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10th APRIL – THE REUNION’S RUNNING ORDER!


HIS PRESENTATION AND COMMENTARY HELPED LAY THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE WONDERFUL SPORT WE LOVE TODAY, ON MAY THE 17TH WE COME TOGETHER TO REMEMBER JOHN EARREY, "THE VOICE OF EAST ANGLIA".



INTENDING TO BE AT THE REUNION, NONE OTHER THAN FORMER WORLD CHAMPIONS 320 DAVE PIERCE (1968 & 1980) AND 500 ALAN WARDROPPER (1969)!




AS MENTIONED IN MY PREVIOUS UPDATE, LAST WEEK I WAS ABLE TO MEET WITH BOTH CHRISTER AND DAREN EARREY, TO DISCUSS ‘OLDSKOOLS SUPERSTOX’ CONTRIBUTION IN THEIR LATE FATHERS 10TH MEMORIAL MEETING.


THE 17TH MAY IS A RATHER POIGNANT DATE IN THAT IT ACTUALLY MARKS TEN YEARS TO THE DAY OF JOHN’S PASSING SO THE MEETING CARRIES EVEN MORE RELAVANCE. AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE DATE, I WILL SHARE MY PERSONAL TRIBUTE OF JOHN WITH YOU FOR I HAD THE ABSOLUTE PRIVILAGE OF WORKING, TRAVELLING AND SOCIALISING WITH THE GREAT MAN UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT FROM SPEDEWORTH STADIUM MANAGEMENT, - EVEN THEN I WAS A COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR HIS TESTIMONIAL MEETING!

A FULL RUNNING ORDER OF THE EVENING’S EVENTS WILL BE POSTED UP IN DUE COURSE, BUT FIRSTLY WE MUST THANK DEANE AND JANET WOOD OF SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS WHO HAVE VERY GENEROUSELY GIVEN US THE USE OF ONE OF THEIR VIP LOUNGES, SITUATED ABOVE DAVE’S GRAPHICS TRACKSHOP AND THE CHRIS BERRY PHOTOGRAPHS SUPERSTORE ON THE FIRST AND SECOND BENDS. THESE BOXES WITH THEIR PATIOS ON THE FRONT OFFER UNPARRALLED VIEWS OF THE TRACK, RACING AND STADIUM AND NORMALLY RETAIL AT AROUND £500 PER MEETING AND WE HAVE THE USE OF THIS FOR THE EVENING FREE OF CHARGE! THE LOUNGE HAS A CAPACITY OF AROUND 40/50 WITH TABLES, SOME CHAIRS, A FRIDGE AND TEA AND COFFEE WILL BE PROVIDED ALSO. THE LOUNGE WILL BE ‘THE HUB’ OF THE REUNION AND WILL BE THE MEETING POINT….OF COURSE EVERYONE IS FREE TO MINGLE AS THEY WISH DURING THE COURSE OF THE MEETING!


THE ORIGINAL ‘LAWN BAR AREA’ ON THE HOME STRAIGHT WILL BE GIVEN OVER TO OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX TO DISPLAY OUR GROWING COLLECTION OF RESTORED/RETRO BUILT SUPERSTOX. WE ARE WORKING ON THE LOGISTICS OF THESE AT THE MOMENT BUT IT IS VERY LIKELY WE SHOULD HAVE AROUND EIGHT CARS FOR VIEWING AND MAYBE FOUR OF THESE COULD BE UP AND RUNNING!

THIS BRINGS ME NICELY TO THE NEXT ITEM WHICH WILL HOPEFULLY BE A SHORT FEWS LAPS DEMONSTRATION BY THE AFOREMENTIONED CARS PRIOR TO THE SUPERSTOX EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, TO WHICH ‘OUR’ CARS WILL REMAIN ON THE CENTRE GREEN. AFTER THE RACE, OUR ‘OLDSKOOL CARS’ WILL THEN FOLLOW THE CONTROL CAR AND ACCOMPANY THE NEW EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPION ON THEIR LAP OF HONOUR.


AT MEETING END, WE WILL THEN ASSEMBLE IN THE BAR/RESTAURANT ON THE FIRST BEND WHERE SPEDEWORTH HAVE KINDLY MADE PROVISIONS FOR A LATE BAR AND THE RESTAURANT TO KEEP SERVING FOOD FOR A SHORT WHILE FOR THOSE A LITTLE PECKISH! ONCE ASSEMBLED, YOURS TRULY WILL BE MAKING A SHORT SPEECH AND A FEW THANK YOU’S, HOPEFULLY FOLLOWED BY A SURPRISE MESSAGE VIA OUR ‘SATTELITE LINK’ AND THEN EVERYONE IS FREE TO MINGLE, TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PICTURE BOARDS AND REMININCE WHILST WE PLAY 70’S 80’S SUPERSTOX RACES ON THE TV AND WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL IN THAT WE HAVE SOME OF JOHN EARREY’S SUPERSTOX COMMENTARIES, SUCH AS THE 1974 WORLD FINAL PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND AS WELL AS SOME MUSIC OF THE ERA!


ALL IN ALL, WE ARE HOPING THAT THE NIGHT WILL BE A GREAT NIGHT OF NOSTALGIA AND WILL PROVIDE A PLATFORM FOR FUTURE REUNION EVENTS – SOMETHING FOR ALL THOSE WHO LOVE THEIR SUPERSTOX IN RECOGNITION OF A TRULY GREAT COMMENTATOR WHO CERTAINLY LOVED HIS SUPERSTOX RACING.


CHECK OUT THE PIT AREA, WITH ALL THE LATEST ON PROJECTS 320 AND 41 WHICH HAVE KEPT OUR RACE DIRECTOR 235 STU BLYTH VERY BUSY!......AND OUR SCOTTISH RACING MANGER, ALAN HARWOOD HAS KEPT HIMSELF BUSY TOO WITH THE LATEST ON TOP SECRET PROJECT 2 AND NOW NUMBER 3 WOULD YOU BELIEVE!


THE ALBUMS KEEP GROWING ALL THE TIME WITH SOME GREAT ADDITIONS TO THE 1970’S ALBUM FROM CHRIS FRIEND AND THE 1980’S ALBUM COURTESY OF HUGH BEECHING, BE SURE TO CHECK THOSE OUT.

I HAVE RECENTLY BEEN IN TOUCH WITH 546 JOHN GRAY, A TRUE SUPERSTAR AND ENGLISH CHAMPION OF THE FORMULA. UNFORTUNATELY JOHN CANNOT MAKE THE REUNION DUE TO A PRIOR ARRANGEMENT, “OTHERWISE I WOULD’NT HAVE MISSED IT FOR ANYTHING!”…BUT JOHN HAS PROMISED ME AN INTERVIEW VERY SOON SO WATCH THIS SPACE AS THIS WILL BE ANOTHER GREAT STORY!


IN CLOSING, I HAVE JUST RECEIVED CONFIRMATION FROM 320 DAVE PIERCE AND 399 CHRIS STUDD THAT THEY WILL BE ATTENDING AND THERE IS ALSO A STRONG POSSIBILITY THAT WE MAY ALSO SEE 1969 WORLD CHAMPION, 500 ALAN WARDROPPER ALSO, THREE VERY BIG NAMES FROM THE HISTORY OF OUR FAVOURITE FORMULA!

IT’S JUST GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!


“I WONDER WHO’S GOING TO BE NEXT TO CONFIRM GRANDAD?”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE AND JANET WOOD HAVE VERY KINDLY GIVEN US THE USE OF THIS FANTASTIC VIP LOUNGE FOR THE MEETING, OFFERING AN UNPARALLED VIEW OF THE RACING.....THIS WILL BE THE 'OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX HUB' WHILST THE MEETING IS RUNNING.



399 CHRIS STUDD HAS CONFIRMED FOR THE REUNION, SEEN HERE DRIVING OVER 637 GORDON MAIDMENT IN THE 1973 BRITISH, NO DOUBT HE AND GORDON'S BROTHER 650 CLIFF WILL CATCH UP ON WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY!

546 JOHN GRAY UNFORTUNATELY CAN'T MAKE THE REUNION, BUT PROMISES US AN INTERVIEW VERY SOON.



FLYING THE FLAG FOR 'OLDSKOOL CONTINENTAL', OUR VERY GOOD FRIENDS 128 STEF HELLMANS AND 259 GEERT ROEBROEKS WERE OVER AT FOXHALL RECENTLY IN THE HISTORIC SALOONS, IT DOES'NT GET ANYMORE 'OLDSKOOL' THAN THESE FELLAS!

PHOTO COURTESY GISMORACING.DE




1st APRIL – THE REUNION’S GATHERING PACE, NO JOKE!


TWO OF THE SPORTS BIGGEST NAMES ARE INTENDING TO BE THERE FOR THE REUNION, 304 DEREK FISKE AND SCOTLAND'S 81 BILL PULLAR.

IT’S BEEN OFFICIAL FOR ONLY ONE WEEK AND ALREADY WE HAVE SOMETHING IN THE REGION OF FORTY FORMER SUPERSTOX PILOTS INTENDING TO ATTEND OUR REUNION!

LATEST TO CONFIRM ARE 304 DEREK FISKE AND SCOTLANDS 81 BILL PULLAR, WHILST 213 DOUG McMAHON AND 790 DAVE KERSHAW ARE CHECKING THEIR DIARIES…..THANKS TO DEREK FEAR, WE’VE ALSO TRACKED DOWN 319 DENNY PEARSON!

I WILL BE POSTING UP A DRIVERS LIST VERY SHORTLY SO YOU CAN SEE WHO IS INTENDING TO COME AND ANY FORMER DRIVER’S READING THIS, AND ARE INTENDING TO COME TO THE REUNION ALSO, PLEASE CONTACT US VIA THE FACEBOOK OR CONTACTS PAGE.

I HAVE A MEETING WITH SPEDEWORTH’S CHRISTER EARREY THIS WEEK TO CONFIRM MORE DETAILS OF THE MEMORIAL MEETING IN TRIBUTE TO HIS LATE FATHER, JOHN AND AS MORE DETAILS BECOME AVAILABLE, I WILL POST THESE IN DUE COURSE.

THERE IS A BIT TO CATCH UP ON, SO I’LL ENDEVOUR TO BRING YOU THE LATEST SUPERSTOX ‘PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS’!

OUR FRIENDS IN ULSTER, D.M.C. RACE PROMOTIONS, COMPLETED THEIR WINTER SERIES ON 23RD FEBRUARY WITH THE OPENING HEAT BEING TAKEN BY 917 GARY GRATTEN, WITH HEAT TWO AND THE GRAND FINAL BEING TAKEN BY 927 GREGG HYNDMAN FROM A BRACE OF STAR MEN SNAPPING AT HIS HEELS!

THE GRAND SEASON OPENER AT TULLYROAN TAKES PLACE THIS COMING WEEKEND, ON SUNDAY 5TH APRIL TO OPEN WHAT SHOULD BE A GREAT SEASON OF SUPERSTOX IN ULSTER WITH THE REEMERGENCE OF THE AGHODOWEY TRACK UNDER THE D.M.C. BANNER ALSO IN 2014.


LOCHGELLY OPENED ITS 2014 SUPERSTOX CAMPAIGN WITH A ‘FRIDAY NIGHT THUNDER’ MEETING ON 7TH MARCH. 172 CHRIS MILLER TOOK THE OPENING HEAT FROM ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOLS 177 STU GILCHRIST WITH OUR GUY’S 116 ANDY COCHRANE AND 74 DINO BRUCE, 4TH AND 8TH RESPECTIVELY.

HEAT TWO SAW ANOTHER WIN FOR MILLER WITH COCHRANE SECOND, GILCHRIST THIRD, BRUCE 7TH AND 35 CHRIS STEWART 8TH.

COME THE GRAND FINAL, OUR MAN STU TOOK THE WIN TO CLAIM OUR FIRST ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOL’ WIN OF THE YEAR, FROM MILLER 2ND, 265 BARRY STEPHEN 3RD, COCHRANE 4TH AND BRUCE 6TH.


NEXT TO COME WAS THE MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIP AT NORTHAMPTION, THE TITLE BEING STAGED ON TARMAC THIS YEAR FOLLOWING PAST YEARS ON THE SHALE AT COVENTRY.

A GOOD TURN OUT AND WEATHER PRODUCED SOME PRETTY FAST RACING WITH THE OPENING HEAT GOING TO 602 DALE FEWINGS, WITH ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 67 CHRIS ROOTS 3RD AND 515 JORDAN AYLWARD 5TH. HEAT TWO SAW A WIN FOR 95 JOHN SAUNDERS, WHO GOES PRETTY WELL AT N.I.R. WITH OUR OWN 7 GLENN SALMON 3RD, 242 SAM STACEY 4TH AND 532 BOBBY DAVIS JNR 5TH.

THE MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIP ITSELF WAS WON BY 376 STEVEN JACKSON, BACK ON TRACK AFTER SOME INTENSIVE PHYSIO TO HIS BACK, FROM 482 JASON COOPER AND OUR OWN 7 GLENN SALMON 3RD. SPECIAL MENTION GOES OUT TO OUR VERY OWN 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHO PICKED UP A 10TH IN THE FINAL AFTER HE HAD SPENT A VERY BUSY WEEK REPAIRING DAMAGE INCURRED AT THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP MEETING!


FACEBOOK WENT INTO A MINI FRENZY DURING THE WEEK WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY’S MEETING AT WIMBLEDON HAD BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO A LOW NUMBER OF BOOKINGS FOLLOWING A BUSY FEW WEEKS FOR THE FORMULA, BUT UP AT LOCHGELLY OUR MAN GILCHRIST TOOK BOTH THE HEATS WITH ANDY COCHRANE 4TH AND DINO BRUCE 7TH AND THEN BRUCE 3RD AND COCHRANE 7TH IN THE SECOND HEAT.

IT WAS A SHOCK TO FIND GILCHRIST ON THE INFIELD DURING THE GRAND FINAL AND IT WAS 171 MARK BRADY WHO TOOK THE GRAND FINAL WITH OUR DINO BRUCE IN 6TH AND COCHRANE IN 7TH.


NEXT SUPERSTOX MEETING AT LOCHGELLY IS THIS COMING FRIDAY FOR ANOTHER ‘FRIDAY NIGHT OF THUNDER’.

SPECIAL MENTION MUST GO OUT TO OUR FRIENDS NORTH OF THE BORDER AS DEMAND FOR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ STICKERS GREW DRAMATICALLY AT THE DAWN OF THE SEASON SO I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE DRIVERS UP THERE FOR THEIR SUPPORT, AND NOT JUST IN SUPERSTOX I HASTEN TO ADD!


AND SO LOOKING AHEAD, WE SEE THE SUPERSTOX AT THE ALDERSHOT SEASON OPENER THIS COMING SUNDAY 6TH APRIL AND AS OF TODAY, WE HAVE 22 CARS BOOKED IN INCLUDING THE RETURNING 2 ANDY COLLINS IN ROUND 4 OF THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES.

DON’T FORGET SUPERSTOX FANS, YOU CAN CATCH UP WITH ALL THE LATEST IN THE SUPERSTOX WORLD IN THE CURRENT ERA VIA THE EXCELLENT SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE. WE’LL BE CHATTING WITH OUR FRIENDS AT THIS PAGE SOON AS WE HAVE BOTH PLEDGED OUR JOINT SUPPORT TO WHAT IS SPEDEWORTH’S ORIGINAL AND OLDEST FORMULA.

WITH A CHANGE IN PLANS, I FOUND MYSELF AT FOXHALL THIS PAST SATURDAY NIGHT TO SEE THE NATIONAL HOT RODS AND HISTORIC SALOONS. IT WAS A GOOD CHANCE TO NETWORK AND CATCH UP WITH A LOT OF FOLK ABOUT THE REUNION INCLUDING NHR 316 PAUL FROST, SON OF THE LEGENDARY PAT FROST AND CARRYING HIS ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ STICKER ON THE SPECTATOR SIDE OF THE CAR, CHEERS MATE!

IT WAS ALSO AN OPPURTUNITY TO MEET FORMER 70’S AND 80’S STAR DRIVER 350 JEFF OLDING WHO WAS THERE WITH SON STUART. IT WAS GREAT CHATTING WITH JEFF, ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE CARS HE HAS OWNED OVER THE YEARS, INCLUDING PURCHASING 320 DAVE PIERCE’S LAST CAR FOLLOWING HIS RETIREMENT FROM RACING. WE’LL BE CATCHING UP WITH JEFF AND BROTHER 334 CHRIS LATER IN THE SEASON AND CHATTING ABOUT THEIR RESPECTIVE SUPERSTOX CAREERS.


IN THE MEANTIME, I MUST SAY A BIG THANK YOU TO ‘PROJECT 354’S JOHN BUNKLE FOR SUPPLYING ME WITH SOME MUCH NEEDED TRIUMPH PARTS FOR PROJECT 320. IT’S FULL STEAM AHEAD WITH THE CAR NOW AS WE ENDEVOUR TO TURN IT INTO A SHOW CAR OF SORTS FOR THE REUNION, JOINING OTHER PROJECTS AND FAMOUS CARS OF THE PAST ON THE NIGHT, OH YES IT’S NOT JUST GOING TO BE A GATHERING OF DRIVERS ONLY!


“KEEP CHECKING THOSE PARTS ON E BAY GRANDAD, DON’T GET OUTBID!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


GREAT TO MEET 70'S AND 80'S DRIVER 350 JEFF OLDING AT FOXHALL. WE'LL HOPEFULLY BE CHATTING TO JEFF AND BROTHER CHRIS LATER IN THE SEASON! PHOTO COURTESY PETROLHEAD IMAGES.

927 GREGG HYNDMAN FINISHED THE WINTER SERIES OVER AT TULLYROAN IN FINE STYLE RECENTLY. PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY NIF2.COM

SCOTLAND'S 174 IAIN BRUCE JOINS 'TEAM OLDSKOOL' FOR 2104.....HE EVEN DID'NT GO OUT FOR TESTING UNTIL HE'D ATTACHED HIS OFFICIAL STICKER, THANKS IAIN!

23RD MARCH – IT’S OFFICIAL! THE OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX REUNION!


WELL, WE’VE TALKED ABOUT IT, DREAMED ABOUT IT AND HOPED FOR IT AND NOW I CAN OFFICIALLY CONFIRM THAT FOLLOWING TALKS WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORT’S DEANE WOOD, DAREN AND CHRISTER EARREY, I AM BOTH PLEASED AND PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE VERY FIRST ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ REUNION WILL TAKE PLACE AT FOXHALL STADIUM ON THE EVENING OF SATURDAY 17TH MAY 2014!

THE REUNION WILL FORM PART OF THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY JOHN EARREY MEMORIAL MEETING IN RECOGNITION OF THE MUCH MISSED SPEDEWORTH COMMENTATOR. THE MEETING ALSO FEATURES SUPERSTOX AND THEIR 2014 EAST ANGLIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, 1300 STOCK CARS AND BANGERS.


OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW AND CONFIRM, BUT THE OUTLINE SO FAR WILL BE A ‘MEET AND GREET’ IN ONE OF THE SUPERB SPEDEWORTH HOSPITALITY SUITES OVERLOOKING THE TRACK, COURTESY OF SPEDEWORTH’S DEANE WOOD, A DISPLAY OF BOTH RESTORED AND ‘RETRO BUILT’ SUPERSTOX AND AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE NIGHTS RACING, A CELEBRATION IN THE BAR FEATURING WHAT WE ARE HOPING WILL BE MAYBE ONE OR TWO SURPRISE GUESTS!


PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT IN YOUR DIARY’S FOLKS, THERE WILL BE MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW, BUT IF YOU WERE/ARE A DRIVER, MECHANIC, OFFICIAL OR FAN OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX RICH HISTORY, THEN THIS WILL BE A NIGHT FOR YOU AND HOPEFULLY ‘KICK OFF’ WHAT IS HOPED TO BE THE FIRST OF A SERIES OF ANNUAL EVENTS IN CELEBRATION OF SPEDEWORTH’S OLDEST AND ORIGINAL FORMULA. WE ALL SAW WHAT A FANTASTIC JOB OUR FRIENDS DID IN LOCHGELLY, SCOTLAND LAST YEAR WITH THE ‘SCOTTISH LEGENDS’ REUNION, LET’S SEE WHAT WE CAN DO AS THE ‘LEGENDS FLAME’ IS PASSED SOUTH OF THE BORDER!

IN CELEBRATION OF OUR ANNOUNCEMENT, PLEASE CHECK OUT THE LONG AWAITED ARTICLE ON FORMER DRIVER 529 BARRY PLUMMER WHO RETIRED FROM RACING IN 1975…..OR DID HE? CHECK OUT THE FEATURE TO SEE JUST WHAT BARRY HAS ‘TUCKED AWAY FOR A RAINY DAY’!


“THE REUNION COUNTDOWN STARTS NOW GRANDAD!”

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.


FIRST DRIVER TO 'BOOK IN' FOR THE REUNION WAS 650 CLIFF MAIDMENT SEEN HERE AFTER HIS BACK STRAIGHT ROOFSLIDE DURING THE 1972 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP......THE RESULT OF DRIVING OVER HIS BROTHER, 637 GORDON'S LOOSE WHEEL!

QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY 415 MARK FLETCHER WHO HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL IN 'ROUNDING UP' SOME OF THE 1980'S PILOTS!

CHECK OUT THE ARTICLES PAGE FOR OUR FEATURE ON 529 BARRY PLUMMER...AND HIS CAR!

5TH MARCH – TITLES AND A 60TH BIRTHDAY!

OUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 2014 BRITISH CHAMPION, 23 MATT CARBERRY, FLANKED BY (LEFT) 'TEAM OLDSKOOLS' 69 SHAUN BROOKER 3RD AND (RIGHT) 482 JASON COOPER 2ND.
(PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS BERRY)

IT’S BEEN A BUSY TIME BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT THIS PAST WEEK OR SO WITH SOME GREAT ANNOUNCEMENTS TO FOLLOW IN A FEW DAYS….KEEP WATCHING THIS SPACE FOLKS!

 

TAKING CARE OF RECENT EVENTS, THE 2014 SEASON AT FOXHALL OPENED WITH THE SUPERSTOX BRITISH TITLE AT STAKE. A GREAT ENTRY OF 29 CARS ARRIVED IN THE PITS, INCLUDING OUR GOOD FRIENDS 35 CHRIS STEWART, 53 DAVID FRAME AND 265 BARRY STEPHEN DOWN FROM LOCHGELLY RACEWAY, REPRESENTING SCOTLAND. A LAST MINUTE SHOCK WITHDRAWL WAS DEFENDING CHAMPION, 376 STEVEN JACKSON WHO HAD SUFFERED A BACK INJURY DURING THE WEEK AND WAS ADVISED TO REST.

SPEAKING OF BACKS, I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN WISHING NOT ONLY STEVEN, BUT 177 STU GILCHRIST AND FORMER DRIVER 267 JOHN SOLE SPEEDY RECOVERIES BOTH FROM RECENT BACK SURGERY.

 

THE SECOND EVENT, AND FIRST FOR THE SUPERSTOX WAS THE CHAMPIONSHIP RACE ITSELF. IN THEORY THIS IDEA WORKS WELL WITH REGARD TO DAMAGE ETC, BUT UNFORTUNATELY NOWADAYS DOES LACK THE PRE - RACE BUILD UP THAT A HISTORIC TITLE SUCH AS THIS WARRENTS. NONETHELESS, WE WERE TREATED TO A SUPERB RACE WITH INCIDENTS GALORE, HIGH SPEED ACTION, THREE RESTARTS AND AT THE END OF IT ALL IT WAS 23 MATT CARBERRY WHO CAME HOME TO TAKE THE TITLE TO ADD TO HIS EUROPEAN CROWN, FROM 482 JASON COOPER AND OUR OWN ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 69 SHAUN BROOKER WHO, HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THE THIRD RESTART, WOULD HAVE PROBABLY TAKEN THE TITLE AND PROVED THIS WITH AGAIN CLAIMING THE FASTEST LAP OF THE NIGHT!

 

‘HEAT ONE’ TURNED OUT TO BE A GOOD OLD FASHIONED STOCK CAR RACE AND A GREAT DUEL FOR THE LEAD ENSUED BETWEEN 602 DALE FEWINGS AND OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER 454 DAVE PIKE WHO HAD BEEN WELL ON THE PACE IN THE BRITISH. WITH THREE TO GO PIKE STRUCK AND PUSHED FEWINGS WIDE ONLY FOR DALE TO BIDE HIS TIME AND A TERRIFIC LAST BEND LUNGE NERFED PIKE JUST WIDE ENOUGH TO SNEAK THROUGH AND TAKE THE WIN BUT FROM OUR SPOT IT LOOKED NIGH ON BY ONLY A FOOTS DISTANCE!

 

HEAT TWO AGAIN WAS ANOTHER TERRIFFIC RACE WITH PLENTY OF VERY HARD, BUT FAIR, KNOCKS GOING IN EVERYWHERE. THIS TIME THE PREVIOUS RESULT WAS REVERSED WITH A GREAT WIN FOR DAVE PIKE FROM DALE FEWINGS TO END WHAT HAD BEEN A SUPERB NIGHTS RACING IN RATHER COLD BUT DRY AND FAST CONDITIONS.

DURING THE MEETING, I HAD THE OPPURTUNITY OF A CHAT WITH DAVE; A FORMER BRITISH CHAMPION HIMSELF, WHO HAS BEEN RACING A NUMBER OF YEARS HIMSELF. “WE’VE STILL GOT THE REMAINS OF RICHARD BAKERS LAST SUPERSTOX IN OUR YARD AND ANOTHER OF MY OLD CARS, ALTHOUGH THAT’S KINDA CUT UP.”

THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SOMETHING ABOUT DAVE’S CURRENT CAR WHICH LOOKED FAMILIAR, WHICH 258 GEOFF BRIDGES WAS ABLE TO CONFIRM FOR ME; “IT’S AN EXACT COPY OF MY ORIGINAL ELITE!” DAVE CONFIRMED, “YEP RIGHT DOWN TO EVERY SINGLE BRACKET!”

THE FAMOUSE ELITE OF BRIDGES WHICH HAS TAKEN MANY RACE WINS AND TITLES OVER THE YEARS STILL SITS IN GEOFF’S WORKSHOP; “I’VE ORDERED SOME NEW SHOCKS, BRAKES AND BIT’S N PIECES SO WE CAN GET HER OUT RACING SOON BECAUSE WILF RETURNS FROM NEW ZEALAND SOON AND WANT’S TO RESUME RACING IN WHAT WAS THE FORMER 51 COLIN AYLWARD ‘BLACK BEAUTY”.

 

IT WAS A FANTASTIC NIGHTS RACING AT FOXHALL BUT SPARE A THOUGHT FOR OUR POOR OLD 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHO ENDED HIS BRITISH TITLE HOPES WITH THE AFOREMENTIONED BRIDGES PERCHED ON TOP OF HIS BONNET AND THEN IN HEAT ONE WAS COLLECTED BY 99 DAREN PHILLIPS WHILST STATIONARY ON THE SCOREBOARD BEND. “I’M A BIT SORE AND BRUISED, BUT THE CAR’S WORSE, THE CREW ALWAYS TRY AND GET ME BACK OUT, BUT THAT’S IT FOR TONIGHT”, CLAIMED OUR PHIL AS THE BREAKDOWN SHOVED THE STRICKEN 279 MACHINE ONTO THE TRAILER.

TEAM ‘McOLDSKOOLS 53 DAVID FRAME AND 35 CHRIS STEWART DID NOT HAVE THE BEST OF NIGHTS EITHER TO SHOW FOR THEIR LONG JOURNEY’S, BUT AS ALWAYS SEEMED INCREDIBLY CHEERFUL!

 

CHECK OUT THE EXCELLENT SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE FOR A FULL ACCOUNT OF THIS MEETING AND EVERYTHING CURRENT ON THE SUPERSTOX SCENE OF TODAY.

  

SPEAKING OF ‘CLASSIC SUPERS’ SUCH AS THE BRIDGES ELITE, ANOTHER UNIQUE CAR IS NOW UP FOR SALE, THE FORMER 18 MARK EATON 2000 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING HIGMAN. 58 LUKE HAMILTON HAS RACED THE CAR IN RECENT YEARS BUT HAS DECIDED TO CALL IT A DAY SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO OWN WHAT IS A RATHER FAMOUSE CAR, CHECK OUT OUR FOR SALE PAGE.

THE HIGMAN’S OF 69 SHAUN BROOKER ARE ALSO UP FOR SALE, ALTHOUGH SHAUN IS HOPING THE SALE OF ONE WILL HELP FUND THE CONTINUATION OF RACING THE OTHER, AS SHAUN WILL BE RUNNING A SLIGHTLY RESTRICTED SCHEDULE IN 2014. AS WITH ALL OUR SUPERSTOX LAD’S, THE U.K. ECONOMY OF THE LAST FEW YEARS HAS TAKEN IT’S TOLL ON THEIR RACING AND SHAUN IS JUST LIKE ANY OTHER WHO COULD DO WITH A SPONSOR OR TWO AND ANYONE THINKING OF SPONSORING COULD DO NO BETTER THAN PUT THEIR NAME ON SHAUN’S CAR WHICH IS STILL SETTING FASTEST LAPS TIMES AT A LOT OF MEETINGS!

 

 AS A LOT OF YOU MAY ALREADY KNOW, THE 50TH CELEBRATION OF U.K. STOCK CAR RACING WAS CELEBRATED IN A BIG WAY, INCREDIBLY THAT WAS TEN YEARS AGO NOW AND THE SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY IS NOW ALMOST UPON US, APRIL 16TH TO BE PRECISE!

IN CELEBRATION OF THIS, THOSE GOOD FOLK AT BRISCA HERITAGE HAVE ORGANISED A BRISCA 60TH PRESS DAY AT COVENTRY STADIUM THIS COMING FRIDAY, WHICH WILL FEATURE STATIC DISPLAY’S OF F1 & F2 CARS AND ALL SORTS OF STUFF WE ALL LIKE. THE PUBLIC ARE INVITED TO THIS EVENT, WHICH WILL NO DOUBT BE A ‘MUST DO’ FOR THE ENTHUSIAST, OUR OWN GEORGE RIMMER WILL BE THERE TO WELCOME YOU, PLEASE CHECK BRISCA HERITAGE PRESS FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND POP ALONG IF YOU HAVE A DAY OFF!

 

FRIDAY NIGHT, FURTHER UP COUNTRY, OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT H.R.P. LOCHGELLY START THEIR SUPERSTOX SEASON OFF WITH A ‘FRIDAY NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS’ MEETING WHICH WILL NO DOUBT BE ACTION PACKED AND 24 HOURS LATER, THE NEWLEY RENAMED D.M.C. RACE PROMOTIONS OPEN THEIR SUPERSTOX SEASON SATURDAY NIGHT AT TULLYROAN WITH THE PROMOTION ALSO PROMOTING MEETINGS AT THE REOPENED AGHADOWEY RACEWAY IN 2014 ALSO! 

 

ITS ALL BUILDING NICELY TO A TERRIFIC 2014 SEASON, WITH A MAJOR ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ ANNOUNCEMENT COMING THIS WEEKEND SO KEEP VIEWING PLEASE FOLKS….IT’S ALL GOING TO GET VERY EXCITING!

 

 

“THAT’S ENOUGH PANCAKES GRANDAD, THERE’S A LOT OF PLANNING TO BE DONE!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

'TEAM OLDSKOOLS' NEWEST TEAM MEMBER, 454 DAVE PIKE WAS IN GREAT FORM AT FOXHALL SATURDAY NIGHT!
(PHOTO COURTESY CHRIS BERRY)

ITS 'FRIDAY NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS' AT LOCHGELLY THIS COMING FRIDAY, EXPECT PLENTY OF ACTION!

(PHOTO COURTESY H.R.P FACEBOOK PAGE)

TULLYROAN ROARS BACK INTO SUPERSTOX LIFE THIS COMING SATURDAY NIGHT!
(PHOTO COURTESY BRIAN LAMMEY NIF2)

27TH FEBRUARY – RESPECT AND NOSTALGIA!

SAT ON WHAT WAS ONCE THE POSITION OF THE B.R.S. BEND AT WISBECH, THE SUPERSTOX OF THE LATE 482 NEIL BEE.

WE REMEMBERED NEIL, KEVIN AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER GOOD PEOPLE AT WHAT WAS AN EMOTIONAL REUNION AND FAREWELL TO WISBECH STADIUM.

(PHOTO COURTESY OF MARK TEGARDINE).

WELL I FOR ONE CAN’T BELIEVE THE NEW SEASON IS UPON US, LET ALONE THE FORTHCOMING SUPERSTOX BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP AT FOXHALL THIS SATURDAY!

 

BEFORE WE LOOK BACK, WE’LL TAKE CARE OF RECENT EVENTS AND SEND OUT A HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS TO 521 ALAN GRAY WHO NOT ONLY TOOK THE WIMBLEDON OPENING HEAT ON 16TH FEB, BUT FEATURED IN THE RESULTS ALL NIGHT ALSO. ALAN HAD ONLY BEEN RACING A LIMITED SCHEDULE IN 2013 AFTER A HEFTY ENGINE BLOW IN EARLY SUMMER WHICH PUT HIM ON THE SIDELINES APART FROM OCCASIONAL OUTINGS IN THE COLIN FULLER RANDALL WHICH HAD BEEN MOTHBALLED. IT’S NOT ALAN’S FIRST WIN IN SUPERSTOX, THIS BEING HIS SECOND, BUT GREAT TO SEE HIM IN THE RESULTS AFTER BEING SIDELINED SO LONG.

UNFORTUNATELY, BROTHER PETER 125 WAS NOT SO FORTUNATE; ENGINE PROBLEMS AROSE AGAIN FOR OUR ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL SKIPPER’. UNDAUNTED, I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THOUGH THAT OUR PETER WILL BE BOUNCING BACK SHORTLY WITH LYNDALE POWER UNDER THE BONNET!

THE REST OF THE EVENINGS RACING SAW A HEAT TWO AND GRAND FINAL VICTORY FOR 376 STEVEN JACKSON, THIS TIME GETTING THE BETTER OF 482 JASON COOPER AND HEARTY CONGRATS MUST ALSO GO OUT TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 515 JORDAN AYLWARD AND 242 SAM STACEY FOR TOP PLACINGS ALL NIGHT ALSO.

 

THE DAY BEFORE, WE HAD SPENT ANOTHER DAY ON PROJECT 320, DETAILS OF WHICH WE’LL BE POSTING IN THE PIT AREA SHORTLY, BUT THERE WAS ANOTHER REASON FOR BEING IN THE FEN’S AND THAT WAS THE WISBECH STADIUM REUNION THAT EVENING.

 

FACEBOOK DOES RECEIVE ITS BAD PRESS, BUT IT CAN DO SOME AMAZING THINGS ALSO! THE THOUGHT OF A REUNION HAD BEEN MOOTED ON FACEBOOK SOME MONTHS PREVIOUS WITH THE AIM TO MAYBE HOLD A GATHERING AT THE OLD SOUTH BRINK AROUND THE OPENING DATE OF THE NEW TESCO ETC THAT NOW OCCUPIES THE SITE. I MUST STRESS THIS WAS IN NO WAY POLITICAL,WITH NO INTENTION OF OBSTRUCTING TESCO, JUST A WAY OF RESPECTING THE OLD STADIUM AND PEOPLE VERY CLOSELY ASSOCIATED WITH IT, PRIOR TO THE PLACE FINALLY BEING CONFINED TO DISTANT MEMORIES. MANY PEOPLE PLEDGED SUPPORT FOR THIS AND THE MOMENTUM CONTINUED UNTIL 6PM THAT SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN AROUND 20 RACE CARS FROM ALL DISCIPLINS OF OVAL RACING AND A GOOD 100+ FOLK MET AND REMEMBERED FOR ONE LAST TIME.

BEHIND THE SCENES, A GREAT DEAL OF WORK AND PLANNING HAD BEEN CARRIED OUT BEFOREHAND WITH TESCO’S BEING ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE IDEA FROM THE OFFSET. THE IRONIC THING ABOUT THE SITE NOW, FOR THOSE WHO VISITED IT BACK IN THE DAY, IS THAT THE ENTRANCE TO THE DEVELOPMENT SITS I WOULD SAY DIRECTLY ONTOP OF THE PIT ENTRANCE ONTO THE TRACK AND THEN YOU TURN LEFT TO GO ONE WAY ALONG THE OLD BACK STRAIGHT, OR TURN RIGHT TO HEAD TOWARDS THE OLD B.R.S. BEND! WITH THAT IN MIND, THE GATHERING WAS HELD ON THE ‘B.R.S. BEND’ WITH THE RACE CARS NEATLY PARKED IN THE CAR PARK BAYS. EVEN THE SMELL OF HAMBURGER’S AND ONIONS FILLED THE AIR ONCE MORE AS A CATERING WAGON HAD BEEN DEPLOYED INTO THE AREA ALSO.

IT WAS GREAT TO SEE SO MANY OLD FACES, CHRIS JACKLIN WHO WAS A TRACK MARSHALL WITH ME WHEN I WAS THE START MARSHALL THERE, MALCOLM FOSKETT, WHO NOT ONLY RACED THERE, BUT WOULD D.J. THE DISCO’S IN THE BAR AFTER RACING ALSO. ADRIAN KEW, WHO NOT ONLY DEBUTED IN STOCK SALOONS IN MY ERA, BUT WENT ON TO BECOME AVERY BIG NAME IN THE FORMULA. THE AYLWARD FAMILY, NOBBY AND WENDY KING, JULIAN LYNN, STU BLYTH, NOT ONLY ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX RACING DIRECTOR, BUT ONE OF THE ORIGINAL FEN TIGERS AUTOSPEDEWAY TEAM DRIVERS, THE NAMES AND FACES CONTINUED TO ARRIVE, FOLK SYNONAMOUSE WITH WISBECH AND ALL HAD A MEMORY TO TELL.

IT WAS ALSO A BITTER – SWEET TIME FOR WE REMEMBERED SO MANY PEOPLE NO LONGER WITH US INCLUDING BOTH CHARLENE KINGSTON AND FORMER LOCAL STOCK SALOON DRIVER, LEN JOHNSON WHO HAD CHOSEN HIS BELOVED WISBECH TO BE HIS RESTING PLACE FOR HIS ASHES SEVERAL YEARS PREVIOUS. A VERY NICE GESTURE WAS THE UNVEILING OF A PLAQUE IN MEMORIAL TO CHARLENE PLACED IN A FLOWER BED ADJACENT TO THE B.R.S. BEND WHICH I UNDERSTOOD HAD BEEN COMMISSIONED BY TESCO ITSELF. THERE WAS EVEN TALK OF THE POSSIBILITY OF A PLAQUE BEING POSITIONED JUST INSIDE THE STORE COMMEMORATING THE FORMER STADIUM.

THE REUNION LASTED ONLY A SHORT WHILE, BUT RESPECT WAS PAID AND THE GROCERY SUPERSTORE/STOCK CAR FAN RELATIONSHIP IN WISBECH HAD GROWN SOMEWHAT CLOSER, AFTER ALL THE OLD SITE HAD BEEN STOOD DERELICT FOR A GOOD FEW YEARS!

 

I PERSONALLY HAVE SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES OF WISBECH, IT WAS THE FIRST TRACK I WORKED SOLO AFTER MY START MARSHALL TRAINING, THE ONE AND ONLY TRACK I CAME VERY CLOSE TO BEING RUN OVER AT, THE HOME OF MANY A GREAT END OF SEASON KNEES UP, THE FIRST TRACK I RACED AT WHEN I STARTED RACING MYSELF AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER MEMORIES I COULD’NT POSSIBLY SHARE!        

 

WITH GRATITUDE TO STU BLYTH, MARK TEGARDINE AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHER KIND PEOPLE, WE ARE PROUD TO UNVEIL OUR WISBECH STADIUM TRIBUTE ALBUM IN THE PHOTOS SECTION OF THE WEBSITE.

WISBECH STADIUM LIVES ON, ON THE ‘WISBECH STADIUM REMEMBERED’ FACEBOOK PAGE.

 

I MENTIONED LAST WEEK ABOUT ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ STICKERS, WELL I’VE BEEN SENDING THEM EVERYWHERE THIS PAST WEEK! THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL THE DRIVERS WHO GOT IN TOUCH AND WANT TO CARRY OUR LOGO, I’M TRULY HUMBLED AND WE’LL BE POSTING UP A ‘TEAM PAGE’ VERY SHORTLY WHICH ALSO CONTAINS A LOT OF H.R.P. LOCHGELLY DRIVERS AS WELL AS SPEDEWORTH, THANKS FELLAS….WHOSE GOING TO BE OUR FIRST TULLYROAN TEAM MEMBER?

 

ONE OF OUR MEMBERS, GEORGE RIMMER KINDLY GOT IN TOUCH RECENTLY. GEORGE IS A SMASHING FELLA AND HEADS UP THE P.R. DEPT OF OUR FRIENDS OVER AT BRISCA HERITAGE. OVER THE COMING WEEKS, GEORGE AND MYSELF WILL BE BRINGING YOU A UNIQUE STORY OF AN ‘OLDSKOOL CAR’ OR PARTS OF, THAT IN IT’S TIME SAW ACTION IN NOT ONLY SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX, BUT BRISCA F2 ACTION ALSO!

 

THIS PAST SATURDAY, I MADE A FLEETING VISIT TO FOXHALL FOR THE PRACTISE NIGHT, PRIOR COMMITMENTS MEANT I ONLY HAD TIME TO SEE A FEW FOLK IN THE PITS PRIOR TO START TIME, BUT IT WAS GOOD TO CATCH UP WITH 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON WHO HAD SPENT THE WINTER CARRYING OUT A LOT OF MOD’S TO WHAT WAS ALREADY A SUCCESSFUL CAR, THIS TIME THE CAR “IS LIGHTER AND SHORTER” MICHAEL INFORMED ME, HOPING THIS MIGHT JUST GIVE HIM THAT LITTLE EXTRA EDGE HE WAS LOOKING FOR. OUR OWN, 67 CHRIS ROOTS, 540 BRETT WESBROOM AND 66 KEV FERRIS ARRIVED IN THE PITS WHILST 482 JASON AND 483 SARAH COOPER, WERE PRESENT NO DOUBT TO ‘DIAL IN’ THEIR CARS FOR NEXT SATURDAY’S BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP!

MY VISIT WAS ALSO AN OPPURTUNITY TO CATCH UP WITH SPEDEWORTH’S DEANE WOOD FRESH BACK FROM A TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA. I’LL HOPEFULLY BE BRINGING MORE NEWS FROM DEANE AND SPEDEWORTH OVER THE COMING WEEKS, BUT I CAN SAY THAT FROM AN ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ PERSPECTIVE, WE HAVE SOME GREAT NEWS WHICH I SHALL BE REVEALING VERY, VERY SOON!

 

THIS LEADS US VERY NICELY INTO NEXT SATURDAY’S MOUTHWATERING MEETING AT FOXHALL, WHERE ONE OF SPEDEWORTH’S OLDEST TITLES WILL BE UP FOR GRABS, THE SUPERSTOX BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP. ONCE UPON A TIME THE HEADLINE EVENT FOR THE IPSWICH SPEDEWEEKEND, THE BRITISH TITLE IS STILL TODAY A RACE STEEPED IN HISTORY AND ONE THAT ANY DRIVER WOULD DEARLY WANT TO WIN TO ADD THEIR NAME TO THAT OF FISKE, PIERCE, MONK, PERRY, SPARKES AND COOPER TO NAME JUST A FEW FAMOUS NAMES THAT HAVE BEEN CROWNED BRITISH CHAMPION AND IN SOME CASES, MORE THAN ONE OCCASION!

 

IT’S A GOOD ‘OLD SKOOL’ STOCK CAR MEETING WITH 1300 STOCK CARS AND BANGERS ON THE BILL ALSO WITH THE ACTION GETTING UNDERWAY AT 6.45PM.        

 

“I’LL TREAT YOU TO SOME OF FOXHALL’S FAMOUS FISH N CHIPS, GRANDAD!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

NICE TO SEE ALL HIS HARD WORK PAID OFF! 521 ALAN GRAY TAKES THE OPENING HEAT AT WIMBLEDON ON 16TH FEBRUARY. (CHRIS BERRY PHOTO).
304 DEREK FISKE, THE MASTER OF BRITISH TITLES, TAKING THE 66, 67, 68 AND 1970 TITLES RESPECTIVELY.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING, 320 DAVE PIERCE RACES TO 'MR STARTER' TED WEAVER'S CHEQUERED FLAG TO TAKE THE 1972 BRITISH IN FRONT OF LIVE TV CAMERAS FOR ITV'S 'WORLD OF SPORT' PROGRAMME.

217 BOB PERRY TOOK THE TITLE A YEAR LATER, PICTURED HERE WITH A YOUNG 221 DEREK WARWICK (2ND) AND 202 FRED BELT (3RD).

THE BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING CAR OF 443 STEVE MONK - AND THE CAB STILL EXISTS TO THIS DAY!

18TH FEBRUARY – IT’S ALL GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES!

TEAM CAPTAIN, 125 PETER GRAY HAS HAD HIS WHOLE WING SIGNWRITTEN FOR THE 2014 CAMPAIGN, MANY THANKS MATEY!

WELL THE RECENT ILLNESS I WAS SUFFERING HUNG ABOUT FOR, FIVE WEEKS NO LESS BUT WE’RE BOUNCING BACK!

 

APOLOGIES FOR LACK OF RECENT NEWS, BUT WE’VE BEEN PARTICULARLY BUSY CATCHING UP. FIRST ON THE AGENDA WAS TO FINALLY COMPLETE THE LONG AWAITED 294 GEOFF GODDARD AND 529 BARRY PLUMMER INTERVIEWS. I’M SURE YOU’LL APPRECIATE, THAT TO WRITE MY ARTICLES, I HAVE TO BE IN A PARTICULAR ‘ZONE’ SO THAT YOU DEAR READER ENJOY NOT ONLT THE STORY, BUT THE PICTURES AND SCENES I DESCRIBE IN MY MINDS EYE IN THE CONTENT. UNFORTUNATELY, THE ‘ZONE’ IS NOT ALWAYS ACCESSIBLE BUT I DO HOPE YOU APPRECIATE THE CONTENT WHEN IT’S FINISHED!

BOTH ARTICLES HAVE BEEN SENT TO GEOFF AND BARRY RESPECTIVELY AND AS SOON AS I HAVE THEIR APPROVAL, THESE WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE POST HASTE.

 

WHILST THIS WAS GOING ON, I FITTED IN A NICE DAY OUT AT 41 SUPERSTOX AND NOWADAY’S 32 HISTORIC STOCK SALOON, MARK JOHNSON’S FAMILY PREMISES. THE NATURE OF THE VISIT WAS TO PURCHASE THE NEW TOW CAR FOR PROJECT 320, UNFORTUNATELY IT’S NOT AN AUSTIN WESTMINSTER AS DAVE USED AT THE TIME, BUT A NICE MONDEO ESTATE THAT WILL DO THE JOB VERY NICELY THANK YOU!

WHILST AT MARK’S WE HAD A LOOK THROUGH HIS PARENT’S SCRAP BOOK WHICH WAS FULL OF PRESS CUTTINGS FROM MEETINGS ETC FROM NEARBY CROSS IN HAND. I COULD HAVE SAT FOR HOURS READING THESE AND IN SUCH GREAT CONDITION TOO, THEY REALLY DO DOCUMENT THE TRACKS HISTORY FROM START TO FINISH.

MARK’S LOVELY 100E SALOON WAS AT THE ‘DOCTOR’S BUT WE DID GET TO SEE ANOTHER RECENTLY PURCHASED 100E SALOON, THE MK1 CORTINA SALOON AND ANY MANNER OF LOVELY ‘BRM, BRM’S’ WHICH WE’LL KEEP SECRET! MARK’S BEEN FULL OF SUPPORT FOR ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ SINCE THE BEGINNING AND IS A GREAT MATE TOO, HOPEFULLY WE’LL SORT HIM A ‘RETRO SUPERSTOX’ AT SOME POINT IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

 

WHILST ALL THIS WAS GOING ON, I’D BEEN SCANNING THE OLD INTERNET FOR A SUITABLE TRAILER. ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT I WAS AMAZED THE MONEY THAT SOME FOLK ASK FOR WHAT THEY WOULD LOOSELY DESCRIBE AS A ‘CAR TRAILER’! AN OLD CARAVAN WITH AN ILLEGAL HOOK, NO BRAKES, NEEDING FRESH STEEL AND SEVERAL WEEKS OF WORK DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE BEST PART OF £1000 IN MY BOOK, FOR BRIAN JAMES IT IS NOT!  I MUST ADMIT TO INITIALLY TRYING TO FIND A RETRO - LOOKING TWO WHEEL TRAILER, OR EVEN ONE OF THE FOUR – WHEELED COLIN HIGMAN TRAILER’S SO POPULAR IN THE EIGHTEES BUT ALAS NONE APPEARED, BUT WE HAVE FOUND A GREAT LITTLE TRAILER AT A SENSIBLE PRICE TO DO THE JOB AND WE’LL BE PICKING HER UP IN THE NEXT WEEK OR SO… WHAT IS COINCIDENTAL IS THAT THIS TRAILER HAD BEEN USED TO TRANSPORT A FORD MODEL ‘Y’, THE ORIGINAL DONOR CAR FOR SUPERSTOX RACING IN THE SIXTIES!

 

WE HAD ANOTHER GREAT DAY AT STU BLYTH’S THE OTHER WEEK WHEN WE WERE JOINED BY SCOTLAND’S ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX RACING MANGER’ ALAN HARWOOD AND ‘SCOTTISH LEGENDS’ SUPREMO WILLIE ANDERSON. WE HAVE ALL BECOME GREAT FRIENDS OVER THE PAST YEAR OR SO AND ALL SEE THE ‘OLDSKOOL WORLD’ IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. APART FROM THE SHEER ENJOYMENT OF AN AFTERNOON ALL SPENT TOGETHER, ALAN AND WILLIE HAD ALSO BROUGHT DOWN ALAN’S DELICIOUS PROJECT 41 GORDON McDOUGAL REPLICA FOR SOME WORK AT THE ‘BLYTH SPIRIT’ WORKSHOPS OVER THE COMING WEEKS. IT WAS GREAT TO PUT PROJECTS 41 AND 320 TOGETHER, WITH THE 320 VINTAGE OF 1972 AND 41’S BEING 1976, YOU CAN CERTAINLY SEE THE DEVELOPMENT THAT HAD EVOLVED OVER THE FOUR YEARS AT THAT TIME! WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE PIT AREA.

 

SPEAKING OF SCOTLAND, I MUST WELCOME 74 DINO BRUCE, 52 ALAN CUTHBERTSON, STEVIE AND LEE SMART TO ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOL’ DINO KINDLY POSTED A PIC ON FACEBOOK OF THE WING OF HIS SUPERSTOX COMPLETE WITH LOVELY TARTAN H.R.P. LIVERY AND ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ STICKER, TO WHICH BOTH  ALAN AND STEVIE INQUIRED ABOUT SO OFFICIAL STICKERS HAVE BEEN HEADING TO THE HIGHLANDS, THE LAD’S JOINING 177 STU GILCHRIST, 53 DAVE FRAME, 35 CHRIS STEWART AND 116 ANDY COCHRANE. ALL I CAN SAY IS THANKS VERY MUCH FELLA’S, IT IS TRULY APPRECIATED AND WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR PROGRESS AS THE SEASON GETS UNDERWAY AT LOCHGELLY AND WE’LL BE UP TO SEE YOU AT THE EUROPEAN!

ONE FINAL NOTE ON SCOTLAND, TO DEMONSTRATE HOW WELL THE FORMULA IS GROWING AT LOCHGELLY, BOTH 174 IAN BRUCE AND 453 WILLIE McKENZIE DEBUTED TWO GREAT LOOKING SUPERSTOX AT THE N.E.C. AUTOSPORTS SHOW. THE CARS LOOK SUPERB, JUST NEEDING THEIR ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ STICKERS TO FINISH THEM OFF!

 

NOT TO BE OUTDONE, DOWN SOUTH, THE GRAY BROTHERS, PETER AND ALAN HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY OF LATE REBUILDING AND PAINTING THEIR CARS FOR THE NEW SEASON WITH ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL CAPTAIN’ PETER CARRYING THE LOGO SIGNWRITTEN RIGHT ACROSS HIS WING!

THE FERRIS TEAM, STU 170 AND KEVIN 66, HAVE COMPLETELY STRIPPED KEV’S HCD DOWN OVER THE WINTER, REBUILT THE UNDERCARRIAGE AND ARE NOW PUTTING THE CAR BACK TOGETHER IN READINESS FOR THE BRITISH AT IPSWICH ON MARCH 1ST.

 

I WAS RECENTLY CONTACTED BY 227 ANDY ‘TITCH’ GARDNER WHO NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION TO SUPERSTOX AND STOCK SALOON FANS ALIKE.

ANDY AND I HAVE BEEN PAL’S FOR YEARS, WAY BACK TO HIS EUROPEAN SALOON TITLE BACK IN 1984. WE LIVED QUITE CLOSE TO EACH OTHER IN IPSWICH, ‘RACED HARD AND PARTIED HARD’ DURING THOSE HEADY YEARS, WITH ‘TITCH’ GOING ON TO FORGE A VERY SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN SUPERSTOX. LIKE ME, ‘TITCH’ HAS BEEN AROUND THE OVAL’S SINCE HE WAS A ‘BABE’, HAS A GREAT COLLECTION OF PHOTOS AND STORIES AND HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE BRINGING YOU AN INTERVIEW SOON!

 

NEXT UPDATE, WE’LL BE BRINGING YOU NEWS FROM ROUND ONE OF THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES AT WIMBLEDON, THE EMOTIONAL REUNION AT THE FORMER WISBECH, NOW TESCO’S SUPERSTORE AT SOUTHBRINK, PROJECTS 320 AND 41 PLUS SECRET PROJECT 2 WHICH IS NOW GETTING UNDERWAY.

 

“HAVE YOU FINISHED MY TOW BAR YET GRANDAD?”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

521 ALAN GRAY PUT A LOT OF TIME INTO HIS CAR OVER THE WINTER, AND IT CERTAINLY PAID OFF!....ALL TO BE REVEALED IN A FEW DAYS!

66 KEVIN AND STU FERRIS HAVE COMPLETELY REBUILT THE UNDERCARRIAGE OF THEIR HCD FOR 2014.

BIG THANKS GO OUT TO 74 DINO BRUCE WHO JOINS 'TEAM OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX' FOR 2014!

174 IAN BRUCE'S SUPERB NEW SUPERSTOX, READY FOR THE 2014 CAMPAIGN AT LOCHGELLY.
LIKEWISE 453 KENNY McKENZIE'S SUPERB NEW MOUNT! (BOTH PICS HRP).

27TH JANUARY – WELL, I WAS’NT EXPECTING THAT!

IT'S WINTER 1973 AND TWO SUPERS ARE BEING 'READIED' FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON.....OR IS IT?
CHECK OUT THE PIT AREA!

LIKE MOST FOLK IN MY PROFESSION, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR IS A BUSY TIME. A DUTY ON EMERGENCY CALL MEANT I COULD’NT MAKE THE WINTERNATIONALS, BUT HAVING COMPLETED MY WEEK,I WAS ALL SET FOR A RELAXING EXTENDED WEEKEND INCLUDING MY BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS WHEN WHAM...SOMETHING HIT ME LIKE AN EXPRESS TRAIN! THE DOCTOR DIAGNOSED IT TO A COMBINATION OF BRONCHITIS, LARENGITIS AND ANOTHER VIRUS, ALL I KNOW IS THAT I HAVE’NT FELT SO ILL IN A LONG TIME SO APOLOGIES FOR THE DELAYED UPDATE!

 

CATCHING UP, THE WINTERNATIONALS AT WIMBLEDON ON NEW YEARS DAY, ALTHOUGH RATHER WET, PROVED A FITTING TRIBUTE WITH THE RECENT PASSING OF KEVIN BEE. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN OVER FROM HOLLAND FOR THE MEETING AND A MINUTES SILENCE WAS OBSERVED ON TRACK PRIOR TO THE MEETING START.

RACING THE FAMOUSE ‘482’ JASON COOPER TOOK THE FIRST HEAT WHILST KEVIN’S ‘TEAM DRIVER’ 69 SHAUN BROOKER CLAIMED HEAT TWO AND THE ALL IMPORTANT WINTERNATIONALS FINAL TO END AN EMOTIONAL DAY.

 

KEVIN BEE’S FUNERAL TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY AND WAS VERY WELL SUPPORTED BY THE RACING COMMUNITY. WITH REGRET, DUE TO ILLNESS, I COULD NOT ATTEND AS PLANNED BUT ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ WAS REPRESENTED IN MY UNFORTUNATE ABSENSE.

 

MOVING ON, THE SUPERSTOX RETURNED TO WIMBLEDON ON 19TH JAN FOR THE LONDON CHAMPIONSHIP. A HEALTHY TURN OUT OF TWENTY CARS GATHERED IN THE PITS, ALTHOUGH 58 LUKE HAMILTON HAD TO SIT OUT THE MEETING AFTER A THROTTLE JAM IN PRACTISE WHICH IS GOING TO NECESSITATE SOME WORK ON HIS FAMOUSE HIGMAN. FORTUNATELY, STEVE 59 HAD A GOOD MEETING, GETTING INTO THE RESULTS SO HOPEFULLY THE LUCK IS SLOWLY CHANGING FOR OUR GUY’S!

HEAT ONE WAS TAKEN BY 482 JASON COOPER, BUT THE SECOND HEAT AND LONDON TITLE WENT TO 151 NICK SMITH WHO WAS WELL OVERDUE SOME GOOD LUCK WHICH HAD ELUDED HIM SINCE HIS WORLD TITLE IN 2011. LET’S HOPE IT’S A CHANGE OF FORTUNE AND WE’LL SEE MORE OF NICK ON THE PACE CAR IN 2014.

 

MOVING ON, THE SPEDEWORTH FIXTURE LIST BECAME AVAILABLE ON THE SPEDEWORTH WEBSITE OVER CHRISTMAS SO WE CAN PLAN OUR SUPERSTOX ‘FIX’ OF RACING OVER THE COMING YEAR.

 

I MUST PASS ON A HUGE THANK YOU TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 490 MATT SOLE AND 279 PHIL PROCTOR.

HAVING WON A COUPLE OF MINI BUCKET SEATS ON E BAY FOR PROJECTS 320 AND 235, MATT KINDLY PICKED THESE UP FROM ALDERSHOT ON NEW YEARS DAY NO LESS, AND BROUGHT THEM TO WIMBLEDON, FOR PHIL TO BRING THEM BACK TO OUR PART OF THE WOODS! HUGELY APPRECIATED GUY’S, ONCE AGAIN DEMONSTRATING WHAT GREAT FOLK WE HAVE WITHIN THE SUPERSTOX COMMUNITY.

 

HOPE YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE ADDITIONS TO THE ALBUMS?

JUST TO SHOW HOW WELL ‘TUNED IN’ ALAN, STU AND MYSELF ARE, WE WERE ALL WORKING ON THE ‘WORLD CHAMPIONS ALBUM’ AT THE SAME TIME IN SECRET! WITH ALAN BREAKING COVER, IT PERSUADED ME TO PUBLISH ALL THE PICS I HAVE. THE AIM IS TO ENDEVOUR TO PUBLISH A PHOTO OF EACH WORLD CHAMPION WITH THE FAMOUS TROPHY WHICH HAS BEEN PRESENTED EVERY YEAR. THERE ARE ONE OR TWO TWISTS ALONG THE WAY, BUT BY AND LARGE WE SHOULD JUST ABOUT BE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THIS WHICH WILL BE QUITE A UNIQUE ITEM! THE GREAT THING IS, FROM NOW ON WE CAN CONTINUE TO BUILD THIS GALLERY. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALL THE DRIVERS WHO HAVE KINDLY HELPED WITH MATERIAL FOR THE ALBUM, MOST RECENTLY 320 DAVE PIERCE, 69 SHAUN BROOKER AND 7 GLENN SALMON. THERE’S A LOT MORE TO GET AND ANY HELP WOULD BE GLADLY APPRECIATED!

 

PLEASE TAKE A LOOK THROUGH ALL THE ALBUM’S THERE HAS BEEN EVEN MORE PICTURES ADDED TO JUST ABOUT EVERY ALBUM SO THAT SHOULD KEEP ALL YOU  ‘OLDSKOOL’ FAN’S OCCUPIED!

 

CHECK OUT THE PIT AREA, WHERE WE BRING YOU THE LATEST NEWS ON PROJECT 320 AND PROJECT 41 WHICH WILL BE LODGING DOWN SOUTH FOR A FEW WEEKS….ALL WILL BE REVEALED IN DUE COURSE!

 

IT LOOKS AS THOUGH WE NOW HAVE A PINTO AND GEARBOX FOR PROJECT 284, SO THAT’S ANOTHER CAR RESTORATION THAT WE WILL BE GETTING INTO IN 2014.

 

I DO HOPE YOU ALL ENJOY OUR CONTINENTAL SUPERSTOX FEATURE, WE’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR SOME TIME AND I CANNOT THANK OUR FRIENDS FROM MAINLAND EUROPE ENOUGH FOR ALL THEIR INPUT, ASSISTANCE AND WILLINGNESS TO ALLOW US TO USE THEIR GREAT PHOTOS….ALL THE MORE SPECIAL WHEN YOU THINK THAT TECHNICALLY SUPERSTOX HAVE NOT BEEN A FORMULA ON THE CONTINENT FOR TWENTY YEARS PLUS! IN ADDITION TO THE FEATURE, THE SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL ALBUM HAS BEEN SWELLED WITH AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF PHOTOS SO WE ARE ABLE TO TELL THE STORY IN PICTURES AS WELL AS WORDS.

NEXT FEATURES WILL BE 294 GEOFF GODDARD AND 529 BARRY PLUMMER WHICH I AM DESPERATELY TRYING TO FINISH, THAT’S BEFORE I CATCH UP WITH 476 CHRIS ELMS AND SPEDEWORTH SCOTLAND….OH YES, IT’S GOING TO BE A BUMPER FEATURE THAT ONE…AND HOPEFULLY PUBLISHED IN TIME FOR THE EUROPEAN AT LOCHGELLY THIS YEAR!

 

SPEAKING OF CHRIS ELMS, CHRIS HAS BEEN POORLY LATELY SO I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN WISHING CHRIS A SPEEDY RECOVERY.  

 

OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, I’M HOPING TO PUBLISH A FIXTURE LIST OF GET TOGETHERS/EVENTS ETC THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, PLEASE BEAR WITH ME AS I HAVE TO HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSIONS WITH SPEDEWORTH’S DEANE WOOD (CURRENTLY IN SOUTH AFRICA).

 

MEMBERSHIPS! OUR FACEBOOK PAGE BOASTS A SUPERB 260+ MEMBERS, IT WOULD BE GREAT TO ACIEVE THIS ON THE WEBSITE. IT IS ENTIRELY FREE TO JOIN, AND IT GIVES US THE OPPURTUNITY TO SEE WHO ENJOY’S OUR LITTLE WORLD, GIVES YOU ALL THE OPPURTUNITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER AND ALSO POST PHOTOS/ALBUMS FROM YOUR OWN FAVOURITE COLLECTIONS. IT’S A WIN/WIN SITUATION FOLKS SO PLEASE SIGN UP AND DON’T FORGET IF YOU ARE/WERE A SUPERSTOX DRIVER, LET US KNOW AND WE’LL FEATURE YOU IN OUR ‘READER’S DRIVES’ ALBUM TOO!   

 

“GRANDAD, LAY OFF THE CAUGH MIXTURE, WE’VE GOT WORK TO DO!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

 

IT WAS ALL A BIT DIFFERENT IN 1975 AS THE LATE, 407 JIM DAVEY SLICED THROUGH THE THICK WIMBLEDON SHALE TO TAKE THE WINTERNATIONALS!
HOPEFULLY, WE'LL GET TO SEE 691 BRIAN BEARMAN AND SUPERPOP (ON JIM'S OUTSIDE) AT SOME OF OUR FUTURE EVENTS!
OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 2014 LONDON CHAMPION, 151 NICK SMITH.
(PHOTO COURTESY SPEDEWORTH WEB/FACEBOOK PAGE)
FLYING THE FLAG FOR SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL, IT WAS GREAT TO SEE 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN OVER FROM HOLLAND FOR THE WINTERNATIONALS -
CHECK OUT OUR SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL FEATURE AND ALBUMS!
HAPPIER TIMES, KEVIN BEE PRESENTING A TROPHY TO FELLOW WISBECH MAN AND STAR DRIVER 216 GRAHAM MONK.

29TH DECEMBER – A SAD END TO THE YEAR.

It is with great sadness we report the passing of Kevin Bee.

I doubt there is anyone in the Superstox World who has not either met or know of Kevin. Brother of the late 482 Neil Bee, Kevin commands his own legendary status having not only Managed Neil's racing career, but also those of Rob Perry and Shaun Brooker in recent years.

Kevin's success rate stands alone not only in the Teams he managed, but he advised and helped a much bigger portfolio of Drivers along the way also.
I last saw Kevin at the September Foxhall meeting, following the World Final. although busy discussing set up’s on Shaun’s car, he kindly obliged my intrusion and we discussed the “oldskool movement” of which he supported and offered Neil’s former car to Stu and myself to borrow for any future displays etc, such an act of great kindness.

It was planned to interview Kevin in the New Year .... In time we will tell his story by those who knew him best and pay tribute to a man we all respected so much.

For now, we reflect the passing of a true Gent and Superstox Legend and Our thoughts go out to Kevin's Family and Friends at this sad time.

I’m going to reproduce comment produced by our own 69 Shaun Brooker, which says it all;

 

“Lets all remember that people like Kevin make our sport bigger and better, and for no other reason than that they love it for what it is.

Kevin Bee has managed the following Superstox champions.


1975 World Champion - Neil Bee
1981 World Champion - Neil Bee
1982 World Champion - Neil Bee
1983 British Champion - Neil Bee
1986 World Champion - Neil Bee
1986 National Champion - Neil Bee
1987 East Anglian Champion - Neil Bee
1990 National Champion - Neil Bee
2002 Southern Champion - Rob Perry
2002 British Champion - Rob Perry
2006 English Champion - Shaun Brooker
2006 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2007 National Champion - Shaun Brooker
2007 World Champion - Shaun Brooker
2008 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2009 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2011 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2011 European Champion - Shaun Brooker
2011 East Anglian Champion - Shaun Brooker
2011 Open Scottish Champion - Shaun Brooker
2012 London Champion - Shaun Brooker
2012 Winternationals - Shaun Brooker
2013 Gold Roof Champion - Jayden Brooker

Apart from these victories, many more minor victories were achieved by Kevin and he remained dignified, honest and loyal.


Let’s praise him for now and remember what being a sportsman means.”


BUT WHEN TALKING 'OLDSKOOL' WITH KEVIN, HE REMEMBERED NEIL'S FIRST EX 213 DOUG MCMAHON CAR WITH GREAT AFFECTION AND WISHED IT WAS STILL AROUND....SOMEWHERE.
AS HAS 69 SHAUN BROOKER, CURRENTLY UNDER THE 'BEE'S MOTORS' BANNER.
217 ROB PERRY ENJOYED FURTHER SUCCESS WHILST UNDER KEVIN'S WING.

22ND DECEMBER – A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!

JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPURTUNITY TO SAY A FEW THANK YOU’ S!

I CANNOT BELIEVE WE ARE NOW HEADING INTO OUR SECOND CHRISTMAS AND THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ AS A WHOLE IS GROWING BIGGER BY THE DAY.

 

I HAVE SAID IT SEVERAL TIMES, BUT THE INTEREST HAS AND STILL FAR EXCEEDS WHAT WAS EXPECTED, THE FACEBOOK PAGE ALONE HAS NEW MEMBERS JOINING THE GROUP IN THEIR DROVES FROM ALL PARTS OF EUROPE AND THE INTEREST IN THE WEBSITE MEANS THE DEMAND FOR NEW MATERIAL AND INFORMATION KEEPS ME AT A FLAT OUT PACE – ALL GOOD, ALL HEALTHY AND ALL VERY, VERY POSITIVE!

 

WE HAVE ASSEMBLED A TERRIFIC ADMINISTRATION TEAM, FROM ALL PARTS OF EUROPE YET ALL HAVE THAT ONE COMMON GOAL TO UNITE SUPERSTOX RACING FANS, DRIVERS, OFFICIAL’S ETC FROM BOTH THE PAST AND THE PRESENT IN ONE COMMON GROUP.

 

THE INTEREST FROM SUPERSTOX DRIVERS OF TODAY HAS BEEN PHENOMINAL, ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ CONTINUES TO GROW MEETING AFTER MEETING, NOT JUST DOWN SOUTH, BUT OUR FRIENDS AT LOCHGELLY ALSO AND WE’RE HOPING TO INTRODUCE OURSELVES TO THE GOOD FOLK AT TULLYROAN AS SOON AS THE OPPURTUNITY ARISES. WE HAVE’NT DISCOUNTED JEROEN AND LUUD FROM HOLLAND EITHER, LETS HOPE ONE DAY WE MAY SEE THE RETURN OF SUPERSTOX TO MAINLAND EUROPE, EVEN IF IT WERE A ONE – OFF!

 

LIFE – LASTING FRIENDSHIPS HAVE BEEN MADE, REKINDLED AND NO DOUBT MORE WILL BE FORMED AS WE HOPEFULLY WILL ALL MEET UP AT VARIOUS GET TOGETHERS IN 2014.

 

I WOULD JUST LIKE TO APOLOGISE FOR THE DELAYED ARTICLES ON GEOFF GODDARD, BARRY PLUMMER AND SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL. THESE WILL BE PUBLISHED EARLY IN THE NEW YEAR, A NUMBER OF FACTORS CAUSING DELAY ON MY PART IN WHAT HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLY BUSY, YET VERY ENJOYABLE LAST FEW MONTHS.

 

ON BEHALF OF THE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ ADMINISTRATION TEAM, MAY WE WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

 

DEAN COX, STU BLYTH, THE ENTIRE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ COMMUNITY AND OF COURSE…..

“EASY ON THE MINCE PIES GRANDAD!”         

532 BOBBY DAVIS JUNIOR, IN GREAT FORM AT WIMBLEDON RECENTLY!

17TH DECEMBER – BACK AT THE START!

BEFORE WE CATCH UP THIS WEEK, WE SEND OUR THOUGHTS TO OUR FRIENDS IN SCOTLAND, PARTICULALRLY THOSE IN THE GLASGOW AREA, AND SOUTH AFRICA, TWO PLACES IN MOURNING CURRENTLY.

 

I WAS TRANSPORTED BACK TO MY TEENAGE YEARS RECENTLY WHICH, IF YOU ARE LINKED TO OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, PROVIDED GREAT AMUSEMENT TO ALL….AND ME INPARTICULAR! MOST WILL KNOW THAT FROM 1983 – 1987 I WAS A SPEDEWORTH START MARSHALL, A JOB I ABSOLUTELY RELISHED AND ENJOYED TO THE MAX. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, SEVERAL PHOTOS WERE TAKEN OF ME DURING THAT PERIOD, MOSTLY WITH RACE WINNERS, BUT SOMETIMES ON MY OWN, MAINLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT I WOULD FREQUENTLY SEND MYSELF UP, ALL PART OF THE JOB!

I REMEMBER ONE FAN PRESENTED ME WITH A HUGE FOAM STETSON HAT AT A BANK HOLIDAY YARMOUTH ONCE SO I PRECEDED TO WEAR THIS ON GRAND PARADES (YES WE STILL HAD THEM THEN) FOR A WEEK OR TWO.

FAST FORWARD 29 YEARS AND THE LOVELY TRUDY AYLWARD CAME ACROSS A PHOTO OF ME WEARING SAID ITEM AND POSTED IT ON MY TIMELINE. MY GREAT PAL ALAN HARWOOD THEN POSTED IT ON THE GROUP PAGE AND TO MAKE SURE IT WAS WELL AND TRULY PUBLIC, ANOTHER PAL MARK HENDERSON MADE SURE IT WAS THERE FOR ALL TO SEE! THE BANTER THAT FOLLOWED WAS HILARIOUS AND CONTINUED THROUGH THE WEEK AND IN THE PITS AT WIMBLEDON LAST SUNDAY NIGHT! I HAVE TO SAY, THIS WAS ONE BIG GIGGLE AND THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR MAKING IT SO. FOR A WHILE I WAS TRANSPORTED BACK TO A TIME WHEN I HAD A FEW LESS RESPONSIBILITIES, THE WORLD WAS A LITTLE MORE ‘RELAXED’ AND I LIVED FOR NOTHING BUT RACING!

THIS ERA ALSO ALLOWED ME TO HAVE ACCESS TO MY RACING HERO’S ON TRACK AND I WOULD HEARTILY RECOMMEND ANY ENTHUSIAST TO GET INVOLVED WITH OFFICIALDOM AT MEETINGS, IT’S A WONDERFUL WAY TO GET INTO THE SPORT WITHOUT ACTUALLY RACING, RUB SHOULDERS WITH YOUR HERO’S AND FORM LONG STANDING FRIENDSHIPS THAT FOR ME STILL CONTINUE TO THIS DAY.   

 

WE HAD ANOTHER TRIP TO WIMBLEDON THE OTHER SUNDAY, THANKS TO 279 PHIL PROCTOR, FOR A CRACKING MEETING FEATURING A RARE APPEARANCE OF THE NATIONAL HOT RODS NO LESS! THIS GAVE ME THE OPPURTUNITY TO ‘SIGN UP’ OUR FIRST NHR DRIVER TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ IN THE SHAPE OF 316 PAUL FROST. PAUL NEEDS NO INTRODUCTION BEING THE SON OF LEGENDARY 316 PAT FROST AND NEPHEW OF THE LATE, 68 TREVOR FROST. PAUL AND I GO BACK A LONG WAY TOO, BACK TO OUR TEENS WHEN PARTYING WAS VERY MUCH PART OF THE RACING AGENDA FOR US!

PAUL INFORMED ME THAT HIS FATHER IS NOW 90 AND ALTHOUGH NOT IN THE BEST OF HEALTH, WOULD WELCOME A CHAT ABOUT HIS RACING YEARS SO WE’LL GRAB A FEW WORDS WITH HIM IN THE NEW YEAR. I CERTAINLY ADMIRE PAUL FOR STICKING WITH NHR, NOT AN EASY FORMULA, EVEN WITH HIS VAST RACING KNOWLEDGE AND TALENT, AND I SINCERELY HOPE SUCCESS COMES HIS WAY SOON FOR ALL THE EXPENSE AND EFFORT HE IS PUTTING INTO HIS PROGRAMME.

 

I ALSO GOT THE OPPURTUNITY TO CHAT WITH 95 AND 96 WORLD CHAMPION, 7 GLENN SALMON. “WE’VE STILL GOT THE DAZ KITSON CAR DOWN THE BOTTOM SHED AND THIS ONES GOING WELL NOW, - YEA WE’RE STILL ENJOYING IT AT THE MOMENT….IF WE STOP ENJOYING IT, THEN WE’LL GIVE IT A REST AGAIN!”

 

THE REST OF THE PIT GOSSIP WAS AS FOLLOWS; 279 PHIL PROCTOR HAD PUT HIS CAR ON THE ROLLING ROAD PRIOR TO THE MEETING AND MANAGED TO SQUEEZE A FEW MORE BHP – DETAILS CLASSIFIED! 59 STEVE AND 58 LUKE HAMILTON WERE AGAIN WORKING ON THEIR CARS UP TO 10.30PM THE NIGHT BEFORE TO GET THEM RACE READY, WHILST 66 KEVIN AND STU FERRIS HAD REBUILT THEIR GEARBOX AFTER IT WAS FOUND TO BE IN PIECES AFTER THE BEST IN BRITAIN SHUNT.

 

A SUPERB 21 CARS GRIDDED FOR THE OPENING HEAT WHICH SAW ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 532 BOBBY DAVIS JNR TAKE A COMMANDING LEAD WHICH WE THOUGHT COULD’NT BE TAKEN BUT A FLYING 482 JASON COOPER HAD OTHER IDEAS AND TOOK THE WIN WITH A LAST LAP LUNGE, BOBBY RECOVERING FOR SECOND. THE MISERY FOR THE HAMILTON’S CONTINUED UNFORTUNATELY WITH THEM BOTH OUT IN THE OPENING LAPS AND 125 PETER GRAY’S ENGINE LET GO WHILST IN A TOP TEN SPOT.

 

HEAT TWO WAS VERY SIMILAR, THIS ONE BROUGHT TO CAUTION ON LAP FIVE AFTER A SHUNT WITH OUR OWN 279 PHIL PROCTOR AND 23 MATT CARBERRY. ON THE RESTART, COOPER CAME THROUGH AGAIN TO TAKE THE WIN FROM 95 JOHN SAUNDERS WHO WAS ENJOYING BETTER FORTUNE THAN A FORTNIGHT EARLIER!

 

COULD COOPER MAKE IT A HATTRICK IN THE FINAL? A SHUNT WITH 24 BEN STYLES ON THE OPENING LAP NEARLY STOPPED JASON, BUT THERE WAS NO STOPPING HIM AND WITH A CAR THAT WAS SUPERBLY ‘DIALLED IN’ HE CLAIMED THE WIN FROM A FLYING 532 BOBBY DAVIS JNR AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS TO END A GREAT NIGHTS RACING AT WIMBLEDON.

A GOOD MANY OF YOU MAY HAVE SEEN ON FACEBOOK RECENT PLANS UNVEILED FOR THE REDEVELOPMENT OF WIMBLEDON STADIUM AND HOPEFULLY THE RETURN OR CONTINUATION OF OVAL RACING. I BELIEVE THE STADIUM CHANGED OWNERSHIP AGAIN IN THE SUMMER AND I SINCERELY HOPE WE WILL SEE OVAL RACING AT PLOUGH LANE FOR MANY YEARS YET…ONE THING IS FOR SURE, IT WILL BE HOSTING THE 54TH SUPERSTOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON SUNDAY 5TH OCTOBER 2014, MAKE A NOTE IN YOUR DIARY’S FOLKS THIS WILL BE ONE NOT TO BE MISSED AND HOPEFULLY, ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE TOO!

 

RECENTLY HAD A COMMUNICATION FROM FORMER RACER, 20 RAY WORLEY WHO NOT ONLY WENT ON TO WIN A NATIONAL TITLE BUT ALSO SURVIVED ONE OF THE NASTIEST LOOKING CRASHES SEEN IN RECENT DECADES! RAY HAS KINDLY SHARED HIS PICS WITH US WHICH I SHALL BE POSTING UP THIS WEEK AND HOPEFULLY IN 2014 WE’LL BE HAVING A CHAT WITH HIM ABOUT HIS SUPERSTOX RACING…AND WHAT RACING HE IS UP TO NOWADAYS!

 

I HAVE ALSO BEEN COMMUNICATING WITH MY OLD PAL 414 IAN CURTIS WHO WAS PART OF A VERY SUCCESSFUL ‘POSSE’ OF GREAT YARMOUTH DRIVERS IN THE 80’S…..I’M HOPING THAT I CAN TEMPT IAN TO RECREATE ONE OF HIS CARS WHICH WERE VERY MUCH ON THE LINES OF THE 284 DICK GAMBLIN / 31 IAN CAMPBELL CARS – ONE OF WHICH IS CURRENTLY SITTING IN STU BLYTH’S YARD.

 

HOPEFULLY I HAVE DONE ENOUGH TO PERSUADE 242 BRIAN STACEY TO CONSTRUCT A CHASSIS FOR THE BODYSHELL HE HAS BEEN RESTORING AND THE BEARMAN FAMILY INFORM ME THAT ‘SUPER POP’ IS STILL VERY MUCH LIVING AT HOME.

 

OUR GOOD FRIEND 532 BOB DAVIS IS JUST ABOUT TO OPEN SHOP WITH A BRAND NEW SPRAY BOOTH AND BUSINESS AND WE’RE HOPING HE MIGHT JUST BE TEMPTED TO ‘CUT N SHUT’ A MK3 CORTINA TO RECREATE ONE OF HIS FORMER CARS.

 

IT’S A CHICKEN AND EGG SITUATION, BUT I AM HOPING THAT WITH ENOUGH CARS EITHER BEING RESTORED OR RECREATED, THERE MIGHT JUST BE THE CHANCE FOR A TRUNDLE OR TWO FOR THE OLD CARS IN 2014 AND BEYOND. AS MENTIONED IN MY LAST UPDATE, THERE ARE MORE CONVERSATIONS TO TAKE PLACE, BUT I AM HOPING IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO PRODUCE A ‘FIXTURE LIST’ OF REUNIONS AND EVENTS ETC WE ARE HOPING TO STAGE IN THE COMING YEAR!

 

WITH CHRISTMAS APPROACHING FAST, THERE’ S EVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO ASK SANTA FOR THAT TRIUMPH FRONT END AND THOSE CORTINA LEAFS…..ESPECIALLY AS GRANDAD IS PLAYING SANTA THIS YEAR!

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

FORMER DRIVER, 20 RAY WORLEY HAS BEEN IN TOUCH RECENTLY,
CHECK OUT RAY'S ALBUM...WE'LL BE TALKING TO RAY IN 2014.

WIMBLEDON STADIUM, IN THE NEWS AGAIN RECENTLY....HOPEFULLY WITH THE CONTINUATION OF OVAL MOTORSPORT!

(PIC COURTESY OF SHAUN BROOKER)

THE LATE, GREAT 295 ALAN FREEBODY AVOIDING THE MELEE AT ARLINGTON BACK IN THE LATE 60'S - HOPEFULLY SON TONY MIGHT DECIDE TO RECREATE ONE OF HIS FATHERS CARS!

24th NOVEMBER – BEST OF THE BEST AT WIMBLEDON!

FOR ME, THE BEST IN BRITAIN MEETING NEVER DISSAPOINTS. WE’VE BEEN ATTENDING THIS MEETING RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING IN THE 80’S, EVEN BEFORE SUPERSTOX WERE ADDED TO THE FARE AND IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A GREAT WAY TO FINISH OFF THE SEASON.

OF COURSE, I CAN GO BACK EVEN FURTHER TO WHEN IT WAS THE BP SUPERNATIONAL WHICH WAS ANOTHER WIMBLEDON SPECIAL ATTENDED BY DIGNATORIES AND A BLACK TIE AFFAIR IN THE RESTAURANTS!

 

THIS YEAR WE TRAVELLED DOWN WITH OUR VERY OWN 279 PHIL PROCTOR IN THE CREW BUS TO BEAT ALL CREW BUSUS! NIGHTHEATER, MICROWAVE, RUNNING HOT AND COLD WATER, INFLIGHT TEA AND COFFEE, COMFY SEATS AND EVEN FREE WIFI, OH YES, PHIL’S VAN HAS IT ALL AND IT WAS GREAT TO SPEND THE MEETING WITH PHIL, GRAHAM AND CLIVE WHO ENJOY THEIR SUPERSTOX RACING NO MATTER WHAT. WE BASKED ON THE WAY ABOUT PHIL’S FINE WIN AND THIRD IN FINAL AT THE LAST MEETING AT YARMOUTH, YET ON ARRIVAL PHIL TOOK DELIVERY OF A SET OF PICS OF HIS SPECTACULAR ROLL AT WIMBLEDON LAST TIME!!

FOLK SUCH AS PHIL AND HIS CREW TYPIFY THE WHOLE SCENE IN SUPERSTOX RIGHT NOW, ONE OF ENJOY THE MEETING WHATEVER HAPPENS IF YOU CAN!

 

HAVING MISSED A FEW MEETINGS, IT WAS A CHANCE TO CATCH UP WITH FOLK, THE FIRST OF WHICH WAS A VISIT TO THE GRAY FAMILIES TRANSPORTER AND A QUICK COMMITTEE MEETING TO DISCUSS SOCIAL EVENTS AND PLANS FOR 2014….EMMA HAD EVEN BROUGHT ALONG SOME SAMPLES OF VARIOUS SPIRITS FOR THE COMMITTEE TO TRY AND AGREE ON AHEAD OF SUCH SHANANAGANS THAT LAY AHEAD!

SERIOUSLY THOUGH, I CAN’T THANK THIS TEAM ENOUGH FOR THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE SHOWN THE OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT RIGHT FROM THE START AND CONTINUE TO DO SO….PLANS FOR THE 2014 SPEDEWEEKEND CAMPING AND OLDSKOOL PARTY ARE WELL AHEAD!

 

SPEAKING OF SUPPORT, I WAS ABSOLUTELY MADE UP TO FIND THAT 242 SAM STACEY NOT ONLY CARRIED OUR STICKERS ON HIS CAR, BUT BRIAN AND HE HAD, HAD IT SIGNWRITTEN ACROSS THE BONNET ALSO, THANK YOU SO MUCH GUY’S!

BRIAN HAS BEEN RESTORING HIS SUPER’S ORIGINAL METRO BODYSHELL, ADDING NEW STEEL AND INFORMED ME IT’S NOW IN PRIMER. HOPEFULLY WE’LL GET TO HAVE A TRUNDLE WITH THE OLD CARS IN 2014 TO WARRANT THE OUTLAY OF A CHASSIS AND RUNNING GEAR…..MORE NEWS TO COME ON THAT.

 

I ALSO MET UP WITH OUR BELGIUM RACING MANAGER, REINIER ROOSEN WHO IS AS JUST A BIG TOPOLINO FAN AS ME, IF NOT BIGGER! WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO TRACK DOWN AN OLD BELGIAN CAR FOR A WHILE AND WE MAY BE GETTING CLOSER, WATCH THIS SPACE!

 

HAD A GREAT CHAT WITH 532 BOB DAVIS, WE’LL BE INTERVIEWING BOB IN THE NEW YEAR ABOUT HIS RACING EXPLOITS AND IT’S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO CHAT TO 267 JOHN SOLE WHO WAS ONE OF THE FORMER OWNERS OF THE TODD SWEENEY CORGI ROCKETS CAR, WHICH JOHN FEELS IS STILL LAYING AROUND THE CROYDON AREA! JOHN ALSO INTRODUCED ME TO 295 TONY FREEBODY, SON OF THE LEGENDARY ALAN. TONY HAD’NT HEARD OF OUR LITTLE WORLD, HE DOES NOW AND MAY EVEN LOOK INTO BUILDING A REPLICA OF ONE OF HIS FAMOUS DAD’S CARS, ALAN SADLY PASSING AWAY A FEW YEARS BACK.

 

53 DAVE FRAME HAD MADE THE JOURNEY DOWN FROM SCOTLAND ON HIS OWN! AND WAS JOINED BY 917 GARY GRATTAN AND 955 KYLE BEATTIE FROM NORTHERN IRELAND. I DID MANAGE TO HAVE A CHAT WITH DAVE WHO’S A TOP BLOKE AND EVEN RACED AT TULLYROAN ON THREE OCCASIONS THIS SEASON. I DID TRY AND PERSUADE HIM TO DO SPEDEWEEKEND NEXT YEAR WITH OUR ‘McOLDSKOOL TEAM’ OF 116 ANDY COCHRANE, 117 STU GILCHRIST, 35 CHRIS STEWART AND 657 TONY LATTKA, LET’S HOPE ONE EXTRA HEAT OVER THE WEEKEND MIGHT BE ENOUGH TO PERSUADE DAVE TO COME DOWN.

 

ONCE INSIDE THE STADIUM, I ALSO GRABBED THE OPPURTUNITY FOR A CHAT AND CATCH UP WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE WOOD, WHO DESPITE BEING A VERY BUSY MAN, ALWAYS FIND’S THE TIME FOR A CHAT FOR WHICH I’M VERY GRATEFUL.

HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE TALKING TO DEANE NEXT YEAR ABOUT HIS RACING IN SUPERSTOX, HIS THOUGHTS FOR THE FORMULA AND HIS VISION FOR OVAL RACING IN THE FUTURE WHICH SOUNDS VERY, VERY POSITIVE INDEED;

“WE SPENT BETWEEN £8 – 900,000 ON FOXHALL THIS YEAR AND THERE’S STILL A LOT WE WANT TO DO, EVENTUALLY EVERYTHING WILL BE REPLACED AND WE’LL BUILD A PROPER SCRUTINEERING BUILDING UNDER COVER WHERE WE CAN CLOSE THE DOORS AND GET ON WITH THE JOB IN HAND!”

“I HAVE A VISION; THIS IS A BUSINESS AND MUST WORK THAT WAY”.

 DEANE ALSO WENT ON TO TELL ME HIS THOUGHTS ON THE VALUE OF WHAT WINNING A WORLD TITLE SHOULD CARRY FOR A DRIVER AND WE’LL COVER THIS AND MORE WITH DEANE NEXT YEAR!

 

FROM AN OLDSKOOL PERSPECTIVE, THERE’S STILL MORE TO DISCUSS AND OBVIOUSLY CONFIRM WITH DEANE, BUT IT’S VERY LIKELY THAT WE CAN HAVE A STRONG PRESENCE OF BOTH CAR’S AND MEMORABILIA AT THE SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL IN 2014 IF IT’S SPEDEWORTH STAGED, BOTH A STATIC DISPLAY AND HOPEFULLY EITHER A TRUNDLE TO OPEN THE MEETING OR A PARADE LAP TO LEAD OUT THE WORLD COMPETITORS.

IT’S ALSO CONFIRMED THAT THERE WILL BE AN ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX REUNION’ IN 2014 WHICH WILL INCORPORATE EVERYTHING SO FAR, AND BE STAGED ON THE SAME DATE AS A SUPERSTOX MEETING, WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF OUR CARS BEING PERMITTED TO HAVE A TRUNDLE AT SOME OF THE SPEDEWORTH PRACTISE DAYS ETC ALSO.   

SO ALL IN ALL, A LOT TO DISCUSS FURTHER AND CONFIRM, BUT ALL VERY, VERY POSITIVE AS FAR AS WE ARE CONCERNED.

 

THE RACING SUNDAY WAS CRACKING WITH 31 CARS ON THE GRID FOR THE FIRST HEAT WHICH HAD TO BE STOPPED ALMOST STRAIGHT AWAY WITH A HEAVY ROLL FOR 95 JOHN SAUNDERS.

UPON RESTART, THE ACTION CONTINUED AT A VERY FAST PACE ON THE STILL DRY TRACK, WITH 482 JASON COOPER TAKING ANOTHER WIN IN HIS RCE CHASSIS.

BY HEAT TWO, WE NOW HAD A NOW WET AND GREASY TRACK WHICH LEVELLED THINGS OUT SOMEWHAT AND A GREAT BATTLE ENSUED BETWEEN 419 ROB CAPON AND OUR OWN 66 KEV FERRIS FOR THE LEAD. THESE TOW SWAPPED THE LEAD LAP AFTER LAP, SOMETIMES TWICE PER LAP AS THEY FOUGHT EACH OTHER AND THE CONDITIONS. AT THE FLAG IT WAS A WIN FOR CAPON, BUT FOR ME THIS HAD BEEN THE SUPERSTOX RACE OF THE NIGHT WITH BATTLED AND ACTION GOING ON EVERYWHERE!

THE BEST IN BRITAIN FINAL WAS RUN BY NOW IN RAIN AND EARLY CASUALTIES INCLUDED 955 KYLE BEATTIE AND 66 KEV FERRIS WHILST THE OTHERS FAUGHT THE TRACK AS WELL AS EACH OTHER. 69 SHAUN BROOKER DID HIS BEST TO BATTLE WITH COOPER AND LANDED A BLOW OR TWO TO THE 482 REAR BUMPER BUT IN THE END HAD TO CONCEDE TO COOPER AND AT THE FLAG IT WAS ANOTHER TITLE FOR COOPER WITH BROOKER SECOND AND POST RACE CONFIMED 376 STEVEN JACKSON THIRD TO END WHAT HAD BEEN A CRACKING NIGHTS RACING.

 

BEHIND THE SCENES, WE’VE HAD A FEW GOOD DAY’S ON PROJECT 320, THE PROGRESS OF WHICH WE’LL CATCH UP WITH IN THE PIT AREA, WHILST UP IN SCOTLAND, ALAN’S ABOUT TO RESUME ON HIS 41 GORDON McDOUGAL REPLICA AFTER A HECTIC FEW MONTHS.

LAWRENCE JOHNSTON HAS ACCUIRED AN ENGINE AND GEARBOX FOR HIS MALCOLM PATERSON REPLICA AND HOPES TO START AFTER XMAS WITH THE AIM TO COMPLETE BY SEPTEMBER! IF THIS CAR IS GOING TO BE ANYTHING LIKE THE WONDERFUL SCALE STOCK CAR MODELS HE CREATES, THIS WILL BE AN ABSOLUTE STUNNER!

 

THOSE OF YOU ON FACEBOOK WILL HAVE NOTICED THE 443 STEVE MONK PICTURES SUBMITTED BY HIS SON DERRY RECENTLY. STEVE HAS’NT CHANGED A BIT AND STU HAS ALREADY BEEN ON THE PHONE TO HIM HOPEFULLY PAVING THE WAY FOR AN INTERVIEW NEXT YEAR! WONDER IF WE CAN PERSUADE HIM TO DIG THAT FAMOUSE CAB OUT OF THE WEEDS?

 

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING THE ALBUMS FOLKS, WE’RE ADDING TO THEM ALL AS NEW MATERIAL COME’S IN AND A MASSIVE THANKS GOES OUT TO ALL THOSE THAT CONTRIBUTE PHOTOS FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY.

 

THAT’S ABOUT IT FOR NOW, WE MAY WELL BE SNEAKING IN AN EXTRA MEETING AT WIMBLEDON ON 1ST DECEMBER WHICH ALSO SEE’S THE RETURN OF NATIONAL HOT RODS TO PLOUGH LANE!

 

“YES GRANDAD, THEY’LL SWEEP THE SHALE OFF THE BENDS FOR THAT ONE!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

 

'MOVEMBER' MEANS IT'S BEST IN BRITAIN TIME - CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 482 JASON COOPER WHO TOOK THE TITLE AT WIMBLEDON LAST SUNDAY.

A MASSIVE THANK YOU GOES OUT TO 242 SAM AND BRIAN STACEY FOR HAVING THE NAME SIGNWRITTEN ONTO THEIR CAR - THANKS FELLAS!

11TH NOVEMBER – LEST WE FORGET!

TODAY WE REMEMBER THOSE THAT PAID THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE.

‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ IS A TRULY INTERNATIONAL GROUP AND THEREFORE I FEEL WE SHOULD REMEMBER THOSE FROM ALL COUNTRIES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES IN ACTIVE SERVICE.  

 

A FIRST RACE WIN IS SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL, ESPECIALLY AFTER SUCH A TOUGH CAR - BREAKING SEASON! OUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 'TEAM OLDSKOOLS' 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHO TOOK A FINE WIN AT YARMOUTH LAST SUNDAY, AND THEN FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH A THIRD IN THE FINAL! - PHOTO COURTESY PAUL COX.

10TH NOVEMBER – LONG DARK NIGHTS!

JUST WANTED TO START OFF THIS WEEK WITH A HEARTY THANK YOU TO ALL YOU KIND PEOPLE FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY MESSAGES FOR THE WEBSITE, TRULY APPRECIATED….NOW ONTO OUR SECOND YEAR!

 

WE’LL CATCH UP WITH THE ‘PARISH ANNOUNCEMENTS’ FIRST!

OVER AT TULLYROAN, 907 DENVER GRATTAN JOINED THE ‘HATTRICK CLUB’ FOR 2013 WITH A TWO HEATS AND FINAL WIN ON 18TH OCTOBER, BUT IT WAS BROTHER GARY 917 WHO WAS CROWNED NORTHERN IRELANDS FIRST NATIONAL POINTS CHAMPION FOR MANY YEARS, SO OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO HIM.

 

TWO DAYS LATER AND ACROSS AT LOCHGELLY, 172 CHRIS MILLER TOOK THE OPENING HEAT AFTER 177 STU GILCRIST WAS DOCKED TWO PLACES FOR JUMPING THE START, “HAVE’NT DONE THAT IN A WHILE” COMMENTED STU WHO THEN WENT ON TO TAKE THE SECOND HEAT AND FINAL FROM 265 BARRY STEPHEN AND THEN 172 CHRIS MILLER RESPECTIVELY, WITH THANKS TO OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDENT, 177 STU GILCRIST! THIS PAST SUNDAY, 3RD OUR STU FINISHED THE SEASON OFF IN STYLE WITH ANOTHER HATTRICK TO TAKE THE H.R.P. £1000 SERIES AND THE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP FOR 2013.

 

SUNDAY 27TH AND THE SUPERSTOX RETURNED TO THE PRIMO NORTHAMPTON RACEWAY AND ON A BLUSTERY AFTERNOON AND THE HEATS WENT TO 67 CHRIS ROOTS AND 246 DEREK RUSSELL WITH THAT MAN AGAIN, 482 JASON COOPER TAKING THE FINAL TO WRAP UP A FEW GOOD WEEKS HAVING TAKEN THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES FINAL AT WIMBLEDON A WEEK OR SO EARLIER. SADLY, OUR GOOD FRIEND 490 MATT SOLE ROLLED IN THE OPENING HEAT AND BLUE SMOKE THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON MAY HAVE CURTAILED HIS RACING UNTIL THE NEW YEAR. TWO GUY’S OUT OF RACING AT THE MOMENT, BUT STILL VERY BUSY ARE 58 LUKE AND 59 STEVE HAMILTON, HOPE TO SEE YOU BOTH BACK OUT SOON GUYS! 

 

THERE ARE SO MANY ENJOYABLE FACTORS TO THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ NONE MORE SO THAN THE OPPURTUNITY TO DO SOMETHING POSITIVE IN THIS HARSH OLD WORLD.

OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS I HAVE BEEN IN CONTACT WITH LORNA PATERSON, DAUGHTER OF THE LATE, GREAT 107 MALCOLM PATERSON AND TRACEY VASS, DAUGHTER OF THE LATE, GREAT 170 HOWARD WHITE. THROUGH OUR ARCHIVES, I HAVE BEEN PRIVILAGED TO PROVIDE THEM WITH PHOTOS, VIDEO AND INFO OF THEIR FAMOUS FATHERS AND IN TIME, IT’S HOPED WE CAN DOCUMENT THE RACING STORIES OF THESE GREAT MEN WHO WERE BOTH TAKEN FROM OUR WORLD FAR TOO SOON.

 

I TOOK THE OPPURTUNITY TO VISIT MY OLD PAL NICK DELLAR THE OTHER NIGHT WHO RACES THE 499 BOB STUDD HISTORIC STOCK SALOON. YOU MAY REMEMBER, I HAVE PURCHASED AN 1800 MGB ENGINE FOR PROJECT 320 FROM NICK AND HE IS SETTING ABOUT BUILDING IT UP FOR ME. ALTHOUGH THE ENGINE WILL BE STANDARD, THE AIM IS TO AT LEAST MAKE IT SOUND CORRECT WITH THE DISTINCTIVE B SERIES ‘BURBLE’. IN THE PURSUIT OF THIS, WE WILL BE PUTTING A MILD CAM IN AND A WEBER 45 CARBURETTOR. LIKE PROBABLY A LOT OF YOU, I SCAN E BAY AND WHAT HAS AMAZED ME IN RECENT WEEKS IS THAT THE DEMAND FOR MGB WEBER INLET MANIFOLDS AND WEBER 45’S, THE SHEER AMOUNT OF FOLK THAT ARE BIDDING ON THESE ITEMS…LET’S JUST HOPE THAT THEY ARE ALL BUILDING/RESTORING ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’, WE COULD BE ON THE VERGE OF A BOOM FOLKS!

 

I HOPE YOU HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE ADDITIONS TO THE ALBUMS, WE ARE ADDING TO THEM ALL THE TIME AND PARTICULAR THANKS MUST GO OUT TO TOP BANANA PHOTOGRAPHY, N.I.F.2.COM, STOCK CAR WORKSHOP, TRUDY AYLWARD, CHRIS BERRY, KEITH HOBSON, ANTONY CROSHAW, PAUL EVISON, TINA GAY AND ANY OTHER MEDIUM WHO HAVE KINDLY GIVEN THEIR BLESSING TO US ‘KNABBING’ PICTURES FROM THEM! ALL THESE GOOD PEOPLE HAVE THEIR OWN EXCELLENT WEBSITES AND FACEBOOK PAGES SO TAKE A LOOK WHEN YOU CAN FOR THERE WILL BE SOMETHING TO INTEREST EVERYONE.

 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR KIND COMMENTS ON THE 284 DICK GAMBLIN ARTICLE, GLADE YOU ALL ENJOYED IT. I AM AIMING TO PUBLISH THE 294 GEOFF GODDARD AND 529 BARRY PLUMMER ARTICLES AS SOON AS I CAN AND THERE’S A LOT MORE IN THE PIPELINE!

 

YESTERDAY WE SPENT ANOTHER ‘SUPER SATURDAY’ ON THE DAVE PIERCE REPLICA…ROLLCAGE TIME, AND YOU CAN READ OF OUR PROGRESS IN THE PIT AREA. WHILST SPEAKING OF DAVE, HE HAS’NT BEEN 100% THESE PAST FEW MONTHS BUT I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT HE IS NOW WELL ON THE MEND AND I AM SURE YOU WILL JOIN ME IN WISHING DAVE THE SPEEDIEST OF RECOVERIES.

 

OUR GOOD FRIENDS AT HCD ARE ON THE MOVE!

AS FROM MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER, THEIR NEW ADDRESS IS;

HCD WORKSHOP. 85, BROADGATE. WHAPLODE DROVE. NR SPALDING. LINCS. PE12 0TN. 01406 331167.

IT’S BEEN A BUSY TIME FOR THE FOLK AT HCD WHO HAD TO RECENTLY ENGAGE A SPECIALIST REMOVAL TEAM TO HELP THEM MOVE ALL THE KIT TO THE NEW PREMISES!     

 

IT’ S INCREDIBLE HOW QUICKLY WE HAVE GOT TO THIS STAGE IN THE YEAR, TULLYROAN AND LOCHGELLY HAVE FINISHED THEIR CAMPAIGNS FOR THE YEAR, WHILST YARMOUTH LAST SUNDAY, CONCLUDED SPEDEWORTH’S DOMESTIC SCENE BAR THE WIMBLEDON SEASON. WE DID CONSIDER YARMOUTH, AND SHOULD HAVE GONE AFTER ALL FOR AFTER 7 GLEN SALMON TAKING THE OPENING HEAT, OUR VERY OWN 279 PHIL PROCTOR TOOK HEAT TWO IN SOME STYLE ACCORDING TO OUR SOURCES AND THEN ROUNDED A GREAT NIGHT OFF WITH A FINE THIRD PLACE IN THE FINAL WON BY 23 MATT CARBERRY. IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING ALL OF US AT OLDSKOOL HQ SEND OUR HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS OUT TO PHIL WHO PUTS SO MUCH EFFORT INTO SUPPORTING THE FORMULA AND DOES’NT ALWAYS HAVE THE LUCK HE RIGHTLY DESERVES. CERTAINLY FACEBOOK WENT VERY BUSY WITH CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES FOR PHIL WHEN THE NEWS FILTERED THROUGH FROM OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDENTS!

 

NEXT WEEK, IT’S A MEETING WE ALWAYS LOOK FORWARD TO, THE ‘BEST IN BRITAIN’. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I ALWAYS ENJOY THIS MEETING, THE RANKS ARE USUALLY SWELLED WITH ONE OR TWO FRESH FACES, OR ONE OFF APPEARANCES AND IT ALL USUALLY ADDS A LITTLE ‘SPICE’ TO THE RACING. ONE THINGS FOR SURE, IT’S ONE MEETING NOT TO MISS!  

 

“YOU SHOULD’NT NEED YOUR KNEE RUG FOR THAT ONE GRANDAD!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

AT HOME, OUR OWN 482 JASON COOPER CONTINUES HIS FINE FORM AND RECENTLY TOOK THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES FINAL AT WIMBLEDON - CHRIS BERRY PHOTO.

LIKEWISE 177 STU GILCRIST WHO TOOK SCOTLAND'S POINTS TITLE IN STYLE WITH A HATTRICK AT THEIR LAST OUTING OF 2013. WE'LL BE CHATTING TO STU NEXT SEASON AND HOPEFULLY LOOKING THROUGH HIS FAMILIES COLLECTION OF SCOTTISH PROGRAMMES DATING WAY BACK!

OUR CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 917 GARY GRATTAN, TULLYROAN'S FIRST SUPERSTOX N.I. POINTS CHAMPION - PIC COURTESY N.I.F2.COM

HCD HAVE MOVED PREMISES AND ENGAGED A SPECIALIST REMOVAL COMPANY TO ASSIST WITH THE MOVE, HERE WE SEE THEM PREPARING JORDAN'S SUPERSTOX FOR PACKING!

26TH OCTOBER – HAPPY BIRTHDAY 'OLDSKOOL’ SUPERSTOX!

WELL FOLK’S, INCREDIBLE AS IT SEEMS, THE ‘OLD SKOOL SUPERSTOX’ WEBSITE HAS TURNED ONE YEAR OLD THIS PAST WEEK!

I REALLY CANNOT BELIEVE WE HAVE REACHED THAT MILESTONE ALREADY AND WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED IN A RELATIVELY SHORT SPACE OF TIME.

 

AS WE’RE HAVING A ‘YEARLY REVUE’ THIS WEEK, I THOUGHT FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR ‘NEWER’ VIEWER’S I WOULD RECAP FROM THE BEGINNING AS TO HOW ALL THIS CAME ABOUT!

 

THE STORY STARTED WITH 4 X KEY PEOPLE; OVAL JOURNALIST AND LIFE TIME FAN; RICHARD JOHN NEIL, STAR SUPERSTOX DRIVER 235 STU BLYTH; LIFETIME ENTHUSIAST AND SUPERSTOX MECHANIC, ROBIN SECKER AND SUPERSTOX ANORAK, ME! WE ALL KIND OF KNEW OF EACH OTHER WITHOUT ACTUALLY MEETING, SUCH IS THE OVAL WORLD.

I HAD RESTORED AND COLLECTED ONE OR TWO OLD SUPERSTOX (THINKING I’D BE THE ONLY PERSON INTERESTED IN SUCH A THING) AND THEN ROBIN AND I MET A FEW YEARS LATER, WHEN HE PURCHASED A FORMER 111 MAC McCARTHY SUPERSTOX FROM ME.

IT BECAME APPARENT THAT ROBIN AND I SHARED THE SAME INTEREST, HE RESTORED AND STILL OWNS THE CAR, AND WE BECAME GOOD FRIENDS TO THIS DAY.

ROBIN AND STU ALREADY KNEW OF EACH OTHER BOTH HAILING FROM THE WISBECH AREA AND STU GOT TO KNOW RICHARD THROUGH THEIR JOINT INVOLVEMENT IN THE LEGENDS FORMULA AT THE TIME.

WHILST I WAS ENJOYING THE VARIOUS PUBLICATIONS THAT RICHARD PRODUCED, HE MOOTED IN AN EDITORIAL THAT THERE SHOULD BE AN ‘ORGANISATION’ FOR VINTAGE SUPERSTOX WHICH HIT HOME TO US ALL! FROM MEMORY, I CONTACTED RICHARD AND WE CONVERSED VIA E MAIL, RICHARD CONTACTED STU AND THEN STU RANG ME. YOU CAN IMAGINE HOW I FELT WHEN ONE OF MY HERO’S PHONED…..THE SAME AS THE NIGHT I ANSWERED THE PHONE AND IT WAS DAVE PIERCE ON THE LINE...BUT THAT’S ANOTHER STORY. I RANG ROBIN AND ALREADY THE IDEA WAS FORMED.

 

IT WAS ACTUALLY AROUND THE BEST PART OF A YEAR BEFORE WE REALLY GOT GOING, I NEEDED TO FINISH THE ISSUES OF ‘STOCK CAR RACING IS MAGIC’ WHICH I HAD BEEN PRODUCING WITH DAVE BALDWIN AND HAND THE PROFITS OVER TO CANCER RESEARCH.

STU IN THE MEANTIME HAD ‘HINTED’ THE IDEA TO DEANE WOOD; I FOLLOWED THAT UP WITH AN E MAIL TO JANET AND A ONE TO ONE DISCUSSION WITH DEANE, AND THEN JOINTLY THEY GAVE US THEIR BLESSING FOR WHICH WE ARE ETERNALLY GRATEFUL.

 

WITH THIS IN PLACE, I CONSTRUCTED THE WEBSITE YOU SEE BEFORE YOU, SOMETHING I HAD NEVER DONE BEFORE AND WE WAITEDTO SEE WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT.

IT WAS TRULY A BLANK PAGE AND I HONESTLY THOUGHT THAT MAYBE JUST ONE MAN AND HIS DOG MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN READING WHAT I HAD TO SAY AND WHAT ‘WE’ AS A GROUP WANTED TO DO!

IN A MATTER OF DAY’S THE GRAY FAMILY CAME ONBOARD AND AGREED TO AN INTERVIEW WHILST KINDLY LOADING THE SITE WITH THEIR GREAT ALBUMS AND MEMORABILIA.

SHORTLY AFTER FORMER STAR DRIVERS 32 STEVE GAY, 59 STEVE HAMILTON, 476 CHRIS ELMS AND A WHOLE HOST OF OTHERS BECAME MEMBERS AND WE WE’RE ROLLING.

 

AS YOU KNOW, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY DREAM TO ONE DAY RECREATE MY HERO, 320 DAVE PIERCE’S CAR FROM THE 71/72 SEASON. THANKS TO SPEDEWORTH V8 DRIVER, KEVIN TURNER, I WAS ABLE TO PURCHASE THE FORMER 32 DENNIS HARRIS TOPOLINO BODY ON THE CONDITION THAT IT WAS USED FOR THIS PURPOSE ONLY. IT WAS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A HARD TASK, I NO LONGER HAD THE WORKSHOP FACILITIES I USED TO ENJOY WITH MY FORMER EMPLOYERS AND HAD VERY LITTLE KNOWLEDGE OF HOW THEY WERE ACTUALLY BUILT ‘BACK IN THE DAY’ …IN ESSENCE I HAD THE ENTHUSIASM BUT WOULD IT EVER GET DONE?

STU HAD WANTED TO RECREATE ONE OF HIS CARS FROM THE SAME ERA AND IT WAS DURING ONE OF OUR TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS THAT STU OFFERED TO HELP ME WITH MY DREAM PROJECT.

HE WILL HATE ME FOR SAYING IT, BUT STU’S VERY KIND OFFER WAS WELL ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AND I’LL FOREVER BE GRATEFUL FOR HIS KINDNESS, I STILL CAN’T QUITE BELIEVE SOMETIMES THAT I’M ACTUALLY BUILDING A CAR WITH HIM IN HIS WORKSHOP’S, BUT ALSO IT’S HIS FRIENDSHIP WHICH I VALUE SO MUCH ALSO.

 

AS WE MOVED THROUGH THE WINTER, WE SADLY LOST SOME OF OUR ‘OLD SKOOL SUPERSTOX HERO’S’ WHICH SPURRED US ON EVEN FURTHER TO PAY TRIBUTE AND RESPECT THE DRIVERS AND THE SPORT THAT WE HAVE LOVED ALL OUR LIVES.

 

WHAT BECAME APPARENT VERY EARLY ON, WAS THAT A LOT OF TODAY’S SUPERSTOX DRIVER’S ARE FAN’S OF THE WEBSITE ALSO AND SO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ WAS FORMED TO ALSO RECOGNISE THE EFFORTS OF THE DRIVERS IN THE MODERN ERA WHO ARE STILL THRILLING US ON THE OVALS TODAY.           

 

THE MEMBERSHIP CONTINUED TO GROW AND WHAT WAS SO PLEASING FOR US WAS TO SEE SO MANY MEMBERS JOIN FROM SCOTLAND AND MAINLAND EUROPE. IT’S ALWAYS BEEN THE INTENTION TO INCLUDE ALL SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX RACING!

VERY SOON, ALAN HARWOOD GOT IN TOUCH FROM SCOTLAND AND ALTHOUGH WE LIVE A GOOD FEW MILES APART, WE SEE THE WORLD IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY AND SO PROJECT 41 WAS BORN AND SHORTLY AFTER ALAN FORMED OUR GROUP ON FACEBOOK WHICH NOW HAS WELL OVER 100 MEMBERS.

ALAN NOW HEAD’S UP ALL ‘OLDSKOOL’ ACTIVITIES NORTH OF THE BORDER WITH WILLIE ANDERSON.

 

SHORTLY AFTER, I GOT TO KNOW HISTORIC SALOON DRIVERS 32 MARK JOHNSON AND 259 GEERT ROEBROEKS – GEERT INTRODUCING ME TO THE KEY PEOPLE OF SUPERSTOX KNOWLEDGE FORMERLY IN MAINLAND EUROPE AND ALSO LOANED US ULTRA – RARE AUTOSPEDEWAY BODY PANELS IN THE HOPE THAT ONE DAY WE CAN RECREATE THESE FAMOUS CARS!

 

COME SPEDEWEEKEND, I WAS THRILLED TO SEE SO MANY OF TODAY’S DRIVERS CARRYING THE ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ STICKERS ON THEIR CARS. THERE IS NO FINANCIAL GAIN FROM THE OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT, THEREFORE WE CANNOT SPONSOR ANYONE, BUT TO SEE SO MANY DRIVERS GIVE UP SPACE ON THEIR CARS FOR OUR LOGO MADE ME FEEL TOTALLY HUMBLED.

EVEN THIS WAS PREAMBLE FOR WHAT WE FELT WHEN WE HEADED TO LOCHGELLY FOR THIS YEARS WORLD FINAL.

LOCHGELLY AND FOXHALL REGULAR, 35 CHRIS STEWART HAD SUMMED IT UP PREVIOUSLY ON FACEBOOK WHEN COMMENTING THAT HISTORY WAS BEING MADE AND HE WAS NOT WRONG FOR THE RETURN OF THE SUPERSTOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TO SCOTLAND FOR MANY YEARS WAS SIMPLY AWESOME ON SO MANY COUNTS!

WILLIE ANDERSON AND HIS TEAM HAD WORKED FOR MONTHS AND MANAGED TO REUNITE THE BEST PART OF 100 OF SCOTLAND’S FORMER DRIVERS, INCLUDING ALL THE BIG NAMES AND I CANNOT EXPRESS HOW WELCOME STU AND I WERE MADE TO FEEL WHEN WE ATTENDED THE ‘LEGENDS REUNION’ AT THE MEETING.

GREAT FRIENDSHIPS WERE FORMED THAT WEEKEND THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME AND IT WAS A TRULY GREAT HONOUR TO MEET SO MANY SCOTTISH FOLK INVOLVED IN THE SPORT AND FAN’S OF THE WEBSITE!

 

I FOR ONE, CANNOT WAIT TO RETURN TO LOCHGELLY, SO LET’S HAVE ANOTHER ‘BIGGIE’ NEXT YEAR PLEASE H.R.P.

(INDEED AS I WRITE THIS, WILLIE AND I HAVE ALREADY BEEN CONVERSING ON THE TELEPHONE PLANNING ‘OLD McSKOOL’ ACTIVITIES FOR 2014!)    

 

SO AS WE HEAD INTO AUTUMN, WE HAVE 70+ MEMBERS OF THE WEBSITE, PLUS LOTS MORE WHO VIEW WITHOUT BECOMING MEMBERS (WHY NOT FOLK’S IT’S FOC), AND 100+ FACEBOOK MEMBERS.

WE HAVE CURRENTLY FOUR TRIBUTE SUPERSTOX IN CONSTRUCTION WITH TWO PENDING, TWO CAR’S PRACTICALLY READY TO RUN/DISPLAY, AND ONE OR TWO OTHERS THAT WITH A GOOD WEEKEND ON THEM WOULD BE READY TO PLAY ALSO. THERE’S AROUND ANOTHER THREE KNOWN CAR’S WE’RE STILL TRYING TO GET ACCESS TO AND THAT’S WITHOUT ‘TOP SECRET PROJECTS’ OF WHICH I HAVE A FEELING IN MY BONES THERE COULD WELL BE ONE OR TWO WE HAVE’NT BEEN TOLD ABOUT….YET!  

 

PERSONALLY, I THINK THIS IS TREMENDOUSE PROGRESS AND THE SUCCESS SHOULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU GREAT PEOPLE WHO HAVE SHOWN SO MUCH SUPPORT, ALLOWED US TO SHARE YOUR STORIES, PHOTO’S AND MEMORIES AND IT’S THIS INPUT THAT MAKES IT ALL SO WORTHWHILE.

 

THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO COME ALSO, OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, WE’LL BE VISITING THE CONTINENT AND SOUTH AFRICA (EDITORALLY SPEAKING), KEEPING YOU UP TO DATE ON CAR BUILDS, LOOKING INTO WHAT GOES INTO COMPETING IN THE SPORT IN THE MODERN ERA, ‘WHERE ARE THEY NOW?’ LOADING LOADS MORE PHOTOS FROM THE PAST, ‘SUPERSTOX SWAP SHOP’ AND ANY GENERAL ‘MULLARKEY’ WE CAN COME UP WITH TO PAY HOMAGE TO THE GREAT HISTORY OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX.

HIGH ON THE AGENDA IS A REUNION FOR DRIVERS AND FAN’S, A 70’S/80’S FILM NIGHT AND A DISPLAY OF THE CARS!

NOTHING IS CONFIRMED, BUT DEANE WOOD AND I HAVE CONVERSED AND HOPEFULLY, IN SOME CAPACITY OR OTHER, ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX’ WILL HAVE A PRESENCE AT NEXT YEARS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

 

IN CONCLUDING, THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE AND PLEASE KEEP SUPPORTING US TO SUPPORT YOU.

 

“OI GRANDAD, SAVE US SOME BIRTHDAY CAKE!”

 

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

EVEN GLAMOROUS MODELS HAVE BEEN CAUGHT TRYING TO PEEL OUR STICKERS OFF CARS WHEN NO ONES LOOKING, CHECK OUT BOTTOM LEFT OF WING!....THANKS TO HCD FOR PHOTO.

SUPERSTOX DRIVERS OF TODAY SUCH AS MATT SOLE HAVE SHOWN SO MUCH SUPPORT FOR THE WEBSITE.....AND GIVEN OUR STICKERS PRIDE OF PLACE...THANKS MATT!

IT COULD' NT POSSIBLY BE COULD IT...? ALL WILL BE REVEALED IN DUE COURSE!

14th OCTOBER – A WEEK OF ‘OLDSKOOL’!

LAST WEEK WAS MUCH ANTICIPATED FOR ME ON SO MANY ACCOUNTS. IT HAD BEEN A VERY BUSY TIME AT BOTH WORK AND THE COX HOUSEHOLD AND THE TIME HAD ARRIVED FOR A WEEKS HOLIDAY, A TIME TO PUT MY FEET UP, TAKE IT EASY….NOT ON YOUR NELLY!

TWO THINGS HIGH ON MY AGENDA WERE TO VISIT FORMER DRIVER 529 BARRY PLUMMER FOR AN INTERVIEW AND SECONDLY SPEND ANOTHER DAY AT STU’S WORKSHOPS WITH STU AND TREVOR ON PROJECT 320. 

 

WE’LL CATCH UP ON RECENT NEWS FIRST AND THEN WORK OUR WAY BACK FROM THERE IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT!

 

THE PRIMO NORTHAMPTON RACEWAY, OR BRAFIELD AS US OLDIES CALL IT, PLAYED HOST TO SUPERS ON 28TH SEPTEMBER WITH 7 GLEN SALMON TAKING THE OPENING HEAT WHILST 482 JASON COOPER FOLLOWED UP WITH THE SECOND HEAT AND GRAND FINAL. OUR OLD MATE 490 MATT SOLE WAS IN THE POINTS ALSO BEFORE I BELIEVE DAMAGE CAME A CALLING ONCE AGAIN UNFORTUNATELY. IT WAS ALSO GOOD TO SEE 279 PHIL PROCTOR IN THE POINTS IN THE FINAL, LIKE MATT, THIS GUY PUTS A HUGE EFFORT INTO JUST BEING ON THE GRID AT A MEETING AND DESERVES SOME REWARD FOR ALL THE EFFORT HIS VERY LIKEABLE TEAM PUT IN…..EXPECT TO READ SOME STORIES OF 279 ON TOUR OVER THE COMING MONTHS AND WHAT GOES INTO PUTTING A SUPERSTOX ON TRACK IN THE MODERN ERA!  

 

LAST SATURDAY 5TH SAW TULLYROAN HOST THE CLOSED IRISH CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH WAS AN EXCITING AFFAIR BY ALL ACCOUNTS BUT AT THE END IT WAS 955 KYLE BEATTIE WHO TOOK THE TITLE FROM 917 GARY AND 907 DENVER GRATTON. I’M GRATEFUL TO BRIAN FROM NIF2.COM FOR INFO AND PHOTOS, HE INFORMS ME THAT THE FORMULA HAS DONE WELL IN ITS FIRST SEASON BACK IN IRELAND AND THERE IS THE PROSPECT OF EVEN MORE DRIVERS JOINING THE FORMULA NEXT SEASON. ITS HOPED THAT BRIAN, HIS COLLEAGUES AND YOURS TRULY WILL DOCUMENT THE HISTORY OF IRISH SUPERSTOX RACING IN THE FUTURE, ALTHOUGH, AS WITH MANY STORIES, THERE WILL NO DOUBT BE A TWIST OR TWO ALONG THE JOURNEY! TULLYROAN CERTAINLY LOOKS AN EXCELLENT STADIUM SO HOPEFULLY WE’LL GET A VISIT IN AT SOME POINT WHEN A ‘BIGGIE’ IS HELD THERE FOR THE TEAM ARE PUTTING IN A LOT OF WORK AND WOULD LOVE TO WELCOME AS MANY DRIVERS AND FANS AS POSSIBLE.

 

THE SUNDAY AFTERNOON IT WAS UP AT LOCHGELLY AND ANOTHER HATTRICK FOR OUR GOOD PAL 177 STU GILCHRIST WHO ALSO BAGGED THE TOM MICHIE MEMORIAL, TO ADD ANOTHER TROPHY TO HIS HUGE COLLECTION. STU’S ANOTHER GUY WE’LL BE TALKING TO IN THE FUTURE, FOR BOTH HE AND HIS FAMILY HAVE BEEN AROUND SCOTTISH SUPERSTOX FOR A LONG TIME…AND HAVE THE PROGRAMMES TO PROVE IT! THANKS TO OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDENT LAUREN GERARD, WHO ALSO INFORMS US THAT EX F2 DRIVERS 696 GER WILSON AND 12 TREVOR HARRIS ALSO MADE THEIR DEBUT’S AT THIS MEETING TO ADD ANOTHER TWO DRIVERS TO THE RANKS. BY ALL ACCOUNTS, ‘TEAM McOLDSKOOLS' 116 ANDY COCHRANE ALSO HAD A GOOD MEETING.

 

SUNDAY EVENING IT WAS DOWN AT WIMBLEDON FOR THE GRAND FINAL OF THE SAFARI LANDROVER SERIES WON BY 482 JASON COOPER FROM 376 STEVEN JACKSON AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS, THREE MEN VERY MUCH ON FORM AT THE MOMENT. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE 490 MATT SOLE IN THE POINTS ALL NIGHT AND NO DAMAGE WHILST ALSO STARTING FROM HIS NEW BLUE GRADE POSITION.

 

PRIOR TO ALL THIS I HAD SPENT A DAY IN DEEPEST HAMPSHIRE AND THE RESIDENCE AND BUSINESS OF FORMER STAR DRIVER 529 BARRY PLUMMER FOR A FORTHCOMING ARTICLE. I WON’T GIVE TOO MUCH AWAY SO AS NOT TO SPOIL THE ARTICLE, BUT YET AGAIN IT WAS GREAT TO BE IN THE COMPANY OF AND HEAR THE STORY FROM ONE OF THE MANY DRIVERS WHO WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RAPID GROWTH OF THE SPEDEWORTH EMPIRE AT THE TIME AND THE DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT REQUIRED TO COMPETE IN SUPERSTOX AT THAT LEVEL AT THAT TIME. BARRY'S IS A GREAT STORY WITH SOME HUMOROUS TALES ALONG THE WAY WHICH MADE MY 280 MILE ROUND TRIP VERY MUCH WORTHWHILE!

 

A DAY TO REST AND HAVE A TOOTH EXTRACTED YES! AND THEN I WAS BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN UP TO STU’S WORKSHOPS JUST OUTSIDE WISBECH. SINCE WE HAD STARTED WORK ON THE TOPOLINO BODY OF PROJECT 320, WE WANTED TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING AND WITH STU HAVING A SPARE MIDWEEK DAY, IT WAS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE THE PROJECT ALONG.

WE’LL COVER IT MORE IN THE PIT AREA BUT AFTER ANOTHER GOOD DAY, WE ALMOST HAVE THE CAB AT 100% - ALTHOUGH WE DID HAVE TO ‘UNPICK SOME OF THE STITCHING’ ALONG THE WAY!

 

BEFORE I LEFT WISBECH, STU TOOK ME DOWN TO SOUTH BRINK AND THE SITE OF THE OLD WISBECH TRACK, THE SCENE OF SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES FOR US BOTH, FOR STU AS A DRIVER, AND FOR ME AS MR.STARTER! SAD TO SAY, NOTHING REMAINS NOW EXCEPT AN OLD BOX SECTION GUARD RAIL WHICH STU ACTUALLY CONSTRUCTED BACK IN THE EARLY 70’S AND IS NOW USED TO HELP GUARD THE SITE ENTRANCE WHERE THE OLD STADIUM ENTRANCE WAS. THE SITE IS DISSAPEARING UNDER A CINEMA AT THE B.R.S END AND A TESCO AT THE PITS END. THE DAFT THING IS THAT THERE IS A GIANT TESCO LESS THAN HALF A MILE DOWN THE ROAD! FUNNILY ENOUGH, BOTH BUILDINGS SEEM TO SOMEHOW SIT IN THE ‘OVAL SHAPE’ IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN WITH THE TESCO ON STILTS SO THE CARS CAN RACE, I MEAN PARK UNDERNEATH WHOOPS!

 

FRIDAY EVENING CAME AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO THE MOVIES AND SEE THE NEW RON HOWARD FILM ‘RUSH’ ABOUT THE JAMES HUNT/NIKKI LAUDA RIVALRY FOR THE 1976 WORLD TITLE. I’M THE FIRST TO ADMIT THAT I’M NO F1 FAN OF TODAY, BUT ANYTHING PRE 1990 I ENJOY AND CERTAINLY THE 70’S ERA. I MUST SAY, I REMEMBER THAT YEAR AND STAYING UP IN THE MORNING TO SEE THAT FINAL RACE ON ITV’ S WORLD OF SPORT, BUT I HAD NO IDEA THE RIVALRY WAS QUITE THAT INTENSE. IN RECENT INTERVIEWS NIKKI HAS ACKNOWLEDGED HOW AUTHENTIC THE FILM IS SO YOU LIVE AND LEARN.

I WOULD ACTUALLY ENCOURAGE ANY MOTORSPORT FAN TO SEE THIS FILM, THE STANDARD OF WHICH HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE THE ‘GRAND PRIX’ FILM OF THE 60’S. THE AUTHENTICITY IS SUPERB AND THE RECREATION OF RACING AT CRYSTAL PALACE, THE PIT EQUIPMENT, TRANSPORTERS, FASHIONS AND DRAMA IS QUITE INCREDIBLE. SURE THERE IS C.G.I. BUT YOU DID’ NT REALLY EXPECT THEM TO WIPE OUT HALF THE DONNINGTON GRAND PRIX COLLECTION DID YOU? (THERE WAS A SMALL ITALIAN MINORITY BEMOANING ON FACEBOOK ABOUT THE WRONG TYPE OF FERRARI USED FOR LAUDA’ S CRASH!)…BUT THIS FILM DOES HAVE IT ALL, IT WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH, MAKE YOU GAG (YES), MAKE YOU PERHAPS CRY BUT MOST OF ALL IT WILL TELL YOU A STORY OF WHEN THE WORLD WAS NOT QUITE SO P.C. INTENSE, HEALTH AND SAFETY CONSCIOUS, AND AN ERA A LOT MORE FUN TO LIVE IN! 

IN A SIMILAR VEIN, I WONDER IF ANYONE WOULD EVER PUT UP THE MONEY FOR THE BARRY LEE, GEORGE POLLEY AND MICK COLLARD STORY. EQUALLY AS GOOD, IF NOT BETTER AND SHARING THE SAME TIME CAPSULE THAT WHEN TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN MOTORSPORT, YOU DROVE BY THE SEAT OF YOUR PANTS!

 

WE CELEBRATE OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK, YES THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ IS ONE YEAR OLD! WE’LL BE LOOKING BACK TO WHERE WE STARTED, WHERE WE HOPE TO BE GOING AND WHERE WE HOPE TO BE AROUND THIS TIME NEXT YEAR!

 

“GRANDAD, I DON’T MIND TAKING YOU TO SEE ‘RUSH’ AGAIN, BUT PLEASE DON’T WEAR THOSE FLARES AND CAPPED SLEEVES AGAIN!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

WHILST ACROSS THE SEA AT LOCHGELLY, OUR MAN STU GILCHRIST ADDED THE TOM MICHIE TROPHY TO HIS GROWING COLLECTION!


955 KYLE BEATTIE TOOK THE IRISH CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIP AT TULLYROAN - PIC COURTESY NIF2.COM.

WHAT'S THIS WE FIND LURKING IN SOME BRAMBLES? - HEAD TO THE PIT AREA FOR FURTHER NEWS!

2ND OCTOBER – BODY’S IN THE BUSHES!

AFTER AN INCREDIBLY BUSY FEW WEEKS AT WORK, IT WAS A WELCOME RETURN TO PROJECT 320 THE OTHER SATURDAY AND A CHANCE TO MOVE THE CAR ON FURTHER AT STU’S WORKSHOPS.

WE’LL DOCUMENT THE DAY FURTHER IN THE PIT AREA, BUT SUFFICE TO SAY FURTHER STEEL WAS ADDED TO THE CHASSIS AND WE GOT TO GRIPS WITH THE TOPOLINO BODY, THE ICONIC SUPERSTOX SHAPE THAT IS APPARENTLY ADMIRED NOT ONLY HERE IN THE U.K. BUT MUCH ADMIRED IN MAINLAND EUROPE ALSO!

 

BEFORE WE LOOK INTO THE PAST, WE’LL CATCH UP WITH RECENT EVENTS;

23 MATT CARVERY TOOK THE SOUTHERN TITLE AT ARLINGTON, SPONSORED BY OUR GOOD FRIEND ‘GRAPHICS BY DAVE’. BY ALL ACCOUNTS THIS WAS A MEETING FULL OF DRAMA WITH THREE CARS RULED OUT IN PRACTISE ALONE, 246 DEREK RUSSELL SUSTAINING A NASTY LOOKING CAR FIRE WHILST OUR GOOD MATE 490 MATT SOLE WAS ALSO LOST TO DAMAGE INCURRED IN PRACTISE!

 

THEN IT WAS ACROSS THE IRISH SEA TO TULLYROAN FOR THEIR SPEDEWEEKEND INCORPORATING THE IRISH OPEN SUPERSTOX CHAMPIONSHIP, A TITLE WHICH HAD NOT BEEN HELD FOR MANY YEARS! TULLYROAN LOOKS A TERRIFFIC STADIUM AND A FUTURE VISIT THERE MUST BE ON THE CARDS, BUT IN THE MEANTIME IT WAS OUR OWN ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’S’ 67 CHRIS ROOTS WHO TOOK THE TITLE TO MAKE THE JOURNEY WORTHWHILE.

 

THOSE ON FACEBOOK WILL HAVE SEEN THAT OUR GOOD FRIEND LAWRENCE JOHNSTON UP IN SCOTLAND HAS BEEN RESEARCHING THE COMPONENTS NEEDED TO RECREATE THE LATE 107 MALCOLM PATERSON 1970 EUROPEAN TITLE WINNING CAR. THIS CAR WAS RATHER UNIQUE IN THAT IT FEATURED FIVE – STUD BOTH FRONT STUBS AND REAR AXLE, SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT TO THE CONVENTIONAL FOUR STUDS THAT IS USUALLY USED.

 IF INDEED ANYONE OUT THERE HAS ANY COMPONENTS/CARS/PARTS/MEMORABILIA ETC THAT WILL BE OF BENEFIT FOR ANY CAR BUILDS OR RESTORATIONS, PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH AND WE’LL POST IT UP ON THE FOR SALE PAGE.

 

ALAN HAS ALSO FOUND A SUPPLIER THAT CAN RECREATE THE ORIGINAL ‘SPEDEWORTH’ 1970’S OVERALLS THAT FEATURED THE DIAGONAL ZIP AND STRIPES DOWN THE ARMS AND LEGS. THESE ARE NOW PRODUCED IN FLAME RETARDENT PROBAN AT A VERY REASONABLE COST, CHECK OUT THE FACEBOOK PAGE OR CONTACT US FOR FURTHER DETAILS IF YOU FANCY THE ‘RETRO LOOK’.

 

SORTING THROUGH SOME ITEMS AT HOME THE OTHER DAY AND I CAME ACROSS A VERY RARE ITEM I HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT,A CASSETTE TAPE RECORDING OF THE LATE JOHN EARREY’S ACTUAL RACE COMMENTARY OF THE 1974 WORLD SUPERSTOX FINAL WON BY 443 STEVE MONK AT WIMBLEDON. I REMEMBER PURCHASING IT OFF E BAY A FEW YEARS BACK AND ITS COMPELLING LISTENING!

WHILST ON THE SUBJECT OF STEVE MONK, TAKE A PEEK THROUGH THE BRAMBLES IN THE PICTURE AND JUST SEE WHAT IS LURKING THERE – NONE OTHER THAN THE CAB SECTION OF STEVE’S MULTI – WINNING SUPERSTOX DEBUTED FOR THE 1975 SEASON AFTER HIS WORLD TITLE WIN IN 74! THANKS TO SON DERRY, IT ONLY RECENTLY CAME TO LIGHT THAT STEVE IS STILL IS POSSESSION OF THIS FAMOUSE CAB SECTION, THE REMAINDER HAVING LONG SINCE BEEN WEIGHED IN…..BUT FROM SMALL ACORNS, - ALL WE NEED NOW IS TO CONVINCE THEM TO DRAG IT OUT OF THE BUSHES AND STICK A CHASSIS UNDERNEATH IT AGAIN! 

 

UP IN NORFOLK, JOHN BUNKLE IS CURRENTLY BUILDING NEW WORKSHOP PREMISES TO NOT ONLY HOUSE THE 354 KEITH GOODINGS RESTO, BUT ALSO BOTH THE 352 RICK DREWERY REPLICA BUILDS THAT SON CRAIG WANTS TO UNDERTAKE!

 

THOSE OF YOU ON FACEBOOK MAY HAVE READ THE NEWS FROM OUR P.R. MAN RICHARD JOHN NEIL THAT A VERY RARE MK4 FIREBALL MIDGET WAS RECENTLY WEIGHED IN TO A BREAKER, TERRIBLE NEWS INDEED AND HIGHLIGHTS JUST HOW MUCH WE MUST HANG ONTO THE HISTORY OF OUR FORMULA! WE ARE VERY LUCKY IN THAT SOME SUPERSTOX, OR PARTS OF, STILL SURVIVE AGAINST THE ODDS AND WE MUST DO ALL WE CAN TO PRESERVE THEM BECAUSE IT’S SURPRISING, MEMORABILIA ALONE, HOW LITTLE SURVIVES FROM THE HISTORY OF OVAL RACING AS A WHOLE.

 

NEXT UPDATE, WE’LL BE CELEBRATING OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY, LOOKING AT WHATS BEEN ACHIEVED SO FAR OVER THE PAST YEAR, WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE FUTURE AND A FEW OTHER SURPRISES THROWN IN FOR GOOD MEASURE!

 

IN THE MEANTIME, THIS COMING SUNDAY IT’S BACK TO GOOD OLD WIMBLEDON FOR THE GRAND FINAL OF THE SAFARI SERIES WHILST UP AT LOCHGELLY THERE IS ACTION ALSO AS WE HEAD INTO THE AUTUMN AT WHAT SEEMS QUITE A SPEED!.

 

“GRANDAD, COME OUT OF THOSE BUSHES, YOU WON’T FIND ANY OLD CARS THERE!”

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

THE MALCOLM PATERSON 1970 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING CAR THAT LAWRENCE JOHNSON IS PLANNING TO RECREATE!

OVER AT TULLYROAN, CHRIS ROOTS TOOK THE IRISH OPEN TITLE - PIC COURTESY NIF2.COM

DAVE 'GRAPHICS' BALDWIN CONGRATULATES 23 MATT CARBERRY ON HIS SOUTHERN TITLE AT ARLINGTON - PIC COURTESY SPEDEWORTH FACEBOOK.

CONGRATULATIONS TO 2013 WORLD SUPERSTOX CHAMPION

376 STEVEN JACKSON, FROM US ALL AT OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX.

YOU WOULD NEVER GUESS, I BORROWED A CAR AT LOCHGELLY, PUT IT AT THE BACK OF THE GRID AND CAME THROUGH FOR THE WIN!

THEN I WOKE UP!

PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVEN JACKSON - I KID YOU NOT!

8TH SEPTEMBER – A WEEKEND TO REMEMBER!

WOW! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND WE HAD IN SCOTLAND AND A HOST OF MEMORIES THAT WILL PERSONALLY LIVE WITH ME FOREVER MORE!

AS MOST WILL KNOW, MY CO – TRAVELLER FOR THIS EPIC WAS OVAL JOURNALIST KEVIN WEGG AKA “WEGGIE”, WHO HAD ALREADY WOUND UP OUR HOSTS IN THE MEDIA BEFORE WE HAD EVEN LEFT STANSTED!

AMAZINGLY, WE CLEARED PASSPORT CONTROL AND ENJOYED A ONE HOUR FLIGHT INTO EDINBURGH AIRPORT WHERE WE WERE MET BY PHOTOGRAPHER CHRIS BERRY AND HIS LOVELY WIFE RISSOLE WHO WERE TO BECOME OUR ‘FOSTER PARENTS’ FOR THE WEEKEND. OUR ACCOMODATION WAS AN EXECUTIVECARAVAN ON A BEAUTIFUL LOCATION OVERLOOKING THE FORTH COURTESY OF OUR GOOD FRIEND AND FAMED SCOTTISH COMMENTATOR, STEPHEN ‘THE MADMAN’ MCDIARMID.

 

SATURDAY DAWNED WITH A SMASHING COOKED BREAKFAST WHILST WE WATCHED FOLK KITE SURFING ON THE FORTH WATERS OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW. WE GOT TO LOCHGELLY STADIUM EARLY AFTERNOON AND WAS IMMEDIATELY IMPRESSED WITH THE PLACE AND ITS FACILITIES, ITS FAIR TO SAY THAT H.R.P. HAS TOTALLY BOUGHT INTO THE SPEDEWORTH THEORY OF RUNNING A SHOW IN THE MODERN ERA, THE ‘TURNSTILE’ IS NOT A TURNSTILE AT ALL, BUT MORE LIKE VISITING YOUR BUILDING SOCIETY WITH A LONG COUNTER AND LOVELY LADIES WITH A SMILE!

THE SCRUTINEERING BAY IS ACTUALLY A BUILDING WITH 2 X 4 X POST CAR RAMPS AND TWO SEPARATE BAYS FOR WEIGHING ETC, WHILST THE PITS ARE COMPLETELY TARMACED WITH PAINTED PARKING BAYS AND THE STADIUM CAFÉ BOASTS AN EXTENSIVE MENU OF LOVELY FOOD AND A SEATING AREA TO ESCAPE THE SCOTTISH WIND, ALL IN ALL WE WERE COMPLETELY IMPRESSED!

 

AS PREVIOUSELY MENTIONED, THE AFTERNOON CONSISTED OF THE ‘SCOTTISH LEGENDS’ REUNION. WILLIE ANDERSON, IAN ROBERTSON, ALISON DEVLIN AND TEAM HAD DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB OF TRACKING DOWN OVER 100 OF SPEDEWORTH SCOTLANDS FORMER DRIVERS INCLUDING SOME VERY, VERY BIG NAMES AND IT WAS A JOY TO BE PART OF THIS GREAT EVENT.

I HAVE TO SAY, I WAS TOTALLY OVERWHELMED AND HUMBLED BY THE RECEPTION THESE GREAT PEOPLE GAVE ME, I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW POPULAR THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ WAS IN SCOTLAND, BUT TO BE ASKED TO AUTOGRAPH T SHIRTS AND POSE FOR PHOTOS WAS VERY FLATTERING, ESPECIALLY AS I WAS AMONGST SUCH ESTEEMED COMPANY!

SUPERSTOX – WISE, 31 TENNANT ‘THE SAINT’ DOUGLAS, 39 LES CLARK, 49 ERIC MOORE, 81 BILL PULLAR AND 41 GORDON ‘SPOTTY’ MCDOUGAL ALL ATTENDED WHILST IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE JOY TO SEE OUR ‘OLDSKOOL’ PRESIDENT 235 STU BLYTH ARRIVE HAVING DRIVEN THROUGH THE EARLY HOURS WITH SISTER PEGGY ANN AND SON BRADLEY. OUR OWN 155 IAN SUTTON HAD ALSO MADE THE TRIP UP WITH HIS LOVELY WIFE PAULINE AND FAMILY AND PROUDLY WORE HIS ‘OLDSKOOL’ T SHIRT.

OUR SCOTTISH RACING MANAGER, ALAN HARWOOD, TOGETHER WITH STEVIE ROSS WAS DOING A GREAT JOB FLYING THE FLAG FOR US WITH THE GORDON MCDOUGAL REPLICA ON DISPLAY TOGETHER WITH A BOARD OF PICTURES ETC. THE WHOLE AFTERNOON CONSISTED OF A QUIZ, PRODUCTION CAR RACES ON TRACK AND LOTS AND LOTS OF TALKING! IT WAS A REAL HONOUR TO MEET GORDON MCDOUGAL WHO GAVE A LOT OF HIS TIME TO CHAT WITH US WITH HIS FORMER MECHANIC AND GAVE ALAN’S CAR A BIG THUMBS UP, DECLARING THAT IT WAS, “VERY, VERY CLOSE TO THE ORIGINAL” AND COMMENDED ALAN ON HIS WORK CONSIDERING ALAN HAS BUILT MOST OF THE CAR VIA PHOTOGRAPHS. IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO SEE GORDON AND STU CATCH UP ON OLD TIMES, MUCH MUTUAL RESPECT EVIDENT.

I ALSO TOLD GORDON OF A STORY GEOFF GODDARD HAD TOLD ME ABOUT THEM RACING IN HOLLAND, GORDON REMEMBERS IT WELL GEOFF AND SENDS HIS VERY BEST REGARDS! GORDON SPOKE VERY WARMLY OF THE ENGLISH DRIVERS OF HIS ERA, YOU COULD SENSE THE COMMARARDERY THAT WAS EVIDENT THEN AND ACTUALLY IS STILL THERE NOW.

 

ALL TOO SOON IT WAS MEETING START AND THE BUILD UP TO THE WORLD FINAL ITSELF. IT HAS TO BE SAID, ALTHOUGH THE RACE MAY NOT HAVE BEN A CLASSIC, IT DID FEATURE A ROLLOVER, A RESTART AND ENOUGH DRAMA TO KEEP US ON OUR TOES BUT AT THE END IT WAS A VICTORY FOR 376 STEVEN JACKSON, FOLLOWED HOME BY DEFENDING CHAMPION 177 STUART GILCHRIST AND 482 JASON COOPER THIRD. I AM SURE YOU WILL ALL JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING STEVEN ON HIS VICTORY, THERE’S NOT MANY MEETINGS THE JACKSON TEAM DOES’NT ATTEND SO HE’LL BE A WORTHY CHAMPION, WE ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE STUART GILCRIST ON HIS YEARS REIGN, HE’S BEEN A GREAT AMBASSADOR FOR THE SPORT EVER SINCE JOINING SUPERSTOX AFTER A SUPERB F2 CAREER.

 

AS DARKNESS FELL, THE CONVERSATIONS CONTINUED AND THE RACING FROM THE SUPERSTOX JUST GOT BETTER AND BETTER, OUR OWN 490 MATT SOLE, 77 NICK AND 67 CHRIS ROOTS, 66 KEV FERRIS, 125 PETER GRAY, 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON, 515 JORDAN AYLWARD AND 35 CHRIS STEWART ALL IN THE THICK OF THE ACTION AND THOROUGHLY ENJOYING THEMSELVES!

 

ALL TOO SOON, THE MEETING WAS OVER AND A TIME TO UNDERTAKE A GREAT SCOTTISH TRADITION OF A SMOKED SAUSAGE AND CHIPS SUPPER WASHED DOWN WITH A BOTTLE OF IRON BRU! 

 

SUNDAY DAWNED AND THE CORDIAL CONVERSATIONS CONTINUED AND THE RACING STILL CONTINUED TO GET BETTER, LOCHGELLY IS A REAL PROPER STOCK CAR TRACK AROUND THE SAME SIZE AS YARMOUTH WITH DIFFERING BENDS AND IS INCREDIBLY FAST WITH NOWHERE TO HIDE!

I GOT CHATTING TO 116 ANDY COCHRANE WHO HAS BEEN A SUPERSTOX FAN ALL HIS LIFE AND HAD SOME CLASSIC PICTURES POSTED IN A COLLAGE` ON THE REAR OF HIS CAR. ANDY VERY KINDLY ACCEPTED MY INVITATION TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ AND DULY PLANTED HIS STICKERS ON THE CAR THERE AND THEN.

 

BEFORE WE KNEW IT, IT WAS TIME FOR THE OPEN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL, WHICH WAS A THRILLING RACE TO END THE WEEKEND WITH AND CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO 482 JASON COOPER ALTHOUGH COMMISERATIONS MUST ALSO GO TO 151 NICK SMITH WHO WENT OUT AFTER STORMING INTO THE LEAD AND WHAT LOOKED A CERTAIN WIN.

 

SADLY, THE WEEKEND WAS OVER ALL TOO SOON AND TIME TO SAY OUR FAREWELLS BEFORE ANOTHER SUPPER ON THE WAY HOME!

MONDAY WAS SPENT AROUND EDINBURGH AND A VISIT TO THE ZOO….AND YES WE DID’NT SEE THE PANDAS! WE FLEW BACK MONDAY EVENING REFLECTING ON WHAT HAD BEEN A TOTALLY FANTASTIC WEEKEND.

 

IN FINISHING THE WORLD FINAL REPORT, I MUST SAY A FEW THANKYOUS’ AND THOUGHTS;

MASSIVE THANKS TO, KEVIN WEGG, CHRIS AND RISSOLE BERRY, STEPHEN MCDIARMID, STU, PEGGY ANN AND BRADLEY BLYTH, ALAN HARWOOD, STEVIE ROSS, IAN SUTTON, WILLIE ANDERSON, IAN ROBERTSON, THE DEVLIN FAMILY, LES WALLER AND ALL AT HRP, GORDON MCDOUGAL AND ANYONE ELSE I HAVE MISSED WHO MADE THE WEEKEND POSSIBLE AND MADE ME FEEL SO WELCOME.

I MUST ALSO THANK THE DRIVERS, ONCE AGAIN I WAS VERY PROUD AND HUMBLED TO SEE SO MANY CARS CARRYING THE ‘OLDSKOOL’ STICKERS ON THEIR CARS OVER THE WEEKEND, THANKS EVERYONE THAT MEANS A GREAT DEAL!

 

I WOULD WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND ANY OVAL RACING FAN TO VISIT LOCHGELLY, THE RACING IS SUPERB, IN GREAT FACILITIES WITH VERY FRIENDLY OFFICIALS AND FANS…WE CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK!

         

AND NOW THE ‘OLDSKOOL NEWS, A LOT CAN HAPPEN IN A WEEK!

PHIL HILES HAS RECEIVED HIS ‘OLDSKOOL’ GOODIES HAVING CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED THE IDENTITY OF SECRET PROJECT 1; WE’LL DO A SIMILAR THING WITH SECRET PROJECT 2 WHEN IT’S MOVED ON A LITTLE FURTHER.

ALAN ALSO INFORMES US THAT A FATHER AND SON ARE LOOKING INTO PURCHSING A FIBREGLASS TOPOLINO BODY TO RECREATE ANOTHER TOP SCOTTISH CAR WHILST LAWRENCE JOHNSTON HAS DECLARED HIS INTENTION TO BUILD A REPLICA OF THE MUCH ADMIRED LATE 107 MALCOLM PATERSON MINI – BODIED CAR WHICH WON MALCOLM THE 1970 EUROPEAN TITLE AT COWDENBEATH.

 

IT WOULD APPEAR THE AUTOSPEDEWAY CAR FOUND IN MANCHESTER IS NOW IN SCOTLAND, IT DID’NT APPEAR AT LOCHGELLY BUT REPORTS SAY IT’S BEING RESTORED, ALTHOUGH THERE WAS PRECIOUS LITTLE NEWS AT THE WEEKEND, WATCH THIS SPACE HOPEFULLY!

 

THE FACEBOOK PAGE RECEIVED A LARGE INFLUX OF MEMBERS FOLLOWING THE WEEKEND, SOME VERY FAMOUS NAMES HAVING JOINED THE GROUP, WELCOME AND THANKS!

 

STU BLYTH HAS KINDLY ACCEPTED OUR REQUEST TO BE OUR ORGANISATIONS PRESIDENT. STU REALLY WAS THE ORIGINATOR OF THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ AND IN THE WORDS OF MY CO - OFFICIALS, “STU IS DEFINITELY THE GUY, HIS CARS ARE THE BENCHMARK WE ARE AIMING FOR AND HE WAS ACTUALLY RACING AND WINNING IN THAT ERA!”

WHILST SPEAKING OF STU, SON BRADLEY DECLARED HE WANTED TO GO SUPERSTOX RACING FOLLOWING LOCHGELLY AND WITHIN A WEEK A CAR HAS BEEN DULY PURCHASED AND NOW PROUDLY CARRIES THE FAMOUSE 235 NUMBER. BRADLEY WILL BE LEARNING THE ROPES ‘INDEPENDANTLY’ FIRST, BUT WE ARE CERTAINLY ALL VERY EXCITED AT THE THIRD GENERATION OF ‘BLYTH SPIRIT’ RACING!

 

TAKE A LOOK AT THE ALBUMS, WE ARE ADDING TO THEM ALL THE TIME, PARTICULARLY ‘CHILDHOOD MEMORIES’ AND ‘RACE IN PEACE’.

 

WE WISH OUR OWN HISTORIC SALOONS, MARK JOHNSON A SPEEDY RECOVERY FOLLOWING A RACE INJURY AND OUR THOUGHTS ARE FIRMLY WITH THE MEADOWS FAMILY AND FRIENDS DURING ANDREWS ILLNESS.

 

AS PREVIOUSELY MENTIONED, WILLIE ANDERSON AND TEAM DID A GREAT JOB IN THE SCOTTISH REUNION, NOW IT’S OUR TURN!

THEY SET THE BAR VERY HIGH, BUT WE CAN’T BE OUTDONE BY OUR HIGHLAND PALS. WHEN DETAILS OF NEXT YEARS WORLD FINAL IS CONFIRMED, WE’LL BE LOOKING AT THE POSSIBILITY OF STAGING A BIG REUNION AND DISPLAYING OUR CARS TOO – IT ALL STARTS RIGHT HERE!

 

WE HAD A GOOD SHOWING OF CARS AT FOXHALL LAST NIGHT, CONSIDERING IT WAS JUST A WEEK AFTER LOCHGELLY.

A QUICK VISIT TO THE TEAM GRAY HOSPITALITY SUITE STARTED THE NIGHT OFF NICELY AND IT WAS GOOD TO SEE 521 ALAN HAVING AN OUTING IN PETER’S CAR ALTHOUGH POOR PETE AND BRIAN NEVER REACHED THE MEETING, THE TRUSTY C.F. BREAKING DOWN EN ROUTE.

 

A GREAT NIGHTS RACING AGAIN WITH 24 BEN STYLES AND 482 JASON COOPER TAKING THE HEATS WITH 23 MATT CARBERRY THE FINAL.

IT WAS ALSO GOOD TO SEE 490 MATT SOLE WHO HAD BEEN GIFTED TWO NEW SHOCKS AS BEST YELLOW GRADE AT LOCHGELLY, AND MEET UP WITH 279 PHIL PROCTOR WHO GOT QUICKER AS THE NIGHT WENT ON, EXPECT TO HEAR OF ‘TALES ON TOUR WITH TEAM PROCTOR’ IN THE NEAR FUTURE! 258 GEOFF BRIDGES ALSO APPEARED AT THE WHEEL OF SON WILF’S FORMER AYLWARD WORLD WINNER.

 

ACROSS AT TULLYROAN, DENVER GRATTEN TOOK THE NI OVAL TV SERIES FINAL AFTER BROTHER GARY WON THE HEATS AND TODAY AT LOCHGELLY 177 STU GILCHRIST TOOK BOTH HEATS AND FINAL FOR A CLEAN SWEEP.  

 

TALKING OLDSKOOL, I CAUGHT UP WITH NOW RETIRED FROM RACING, 114 EDDIE EDMONDS AND KEVIN BEE WHO HAS PROMISED ME AN INTERVIEW DURING THE WINTER. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY INTENTION TO TELL NEIL’S STORY, BUT I WANTED TO DO THE PIECE AND NEIL’S FAMILY AND MANY FANS THE JUSTICE IT DESERVES FOR A MAN WHO WAS SO ICONIC IN OUR SPORT.

 

LOOKING AHEAD, I’LL BE POSTING THE STORY OF ‘OLDSKOOL CONTINENTAL’ VERY SOON AS WE LEAVE SCOTLAND AND HEAD ACROSS THE SEA.

 

OUR NEXT SUPERSTOX ACTION IS WEDNESDAY 18TH AT ARLINGTON FOR THE SOUTHERN CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSORED BY MY GOOD FRIEND DAVE BALDWIN, AKA ‘GRAPHICS BY DAVE’….I HAVE TO WORK SO WILL HAVE TO GIVE IT A MISS GRR!

FOLLOWING THAT, WE HAVE THE IRISH OPEN AT TULLYROAN ON THE 21ST AND 22ND SO PLENTY TO LOOK FORWARD TO!

 

“RIGHT GRANDAD, SMOKED SAUSAGE SUPPER AND AN IRON BRU?”    

 

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

 

PHIL HILES, PLEASED WITH HIS 'OLDSKOOL GOODIES'!

FEW PICTURES, IF ANY, REMAIN OF THAT HISTORIC MEETING IN 1961, BUT HERE IS ONE OF THE LATE JAN SCOTT RECEIVING HIS 'TROPHY TO KEEP' FROM FAMOUS MARATHON WALKER, BARBERA MOORE.


26TH AUGUST – THE GOLDEN MOMENT!

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

ITS BEEN PLANNED FOR, ITS BEEN SAVED FOR,ITS BEEN QUALIFIED FOR AND SOME HAVE WORKED THEIR SOCKS OFF REPAIRING FOR IT AND NOW THIS COMING WEEKEND, HISTORY WILL AGAIN BE MADE IN THE STAGING OF THAT ONE GREAT RACE, THE STAGING OF THE 2013 SUPERSTOX CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD.

 

BEFORE WE GET INTO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, WE’LL HAVE A QUICK ROUND UP OF RECENT NEWS!

THE INTERNET WAS BEING A PAIN THE OTHER NIGHT, BUT I HAVE NOW BEEN ABLE TO UPLOAD THE MUCH – AWAITED PICS OF 242 BRIAN STACEY’S BODYSHELL RETAINED FROM HIS LAST SUPERSTOX!

BOTH SAM AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO PERSUADE BRIAN TO REBUILD A CHASSIS FOR A LITTLE WHILE NOW, THE ORIGINAL HAVING BEEN SCRAPPED WITH THE PINTO GOING TO 36 KEVIN CROXON WHO DID VERY NICELY WITH IT THANK YOU!

WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED WITH NEWS ON THIS AS AND WHEN IT HAPPENS.

 

SPEAKING OF BUILDS, OUR SCOTTISH RACING MANAGER ALAN HARWOOD HAS SOME TRIUMPH HERALD FRONT SUSPENSION COMPONENTS FOR SALE FOR ANY BUDDING ‘OLDSKOOL SUPERSTOX BUILDERS’.PLEASE GET IN CONTACT IF YOU HAVE A SERIOUS DESIRE TO BUILD A CAR AND WE’LL DO ALL WE CAN TO HELP. I AM HOPING TO PRODUCE A ‘FOR SALE’ PAGE FOR THE WEBSITE SO THAT ANY RELATED ‘OLDSKOOL’ ITEMS CAN BE ADVERTISED AND PUT TO GOOD USE. ALAN’S ITEMS ARE SURPLUS HAVING PURCHASED THE KIT NECESSARY FOR ‘SECRET PROJECT 2’ NO LESS!

 

I HAVE ALSO ADDED ANOTHER ALBUM, ‘RACE IN PEACE’, SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS TIME IN THAT WE PICTURE VARIOUS OVAL CARS, NOT JUST SUPERSTOX, IN THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACES….KIND OF TRAGEDY, KIND OF ART!

SPEAKING OF ART, I’VE BEEN CALLED MANY THINGS, BUT NEVER A POET! A FRIEND OF MINE LIKENED MY DECRIPTION OF THE A60’S AT ARLINGTON TO A ROMANTIC NOVEL….WELL THERE’S A THING.

 

I WAS ONLY JUST MENTIONING 264 PETE WELLAND AND 529 BARRY PLUMMER, LAST WEEK AND BARRY HAS VERY KINDLY GOT IN TOUCH.

I WILL BE HEADING DOWN TO HAMPSHIRE SOON TO MEET THEM BOTH FOR A CHAT AND PICTURE OR TWO AND A SURPRISE WHICH I HOPE EVERYONE WILL LIKE!

 

THE NEWS OF THE AUTOSPEDEWAY CAR IN MANCHESTER HAS QUIETENED AT THE MOMENT, IT COULD WELL BE THAT ITS UNDER GUARD OR AMIDST ANOTHER ‘TOP SECRET’ MISSION, BUT WE’RE HOPING THAT MORE NEWS WILL COME FORTH AT LOCHGELLY WHERE IT WAS ROUMOURED TO BE HEADING.

 

FORGOT TO SAY I BUMPED INTO OUR GOOD FRIEND PAUL HUGGET OF WHEELSPIN MAGAZINE ETC AT ARLINGTON, WHO TOLD ME OF A COUPLE OF 2LTR HOT ROD GUY’S WHO HAD COME ACROSS ANOTHER 70’S SUPERSTOX DOWN SOUTH. SUFFICE TO SAY, I’M ‘BADGERING’ PAUL TO REMEMBER WHO THEY WERE, HE DID TELL THEM ABOUT THE MOVEMENT SO IF YOUR READING THIS FELLAS, PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH!

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING, IF ANYONE KNOWS THE WHEREABOUTS OF ANY OLD SUPERSTOX, PLEASE LET US KNOW….WE EVEN HAVE WHAT MAY BE A WAITING LIST OF PERSPECTIVE PURCHASERS.

 

AND NOW ONTO THE MAIN EVENT! DRIVER’S UP AND DOWN THE COUNTRY HAVE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT IT AND THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THEY CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE HISTORY OF THE EVENT THAT THEY ARE ABOUT TO PARTICIPATE IN.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH 1961 HERALDED A NEW BEGINNING FOR SPEDEWORTH F2. THE ‘SPLIT’ HAD OCCURRED ONLY SOME THREE MONTHS EARLIER AND THIS WAS THE FIRST ‘MAJOR’ TO BE PROMOTED BY THE ‘FORMULA 2 STOCK CAR COMPANY’ UNDER LES EATON AND THE FIRST MEETING FOR THE COMPANY AT IPSWICH’S FOXHALL HEATH STADIUM WHICH AT THIS POINT WAS STILL A SHALE SPEEDWAY TRACK. THE MORNING DAWNED WITH HEAVY RAIN BUT THIS CLEARED FOR THE MEETING START AND IT WAS FORMER CZECH PILOT 95 JAN SCOTT WHO TOOK THE FIRST EVER WIN FROM 17 TONY MAIDMENT.

FROM THIS POINT ONWARD, AS WE KNOW, THE FORMULA AND PROMOTION NEVER LOOKED BACK AND THE FOLLOWING YEAR ANOTHER FIRST WAS ACHIEVED WHEN LONDON’S WIMBLEDON STADIUM STAGED THE WORLD FINAL AS ITS OPENING MEETING ALSO! WIMBLEDON BECAME THE WORLD FINAL HOME FOR A GOOD FEW YEARS AND IT STILL HAS TO BE SAID THAT IT WAS THE SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL THAT FIRST PACKED WIMBLEDON OUT AND BECAME AN ALL TICKET, BLACK TIE AFFAIR WITH WELL KNOWN CELEBRITIES IN ATTENDANCE.

 

AS THE YEARS ROLLED ON, THE WORLD FINAL MOVED FROM WIMBLEDON AND WAS STAGED THROUGHOUT EUROPE AT MANY DIFFERENT VENUES, SADLY SOME ARE LONG GONE, BUT THEIR PLACE IN THE HISTORY OF THE FORMULA IS ASSURED AND REMEMBERED.

 

LIKE ANY FORMULA, THERE HAVE BEEN GOOD TIMES AND BAD THROUGHOUT THE YEARS AND SOME WORLD FINALS WERE CLASSICS WHILST OTHERS WERE SADLY NOT, BUT THE HISTORY AND NOSTALGIA OF THE EVENT HAS ALWAYS REMAINED THE SAME, ASK ANY DRIVER WHO HAS EITHER COMPETED IN OR WON A WORLD TITLE!

 

IN 2001, THE 40TH STAGING OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RETURNED TO FOXHALL IN WHAT BECAME A THREE DAY EVENT THAT SAW 18 MARK EATON, SON OF LES, TAKE AN EMOTIONAL WIN.

 

TWO YEARS AGO, HISTORY WAS MARKED AGAIN WITH THE 50TH STAGING OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, BACK AT FOXHALL AND ALMOST THE SAME DATE AS JAN SCOTT’S FIRST VICTORY.

THIS SAW A VERY POPULAR WIN FOR 51 COLIN AYLWARD WHO HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR THE SPORT IN RECENT TIMES, THE TROPHY BEING PRESENTED BY THE GREAT 320 DAVE PIERCE ON A WEEKEND WHEN WE REUNITED AND REMEMBERED SUPERSTOX DRIVERS OF THE PAST AND WHAT WAS TO SEW THE SEEDS FOR THE ‘OLDSKOOL MOVEMENT’ WE HAVE TODAY.

 

IN 2013, WE FIND HISTORY BEING MADE AGAIN WITH THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BEING STAGED IN SCOTLAND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1985. THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THE REEMERGENCE OF SUPERSTOX IN SCOTLAND, TOGETHER WITH IRELANDS TULLYROAN OVAL HAS ADDED MUCH NEEDED IMPETUS BACK INTO THE FORMULA AND IF WE COULD JUST GET IT GOING IN HOLLAND, GERMANY AND BELGIUM AGAIN, WELL, THAT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE….OVER TO YOU PROMOTERS?

H.R.P. HAS PUT THEIR HEART AND SOLE INTO THE WEEKEND AND DESERVES A WELL ATTENDED FANTASTIC MEETING.

IN RECOGNITION OF THIS HISTORIC EVENT, WILLIE ANDERSON, IAN ROBERTSON AND ALL THE TEAM PLAN TO ALSO REUNITE AROUND 120 OF SCOTLANDS FORMER SPEDEWORTH DRIVERS FROM ALL FORMULAS ON THE SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN WHAT WILL BE A FEAST OF NOSTALGIA AND THE CHANCE TO SAY HELLO AGAIN TO THESE GREAT MEN IN A MARQUEE ESPECIALLY FOR THIS EVENT ALONE!

 

I FOR ONE, THANK H.R.P. AND ALL INVOLVED FOR STAGING NOT ONLY WHAT WILL NO DOUBT BE A GREAT WEEKEND, BUT FOR RECOGNISING THE HISTORY OF THE SUPERSTOX FORMULA IN SUCH AN HONOURABLE WAY.

 

IN FINISHING, I RECENTLY ASKED 1971 AND 1972 WINNER; 294 GEOFF GODDARD (VIA SKYPE TO SOUTH AFRICA) WHAT IT WAS LIKE TO WIN THE SUPERSTOX WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. HE PAUSED FOR A MOMENT AND THIS CAME THE REPLY;

“AS I SPEAK TO YOU, I CAN FEEL THE HAIRS ON MY NECK STANDING UP AND I HAVE GOOSE BUMPS ON MY ARMS – LOOK!”

“THE CROWDS AT WIMBLEDON BACK THEN WERE HUGE AND THE NOISE ON THE LAP OF HONOUR, WOW!”

AT THIS POINT, GEOFF PAUSED TO REFLECT, IT WAS AN EMOTIVE MOMENT FOR HIM AND I COULD SENSE IT EVEN THOUGH I WAS A FEW THOUSAND MILES AWAY AND IT WAS AN HONOUR TO WITNESS WHAT THE TITLE MEANT TO HIM ALL THESE YEARS LATER.

 

DRIVERS WHO HAVE QUALIFIED, I WISH YOU ALL A SAFE AND SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND OF RACING, IT IS IRRELEVANT TO ME AS TO WHO WINS; IT’S ABOUT THE FORMULA WINNING!

 

A GREAT MAN RECENTLY SAID, AND I QUOTE, “A RACER NEVER LOSES HIS SPEED.”

 

“GRANDAD – LEAVE THE AIR STEWARDESSES ALONE!”

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

HRP ARE PRODUCING A BUMPER PROGRAMME FOR THE EVENT.

ITS BEEN 28 YEARS SINCE SCOTLAND HOSTED THE SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL AND LES WALLER, WILLIE ANDERSON AND ALL THE HRP TEAM ARE PULLING OUT ALL THE STOPS TO MAKE THIS EVENT LEGENDARY!


19TH AUGUST – THE WEEK THAT WAS!

ON THE FACE OF IT, IT WAS THE PERFECT HOLIDAY, A FEW MUCH NEEDED DAY’S AWAY WITH THE FAMILY ON THE SOUTH COAST, BUT, (THANKS TO THE GOOD OLD I PHONE), THE OPPURTUNITY TO STILL KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ALL THAT’S HAPPENING IN THE ‘OLDSKOOL WORLD”!

 

TO CATCH UP, AS WE KNOW, THE PROPOSED ‘DUPLICATED’ MEETINGS BECAME THE ONE SOLITARY YARMOUTH FIXTURE, WHICH ALTHOUGH DID’NT GO DOWN TOO WELL WITH SOME, CERTAINLY PLEASED 376 STEVEN JACKSON WHO BAGGED ANOTHER HATTRICK OF WINS AND A FEW OTHERS INCLUDING OUR OWN 125 PETER GRAY WHO PICKED HIMSELF UP A FEW HANDY POINTS ALSO!

THE REVISED SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE BECAME MY SOURCE OF INFO ON THIS ONE AND I WOULD RECOMMEND ANYONE TO KEEP FOLLOWING THIS PAGE FOR UP TO DATE NEWS ON ALL THAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CURRENT SUPERSTOX SCENE.

SPEAKING OF FACEBOOK, THANKS TO ALAN WE HAVE IN THE REGION OF SIXTY ODD MEMBERS IN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP, IT’S A LITTLE QUIET AT THE MOMENT, BUT IT’S BUILDING AND THERE IS ALSO SOME GREAT RACING FOOTAGE OF YEARS GONE BY ON THERE SO TAKE A LOOK AND DON’T BE SHY TO MAKE A POSTING, WE’RE A FRIENDLY BUNCH! 

 

MOVING ON, I WENT BACKWARDS, WELL KIND OF! WITH A VISIT TO ARLINGTON WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO TAKE IN THE A60 AMBLE, TOGETHER WITH HISTORIC STOCK SALOONS AND HERITAGE F2’S….JUST MY KIND OF MEETING!

IT’S BEEN MANY A YEAR SINCE I LAST VISITED ARLINGTON, PROBABLY AT THE LAST MAYDAY BLOCKBUSTER (THIS MEETING MUST BE RESURECTED!) AND IT WAS ROPES N POSTS BACK THEN, BUT THIS GREAT LITTLE VENUE HAS LOST NONE OF ITS APPEAL AND CERTAINLY ACTION. IT WAS A GREAT NIGHTS RACING, WITH THE PLACE PACKED OUT AND FULL OF ATMOSPHERE. ALTHOUGH ONLY AROUND NINE HERITAGE F2’S ATTENDED, THEY RACED THEIR HEARTS OUT AND PUT ON A SHOW THAT FRANKLY DID’NT NEED ANYMORE CARS AS THEY ALL SEEMED TO WANT THE WIN!

LIKEWISE, THE SAME APPLIED TO THE HISTORIC STOCK SALOONS WHO WERE A LITTLE SHORT OF NUMBERS, BUT NOT ACTION.

OUR OWN 32 MARK JOHNSON WAS IN THE THICK OF IT ALL NIGHT, DOING A ‘WALL OF DEATH’ ALONG THE BACK STRAIGHT IN THEIR OPENING HEAT, “I COULD SEE CONCRETE RUSHING PAST THE SIDE OF MY FACE!”

259 GEERT ROEBROEKS BROKE A FRONT STRUT IN THE OPENING HEAT ALSO, BUT THAT DID’NT HINDER HIM ALL NIGHT, MADE OF TOUGH STUFF OUR DUTCH FRIENDS! GEERT HAD ALREADY HAD AN EVENTFUL WEEK, HAVING FLOWN FROM BRUSSELS TO SCOTLAND, TAKEN IN LOCHGELLY FRIDAY, THE NATIONAL SALOON WORLD AT COWDENBEATH AT THE WEEKEND, THEN RETURNED HOME TO COLLECT HIS CAR WITH BELGIAN MECHANIC STEFF HELLMANS AND THEN RETURN VIA FERRY TO DO ARLINGTON, LANDING BACK HOME THURSDAY EVENING – PHEW! 

 

ROUNDING UP ARLINGTON, I’LL ADMIT TO NOT BEING A BANGER FAN, BUT THE A60’S WERE GREAT, PROPER ‘OLDSKOOL BANGERS’ AND TO HEAR THOSE OLD ‘B’ SERIES ENGINES AGAIN, ESPECIALLY AS THE PROPS RUBBED ON THE TRANSMISSION TUNNELS TO WHINE AND SPARK IN THE FADING DAYLIGHT TRANSPORTED ME RIGHT BACK TO MY VERY FIRST VISIT TO ARLINGTON IN 1975, (INCIDENTALLY AS A KID WITH MY PARENTS ON HOLIDAY) WHEN BANGERS WERE AGAIN ON THE BILL WITH SUPERSTOX ON A NIGHT WHEN 403 JOHN FENTON CLEANED UP TWO HEATS AND FINAL AND WAS BY FAR THE QUICKEST SUPERSTOX OUT THERE THAT NIGHT.

 

TO CONCLUDE ARLINGTON, IT WAS ALSO GREAT TO MEET UP WITH FORMER STAR MAN 264 PETE WELLAND, NOW ENJOYING HIMSELF IN THE HERITAGE F2’S. PETE ADMITS TO SURFING THE INTERNET, BUT HAD NOT COME ACROSS OUR LITTLE WORLD SO IT WAS GREAT TO INTRODUCE OUR WORLD TO HIM. PETE RACED FOR AROUND 27 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS AND IS VERY MODEST OF HIS SUCCESS DESPITE BEING A CONSITANT STAR DRIVER AND THIRD PLACED IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, I THINK 1970. PETE LIVES VERY CLOSE TO 529 BARRY PLUMMER, WHO STILL OWNS HIS LAST CAR, SO A VISIT OF TWO INTERVIEWS CAN HOPEFULLY BE ARRANGED SOON! BEFORE I LEFT PETE, I JUST HAD TO ASK WHAT HAPPENED TO HIS LAST MINI BODIED CAR, “IT FINALLY WENT TO A GUY WHO WANTED TO RACE IT ON THE GRASS TRACKS” WHICH IS A COMMON OCCURANCE IN THAT PART OF THE UK.

 

SO NOW MOVING BACKWARDS, WE HAD MENTIONED ABOUT 242 BRIAN STACEY RETAINING THE BODYSHELL FROM HIS LAST CAR, WELL, WE NOW ARE ABLE TO BRING YOU THE MUCH AWAITED PICTURES COURTESY OF BRIAN AND HIS SON, SAM. MORE ON THIS IN THE ‘PIT AREA’.

 

THE FORMER 284 DICK GAMBLIN ‘CAR THAT NEVER WAS’ IS CURRENTLY BEING STRIPPED DOWN AND BEING PREPPED FOR SANDBLASTING BY TREVOR WEBB AT STU’S WORKSHOP, AGAIN THERE IS MORE ON THIS IN THE PIT AREA.

 

ON OUR HOLIDAY RETURN, I ROUNDED OFF WITH A VISIT TO FOXHALL LAST NIGHT TO SEE THE DEBUT OF BRISCA F2.

AS SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE READ, I RACED F2 FOR A COUPLE OF SEASON’S IN THE 90’S (CAN’T TELL YOU WHY I DID THIS AND NOT SUPERSTOX, COS I DON’T KNOW MYSELF!)

AS YOU MAY HAVE HEARD THE CAR COUNT AMOUNTED TO AROUND A DOZEN. UNFORTUNATELY THIS DATE CLASHED WITH A BIG SPEDEWEEKEND AT VENRAY, HOLLAND; I BELIEVE A COWDENBEATH AND COVENTRY WAS ALSO HAVING A SPECIAL MEETING TOO FOR THE GUY’S WHO LOVE THE SHALE.

SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DID  THEIR USUAL EXCELLENT P.R. WORK ON THE EVENT IT HAS TO BE SAID AND THE GUY’S THAT DID ATTEND PUT ON A GREAT SHOW, WERE A CREDIT TO THEIR FORMULA AND WERE REWARDED WITH A FIRST CLASS STADIUM AND THE USUAL SLICK AND SMOOTH PRESENTATION WHICH HOPEFULLY MADE THEIR, AND SOME CONSIDERABLE, JOURNEY’S  WORTHWHILE.

WETHER THIS IS LIKELY TO BE REPEATED, WE CANNOT SPECULATE, WIMBLEDON DID HAVE A REASONABLE TURNOUT A FEW YEARS BACK BUT THAT AS YET HAS NOT BEEN REPEATED, SO WE WAIT AND SEE!   

 

INCIDENTALLY, ‘OLD SKOOL INTEREST’ CENTERED AROUND 464 MATT LINFIELD WHO MANY WILL REMEMBER WAS A FORMER SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX DRIVER.

WHILST AT THE MEETING, IT WAS ALSO GOOD TO MEET DAVID’S SENIOR AND JUNIOR MILES WHO WERE WATCHING THE ACTION. I WAS FLATTERED WHEN THEY TOLD ME THAT THE FAMILY WERE ALREADY REGULAR VIEWERS OF THE WEBSITE AND THAT THEY ARE ALSO IN POSESSION OF A FORMER VERY FAMOUS SUPERSTOX OF THE 80’S…..THIS IS ONE STORY I’LL DEFINITELY BE FOLLOWING UP SOON!

 

 

IN SUMMING UP, 494 TONY – SMITH – WELLER, WHERE ARE YOU?

WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO TRACK TONY DOWN FOR A WHILE AND HIS FORMER MECHANIC HAS BEEN IN TOUCH ALSO WITH OUR P.R. MAN RICHARD, SO IT WOULD BE GOOD TO REUNITE THEM. I ALSO HAVE MANY PICTURES OF THE VARIOUS CARS, AND THERE WERE QUITE A FEW, THAT WOULD MAKE AN ALBUM OF THERE OWN!

 

STOP PRESS: CONGRATULATIONS GO OUT TO DAVID MILES SENIOR WHO CAPTURED THE SOUTHERN V8 TITLE AT ARLINGTON TODAY.

(COURTESY OF SPEDEWORTH SUPERSTOX FACEBOOK PAGE)

HISTORY WAS ALSO IN THE MAKING AT LOCHGELLY TODAY AS THE LEGENDARY 81 BILL PULLAR, 31 TENANT ‘THE SAINT’ DOUGLAS, 39 LES CLARK AND 49 ERIC MOORE RETURNED TO THE TRACK AFTER MANY YEARS. LIKE THE STOCK SALOON LEGENDS LAST SUNDAY, THESE GUY’S ALSO HAD ESPECIALLY PREPARED SALOON CARS TO ROAR AROUND WITH, BUT IT WOULD ALSO APPEAR THAT BOTH BILL AND TENANT HAD A BLAST AROUND IN STU GILCHRIST’S AND ANDY COCHRANE’S CURRENT CARS ALSO!

 

ALL THIS IS BUILDING UP NICELY TO THE LOCHGELLY SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL IN A FORTNIGHTS TIME, WHEN AROUND NOW 120 OF SPEDEWORTH SCOTLANDS FORMER DRIVERS, MANY OF THEM LEGENDARY WILL BE ATTENDING TO MARK THIS HISTORIC EVENT ON 31ST AUGUST. THE FOLLOWING DAY IT’S THE OPEN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP TOO SO IT’S A FESTIVAL NOT TO BE MISSED FOLKS.

THOSE GOOD GUY’S AT H.R.P. ARE DOING A GREAT JOB (THEY HAVE EVEN GOT SOME CANS OF SHANDY IN FOR US, THANKS LES!) AND WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED OF NEWS AS IT HAPPENS IN THE BUILD UP, IN THE MEANTIME, IT’S ROUMOURED THAT 161 BILLY SMITH MAY BE RETURNING FOR A ONE OFF APPEARANCE AT LOCHGELLY ALSO!

 

BEFORE THIS GREAT EVENT, WE HAVE ONE MORE OUTING AT YARMOUTH ON BANK HOLIDAY SUNDAY. BUT, WHAT TO DO? LAST CHANCE SET UP? SAVE THE CAR? RISK DAMAGE? BUT THEN BE RUSTY FOR THE WORLD? ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT!

 

“NO, YOU DON’T NEED YOUR CASE UNTIL THE FOLLOWING WEEK GRANDAD!”

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

SLIGHTLY LESS YEARS, BUT STILL A GOOD FEW SINCE WE LAST SAW IT, THE LAST 242 BRIAN STACEY BODYSHELL STILL EXISTS TO THIS DAY!

MORE IN THE 'PIT AREA'.

ITS BEEN A GOOD FEW YEARS SINCE THEY LAST RACED TOGETHER, BUT 81 BILL PULLER AND 31 TENANT 'THE SAINT' DOUGLAS WERE REUNITED AT LOCHGELLY ON SUNDAY!


FINALLY, WE REVEAL THE IDENTITY OF THE 'TOP SECRET PROJECT'!


7TH AUGUST – SPLIT DECISION!

IT HAD COMPLETELY SLIPPED MY RADAR WHEN MY GOOD FRIEND (AND ‘TEAM OLDSKOOL’ CAPTAIN) PETER GRAY MENTIONED TO ME THAT THIS COMING WEEKEND THERE WERE TO BE TWO SUPERSTOX MEETINGS ON THE SAME DAY! I CHECKED THE FIXTURES AND LOW AND BEHOLD BOTH ALDERSHOT AND YARMOUTH WERE PROGRAMMED TO RUN THE FORMULA. IF WE REWIND TO THE PRE – CROSSFLOW ERA, THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN NO PROBLEM YOU WOULD OFTEN FIND A RINGWOOD AND IPSWICH ON THE SAME SUNDAY AND I’VE KNOWN AS MANY AS THREE ON THE SAME BANK HOLIDAY – ALL SUSTAINABLE IN THE OLD DAYS! OUR P.R. MAN, RICHARD JOHN NEIL EVEN HAS RECORDS OF THIS HAPPENING IN THE EIGHTEES.THE WHERE’S AND WHY FOR’S I’LL NOT GET INTO, BUT ALDERSHOT IS CANCELLED AND YARMOUTH GOES AHEAD, BUT IN THE FUTURE, WOULD’NT IT BE GREAT IF IT COULD HAPPEN? I’D LOVE TO SEE THE FORMULA SUBSCRIBED BACK TO WHERE IT ONCE WAS, WE MUST ALL DO OUR BIT TO GET BEHIND THE FORMULA AND LET EVERYONE KNOW WHAT A GREAT SERIES IT IS TO RACE IN!

 

BEFORE WE MOVE ONTO THE PAST? CONGRATULATIONS TO 376 STEVEN JACKSON ON A HATTRICK OF WINS AT LAST SUNDAY’S YARMOUTH AND WELL DONE TO ‘TEAM OLDSKOOLS’ 66 KEVIN FERRIS, 432 MICHAEL ROBINSON AND 279 PHIL PROCTOR FOR ALL BEING IN THE PLACES AND HOPEFULLY NO DAMAGE!

(THANKS TO OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDANT, KEVIN FERRIS).

 

WHILST SPEAKING OF DAMAGE, WE WERE SORRY TO HEAR OF SOME COMPREHENSIVE CAR DAMAGE TO OUR OWN 490 MATT SOLE AND 59 STEVE AND 58 LUKE HAMILTON SUSTAINED AT ARLINGTON. MATT APPARENTLY WILL BE OUT FOR A WHILE, UNSURE ABOUT THE HAMILTON’S. IN THESE TOUGH TIMES, IF THERE’S ANY BUDDING SPONSORS OUT THERE, THEY COULD DO NO BETTER THAN SUPPORT THESE THREE GUY’S WHO PUT THEIR HEART AND SOUL INTO THE RACING, TURN UP AT AS MANY MEETINGS AS POSSIBLE AND ARE GREAT AMBASSADERS FOR THEIR SPORT.

OUR SCOTTISH CAPTAIN, 35 CHRIS STEWART ALSO HAD A NASTY RACING INCIDENT UP AT LOCHGELLY LAST SUNDAY WHICH RESULTED IN A FAIR BIT OF CAB DAMAGE AND A VERY SORE LEG ALSO. PLEASED TO REPORT THOUGH THAT THE TEAM WERE ALREADY ON THE CAR BY SUNDAY NIGHT WHILST CHRIS WAS RECOVERING WITH A CHILLED CIDER, FOR MEDICIMAL PURPOSES OF COURSE!

 

WITH ALL THIS DAMAGE OCCURING, IT’S GOOD TO POINT OUT THAT THOSE GOOD PEOPLE OVER AT HCD ARE OFFERING A 10% DISCOUNT THROUGHOUT AUGUST, OFF ALL THEIR IN HOUSE FABRICATED PARTS. A TRULY GREAT OFFER FOR DRIVERS IN THESE TOUGH TIMES, ‘CHOPPER’, TRUDY AND THE TEAM CAN BE REACHED ON 01733 211441.

 

 

SO WHAT’S NEW THIS WEEK? WELL WE CAN FINALLY PUBLICALLY ANNOUNCE THAT THE ALAN HARWOOD ‘TOP SECRET PROJECT’ IS INDEED A REPLICA OF 41 GORDON ‘SPOTTY’ MCDOUGALS WORLD TITLE WINNING CAR FROM 1976, CORRECTLY IDENTIFIED BY PHIL HILES. AN ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ GOODY BAG WILL BE ON ITS WAY TO PHIL SOON WHO USED TO BE A REGULAR AT COWDENBEATH AND NEWTONGRANGE BACK IN THE DAY. THE RACE IS ON FOR ALAN TO GET THE CAR TO A SILHOUETTE STAGE SO THAT IT CAN BE DISPLAYED AT THE OVAL LEGENDS REUNION AT LOCHGELLY WHICH WILL BE PART OF THE WORLD FINAL CELEBRATIONS ON 31ST AUGUST. IT IS AMAZING TO THINK THAT WILLIE ANDERSON, IAN ROBERTSON AND THEIR TEAM HAVE MANAGED TO CONTACT 115 OF SCOTLANDS FORMER DRIVERS, MANY OF THEM STAR GRADE IN THEIR REPECTIVE ERA’S, TO BE THERE ON THE DAY TO CELEBRATE WHAT NO DOUBT WILL BE A FANTASTIC WEEKEND BY HARDIE PROMOTIONS. DON’T FORGET, THE ENGLISH PAST DRIVERS ARE INVITED TOO SO ITS NOT TOO LATE TO BOOK IN!

 

JUST WHEN YOU THINK YOU’RE STRUGGLING TO FIND ONE, IT HAS COME TO LIGHT THAT WHAT IS THOUGHT TO BE A COMPLETE AUTOSPEDEWAY SUPERSTOX HAS BEEN LOCATED IN MANCHESTER! REPORTS SAY THAT IT WAS DRAGGED OUT OF A GARAGE STILL SAT ON ITS TRAILER AND WITH THE SPARE WHEELS IN THE CAB, JUST LIKE THEY USED TO! THERE IS EVEN A WHISPER THAT IT WILL BE BROUGHT TO LOCHGELLY, WE CERTAINLY HOPE SO. IT’S CERTAINLY A LONG WAY FROM SPEDEWORTH TERRITORY, BUT I DO RECALL ONE CAR APPEARING IN BRISCA F2 AT ONE POINT AND EVEN THE MODSTOX AT NEW BRIGHTON HAD ONE MANY MOONS AGO SO MAYBE IT ORIGINATES FROM THAT! FASCINATING STUFF, LET’S HOPE WE CAN GET OUR PAWS ON THE CAB FOR A MOULD!

 

THE ‘BUTCH’ RESTO PROJECT IS UNDERWAY. WE WERE FINALLY ABLE TO GET TO THE CAR, - (SAT IN FOXHALL STADIUMS ‘GRAVEYARD’ AFTER THE GRANDSTAND EQUIPMENT WAS MOVED FOR PHASE TWO ERECTING ON THE BACK STRAIGHT), - TODAY, SO JOHN BUNKLE WAS ABLE TO COLLECT THE CAR AND ITS NOW ON ITS WAY BACK TO ITS SPIRITUAL HOME IN NORFOLK, VIA 352 RICK DREWERY’S PREMISES, RICK HAVING RACED AN IDENTICAL CAR IN THE LATE 60’S EARLY 70’S AND BEING KEITH ‘BUTCH’ GOODINGS STABLEMATE FOR MANY YEARS.

 

WHILST AT THE STADIUM, I USED THE OPPURTUNITY TO ‘BADGER’ STADIUM MANAGER, CHRISTER EARREY TO SEE IF THERE WAS ANY OLD STADIUM INFRASTRUCTURE I COULD WRESTLE AWAY FOR OUR FUTURE DISPLAYS ETC! HIGH ON MY LIST WAS ONE OF THE OLD CENTRE GREEN FLAGS…UNTIL WE REALISED THAT THE ORIGINAL ONES, OF SO MANY YEARS, ARE STILL THE ONES IN USE TODAY! MY DISSAPOINTMENT WAS REPLACED WITH JOY TO THINK THEIR STILL IN USE – PROPER RETRO!

WHAT I DID MANAGE TO GET WERE THE SIGNS FOR THE 50TH SUPERSTOX WORLD FINAL CHAMPIONS PARTY. ONLY THREE YEARS OLD, BUT MARKING A HISTORICAL MILESTONE NO LESS. IF ANYONE DOES HAVE ANY ITEMS OF HISTORICAL INTEREST, COULD THEY PLEASE GET IN TOUCH? DON’T WORRY WE WON’T TAKE THEM FROM YOU, BUT IF WE CAN MAKE A REGISTER OF WHAT IS OUT THERE, THEN WE CAN MAYBE TROUBLE YOU TO BRING IT ALONG WHEN WE START DISPLAYING HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR? IT MIGHT BE ‘TAT’ TO YOU, BUT FOR US ANORAKS ITS PURE GOLD!

 

FINALLY, A MASSIVE THANK YOU MUST GO OUT TO OUR PALS ACROSS THE SEA, NAMELY EDWIN CLOUT, GEERT ROEBROEKS AND REINER ROOSEN WHO HAVE WORKED TIRELESSLY TO PRODUCE A FASCINATING HISTORICAL ARTICLE ON SUPERSTOX RACING ON THE CONTINENT WITH SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL. OUR FRIENDS IN HOLLAND, GERMANY AND BELGIUM HAVE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF SUPERSTOX RACING AND IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THIS IS RECOGNISED. ALTHOUGH WE NO LONGER HAVE SUPERSTOX ON THE CONTINENT, 212 JEROEN LAURIJSSEN TRAVELS ACROSS FROM HOLLAND AS OFTEN AS HE CAN TO RACE WITH US WHICH SHOULD BE TRULY APPRECIATED AND WE ALL HOPE THAT ONE DAY, JUST MAYBE, ONE PROMOTER WILL GIVE THE SUPERSTOX ANOTHER GO IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CLIMATE. AS SOON AS I’VE COMPILED EVERYTHING, I’LL POST THE ARTICLE UP IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, IN THE MEANTIME, CHECK OUT THE SPEDEWORTH CONTINENTAL ALBUM IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY, INDEED ALL THE ALBUMS HAVE HAD AN UPDATE OR TWO SO KEEP BROWSING THEM FOLKS.

 

IN CLOSING WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND OUR VERY BEST WISHES TO ANDY MEADOWS, FATHER OF THE MEADOWS BOY’S WHOSE BEEN POORLY LATELY.

 

WE ALSO SEND OUT A ‘HELLO’ TO FORMER YARMOUTH BASED DRIVER 415 MARK FLETCHER AND TRACEY VASS WHO IS DAUGHTER OF THE LATE, GREAT 170 HOWARD WHITE WHO WAS A GREAT MAN BOTH ON AND OFF THE TRACK AND TAKEN FROM US ALL TOO SOON.

 

“FIRE UP THE STANDARD TEN GRANDAD, IT’S BACK TO YARMOUTH”           

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

AND SO ANOTHER RESTO PROJECT IS UNDERWAY, THE 354 KEITH GOODINGS CAR ABOUT TO BE RESTORED BY JOHN BUNKLE.

THE LATEST 'BOOTY' CLAIMED FOR OUR FUTURE DISPLAYS!

YOURS TRULY AND STEVIE P. AFTER A LONG, HOT BUT ENJOYABLE DAY ON PROJECT 320!

 

28TH JULY – SWEATY SUSPENDERS!

YESTERDAY HERALDED YET ANOTHER MEMORABLE DAY IN THE ‘BLYTH SPIRIT’ WORKSHOPS OF STU BLYTH AND ANOTHER INCREDIBLY HOT, YET FANTASTIC DAY WAS SPENT ON MOVING ‘PROJECT 320’ FURTHER FORWARD.

WE’LL DOCUMENT FURTHER IN THE ‘PIT AREA’ BUT BASICALLY AFTER TEN HOURS, ONE BLEEDING THUMB AND A CUT FINGER HERE AND THERE,  WE GOT THE CHASSIS SITTING CORRECTLY ON BOTH FRONT AND REAR SUSPENSION!

TO WORK WITH STU IS AN ABSOLUTE JOY, AND TO THINK THAT A GUY I LOOKED UP TO SO MUCH AS A DRIVER AND CAR BUILDER IS NOW PROJECT – MANAGING MY INSPIRED DREAM IS VERY HUMBLING FOR ME AND WE HAVE BECOME FIRM FRIENDS. MY GREAT PAL OF TWENTY YEARS PLUS, STEVIE P. ONCE AGAIN JOINED THE PARTY AND WORKED HIS SOCKS OFF TOO, THANKS GUY’S IT IS REALLY APPRECIATED!

 

THE ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ FACEBOOK PAGE IS COMING ALONG NICELY; MICHAEL IS PROVIDING US WITH MORE GREAT CLIPS OF YESTERYEAR SUPERSTOX RACING ON THE CONTINENT, WHILST PHIL HAS POSTED UP SOME GREAT ACTION OF SUPERSTOX AT COWDENBEATH SCOTLAND IN THE EARLY 80’S, GREAT STUFF LAD’S KEEP IT UP!

THERE IS EVEN SOME INTERESTING INFO FROM DERRY MONK, SON OF FORMER MULTI CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER, 443 STEVE MONK. TUNE IN TO FIND OUT MORE, BUT THOSE NOT INTO THIS MEDIA NEED NOT WORRY AS WE WILL HOPEFULLY ENLIGHTEN YOU MORE OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS!

 

SO WHAT’S NEW THIS WEEK? WELL, IN A SIMILAR VEIN 242 SAM STACEY, SON OF BRIAN GOT IN TOUCH THIS WEEK AND KINDLY FORWARDED ME SOME PICS OF BRIAN’S SAVED BOYSHELL FROM HIS LAST SUPERSTOX THAT HE RACED. BRIAN HAD LET IT SLIP THAT HE STILL HAD IT A WHILE BACK AND I’VE BEEN NAGGING THE TEAM EVER SINCE SO A BIG THANKYOU GUY’S! WHAT IS ALSO SO PLEASING IS THAT BRIAN ALSO SAVED THE CAB WING AND BONNET TO COMPLETE THE WHOLE LOOK. WE’LL BE POSTING THESE PICS UP SOON TOGETHER WITH A FEW WORDS.     

 

HAND’S UP THOSE OF YOU WHO SAW THE ‘MOTOR’S TV’ PROGRAMME OF THE HOT ROD WORLD FINAL AND SPEDEWEEKEND?

I’LL ADMIT THAT OVER THE YEARS I HAVE RATHER CRINGED AT SOME, NOT ALL OF THE INDEPENDANTLY MADE TRANSMISSIONS OF THE UK OVAL RACING WORLD, BUT THIS, - AS WAS THE RECENT SUPERB ‘BANGER BOY’S ‘SERIES ON THE ‘HISTORY CHANNEL’ - WAS PERFECT IN SO MANY WAYS AND DAVE RICHARDSON, GRAHAM WOODWARD, MARTIN HUNT AND ALL INVOLVED SHOULD BE IMMENSLEY PROUD OF A GREAT PRODUCTION WHICH SHOWED OUR SPORT IN SUCH A HUGELY PROFFESSIONAL MANNER.

A MAJOR PART OF THE HOUR LONG PROGRAMME WAS THE INTERVIEW WITH SPEDEWORTH MOTORSPORTS DEANE WOOD AND HIS VISIONS FOR NOT ONLY THE FUTURE OF THE SPEDEWORTH/INCARACE COMPANIES, BUT THE STADIUMS AND THE SPORT AS A WHOLE. THIS WAS COMPELLING VIEWING AND SUPPORTS MY OPINION THAT THE SPORT WE ALL LOVE IS IN VERY GOOD HANDS!

 

I’M SURE MANY OF YOU, LIKE ME, ALSO LOVE A GOOD OLD DOSE OF NOSTALGIA FROM THE OTHER FORMULAS? IN AS MANY WEEKS, I HAVE BECOME THE LUCKY RECEIPIANT OF TWO GREAT BOOKS, THE FIRST OF WHICH WAS THE NEW BARRY LEE BOOK, ‘THE OTHER SIDE OF WINNING’ WHICH IS A FASCINATING INSIGHT INTO BARRY’S PERSONAL AND RACING LIFE AND THE UP’S THE DOWN’S THAT GOES WITH IT. I’M NOT TOO MATCHO TO ADMIT THAT I FOUND THE BOOK A FASCINATING READ WHICH MADE ME LOUGH AND ALSO EMOTIONAL.

AS KID’S OUR OVAL HERO’S TO US ARE INVINCIBLE AND THEIR PERSONA EQUALLY, SO IT’S A REAL TESTAMANT TO BARRY AND HIS EDITORIAL TEAM THAT HIS VULNERABILITY, WHICH INDEED WE ALL HAVE AT TIMES, IS ALLOWED TO SURFACE. THE FORWARD IS BY SUPERSTOX AND FORMULA ONE LEGEND DEREK WARWICK AND I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK ENOUGH TO ANY OVAL FAN!

BARRY’S BOOK IS AVAILABLE VIA WWW.BARRYLEE.CO.UK AND IS £24.95 + P & P.

 

THE SECOND BOOK TO ARRIVE THROUGH THE POST IS BY ‘OLDSKOOLSUPERSTOX’ PRESS AND P.R. OFFICER, RICHARD JOHN NEIL. MOST OF YOU WILL KNOW RICHARD WHO HAS BEEN A LIFE LONG OVAL FAN, PRODUCED SEVERAL GREAT PUBLICATIONS ON THE HISTORICAL SCENE OF THE SPORT AND NOWADAYS PRODUCES AND COMMENTATES ON A LOT OF THE LONG CIRCUIT TV TRANSMISSIONS WE VIEW NOWADAY’S.

RICHARDS LATEST BOOK, ‘GRAND PRIX MIDGETS 1967 – 1979’ IS ANOTHER FASCINATING READ WHICH TELL’S THE STORY OF THE EVOLUTION OF MIDGET RACING FROM IT’S SPEDEWORTH INFANCY, THROUGH TO EVENTUAL INDEPENDANCY AS THE GRAND PRIX MIDGET CLUB. NOT ONLY DOES THIS BOOK CONTAIN SOME GREAT OLD PICS, BUT SOME GREAT QUOTES FROM FORMER DRIVER’S AND JUST ABOUT EVERY FACT AND FIGURE THAT IS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN RECORDS! THE BOOK IS WORTH GETTING FOR THE GREAT FRANK BOYLES ‘FIREBALL MK 4’ PIC ON THE COVER ALONE!

COPIES ARE IN LIMITED EDITION AND SELLING FAST RESERVE YOUR COPY VIA GPMIDGET@GMIAL.COM  AND IS £6.00 + £1.10 P & P.

    

IN CLOSING, ‘HOT OFF THE PRESS NEW’S’ FROM ARLINGTON IS THAT TODAYS SUPERSTOX ENGLISH CHAMPIONSHIP HAS BEEN WON BY 482 JASON COOPER, WITH 67 CHRIS ROOTS SECOND AND 151 NICK SMITH THIRD. EARLY REPORTS INDICATE THAT THIS WAS A BIT OF A BRUISER WITH A FEW GAINING CAR DAMAGE….HOPEFULLY NOT TOO SEVERE!

(WITH GRATEFUL THANKS TO OUR TRACKSIDE CORRESPONDANT, TRUDY AYLWARD).

 

NEXT SUNDAY, ATTENTIONS ARE FOCUSED ON OUR OTHER ‘SEASIDE TRACK’ OF YARMOUTH WITH A ‘GOOD OLD’ SUPERSTOX AND STOCK CAR MEETING WITH MASCAR’S TOO. IT’S ROUND 11 OF THE SAFARI SERIES AND HERE’S HOPING FOR A GOOD TURN OUT, MAKE A DAY OF IT, SUNBATHE, VISIT THE FAIR AND THEN RACE!

 

“YES GRANDAD, WE’LL VISIT THE BINGO TOO!”

 

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT,

DEAN COX.

 

 

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INTRODUCING ALAN HARWOOD, OLDSKOOLSCOTLAND RACING MANAGER AND CREATER OF THE 'TOP SECRET PROJECT'