Sunday, September 26, 2004

MOTORSPORT @ THE BBC



CLICK HERE to view my comment on the BBC website, and maybe to consider adding your own!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLUM!

Colum is a regular at Nutts Corner and regularly makes to the racing in England. This is the Birthday Cake that Ellie baked for him.





Wednesday, September 01, 2004

BANGER WORLD

Snippet from AUTOSPEED is that almost 70 cars are now booked in for this coming Sunday's Banger World Championship at Smeatharpe.

Tuesday, August 31, 2004

KEVIN CROXON

WELL DONE Kevin Croxon Superstox 36 for winning the Superstox World Open Championship at Ringwood Raceway on August Bank Holiday Monday, despite a poor draw of 18th on the grid, a pleasure to watch, best wishes from all your supporters.

ROLLING START says: This just the sort of message that is ideal for the BLOG. Lets have more messages like this offering congratulations or news and views! Emails to david.carter6@virgin.net

Thursday, July 01, 2004

NEW F2s





Wednesday night practice at Birmingham Wheels is a good place to catch new racecars. On Wednesday 30 June two brand new ones were in attendance, #259 Simon Farrington in his Kitson chasis and #102 in a new MTEC.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

VENUS



Nothing to do with racing but you can see my efforts to photograph the Transit of Venus on Tuesday 8 June by CLICKING HERE.

Saturday, May 29, 2004

MIKE MARR BriSCA F2 #461



This smart rebuild of Mike Marr's F2 was out testing at Wheels on Wednesday 26 May before making its planned race appearance at Hednesford on Spring Bank Holiday Monday.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

RINGWOOD



Apologies for the late updating of the site this week but this is for a good reason - I have been working on the response to the redevelopment proposals at Ringwood.

On 26 May Rolling Start will be submitting a letter of objection to the proposals and this will be supported by the above 50 page report which brings together all the comments submitted via the special SAVE OUR STADIUM page on the webite.

A big thankyou to everyone who has contributed to this and lets hope this will give East Dorset District Council more than enough ammunition to swiftly reject the proposals.

The usual site updates will follow over the next couple of days.

Dave

Monday, May 10, 2004

HELP!

Paul Gray (ex 2ltr Stockcar driver) is in the middle of building an MG Magnette stock saloon replica, for shows and charity work.

Paul wrote to Rolling Start for some assistance:

"Your site has been a great help to me with the old photos. Keep it up. I have been trying to locate a poster, or copy, to help promote my project. Do you remember the Spedeworth poster showing two Magnettes racing in the early 80's.

I have been trying to get hold of one of these for ages, I have tried all my old stockcar mates, Horry, Eddy Aldous, Joe Fuller, etc. Everyone used to have one, but no more.

Hope you are interested in helping me with my project, by finding one of these posters?"

Well there ised to be an poster section on Rolling Start but it never featured this particular one. Can anyone help Paul either with the poster itself or a good quality photograph?

If you can let me know by email and I'll put you contact with Paul.

Tuesday, April 13, 2004

COVENTRY



On Thursday 8 April there was an eight page supplement to the 'Racing Post' all about the return of the dogs to Coventry. There's little new for stox-fans although on page 7 there's the well worn quote about stock car and banger racing coming under review in the final stages of the improvement plans, but since the supplement was prepared in conjunction with the Coventry Evening Telegraph this looks like a re-working of their earlier press report.

An interesting advert is from William Hill who are opening a new betting shop within the stadium offering a full service for all sports. Lets hope this means we can start betting on the car racing in the not too distant future!

Coventry opens for dog racing on Wednesday 14 April and theres a new website for the dogs at www.coventrygreyhounds.com

Meanwhile two links to local newspaper reports on Coventry are as follows:
Dog racing protestors vow to fight on
Coventry dogs live on TV

Sunday, March 28, 2004

COVENTRY - CONSULTATION RESPONSE


Image showing the cover of the report.

In time for the start of the new season a 68 page report including all the responses submitted by the online form on Rolling Start has been submitted to the Coventry Stadium management.

One hundred percent of the responses made supported the following proposition:
"I would like to see the Coventry Stadium Master Plan revised to clearly show provision for stock car racing to continue at the venue in the long term".

Jeremy Heaver has acknowledged receipt and promised a response in due course - at the moment his team are working flat out for the season opener on Saturday April 3rd start time 1815.

Stoxfans are still encouraged to fill in the form about the redevelopment of the stadium as a second volume of comments will be submitted in due course.

It is not possible to reproduce the report on the internet as it contains contact details but if there is sufficient interest a revised version hiding this information could be created. In short if you would like to see what has been said let me know!

Monday, March 15, 2004

BERCY



Crazy indoor action from Bercy on Saturday 13 March. Many more pictures to follow over the next few days.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

CONGRATULATIONS!



... Dougie Wilson is getting married and this is what happened at Cowdie last Saturday!

Congratulations and best wished to Dougie from everyone here at Rolling Start.

Saturday, February 28, 2004

HEDNO ANTI-CLOCKWISE PRACTICE

A bitterly cold day and snow in many areas left the first of two days of practice at Hednesford a little quiet but that did not stop BriSCA F2 Silver Roof Gordon Moodie making the long trip down from Scotland!



Moodie was certainly flying in his new chassis. Other formulae represented included Legends, Rebels and V8 Stock Cars.

The session for clockwise formulae is tomorrow Sunday 29 February, start-time 1pm through til 5pm. This is usually a very busy session to which spectator entrance is free and usually a good opportunity to see loads of new racecars.

Pictures from both practice sessions will be available on Rolling Start in the coming days.

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

COVENTRY UPDATE

Its now a week since the page setting out the detailed plans of the Coventry redevelopment were posted on Rolling Start.

Although the web is still a bit slow - as we start the emerge from the close season - the feature has attracted a lot of interest. More than 1,000 visitors have looked at the feature and there have been over 12,000 pageviews of which over 500 have been downloads of the Master Plan itself. This is encouraging because it shows a high level of interest in the future of the stadium and the feature has been instrumental in helping disseminate accurate information as well as giving a very easy way for views to be expressed on the proposals, all of which will be passed on the Coventry management.

So if YOU have yet to look at the plans or have yet to comment what are you waiting for?!

Sunday, February 22, 2004

Absolutely Nothing to do with Stock Car Racing

... or has it? Click Here
Coventry

CLICK HERE for the latest news about the improvements at Brandon in the Coventry Evening Telegraph

Saturday, February 14, 2004

FINNISH-STYLE DEMOLITION DERBY



A message on the Guestbook left a link to a Finnish racing website called Meisseli Motorsport

This not only covers Demolition Derby events but also a form of budget Rallycross. Anyway it is worth a visit and possibly is a destination for the intrepid traveller.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

SITE NEWS

Hopefully you will have noticed several updates to the site over the past few days. First there are two galleries of pictures from South Africa taken by regular contributor Karsten Bielschmidt. These are based around the SA vs UK series for National Hot Rods. Today Kevin Wickham's first pictures of 2004 have been uploaded, from the rearranged ICEBREAKER at Kings Lynn.

Coming up this weekend I hope to include pictures from the LONDON OPEN for Bangers at Wimbledon and from now on there are events every week until things start to get underway in earnest during March.

One entirely new feature is the new 'TRAVEL BUDDIES' page. This was inspired by an advert from Chris Pye for the For Sale/Wanted page seeking company for a trip across to Belgium in June. Anyway the purpose of the page is straightforward, to try and put folk in contact so they may share travel to race meetings. This has got to make sense in helping cut travel costs but it also might enable fans to make new friends too by providing company to and from race meetings. Have a look and see what you think - and how about trying to fill those spare seats in your car or transporter?

Another tip from Chris Pye was to send a link of some previously unseen - on the web at least - 1980's video clips. These include one of his dad winning a race! The link is below and these are well worth a visit.

1980's Video Clips - Click Here

Sunday, February 08, 2004

SMASHING CLASSICS





The March issue of Classic Car Mart includes an in-depth article into last year's Classic Banger Bash at Mildenhall. Spread over seven full pages there are lots of pictures and a refreshingly balanced feature on the pros and cons of Classic Banger racing. I'd rate this as the best and fairest coverage of Banger racing I have seen in the classic car press and is well worth checking out on your next trip to WHSmiths!

Thursday, February 05, 2004

test8
Quiet Isn't it?

Its one of the quietest times of the year so it was great to get some pictures from last Sunday's Hot Rod Open at Wimbledon from Dave Smith ... but things start to get going again for the Bangers from this weekend what with the rearranged ICEBREAKER at Kings Lynn (8 Feb) followed by the LONDON OPEN the weekend after next (15 Feb) and then HEARTBREAKER at NIR (22 Feb).

And now for something completely different ... Paul Gerrard spotted a younger me on this Alan Reynolds picture from Long Eaton, downloaded from RS some time back I guess. Thats me on the far right, at least in good company! If anyone has similar pics I'd love to see them!






Wednesday, January 28, 2004

BERCY



SUPER STOCK-CAR INDOOR
Coupe d'Europe et Grand Prix de France
PALAIS OMNISPORTS DE PARIS-BERCY
Satuday 13 March 2004 at 19h50

The annual indoor meeting at the Palais Omnisports in Paris. Combine a very entertaining night's racing with a trip to Paris in Spring. If you have never been a to this meeting is highly recommended.

Click the following link to visit the organiser's website, where you can also book tickets.

Super Stock Car

Also, while surfing I found this website about Luxembourg Stock Car Racing:

Luxembourg Stock Cars

If anyone finds further informaton about stock car racing on the mainland on the web please can you send the links to me? Email

MGM Mirage

Did anyone else spot the news of the buyout of numerous UK Greyhound Tracks by giant US Casino operator MGM Mirage. Stock Car tracks included in the deal - prompted by impending changes in Gambling Law - include Wimbledon and Belle Vue. Its difficult to predict the impact of these changes but it is obviously important that stadia retain their raison-d'etre as sporting venues.

I can't help thinking that some action needs to be taken to help protect the interests of motorsport (and I think this covers all types whether two or four wheeled) and that this should be better co-ordinated and more systematic than hitherto. If anyone agrees with that please get in touch so we can consider ways in which this might be done. Click here to email

Monday, January 26, 2004

A Few Thoughts

1. Post NEC
I did mean to mention this more than a week or so ago but it seems to me that the copy in AUTOSPORT in the week following the NEC Show was far more oval-racing friendly than it has been in the past:

"The Live Action Arena was noisier than ever during an oval racing special"

"Oval Cars and BriSCA F1 fired up the crowd".

"It was a superb showcase for a gentre of motorsport ideally suited to the Live Action Arena".

"Vibration. BriSCA F1 stock cars. Ther's nothing to match the rumbling in your rib cage every time the pack goes past. We're very surprised fans don't end up dislocating bits at the World Final when there are more than 30 of the things in the one arena".

There's some of the choice quotes and this year there were some pictures too! Lets see a strengthened oval presence at the show in 2005!

2. Coventry



There's some uncertainty around following the article in the Coventry Evening Telegraph which states "The final stage of the plan will see the presence of stock car and banger racing come under review, though Heaver stresses that speedway is to remain as a core activity".

I do not wish to add to the speculation but most businesses, in the event that press coverage is misleading, would be quickly putting out information to set the record straight. Hopefully we will see something emerge soon from Coventry Racing Club. One thing clear in my mind, however, is that Brandon has existed for more than 50 years as a two and four-wheeled motorsport venue and there is no reason why that should not continue to be the case, especially as the site has green belt protection The suggestion of a leisure club being built in the pit area must be of concern, however, as at face value that undermines car racing at the venue.

Click here to see the press report and draw your own conclusions

3. Odsal
Regular visitors to this site will recall that evidence to facilitate the return of stock car racing to Odsal - by protecting the racetrack and pit area from other development - was presented by this website and BOSS to the Bradford Unitary Development Plan Public Inquiry.

There's no news on this yet but I will be updating the site with any news as soon as I have it to hand!

Wednesday, January 21, 2004

eBay Update

Remember the 'WILDBILL TO WILDCAT' book. Well it sold for £36.01 so I thought why not give this a go myself!



So if you are short of a CIVIL WAR 5 programme you can bid for mine by CLICKING HERE

Monday, January 19, 2004

eBay

For those who have not tried it already there is a healthy market for stox-related goods on eBay, and whats more most of them seem to sell!

If you are quick you can get hold of BriSCA Annuals from 1971 and 1972 and even a copy of Keith Barber's book 'WILDBILL TO WILDCAT', current selling price £18!

I suggest you either look under the following categories on www.ebay.co.uk
Sports > Sports Memoribilia > Other Motorsport

or simply type in Stock Car Racing or Bangers in the search box.

If you wish to join eBay and help with the upkeep of Rolling Start you may do so using the following link:


Click Here to shop at eBay.co.uk


Apart from programmes and magazines you'll find die-cast models and even ful-size racecars!

Friday, January 16, 2004

MOST VIEWED IMAGES

According to the tracker the most popular current pictures on the site are as follows:

at #3 with 350 views its:


then at #2 on 405 views its:


and at #1, surprise surprise, on 680 views its:


Not a lot to do with stock car racing! So I thought what is the most popular stock car on the site at present? Could it be Lee or Polley? Junior Wainman? Falding?

Errr well not quite, its this one (with 298 views)!



I don't know if this has been of any interest but I may start to reveal the most popular pictures again as the year progresses.

Thursday, January 15, 2004

UP-TO-DATE?

Well I thought so! Having just uploaded the pictures from Civil War 5 I just received the 2004 Rules & Regs from Incarace. These will be added to the INCARACE site as soon as I can get round to it.

I also received the following which I am sure will be of interest to some folks:

Oval Legends Cars
Provisional Incarace Fixtures 2004


27th March Birmingham Rnd 1
12th April Hednesford Rnd 2
17th April Ipswich Rnd 3
24th April Swaffham Rnd 4
3rd May Hednesford Rnd 5
23rd May Hednesford Rnd 6
31st May Northampton Rnd 7
12 June Ipswich Rnd 8
19th / 20th June Warneton European Championship
27th June Hednesford Rnd 9
17th July Ipswich Rnd 10
31st July / 1st August Hednesford National Championship Weekend
21st August Swaffham Rnd 11
30th August Northampton Rnd 12
25th September Birmingham Rnd 13
10th October Northampton Rnd 14
7th November Hednesford Rnd 15
13th November Birmingham Rnd 16




Tuesday, January 13, 2004

UMMMMM??!!

Okay, so the site has just been updated with a gallery from last Saturday's indoor meeting at the NEC. The next task is to sort through the CIVIL WAR pictures.

Following that I guess it'll be time to start uploading the 2004 fixture lists. As many will know I do this by scanning the national formula listings and then rely on links to promoters websites for the more detailed rundown of dates. I think that is the best way to do this and hopefully one which minimises scope for errors.

Anyway I thought it would be interesting to glance at the fixture lists for the main formulas as issued at the NEC to look for 'interesting' things. Here's what caught my eye:

BriSCA F2
They are back at Coventry - yippee! And we only have to wait until April 3 for the first of 3 events!
Mallory Park on May 16. A dozen or so Superstox were good so a full field of F2s could be stunning!
A full season of dates at Workington.

2L Saloons
A meeting in the Midlands! At Hedno on 23 May. Should be good!
Two New Year 2005 dates, both in the SW

BriSCA F1
A meeting in March!
Golden Jubilee Dates at Bristol (26 June), Venray (14 August), Yarmouth (22 August) and Ipswich (16 October) as well as established venues though no sign of Lydden Hill or Mildenhall.
Two Wimbledon meetings as in 2003

Overall verdict - carries forward the best of previous years with some notable additions to look forward to.

Sunday, January 11, 2004

WHAT A WEEKEND!

What a fantastic weekend's racing we have just had!


Polley and Lee, or is it Lee and Polley?

The Oval race meeting at the NEC was quite simply excellent. It ran like clockwork and while all of the racing was top quality I thought the historic section stole the show. The interview with Fred Parsons was fascinating and didn't the old stockcars look - and sound - the business?! Then I know the Barry Lee vs George Polley races brought back many memories of days gone by for many. I took some video at the meeting and Dave Smith has started to send through a few pictures so hopefully we should have a good gallery to enjoy. Here's a taster of Dave's pictures and as he points out conditions for good photography in that arena were not at all easy. If anyone reading this has any good pictures from the meeting please send them over!


The moral of this bonnet ... Don't count your chickens ...!!

Then on Sunday it was across to Hednesford for Civil War 5 and they finally did it, the South won! For the first half of the meeting it was nip and tuck with both teams getting their nose in front but come final time the South really showed excellent teamwork and strategy and saw off the North in superb style! And then what happens? Another streaker! Pictures to follow.

So two superb events so congratulations are due to all concerned for making both so enjoyable.

Thursday, January 08, 2004

AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL @ THE NEC

Since my feet are aching I thought I'd come to include a couple of pictures from the show and grab a coffee. The big surprise is there's a BriSCA F2 on display in the main hall - a Finnikin car for sale as part of COYS auction. There's also a very old midget which will generate a lot of interest I'm sure.



I'm inclined not to bid for the Finnikin car, however, instead I'll have this one!



No sign of the BriSCA F1s in the main show but they are racing this afternoon in the Indoor Arena. I can confirm this since I just bumped into Frankie Wainman Junior.

More pictures from the main show and hopefully the Indoor Live Action will be uploaded later.

Wednesday, January 07, 2004

WHAT'S HAPPENING ON RS?

Today's updates are new adverts on the For Sale Page and a Boxing Day meeting report from Ringwood.

The rest of this week sees ones of the busiest times of the year on the site with news from the AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SHOW from the NEC starting tomorrow all being well, followed by the OVAL RACING SHOW from this Saturday and Sunday and of course the massive CIVIL WAR confrontation at Hednesford this Sunday.

Look out for the updates!

Sunday, January 04, 2004

ITS A VERY HEAVY DAY!


MGB racing at Standlake

Big news of the day has to be the Heavy Metal Classic. Around 240 cars in a meeting that more than lived up to expectations. I was there taking pictures and extensive galleries will appear on Rolling Start although they will take a little time to sort through! Many thanks to Keith Hook and his team for their great show.

On the website front the bad news is that the webspace had to be renewed for another year. 500Mb of space heve been secured for another year at www.rollingstart.co.uk domain but it does not come cheap!

Onto the Civil War the INCARACE website has been updated with the latest news on the Southern Army and around 30 pictires sorted for the meeting programme.

Friday, January 02, 2004

Today's Updates on RS

Just a couple of updates done today, the For Sale page where seven new ads have been included and three news items in the Diary. The run-up to Xmas is always quiet but as usual things now seem to be picking up apace.

Most amazing is news from Standlake of 220 cars booked in for the Heavy Metal Classic this coming Sunday. I think this is the largest-ever booking list for the event thus raising a real possibility that this could be the biggest-ever Banger meeting. All being well RS will be bringing extensive coverage from this event.

Coverage from yesterday's meeting Wheels should be online tomorrow (Saturday 3rd).

Also received today from Dave Goddard is his extensive review of the BriSCA F2 Season 2003 at INCARACE and the Central League in particular. Look out for this on the INCARACE website in the near future.

Thursday, January 01, 2004

TELETEXT

Has anyone else spotted this?


I wonder what the Olympics and Euro 2004 have really got to do with what might be more easily seen as weakening of the Beeb's commitment to motorsport? Teletext page 369 was good as it did include dates for some oval meetings but will the BBC website really includes such information? It does not at the moment and I guess time will tell.

Does anyone else share my rather cynical view? I would love to be proved wrong!
NEW BLOG

This is a new part of RS where I will try to add some more detailed comments about the maintenance of the website and offer a few comments on recents happenings etc etc.

Season 2004 Starts Here!

So 2004's racing started today at Birmingham Wheels. The weather was pretty awful but the racing was good and so were car turnouts (Lightning Rods 26 cars, Bangers 43 cars, Hot Fords 34 cars). In addition there were three of the new Cruiser Class where there are two drivers, one steers and the other controls the peddles. This is a very promising innovation and one that can be expected to thrive as the season progresses.

There was a DD for the Hot Fords which lasted less than 30 seconds and the infamous Figure of 8 for the Lightning Rods, a race attracting 5 cars but the finish was superb and it seems likely there will be others held. A good thing in my opinion! Bring back the Economy Cars which always raced non-contact on the 8!

There were a number of Bangers returned from last Saturday's Coventry and the racing was very good.

Pictures and results from this meeting will be added soon.