2011 New Drivers
As the UK recovers from the cold wet winter, oval fans know that as soon as the weather improves racing will begin. The winter
period also sees a transfer of drivers from one class to another, usually those moving up.
In the Stock Rods the big news is the return of former World Champion 658 Chris ‘Gunner’ Lattka in Corsa mk2, a model that has
only been used by 755 Mark Barber so far.
At the end of 2010 a few new faces appeared in the class; 55 Karl Graves stepped up from Group A Hot Rods, 151 Luke Oliver from
the RTS Stock Rods and 210 Stuart Barkham from Rookie Rods. More newbies include 130 Lee Rawlings (Rookies) 337 Lee Fear
(Superstox), 280 Lee Stonehouse (Rookies and Lightning Rods), 745 Dan Bennett (1300 Stock Cars) and former V8 Stock Car World
Champion 7 David Burton. Add to that an experienced female racer to mix it with the boys at Spedeworth.
The next step up at Spedeworth are the 2 Litre Hot Rods; 88 Dale Atkins (Lightning Rods) and 264 Tony Pickett (Stock Rods) moved
into the class and could definitely make an impact as the loss of Mark Paffey, Kym Weaver and Scott Bourne to the Nationals leaves
a gap in the reds that need to be filled. It should be noted that typically in this class it takes the drivers a few months to
settle but by the end of the year 7 Collin Moss was cleaning up at the European Championship. Moving away from the Classic Hot
Rods 39 Dean Hunt and 2 Andy Collins are both going into the class. 190 Steve Spiers returns to the class after a few years away
from action. After racing in the RTS 2 Litre Hot Rod class for 2 years 32 Michael Snelgrove is moving over. The RTS 2 Litre Hot
Rods has been grouped with the Outlaw class due to falling numbers, this is a similar situation to the Swaffham version.
Numbers in the Outlaws always seem to fluctuate, Buxton racer 92 Jack Blood is stepping up to Nationals. The phrase Outlaws could
easily be changed to Slick Cars, the popular meetings at Incarace have continued but they have been scrapped from the Spedeworth
meetings despite numbers being higher than their regular formulas; 8 ‘Deadly Daz’ Owen has a new car for those meetings. Fellow
Classic Hot Rodders 599 John Hendy Jnr is likely to race at Arena Essex with his Peugeot 206 along with father 196 John Hendy in a
The V6 Super Rods will race again with other hot rods (a great way to get more cars onto the track) but only those that are 8
valves, the 16 valve engines will have their own meetings.
The pinnacle of the hot rodding world are the National Hot Rods, an explosion of drivers should be taking up licenses in Scotland
after the rushed setting up of the series. 844 Billy Bonnar leads the way, but it the driver who can consistently bring the car
home will be the one that qualifies for the World. 305 James Jamieson Jnr has zero points so far but a new Tigra is planned.
306 David Polley: Brisca F2 -> National Hot Rods
186 George Turiccki: Brisca F2 -> National Hot Rods
40 Gary Staines: Stock Rods
182 Mike Walmsley: Superstox/ Legends -> Spedeworth 2L Hot Rods
152 Shaun Taylor: Stock Rods -> National Hot Rods
537 Billy Clarke: Rookie Rods -> Lightning Rods
44 Lee Rogers: Group A Hot Rods -> Stock Rods
76 Mark Gilkes: RTS Hot Rods -> Spedeworth 2L Hot Rods
854 Hannah Sear: Ministox -> Stock Rods
966 Thomas Dilly: 2L Hot Rods/ Lightning Rods -> Slick Cars
Thanks to Terry M for his input.