Classic Hot Rods

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14/5 Aldershot Heats: Graham Fulker, Tick Steward. Final: Graham Fulker

1/5 Aghadowey Heats: Jeff Richardson *2 Final: Thomas Dilly

1/5 Northampton Tick Steward won the opening heat but had to settle for second behind Dave Fry in the next heat, which was the first win for a Sunbeam in the class. Fry followed that up with a final win as the top drivers battling allowed Fry to race into the distance. There was debuts for Steve Spooner (Escort mk1) and Dean Kitchen (Anglia).

17/4 Aghadowey Heats: Clive Richardson, Anthony Morgan. Final: Clive Richardson

17/4 Spring Classic - Hednesford Tick Steward makes up for his Wimbledon misery by winning the final ahead of Craig Boyd and Kenny Purdie. Boyd wins the opening heat and Stephen Gooding in his unusual Avenger wins the other one. Dave Fry debuts his Sunbeam Talbot.

2/4 Scottish Open - Lochgelly Thomas Dilly won the first title of the year after fending off Kenny Purdie (who would later retire) and Clive Richardson who finished second, the other top finishers being Ryan Polley, Gary Goodswen and Brett Sneddon.

12/3 London Championship - Wimbledon Hughie Weaver follows up a first and second in the heats by taking the final ahead of Gary Goodswen and Jamie Johnson. Tick Steward would race but blew up in the first heat.


6/11 Hednesford Andrew Willis in his Austin A35 takes a popular win in this final. Tim Foxlow and Charlie Schembri win the heats.

14/8 Cowdenbeath Demonstration racing takes part in the Legends meeting with newcomers/cars: John McFarlane- Chevette, Graeme Allister- Escort mk2, Trevor Forrester- Escort mk2 joining regulars Chesher, Sneddon and Harris.

13/8 Aghadowey Clive Richardson takes a heat and final double ahead of Thomas Dilly who wins the opening heat when Richardson clashed with Alan Leonard.

23/7 Birmingham Craig Boyd wins all 3 races racing his father's car. The meeting is marred again by contact notably Colin Chambers revenge attack on Andy Steward in the final. Unofficially Harry Steward still leads the points over Andy Steward.

17/7 Tipperary 35th Anniversary meeting Anthony Morgan had a heat and final double with Podge McQuaid winning the other heat. Debuts came from Jeff Richardson (Escort mk2) and Adrian Boyle (Anglia), while Kenny Wilson made his first appearance of the year.

2/7 National Championship - Ipswich
Heat 1: 232, 166, 88, 58, 976, 72
Heat 2: 88, 271, 265, 121, 58
Final: 976, 72, 333, 198, 144, 25, 58, 4, 12

26/6 Hednesford - Bill Morris Memorial Darren Owen wins the final ahead of Hughie Weaver and Thomas Dilly. Brett Sneddon secured pole after winning the opening heat, Craig Boyd won the other. Tim Foxlow returned with a new car and colour scheme.

12/6 Aldershot John Bowring took his first final victory in the class in the 7 car grid. Heats were won by Harry Steward and Gary Goodswen.

1/5 Northampton - Midland Championship Harry Steward took the title ahead of Hughie Weaver and Craig Boyd. Boyd and Steward won the heats. Dave Fry also raced with an experimental crossflow engine.

24/4 Tipperary The Irish series begins with Thomas Dilly in top form taking all 3 races. There was debuts for Clive Richardson, Gary O'Neil and Anthony Morgan, whilst Alan Leopard's Kadett Saloon failed to race.

10/4 Lochgelly - Scottish Open Daz Owen once again come home with another title winning the main race ahead of Hughie Weaver and the returning Thomas Dilly who raced the ex-Foxlow Escort. The four qualifying heats were won by Graham McCabe, Harry Steward, Gary Goodswen and Weaver. Brett Sneddon debuted in the ex-Holden Escort.

3/4 Tipperary Eager to race at the forthcoming Lochgelly meeting Damien Corrigan and Podge McQuiad successfully passed their driver assessments.

28/3 Harry Steward made a return to contact racing and won a Banger heat at the Ipswich Bank Holiday meeting.

19/3 Northampton Gary Goodswen stops the Andy Steward domination by taking a heat win, Steward though still takes heat and final.

21/2 Wimbledon The Big 3 of Collard, Polley and Lee all appear. Kenny Ireland is also present. The 19 and 351 replica cars take to the track. In the racing Andy Steward takes the London Championship after winning both heats.

6/2 Lochgelly 5 cars gather for exhibition racing in aid of Joan Purdie. Trevor Harris is out in the ex-Polley Anglia for the first time. In wet conditions and racing with 2L and National Hot Rods Andy Steward took the second heat and final overall.

16/1 Autosport Show Kara Boyd joins the class with Riley, Andy Steward displays his new Escort and the Mick Collard replica is also present.

15/11 Wimbledon - Best in Britain Heat winners Hughie Weaver and Andy Steward started the race on the front row and clashed at bend 1, that caused and Weaver to retire and Steward to start with lap handicap, he raced up to third place much to the crowd's approval. Daz Owen was half a lap clear to take the title. The big victim of the night was Lee Wood who crashed on the back straight when tangling with Graham Boyd.


1/11 Hednesford Mike Oliver takes the final with yellow top David Owen winning both heats. Harry Steward makes his debut in the class racing an Anglia as 911.

Irish Points Championship After 6 rounds Trevor Cusack won the Irish series.

16/10 Aghadowey Trevor Cusack wins the final, Kevin Feeney heat 1 and Gerry Rothwell heat 2 (the first win for a Ford 100E).

27/9 Hednesford Andy Steward secured the English series with 3 rounds left. Roger Wright won the meeting final and Jamie Johnson both heats.

What are they Classic Hot Rod racing evolved from a special one-off event between Barry Lee and George Polley at the Autosport Show in 2004 running alongside the Brisca F1 Golden Jubilee celebrations. The two of them wowwed the crowds in replica's of their cars from the 70's or the 'Golden Age' of Hot Rod racing. 306 George Polley raced his usual purple Ford Anglia while 351 Barry Lee piloted the Burtons Ford Escort. The success of that saw the pair tour the country with the Stock Cars in their 50th year anniversary events. At the 2004 Spedeweekend the pair were reunited with 19 Mick 'Duffy' Collard in his Ford Escort mk2 (replica of his World Championship winning car of 1980). Known as the big three in the 1970's, many consider these to be the men that put hot rod racing on the map with the guidance of Les Eaton.

Spurred on by the ever increasing historic stock cars Incarace took the decision to run the class in 2005 after being approached by Gary Witcombe. The class was open to any British built car in production up until 1977. Most Classic Hot Rods have been built for this class barring two, that were modified from cars racing at Arena Essex and Buxton a few years previously by Billy Groom and Iain Grayson.

Then the class hit a crossroads, pursue the original idea of exhibition racing of the Golden Age with replicas or have a fully-fledged race series with cars of the periods modified to be cost-effective. The latter option was chosen and although it has taken close to 10 years numbers are now at their highest ever. Escorts and Anglias dominant the grid, while the Mini has been outcasted due to being uncompetitive. Power comes from the Ford Crossflow or the newer Ford Pinto.

The replica cars have come and gone, the original George Polley Anglia was raced in different colours (by Ivan Russell) and has now became a hill-climbing car while the Barry Lee (Escort mk1), Gordon Bland and Paul Grimer copies been repainted. In 2012 the copies returned with another Polley Anglia and a Barry Lee's Total livery Escort mk2 from Daz Owen and Lee Wood. 2012 was also the first year that a 'Stars of the past' meeting was run, with formers Hot Rod taking over the wheel.

The class has yet to see the numbers like that in the historic stock cars or the replica cars but for many its shows the youngster what hot rods used to be like. The two cars that started the formula are now raced by different drivers. The mixture of drivers range from experienced that raced in the past to relative newcomers, all drivers new drivers (regardless of their experience) have to race in 3 meetings from the back of the grid. There is the occasional title race but the aim is racing for fun so no major championships are held.

In 2009 Ballymena Raceway decided to promote the formula in Northern Ireland, the new year's meeting had three cars and more were expected over the course of the year. Some of the English drivers raced at Ballymena for the Irish Open at the end of August. These cars have now been phased into their Slick Car class, although the province has bundles of history involved with Hot Rods there simply isn't the drivers available for the class to succeed their. Scotland falls into the same category and Scottish based Graham McCabe travels to England to race in 2012.

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