Pete Welland Memorial Meeting
Mendips Raceway – Bristol – 19/3/17
Susi, Pete’s wife had put up a substantial trophy pot, for this meeting. and was on hand to present them, including an appearance Trophy to the 18 competitiors who made it.
Our main event was the first race, after going on a grand parade acknowledged by a large, appreciative crowd, which included new boy 444 Mark Loader driving the old 261 Jason Lamburn car, and it was mark who led for the first few laps during which, 886 Brian Owen and 342 Ross Taylor tangled but continued, then first John Ferguson 213 driving the spare Alan Humphrey car, and Howard Cardew 760, retired.
Mark 444 still led , followed by Darren Clarke 616, and a fast Phil Smith 762. Darren 616, got past Mark 444, but couldn’t hold off Phil 762 who went on to take the flag, followed by Darren 616 and Andy Bateman 763, Nick Whitney 773 and Jack Bunter 128. A bout of yellow flags due to Phil Hickerton 559, coming to a halt on the home straight, had allowed Andy 763 to close up to Nick, 773.
By the next race the rain had started, which was to last the rest of the meeting, but the shelter that Graham, Jack and the team have erected on the car park bend, proved well used.
Unfortunately no Chris Turley 89 (low oil pressure), and Phill 559 (overheating). Mark 444 led away, as Joh, 213 half spun, and Ross 342 and Darren 616 tangled leading to Darren’s retirement. Nick 773 retired (broken clutch bracket) Alan Nicholson 198 also. But Mark 444 still led then Nigel 59, and then a flying Jack Bunter 128 went by followed by Phil Smith 762 who promptly spun and retired, due to a broken gearbox.
Howard 760 followed – again; but Jack 128 had taken the win – extra well done as he was also Clerk of the Course between racing, so got really very wet.
At the last race, I and the paper was so wet, so here’s the result. Nigel Finnegan driving well in atrocious conditions to hold off Nick 773 to take the flag.
Well done to Mark 444 and Dan Jefferey 20, completing every race.
Skegness 28th/29th May
Sunday- Nice to get a double meeting at this seaside stadium and a good turnout of 17 cars, turned up, together with a good amount of other formulae, including the Brisca V8’s for their annual pairs competition.
Heat 1 started with 9 Ian Skinner coasting to a halt, apparently with severe cramp in a leg stopping him from operating the pedals – The smart car of 731 Robin Secker, leading followed by 7 Pete Fenton and Alan Humphrey 253. Dave Heliwell 271 retired – puncture! Nick Whitney 773, developing a misfire. Ross Taylor 342 clouted the fence, but Robin Secker 731 took the chequered.
Heat 2 In view of Ian Skinner, 9, still in a lot of pain and only completing a lap, I allowed his nephew- F1 pilot – 76 Aaron Cozens to drive the car having completed a day licence, and it was 20, Dan Jeffrey that led away, in his ever improving car, followed by Pete Fenton 7, and John Clements, 23, Robin Secker 731, suddenly developed a mechanical problem, causing him to swerve violently over the track, leading him to retire. Giles Carter, 47, and Ross Taylor, 342, tangled on the last ben as Aaron Cozens, 76, retired but it was John Clements, 23, who took the flag.
The Final had Pete Fenton, 7, fly into the lead and provided a unique style of cornering. Alan Humphrey, 253, retired with engine problems, that was to plague him all weekend, Granville Wright, 311, spun and stalled but it was Giles Carter, 47, who crossed the line in first place.
So ended the first day, and quite a few Heritage drivers, camped at Cottage Farm. (F2 871 Mark Simpsons site) and there was karaoke at the bar and our very own Howie Cardew, 760 was the star of the show with a very strong rendition of pop music.
Sundays racing unfortunately lost a few cars so we were down to 13 from 17.
Heat 1 soon had Aaron Cozens, 76, and Andy Kaye, 533, in a tangle, veterans Alan Nicholson, 198, led followed by Andy Webb, 247, Giles Carter, 47, and Granville Wright 311. Spiderman,247, took the lead but Giles Carter, 47, went under him, to win the race but promptly spun and had an engine fire- very exciting!
Heat 2 had Ross Taylor, 342, retiring as the green flag fell and Granville Wright, 311 and Howard Cardew, 760, tangling, but it was Spiderman, 247, Andy Webb who took the chequered.
Final had Aaron Cozens, 76 leading and going very well, (forget F1 Aaron, join Heritage!) Giles Carter, 47 retired – broken throttle cable- but a fairly quiet race, apart from Granville Wright, 311 having a dive at 773 Nick Whitney on the final bend- missed but a good try, but a good win for 762 Phil Smith.
So ended a great weekend of racing, Thanks to Rob and Asha Speak, for giving us a weekend of racing- they must have been disappointed with the crowd on Sunday, although it was very reasonable Saturday.
The West Country Tour 2017
.. and wasn’t it hot, very hot! And it was the heat, that probably kept the crowd away as there are a few be\aches not far from St Day.
17 cars appeared at the track including long time absentee, and heritage founder 716 Roy Clarke, and great to see Neil Truran, 306 long time stockcar personality in the ex-Mike Walmsley car and Mikie Richardson, 213 in the spare Alan Humphrey car.
Every driver received a unique medallion courtesy of the Bateman family. The Cornish Open Trophy was sponsored by our own Paul Ferguson of Kat Kabin, many thanks to both.
Heat 1 had Dan Jeffrey,20 leading the way but 261 Jason Lamburn soon flew by into the lead, promptly followed by 533, Andy Kaye. Drama as Jason’s throttle stuck and like last year ended up bouncing off the tyres, but by Lap 3 728 Graham Bunter flew into the lead, followed by 763 Andy Bateman and son 128 Jack Bunter, but it was Graham who held the lead and took the flag.
Heat 2 was very exciting, starting with another father- son duo in 716 Roy and 616 Darren Clarke spinning, as Jason Lamburn 261 led the way, 306 new boy Neil Truran retired with a broken throttle cable, as all hell broke loose, as oil from the sump of 763 Andy Bateman spreading all around the track causing virtually everyone on track to have a spin or tow, including a tangle up between the other father-son duo 728 Graham and 128 Jack Bunter tangling together, (I’ll leave that to you two to sort out!) but keeping his wheels in the right direction was Farmer 533 Andy Kaye.
The Final for this year’s Cornish Championship was led off by Cornwall’s own, 253 Alan Humphrey, soon after last year’s champion 107 Dan Chiplen retired due to a broken throttle cable, as 213 Mikie Richardson spun meaning that 271 Dave Helliwell hit the fence avoiding a spinning 253 Alan Humphrey resulting in a yellow flag. On the restart 533 Andy Kaye led, followed by 306 Neil Truran and Andy Bateman 763. 128 Jack Bunter retired due to a misfire as Andy Bateman then took the flag as Mikie Richardson 213, spun on the last bend.
So Cornishman Andy received the Cornish Open from Paul Ferguson of Kat Kabin with 306 Neil Truran 2nd and 533 Andy Kaye 3rd, all certainly showed their pleasure on their victory lap.
So, ended a very pleasant, if hot time at St Day, although 271 Dave Helliwell’s weekend was finished due to severe axle/chassis damage, but he was still smiling!
Taunton 20th June Tarmac Semi Final
Extras at Smeatharpe stadium were long distance travellers 23 John Clements, 247 Andy Webb, 311 Granville Wright and local Saloon stock car driver 28 Ian Govier, driving the spare Humphrey car. No 271 Dave Helliwell due to damage or 306 Neil Truran with car needing adjustments.
Heat 1 was led off by 342 Ross Taylor as 28 Ian Govier spun and was collected by 107 Dan Chiplen, 59 Nigel Finnegan and 311 Granville Wright who went in hard, leading to yellow flags after being winded. The restart soon had Darren Clarke 616 in the lead followed by previous leader 342 Ross Taylor and Graham Bunter 728. Ross Taylor then spun meanwhile Ian Govier 28 and Andy Webb 247 collected the tyres.
Heat 2 ran without Andy Webb 247 and Granville Wright 311, Nigel Finnegan 59 took the lead with Ross Taylor 342 following, Bradford’s 218 Phil Hiles slowed to a stoop, but in a fairly quiet race Nigel Finnegan 59 took the flag.
The Final started without Jason Lamburn 261- blown engine and had Alan Humphrey leading a very uneventful final, which resulted in Daventry’s Spiderman, Andy Webb 247 taking the flag.
Autospeed then provided us an extra race, which had Alan Humphrey 253 lead the way with Ross Taylor 342 soon after taking the lead, 128 Jack Bunter initially retired after 3 laps but re-joined the race running with a misfire which had plagued his Cornish Championship hopes but towards the end of the race a coming together between 728 Graham Bunter, 533 Andy Kaye, 20 Dan Jeffrey, 59 Nigel Finnegan and 773 Nick Whitney caused all sorts of chaos and damage, but it was for his second win of the weekend Graham Bunter, 728 who took the flag.
So ended another enjoyable west country tour and everyone had made a holiday of it, we will be back again next year. So thanks go to the Bateman and Ferguson families, who helped make it special and to the Autospeed promotion, for making us so welcome.
Skegness Tuesday 25th July
A strong field of cars supported the annual Tuesday night trip to the east coast, and our 2nd meeting supporting the new Rob Speak era at Skegness Raceway. The heritage formula welcomes 138 John O’Sullivan in a full bodied Ford Pop, as well as welcoming back 375 Mark Lawrence to the formula in the ex Graham Prescott 127 car.
Heat 1 opened up with 16 cars on track and immediately Dan Chiplen rushed straight through the first group and into a temporary lead, as 311 Granville Wright stormed through the 6 cars ahead and to the lead where he remained until the end taking the chequered. New boy 138 John O’Sullivan certainly entertained the crowd on his debut going for a spin, mean while 47 Giles Carter had followed 311 Granville’s lead through the field too 2nd with 128 Jack Bunter third. 198 Alan Nicholson pulled to the infield with mechanical issues, but the race was in no doubt 311 Granville Wright’s, who concluded the race with a thoroughly deserved, dominant win.
Heat 2was a thoroughly entertaining heat, starting off with 533 Andy Kaye tangling come out of the bottom corner forcing 128 to go airborne after clipping the curb, leading to a slow puncture, which allowed 205 Paul Rookyard through to begin his chase of 107 Dan Chiplen and 218 Phil Hiles. It was again 533 Andy Kaye in a tangle, this time colliding with 47 Giles Carter, sending the latter into the tyres, damaging an axle, ending his night. Once again it was 138 John O’Sullivan entertaining the crowd having a spin out of the top corner clipping the inner tyres, meanwhile 198 Alan Nicholson was given a nudge and sent flying into 728 Graham Bunter, who finished the race with a damaged front axle radius rod. Nonetheless it was 205 Paul Rookyard who remained calm in a carnage 2nd heat who took the win.
The Final had lost us three cars, as 342 Ross Taylor loaded up due to lack of oil pressure, 47 Giles Carter with axle damage and also 375 Mark Lawrence. The race again started with more chaos as 107 Dan Chiplen and 218 Phil Hiles flew into a battle for the lead with 886 Brian Owen chasing fast, it was John O’Sullivan, 138, who completed a hattrick of crashes who spun coming out of the top bend, again colliding with the tyres in the exact same spot as the previous heat, this time causing some damage and leading to a yellow flag – an eventful yet entertaining debut for sure! On the restart it was 128 Jack Bunter who flew to the lead, where he stayed, followed by 533 Andy Kaye, who was battling off 205 Paul Rookyard, 728 Graham Bunter, 198 Alan Nicholson, 23 John Clements and 311 Granville Wright, who were changing places and trading paint lap after lap until the end, where 128 Jack Bunter had stretched his lead considerably and took the win, followed by 533 Andy Kaye, with three abreast of 728 Graham Bunter, 23 John Clements and just pipping both to 3rd place on the line 311 Granville Wright.
A huge thanks to Skegness for having us, a great night of racing, we look forward to Buxton!
Buxton 30th July 2017
So team Hickerton arrive at a sunny Buxton for my third meeting of the year.
We pit next to long distance traveller Paul Bronham, say hello to the rest of the gang, 11 drivers made it for our British champs meeting.
First race is a heat in the sunshine and we line up in three groups instead of the normal four ranks. Phil McHiles first away followed by Paul Bronham, Alan Nic and myself all three groups hold station for around 5 of the 12 laps, then the fast boys catch us. Win goes to Webby, followed by Phil S, Phil McHiles finishing a fine third.
Heat 1: 247 762 218 47 23 198 559 760 59 533
No casualties so all 11 appear for the second heat, away again in groups of three. Light drizzle starts to fall catching a few struggling for grip Phil Mc has led away, followed by a fast consistent big Al and me! In the tricky conditions Al pulls away with Yours truly but the fast train is soon filling our mirrors with John Clements, Paul Bronham, Andy Kaye in tow. The win goes to Phil S, Webby second, big Al holding onto third.
Heat 2: 762 247 198 47 559 23 314 533 218 760
Our final race was the British champs’ and the weather had now turned prior to the start of the race, so we faced a well damp track. Off we go in the three groups, still 11 taking part, big Al off to a flier, with Me in a tangle with Paul B, sideways for ages before we enter the pit bend, then I get it straight, Phil Mc spins, Paul drops back. Chasing big Al I manage to get passed so with a clear track try to push on. Catch a glimpse in the mirror of a fast charging Andy Kaye, followed by the usual suspects. The weather has bunched the chasing pack then I come upon Andy Webb and Andy Kaye, I seem to have caught them up. Webby pulls off I am now catching Andy Kaye, but Giles is closing fast with John Clements right behind. They come past me joined together but neither negotiate Andy K, this allowed me to gain but not close enough for a lunge! John C is close enough to and with a perfect tap gets Giles on the last bend and takes the flag. Phil H is well chuffed with third, Phil S is closing fast but ran out of laps, takes forth, Paul B recovered to take 5th.
British Championship: 23 47 559 762 314 198 760 533 59 218
A great race, a championship race decided on the last bend, congratulations to John C.
Best part if the day for me was the “thanks for coming” from the pit gate Marshall when coming off the track, totally unexpected, but typical of a very warm and friendly staff you find at the Buxton Raceway.
Thanks to big Al for the scrutineering, Phil Mc and Phil S for organising the grid and groupings.
August 5th Stoke Semi Final
17 cars made it to this, the shale semifinal, with Team Bunter, just making it, after being held up in horrendous traffic.
Our first race was for The Steve Bateman World of Shale trophy, one of the most impressive we have! The lineup included new to us ex banger driver Wayne Pritchard,22, driving the ex Stu Bailey 732 car and was led away by Pete Fenton 7, as Ross Taylor 342 soon took a trip to the fence. The order after a few laps was 7,375,198,253,59, then Jack Bunter 128 went for a spin collecting 533 Andy Kaye, as Dave Heliwell 271 spun and retired.
Jack Bunter 128, had only just got going, when he then rolled over, bringing out the yellows fortunately only suffering minimal damage. On the restart both Giles Carter 47 and Chris Turley 89 retired to the infield. During the closing laps fast moving Andy Bateman 763 was collected by 375 Mark Lawrence in the ex Graham Prescott car, but at the flag it was Alan Nicholson 198, who was the worthy winner of the World of Shale, and didn’t he look pleased!
Heat 2 Started on a well watered track, with 13 cars, most of whom ended up spinning, including 728,773 and 47, but it was Alan Humphrey, 253, led followed by Andy Kaye 533, Nigel Finnegan, 59 managed to spin Jason Lamburn, 261 – they had an interesting tit for tat for most of the meeting – good racing for them.
Final time, with 14 cars and again Alan Humphrey 253 lead away, Dave Heliwell 271 pulling to the infield then the leader spun putting 261 Jason Lamburn to the lead, followed by Ross Taylor 342 and Nigel Finnegan, 59 battling for position for most of the race with 128 Jack Bunter. It was a very fast Giles Carter, 47 who was soon leading, unfortunately developing an overheating problem but being far enough ahead to ease off in the final laps to still take the win.
So the grid for the Gold Cup at Cowdenbeath can now be formed. Thanks to Steve Rees and his helpful team for another great meeting at Stoke.
The annual trip to Cowdenbeath Raceway included our gold top race, with 20 cars arriving on a fine evening, at this tidy, but large track.
Appearance Trophies, for what is deemed ‘The Great North Tour’ were presented to each driver and the drivers were paraded to the enthusiastic crowd and lined up in their closed grid in point order from the semi-finals at Stoke (shale) and Taunton (tarmac) with non-qualifiers 314 Paul Bromham and 886 Brian Owen half a lap back.
The race started at a fast pace, with 342 Ross Taylor half spinning to the infield, but re-joining. Nigel Finnegan, 59 was leading the way with 728 Graham Bunter, then son 128 Jack and 23 John Clements who’d top scored throughout the semi’s and started on pole. Alan Humphrey 253 glanced the wall but carried on, and both, reigning Gold top 773 Nick Whitney and 533 Andy Kaye spun twice on the greasy track.
But at the chequered it was old timer Graham Bunter 728 with son Jack 128 closely following through, and third was the man who won the Gold Cup 50 years ago, 247 Andy Webb, a really good result and great for Graham who puts in so much time for our Heritage Formula.
Result – 728,128,247,763,47,23,59,198,533,218
For the next race 19 cars came out (no 247) and Dan Chiplen 107 led away but soon 59 Nigel Finnegan let go, and on track caused many spins including new Gold Cup winner, Graham Bunter 728, the worst being Dave Heliwell 271 who demolished the inner Armco knocking himself out, and bringing out the yellows, happily Dave soon regained his cheerful self. Alan Humphrey 253, Paul Bromham 314 and Pete Fenton 7 all retired. Dan Chiplen 107 led at the restart followed by Phil Hiles 218, Jason Lamburn 261 and Ross Taylor 342, then Phil Hiles 218 took the lead whilst John Clements 23 and Giles Carter 47had a coming together with Giles ending his night with front axle damage. Jason Lamburn 261 spun, as Jack Bunter 128 the runner up in the Gold Cup race taking the lead which he held to the flag.
The Final was for the Scottish Open, and ran with 16 cars- Andy Kaye 533 was out, with a blown engine. Dan Chiplen 107 led away but Andy Webb 247 being chased hard by 128 Jack Bunter was forced to retire with a puncture, and Jack B a couple of laps later hit the famous race wall hard, but fellow team mate Dan Chiplen 107 took the flag, and wasn’t he pleased, as it was a clean Scottish sweep for Team Bunter.
Barford 27/8/17 – 11 Cars
Shame that some of the cars that went to Cowdenbeath didn’t call in at this neat little track, although some had irrepairable damage but we were the major formula on track.
Heat 1 and Alan Humphrey 253 was soon spinning, but rejoined, and nice to see back John Rigg AY33 was in the lead, but 311 Granville Wright took the lead and went on to win the race, also returned was 347 Ian Johnson with his happy family.
Heat 2 was a fast race with noincidents. Milko, Ross Taylor 342 taking a dominant win.
Results – 342,347,198,311,773,763,23,7,261,33,253
The Final started with no 33 (overheating), Jason Lamburn 261 spectacular with his usual tail out style, Ross Taylor winner of heat 2 retired with a damaged front axle, Ian Johnson leading until yards from the line when a tangle allowed Alan Nicholson 198 to take the flag, just! – Very exciting!
We the had a Grand National with 7 cars (still 3 more than the ministox had all day) and it was duly won by 347 Ian Johnson who deserved it after his efforts all day.
All in all another enjoyable Great North tour that was well received by the locals, and like the South West tour is building up to an event to look forward too next year. Well done to all concerned