stock Rods - Northampton - 32 cars
  • 775 Mark Barber unveils the first Tigra B
  • Heat 1: 5 rolls. 174 pulls clear. Res: 174 172 83 257 669 272
  • Heat 2: Huge pile up final corner. Res: 174 257 187 669 874 172
  • Final: Quite race, Andy Sturt quickest of the stars as yellow dominate. Res: 24 174 172 168 272 187

    2L Hot Rods - Northampton - 31 cars
  • Heat 1: 5 leads until 133 passes who is subsequently passed by 280. Res: 280 42 537 928 30 39
  • Heat 2: 133 moves by 5 in final few laps. Res: 133 5 537 280 10 928
  • Final: Multiple lead changes from 5 to 275 to 11 before eventual winner 537 leads the way. Res: 537 280 11 928 30 133

    National Hot Rods - Birmingham
  • Heat 1: 152 and 217 spin whilst battling for the lead. Res 209 196 615 162 348 31
  • Heat 2: 209 romps clear while 348 snatches second with a lap to run as 2 rotates. Res 209 348 271 196 92 42
  • Heat 3: 27 outbrakes himself allowing 615 to pass, he was caught by 31 who moved to the outside on the last lap but couldn't pass. Res 615 31 271 2 162 305
  • Final: 27 leads most of the final until 209 turns him around when 27 gets sideways. Res 209 31 348 196 162 271

    National Hot Rods - booking list - 8th March Birmingham
  • 2, 27, 31, 39, 42, 44, 92, 115, 117, 136, 152, 155, 162, 174, 192, 196, 217, 271, 304, 305, 316, 348, 362 (debut), 491, 615, 940

    2L Hot Rods - Northampton - 9th March - 34 cars booked in
  • Former Superstox World Champion 51 Nick Smith and 93 Nick Ross are set debut in the class at Northampton

    Lightning Rods - Wimbledon - 9th March
  • Debut planned for former V6/Super Rod driver Wayne Hearn as no.320

    2L Hot Rods - Wimbledon - Hoosier Series Round 1
  • Marc Crome wins both heats, Damon Wellman takes the final

    Practice night at Ipswich
  • Nationals in attendance are Shane Bland, Shaun Taylor, Jason Kew, Tony Moss, Kym Weaver (after stopping at Arena), Danny Fiske, Paul Frost, Paul Trimmer, Colin Smith, John Sibbald, Andy Cochrane and Andrew Murray.
  • Jason Kew sets the fastest time followed by Colin Smith
  • 2L Hot Rods - Tyler Wilkin debuting in a senior formula (after stopping at Swaffham) alongside Tony Barnes and Michael Madden who has a Nova.
  • Other testing were Gary Christie new 206 Outlaw and a mystery BMW Lightning Rod.

    Classic Hot Rods - Wimbledon
  • Neal Smith shows fantastic speed throughout meeting but is disqualified from final after donuting around race winner Andy Stewards car.
  • Smith and Steward share heats
  • Steward won final ahead of Smith who was excluded promoting Paul Bowring and Boyd to the podium

    2L Hot Rods - Wimbledon - Winternationals
  • Jason 'Boxer Jack' Jackson debuts in Mark Edwards Tigra, takes a tenth place in both heats and a black cross along the way
  • Heat 1 - Chris Crane leads until Jason Wilks ducks inside with just over a lap left. Res 110 75 118 48 565 30
  • Heat 2 - Dan Bennett leads first half of the race until Collin Moss passes. Res: 7 745 48 39 565 30
  • Final - Pole-sitter Layton Milsom has Jason Wilks dive inside on the first lap but he shakes him off to take the win. Res 48 7 39 565 75 745

    Lightning Rods - Wimbledon - Winternationals
  • Heat 1 - Ben Furness passes Adam Eyles on last lap for victory. Res 339 636 452 45 411 591
  • Heat 2 - meant to be a reverse grid but was not adhered to, grid for final drawn out of the hat. Res 45 339
  • Final - Flag to flag race for Skoyles. Res 636 339 411

    National Hot Rods - Ballymena - Winternationals
  • Derek Martin debuts in the ex-Wilcox Tigra A, Bill McCurdy debuts in the ex-Murray Tigra B
  • Davy Gurney and Keith Martin win heats. Keith Martin takes the final ahead of Adam Maxwell and Derek Martin

    National Hot Rods - Ballymena - New Years Day
  • Derek Martin is set to step up from 2L Hot Rods to make his debut in National Hot Rods
  • Former Open Hot Rodder Bill McCurdy will also debut

    2L Hot Rods
  • Jason 'Boxer Jack' Jackson to debut at Wimbledon on New Years Day racing Mark Edwards Tigra.

    Stock Rods - Best in Britain - Wimbledon
  • Andy Sturt wins title ahead of Tristan Jackson and Stuart Smyth
  • Sturt and Jackson win heats. Sturt qualifies on pole with Stephen Gooch alongside

    New rules
  • Ford Zetec engines allowed in 2L Hot Rods and Lightning Rods

    Non-ORCi
  • Lightning Rods and Stock Rods will be non-ORCi at Spedeworth, Incarace, GMP, HRP and Lochgelly for 2014

    National Hot Rods - London Championship - Wimbledon
  • Kym Weaver takes titles ahead of Colin White and Dick Hillard
  • Heat winners were Weaver and Dick Burtenshaw
  • Biggest casualty of the day is Frank West who crashes hard on back straight

    Lightning Rods - Polleysport / Yokohama Tyres Series Grand Final - Wimbledon
  • Danny Day wins Grand Final and wraps up title
  • Chris Aldridge and Colin Keyton win support heats

    2L Hot Rods - Wimbledon
  • Duane Peacock wins final and Martin Codling takes both heats

    Stock Rods - ORCi Championship - Ipswich
  • Chris Lattka wins another title this season this time ahead of Mark Barber and Dean O'Dell
  • Lattka and Steve Gooch win the heats

    Classic Hot Rods
  • Dan Holden takes the points title ahead of Dave Fry
  • Draft rules have been released for 2014

    2L Hot Rods - Best in Britain - Wimbledon
  • Jason Wilks goes around the outside of Paul Wright to take the title on a wet track
  • Final result 110 43 54 7 39 30 60 745 303 71
  • Heat winners 71 and 43. Pole sitter 39

    Lightning Rods - Best in Britain - Wimbledon
  • 3 cautions required as cars pile into fence. 1st for 781, then 661 and finally when leaders 730 and 452 crash. 346 and 411 were disqualified for their part in these crashes.
  • The restart was just for one lap with 339 Ben Furness leading 44 Lewis Geraty who went to the outside, taking the win in a photo finish
  • Final result 44 339 636 627 137 57 421 553 388 398
  • Heat winners 411 and 64

    National Hot Rods - WQ Round 7 - Birmingham
  • Heat and final double for Ivan Grayson; Chris Haird back to top of points
  • Others heats go to Tony Moss and Chris Lehec

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    John Christie's pink charity Hot Rod
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    Place 19
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    Photos: Rolling Thunder 12.04.14
    Photos: CC Rod
    Photos: Ian Donaldson's new car
    Tyler Wilkin
    Classic Hot Rods: Northampton 06.04.14
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    ORC Stock Rods 2014 statement
    Steve Wills returns
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    Stock Rods: Northampton 09.03.14
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    Donut v Smith
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    More NHR license holders for the forthcoming season
    Photos: Oval Racing Expo
    Turiccki in 2L Hot Rods
    Lightning Rod changes
    Lightning Rods: Winternationals 2014
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