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Fundraising for FORDS-Care at Buxton Raceway 2017

Monday 28th August sees the Open Rod Ladies Race, raising funds for FORDS-Care, but we have been asked if Hot Fords and Fast Fords ladies can join in and the answer is yes you can.

I realise you are not racing on that day but there is now the opportunity to join in if you so wish This race is open to ladies with no or very little race experience, as determined by the Promotion.

Some experienced ladies have in the past shown an interest in also racing and raising funds for FORDS-Care and they will not be forgotten.

The way the race will be staged really depends on the number of entries- there may be two races within one or two separate races, but cannot be determined until nearer the time when a list of entries is known.

Sponsorship Forms are now available from me, Dave Pierce— amount of sponsorship is £50 per driver, although in the past most ladies have exceeded this amount. Once again we are indebted to Promoter Matthew Watson, for sponsoring the cost of day licences, and to Dave and Mandy Trevor for sponsoring the trophies to include a commemorative award for all ladies. Contact can also be via FaceBook—Dave Pierce.

I am on the lookout for sponsors to support this great cause, who can get in touch as above.

Dave Pierce


New Super Banger

Its not often we get to see a brand new Super Banger, so when Leek racer 111 David Billing brought his along on 25th June everyone who saw it had a dropped jaw, its been a couple of years in the making and what a machine! its based on a Sierra Sapphire with a shortened roof line, it has a Chevy V8 engine for reliable power, Dave was glad he got it on track as he went out and won all three races on the day.

Dave is back racing it on 2nd July.

A new Super Banger on the scene will perhaps give other drivers confidence to start their own new builds.


25th June Review

Buxton Raceway provided 24 races including the BBA English Championship for the heavy hitting 2 Litre Bangers on Sunday 25th June, the Junior Micra Rods Northern Championship and the Rebels Midlands Championship. It all started with the Jascars, thats 8 -16 year olds in minature racers imported from the USA, these are truly brilliant cars with excellent engineering and are realistic to their full size Nascar counterparts, they flew around the Buxton oval. Stars of the Jascars were 62 and 26 that's Tod Garner and James Walls and in the adults Mascars top man was in fact lady racer 11 Juli Stanford who took a final win after some superb racing. 14 Dan Ashton and number 1 Karl Baker took the heats. The Baths 24 and 25 father and son had a coming together which left the cars with plenty of damage but both drivers were OK.

The Rebels saw yellow grade driver 686 Pete Beldom race off with 3 wins the Midland Drivers Champion for 2017 and in second place was the 2016 winner 202 Tom Dayman and well deserved it was too, with 30 Rob Jones and 80 Keith Murphy following him home.

The Open Rods were great entertainment as usual. Number 11 Oliver Cox from Chesterfield raced from white grade front row and had impressive victory in his heat and the final, the final of which was the Peaks Championship, the other heat went to 43 Stuart Bromley who was runner up in the Peaks.

The Super Bangers had some new names on track one being 111 Dave Billing from Leek who won all 3 races in a lovely presented racer that went as good as it looked. 14 Jason Black from Stoke, the Copes Dave and son Tyler from Leek bagged lots of points for their efforts.

The Junior Rods Northern Champ is 19 Ben Germany, with 17 Will Cooley runner up. A heavy crash took out Billy Kidd number 1 in heat 2 whilst in the lead, that ended his racing due to extensive damage.

That leaves the 2 litre Bangers, which were dominated by the trusty and strong Ford Mondeo. A very destructive BBA Championship had 542 Craig Miller taking top honours. In the all comers race 403 Marcus Sprawling crossed the finish line first. Then to finish the event we had a DD which was finally won by 403 Marcus Sprawling all the way from Kings Lynn

11th June Review

Buxton Raceway got back to business with a bang and staged extra races as the Stoxkarts were added to the programme, taking it to 23 races on the day.

Junior Stoxkarts ran their races virtually straight away with the wins going to 53 and 59, Megan and Connor winning the heats and finishing 1 and 2 in the final. Got to mention 162 James Kettlewell who rolled over in the first heat when looking like victory was his, but he came back later and registered some top placings for his efforts.

The 1300 stock cars had four different winners namely 218 Richard Smith, 83 Scott Mclay, 374 Darren Munford and 145 Pete Slater took the final.

The Brisca F2s were light on numbers and they were racing for the Sarah Temple memorial trophy and 817 Tim Bailey took the top honours, other wins went to 618 Ben Lockwood, 318 Leyton O'Reilly and 154 Michael Green.

Onto the senior Stoxkarts and heat one saw 1 Danny Nunn take the top spot and he also won again in the allcomers race. Heat 2 saw 22 Ryan Jones victorious. In the final and it was a cracker of a race, 471 Alistair Houghton was ahead of the pack when it mattered, followed home by 229 Joe Higgins and 132 James Hall-Morton.

The V8 Hot stox saw 409 Luke Maw on superb form winning both heats. In the Final it was 26 Hayley Williams first past the post to take a popular win. The allcomers race had another lady in the top spot 154 Sophie Maynard for a well deserved victory.

The Brisca F1s and 84 Tom Harris and 464 Luke Davidson were dominant throughout, not forgetting 16 Matt Newson who racked up a huge pile of points.

Some strange finishes today, in the 1300 stock cars 251 Lewis Hall when all set for a win his car stopped just before the finish line with one lap still to run. In the Hot stox 1 Adam Joyce had a stinker of an afternoon by his high standards, failing to finish in 3 of his races. I guess that's racing, or not as the case may be.


29th May Review

Opening time at Buxton Raceway was met with foggy conditions all around the area and remained grim from practice to the enforced early finish. The mist came and just never went.

A minutes silence was held in respect of the Manchester Arena tragedy.

In the trying conditions the Brisca F2s took to the track to start the proceedings and it was 154 Michael Green who dominated winning both heats and final, yeah the guy is the one to beat round Buxton thats for sure!. 581 Dan fellows and 319 Sheldon Wadsworth were there or thereabouts in each race.

Onto the Street Bangers with loads of cars on track 117 Jake Crowley ran away into the murky distance to chalk up another win. 115 Jack Spencer came a cropper after clipping the marker tyres and flipping over.

The Hot Fast Fords saw 179 Danny Minton awarded the win in Heat 1 after a crash involving the first three cars. The second heat had 121 Nigel Boothroyd at the front when it mattered to take the chequered flag.

Onto the Junior Micra Rods and 1 Billy Kidd won convincingly, 06 Chloe Fearnley had a racelong battle with 10 Lewis Thompson.

By race 10 on the programme and a couple of visits to the track by the Drift cars, in the interests of safety it was decided to bring on the caravans for their race/ dd event which the crowd had come to see. This was won by 420 Michael Jacobs who was at the end the only one still towing something!


1st May Review
After rain right through practice it dried up nicely for our May day meeting, six formulas plus the Monster trucks. The V8 Hotstox were the guest formula and as usual provided superb entertainment. 17 George Riley and 376 Matthew Young put in great performances, with good finishes in all their races. The first heat was won by superstar and current world champ 1 Adam Joyce, Heat 2 it was 376 who took top spot. In the final it was 298 Tom Spencer across the line first to take the chequered flag from 324 Shaun Bowman and 154 Sophie Maynard. The Grand National and Shaun finally got his hands on the chequered a well deserved victory.

The Super Bangers raced firstly for the Silverdale cup and last years winner 3 Dave Cope took the honours again. In Heat 2 and the Final 14 Jason Black on a much drier track left the rest in the distance and took the Northern and Midland championship as a reward for his final win.

On to the Hot Fords and a good turnout of racers which is great to see, 179 Danny Minton ran away with the first heat,3 06 Craig Bennett claimed Heat 2. In the Final it was 548 Dave Carter who led the rest over the finish line followed by Danny and 121 Nigel Boothroyd after another great race.

The 1300 Stock cars were low on numbers after a hectic race night the night before at their Skegness heartland, but 83 Scott Mclay, 125 Jack Marson and 288 Gavin Charlesworth took the top spots, staff member 55 Andy Carr is now getting up to speed in his daughter's car.

On to the bangers firstly the Street Bangers and a good turnout of experienced and new to Buxton racers hit the track. 117 Jake Crawley in his Puma was unbeatable, taking all three races. The Randalls 31 &3 11 Jake & Kei both rolled over during the afternoon.

Now onto the vans, 290 Johnny Harrison took both heats, in the DD it was declared a dead heat between 290 Johnny and 666 Dan Lucas after they had slogged it out to the delight of the packed crowd.

The Monster trucks Big Pete and the Grim Reaper entertained us and the fans loved the action, car splitting, car crushing, caravan crushing, big V8s roaring away and big tyres who could ask for anything more, another first class afternoon of action here at Buxton Raceway.


17th April Review
In front of a packed crowd and an equally packed pits, Buxtons Easter Monday event was a cracker. Including the bus / coach racing.

There were seven formulas racing, meaning over two dozen races.

The Micro F2s were back again, with James Owen, Jake Woodhull and Alfie Jones taking the wins. Harley Spencer put in a great effort in all the races.

The Stoxkart Juniors had 33 and 34 the Woodhulls going well but 24 Harley Thackra and 59 Connor Benstead crossed the line first when it mattered taking the main trophies.

The Brisca F2s had large numbers in the pits including visitors from Scotland again. It was 647 Chris Burgoyne who went back home with the main trophy, with 154 Michael Green , 101 Kelvyn Marshall and 618 Ben Lockwood piling on the points, a special mention for 629 Euan Millar who was very quick from his yellow grade starting spot.

In the Open Rods, the main event was for the Northern and Midland championship, which was won by 89 Dave Swingewood who has won it on three other occasions. The Honda racers 39 and 180, namely Darren Bailey and Paul Lockett took the heats.

In the Stoxkarts seniors there was plenty of action as usual, Top gun Danny Nunn, Ryan Jones and Joe Higgins took the wins with Joe racing off with the main trophy, and well deserved it was too.

Next the Fords both Fast and Hot Combined Were great to watch, 295, 14 and 067 were the winners Marc 067 after 2 second places finally crossed the line ahead of the pack to take the final.

The Junior Rods had 11 racers on track, but 1 Billy Kidd scooped the lot. Got to mention 10 Lewis Thompson for his efforts, a great racer in the making.

That just leaves the big stuff, the bus and coaches, 2 heats which were won by 290 Hitman Harrison and Hilly 69, then the DD which most fans waited for and they weren't disappointed. If the Steward of the meeting hadn't called it a dead heat they would have been at it till it went dark. So that brought to an end a brilliant meeting in front of a massive crowd.



Fuel Non return valves were included as an ORCi requirement in Oval Race formulae some time ago.

In 2016 there was a high profile case involving a Non return valve not being fitted in a particular formula that was dealt with somewhat leniently at the time given some more general issues with regards their fitting and scrutineering with the anticipation that this would be an example to raise the awareness to all drivers that a fully operational/working Non return valve MUST be fitted.

In recent weeks various investigations have revealed that drivers continue to abuse the rule from taking cars to scrutineering and then removing them or fitted and tampered with.

From the 1st May 2017 drivers are now warned that contravention of this rule WILL result in an automatic mandatory ban under the technical rules/ penalties of 6 months. This applies to any driver not having a fully working non return valve fitted and/or it being tampered with in any way.

Issued ORCi 6h April 2017


19th March Review
The second meeting of the season on the 19th March here at Buxton was another action packed event. The BriSCA F2 Stox had 154 Michael Green on top form taking the heats and final on a soaking wet track. With great results for local white top 142 John Hadfield, he wont be white much longer as he eventually got his hands on the chequered flag in the Grand National race.

In the Juniors Micra Rods, 19 Ben Germany in a beautifully prepared racer took 2 wins with the final going to 17 Will Cooley. With 4 new racers in the field it is good news for the formula.

The V8 Hotstox provided plenty of action, Glossops 355 Brian Andrew took the first heat, the 26 car with Hayley Williams in it took a hefty hit and ended up rolled over by the fence. The other heat went to 17 white top George Riley, the Northern and Midland final on a very wet track was won by 498 Olly Spencer from 65 & 17, a driver to note was home in 4th place and that was Reddish racer 482 Martin Fletcher who tries so hard at many meetings and does well but seems to get caught up with things in the last couple of laps so it was good that he got a well deserved 4th place.

The Fast Fords had 3 visitors from Skeggy in Mondeos and boy were they quick, not only that but those Mondeo Rods look well suited to the Buxton track, they make a great looking Rod, taking the heats but in the final 186 John Plater took the top spot.

The 1300 Stockcars were light on numbers with a few no shows, 83 Scott Mclay and 125 Jack Marson were on top form, sadly 288 Gavin Charlesworth blew his engine in practice.

In the Unlimited Street Bangers 91 Kyle Cooley was leading both heats when his racer stopped, but in the final he got it right to get across the line first. A good mixture of Honda, Jaguar, Mercedes, Fords and Rovers ensured plenty of action throughout.

On a very wet track that got more treacherous as the afternoon went on that provided excellent entertainment until the final chequered flag of the day flew.

12th March Review
Well what a great start to the season here at Buxton on the 12th March. There were new drivers in most formulas. The National Ministox had about 6 novices. The Street Bangers had experienced racers and new including Finn Rhodes in the No 10 who arrived without a licence and thought he was here only to watch, WRONG!, his mates bought him a licence for his birthday present. He had 3 good races gaining valuable experience.

The Open Rods and Hot fords provided excellent racing with the results spread throughout the fields in each formula.

The Super Bangers although down on numbers wound their V6 & V8s to entertain us, we are told next time they feature there will be more competitors.

The stand out drivers on the day included; Ministox No1 Charlie Guinchard with Heat & Final wins including the Buxton gold cup which was sponsored by Altrincham Skip Hire. Hot fords, 295 Graham Heywood with a heat win and other top 6 finishes. In the Open rods 700 Jak Parsons took a heat and final from his yellow top starting grade. The Super Bangers saw 2 wins for young 32 Tyler Cope. Lastly the street Bangers and 290, 178 & 117 shared the wins.

The racing was great entertainment, the weather was kind to us and all the racing done in under 4hours.