Unusual mix of formulas at Foxhall
TWO weeks after the Spedeweekend, Foxhall Stadium will again be welcoming drivers from far and wide for tomorrow night's Motorsport meeting. It's an unusual mix of cars this time with V8 Stock Cars, Grand Prix Midgets and National Bangers on the bill.
TWO weeks after the Spedeweekend, Foxhall Stadium will again be welcoming drivers from far and wide for tomorrow night's Motorsport meeting.
It's an unusual mix of cars this time with V8 Stock Cars, Grand Prix Midgets and National Bangers on the bill. The bangers race for the annual Volcano meeting, which this year switches to a team event rather than individual racing and with some attractive prize money on offer, the promoters are hopeful that many of the countries top teams will enter to take on the locals in what should be a lively affair.
The newly-formed Dirty Rodders team went very well at the Spedeweekend and, while some of their drivers were from the all-conquering Dartford team of Midnight Runners, it was Dave Canham from Ipswich, Carl Gould from Norwich and Dean Mayes from Scole who formed the nucleus of the side and, if they stay together for this meeting, they should go in as clear favourites, even against the more established Hempnall Boys and Damage Inc.
The V8 Stock Cars were also part of the recent two-day meeting, which was their first appearance at the prestige event for many years, and generally acquitted themselves very well. These are big, powerful single-seaters, powered by five-and-a-half litres of American Chevy engine, so they sound good, and with pushing and shoving allowed as well, they can be quite spectacular.
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Londoner Dennis Harris won their main event but it was a very close finish, with Harleston's Colin Goodswen amongst those involved in the final shake-up. Other Anglians who ought to be in contention this time include former Stadium promoter Roy Eaton, Wisbech driver Peter Guymer who retained the British Championship here last month, and two relative newcomers in Dave Arnold and Brad Moss, who beat a star studded field to take the top two places at the East Anglian Championships in May.
The Grand Prix Midgets were, as their name suggests, scaled down versions of GP cars of the day and, while there are still some very traditional looking cars, the modern day machines are mainly lightweight, rear-engined versions.
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They are extremely quick (indeed, it is believed that one of these cars still holds the Foxhall lap record, despite the development of National Hot Rods and the like) and, of course, they are non-contact.
The best known drivers in the formula are Rob Sayell from King's Lynn who, like his father Harry, has won everything there is to win including the World, former grass track star Alan Buckland from Sussex, and the Cambridgeshire-based Pooley duo who have raced at Foxhall many times in the past from the days when both were quite successful Stock Rod drivers.
It is rare for this race to come to Foxhall - it's been held in Germany and Holland in the past, as well as other top UK venues.