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Whistlin' Jack Smith >> Drivers >> Past

DRIVERS - Ken Avis | Karl Baker | DannyBrosnan | Tony Brown | Christian Bunoz | Simon Carson | Andy Carter | Carl Checkley | Neil Clarke | Jim Comrie | Roy Eburn | Dean Hunt | David Jarvis | Steve Stone | All present drivers

Ken Avis

Race Number:
H23

Why did you pick this race number:
Mavis Eaton picked for me

Formulas raced in:
Hot Rods

Title success:
Scored a few points over the years

Most memorable race competed in:
Loved Wimbledon lead a final the whole race piped at post last lap, started back of whites

Years active as driver:
1967/8/9/70 finished as blue top

Favourite track:
All: Wimbledon, Cross in Hand, White City, Ipswich, Eastbourne, Walthamstowe, Great Yarmouth

Racing idol:
Eddy, George 306

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Eddy hassling bless him Les and Mavis god bless both got pie eyed at Aldershot xmas party we a woke 1 days later next to George o dancefloor fuss wating on hogsback to stop home goers

Profile added 7th February 2017.

Karl Baker

Race Number:
21 MASCAR, 105 Rookie Rods

Why did you pick this race number:
Only two digit numbers are allowed within the formula which ruled out my old Rookie Rod number (105) # 21 has a little bit of meaning through birthdays and being my house number so we went with that!

Formulas raced in:
Rookie Rods -2009-2011, MASCAR - 2012- Present

Title success:
Yarmouth Track Champion and Summer Challenge cup in the Rookie Rods. 2012 most improved Rookie in the MASCAR's.

Most memorable race competed in:
Yarmouth in the MASCAR last September, our first year within the formula was tough and we experienced a number of DNF's through bad luck or mechanical failure. There was heavy rain that particular day (as there normally is at Yarmouth!) but practice went well and the car felt good, I enjoy wet weather racing and fancied my chances for some half decent results. 5 laps into the first race I was in the lead but the car had developed a mis-fire (water found it's way into something electrical) and it gradually got worse as the race went on, the lead I had was quickly cut by the 2nd placed car and with about half the race gone he had overtaken me and driven off into the distance. With nothing to lose I changed down a gear to see if it would improve the problem and it did, with 3 laps to go I was a quarter of a lap down but by the final corner on the final lap I had managed to pull alongside him and managed to out drag him to the line to win the race. This was only my second win in the formula, and my family and friends had all traveled the short distance from Ipswich to support so that was a special one.

Years active as driver:
4 years

Favourite track:
Ipswich being my local track, I really enjoyed Eastbourne and Wimbledon in the Rookie Rod though and would like to take the MASCAR round both of them one day.

Racing idol:
My dad for as long as he raced (Stock Rods and Legends) I'm a massive fan of Carl Boardley as well, both his car preparation and race craft is second to none.

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Dad

Any other comments:
Just like to add how grateful I am for the support I have received in the 4 years I have been racing, Dad has worked tirelessly to get us to the stage we are today, I also have a very supportive family and group of friends who double up as team members on race day! Thanks also must go to Lloyds General Builders, Auto Renovate, Paddock Motorsport and M.G Walmsley & Son who have all provided invaluable levels of support going into the 2013 season.


Photo supplied by Clive Merchant - Grid Art. Profile added 10th April 2013.

Danny Brosnan

Race Number:
147, 09, 9, 33

Why did you pick this race number:
147 was used at NIR way back in the early 80's then asked John Clark for 09 in which I used on the yellow NMT Crane Hire Starlet. No 9 was used in the Classic Hot Rods, I wanted 9 for the NHR Tigra but Glenn Bell had claimed it, so because the Tigra came with 338 Graham Gordon I just removed the 8 and went out in it at NIR that same week. I now use 33 on My SHP Pickup Race Truck

Formulas raced in:
Grass Track mini pick-up, that was when my hair was black. Escort Mk1 Hot Rod at Brafield, Alwalton, grey hair starting to come. Starlet NHR with a Mass engine, grey hair well on by then.

Title success:
Brafield Stadium Mass Trophy Hot Rod Final Winner 1987. Mallory Park Rowe powered Escort winner 2007 and 08

Most memorable race competed in:
All of the wins and places in the Escort Classic Hot Rod, great races with the likes of Dave Fry, Lee Wood, Mr Richard Boulton and many more, great times and memory's

Years active as driver:
Off and on where money dictates for maybe 10 years in total, hard to say really

Favourite track:
Mallory

Racing idol:
Past and present. Phil White 63 and he is still on it. At present I would say John Christie is one, mainly due to how he bucks the trend to go racing in a big flash lorry, he and his team are so well presented, respect!

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Can't remember its too many grey hairs away


Photos taken by by Paul Ballard. Profile added 18th January 2013.

Tony Brown

Race Number:
H205

Why did you pick this race number:
It was the telephone number of the garage that my parents owned (Egdon Service Station, Spetchley 205)

Formulas raced in:
Economy cars then National Hot Rod

Title success:
1971, second in Points Championship, second in National Finals

Most memorable race competed in:
The 1971 National Final, coming second to Ron Higgins and beating Barry Lee.

Years active as driver:
1965 to 1971

Favourite track:
Hednesford of course

Racing idol:
Barry Kibble

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Progressed from Club Stock Car Racing at Grimley Raceway (gravel pits as was)

Profile added 17th July 2013.

Christian Bunoz

Race Number:
111

Why did you pick this race number:
Buyer

Formulas raced in:
-

Title success:
-

Most memorable race competed in:
-

Years active as driver:
-

Favourite track:
Arlington

Racing idol:
Dad

Who introduced you to oval racing:
-

Profile added 11th December 2013.

Simon Carson

Race Number:
15

Why did you pick this race number:
Lucky

Formulas raced in:
Hot Rods

Title success:
None

Most memorable race competed in:
Wet track at Buxton. With a fresh engine starting from 6th row, in the lead by end of first lap and flying, linkage screw fell out of the carbs = game over, (car was so quick too)

Years active as driver:
3

Favourite track:
Hednesford

Racing idol:
Dave Leech

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Dad

Profile added 11th December 2013, edited 19th March 2014

Andy Carter

Race Number:
243

Why did you pick this race number:
No reason

Formulas raced in:
Hot Rods (Spedeworth - Pre NHRPA)

Title success:
None. Did race in best in Britain couple of times though at Wimbledon

Most memorable race competed in:
None

Years active as driver:
5

Favourite track:
Wimbledon

Racing idol:
Ken Knight

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Ken Knight

Any other comments:
In 1982 switched to Drag Racing and is by far the most successful driver in FIA European Top Fuel history.

Profile added 12th January 2014.

Carl Checkley

Race Number:
62/862/7

Why did you pick this race number:
62 were my childrens ages 862 was after progressing to Stock Rods and 7 was our house number

Formulas raced in:
Incarods, Stock Rods, Super Rods, Open Hot Rods, Classic Hot Rods, Grand Prix Midgets

Title success:
None

Most memorable race competed in:
First ever win at Hednesford

Years active as driver:
20 plus years

Favourite track:
Hednesford

Racing idol:
George Polley

Who introduced you to oval racing:
My Granddad


Photos taken by by Paul Ballard. Profile added 20th April 2014.

Neil Clarke

Race Number:
202

Why did you pick this race number:
Can't remember, I think it was the first one offered by the promoter

Formulas raced in:
Economy Cars, Hot Rods, Super Rods, Stock Rods, Grand Prix Midgets

Title success:
None in Hot Rods

Most memorable race competed in:
100 lapper, because there's nothing like that today

Years active as driver:
Raced contionuously from 1968 to present day. Hot Rods 1973-1976. Currently competing in Grand Prix Midgets

Favourite track:
In Hot Rods Chesterton when Shale. Currently the Knockhill Tri Oval

Racing idol:
Steve Kinser

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Can't even remember

Profile added 21st April 2013.

Jim Comrie

Race Number:
195

Why did you pick this race number:
Family history

Formulas raced in:
Family history

Title success:
Family history

Most memorable race competed in:
Scottish championship, was half a lap in lead, 4 laps left, fan belt snapped. Grrr!

Years active as driver:
Too many, but not enough

Favourite track:
Too many, but not enough

Racing idol:
Red Johnston

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Red

Profile added 18th January 2013.

Roy Eburn

Race Number:
99

Why did you pick this race number:
Lucky number

Formulas raced in:
National Hot Rods

Title success:
1981 Arena Essex

Most memorable race competed in:
Won 2 heats and a final 1981 Arena Essex

Years active as driver:
25

Favourite track:
Arena Essex

Racing idol:
Chris Griggs

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Chris Griggs

Profile added 12th January 2014.

Dean Hunt

Race Number:
39

Why did you pick this race number:
My dad raced Hot Rods 391 when I went into Classic Hot Rods somebody was racing that number so I just took the one off

Formulas raced in:
Classic Hot Rods, 2ltr Hot Rods and Bangers

Title success:
Won the 2010 Classic Hot Rods points

Most memorable race competed in:
Midland championship at Buxton in the classic did not win but what a race Daz Owen and Stuart wright ended coming 2nd

Years active as driver:
4 years

Favourite track:
Buxton and Yarmouth

Racing idol:
There's loads Andy Harris 302 everyone loves a bad boy

Who introduced you to oval racing:
My dad he was racing Super Rods in the 80s then went onto 1600 Hot Rods so was always with him, now my son Alfie is with me so maybe a 3rd generation of racing.


Profile added 29th January 2014.

David Jarvis

Race Number:
24

Why did you pick this race number:
It was given to me by Chick Woodroffe

Formulas raced in:
Mini rods 850 back in the day Rayleigh stadium home track. I raced a Hot Rod in the Festival of Speed. A one off for winning national points and span on Paddock hill bend, damn that rear wheel drive escort

Title success:
National points champ, British champ, World champion in the same year 1974 of the top of my hea. A handful before that 1976 World champ

Most memorable race competed in:
Haringay stadium 1976 World final 5 star in the tank castrol r in the air. Still got dirt on my face from the heats. Here we go!!! All going well couple of laps to go. My 95 BHP felt like 9. Second place was getting closer and closer. The race could not end soon enuff. We cross the line another 50 yard and the last race of my life would have been runner up. And I was not there to come second.

Years active as driver:
8ish

Favourite track:
Arena essex I think my lap speed record still stands?

Racing idol:
Steve McQueen 24 hour Lemans

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Brian kemp brother in law.

Profile added 7th February 2017.

Steve Stone

Race Number:
102

Why did you pick this race number:
Used to race in a team windsheilds of bedford on grass in the 70s

Formulas raced in:
Banger, grass track, Hot Rod, Brisca f2

Title success:
John Clarke Racewear final

Most memorable race competed in:
Racing with Keith Rolfe at gidding always a good race with a clean close driver

Years active as driver:
25 years

Favourite track:
Great Gidding, Kimbolton, Northampton

Racing idol:
George Polley, Phil White

Who introduced you to oval racing:
Flasher thompson

Profile added 2nd June 2013.


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