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Stock Rods

Whistlin' Jack Smith >> Formulas >> Stock Rods

Stock Rods were invented as a budget formula as Hot Rods were becoming too expensive. The formula has evolved and the cars are no longer standard but are the largest hot rod formula (registered drivers) competing all over the UK. It is the only hot rod formula that has had World Champions from three different nations. Seven promoters currently run Stock Rods under ORCi rules.

The class began in 1977 allowed most cars up to 1300cc in capacity and cars in standard form, windows removed but headlights kept in. The first car that was successful was the Fiat 124 and dominated the class, but like most other oval formulas, Escorts were used, then Starlets and then front wheel drive cars took over with the Vauxhall Nova.

The Nova is still the choice car, the newer Corsa and Saxo are used but still not getting as much success. The Toyota Starlet become the car to have in the early 1990's but has now been phased out. Stock Rods have proved a great training ground for drivers, although not an entry level formula they are more of a intermediate class. This years National Hot Rod World Champion Carl Boardley began racing in Stock Rods while drivers like Mark Paffey, Andy Steward, Mark Willis, Kevin Randell and Lee Pepper have also gone onto championship success in hot rods after racing Stock Rods.

Championships
With so many promotions and tracks available to the drivers the major titles alternate between all of them. The only title that stays at one track is the National Championship, which forms part of the National Championship Weekend at Hednesford. This meeting is usually fully subscribed with drivers from all over Britain and Ireland. No formal qualifying series takes place for entries into major championships but is limted to the top points scorers from different promotions. Championship Winners

Tracks
Stock Rods are run at all the major promoters; Spedeworth, Incarace, Autospeed, GMP as well as in Ireland both sides of the border. In the mid 90's Trackstar had the formula as well as independent promoters at Northampton and Ringwood.

Tracks Used: Aldershot, Ballymena, Birmingham, Cowdenbeath, Great Yarmouth, Hednesford, Ipswich, Lochgelly, Northampton, St Day, Taunton, Tipperary, Wimbledon. For further information check out the Track Guide

The Future
This class really needs more models to be allowed into rules. The problem though with newer cars are injected engines and heavier cars. The Nova has proved the best car but this car stopped production in the early 90's. When the Nova was first used it was still in production, the car is around 25 years old now. With no more Starlets in the class it is a pure FWD class but the rules do not state they have to be.

The class does need to stop allowing competition parts and modifications to the cars, the organisers need to clamp down and punish drivers more harshly for failing to adhere to the rules. Stock Rods are no longer the entry level formula as the cars have become too sophisicated for the average person to start racing in. Rookie Rods have filled that void but the promoters should have clamped on improvements years ago.

Since 2008 Swaffham have a class called 1400 Rods which are very close in specification to Stock Rods, they are likely to bring their rules inline with the others. Grimley Raceway run a class similar to the rules but are not part of the ORCi. The Rolling Thunder Show version of Stock Rods is not ORCi. With Spedeworth Scotland running at Lochgelly the 1400 class (which was essentially Stock Rods) now fall under the ORci umbrella.


Stock Rods by Webmaster Paul Ballard added 17th April 2011



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