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CARAVAN BANGERS
RINGWOOD - MONDAY 30 AUGUST 2004
Pictures by Ringwood Raceway

CARAVAN BANGERS
RINGWOOD - MONDAY 30 AUGUST 2004

Race Report by Mark Baulch

It was a day full of Championships at Ringwood Raceway on Monday 30 August, as well as some wanton destruction and brilliant action.

The Ministox were competing for their Wessex Challenge Cup, with 9 of them choosing their grid positions out of the hat for the first race. These positions were to be reversed for the second heat, with the points gained in these races deciding the grid for the Cup Race itself. Danny Colliver 748 had pole position for the first race of the afternoon, but was unable to convert this to a win, as the visiting Spedeworth drivers broke through from their midway positions, Scott Bourne 199 winning this race from sixth on the grid. He then repeated this feat from his third place on the other heat grid, to take pole position for the Wessex Cup. However, it was not to be his day, as he squabbled for position with the other two visitors, Craig Luckhurst 125 and Damion Wright 114. In fact, he was despatched to the wall with little or no ceremony! Craig Luckhurst 125 went on to cross the line first, but had to concede the win to his compatriot Damion Wright 114, after he was deemed to have carried out illegal contact on the straight. Thus, Damion became the Wessex Challenge Cup winner, a good way to celebrate his very last Ministox meeting. Watch out for him in a Banger at a track near you soon! Patrick Mongey 794 was left to defend Ringwood’s honour as he finished third.

Results

Heat 1    199, 125, 794, 748, 114, 749, 707, 737
Heat 2    199, 114, 125, 794, 749, 748, 707, 737
Wessex Cup    114, 125, 794, 748, 199, 749, 707

The Superstox decided to have their big race first, choosing their positions out of the hat for their World Open Championship. Ade Baker 318 was delighted to draw pole position ahead of Ray Holloway 200 and seemed quietly confident on the grid. Western and Points Champion in 2003 and leading both in 2004, Kevin Croxon 36 was feeling the opposite, starting this race plum last in sixteenth. He has not fared well in Championship races of late, and had retired from the previous meeting with a broken differential. Ade Baker 318 made a good start, taking off from the exit of bend 2, but the race was short-lived. Ray Holloway 200 spun on the start straight, Paul Xuereb 88 coming out of the last bend to find himself with nowhere to go as he accelerated to try and clear a misfire. He T-Boned the unfortunate stranded car, bringing the race to a stop. The restart saw Ade Baker 318 make a surprise dash for the first bend, starting the race from the line. With 10 laps to go, it looked like this ploy may have worked, but Kevin Croxon 36 was a man on a mission, scything through the field and taking no prisoners. Ade was unable to contain him for long, Kevin sweeping to victory, with Andy Webb 352 taking the runner-up place after seemingly gaining second wind. Ade Baker 318 collected the third place trophy. Kevin Croxon 36 very nearly went on to win both heats as well, but John Davis 66 had a great race in the first, snatching victory away from him!

Results

World Open    36, 352, 318, 295, 258, 66, 28, 18
Heat 1    66, 36, 88, 145, 295, 352, 318, 258
Heat 2    36, 88, 66, 295, 145, 318, 258, 352

The Hot Rods UK Championship was run in the same way as the Ministox Cup, with Paul Young 840 on pole position in heat 1, Chris Brockhurst 89 alongside him and hungry for victory after suffering some poor results recently. The first race saw him take the lead early on and the field string out significantly. But Ross Ayling 28 was on pole for the second race, which was very different in character indeed. He is notoriously hard to pass, and the field bunched up behind him as he flamboyantly flung his car sideways through the bends! Unfortunately, his father, Chris Ayling 280 was unable to compete due to illness, but I am sure that he enjoyed watching Ross win this race! Chris Brockhurst 89 finished second, which was enough to secure pole position for the Championship race. Runner-up in 2003, he clearly had no intention of being in the same position this year, storming to the UK Championship title, whilst Paul Young 840 was again thwarted by Ross Ayling 28, and had to settle for third. I am sure that Ross’ car must seem as wide as it is long when you are trying to pass it!

Results

Heat 1    89, 840, 28, 50, 277, 304
Heat 2    28, 89, 50, 840, 277, 304
UK C’Ship    89, 28, 840, 50, 277

A good showing of 25 Bangers took to the track for their UK Open Qualifying Round 2. Mitchell Mills 159 was to win the first heat, disappearing into the distance from pole position in his Capri. However, the fact that only 17 cars returned to the tarmac for the second race is testament to the fact that there was some hard hitting going on! None harder than the hit John Moss 813 put on Mark Bartlett 90 in this next race, almost forcing him over the Armco on bend 1! Craig Rose 20 emerged victorious. The field was down to 16 by the time the green flag fell on the final, and the metal bending continued, with only 7 cars crossing the finishing line. John Swanborough 523 completed a hat trick of second places in this race, ahead of Paddy Coneley 136. But Mitchell Mills 159 collected his second winner’s trophy of the afternoon as he took the chequered flag once again.

Results

Heat 1    159, 523, 20, 205, 136, 202, 78, 409
Heat 2    20, 523, 205, 136, 120, 159, 218, 199
Final    159, 523, 136, 218, 20, 120, 133

A huge crowd were in attendance and they were not to be disappointed by the last showing of the day, the 500 Caravan Bangers Demolition Derby. The first job was to pick out the best paint job of the day. For once, this did not go to John Kiernan 777, the crowd perhaps not so taken with his change of theme form Teddy Bear Hospital to Teddy Bear Prison. It was an open prison though, as the caravan had no door! However, the biggest cheer of the day went to Kevin Looker 111, and I must admit that he had made a very nice job of the garish green flames on a black background, even painting his car along the same lines. The drivers must have liked it too, as it never received a single hit, and was towed from the track virtually intact, despite parting contact with his car! The 14 cars and caravans then lined up to commence the most popular part of the day. The green flag flew, and mayhem ensued! Best hit of the day went to Zane Rose 481, as he managed to climb his car into the back of the caravan being towed by John Swanborough 523. Then, in one of the funniest scenes I have witnessed at the Raceway, John towed his car around the track, Zane waving to the crowd as he sat helpless on the back of John’s chassis! Eventually, he tired of this, and started to hit things in order to try and dislodge his passenger. This he finally succeeded in doing, so Zane rejoined the fun! Eventually, John Swanborough 523 managed to go one better than the rest of the day, claiming victory as he became the last car and trailer running. Well, he could not finish second in this one, could he! John looked extremely pleased to have won, especially when someone told him how much his winnings were!

Results

Best Paint    111
Best Hit    481
DD    523



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