|ROLLING THUNDER SHOW
Arena Essex - 10 April 2004
Pictures and reporting by Smiffyman (Dave Smith). Tel 07885 281327
Crunch time at the RTS
Last Saturdays Rolling Thunder show at Arena Essex proved a little bit expensive for
a number of the competitors. As always the racing was fast and furious, but one or two of
the guys came to grief, and were left nursing a damaged pride and a slightly thinner
wallet. But hey Thats racing as the saying goes. Fortunately no one was
seriously injured which is testimony to the build quality of the cars involved. No doubt
they will be back as soon as possible to chase the rest of the pack.
Looking around the pits prior to the meeting, made my mind wander back to the first ever
Rolling Thunder Show, and left me reflecting on how well the series has developed. Back in
the very early days you could count on one hand the number of competitors that turned up
to race in each formula. Nowadays the organisers have to think about splitting the
competitors into separate heats. Numbers in the UK Modifieds have risen to 20 plus,
and each event seems to attract some new talent, this months meeting was no exception.
Driving the smart looking, Russ Williams owned, number 28 car was Peter Scott Jnr, who on
his debut proved that he was no slouch by winning one heat and coming home second in the
The Thunder Cars once again proved that the handicap system still works well, with the
more powerful cars at the rear of the grids, made to work hard to make their way through
to the front by flag fall. Rising star in the formula is Dick Burtenshaw, who once again
came home the winner in the meeting final.
This month sees a double helping as the series move to an extra venue, that being the
Fleet raceway near Aldershot. So make a date in your diaries for Sunday 25th April, start
time 2.00pm with scrutineering and practice from 12.30pm.