Testing at Tullyroan.
Story & photos by Ken Reay
The National Hot Rods got their chance to stretch their legs at the second Northern Ireland practice session, held at Tullyroan on Saturday 7th March 2020.
In an improvement from the very wet conditions the previous week at Aghadowey the drivers were greeted with a dry and blustery day at Tullyroan.
The three drivers from the previous week - Adam Hylands, Derek Martin and Jaimie McCurdy - were joined on track by Keith Martin (who recorded the most laps) Simon Kennedy and later in the day by Kenny McCann in the immaculate #18 Tigra. All drivers made the most of the day working on set changes between each session on the track. Ken Reay.
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Hankook Performance Tyres Ulster Championship
Tullyroan Oval, Saturday 14th October.
Darren Black reports: Former World Champion Glenn Bell grabbed a heat and final brace at Tullyroan Oval last Saturday to lift the inaugural Hankook Performance Tyres Ulster Championship. On a night of fast, excellent racing the other heat fell the way of Adam Hylands.
The Ulster Championship was first mooted almost 18 months ago, as a championship style event aimed solely at the local drivers. World Series NI sponsors Hankook got right behind the idea, and between them and staging promoter Davy McCall of DMC Race Promotions there were some excellent trophies and a very lucrative prize purse on offer. Fifteen cars came to grid for the meeting, with Keith Martin a late cancellation following a workshop accident. We wish Keith well in his recovery and hope to see him on track again soon.
Clutch starts were planned for the heats, but the opener went rolling as the track was still ever so slightly damp off line. Shane Murray and Bell shared the front row, with Bell getting the better getaway to slam across the front of his rival into turn one in a very audacious move. Bell thus took up the running ahead of Murray's Ginetta, with Gary Wilson and returnee Ben McKee next up. As Bell edged clear, a great scrap was developing for fifth with Stewart Doak fighting a rear guard action against a racy looking Carl Sloan, with John Christie and Jaimie McCurdy playing a watching brief behind. Murray closed back in on the leader nearing the end, but Bell was always in control and took the win, with Wilson, McKee and Doak filling the top five.
Adam Hylands and Derek Martin shared the front row for the reversed grid heat two, which again saw a rolling start with oil on the circuit after a previous race. Hylands wasted little time getting ahead, as it quickly developed into a four way battle between himself, Martin, McCurdy and Christie. Further back Bell had made a blinding start from the back row, and was quickly gaining places hand over fist in his quest to land pole position. Hylands and Martin pulled away from McCurdy as the race progressed, but despite Derek keeping Adam honest all the way home he just couldn't unseat him from the lead. Hylands thus took the win over Martin, McCurdy, Christie and an impressive Bell.
Bell and Hylands qualified on front row for the Hankook Ulster Championship, with McCurdy and Christie on row two and Murray and Martin next up. There was a blinding opening lap as Hylands gave it his all on the outside, even brushing the home straight wall in his attempts to get ahead of the polesitter. He had to give best to Bell however, just as they were brought under caution when all the jostling in the pack saw McCurdy spat out and into the turn one wall.
At the resumption Bell led off Hylands, Murray and Martin, with Glenn pulling clear as Murray put Hylands under increasing pressure for second. Hylands was equal to it all though, staying ahead of the NI Champion all the way home. Up front Bell was in perfect harmony with his Edwards Motorsport Tigra, taking an emphatic win after the perfect evening for the Portadown ace. He was crowned the first ever Ulster Champion ahead of Hylands, Murray, Martin, Christie, Gary Wilson and Adam Maxwell, the latter handicapped by having to start both heats off the rear due to incorrect fin plates. An interesting side issue was a great battle between McKee and Sloan for the award for the top finisher amongst the regular white and yellow graders. McKee had held off his rival for most of the race, only to be outdone when Bell lapped him on the inside late on and towed Carl through in his wake.
It was a very successful Ulster Championship meeting, which will hopefully become an annual occurrence in years to come. The local drivers are back in action for their final World Series NI round
of the year at the Aghadowey Oval Gala Night on October 27th. Report with thanks to NIOvalTV footage. Darren Black
Heat 1: 9 70 82 937 996 962 199 54 20 76 75 64 669.
Heat 2: 54 20 199 962 9 996 75 76 70 82 669 64 943 937.
Final: 9 54 70 20 962 82 76 75 937 669 943 64 nof.
Hoosier Tyres sponsor World Series England
National Hot Rod world series England has received a great boost today with the news that Hoosier Racing Tyres UK and Europe are making a big investment backing the hugely competitive season long
competition. From now (and backdated to the first round at Aldershot) to round 14, Hoosier Racing Tyres UK and Europe will present the winner of each meeting’s final with a brand new Hoosier
The NHRPA would like to thank Hoosier Racing Tyres UK and Europe, and especially Looby and Andy Postance for their support for the NHRPA’s National Hot Rod world series England. Visit their website at www.hoosiertyre.co.uk
World Final Tyres Analysed
Following the 2017 World Final qualifying “hot laps”, samples were taken of the tyres of the fastest six cars. These samples were sealed in evidence bags and sent to Hoosier Tyres’ laboratories in America where they were subject to rigorous tests for any kind of contamination.
The NHRPA and Spedeworth Motorsports are pleased to announce all six samples were found to conform with the original manufacturers specifications.
The NHRPA will be conducting further tyre tests on a random basis at both championship events and domestic world series meetings in all nations, going forward. Samples may be taken from any car, at any time.
In addition, the NHRPA replaced the fuel of the fastest six cars at Ipswich before the big race. This too will continue on an ongoing and random basis.
The sport’s governing body is determined that National Hot Rod racing will continue to be run in accordance with its technical specifications and will continue to monitor and check all aspects on an ongoing basis. Click photo to enlarge.
Hankook Performance Tyres Renew Sponsorship of National Hot Rods World Series NI
The NHRPA are pleased to announce that Hankook Performance Tyres have renewed their sponsorship of National Hot Rods World Series NI for the 2017/18 season.
A deal has been reached with the leading tyre manufacturer, in conjunction with their Northern Ireland distributor Tyre Call Ltd, to promote their range of performance road tyres in the 'Hankook Performance Tyres National Hot Rods World Series NI'. Hankook are one of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers, and currently supply some of the most prestigious car marques with their state of the art performance tyres as factory fitted original equipment, to provide the optimal driving experience.
Former National Hot Rod racer Corrie Beggs and Derek Hill, General Manager of Tyre Call Ltd, have been instrumental in securing the deal, and on behalf of Hankook Corrie said, "It's a perfect match for Hankook, as we associate our high quality performance road tyre range with the premier oval racing category in Northern Ireland, which attracts many fans on a weekly basis. Last year's series showcased the formula and our brand in a fantastic way, culminating in the closest of finishes at the end of a superb season. The National Hot Rod scene is currently on a real high in Ulster, and we hope with our continued backing it can continue to thrive. The entertainment value for the fans at the moment is second to none."
As part of the sponsorship deal all cars will carry the logos of the series sponsor, and there will be a lucrative cash prize on offer for the winner of each final throughout the season.
On behalf of the NHRPA, Darren Black was thrilled at the renewal of the deal. "We would like to thank Corrie and Derek, and also Mervyn Crawford, for their help in securing this extension to the deal with such a prestigious brand as Hankook, and it can only go to help enhance the great standing that the National Hot Rods currently have in Northern Ireland. Last season saw a thrilling climax with the championship only decided on the last race of the final round, and we look forward to more of the same in the coming twelve months."
The opening round of the Hankook Performance Tyres National Hot Rods World Series NI takes place at Ballymena Raceway on Friday July 14th (7.15pm).
South Africa Trip for 2017 World Champion
The winner of the 2017 National Hot Rod World Championship (to be crowned at Ipswich on July 1/2) will get an all expenses paid - flights, accommodation, road car and race car - award to race at The Rock Raceway South Africa on August 12.
The car will be an ultra-competitive National Hot Rod like that prepared last year for Adam Maxwell who achieved some top results.
Just another brilliant incentive for our great sport, brought to us by Spedeworth International, Hoosier Tyres SA, The Rock Raceway and Renegade Racing. nationalhotrod.com
Cirrus Plastics Renew DMC Race Promotions Sponsorship Deal
DMC Race Promotions in association with Spedeworth Motorsports are pleased to announce that Portadown based Cirrus Plastics have renewed their deal to sponsor this season's DMC Race Promotions National Hot Rods Points Championship for a fourth consecutive season.
The championship covers all the National Hot Rod meetings at Tullyroan Oval and Aghadowey Oval in 2017, including the international British Championship meeting in September. The domestic DMC points system will be used in all races, with the overall winner receiving not only a fantastic trophy but also four new Hoosier slick tyres courtesy of the Doak family at Cirrus Plastics. Their company is one of Ireland's leading manufacturers of polythene bags and film for the food, pharmaceutical, drinks and general manufacturing industries.
Young hotshot Jaimie McCurdy scooped the big prize in 2016, and with fantastic grids set to take to the tracks once again this term, another top class campaign lies in store. Darren Black representing DMC Race Promotions and the NHRPA said, "We can't thank Alvin and Stewart Doak enough for agreeing to continue their generous sponsorship, and the championship will once again add extra excitement to the formula during the season, on top of the thrilling climax we have ahead in World Series NI."
The first meeting for the National Hot Rods on the DMC Race promotions raceways is at Aghadowey Oval on Easter Monday afternoon.
The Cele Services
National Hot Rod Four Nations Cup
A brand new four round international championship to find the best of the best international racers over a four round series in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
With thanks to Cele Services - www.celeservices.com – the following awards will be on offer:
To the winner of each round: One brand new H12 Slick Tyre and a custom-made trophy.
To the overall Four Nations Champion: FOUR brand new H12 Slick Tyres, plus a custom-made trophy, plus the engraved perennial cup for twelve months.
Points will be tallied over the year scored in the last race of each of the following fixtures: Scotland (Lochgelly European Weekend), England (Hednesford National Weekend), Northern Ireland (Tullyroan British Weekend) and Ireland (Tipperary Masters Weekend) and scored 1st – 15, 2nd – 12, 3rd 10, then 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 (final race only). This is in tandem with whatever other title is associated with each of these races.
The NHRPA are very grateful to Cele Services for backing this inaugural series that we hope will be the beginning of a long standing championship where the best international drivers compete against each other over a season long campaign, for years to come.
National Hot Rod Winternationals
Ballymena Raceway, 2nd January 2017
Colin Adair reports: Glenn Bell began 2017 with a flag to flag victory in the Winternational event at Ballymena Raceway on January 2. The 2012 World Champion is unlikely to gain many more comfortable wins during the year ahead after main rivals John Christie and Shane Murray were both early retirements in the feature race. Murray and Christie had shared the heat wins earlier in the day after two very watchable races indeed in the slippery conditions.
A dry, but bitterly cold afternoon greeted the eleven crews which arrived at Ballymena. Defending Champion Keith Martin, at the wheel of running mate Simon Kennedy’s Tigra for the day, headed the entry, along with fellow former World Champions Glenn Bell and John Christie. Thunder 500 winner Shane Murray, Carl Sloan, Ian McReynolds, Gary Wilson, Andrew Stewart, Ben McKee, Davy McKay and David Kernohan completed the runners, but unfortunately Stewart would not make it beyond practice after a few niggling problems with his Vauxhall Tigra.
Two reverse grid qualifying heats determined the starting grid for the final and it was McReynolds and Murray who shared the front row for heat one. Murray slithered into the lead on a very slippery Raceway track while further back Christie was making great strides in his Ford Fiesta. Christie picked his way through from grid eight to run second by lap 14 and started to chase down the leader over the remaining distance. Bell hooked onto Christie’s tail at this stage as the two former World Champions reeled in Murray to set up a three way battle for the lead over the final laps. Murray coolly kept his pursuers at bay however to open his account for 2017, while Bell nipped ahead of Christie on that final lap to snatch second at the line.
McKay had the front row all to himself for heat two, but Christie immediately powered through from row two to take it up, with old rival Bell in his wheel tracks once more. The pair were the class of the field in this one, both utilising a very wide line right out by the wall in search of some grip. The appearance of the lap boards saw Bell up the pressure even further which set up another grandstand finish as Bell switched to the inside line for the final bend! Christie just had enough drive out of the bend to keep his nose in front after an enjoyable and clean battle between the pair, with Wilson some way back in third.
Those heat results pitted Christie and Bell together on the front row for the final, with Murray and Sloan behind on row two. McReynolds, Wilson, Martin and McKee completed the runners as Kernohan and McKay joined Stewart as non-starters. Christie was away too early for the steward’s liking on the first rolling start, the pole sitter obviously eager to get out onto the preferred wide line as quickly as possible. In some ways the second start wasn’t much of an improvement as Christie got it very sideways coming onto the straight and was pressed into a spin which slightly delayed those runners behind him and made for a rather messy beginning all round. Not that Bell was complaining of course as he powered away out front, while Sloan was another who enjoyed the slingshot on the outside line to run second. Murray soon followed Christie into retirement when his Tigra ground to a halt at Fisherwick bend. Shane pulled the car right out to the wall, three-quarters way around the bend and in normal dry conditions the car would have been well out of harm’s way. Such was the line being taken by the racers however, right out almost touching the wall on the bends, that Murray’s car was in very real danger of being clipped and the steward wisely called a caution period to retrieve the stricken vehicle. Bell reasserted his authority at the resumption to pull away from the rest. Regrettably those early problems for Christie and Murray denied spectators the race they all hoped to see, but Glenn took full advantage of the situation to record a handsome and well deserved win. Sloan enjoyed a somewhat lonely race to come home in second after a steady run and was the only other driver alongside Bell to dip below the 19 second barrier in the final. McReynolds, Wilson and McKee squabbled over third in the early stages before McKee edged his way clear to claim the spot after a good, solid drive. Wilson, Martin and McReynolds completed the finishers and all the competitors deserve great credit for coming out to entertain the crowd on such a wintry day. Colin Adair
Heat one: 70 9 962 75 977 937 994 82(x-2) 943 717.
Heat two: 962 9 82 75 70 994 937 977.
Final: 9 75 937 82 994 977 nof
It’s that time when fans, drivers, teams and officials recognise and honour the National Hot Rod racers who have had an outstanding year in one or more of the following categories:
Best Newcomer: 1. 2. 3.
Most Improved: 1. 2. 3.
Best Presented Car and Team:
1. 2. 3.
Driver of the Year 2016:
1. 2. 3.
Awards will be presented at Autosport International, the NEC Birmingham over the weekend of 14/15 January 2017.
To Vote: Voting is open to everybody, one vote per IP address. Simply copy ‘n’ paste the categories above onto an e-mail, add your first second and third choices’ race numbers in the spaces and send your completed ballot to email@example.com
Closing Date: 11.59pm Saturday 31st December 2016. Multiple fraudulent votes will be discarded; the judges’ decision in all such matters will be final.
Mick "Duffy" Collard
nationalhotrod.com is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of 1980 world champion Mick Collard. A larger than life racer of great success and standing in our sport, he will be
much missed. We extend our condolences to Lesley, Robert, and the rest of his family and friends.
Rest in Peace.
Governing body thanks resigning directors
Three members of the NHRPA team based in England have resigned from the governing body of National Hot Rod Racing. Race Director Chris Earl spoke on behalf of himself, chief steward Brian Oliver and race director Garry Staines, saying "It is with much disappointment that our positions within the NHRPA have become untenable. This morning we have all jointly agreed to stand down with immediate effect.
"We are very proud of the roles we have played and the service we have given over so many years to the sport we all love. Those who have cast doubt over our honesty and integrity will now have their desired outcome. We leave though with no bitterness nor have anything to regret. We wish National Hot Rods much success in the future."
In a statement, the NHRPA said "The NHRPA respects Chris, Brian and Garry's decision, thanks them sincerely for their work for our sport to date and wishes them well."
Garry Staines writes: “Whilst I’m obviously biased National Hot Rods are quite simply the most exciting form of motorsport there is, and to be able to work within the organisation that runs the formula really is a great honour. The last few months I have been working with Deane Wood to help organise a new structure for the NHRPA.
“I’m very happy to announce that as we enter a new World Qualifying series we have expanded our team of officials and changed our management structure. The NHRPA is now represented as a team of ten Race Directors. The ten of us are jointly in control of all decisions regarding NHR Racing. Obviously some of us have differing areas of speciality and knowledge, but our focus is to work together as a team to take an already fantastic formula on to new levels of success.”
The NHRPA Race Directors are:
Brian Oliver - Chief Steward
Chris Earl - Administrative Head, Steward of the Racing
Darren Black - Northern Ireland Racing Director
Deane Wood - Promoter
Fraser Green - Statistics
Garry Staines - England Racing Director
John Durrant – England Technical
John Sibbald - Scotland Racing Director
Mervyn Crawford - Chief Technical, Northern Ireland Technical
Neil Rowe – Operations, Liaison, Media, Ireland Racing Director
e-mail to any of the above: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spedeworth / Incarace Motorsports in association with the NHRPA are proud to announce the continuation of the National Hot Rod Racing Partnerships, for the Prize Fund for the Drivers of the National Hot Rod 2016 / 2017 English World Qualifying Series.
The opportunity arises for Companies and Brands to associate themselves with this elite class of oval motorsport and receive the same dynamics of publicity associated with National Hot Rods and the mass publicity that is currently being gained.
For a nominated fee, your Company will be become a ‘Partner’ of National Hot Rod Racing for the entire 2016 / 2017 English World Qualifying Series and will receive your Company Logo presented in all Spedeworth / Incarace printed and media matter associated with the Series. Our Race Day Presenters will also continuously mention your Company, and its Products and Services at each of the Rounds too! In essence, if National Hot Rods are listed, so is your company – a printed and virtual Media Board containing your name!
With regards to the fee, two thirds will go straight into the Prize Fund for the 2016 / 2017 English World Qualifying Series, whilst the remaining third will be used for administration purposes. The concept is simple, the more Companies that come on board with the project, the higher the reward to the outright winner of the Series and their fellow placemen in the results.
These are exciting times for National Hot Rods and your Company can be a part of the media, the hype and the history that will undoubtedly be made as the 2016 / 2017 World Championship Series unfolds.
If you would like to become involved and get your Company aligned with the 2016 /2017 English National Hot Rods World Series, please contact. Dean Cox. P.R. and Corporate Manager. Spedeworth Motorsports/Incarace on 01473 612423 or 07947 509390.
The NHRPA are pleased to announce a new title sponsor for National Hot Rod World Series NI for the 2016/17 season.
A deal has been reached with leading tyre manufacturer Hankook, in conjunction with their Northern Ireland distributor Tyre Call Ltd, to promote their range of performance road tyres in the 'Hankook Performance Tyres National Hot Rod World Series NI'. Hankook are one of the world’s leading tyre manufacturers, and currently supply some of the most prestigious car marques with their state of the art performance tyres as factory fitted original equipment to provide the optimal driving experience.
Former National Hot Rod racer Corrie Beggs and Derek Hill, General Manager of Tyre Call Ltd, have been instrumental in securing the deal, and on behalf of Hankook Corrie said, "It's a perfect match for Hankook, as we associate our high quality performance road tyre range with the premier oval racing category in Northern Ireland, which attracts many fans on a weekly basis. The National Hot Rod scene is currently on a real high in Ulster at present, and we hope with our backing it can continue to thrive. The entertainment value for the fans at the moment is second to none as the grid sizes continue to increase."
As part of the sponsorship deal all cars will carry the logos of the series sponsor, and there will be a lucrative cash prize on offer for the winner of each final throughout the season.
On behalf of the NHRPA, Darren Black was thrilled at the new deal. "We would like to thank Corrie and Derek, and also Mervyn Crawford, for their help in securing this deal with such a prestigious brand as Hankook, and it can only go to help enhance the great standing that the National Hot Rods currently have in Northern Ireland. We would also like to thank Rodney Wallace of PC Paints & Components Ltd for his excellent support for World Series NI over the past number of years, and have agreed that our good relationship with Rodney will continue in other forms over the coming months and years."
The opening round of the Hankook Performance Tyres National Hot Rod World Series NI takes place at Ballymena Raceway on Friday July 15th (7.15pm).
Spedeworth International and The Rock Raceway South Africa have once again come up with a superb prize package for the new 2016 National Hot Rod World Champion who will be crowned at Ipswich on July 2/3. He will be given an all expenses paid - flights, accommodation, road car and race car - trip to race at The Rock Raceway South Africa on August 13 (flight leaving August 10).
The race car offered is no back-marker either; last year's winner Shane Murphy raced a car from the Neville Loosemore stable to runner-up position on his first ever visit to the track, and Neville will once again be running this year's victor's car.
Just another great incentive for our great sport...
Following the statement earlier by former NHRPA Chairpersons Dave and Carole Longhurst, Spedeworth Internatonal promoter Deane Wood has moved to quash the idea that
the NHRPA is "abolished". Speaking exclusively to nationalhotrod.com, Wood said "I'd like to thank Dave and Carole for the years of good work they have done for National Hot Rod racing, they
will be missed. However, recently we all recognised that we'd had a few too many disagreements about how the sport is run, and I decided to make some changes.
"The NHRPA will probably continue but in a different form to the way it has been. How exactly that will be, I've not decided - I'm going to go away now and give it a lot of thought. There's lots of aspects to National Hot Rod racing, some of which need specialised management, some of which we can probably do in-house at Spedeworth. So I'll make a statement in due course".
Statement by Dave and Carole Longhurst
Former joint chairpersons of the NHRPA, National Hot Rod racing's governing body
Firstly we would like to say a big “Thank You” to all of the drivers that raced at the European Championship at Lochgelly. The hospitality from the HRP team was second to none as usual and the weather was very kind! Many congratulations to Carl Waller- Barrett on winning his first major title in what was a thrilling final.
Our second note is made with a great deal of sadness. A phone call this morning from the Spedeworth Promoter advised us that the NHRPA is being disbanded and therefore our services are no longer required. After being involved in the sport since 1984 either racing, scrutineering or helping, in some small part, to running the National Hot Rods it is going to be hard not being involved.
Many thanks to Brian, Chris, Garry, Fraser, Graham, Neil, Darren , Mervin and all of the many people that we have worked with over the years for their help and support.
To the drivers and teams we wish you all the very best of luck in your racing. It has been a privilege to work with you all and hopefully we will see some of you at other racing venues in the future.
Dave and Carole
DMC Race Promotions in association with Spedeworth Motorsports are pleased to announce that Portadown based Cirrus Plastics have renewed their deal to sponsor this season's DMC Race Promotions National Hot Rods Points Championship for a third season. The championship covers all the National Hot Rod meetings at Tullyroan Oval and Aghadowey Oval in 2016, including the British Championship meeting in September. The domestic DMC points system will be used in all races, with the overall winner receiving not only a fantastic trophy but also four new Hoosier slick tyres courtesy of the Doak family at Cirrus Plastics. Their company is one of Ireland's leading manufacturers of polythene bags and film for the food, pharmaceutical, drinks and general manufacturing industries.
Adam Maxwell scooped the big prize in 2015, and with a record number of National Hot Rods set to take to the local ovals this term, another top class campaign lies in store. Darren Black from DMC Race Promotions said, "We can't thank Alvin and Stewart Doak enough for agreeing to continue their generous sponsorship, and the championship will once again add extra excitement to the formula during the season, on top of the thrilling climax we have ahead in World Series NI."
The first meeting for the National Hot Rods on the DMC raceways is at Aghadowey Oval on Easter Monday afternoon.
Story and photos by Martin Kingston
This is the new for 2016 Ken Marriott National Hot Rod. Ken was keen to try out some ideas of his own so the chassis was completely refabricted by BriSCA F2 World Champion Kelvyn Marshall. It has some inovative new ideas that Ken has been wanting to do for years, but has been hard work for Ken having to fabricate most of the parts himelf - only the shell coming "off the shelf".
The signage was done by another new person to Natonal Hot Rods, Billy Higgins' Fly Signs. Son of StoxKart supremo Ian Higgins, this is Billy's first National and not a bad job at all! Ken has only fired it up once but hopes to do some testing soon, looking at possibly debuting it at Birmingham on the 5th of March. Stunning car! Martin Kingston.
More of Martin's NHR #2 photos in the Gallery
Winners announced and presented at the NEC Birmingham Racing Car Show
Another record year of votes cast to honour the National Hot Rod racers who have stood out in our categories in 2015. The nationalhotrod.com Driver Awards go back years and voting is open to fellow drivers, race fans, teams and sponsors - making them easily the best barometer of which drivers have been outstanding over the last 12 months. Here's how this year's ballot unfolded:
nationalhotrod.com Driver of the Year
2nd: Shane Bland
3rd: Adam Hylands
Some years this award throws up a surprise winner with a driver's popularity outweighing what he may have achieved on track. Not this year. Properly recognising the major success of Co. Cork's Shane Murphy as the Republic of Ireland's first ever world champion after being a contender for many seasons, Shane really is our Driver of the Year!
These are the first exclusive pictures of the new-for-2016 livery for Jason Kew's title-winning Tigra.
Fresh out of the Kewy Signs workshop today, the National Hot Rod is now ready for its appearance in the Live Arena at Autosport International, the NEC BIrmingham this weekend.
The 2016 look features pared back yellow, a red flash on the doors finished by a white front to the Oxfordshire signwriter's car. As Jason said, "We wanted to keep the traditional "Wash 'n' Dash" colours but jazz it up a bit".
Jason wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the sponsors who helped him to his first title win in 2015 and that are once again supporting the new look for the 2016 campaign.
Click on the picture for full size.
Ballymena Raceway 1st January 2016
Colin Adair reports: Keith Martin wasted no time marking off 2016 as yet another year in which the evergreen 2005 World Champion has recorded a race win by securing victory in the Winternational event at Ballymena Raceway on New Year’s Day. Martin qualified on pole position for the feature race after splitting the heat wins with Carl Sloan and would never be headed in the final after a dominant drive in the tricky conditions. Sloan followed the winner home, with the top three rounded out by 2015 winner Jaimie McCurdy.
A damp and murky start to 2016 meant that track conditions would be testing for the depleted entry of 5 cars at Ballymena, the on-off drizzle during the afternoon ensuring that the surface remained greasy throughout the meeting. The most eye-catching name on the entry list was that of Christopher Kincaid, the current BriSCA F2 Stock Car Irish Champion. Christopher had taken up the offer of a run out in the Peugeot 206cc which had been raced previously for a brief time by Chris Foster in World Series NI around 2010 time. The car had been sitting idle in the Foster family garage for quite some time, but was soon drifting around the sweeping bends at Ballymena during practice as Kincaid explored the limits of his mount for the day in time honoured tail-out fashion! Joining Kincaid on track for his National Hot Rod debut would be Keith Martin, Carl Sloan, Jaimie McCurdy and Ben McKee, all four in their regular mounts.
Understandably perhaps Kincaid decided to start all the races in his borrowed machinery from the rear of the line-up, so it was Martin and McKee who occupied the front row of the grid for heat one, with McCurdy and Sloan tucked in behind on row two. Martin wasted no time establishing a comfortable gap out front in this one and started the New Year with a flag to flag win in the PC Paints & Component Tigra. McCurdy and Sloan argued over second for a number of laps before Sloan pulled out a nicely judged pass around the outside to claim the spot in the closing stages, and also punched in the best lap of the race (17.715 secs) to boot. Behind the front three McKee and Kincaid had kept each other company throughout, the pair enjoying a decent little scrap which was eventually settled in Kincaid’s favour.
Sloan occupied pole position for heat two and instantly settled into the front running spot, while Martin quickly relegated the other front row starter, McCurdy, down into third. Martin gave valiant chase after the leader too, without making up too much ground until the closing stages, when the gaps between the front three visibly reduced. Martin had a closer inspection around the back of the leader’s Tigra over the final laps, but Sloan kept it all neat and tidy to secure the win ahead of Martin, who posted the best lap this time around on 16.888 secs, and McCurdy. Further back McKee and Kincaid resumed their duel from the opening heat, with McKee gaining the upper hand on this occasion.
With a first and second place finish apiece from the qualifying heats a draw was required between Martin and Sloan to determine who would start on pole position and it was Martin whom fortune favoured on this occasion. McCurdy and McKee occupied row two, with Kincaid all on his own again at the rear. Martin and Sloan sat it out side by side for the opening tour before Martin eased his way ahead and Sloan dropped down in behind to grab second ahead of McCurdy. Once ahead Martin looked very comfortable in the slippery conditions and controlled this one throughout to claim a tidy win and also posted the best lap of the race for good measure (17.444 secs). Runner-up Sloan gave spirited chase throughout, but just could not get close enough to mount a challenge, while 2015 winner McCurdy experienced a lonely run to third. McKee and Kincaid kept each other company once again in this one, with Kincaid ahead at the chequered flag and we certainly witnessed enough to confirm that ‘Cripper’ would be a very competent addition to the ranks should a full time switch to the Nationals come to pass in the future.
While Kincaid may well be pondering if Hot Rod racing is the right move for him, one man who has already seen it all and done it all in Nationals is Martin. It’s amazing to think that Keith secured his maiden National Hot Rod victories during his debut season in 1985, and here he is, 31 years later, still raking up the wins. I certainly can’t think of another racer who has won National Hot Rod races over such a sustained period, and that record says as much about Keith’s sportsmanship and dedication as it does about his natural driving ability. The word legend is bandied about much too readily these days, but there are few more deserving of the label than Keith Martin. Colin Adair
Heat 1: 994 75 199 901 937
Heat 2: 75 994 199 937 901
Final: 994 75 199 901 937
Wimbledon’s iconic and historic stadium that houses Stock Car, Banger and Greyhound Racing, is now under serious threat of closure and demolition, following the approval of the planning application by Merton Borough Council.
At a meeting of their Planning Committee the council agreed the proposed application for a football only stadium, coupled with a large residential development.
The Plough Lane stadium is the last remaining motor sport venue in the capital, at a time when the local council have been quoted as wishing to see sporting diversification on the land. Indeed the Planning Inspector, who reviewed the application, put forward a suggestion that the area within Merton should be retained as a venue that serves multiple sports.
‘The Old Lady’ has a historical value also, being the last of the Grand London Stadiums still standing after the demise of the capital’s other great sporting venues to development.
As a perceived small ‘minority’ sport, Stock Car Racing has no recourse against the Goliaths of huge developers such as Galliard Homes and their financial backers NAMA. This is not the first time that the pair of corporate giants have utilised the planning system to their financial advantage, and it certainly won’t be the last.
In this instance, they are literally going to bulldoze a historic piece of London Sporting culture, against the will of the existing tenants and also the local population who are also against the proposed development.
We feel that it is incredibly unfair and unjust that this can be allowed to proceed under the current circumstances, when minority sports and venues are simply swept aside with any consideration. Please support our sport and sign the petition.
It’s that time once again when we the fans, drivers, teams and officials recognise and honour the National Hot Rod racers who have had an outstanding year in one or
more of the following categories:
Best Newcomer: 1. 2. 3.
Most Improved: 1. 2. 3.
Best Presented Car and Team: 1. 2. 3.
Driver of the Year 2015: 1. 2. 3.
Awards will be presented at the Motor Racing Show at Autosport International, the NEC Birmingham over the weekend of 16/17 January 2016.
To Vote: Voting is open to everybody, one vote per IP address. Simply cut ‘n’ paste the categories above onto an e-mail, complete your first second and third choices’ race numbers in the spaces and send your completed ballot to email@example.com
Closing Date: Saturday January 2nd 2016. Multiple fraudulent votes will be discarded; the judges’ decision in all such matters will be final.
2015 has been a good year for National Hot Rods. Numbers have increased and there seems to be a very positive feel surrounding the sport that we all love. The amount of effort that it takes drivers and teams to keep a National Hot Rod looking beautiful and fully competitive is not always appreciated and we want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to everyone involved. Without your hard work and dedication the sport would definitely not be “on the up” as it is today.
2016 will get off to a great start at the Autosport Show, NEC with 14 Nationals taking part in the Live Action Show, several being on display and more focus being put on the premier formula than ever before.
We would like to say thank you to Brian, Garry, Chris, Fraser, Neil, Darren and Graham for all of their support throughout the year. Again so much work goes on behind the scenes that is never seen and rarely acknowledged.
To drivers, their families and teams and all of the countless people who work to make the National Hot Rods what they are today, we wish you Very Happy Christmas and a Successful 2016. Have a great holiday and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
Kind Regards, Dave & Carole
Joint Chair NHRPA
After a season-long chase across the two DMC Promotions tracks at Aghadowey and Tullyroan in Northern Ireland, Adam Maxwell emerged as the highest points scorer in the 2015 Cirrus Plastics DMC Points Championship.
The National Hot Rod star was presented with a trophy and four brand new Hoosier slick tyres as his prize by Callum Doak on behalf of Cirrus Plastics. (Brian Lammey photo)
Spedeworth/Incarace are proud to announce the Associate Sponsors for the 2015 National Hot Rod Best in Britain meeting at London’s Wimbledon Stadium on November 15th.
So far, Spedeworth Motorsports, Dick Hillard Motor Services, Hoosier Race Tyre, Ideal Commercials, P.C. Paints and Components, SHP Automotive Engineering, Dudman Group, Simpson Race Exhausts, L.P. Recoveries, GSQ Brickwork, Steve Jones Automobile Services and BOC Gas and Gear have all come forward to support this incredible event….and there is still time to join this elite group of companies should any other sponsors wish to come forward.
This history-making meeting, the brainchild of NHR's Dick Hillard, is generating more publicity all the time with the headline sponsor Steward Transport, and all associate sponsors being revealed by Spedeworth’s Dean Cox on last Tuesday night’s ‘Ovaltalk’ Radio Show with Downforce Radio.
As the countdown begins, there will be more and more media attention, so if you wish to be part of this fantastic Best in Britain showdown, please contact Dean Cox at Spedeworth Motorsports on 01473 612423.
Scroll down for previous press releases.
Heat 1: 261 199 42 54 962 970 955 82 937 9 70 420 75 888 966 76 nof
Heat 2: 970 70 9 54 76 962 42 261 955 199 420 75 937 966 nof
European Challenge Cup: 970 261 70 54 962 42 76 955 75 420 966 nof
Davy Evans Memorial Cup: 970 9 70 962 199 955 54 966 nof
More to follow...
Spedeworth/Incarace are proud to announce that the Headline Sponsor for the 2015 National Hot Rod Best in Britain meeting at London’s Wimbledon Stadium will be Steward Transport.
Steward Transport have been providing logistical solutions to the construction industry since 1968. Based in Paddock Wood near Tonbridge in Kent, they are ideally placed to serve London and the South East but are more than able to deliver to the whole of the UK and even Europe if customers require it. Established as a one vehicle operation by John Steward, the company is still family run and John is still at the helm to this day - with sons Nigel and Jamie also taking active roles in the business.
Having been associated with Oval Motorsport over many years, with former 2001 National Hot Rod World Champion John Steward at the helm and their immaculate fleet of familiar trucks well known on the roads of England and beyond, it is a harmonious association for all parties concerned.
We would like to sincerely thank Nigel Steward and the Steward Family for their generous support of this prestigious event and the total commitment of Dick Hillard in bringing this association into being.
More announcements of Best in Britain Associate Sponsors will be unveiled on Monday as the countdown begins to this fantastic event in the capital on November 15th! Scroll down for earlier Best in Britain details.
Spedeworth/Incarace Motorsports are very proud to announce the Partnerships and Prize Fund of the 2015/16 National Hot Rods English World Championship Qualifying Series.
Fourteen Official Partners have come forward to back the Series and are receiving reciprocal Media Publicity for their investments.
The Drivers Prize Fund will be as follows and awarded to the top nine finishers in the English National Hot Rods World Qualifying Series at Spedeweekend 2016 on 2nd & 3rd July:
Garry Staines: Our great looking Hot Rods are all set to look even hotter now that professional model Molly Dutton has joined forces with the National Hot Rod Promotional team.
Molly will be at Birmingham October 17 to present the trophies, and will also be in and around the pits posing for photos alongside our National Hot Rods with our very own top photographer Martin Kingston. If you would like a photo with Molly and a National Hot Rod, please feel free to ask Martin.
If you miss your chance at Birmingham Wheels, don’t worry. Molly will be at all the English National Hot Rod meetings in 2016. Molly is also available for photo shoots away from the racing, please contact Martin Kingston for further details at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow Molly Dutton on Facebook for news of all her photo shoots including NHR promotional work at https://www.facebook.com/mollyduttonmodel?fref=nf
The NHRPA are really excited that this iconic championship for National Hot Rod racing is set to return to its spiritual home with so much history and heritage, Wimbledon Stadium. This meeting is to be run as an ‘Open’ Championship event with an expected £10,000 in prize and start money on offer.
The event is open to NHRPA spec. cars and Outlaw Hot Rods/Slick Cars, etc, as well as Continental Hot Rods. All cars must run on H12 tyres (2 can be new, used ones must have been already registered with the NHRPA, Outlaw/Slick Cars etc. can borrow tyres from NHRPA drivers). It is expected that the first prize on the night will be £2000 and travel money is as follows: £250 for drivers travelling from Ireland, £150 from Continental Europe and £100 from Scotland. For further information please contact Spedeworth on 01252 322920 or email email@example.com. To book in please text Fraser +44(0)7535 567443 as usual.
Garry Staines reports: With increased interest from new drivers, sponsors and various media outlets, National Hot Rod racing is already having a very big season which continues to get more exciting. Plans are well underway for a major presence at the 2016 Autosport Show (NEC Birmingham, 14-17 Jan) at which we can reveal that S-Tek Fabrications will be launching a brand new car for Chris Haird.
The car is an all new chassis with DNA from the original successful Haird Motorsport chassis plus several tweaks and modifications. For now the panels will still be a Tigra ‘B’ body shape, but with new upgrades to the styling. The chassis has been designed to accept the all new S-Tek Lotus body panels which have been approved by the NHRPA and Deane Wood.
Steve Wills explained that the new car is very much a stepping stone to the Lotus and has been designed in such a way that it could accept several body shapes. “Of course it’s important that the car is a winner straight away and I’m very confident that the new design is going to be even more successful than the Haird Motorsport Tigra ‘B’ - which of course has been a double World Championship winner for Chris.” Steve wanted to thank Deane Wood and Dave Longhurst for their help and approval of the new car in which there has already been plenty of interest. Steve can be contacted on 07968 494459 for further information. Garry Staines
The NHRPA are pleased to announce that agreement has been reached with Ballymoney, County Antrim based company PC Paints & Components Ltd to continue their title sponsorship of National Hot Rods World Series NI for the 2015/16 campaign.
World Series NI enjoyed it's best ever season in 2014/15, and Rodney Wallace from PC Paints & Components Ltd was enthusiastic about the new season ahead. "It is a pleasure for us at PC Paints & Components Ltd to be associated with such a successful series for the premier cars on the ovals, with the best drivers producing some great racing at each and every event."
During the course of the season, a new Hoosier tyre will be presented at each round of the series. In conjunction with the changes made to the format of the qualifiers for the coming campaign, the tyre will this year be awarded to the final winner at each World Series NI event.
PC Paints & Components are long time supporters of oval racing and National Hot Rods in particular, currently sponsoring both Keith Martin and Robert McDonald and helping out numerous others. The family run company has an extensively stocked and specialised motor factor and car re-finishing warehouse, offering the widest possible range of stock at competitive prices to the trade right across Northern Ireland. All National Hot Rods competing in PC Paints & Components World Series NI will carry decals featuring the sponsors logo on both sides of their car.
With a pleasing 17 car entry for the opening round of the series this weekend, and with more to join in as the weeks progress, this renewed sponsorship package underlines the current enthusiasm for the formula in Northern Ireland.
2016 National Hot Rod Championship of the World and Spedeweekend will be staged on its historical date of Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July 2016.
2015 Irish Masters - Ballymena Raceway – 17th July
Colin Adair reports: Five competitors availed of the opportunity for some track time in preparation for the forthcoming National Championships when Ballymena Raceway hosted the Irish Masters event on July 17. Two reverse grid heats determined the starting positions for the trophy race and the first of these saw Carl Sloan step off pole position into an instant lead. Gary Wilson nipped inside John Christie at the start to grab second and all three held their positions to the end, with the finishing order completed by Jaimie McCurdy and Davy McKay. McCurdy held sway at the start of heat two until the Wilson McCurdy Haulage Tigra pulled up abruptly on lap 8 which handed the advantage to Christie. The 2013 World Champion rattled off the remaining laps to secure victory, with Sloan, Wilson and McKay the place men. When the points were tallied it was Sloan and Christie who shared the front row for the Matt Roach Racing sponsored Irish Masters Trophy and a brief rain shower just as the cars formed on the grid added an extra challenge for the drivers. Christie took advantage of the outside starting slot to slingshot into the lead at the green flag with Sloan, Wilson and McCurdy next in line. Sloan gradually closed in on the leader as the track dried up, but another light shower around half distance allowed Christie to extend his advantage once more and ease home for a convincing win. Sloan ran strongly throughout to secure the runner-up up spot while Wilson held off a challenge from McCurdy over the closing laps to maintain third, with McKay the final car home.
Christie’s best lap of 15.192 seconds in heat two proved to be the fastest of the evening and earned John the £50 Hot Lap bonus award which was kindly donated by Ken Reay of
krphotoimaging. Colin Adair
Heat One: 75 – 82 – 962 – 199 – 943
Heat Two: 962 – 75 – 82 - 943
Irish Masters Trophy: 962 – 75 – 82 – 199 – 943
Our new World Champion Shane Murphy has accepted a brilliant award to race in South Africa and will be racing in the WOMZA South African Championship on Saturday 8th August. This is a massive Championship held at the Rock Raceway and Shane's prize is with special thanks to Neville Loosemore who has arranged for Shane to race a brand new Hot Rod including hotel, flights and a mechanic. Also, in a thoughtful gesture from S.O.R.A.Tipperary Raceway, their world series round 3 originally scheduled for August 8 has been cancelled and a new round 7 added for Saturday October 31 - see FIXTURES PAGE In other news, S.O.R.A. Tipperary have confirmed that their new season will consist of 12 National Hot Rod world series rounds, 10 of which may be counted towards a driver's total score.
Autocross - New Owner Started back in the 1970s and initially run
from the Cross family home in Bracknell, after several moves and changes over the years one constant has remained at the helm – Mick Cross – until now. Reluctantly, after achieving much
success in car building across motorsport but notably in National Hot Rod racing, Mick is now contemplating hanging up his automotive skills. He told nationalhotrod.com "I've pretty much done
everything I wanted to do, except design and build a road car...we've done an awful lot though, and I'm leaving a successful legacy."
Former National Hot Rod racer Simon Smith has bought the whole Autocross concern and has spent the last few months transferring the business - lock, stock, jigs and moulds - to his engineering company's base in Billericay, Essex. "This is my trade, engineering, and racing cars is my hobby; what a great opportunity!" Simon is keen to hear from anyone interested in Autocross designing and developing a new National Hot Rod, and will also continue to offer (with Mick's help for the rest of the year) all the services Autocross are known for. "It's going to be an exciting time", said Simon. Simon's Autocross can be contacted on 07866 447065
Carl Boardley Motorsport Ltd have approached the NHRPA with regards to being granted permission to build an all new National Hot Rod. The new car will be based on the Ginetta G40R with base panels already sourced from the factory and CBM plan to submit the required information to the NHRPA within weeks. Anybody potentially interested in this exciting new venture please feel free to contact Carl anytime. Various options will be available right through to a turn key car. Carl can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
SHP Automotive Engineering in partnership with the NHRPA brings innovation back into National Hot Rods.
It is years since a new model of car has been introduced into the sport and with the current trend of production cars not lending themselves to the requirements of drivers and promoters alike the NHRPA took a view to allow elements of changes to be made to the bodywork and yet maintain the basics of the original donor vehicle’s silhouette. The car was created from this vision.
SHP Automotive Engineering has been involved in many exciting projects over recent years and through these and the company’s innovative thinking have now created a vehicle design that offers greater tortional stiffness within the main element of the chassis, collapsible crush zones added front and rear. There are options for rear axle configuration and a great deal of thought has been put into the ergonomics of the car to make the new model more driver friendly.
These are exciting times for both NHRPA and SHP working together to promote the future of National Hot Rods.
07/07: New website launched
At the home of nationalhotrod.com we recently had a catastrophic crash of the PC and hard-drive that our website lived on. Without boring you with the details, the webmaster is pretty much just a keen amateur when it comes to such technology and although all the original site remained accessible via the hosting company, without the original master site program to reference the host, updating or amending it was pretty much impossible. This left two choices - build another site from scratch using that elderly program, or push forward on a new, modern and device friendly website built in a program that needed learning right from its fundamentals. The decision was to go with the latter that means we're now very contemporary and future-proof.
With the new season upon us we've launched the basics of the new site today with just the immediately relevant and important information pages - fixtures, entries, a bit of news etc. And as we go along, all the stuff that was on the old site will be added back to this all-new one. This IS a work in progress and due to the circumstances of its early birth, please bear with us as you share its growth and development "live" as we go along, rather than launching the fully formed and finished product when it was ready! NR.