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Added 17 July 2008
Hot Rod Championship Comes to Nuttscorner Oval on July 26/27
The 2 Litre Hot Rod World Championship Final will be staged at Nuttscorner Oval in County
Antrim over the weekend of July 26/27, during the biggest weekend of oval racing action
ever staged in Northern Ireland. The SpeedWeekend will also see the Lightning Rods contest
their British Championship in what promises to be a real explosive double-header of short
A host of visitors are expected in both categories, and Ludlow Motorsports Mark
Paffey from Hampshire will be leading the Spedeworth charge in the Hot Rods as he defends
the title he won at Ipswich in 2007. Former National Hot Rod World title holder Malcolm
Blackman has also signalled his intention to travel across the Irish Sea for the big event
in the Mark Peck-owned car hes been campaigning in 2008 alongside his National.
Former double World-winner Kevin Randell will also be making the trip, with Chris Harvey
and Sussex-based Kym Weaver two more of the 14 overseas entries expected to bid for the
coveted World trophy.
The locals will harbour high hopes of keeping the title on home soil though, with current
British and Irish champion Wayne Woolsey aiming to add the gold roof in his Tigra. Current
European Champion Andy Best, who won the World the last time it was staged at Nuttscorner
Oval in 2005, has been quiet in 08 but can never be discounted, along with 2002
World winner John Murray. Add in Davy Clarke, Gary Wilson and Garry Campbell to name a few
and it should be an action packed weekend of racing.
Midlands-based racer Lee Parsons will visit Nuttscorner Oval for the third time this
season to defend his British Lightning Rod Championship crown, and he will be joined by
recently crowned European Champion Harry Skoyles and Spedeworth hotshots Craig Boyd and
Mick Walker for the big race. Hot favourite will of course be local ace Stephen Emerson,
who last season bagged the World, European, ORCi and Irish Championships. Emerson has been
in scintillating form of late, but can expect a tough time not only from the visitors but
also from other local stars in the shape of Nigel Jackson, Gordon McKee and David Hearst.
There is a feast of other entertainment on the card across the weekend too, with the
National Hot Rods in Round One of the 2009 World Qualifying Series, the all-action
National Bangers contesting their annual King of Krash title, and support action from the
ever-popular Reliant Robins and the youngsters in the Junior Productions.
The action gets underway with the qualifying heats on Saturday 26th July from 5.30pm, with
the finals kicking off at 1pm on Sunday 27th.
For more information visit www.nuttscorneroval.com
or contact John Murray on 07860 309308 or Davy McCall on 07711 896802
Many thanks to our meeting sponsor Hoggs Bar of Loughgall
Our next meeting is Speedweekend 08 on July 26th/27th featuring the 2008 World
Championship for 2.0 Hot Rods, Lightning Rods 2008 British Championship, National Hot Rods
WQR, National Bangers, Junior Productions and Reliant Robins.
Irelands Biggest Ever Banger Racing Meeting
Nuttscorner Oval will host Irelands biggest ever Banger Racing event when over 80
cars contest the Shamwreck 08 title for Unlimited cc National Bangers on Sunday
April 27th. Already almost 40 of Englands top exponents have booked in to appear on
what is sure to be a day of non-stop action. It will be smashes and crashes galore as the
massive field are whittled down to one champion driver.
The infamous Bears team from England will return for their third visit to Nuttscorner
Oval, having taken the spoils in last years event when Justin Riley claimed the
title. They are well known throughout Europe as the hard hitters of Banger racing, and
they destroyed all in their path in last years encounter. Nutty Nigel
Riley and his crew are coming in even bigger numbers this time too, with a fantastic ten
of their red, white and blue cars set to grace the raceway.
Making their Ulster debuts will be another of Englands top teams Team
Stinkbridge. They will field a massive 13 of their ludicrous pink coloured machines as
they aim to take the Shamwreck crown back across the Irish Sea at their first attempt. The
Levellers were also a hit last year, and Derek Jones North of England crew will be
after the silverware this time around with their no-holds-barred racing attitude. Will the
English stars claim the glory, or will they be the targets for the Nuttscorner
A sizeable contingent will also travel north from the Republic of Ireland for Shamwreck
08, and it is they who are the backbone of the National Bangers at Nuttscorner Oval.
Team Savage, with quality pilots like Steven Reynolds, Ray McGrath and Fran Cassidy
amongst their ranks, can never be discounted, both when the trophies or the hits are being
handed out. The Last Rites, who include 2006 winner Darren Gaffney in their line up, The
Keltic Allsorts, the Bad Boyz and The Assassins will also be in attendance from the
Republic for what is sure to be an explosive afternoon of high-octane entertainment.
Leading the local Ulster charge will be Team Buckle. County Armaghs Davy Patton and
Marcus Watt will lead them into battle, and experience gained on a successful recent visit
to Kings Lynn in Norfolk will stand them in good stead.
With 2.0 Hot Rods and Lightning Rods, both of which have produced excellent value for
money so far this season, also on the bill, it promises to be an action packed session of
short oval racing. First race gets underway at 2pm.
From East Lancs/North Yorkshire border area
Buxton Hot Ford XR2 No 4
fuel tank concealed in box
Oil and water dials
Woodford galvanised 14ft twin axle trailer
Steel tyre rack fitted
Concealed underbed ramps
new mudguards fitted
Red breakaway cable
Wobbly wheel on jockey wheel
ID badge on side of bed for redcap garage blackburn
Reward for details leading to recovery
Tel Steve Smith
Added 9 January 2008
Nuttscorner Oval Sunday December 30th
Results from Darren Black
2007 Irish Championship: 1st 56 Ian Bolton, 2nd 69 Billy McClean, 3rd 22 Rab Stewart, 177,
176, 93, 147, 996, 36, 953.
Heat: 56 Ian Bolton, 953, 22, 177, 69, 147, 996, 93, 126, 36, 526, 6, 176.
King of Nuttscorner Final: 56 Ian Bolton, 69, 22, 177, 996, 93, 293, 526, 953, 36.
Big Van Bangers
Final: 1st 360 Fran Cassidy, 2nd 47 Graham Redmond, 3rd 388 Steven McGrath, 36, 375, 24,
Support Heat: 173 Stephen Reynolds, 36, 24, 325, 110.
DD: Tie 173 Stephen Reynolds & 360 Fran Cassidy