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Event 30 at Curborough on 07/10/2017

Almost threequarters of a second clear of a furious duel for second place between experienced British sprinter Steve Miles and the hard-charging Mike Andrews, split by three hundredths, Jack Cottrill stormed to FTD at the HSA's Championship finale at Curborough with the day's only sub-29sec run in his 1100cc Force-Suzuki. With rain threatening on a dull day, Cottrill closed to within a quarter of a second of Chris Jones' class record, his FTD a fine result after the car had suffered clutch problems in practice.

Justin Andrews came to Curborough with the HSA title already in the bag, but was one of several drivers who hit problems in practice when the Lambda sensor blew out of its boss in the Subaru's exhaust. With Tim Richardson's Elise also a non-starter in Class A3, this meant a walkover for Chris Berrisford. This didn't stop the Intrepid Subaru driver from setting a new HSA record as he shaved sixteen hundredths off Andrew Cottrill's 3-years old mark. Unfortunately, as the sole class runner Chris was ineligible for the event's traditional Alan Payne class winners' run-off. Practice problems also eliminated Tim Brown's Datsun 240Z and the Will Ker/Ben Hamer Mini turbo. The immaculate Datsun's engine compartment caught fire in the paddock after he'd returned from a practice run, but fortunately the blaze was soon doused by the use of nearby extinguishers. Currently rebuilding their OMS-Kawsaki, Ker and Hamer blew the dust off their old Mini turbo and wheeled it out again, only to blow the head gasket on its first practice run. Will withdrew to the spectator banks, but Ben shared the Imp turbo of classmate and fellow HSA committee member Eric Morrey and closed to within threequarters of a second of the car's owner - a fine effort considering that Eric ran inside his class C1 record set in the Clan, although as he wasn't registered this year the old record still stands. The sole Class L representative running along the 2-litre racers, Pete Goulding broke Chris Machell's record, which moved the Mygale-Ecoboost driver up from eighth place in the Championship to fifth overall, level with Berrisford but taking the place on countback.

The top three failed to improve on their first run times as the weathor cooled with rain in the air although Glyn Sketchley, fourth overall in his turbocharged Force, its Suzuki power unit buried under some serious-looking plumbing, shaved off a couple of hundredths. But in the Alan Payne class winners' run-off, based on improvement over winning times, the top three drivers all raised their game. 1600cc racing victor Mark Schlanker's 1137cc OMS-Honda found the best margin - just over a quarter of a second inside his winning time - to snatch the coveted annual trophy by four hundredths from Class B2 winner Alan Mugglestone's Raw Fulcrum. Second FTD man Steve Miles ran five hundredths inside his own target to grab third place.

A full report will follow in Speedscene 196.

Jack Cottril set the outright pace at Curborough (Steve Wilkinson)

Chris Berrisford set the day's first HSA record (Steve Wilkinson)

Run-off victor Mark Schlanker (Steve Wilkinson)

Green’s FTD from Jones and Hollingworth at Shelsley

Event 29 at Shelsley Walsh on 16/09/2017

Competitors gathered for the first day of the Shelsley Walsh Speed Finale meeting and the penultimate round of the SBD HSA Speed Championship to be met with light drizzle and an uncertain forecast. However, the rain quickly stopped’ the sky lightened and the sun occasionally made a welcome appearance so that after a slightly slippery practice the track remained dry throughout.

Chris Green took FTD with a 27.05s in his 1.6 OMS 28 from Chris Jones, 1.0 Force TA (27.49s) and Richard Hollingworth’s 1.6 DJ Firehawk (27.76s) – these three drivers being the only ones to go sub 28s.

Practice ran largely without incident but the afternoon timed runs were interrupted by a series of incidents which included Mike Henney hitting the bank between Kennel and Crossing in his Lotus Elan causing extensive damage to the front of the car but optimistically described as ‘mainly one corner’. Other incidents involved a TR7 on its roof in the Esses, a Porsche and a TVR. Nonetheless MAC ran the meeting with their usual efficiency with the (newish) paddock management system being particularly effective.

The Paul Matty Championship was well represented with Geoff Stallard setting the fastest scratch time in the Saloon & Sports Car category with his Elan (34.49s) and the David Hampton doing likewise in the Racing car category with a 30.52s in his Lotus 69.The Porsche Club Speed Championship class (strangely supported by Petro Canada!) was won by Geraint Evans’ 3.2 911 Carrera (33.73s) with the next five drivers within about a second of his time! Graham Beale (Ginetta G33) took the Classic Marques Class with a 33.17s and Andrew Till was a comfortable winner of the up to 1400cc Roadgoing class in his MGZR105 on 40.25s – just 0.04s outside the HSA Class record!

After suffering battery problems all day (including finding a lost sensor on the track and taping it back up!) Dave West’s Peugeot 106 only needed a single run to take the large 2000cc Roadgoing Class with a 36.09s run just ahead of Andrew Webber’s Elan +2 with Alastair Clark (Elise) Ken Morris (MX5) very closely matched.

Similarly, Chris Berrisford took the over 2000cc Roadgoing Class in his Impreza with his single run of 31.87s – 0.16s shy of Andrew Cottrill’s HSA Class record. John Maycock was a little further back in his 240bhp (!) MX5 but planning some performance enhancements over the winter. Former HSA Champion, John Bradshaw took his ‘new’ Westfield to its maiden win in the Kit Car Class with a 32.51s run after his main competitor withdrew with ‘ROPS related issues’.

The small Mod Prod class saw a battle of the Mini Cooper’s with Michael Gallery winning by 0.04s from Tim Dennis while the larger capacity Classes were won by Paul Jones’ rapid Elise and Duncan Andrews’ Porsche Cayman. Steve Barnard won the Libre Class in his spaceframe Audi TT.

In the Racing Car classes Chris Jones lowered his own 1100cc record on T1 and did it again on T2 to leave it at 27.40s ahead of Jim Spencer’s Reynard (28.03s) and Stuart Bickley’s Jedi (28.20s). Russell Haynes won the Formula Ford Class in his unusually (but original) bodied Zeus 163 (34.00s) from Roger Jones (Jamun M90), Bernie Kevill (Van Diemen RF90) and Geoff Lancaster still learning his Swift SC93. Chris Green, Richard Hollingworth and Neil Coles (OMS CF04) took the top spots in the 1600cc Class.

Finally, in the ‘Classic Class’ Fyrth Crosse set an impressive 30.81s on his only run in the Ensign LNF3 to be fastest on scratch while Mike Broome’ Alexis MK17 was an unfortunate retirement after his Hewland MK8/9 developed an 1/8” crack in its casing during practice.

The HSA at Shelsley (Christine Bennett)

Wheel waving Mini acction from Tim Dennis (Rob McDonald)

Paul Slades' E Type at Top Ess (Rob McDonald)

Karl Schollar locks up the Spectre MK7 into the Esses (Rob McDonald)

Goulding takes FTD at wet & windy MIRA in a Mygale 1-2

Event 28 at MIRA on 09/09/2017

With a somewhat smaller entry than usual MAC had decided to have 3 practices in the morning and 3 timed runs in the afternoon, but with heavy showers expected from about noon, the plan changed to 2 practices and a first timed run before lunch, then 2 more competition runs after lunch. Everyone got a dry first practice, some got a dry second practice, but some didn't. Some had light showers affecting the first timed run and everyone ran on T2 after heavy rain at lunchtime. Many didn't bother with T3 although it was drying but still damp which meant the results were a bit of a lottery. In spite of all this MAC ran a slick meeting and it was all over by 2.45 pm.

On paper it looked as though FTD would be fought out by the 4 larger single seaters - John Wood's Dallara, Steve Miles' Van Diemen and the two Mygale's of Pete Goulding and Graham Blackwell. This is how it turned out with the Goulding Mygale taking FTD with 44.08s followed my Miles (45.16s - later disallowed) and Blackwell (45.17s) thus making it a Mygale EcoBoost 1-2 for the first time..

Dave West (Peugeot 106 on a 55.80s) won a large A2 class from Elen Worthington (Elise) and Andrew Webber (Elan+2). Andrew Cottrill is still getting his (new) Subaru sorted , fine tuning rear suspension settings, but won Class A3 with a new HSA record. Former, multiple HSA Champion, John Palmer easily won the 'small' kit car class in his Westfield while in the larger capacity Class it looked as if Alan won the Mugglestone family battle from Nick in the Fulcrum ahead of another former HSA Champion, John Bradshaw in his new Westfield. However, Alan's time was later disallowed leaving the win to Nick.

In the combined Mod Prod class, Darren Balster was first in the ex Reg Phillips/Willem Toet Peugeot 205, with Gavin Neate 2nd. Luke Trotman won the Libre/Supersports battle with a competitive 48.91s.

It was as competitive as usual in the 1100cc Racing Cars class with Stuart Bickley just edging out Derek Sweeney by a tenth.

Graeme Williamson and Philip Stader both beat the old HSA U2 record, which now rests with Philip Stader, who won the 'classic' class and lowered the record by 7.48 seconds!

FTD for Pete Goulding - pictured recently at the Palace (Mike Stokes)


Event 27 at Gurston Down on 27/08/2017

With the rolling Wiltshire downland bathed in warm sunshine all weekend, Russell Haynes was one of two SBD/HSA Championship starters in the 17-strong field to set a new HSA class record during Gurston Down's August Bank Holiday British Championship meeting. A sub-37-sec run left the Zeus ZR163 driver second overall in Gurston's popular pre-94 Formula Ford class, within half a second of class record holder Simon McBeath's Swift SC92F. The other record-breaker was Jason Tunnicliffe, as he took his Peugeot 205 GTi to the win in the dedicated HSA Speed Championship class. Of the 10 starters in this division, James Robertson finished second in his Raw Striker ahead of John Phelps' Westfield Megabusa, which was shared this time with daughter Charlotte.

Two of the overall Championship top ten battled it out in this class, both in Mazda MX5s. but even though David Newman, tenth on the table, finished over a second clear of Alexander Smith, with the pair split by Colin Bowdidge's Caterham, Smith retained his overall seventh place. Third overall coming to Gurston, Gavin Neate was mixing it with the Gurston regulars in the BARC(SW) B Licence class and lay second at the break to Martin Watson's rorty, supercharged Westfield-Duratec. But even though Watson had a problem over the finish line and didn't take his second class run, he retained his class lead and Neate was pushed down to third place by another lightweight - the Westfield of Peter Leggett. The class placing was of no consequence from the HSA scoring angle but Neate would liked to have got closer to, or better still broken, the HSA record as his 13-point score, matching that of Newman's, would in any case be dropped. With a record he would have levelled on points with Championship leader Justin Andrews.

Elsewhere among the Gurston classes, Andrew James faced tough opposition to his burly Nissan 350Z, finishing third behind the ultra-potent Imprezas of Steve Darley and Gurston regular Shaun Fudge. Although some way adrift of the class W record, Mike Broome bounced back from a poor opener, the pristine Alexis F3 jumping out of gear at the start, to win Gurston's Historically Interesting class from first run leader Sue Hayes, having her first outing in the ex.Hugh Kemp Palliser F3.

Record-breaker Russell Haynes in the Zeus FF (Steve Lister)

Jason Tunnicliffe took the HSA class win with a new record (Ian Beard)

David Newman was back and on form in his repaired MX5 (Martin Woolmington)

Geoff Lancaster in his Swift SC92 (Martin Woolmington)

Miles Fastest at Hethel

Event 26 at Hethel on 06/08/2017

Steve Miles (Van Diemen RF96m17) posted FTD at Borough19 MC’s Hethel sprint on 6th August in a time of 115.32 seconds, just ahead of Pete Goulding’s Mygale FF200 ( 117.15) and Tony Beesley in a Jedi Mk4 , who recorded the same time on his third and final competition run. In doing so, Pete took the class award for over 1100cc racing cars, and Tony the one for up to 1100cc racing cars. Both drivers broke the previous HSA records in classes L and I respectively.

At the other end of the running order, Steve Riddle and Nick Tearle ran their Clios in the standard car class for 1400 to 2000cc models, with Steve establishing an HSA class record for the new category. Andrew Webber ( Lotus Elan +2) and Ken Morris ( Mazda MX5) ran in a class for 1600 to 2300cc roadgoing series production cars, and were rewarded with new HSA class records for classes V1 and A2.1 respectively.

Justin Andrews (Subaru Impreza) won the 4WDroadgoing series production class, and set a new HSA record for class A3, consolidating his position at the top of the SBD HSA Speed Championship. Stephen Laing (Caterham R500) won the well-supported “Kitcar/Elise” class, but neither he nor Elen Worthington (Elise) were able to match their own B2 and A2 records.

Gavin Neate ran alone in the up to 1400cc modified series production class, and managed to beat his own C1 HSA record. And in the 1400 to 2000cc division, both Dave Mockford (MG Maestro) and Ivan Russell ( Ford Anglia 105E) ran under Dave’s 2016 HSA record for C2, with Ivan taking the class win.

Jeff Wiltshire (Sylva Phoenix) won his class and took a big chunk out of his own HSA class D record, and Charlie Reilly (Van Diemen RF92) was also able to improve upon his own Formula Ford record in his class win over Geoff Lancaster (Swift SC92F).

Steve Miles' Van Diemen RF96 (library photo)

Mourant's FTD as Kenrick stars at Loton

Event 25 at Loton Park on 05/08/2017

Jason Mourant took FTD with a 45.25s run in his Gould GR55 at Loton Park for the August 5th 'B' meeting but it was Robert Kenrick's time of 46.43s in the 1100 Raptor 2 which took second FTD, won the 1100 class, took a second off Darren Luke's 1100 record of 47.62s and got the most attention. (On the following day Robert did a 45.43s on his single timed run to reduce the record by another second with the Raptor 2 clearly doing a good job of exploiting the newly resurfaced Loton track).

Three other drivers got under 50s with another 1100, Chris Jones' Force TA, next up with a 49.62s followed by John Bradburn (sharing the Gould GR55 with Graham Wynn) and Simon Keen (Dallara F302) both on 49.99s.

Although the anticipated showery weather did make an appearance it only caused some mild disruption and most competitors got at least a couple of dry runs. This didn't stop a number of competitors from visiting the scenery though and one of the first to become 'hors de combat' was Robin Maryon whose Jedi speared off the track near the finish line damaging the front of the car quite badly although Robin was fortunately unhurt. A similar fate befell Alex Harris' Renault Clio.

Laurence Marks did well to take third in the small Roadgoing Production class in his Panda but is looking forward to swapping it for his 'new' Formula Ford which should make an appearance soon. Martin Rutter was present but alas, his Fiat X 1/9 wasn't - still waiting for the Colotti gearbox to be completed. The Mod Prod Specialist class was an all HSA affair with Adam Phelps' Westfield taking the win with a PB but still shy of the HSA record. Charlotte Phelps was looking good for second place but an off on the drier T2 allowed James Robertson (after an off on T1) to edge ahead followed by the Mantons (Graeme and Becky), back out in their Fisher Fury.

Gary Thomas took the 1600cc Racing Car class with his Force PC after a close battle with Chris Green's OMS28.

Andrew Webber only needed one run in his Elan to take the Classic Saloons & Sports Cars class. Finally, Jeff Allan set identical T1 and T2 times in his Nissan Leaf.

Bernie Kevill enjoys the new Loton surface in his Van Diemen RF90

Jason Mourant took FTD (Mike Castle)

Andrew Webber 's Lotus Elan +2 (Mike Castle)

A class win and PB for Adam Phelps (Mike Castle)


Event 24 at Wiscombe Park on 30/07/2017

As expected, The Force-Suzuki single-seater of Gary Thomas led the way as eighteen contenders negotiated the twists and turns of a wet Wiscombe Park on the first day of the SBD/HSA double-header. Thomas also went on to win in much drier conditions on Sunday, with a new HSA class record that maintained his second place overall in the Championship standings. Previous leader Gavin Neate, who with seven others did not contest Sunday's event, slipped to third on the table. With a host of National B competitors elsewhere in the meeting contesting Wiscombe Park, Porsche Club and Downton points, a bonus for Thomas was that he also took the award for fastest National B contender of the weekend.

But charging to the head of the HSA table was Justin Andrews, whose HSA class record now gives the Impreza driver a maximum score in the Championship with his score at Saturday's wet meeting now discarded. Even on Saturday's wet track, records were set by Philip Stader, Andrew Webber and Peter Goulding, all of whom not surprisingly went on to lower them still further in the dry on Sunday, when Andrews, Thomas and Mike Henney also ran inside their respective records. Andrews' Impreza was right up with Thomas's Force and Goulding's Mygale, splitting them on Saturday as Neate's Peugeot ran fourth but having to settle for third place behind the two single-seaters in the dedicated HSA class in Sunday's much better conditions. Goulding's consistent form really paid off as he soared from 20th to eighth place overall in the standings, while the duel for top MX5 honours intensified as David Newman closed in to seventh overall behind his rival after a see-saw battle over the weekend. Henney and Webber enjoyed a great duel in V1, Webber getting the edge on Saturday with a new record, but with both drivers well inside the Elan Plus 2's new mark on Sunday it was the Elan S3's turn to grab the class placing by six tenths, which moved Henney from 19th place into the Championship top ten.

Justin Andrews leads the Championship after Wiscombe (Jerry Sturman)

Gary Thomas set the outright pace and hung on to second overall on the Championship table (Jerry Sturman)

Philip Stader was one of three drivers to score record points each day (Jerry Sturman)

Tricky new Blyton track challenges competitors

Event 22 at Blyton Park on 09/07/2017

The second day of the WSCC Blyton Sprint Week-end was held on the Eastern circuit, the first time a sprint had been run on this course, and it presented competitors with a couple of new challenges. The first half of the course is tight and twisty while the second is fast and flowing. However, joining the two halves is ‘Curva Grande’ which, as the name implies, is a long (very long) and fast sweeping right. So far so good but, with the car fully loaded up on its suspension, the corner begins to tighten and then the track turns sharp left into the Wiggler! Braking hard from speed and dramatically changing direction presents an almost unique (in UK race track terms) challenge as many competitors were to find out with numerous spins and offs during the course of the day.

Sandy Smith maintained his narrow advantage over Dean Cubitt to win the up to 2000cc Sports Car class ahead of John Usher’s Ginetta G40 while the (for once) competitive up to 1700cc Kit Car class saw Chris Hussey’s Striker push John Palmer down to second by a hundredth (!) ahead of Dan Hollis’ Caterham, David Hussey’s Striker and, surprisingly far back following a T2 DNF, Mike Smith in his Striker.

Ivan Russell (Anglia) and Paul Torkington (MK2 Escort) gave Ian Johnson’s more modern Polo G40 a run for its money in the up to 2000cc Mod Prods but in the smaller class Gavin Neate was in his own in the Peugeot and put in a single timed run before heading home to prepare for an early morning flight to the US on the following day. Speedscene contributor Keith Waters was out in his immaculate Rover Metro and throughly enjoying Blyton. Duncan Fraser headed a large Lotus Elise contingent with his S1 setting a creditable 74.46s time.

In the other classes the rankings largely followed the previous day. In the Mod Prod Westfield class David Cleaver again won easily from Gary Bunn, Adam Phelps, Derek Hodder and Charlotte Phelps and in the 1100cc Racing Car Class Chris Jones in the Jerroms Accounting backed Force TA was well ahead of Simon Boulter’s OMS and Graeme Harden’s Jedi – all three qualifying for the British Sprint run off. Gary Thomas was again the fastest 1600cc Racing Car in his Force PC with Steve Brown not far behind in his JKS with Mark Schlanker’s OMS third – although the three drivers managed to rack up 5 DNFs between them over the course of the day!

The Blyton Eastern circuit

Sandy Smith had a double winning week-end (D Pertridge)

The Usher Ginetta G40 at the Ginetta track (D Partridge)

Duncan Fraser won the Elise class in his S1 (D Partridge)

Close battles & new records at Blyton

Event 21 at Blyton Park on 08/07/2017

The first day of the WSCC Blyton Sprint Week-end was held in glorious weather on the familiar Outer circuit and saw many of the 26 SBD HSA Speed Championship competitors setting new records and/or engaged in close battles.

There wasn’t much between Sandy Smith and Dean Cubitt’s MX5s all week-end and it was Dean who led after T1 on Saturday but Sandy found a second to reverse the position with a strong T2 time. Both drivers went even quicker on the third timed run with Sandy taking the class win on the day by a tenth.

Adam Phelps got close to Matt Hallam’s HSA class record in the Busa engine Westfield and was comfortably ahead of John Loudon and Charlotte Phelps both also Westfield mounted. In the same, Modified Specialist Production class, it was David Cleaver again who won easily and only needed a single timed run of 62.21s, faster than many of the racing cars.

Another Westfield driver was multiple HSA Champion John Palmer who won his class on the day with a single completed run – the other two involving a spin and a ‘four wheels off’ incident. Being a WSC event there were plenty more Westfields present and while the SBD Dallara is away being fitted with a new floor, Matt Hillam was sharing Keith Adams’ example on this occasion and promptly won the class and qualified for the British Sprint Run Off! Matt was also a master of consistency with all three timed runs within a couple of tenths of each other.

In the battle of the Imprezas Chris Berrisford was ahead after P2 and T1 but Justin Andrews squeezed ahead by 2 hundredths to take the win with both drivers breaking the HSA Class record. Nick Mugglestone was competing on his own (Father, Alan, away at Spa) and the RAW Fulcrum was back competing again after a few hours work spent repairing a corner and floor after its Prescott incident.

Chris Jones was going well in the Force TA and after a couple of adjustments got the handling to his liking and comfortably won the 1100 class ahead of Simon Boulter (troubled by clutch problems all week-end) and Graeme Harden – all three qualifying for the British Sprint Run Off. Gary Thomas won the 1600cc Racing Car class and took the award as the fastest non British Sprint competitor. Pete Goulding and Graham Blackwell continued their season long duel in the Mygales with Pete emerging just under a second ahead on this occasion.

Pete Goulding in the Mygale

David Cleaver was the class of the Westfield field (D Partridge)

Geoff Ward, Swift SC93 won the FF Class

Green takes Gold at Prescott

Event 19 at Prescott on 24/06/2017

For 2017 the Bugatti Owners Club adopted a two day/two event format for their late Spring ‘cherry’ meeting – this year the cherry trees in the lower paddock were laden with fruit providing welcome refreshment to teams. The Saturday event was held for a number of familiar Championships including the Paul Matty, Porsche Club, Midland Speed and the SBD HSA, with the latter being represented by at least 34 competitors on the entry list. The general view in the paddock was positive for this format of the meeting which, despite a large number of ‘offs’, ran smoothly.

The battle for FTD turned out to be an exciting duel between the OMS 28 of Chris Green, the Force TA of Chris Jones and the Force PC of Gary Thomas. In fact it was the 1100 car of Jones that led the way after P1 but then the 1600 car of Green posted a 40.93s on T1 which was to win the Midland Speed class and stand as FTD. Gary Thomas suffered an off in P2 which bent the rear wing out of shape and left the paddock reverberating to the sound of Pete Goulding’s hammer during the lunch break as he beat the wing supports back into some semblance of shape. Gary approached the timed runs with a degree of caution, posting a 41.74s best time on T1 but was just pipped by Jones with a 41.73s for second FTD and a win in the HSA class. Pete Goulding was rewarded for his efforts by taking 3rd in the HSA Class in the Mygale.

The MX5 runners were also anticipating a close battle and it looked to be on after P1 when David Newman quickly got under the HSA Class record but a major and potentially season ending ‘off’ on P2 put paid to his chances. Next up was Sandy Smith who, in common with many competitors set his best time on T1, but it was to be 0.13s short of the A2 record of non starting, Andy Mitchelmore following his Shelsley shunt of the week before.

Also in the HSA Class, the Mugglestones were going well in practice and Alan recorded a steady 45.96s run on T1 before Nick joined the ‘hors de combat’ ranks with a T1 ‘off’ and the team were out for the rest of the day. Gavin Neate was aiming at Wil Ker’s old C1 record but finding it quite an ask with the Peugeot 106 finishing 0.4s adrift on 49.17s. Similarly, Simon Jenks was up against a tough record with his 1600 Busa engined Caterham coming up a little short but taking a creditable fourth in the HSA class. The Mantons (Graeme and Becky) were looking forward to their first visit to Prescott but steering problems discovered during scrutineering ended their day prematurely.

Andrew Till is having a good season in the MG ZR 105 and took over a second off the HSA Class record while Charlie Reilly was troubled by a misfire and other problems leaving the normally rapid Van Diemen RF92 some way off the pace.

Elsewhere David Hampton’s 44.68s run in the BDG engined Lotus 69 to win the Paul Matty Racing class was noteworthy as was Briony Serrell’s 49.71s with her Lotus 51A to win the handicap pre ’72 Racing Class. In the same Class Mike Broom took third in his Alexis F3 while Andy Tippett’s similar car retired with gearbox problems.

A hard fought FTD went to Chris Green's OMS 28 (C Bennett)

Andrew Till has the MG on a nice line at Pardon (A Mitchelmore)

Concentration from James Robertson at semi circle (A Mitchelmore)

Laurence Marks successfully negotiates the Esses - many didn't! (A Mitchelmore)

Another FTD for Thomas at Shelsley

Event 18 at Shelsley Walsh on 18/06/2017

Gary Thomas steered his Langor Bridge Garage supported Force PC to his 40th FTD with the car at Shelsley on June 18 after a close battle with Clive Austin’s 1100 Empire Wraith. After T1 Austin was ahead by a couple of tenths but a strong T2 run of 27.87 gave Thomas and the PC FTD by 0.07s.

The large A2 class for 2000cc Series Production cars was looking set for a battle between three quite different cars. After T1 Andrew Webber’s black & gold Elan +2 was ahead andof Andy Mitchelmore’s more modern Elise and Rhys Jones’ very rapid MX5. T2 saw Webber improve to a 36.06s (and take the class win) while Mitchelmore had a big accident at Kennel, hitting the bank on the right and then on the left before disappearing down into the valley. The car was somewhat damaged and the driver was left sore and frustrated but still second in Class. Rhys Jones’ 37.97s time was good enough for third in Class and a new HSA record.

In a combined Mod Prod, Libre, and Hillclimb Supersports class Luke Trotman took the supercharged, bike engined Mallock MK18B to a good win with a good 30.82s run. In another combined Class, Series Production up to 1400cc and Electric cars the unusual combination of Laurence Mark’s Fiat Panda and Jeff Allan’s Nissan leaf had a surprisingly close battle with Laurence just emerging the victor by a scant 0.06s!

Gary Thomas in the Force PC at an earlier Shelsley meeting

Chris Green Takes Graham Hill Trophy at Curborough Figure of 8

Event 17 at Curborough on 11/06/2017

Chris Green took FTD at the Owen Motoring Club’s Figure of Eight Curborough Sprint, and won the prestigious Graham Hill Trophy as a result. In his relatively recently acquired 1600cc OMS 28, he held off the challenge from Gary Thomas (1400cc Force PC), who was credited with 1st in the 1100-1600cc racing car class. Gary is now lying second overall in the SBD HSA Speed Championship, having set a new Class J record for the Figure of 8 course, ahead of Steven Brown (JKSJR01) who rounded out the trio.

Some 22 HSA championship contenders took part, with a good spread of entries among the classes. This being a relatively new course, there was a good opportunity to set or beat class records, and to score strong points in the process. The largest class of the day was for the 1701 to 2000cc standard production cars, won by Paul Glendenning in a Renault Clio, but of these, only Nick Tearle , also Clio mounted, was registered in the HSA championship, setting an HSA class record for class S1.

Andrew Till took almost 4 seconds off his 2016 class A1 record and scored 17 points, some way ahead of Laurence Marks’ Fiat Panda 100hp. Rhys Jones and Ken Morris both broke Ken’s 2015 MX5 record, with Ken coming out on top on the second runs, giving them both strong points in HSA class A2.1, followed by Stephen Dally. Alexander Smith won his 1401 to 2000cc roadgoing class, ahead of Andrew Webber and Robin Holden. Alexander is now running on list 1B tyres, so his MX5 is competing against class A2 runners and records set by cars such as Lotus Elises, but despite this he has climbed to 3rd overall in the Championship.

Andrew Webber set a new record for HSA class V1 in his Lotus Elan , just 0.03 seconds quicker than Mike Henney’s similar car which was running later in the programme in the Period Defined roadgoing vehicle class along with Philip Stader, who scored a maximum in his Alfa Romeo Berlina by breaking the old class U2 record.

Justin Andrews (Subaru Impreza) beat Andrew Cottrill’s previous class A3 record and won the over 2000cc roadgoing class, ahead of Jon Maycock in his forced induction MX5. In the modified production classes, both Gavin Neate and his old sparring partner Ivan Russell both scored maximum points by breaking the old up to 1400 and 1400 to 2000cc HSA records respectively. Gavin is now leading the overall championship with 147 points, but is starting to drop scores with more than 9 rounds completed. Ivan has moved up a class this year with a 1700 cc engine in his well-travelled Ford Anglia.

Class D for modified specialist cars has been well-supported this year, and there were three HSA runners taking part (split into 2 engine size categories for this event), with Jeff Wiltshire (Sylva Phoenix) taking second place in the over 1800 cc division, aheadof James Robertson (Raw Striker)and Graham Mintram (Sylva Phoenix) in their smaller engined versions running in the up to 1800cc division.

Finally, Peter Goulding and Fyrth Crosse both ran solo in their over 2000cc racing car and Period Defined racing car classes respectively, but both scored well by setting new HSA records for classes L and W.

Chris Green's 'new' OMS took FTD (A Leivers)

Jeff Wiltshire scored well in the Phoenix (A Leivers)

Stuart Bickley is always fast in the Jedi (A leivers)

A new HSA record for Justin Andrews (A Leivers)

Something new at Pembrey

Event 16 at Pembrey on 04/06/2017

For the second day of the BARC Wales sprint week-end something new was on offer – a new track layout. On paper it really didn’t look that much at all with the new track continuing straight on from the apex of Dibeni 2 (the paddock crossing) for about 100metres before taking a sharp left (off camber) followed by a sharp right, rejoining the old track at the Esses.

In reality, however, it made quite a difference by adding a couple of slower corners and changing the nature of Dibeni 2 and the Esses. The increase in lap times was considerable but it was hard to judge the true differential due to the changing conditions.

A deluge just as practice commenced meant that P1, P2 and T1 were all wet or damp to varying degrees. So, for most, the real event was T2 by which time the skies had cleared and the track was warm and dry. This time Sandy Smith opened up a gap of about a second and a half to David Newman to win the up to 2000cc Production Car class while Elen Worthington did enough on her single dryish T1 run to stay ahead of John Watson. Adam Phelps’ margin over Terry Everall was reduced to half a second with David Cleaver’s Westfield winning the larger Modified Kit Car class again by a comfortable margin.

Matt Carter and Chris Jones again won their classes and Matt Hillam went well to win the up to 2000cc Racing Car class.

Simon Boulter on one of his wet practice runs in the OMS (Kim Broughton)

Sandy Smith scored a couple of week-end wins in the MX5 (Kim Broughton)

John Watson and the Elise enjoying (?) wet practice (Kim Broughton)

The new track layout

A difficult day at Pembrey

Event 15 at Pembrey on 03/06/2017

The most significant item of note from the first day of the BARC Wales sprint week-end was that the meeting was brought to a close midway through the second timed runs. With a number of HSA competitors missing out on T2 including Elen Worthington, Mike Smith, Justin Andrews and John Watson this would mean that the event would be scored on T1 as per the HSA Championship regs.

The reasons for the over run were numerous so in many ways it was a perfect storm, particularly disappointing as the event attracted a far bigger entry than in previous years including the Paul Matty Lotus Championship who were only present for the Saturday and were unable to take part in T2.

Sandy Smith and David Newman enjoyed a good battle in their MX5s with David getting to within a couple of tenths of Sandy for a good morale booster. Justin Andrews continued to impress in his Impreza (?), winning the over 2000cc Production class by half a second from Trevor Hartland’s, always quick, Evo 6. In a sign of the times Mike Smith was on his own in the up to 1700cc Kit Car class and with only one run was unable to trouble John Loudon’s class record. Gavin Neate and Elen Worthington found themselves in a similar position to Mike but, with only a single run, Elen was able to improve upon Bob Ridge-Stearn’s Elise record.

Former HSA championship and 2017 contenders, Alan and Nick Mugglestone had spent the Friday track day setting the car up and learning the new track that was to be used on the Sunday. However, on T1 Alan left his braking optimistically late and a couple of very rapid downshifts resulted in the prop shaft letting go. With no prospect of finding a local welder on a Saturday night the team packed up and set off on their long trip home.

Adam Phelps went well in the family Westfield (sharing with sister, Charlotte, this week-end) to win a strong Modified Kit Car class from Terry Everall's and John Loudon’s Westfields. Reigning HSA Champion, Matt Carter won the battle of the Radicals with his PR6 in the Libre class ahead of Clive Wooster’s SR4. Despite a few continuing new car ‘issues’ Chris Jones demonstrated the potential of the new Force TA by easily winning the 1100cc Racing Car class ahead of Grahame Harden’s Jedi and Simon Boulter’s OMS with a time 3 seconds quicker than his previous PB but still a little adrift of Brad Hobday’s record.

In the other single seaters Bill Gouldthorpe was getting back into the swing of things and Graham Blackwell continues to make good forward progress in the spaceframe Mygale Ecoboost although he is up against the V8 powered cars of John Graham, Terry Homes and Graham Porrett who were all a little way ahead.

Another class win for Chris Jones in the Force TA (Kim Broughton)

Charlotte Phelps in the Mod Prod Westfield (Kim Broughton)

Gavin Neate was another in a class of one (Kim Broughton)

New records for Mugglestone & Thomas at Snetterton

Event 14 at Snetterton on 14/05/2017

For the second day of the Borough 19 run event at Snetterton things pretty much followed the pattern of the previous day. There was a very light drizzle at one point (for P2 this time) but it quickly cleared up.

The Mugglestones appeared with the Fulcrum, both drivers running in the Roadgoing class, and Alan obliterated the HSA record by about five and a half seconds (!) with a 92.94s run and win the class with ease.However, as Alan is running in the HSA's Modified championship class his time split the Loudon/Wiltshire pair, the first two bettering the new Loudon record set on the Saturday. Nick was unusually a couple of seconds behind his Father but this was likely down to his knee injury although it was still good enough to take the runner up spot in the class.

Gary Thomas also appeared for the Sunday and proceeded to win his class and improve on the HSA record by over a second.

Performances in the other classes were much the same as the Saturday with most competitors improving their times. Graham Blackwell''s improvement (to an 86.35s) was enough to reverse the positions in the Mygale rivalry with Pete Goulding to continue his progress in 2017.

The event again ran very smoothly with proceedings coming to a close by about 4pm despite one of the organising team, Roger Grimes, having his foot run over by a single seater in the Paddock. He was taken to hospital for a check but fortunately no serious injury was found.

Graham Blackwell won the Mygale battle on Sunday (Andy Leivers)

David Newman was the fastest MX5 and a Class winner (Andy Leivers)

Les Buck brought along the sole remaining Pringett Mistrale FF (Andy Leivers)

Two event, two HSA records for John Loudon's Westfield (Andy Leivers)

Smith's FTD as Neate closes Championship gap at Llys y Fran

Event 13 at Llys Y Fran on 14/05/2017

Peter Smith took FTD in his Force PT at Swansea Motor Club's Llys y Fran event on May 14th.

Gavin Neate set a new HSA Class record in his Peugeot 106 which helped him narrow the gap to Championship leader, Chris Berrisford, to five points with an event in hand. 12 HSA competitors made the trek to far west Wales and were rewarded with good weather.

Andrew Till was the only other driver to set a new record in his MG ZR105 while Sandy Smith got to within a couple of seconds of Bob Ridge-Stearn's Lotus Elise A2 record (not bad going in an MX5!) but his time was good enough to win the well supported up to 2000cc Roadgoing production class.

John Phelps (Westfield) won the Modified Kit car class from daughter, Charlotte, and Graham Mintram (Phoenix). Gordon Hick went very well to win the large Roadgoing series production class in his SEAT Leon Cupra, assisted, no doubt, by the Nankang AR-1 tyres which are becoming increasingly popular.

Dave Mockford had an eventful day, managing to nudge the bank in his Modified Maestro but still managed to take third in class with a creditable 53.05s run.

Peter Smith's Force PT on its way to FTD (Mark Little - AutoAvia Photographic)

Gavin Neate working the Peugeot hard (Mark Little - AutoAvia Photographic)

John Watson's Elise at Llys y Fran (Mark Little - AutoAvia Photographic)

Slick (organisation) at Snetterton

Event 12 at Snetterton on 13/05/2017

Despite a full entry. a damp start on the Saturday and MSV running two days of events (including a Mini festival) on the 200 track, Borough 19 managed everything with their usual aplomb. Competitors were provided with 2 practice and 3 timed runs - and the organisers managed to fit in a pair of British Sprint Top 12 Run Offs and finish both days in good time. Well done.

The day started with a few offs and some disqualifications following corner cutting at the hairpin (competitors were warned at the briefing). Jeff Allan only managed one practice and one timed run in the Leaf and was seen searching the paddock area for a charging point! David Newman came out on top in the 'MX5 Class' and Justin Andrews continued his good form by staying ahead of Chris Berrisford's (outwardly) similar Impreza - both breaking thew HSA class record.

The Mugglestone's Fulcrum made a non appearance due to Nick sustaining a knee injury while out running (they made it for the Sunday) which gave Stephen Laing the chance to see off the other competitors in the large roadgoing kit car class. In the modified Kit Car class John Loudon (Westfield) came out ahead of Jeff Wiltshire (Phoenix) with both drivers breaking the HSA class record. The other Westfields ran in their own classes and David Cleaver's 88.24s run was notable for the fact that it would have got him into the British Sprint Run Off had he been entered!

Jeff Wiltshire and Tony Beesley won their classes and in the battle of the Mygales Graham Blackwell got to within half a second of Pete Goulding with both drivers in the 87s.

The Impreza of Justin Andrews won its class (Andy Leivers)

Stephen Laing's Caterham was a class winner (Andy Leivers)

Tony Beesley had the Jedi going well (Andy Leivers)

Gary Thomas Shines at Llandow Sprint

Event 11 at Llandow on 13/05/2017

Gary Thomas set the Fastest Time of the Day at the Llandow sprint (jointly organised by the Bristol MC and Bristol Pegasus MC) in a time of 70.02 seconds in his 1400cc Force PC. In the process he reduced the previous HSA class J record for 1100 to 1600cc racing cars, held by Lee Griffiths since 2009, by over 5 seconds!

Gary was to be the only HSA record breaker at this event, although Fyrth Crosse established a Class W record for pre-1976 classic racing cars, taking third place in the 1100 to 1600cc racing car class.

The event was well supported by HSA championship contenders and some notable performances included Andrew Till’s second place in roadgoing production cars up to 1400cc in his MG ZR105, and Elen Worthington winning the Lotus Elise – dominated 1400 to 1800 cc division of roadgoing production cars in her example, with John Watson taking third place.

Mike Smith (Sylva Striker) and Gavin Neate (Peugeot 105)took class wins in roadgoing specialist production up to 1800cc and modified series production up to 1400cc respectively.

Dave Mockford came 5th in the modified series production class over 1800cc, but his recent tuning efforts with his aged MG Maestro are paying dividends as the car was not that far behind the shared Lotus Exige which took first and second places – surely a significant achievement.

There was a battle royal in the modified specialist production class, with Charlotte Phelps just edging out John Phelps in the family Westfield Megabusa, reversing their positions after the first competition run by just 0.23 seconds. They were hotly pursued into third and fourth places by the 998 cc Raw Striker of James Robertson and Graham Mintram’s Sylva Phoenix. Finally Luke Trotman took a convincing win in the sports libre up to 1800cc class in his Mallock Mk 18b.

Gary Thomas took FTD at Llandow in the Force PC (Bristol Pegasus Motor Club)

Dave Mockford has found some pace in the old MG (Bristol Pegasus Motor Club)

Charlotte Phelps won the family battle (Bristol Pegasus Motor Club)

Thomas Gets FTD at Wet Werrington Day Two

Event 10 at Werrington on 30/04/2017

Gary Thomas posted FTD at day two of the Werrington Hill Climb, although times were well down on those of the previous day due to the rain which continued throughout the competition runs. His FTD of 39.68 was the only run of the day under 40 seconds.

Only 8 SBD HSA championship contenders stayed on and scored points, but the day was a low scoring one in terms of championship points because of the track conditions.

Fyrth Crosse (Mallock U2 Mk2b) was the lone runner in class W. David Newman ran well in his MX5, just pipping Alexander Smith in his version by just 0.08 seconds. Dave Mockford’s Maestro is becoming increasingly competitive following winter upgrades and Luke Trotman did well to post a time of 42.65 in the wet conditions.

With 10 of the 30 rounds now completed, the championship scoreboard is starting to take shape, with the top six places as follows:-

1. Chris Berrisford Class A3 92 points from 6 events

2. Gavin Neate Class C1 83 points from 5 events

3. Gary Thomas Class J 73 points from 5 events

4. Alexander Smith Class A2 69 points from 5 events

5. Alan Mugglestone Class D 68 points from 4 events

6. Philip Stader Class U2 62 points from 4 events

Ultimately it will be the best 9 event scores which will determine class and overall championship positions.

Records Fall at Day One of Werrington

Event 9 at Werrington on 29/04/2017

Fine weather and a good entry led to a number of strong performances on day one of the Werrington Hill Climb by HSA championship contenders.Terry Graves and Gary Thomas battled for FTD, with Terry (Gould GR55 HB) just edging out Gary (Force PC) by just 0.12 seconds in a time of 33.83. However, Gary’s time set a new record in class J, a feat matched by Chris Berrisford (Subaru Impreza) in class A3, Jeff Wiltshire (Sylva Phoenix) in class D and David Newman (Mazda MX5) in class A2.

Class A2 was well represented on the day with Alexander Smith (MX5), Helen Currie (Renault Clio Trophy) and Graeme Proctor (Fiat Abarth 500) chasing David Newman home.

New HSA records were set in class C3 by Jason Tunnicliffe (Peugeot 205), and Luke Trotman (Mallock Mk18b) in class F.

Note – the class designations above refer to the HSA class structure, not the Plymouth MC event class structure, which was significantly different.


Event 8 at Gurston Down on 22/04/2017

Nineteen HSA contenders turned out at Gurston Down for the first day of the BARC SW Centre's traditional April double-header meeting (see separate report). With the fast Wiltshire downland course bathed in sunshine, three of them, last year's Championship runner-up Andrew Till in his MG ZR 105, plus the Subaru Imprezas of Justin Andrews and Chris Berrisford, broke their repective HSA records. With all three running in the 9-strong, dedicated HSA class for saloons and sports cars, Andrews battled for the lead on scratch with Chris Berrisford's Impreza, coming out on top by threequarters of a second and almost two seconds inside the record. James Robertson gave chase in his Raw Striker, but Berrisford's points haul was enough to move him up to second place overall on the series table.

Elswhere in the classes, Dean Cubitt in his MX5 chased home the fleet Elan of winner Tim Forster in Gurston's Roadgoing Production 2-litre class to end up in a three-way tie for a Championship seventh overall. In the over 2-litre division, the turbocharged MX5 of Jon Maycock split the 400bhp Impreza of Shaun and Sarah Fudge to take second place. John and Adam Phelps had a stiff task on their hands against Gurston experts Mike Rudge and Anthony Orchard, former Gurston champ Rudge spectacular as ever in his Westfield-Duratec and taking the win from Orchard's Megabusa ahead of the Phelps' Megabusa.

Driving his immaculate Alexis Twincam, HSA contender Mike Broome was edged out of a first run lead in the Historically Interesting class by Gurston veteran Geoff Hunt's ex.Tom Elton Lotus 22, but got his revenge at the following day's event to take his first ever win in the class. A 5-strong Formula Ford class saw Russell Haynes out for the first time in a 'brand new' Zeus - built from 1980 parts by father Mark,- and sharing the car with his cousin George, an international saloon and GT racer making his first visit to Gurston Down.

HSA class winner Justin Andrews was on record form (Steve Lister)

Andrew Till was also in record-breaking mode (Steve Lister)

Dean Cubitt showed all but the 2-litre roadgoing winner a clean pair of heels (Steve Lister)

John Graham's Aintree FTD

Event 7 at Aintree on 22/04/2017

Another lovely sunny day at Aintree although there were a couple of major fires going on in the vicinity and on the evening before the event.

The force was obviously with Steve Brown as he won class 5C from Gary Thomas who was having major problems with a sheared stub axle, hence only managing one timed run.

Alan Mugglestone claimed class 2B on 46.05 from son Nick who was second on 46.64 (and running in HSA class B2). Team Triple M was performing seamlessly as ever. This was a new HSA record for Alan in HSA class D.

Ken Morris claimed class 1D in the MX5 Merlot on 57.45 from Michael Tindale on 62.25. Paul Trill was first in class 1E on 55.61 in the Mazda RX7 with Gavin Neate claiming second in class 3A, 3B and 3C (merged) on 51.20 with Ivan Russell on 55.67.

John Loudon won the combined 4F, 3G and 3H class on 46.21.

FTD went to John Graham in the 3500cc Gould GR55b on 36.56, and he also set a new HSA class L record during the day.

Nick Scott

John Graham took FTD in the Gould GR55B (Brian Taylor)

Croft Records Galore

Event 6 at Croft on 17/04/2017

A small but select group of SBD HSA Speed Championship contenders journeyed to Croft racing circuit on Easter Monday for the 3.06 Km sprint.This being a relatively new fixture on the HSA calendar, they were all able either to set new or beat the previous HSA class records, and at the same time scored well in terms of overall and class placings. Therefore, for those attending, it was a high scoring round.

Ken Morris set the ball rolling in his MX5 with a win in the 1400 to 2000cc standard saloon and sports car class, taking 2 seconds off the previous A2.1 record. Chris Berrisford set a new A3 record with his Impreza, as did Andrew Webber in class V1 with his Lotus Elan +2, with both winning their classes.

Mike Smith scored a second place in the up to 1700cc Kitcar class, setting a new B1 record, and Gavin Neate won his modified saloon up to 1400cc class, setting a new C1 record. Graham Mintram set a class D record in his Sylva Phoenix, and Simon Boulter also set a Class I record in his 998cc OMS 2000M, qualifying for the British Sprint Championship in the process.

Matt Hillam in the 2 litre Dallara took half a second off Steve Broughton’s class K record for 1600 to 2000cc single seaters, and then the big guns rolled out in class L for over 2000cc racing cars, with Terry Holmes, John Graham , Graham Porrett and Graham Blackwell finishing in that order, each beating the previous HSA class L record by a considerable margin.

The Top 12 run off will be reported separately

A Class win and record for Ken Morris MX5 (JCB Photography)

Willis takes FTD and new Force TA wins on debut

Event 5 at Loton Park on 16/04/2017

HDLCC’s Loton opener took place on a chilly Easter Sunday. Trevor Willis (OMS 28) and Jason Mourant (Gould GR55) battled for FTD with Willis coming out ahead by 0.13s with a 47.71s run – a testament to the cold track.

After a short break for the local church service, morning practice was halted after an accident involving a three wheeler just after the finish line saw the air ambulance called and the riders taken away for treatment. This resulted in a single practice run for all car drivers. The afternoon saw the occasional light shower which was enough to disadvantage some batches of competitors although most had one dry run.

In the small Series Production class, sometime Speedscene contributor, Keith Waters, in his immaculate Metro Advantage won by 0.08s from Richard Keen’s Mini Cooper S. In the huge up to 2000cc Class Fred Currell’s familiar Golf GT1 beat Dave West’s Peugeot 106Gti while Bob Ridge-Stearn’s canary yellow (other colours are available!) and skinny tyred Toyota GT86 and Dean Cubbitt’s Mazda MX5 were going well. In the large Series Production Class Chris Berrisford won the battle of the Imprezas as well as the class.

The 1100cc Racing Car class was as competitive as ever with the brace of New Force TAs for Chris Bennett/Chris Jones and Darren Gumbley joined by the new GWR Raptor 2. The black TA of Bennett/Jones headed the time sheets on all three runs with Jones coming out the victor on the car’s competition debut.

Simon Andrews won the Formula Ford Class in Bernie Kevill’s Van Diemen RF90 from Charlie Reilly’s RF91 which was troubled with a misfire. Simon Keen got the Dallara F302 going well to win the 2 litre Racing Car Class by 0.4s from Dexter Le Sauvage’s F397 example.

Mike Henney’s Elan S3 is having a good start to the season and won the Classic saloon and sports car Class. Finally, Jeff Allan was all alone in the invitation Class in his electric Nissan Leaf but having fun and comforted in the knowledge that a fast charging station was available in nearby Shrewsbury!

Debut class win for Chris Jones' new Force TA

Keith Waters smart Metro Advantage

The Mazda MX5 of Dean Cubbitt

Exciting Goodwood

Event 4 at Goodwood on 15/04/2017

What started as a cloudy Saturday turned in to a bright sunny and very exciting day at the superbly organised Bognor Regis Motor Club Regis Sprint.

In Class A2 Alexander Smith, David Newman and Dean Cubitt fought a very close battle throughout the day with both David and Alexander having fairly big spins making some very exciting viewing from the stand. Helen Currie and Stephen Dally were both very consistent throughout practice and competitive runs.

Chris Berrisford and Justin Andrews in the two Subaru Impreza’s in Class A3 were extremely quick as was Gavin Neate in Class C1, however Michael Butler in his BMW M3 was in a league of his own in the speed stakes

In class U2 Philip Stader in the Alfa Romeo tried hard to keep up with the more modern machinery in his class on the day.

The familiar Goodwood paddock

Mugglestone pulls ahead as Menzies takes FTD

Event 3 at Harewood on 09/04/2017

A perfect sunny and warm Spring day greeted the many HSA championship contenders and member that made the trip to Harewood.

Wallace Menzies made FTD with a 50.97s run in the new and unpainted Gould GR59 from Richard Spedding in the 1600cc Raptor.

The quickest HSA runners were Gary Thomas (Force PC) on 55.27s who was second in class 5C to Spedding, Alan Mugglestone on 61.00s dead, winning class 2B in the very smart looking Raw Fulcrum and Nick Scott with a personal best of 62.27s.

The other class winner was Gavin Neate (Peugeot 106) on 66.41s in class 3A with Graham Mintram (Sylva Phoenix) coming 2nd in class 3F on 72.93s while Mike Henney (Elan) and newcomer (having taken part in a few events in 2016), Dean Cubbitt (MX5) went well in the enormous up to 2000cc Roadgoing Production class. Nick Mugglestone claimed third in class 2B on 62.58s in the Fulcrum he shares with Father, Alan.

Runners were given a third timed run but the weather had changed by this time and the temperature dropped giving little opportunity for further improvement.

By virtue of breaking the HSA Class record (along with Justin Andrews' Impreza, Neate and Thomas) Alan Mugglestone extended his lead in the SBD HSA Speed Championship over Philip Stader's Alfa which scored well but missed a new record.


Alan Mugglestone extended his HSA Championship lead at Harewood (S Wilkinson)

Martin Rutter (Fiat X1/9) heads towards Quarry (S Wilkinson)

More SMiles at Rockingham Sprint!

Event 2 at Rockingham on 26/03/2017

For the fourth year in a row, BARC Midlands Centre managed to provide fine dry weather for their March sprint at Rockingham Speedway, albeit with a strong headwind facing the hairpin after the Turn 1 banking, which kept conditions cool. Several new records were set, most notably by Steve Miles in his 2 litre Van Diemen, who not only took FTD, but also lowered his own outright course record to 63.79 seconds, courtesy of some demon late braking. Sarah Munns (Mini Cooper) took the award for Fastest Lady, and Clive Wooster (Radical SR4) won the award for fastest BARC Midland Centre member, also winning the up to 1700cc sports libre class.

The event formed rounds of some fourteen championships, including the SBD HSA Speed, Midland Speed and BARC SBD Speed Championships, with 110 competitors completing their two timed runs. 27 SBD HSA Speed championship contenders took part, and there were some strong performances between them.

Dave Chesterton (Ford Fiesta) won the 1400 – 2000cc standard production class, while Steven Riddle placed second in his Renault Clio 172 Cup, setting an HSA record for his class. Mike Henney won 1401 to 2000cc roadgoing production sports and saloon class, setting a new class V1 record, with HSA runners Alexander Smith and Dean Cubitt second and third respectively in their Mazda MX5s.

Other notable performances included father and son Alan and Nick Mugglestone finishing first and second in the over 1701cc roadgoing specialist production class with their 2 litre Raw Fulcrum, breaking the HSA class D and B2 records in the process, despite Alan running on List 1B tyres, rather than slicks. Gavin Neate won the class for up to 1400cc modified series and specialist cars, and lowered his HSA class C1 record by 0.43 seconds in his very rapid Peugeot 106.

Adrian Crawley won class 9 for the “non-Westfield branch” of the 1401 to 2000cc modified series and specialist production class, hotly pursued into second place by father David in the family Peugeot 205GTI.

The well-supported up to 1100cc racing car class was closely fought with Stuart Bickley (Jedi) coming to the fore on his final run in a time of 69.04, which was good enough for 2nd FTD, just shading out first run leader Simon Boulter (OMS 2000M) on 3rd FTD by 0.02 seconds! Tony Beesley was third, and both Simon and Tony ran under the previous HSA class I record previously held by Simon.

Malcolm Boorman (1397cc OMS 2000M) won the 1101 to 1600 cc racing car class, 0.09 seconds ahead of Steve Brown (JKS JR01), who achieved 4th and 5th FTD respectively.

Class 18 for over 2000cc racing cars saw a battle between two turbocharged Mygale ex- Formula Fords and the Terry Holmes/Graham Porrett Lola Tegra T90 with 3.5 litres of Judd power. Terry Holmes was the victor, with Peter Goulding second and Graham Blackwell third, with both Terry and Peter finishing under the previous HSA class L record. Charlie Reilly (Van Diemen RF82) was alone in the Formula Ford class, but was delighted to set a new HSA record, 0.24 seconds under the previous mark set by Russell Haynes in 2016.

Philip Stader (Alfa Romeo Berlina 1750) won the period defined roadgoing production car class, setting a new HSA class U2 record, and Jeff Allan (Nissan Leaf) in the sole electrically powered entry, established a new record for HSA class Y.

The meeting greatly missed the presence of ace-BARC-organiser Noreen Ward, due to ill-health, but all those attending wished her a speedy recovery, and we were glad to be told that she is now back at home and “on the mend.”

This 1952 Keift F3 pre-dates the Speedway by almost 50 years

Part of the excellent Paddock facilities at Rockingham

Sunny Combe sees start of season problems

Event 1 at Castle Combe on 25/03/2017

For most it was their first event of the season and for some their first event ever. And it showed with both practice and the first timed runs beset with offs and mechanical failures. However, the Bristol Motor Club stuck with it and clawed back much of the time so that the event was brought to a satisfactory conclusion by close of play at 6pm. Happily the weather played ball and remained dry and sunny throughout with even a hint of warmth during the afternoon.

Notable performances included Jon Maycock in his turbocharged MX5 having only his second ever event who won the large 1800 to 2600 Roadgoing series production class. In the same class, Sandy Smith came third in his MX5 beating the HSA A2 class record into the bargain.

Paul Torkington, son of British Sprint regular Carole Torkington, was having his first ever event with a pristine MK2 Escort which he had spent the last ten years preparing! With the experience of the SBD team (in the form of ex HSA Champion Matt Hillam) to call on, Paul improved his times and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Welcome to Speed events! Mike Butler was also running in the Class for big Mod Prod cars with his BMW M3 and easily saw off the Quattro of Clarke/Trayner.

Another pair of former HSA Champions (Alan and Nick Mugglestone) were at the tail of a long list of reserves but allowed to practice and, following a number of withdrawals, were allowed to take part. Alan was initially very unhappy with the handling of the RAW Fulcrum on its 13” wheels and tyres but this problem disappeared after a couple of runs – rubber pick up at a recent test being the most likely culprit.

For others the day wasn’t quite as successful. Geoff Wiltshire had a major engine blow up out on track while the Mike Smith Striker developed an oil leak in the oil pump area and had to be withdrawn. The Bill Gouldthorpe (good to see Bill back after missing out most of the 2016 season) / Carole Torkington OMS suffered a number of problems which ended their day and reigning HSA Champion, Matt Carter lost his diff during T2.

Elen Worthington went well in her Elise but was just pipped for the Class win by a Toyota MR2 while in the same class Andy Mitchelmore (Elise), Andrew Webber (Elan +2) and Mike Henney (Elan S3) were closely grouped with Mike viewing every run successfully completed as a minor victory!

Paul Torkington's MK2 Escort

Mike Butler's M3 looked the part


Event 32 at Curborough on 08/10/2016

After a storming 1.89sec launch off Curborough's startline and total commitment into the first bend, Chris Jones set the outright pace at the HSA's Championship finale in his 1-litre Force PT and moved into the Championship top ten overall. With potential front-runner Simon Keen striking differential problems in his Dallara-TKD V8, all the fastest times came from a typically frenetic 1100cc racing class which saw the first nine finishers (out of 15) inside Curborough's half-minute barrier. Early leader Martin Jones was first into the 28s in his own Force PT, swiftly followed by Chris Jones (no relation), who slipped another tenth inside his namesake on his second run to take the eventual win with a 28.65 - one hundredth of a second inside Gary Thomas's HSA class record. Adam Steel ran third overall in the 'budget' Martlet-Suzuki, just outside the 28sec bracket and ahead of Michael Andrews. Driving his father Simon's OMS-Suzuki 28 alongside the car's regular co-driver Bernie Kevill, Michael finished seven tenths behind the outright winner despite the OMS's engine being somewhat tired with a cracked block after a hard season of competition.

With the 2016 Championship title already in the bag before coming to Curborough, Matt Carter got his final SBD/HSA foray off to a less than ideal start with a wild spin out of Paddock Bend in his Radical PR6. But second time round he was back on winning form, elbowing Clive Wooster's Radical off the top spot in the sports libre class and finishing eighth FTD behind the first bunch of squabbling 1100cc racers. In the absence of the third placed Matt Hillam, Andrew Till's second overall in the series had also been decided but the MG ZR105 driver ended the season on a high note with a class win and second overall in the Alan Payne run-off. This annual class winners' shootout was won by Richard Summers who, after defeating regular sparring partner Russell Haynes in the Formula Ford class, carved the best part of four tenths off his winnng time in the venerable Van Diemen RF80.

Another to recover from a first run spin, Alexander Smith bounced back to win the Mazda MX5 class by a handsome margin from Rhys Jones. But already dropping substantial points, his time, over a second away from Nick Mugglestone's 2011 record, wasn't quite quick enough to allow him to overtake the absent Hillam for third overall in the Championship.

A full report will follow in Speedscene.

Final Championship positions: 1 Matt Carter 149pts; 2 Andrew Till 138; 3 Matt Hillam 131; 4 Alexander Smith 130; 5 Chris Berrisford 127; etc.

The full points table can be found in the HSA Championship section of the website.

A record-breaking run by Chris Jones set FTD (Steve Wilkinson)

Richard Summers won the Alan Payne run-off in his Van Diemen FF (Steve Wilkinson)

2016 champion Matt Carter ended his HSA season with a class win (Steve Wilkinson)

Tony Hart easily won his Mod Prod class in his very rapid 5 GT Turbo (A Leivers)

FTD for Hollingworth (just) at Shelsley

Event 31 at Shelsley Walsh on 17/09/2016

The venue was looking at its best for the first day of the Autumn Speed finale week-end with the grass freshly mowed, the track freshly swept (new road sweeping contractors according to the management) and everything else looking very tidy.

It was warm and dry all day with the clearest and warmest conditions occurring just after lunch and during the first timed runs which saw many competitors post their quickest times of the day as clouds appeared and temperatures dropped later in the afternoon. Richard Hollingworth took FTD on his first timed run in the menacing black 1600cc DJ Firehawk with a 27.49s showing remarkable consistency as all four of his runs were within 0.19s of each other. He was closely followed by Richard Summers, also in a DJ Firehawk (but in white and running in the 1100cc class), on 27.55s and with Chris Jones a little further back in the red Force PT who posted a 28.03s.

There were plenty of HSA competitors in attendance including Peter Hubbard who had an eventful practice in David Bennett’s Marcos GT. Spectators were surprise to see the reversing lights come on at the startline as the green light appeared. Asked when he first realised he was in reverse, Peter replied “when I ran over the starter’s chock!”. Second practice wasn’t much better as he found fourth instead of second going into Bottom Ess but his timed runs were much better. Another competitor with ‘chock issues’ was Steve Barnard whose Audi TT took the chock with it and only let it go through the Esses!

In the small Series Production class Andrew Till took a good win with the MG ZR while the well supported 2000cc class was full of HSA competitors with Adam Greenen (Civic Type R) winning with an impressive 34.98s from Mike Henney’s Lotus Elan which was performing much better this week-end in the dry conditions. Sandy Smith won the battle of the MX-5s (as usual) but was surprised by a hard charging Ken Morris only 4 tenths behind with the MK1 Merlot example.

In a sign of the times the two merged Specialist Production classes saw only 4 competitors but John Bradshaw was on form and won with a good 32.11s run.

Similarly the well supported smaller Mod Prod class was an HSA affair as Eric Morrey (Hillman Imp) won from Mike Gallery (Cooper S) with Martin Rutter (Fiat X 1/9) and Michael Gleaves (in his first year of Speed events with his MGF – “built from 3 ex circuit race cars”) further back.

A couple of Radicals, normally seen sprinting, appeared in the form of the SR4 of Speedscene columnist Clive Wooster and the PR6 of HSA Championship leader, Matt Carter. Clive was pleased to a) keep ahead of Matt in practice and b) set a PB despite ultimately losing out to an impressive class winning 28.26s run by Matt.

It was Firehawks day at Shelsley. This is Lindsay Summers (C Bennett)

A tight line into Crossing worked well for Ken Morris (B Ridge Stearn)

Carter from Jones at (very) wet MIRA

Event 30 at MIRA on 10/09/2016

Most competitors arrived reporting a dismal journey to the event enduring mist, rain and, for many, a start in darkness. Despite a promising forecast, the rain persisted, on and off, throughout the day with only the final run seeing the dispersal of most of the standing water that had blighted the three practice and two timed runs that had been provided by the Midland Automobile Club.

In the end it was SBD HSA Championship (and Service Hydraulics) leader Matt Carter who took FTD with his Radical PR6, being the only driver to get under 50secs with a 49.78s final run ahead of Chris Jones who put in a storming final run to take second FTD and win the competitive 1100cc class in his Force PT with a 50.36s from Stuart Bickley’s Jedi on 51.43s. Just behind was Pete Goulding in the Mygale M13 (51.53s) who not only got the better of similarly mounted Graham Blackwell but also won the large Racing Car class.

The conditions caught out a number of competitors for a variety of reasons. Mike Smith encountered a couple of problems before the event even got underway, including a flat battery and a dispute over waterproof coveralls and made a hasty exit leaving George Newrick to get the better of former HSA Champion, John Bradshaw, on this occasion to win the small Kit Car class. A number of slick shod competitors had no wets on hand with Simon Boulter trailering his OMS after a couple of scary practice runs on slicks. Simon Wallis (Terrapin) and the Luxton/Hutchins duo (Pilbeam MP88) bravely continued on slicks.

Spins and offs were really too numerous to mention but those of note included Mike Henney (Lotus Elan) and Philip Stader (Alfa Berlina) who, despite being in different classes, were enjoying some friendly rivalry with Philip happy to be ahead after T1, not least because the Elan ‘had only failed to spin once in three runs’ and was described as being ‘a little b-----d in the wet!’. However, on T2 the Alfa had a tank slapper exiting turn one and climbed the tyre barrier just avoiding ending up on its roof. Philip was unhurt although the Alfa suffered extensive panel damage – but nothing more serious unfortunately and was planning to be back for the season finale at Curborough.

Elen Worthington was another front runner suffering from the conditions as the Elise is very twitchy in the wet while Gavin Neate and Chris Bennett were also amongst the spinners.

However, some competitors were thoroughly enjoying the conditions (!) exemplified by Adam Phelps whose philosophy was ‘we’re going to get wet so forget it and just enjoy it’. It clearly worked as he duly won the large Westfield class with an impressive 54.18s run from Adam Reed and Father, John Phelps.

Philip Stader's sorry Alfa on the way home

Wet, Wet, Wet at Aintree as Graham takes FTD

Event 29 at Aintree on 03/09/2016

The forecasted rain hit Aintree about 9.30 in the morning and didn't stop all day. Practice was wet but surprisingly grippy, T1 similar but then as the downpour intensified, standing water made conditions untenable. LMC tried all they could but took the wise decision to stop the meeting using T1 times as the result.

John Graham took FTD in his big Gould GR55b with a 46.46s run ahead of the battling sports racers of Paul Horrox (47.11s) and Ian Rowlance (47.23s).

Despite the conditions, points still make prizes and the first HSA member up was Geoff Lancaster in his Clio 2 who put in a 69.99s. Next up was Ken Morris in his Maxda MX5 who took a good 3rd place in class on 60.49s.
In the bigger Roadgoing class Paul Trill in the Mazda RX7 recorded 59.60s for 4th place. Usefully having 4WD, Chris Berrisford in the Impreza won his class on a 54.71s and Helen Currie in her Clio Trophy was 4th on a 63.10s.

Elen Worthington took her Elise to a dominant win in the Lotus class with a 61.13s.In Mod Prod up to 1400cc Gavin Neate in the Peugeot and Julian Harber in the Mini clubman took 1st and 2nd places with a 59.21s and 59.52s respectively. Dave Mockford's MG Maestro was 5th in Mod Prod 1400-2000cc on a 61.79s. Graham Mintram in his Sylva Pheonix took 3rd place on 59.60s in the Kit car class.

Sports Libre up to 2000cc saw Clive Wooster record a 53.71s for the win in a much depleted class. Father and Son duo Mark and Russell Haynes took their FF1600 to 6th and 7th on 60.28s and 59.07s with Ed McDonough on a 65.74s in his Dulon with the class being won by a dominant Geoff Ward with his Swift with a 54.32s.

In Racing cars over 2000cc it was Graham Blackwell in his Mygale who recorded 56.41s for 2nd in class. Final HSA runner in Classic cars was Graeme Williamson in the Imp who took a fine class win on 66.71s.

Clive Wooster

John Graham battled the elements to take FTD (Brian Taylor)

Chris Berrisford used the Impreza's 4WD to good effect (Brian Taylor)

Graeme Williamson concentrating hard in his Imp (Brian Taylor)


Event 28 at Gurston Down on 28/08/2016

Nineteen HSA contenders gathered at Gurston's August National for the Championship's second visit to the Wiltshire hill this year and despite mixed weather conditions, Adam Greenen and Andrew Till both broke their respective HSA records for a maximum 17 points, Till's performance boosting his Championship standing to third overall. Greenen is a regular class winner and current class record holder in Gurston's 2-litre Roadgoing class, so it was no surprise that his Honda Civic Type R led throughout despite coming under pressure from 2-times Gurston champ Paul Webster's MX5. Till was running in the 7-car HSA B licence class, this 'mixed bag' division headed by the lightweights; the Raw Striker of James Robertson and Colin Bowdidge's Caterham Supersprint. But Till's 43.64 for fifth place was enough to break his own HSA record set back in May in the MG ZR 105.

The next highest HSA scorer, on 13 points, Eric Morrey brought out his turbocharged Imp to mix it with the rapid Minis in Gurston's hotly contested 1400 ModProd cars and was delighted to split the two 16v BMW headed pacemakers, regular winner Neil Turner and class record holder Jim White. Next up on the scoreboard was Russell Haynes with 11 points. Always near the front in Gurston's increasingly popular Formula Ford class, he finished third in the rare Zeus ZR 163.

Four drivers were on ten points. John Watson running midway down a 16-strong class of BARC (SW) B licence competitors in his Elise, while Mazda man David Newman might have scored more but for a second run spin at Karousel, unfortunately on his second, drier run. Already dropping points, his 10 on the day was discounted and he failed to break clear of a tie with Steve Broughton for fourth overall on the series table. Adam Phelps took on the Specialist ModProd Gurston regulars in his Megabusa and lay second to class record-holder Mike Rudge on the wet first runs, but despite running within a quarter of a second of eventual class winner Anthony Orchard on a drier track, his best time was only good enough for fourth place as the local hill experts stormed through, Phelps' consolation being that his points haul moved him up two places to ninth overall on the HSA table. The remaining 'ten pointer', Fyrth Crosse, survived a lurid high speed spin at Hollow on his first run in the Dempster Ensign, but recovered to take another Historically Interesting class win from regular sparring partner Hugh Kemp's Palliser and Mike Broome's immaculate Alexis.

A full report will follow in Speedscene.

Class winner Adam Greenen took a maximum HSA points haul (John Hayward)

Andrew Till's maximum score earned third overall on the HSA table (John Hayward)

Beesley from Goulding at Hethel

Event 27 at Hethel on 07/08/2016

At Borough 19's popular Hethel Sprint, Tony Beesley took FTD in his familiar green Jedi MK4 with a 117.45s final run from Pete Goulding's fast improving Mygale M13 on 118.52s.

Ten HSA competitors made the trip to Norfolk including Martin Pickles, back out again in his Jedi MK1 following his recent engine maladies but had to be satisfied with third in class behind Beesley and Stephen Chaplin' Jedi MK6. One of the best performances came from Charlie Reilly in his Van Diemen RF92 who broke the HSA class record and won his class on the day.

Another good performance came from Stephen Laing in his Caterham R500, winning a big class, albeit a couple of seconds adrift of his HSA class record set last year.

Hethel FTD for Tony Beesley, pictured at Snetterton earlier (A Leivers)

Summers' FTD at glorious Loton

Event 26 at Loton Park on 06/08/2016

After a very mixed summer up to this point, competitors enjoyed glorious warm and sunny weather at Loton Park and saw plenty of PBs being set.

FTD went to BHC Champion Alex Summers guesting in Graham Wynn’s Gould GR55 with a 46.58s final run just ahead of Jason Mourant’s similar car on 46.70s. Summers was having to make something of an adjustment with ‘about 500bhp more than I had last week-end’!

The best HSA performances came from Ken Morris who beat all the other HSA MX-5s present with a 67.17s, Chris Jones, who took the 1100cc Racing Car class in the Force PT by 0.15s from Jim Spencer’s Reynard and Simon Andrews guesting in Lindsay Summers’ (another PB) DJ Firehawk and finally Graham Blackwell taking in an occasional Hillclimb with the Mygale M13 and finding it a bit of a shock after Sprinting all year.

Elsewhere, the rest of the HSA’s 23 competitors present were finding that, being a popular venue, there were some demanding class records to measure themselves against and despite good personal performances high scores were hard to come by.

Steve Brown’s 54.45s run in his Westfield Megabusa was quick but only good enough for 6 time points. Paul Batey was going well in his “retirement project” Rawlson Imp until over confidence led to a confrontation with the barriers and some cracked fibre glass although the matching orange duct tape hid it well!

Others had their own personal stuggles – Paul Wells at least achieved his target of completing 4 runs in a single day at Loton despite braking problems with his Peter Roberts’ Jedi MK4 due to a failed rivnut. James Robertson, in his first year of competiton having taken the unusual route of diving in at the deep-end with his self built Mod Prod Striker (slicks, paddle shift etc.) was on a steep learning curve but enjoying it thoroughly.

Jim Spencer's Reynard 883 was 2nd by just 0.15s in the 1100cc classard in the 1100s

Rob Pallett's Ginetta G20 was 2nd (on scratch) in the Classic Marques

Five more HSA records on Hot Sunday

Event 25 at Wiscombe Park on 31/07/2016

Hot Hot Hot. the sun was out and the crowds were in. It was the largest spectator crowd I have ever seen at Wiscombe and a magic show was put on for them. Sunday saw a few more HSA competitors join us, Andrew Till in his MG ZR, Philip Stader with his beautiful Alfa Berlina and Mike Henney with his Lotus Elan. During the practice runs Brad Drowne had driveshaft problems, and with the help of numerous people and his Dad, Paul, they managed to build two new shafts and fit them before the timed runs. We also saw Nick Blight in his extremely well polished Fiesta have problems as well, and also fix them before the timed runs. Practice runs and the first timed run were all completed before lunch, which meant a long wait again for our final run. Chris Berrisford took class honours in his Impreza with Brad Drowne second showing his dad how to drive their AX beating Paul's time by over a second.

Drive of the weekend goes to Lewis Devereux who had a BP of 50.99 in his MX 5 1600, a truly impressive drive.

The weekend was fantastic and the HSA class drivers all put on and impressive display. It was great fun and although the days were long, the event was very well organised. We just need to have had a larger burger van as the queue was rather long on Sunday due to the large number of spectators.

Five new HSA records were set: Andrew Till in Class A1, 51.12 secs. Chris Berrisford, Class C3, 43.41 secs. Graeme Williamson, Class N, 53.67 secs. Mike Henney, Class V, 47.66 secs. Ed McDonough, Class X, 50.77 secs.

Report by Chris Falcon

Mike Henney's Lotus and Philip Stader's Alfa

Ed McDonough's Dulon MP15 Formula Ford

Two class records at Wisombe

Event 24 at Wiscombe Park on 30/07/2016

The weather gods were with Wiscombe again this year with Saturday overcast but still very warm and humid. The track was dry so good times were hoped for by all 15 SBD HSA class entrants who were spread between 7 different HSA classes but grouped together by Woolbridge Motor Club into a single HSA Class.

In A2 Helen Currie in her Clio Trophy beat both Leigh Andrews (Mazda RX8) and Graeme Procter (Abarth 500).

In the MX5 Class David Newman came out on top of the class with second and third, John Pollard and Steve Devereux respectively, being separated by just two hundredths of a second. Lewis Devereux and Chris Falcon tookl the remaining points.

Class A3 was also close with first and second place separated by only three hundredths of a second as Sarah Davies got the big BMW 330ci up the hill just that bit quicker than her husband Chris.

Chris Berrisford was alone in Class C3 but beat the HSA class record when he did a 43.61 in his Suburu Impreza.

James Robertson in class D scored his best points of the season (13) in his Raw Striker, beating Graham Mintram into second place in his Sylva Phoenix.

Graeme Williamson, a long time HSA regular, made his first journey down to Wiscombe and was at first underwhelmed but left declaring it one of his favourite hillclimbs. Maybe that was because like Chris Berrisford he too broke his class record in his Imp, leaving the Class N record standing at 53.72.

Finally, Ed McDonough in his Dulon MP15 Formula Ford posted a time of 52.91 and gained a useful 15 points.

The day was very long with a wait of nearly 3 hrs for our final run but when a Nat B event shares the day with a Nat A event you have to expect that.

Report by Chris Falcon and Bob Ridge-Stearn

A separate HSA class

Leigh Andrews, Mazda RX8

Llys y Fran Hillclimb - Swansea Motor Club

Event 23 at Llys Y Fran on 17/07/2016

Saturday evening was warm and misty for those walking the hill at Llys Y Fran, but the venue’s idyllic views and the awe inspiring Dam more than made up for the weather. The track around Shellards, under the trees, was very slippery and had potential for some interesting moments. Made worse, in the early hours of Sunday morning, by a torrential downpour.

The sun started to break through after lunch drying the track out ahead of competition and allowing the huge crowd of spectators to see the reservoir in its full glory.

The first timed runs of the afternoon showed the improvement of track conditions with no 34 Lee Champion posting a 54.47 in his standard MX5. Second timed runs of the day saw Birthday Boy Julian Harber, in his immaculately turned out Mini, post a very impressive time of the day of 51.59 which was enough to give him a class win and also set the new HSA Class record. Lee Champion in car no 34 won his class in his MX5, 2nd place was taken by Steve Devereux and 3rd place by Lewis Devereux.

Despite ongoing teething problems with the Westfield, Adam Phelps also set a new HSA class record at Llys-y-fran and battled for FTD, which finally went to Simon Rogers in his Caterham Hyabusa.

After engine failure at the end of last season and a long recovery period, it was Team Custard’s first outing of the season and it was great to be back and seeing all of those HSA T-Shirts around the paddock.

Lynn Gilbert and Dave Mockford

Julian Harber attacks the hill

Well it is Rally Country!

Jones takes maiden FTD at damp Llandow

Event 22 at Llandow on 16/07/2016

Chris Jones scored his first FTD at Llandow on a day that started wet and became almost dry as the day wore on. It wasn’t an easy result as the Force PT had been behind Ian Parr’s (ex Brad Hobday) Jedi MK4 during practice and was still more than half a second behind after the first timed run. A fully committed final run (which needed a deep breath at the chicane) saw Jones turn the deficit into a 4 tenths advantage with a 71.00s effort. Parr emerged as second FTD with a 71.42s ahead of Duncan Barnes’ Dallara F301 on 75.36s.

BARC Wales assembled and excellent entry of more than 100 competitors with a strong entry from the Lotus 7 Club championship. The up to 2000cc Roadgoing Production class was well supported and included 4 of the HSA’s MX-5 contingent and it was a confident Sandy Smith who not only won the class by a couple of tenths from Jon Lannon’s Saxo VTS he also knocked 2 seconds of Alan Mugglestone’s HSA class record and moves ahead of David Newman for the Class lead in the Championship.

Elen Worthington overcame her Blyton spinning woes by dint of some setup changes to take the Elise Class ahead of Andy Mitchelmore (who himself had a couple of spins in practice) and John Watson who has recently moved from circuit racing to Speed events. Another circuit racer, Rob Way, who had previously competed in Sprints and Hillclimbs for a number of years returned for a run out in Father, Colin’s Westfield and won the Mod Kit up to 1800cc Class by a couple of tenths from John Loudon’s similar car while in the over 1800cc Class Derek Hodder came from behind to overtake Gary Bunn in their shared Westfield. Yet another returnee, this time from rallying, Phil Skipp won the up to 2000cc Mod Prod class.

Notable performances in the Lotus 7 Club Classes saw Clive Marsden beat Richard Abraham in Class one by 0.08s and Mathew Jenkins come in ahead of Richard Price by 0.14s in Class 3. Shaun Elwell’s 77.43s to win Class 6 was also impressive.

Chris Jones on his way to FTD in the Force PT (C Bennett)

Sandy Smith set a new MX-5 record (David Meadows)

It's Graham and no mistake

Event 21 at Blyton Park on 10/07/2016

The second day of the WSCC Blyton double header started out clear but the Steve Miles weather tracker was indicating a band of rain heading towards the track. It duly arrived mid morning but as it was warm and windy the track only got damp rather than soaked so most competitors with a choice, remained on slicks.

John Graham made the most of the Gould's 2.8 NME power and recorded a 58.02s to take FTD ahead of the squabbling pack of 2litre Racing Car class competitors. These were led by Matt Hillam in the SBD Dallara on 58.50s a scant eight hundredths ahead of Nick Algar's supercharged DJ Firehawk with Saturday's FTD man, Steve Miles, another half a second behind.

In the other classes things were pretty much as the day before. Gordon Peters in the dramatic Nissan 350GTZ just won the over 2 L SPorts Car Class from Hamish Gibson's EVO 9. In the Westfield Classes (there were 9 of them!) the familiar names of David Cleaver, Tim Nunn and Gary Bunn all took wins while Chris Jones again won the well supported 1100cc Racing Car class after contending with a flat battery and loose radiator fan.

Russell and Mark Haynes had turned up with their Zeus Formula Ford and Russell gave Saturday's class winner, Geoff Ward (Swift SC93) a bit of competition while setting a new HSA class record. After recording a DNF on T2 Peter Goulding was beaten (over the first two timed runs) by a delighted Graham Blackwell in their identical Mygales although Goulding used his superior power to move well ahead on T3.

Jeff Wiltshire was in a class of one despite there being plenty of other Mod Prod specialist production cars present as they were all in their respective WSCC classes. Elen Worthington was back in her 'no.1' Elise with a new engine but still looking for more confidence from her 2016 tyres and was similarly in a class of one. Julian Harber was also a Sunday joiner in his self prepared and very smart Mod Prod Mini Clubman finishing second to Gavin Neate in toe 1400cc Saloon Car class and aehad of Geoff Lancaster's Clio.

Elen Worthington was back in her familiar Elise

Julian Harber did the Sunday event in his smart Mini Clubman

Miles wins as Graham spins

Event 20 at Blyton Park on 09/07/2016

The Saturday part of the WSCC's Blyton double header dawned cloudy but dry. However, by mid morning the dark clouds rolled in and soon the track was awash eventually leading to a halt in the proceedings to give the large areas of standing water a chance to drain away or evaporate. The effect of such heavy rain was to clear the track of any rubber leaving it very 'green' and lacking in grip.

By the time that timed runs began the track was dry and of all the many British Sprint competitors present (and hoping to get some track time ahead of the BSC round later in the year) it was expected that John Graham in his Gould GR55 would be the pace setter. This wasn't to be though, as coming through the fast Port Froid esses the car let go and spun. Coincidentally the same thing had happened to Steve Broughton's Dallara the lap before and heads were being scratched. On Graham's second run he was adjudged to have put a wheel over the white line coming out of the last corner and his time was disallowed. This somewhat contentious rule had been spelt out by the Clerk a the drivers' briefing and is a consequence of the limited stopping distance following the finish line place just after the last corner.

Thus it was left to the BSC 2 litre runner,s Steve Miles, Nick Algar, Matt Hillam and Steve Broughton to fight over FTD honours with the victory going to Miles on his final run with a 59.87s and the only sub 1 minute time of the day.

In the classes Stu Hill's MK1 MX-5 narrowly beat John Pollard's MK3 example and in the huge Lotus Class (actually up to 2l sports cars) NSCC scorer Stephen Morrison had a similarly narrow win over Nigel Hannam and Paul Martin's similar Elises. Tim Nunn and Terry Everall continued to compete fiercely with each other in their Westfields with Nunn coming out on top by 0.3s.

Generally times were a little lower than previously and, of all the HSA competitors, it was only Chris Jones who broke an existing record in the process of taking the 1100cc racing car class in the Force PT by a tenth from Simon Boulter's OMS. It was Chris' first Class win in the car and came after the car became stuck in gear during practice. After a lot of investigation and texting back to car's engineer a broken wire was discovered in the loom leading from the paddle shift to the control unit!

Other notable scorers were Pete Goulding in the impressive Mygale and Rowland Turner, enthusiastic as ever, in the Escort Mexico.

Stu Hill making the most of the MX-5's weather protection (C Bennett)

Leigh Andrews missed third place by a hundredth! (C Bennett)

Michael Tregoning's FTD at Reg Philips Trophy Meeting

Event 19 at Shelsley Walsh on 02/07/2016

Some 26 SBD HSA speed championship contenders took part in the 2 July Shelsley Walsh meeting and they recorded a number of successes, both in terms of the championship and the event classes. It was Michael Tregoning, however, who took the award for FTD at 27.51 as he won the over 1600cc racing car class

Classes A1 and A2 for under 2000cc roadgoing series cars were combined in a class of 18. Dave West won in his Peugeot 106 GTi, but Andy Mitchelmore ran well to come second in his Lotus Elise 111s. Dave's son Nicolas came third in the shared Peugeot, while Mike Henney (Lotus Elan S3 FHC) was fourth, Alastair Clark (Elise S1) fifth and Ken Morris sixth in the first of the three MX5s entered. Andrew Till also scored well in the first of the A1 cars in his MG ZR105.

Paul Trill (Mazda RX7) had a third place finish in the over 2000cc division, followed by Colin and Sarah Davies’ BMW 330Ci. Next up, John Bradshaw won the merged B1 and B2 class for specialist roadgoing production cars in his B1 Sylva Striker, with Anthony Earl third in his B2 Caterham.

In the modified series production classes, Mike Gallery (Morris Cooper S) came second in the up to 1400cc division, and Philip Stader (Alfa Romeo Berlina 1750) was third in the 1400 to 2000cc section. Steve Brown (1500 cc Westfield Megabusa) won class D for modified specialist production cars, and Paul Batey (Hillman Imp) came second in the merged F and G classes for sports libre and hill climb super sports cars.

The pre-1994 Formula Fords and 1100 to 1600cc racing car classes were merged, with Nicholas Scott coming out on top in his 1300cc Force HC, and Russell Haynes (Zeus ZR163)was the first FF home in fourth overall. Fyrth Crosse gave his rapid Mallock U2 Mk2b another airing in the classic pre 1975 sports libre and racing car class, and was rewarded with an overall win, and Jeremy Smithson scored good class X points, just three tenths behind Fyrth in second place.

Mike Tregoning's Pilbeam MP88 took FTD (R MacDonald)

Mike West's Westfield at Top Ess (R MacDonald)


Event 18 at Prescott on 26/06/2016

Round 18 of the 2016 SBD/HSA Speed Championship was run concurrently with the Midland Hillclimb Championship weekend at Prescott. Some 27 contenders were entered of which 20 were B licence holders who competed in their own HSA 'Class S' on Saturday, while the remainder competed on Sunday within the usual A licence classes.Those who took part on Saturday had to contend with a series of rain showers, however the rain held off until late afternoon on Sunday.

Lawrence Marks was a solo runner in HSA class A1 in his smart Fiat Panda, but there were four Saturday runners in A2, with Helen Currie in the Renault Clio Trophy edging out Graeme Proctor's Fiat Abarth 500SS and Jeremy and Alexander Evans in their shared Mazda RX8. However, Andy Michelmore’s time running on the drier Sunday was enough to shave 0.24 seconds off his own class A2 record.

Class A2.1, for Mazda MX5s, was well supported with Alexander Smith the winner, closely followed by David Newman, and they were 3rd and 4th fastest overall in Saturday's class for HSA B licence holders. Steve Devereux was third quickest MX5 driver.

Putting his 4 wheel drive to good advantage in the slippery conditions, Andrew Cottrill was the fastest of the Saturday runners in his trusty Subaru Impreza and in fact came out top of the A3 class for over 2-litre roadgoing series production cars. Colin and Sarah Davies, in that order, completed the A3 runners in their very nice BMW 330Ci.

Colin Bowdidge was a lone B1 runner in his Caterham Supersprint, but there were two B2 contenders, with Simon Price pushing co-driver Paul Evans into second place in their shared 2-litre Westfield SEiW. Martin Rutter ran alone in his Fiat X-19 on Saturday in Class C1, but was joined on Sunday by Julian Harber in his Mini Clubman, who achieved a strong second place in the A licence Modified Series Production 1400cc class. The ever enthusiastic Dave Mockford ran solo in the crowd-pleasing class C1 Austin Maestro, as did Graham Mintram in his class D 900 cc Sylva Phoenix.

The only single-seater runner on Saturday was Stephen Potter in his class I1052ccMagapin-Kawasaki, and he ran second overall to Andrew Cottrill. Chris Jones also competed in the 1100cc single seater class on Sunday and was rewarded with a new HSA class record, lowering his own mark by 0.41 seconds, but such is the pace in the 1100 class these days that he was 13th out of 24 starters!

Of the other Sunday competitors, Paul Batey brought out his interesting Hillman Imp-Kawasaki – not something you see every day – coming third in the 2-litre sports libre class and scoring points in HSA class F. Les Buck was second in class H for 600cc racing cars after his OMS Hornet had been patched up overnight following a practice excursion, and Charlie Reilly upheld HSA honours in the Formula Ford class with his Van Deimen RF92. Finally, Mike Henney in his HSA class V Lotus Elan was delighted with second place in Class A1, Roadgoing Series Production Cars up to 2-litres, beaten only by Dave West’s more contemporary Peugeot 106 GTi.

For a report on the Midland Hillclimb Championship section of the meeting, go to 'News'

Alexander Smith set the pace among the MX5 entry (Chris Bennett)

Not your usual Imp! Paul Batey's Kawasaki powered version (Ian Beard)

Rain stops play at Anglesey

Event 17 at Anglesey on 19/06/2016

The Sunday event was run over 2 laps of the National circuit and saw a couple of additions to the HSA competitor ranks.

However, the weather did not co-operate. It started as heavy mist - very damp, but not raining. Somehow things seem to get damper with the mist turning to the finest lightest drizzle but this turned to light rain towards the end of T1 which was taken immediately after practice had been completed and before lunch.

There was a brief respite from the rain at about 12.45 pm (during lunch), but then it started to throw it down, and after a course inspection by the Clerk of Course, during which he noted 3 or 4 rivers flowing across the track, one of which was in the braking area for the hairpin, he decided to terminate the meeting at about 1:30. This left most competitors with a poor points score and an unsatisfactory end to the week-end.

Umbrellas were needed on Sunday. Jonathan Baines' Merlyn MK20 (N Lambert)

MBE's Chris Price on umbrella duty for Steve Miles (N Lambert)

The few enjoy Anglesey International

Event 16 at Anglesey on 18/06/2016

Time was when any event at Anglesey was oversubscribed with a lengthy waiting list but that was then. For a warm June week-end on a choice of two excellent tracks there was a disappointing entry both days for a combined British Sprint, SBD HSA, Service Hydraulics, Westfield and various other Championships.

Only 9 HSA competitors were present on Saturday on the International circuit and enjoyed three practice sessions and two timed runs in fine conditions. British Sprint regulars Matt Carter, Stever Broughton and Matt Hillam all set new HSA records and scored well with Broughton just ahead of Hillam in their shared SMD Dallara by 4 tenths on this occasion.

Paul Trill and Leigh Andrews were both out in their rotary engined Mazdas and, although in different classes, were only separated by a few tenths with Andrews ahead by a few tenths despite a spin on T1.

Paul Trill's RX7 battled Leigh Andrews RX8 (N Lambert)

Alan Terry leaves the line in his Nike MK8 (N Lambert)

Figure of 8 Skating at Curborough

Event 15 at Curborough on 12/06/2016

A great turnout for H.S.A. members at the long running Owen Club Event, with 21 coming out to play.Unfortunately the sun didn’t come out to play much, - it was mainly the ducks enjoying themselves. The weather started off dull but dry for the pre-event activities, but as soon as practice runs started, so did the rain. The rain was on and off (although seemed more on than off) during the morning which made the practice runs seem to take forever. This was no fault of the organisers and marshals, who always had a car on the start line ready to go, but just that the runs were relatively slow and the Figure of 8 course takes 70 – 80 seconds for most in the wet. The weather was highly changeable and the track always wet, so a few of the racing car and sports libre pilots opted to do one just the one practice run.

Just before lunch the rain stopped and the track dried reasonably quickly, so most people got a dry first timed run in, only for the rain to return for most of the second timed runs. So the day was all about who could make the most of their first timed run.

Andrew Till drove his bright yellow MG ZR to first place in the Roadgoing up to 1400cc class, in an all Rover product class (a Mini and a Metro were his close competition), and took the H.S.A. record as well.

A good contingent of MX5’s competed in the Roadgoing 1400-2000cc class, with Ken Morris coming out top, but were all beaten for H.S.A. honours by Mike Henney in his original Lotus Elan, who ended up 4th in class.

Andrew Cottrill brought his Impreza to the top of his class, as did David Owen (OMS 2000M) and Steven Potter (Megapin ), who set identical times to finish joint first in their 1100 cc racing car class.

Russel Haynes came out top in the family Zeus Formula Ford, and took the class with a new HSA Record.

There were a few classes with only one entrant in, namely Laurence Marks, Jonathan Plowe and Rowland Turner all having fun on their own.

With the track wet for the second timed runs, a lot of the fast kit cars and single seaters decided not to take their second timed runs, which helped the meeting to finish before the curfew time.

The rain decided to really have a go at the end with the prize giving being held under the Paddock Office plastic awning,- it was raining so hard that we could hardly hear the names of the winners.

Report - Eric Morrey
Photos - Bob Ridge-Stearn

Andrew Till MG ZR

Philip Stader Alfa Romeo Berlina

Barbon In The Rain

Event 14 at Barbon Manor on 11/06/2016

A very wet day, all day……all photos from the safety of the lower paddock as a dinghy would have been required to make a descent from further up. Very friendly club and well run event in a fabulous setting of rugged parkland on the edge of the Lake District.
Just 5 members of the HSA made the trip North, Graham Proctor (2) in his Fiat Abarth kicked off first and found his Burt Strut judged too high, luckily the obvious fix of letting air out of the tyres was not required in the end!
Ken Morris (21) in a crowded Mazda/MG/Honda class took his MX5 along.
Eric Morrey (50) brought his recently finished Hillman Imp along with new gearbox parts and great hopes for them, the car certainly not looking like all those Imps I recall in the 60’s. Much of his previous Clan Crusader had made its way into the Imp – and a great colour combo to boot (matches the overalls too, very smart).
Graham Mintram (68) in a class of just 4 brought along his Sylva Phoenix – the 3 others were locals and in “sevens” of menacing power and weight, he found himself in the lead of the class after the first run by 4 seconds, two had left the track and damaged their cars but thankfully not themselves the other (#70) obviously got “fritted” by his chums experiences and took a cautious run. Run 2 allowed #70 to get his mojo back and Graham came in second in class.
Nick Scott (90) in a class of just 4 took his Force HC north, which he won, and achieved 2nd FTD.
Clearly all times recorded (yet to be published) will be well below the targets due to the weather and so point hauls will be small against the travelling inputs – but I’d go again, I would however commend taking “midge spray”!

Graham Mintram

Eric Morrey heads to the start in his Imp (G Mintram)

Ken Morris in the 'Merlot' MX5 (G Mintram)

Hillam and Broughton Strike Again!

Event 13 at Pembrey on 05/06/2016

An even warmer day greeted us on Sunday and once again Class SP started with Graeme Proctor’s Abarth which improved significantly to a142 .44 for 2nd place.

In class 1B David Newman took another 3rd place on 135.74.

In 1C Brian Jones upped the anti and went one place better to take the class on a fine 124.45.

Mike Smiths Striker tookclass 2B on a 120.86 – a 2 second improvement on Saturday.

In Class 2E Elen Worthington took the win this time on a 136.35.

Phillip Strader repeated his 3rd Place in 3B on a 136.01.

With Graeme and Becky Manton’s Fisher Fury unable to run, it was onto class 4A and Matt Carter. This time Matt lowering his time to 101.05 for another class win.

In the over 1400cc split Clive Wooster continued his run of good form, lowering his time to 106.38 to take the class win.

In the single seaters it was again Matt Hillam who took the win on a 95.94 to Steve Broughton’s 97.24 2nd place. Tony Jarvis took 4th on a 101.62 and Martin Webb 5th on a 102.

Mike Henney’s Elan improved significantly to take class 7 again on a 136.56

Clive Wooster

A class win for Elen Worthington in her back up (!) Elise (T Davies)

Matt Hillam on Top at Pembrey

Event 12 at Pembrey on 04/06/2016

The weekend kicked off as it meant to continue with a dry, grippy track and the first of 16 HSA contenders was in Class SP with Graeme Proctor’s Fiat Abarth taking 5th place on a 145.78.

In Class1B David Newman’s MX5 Sport was being conducted well and took 3rd place on a best of 133.76 against some much more modified machinery.

In 1C the lovely Cayman GT4 of Brian Jones was oh so close to a class win with a best of 123.86 for 2nd place. Peter Ellison’s Golf came in on a 138.12 for 5th place.

In Class 2B the Sylva Striker of Mike Smith hit a 122.07 to take the class win.

Meanwhile in Class 2E Elen Worthington’s Elise hit engine problems on the Friday before the event and their “spare” Elise soft top was wheeled out . In this standard car Elen recorded a 138.92 for 2nd place.

In Class 3B Phillip Strader’s lovely Alfa Romeo did well to stay in touch on a 139.74 against much more contempary machinery.

In Class 3F the shared Fisher Fury Spider of Graeme and Becky Manton was going well until on T2 Becky tried just a little too hard through Dibeni putting the car out of contention for the rest of the weekend. Graeme recording a 130.80 to Becky’s 134.09.

With Sports Libre split into up to 1400cc and over Matt Carter’s PR6 was next in class 4A. Matt got around 102.32 for the class win.

In the over 1400cc split Clive Wooster’s Radical SR4 beat it’s previous PB by over 2 seconds to record 107.63 for the class.

And so to the 1600-2000cc class of single seaters and Matt Hillam took the class here on 94.58, pipping Mr SBD Steve Broughton into 3rd place on a 97.74. Tony Jarvis in a similar Dallara took 5th on 104. 65 followed by Martin Webb on 105.99.

Our final runner in class 7 was Mike Henney in the lovely Elan who recorded a 139.13 for the class.

Clive Wooster

Matt Hillam in the SBD Dallara (T Davies)

Many new HSA records at Sunday Snetterton

Event 11 at Snetterton on 22/05/2016

Despite the forecast of overcast and wet weather the SBD HSA Speed Championship competitors enjoyed another dry day at Snetterton. Although it was decidedly cooler that the day previously track conditions were, if anything, a little better and the improvement in times saw plenty of new HSA Class records set.

These included Stephen Laing (Caterham R500), Gavin Neate (repeating his performance from the day before in the Peugeot 106), Jeff Wiltshire (Sylva Phoenix), Matt Carter (extending his Championship lead in the Radical PR6), Gary Thomas (Force PC), Matt Hillam (Dallara F301) and Fyrth Crosse (Ensign LNF3).

Graham Blackwell is clearly motoring quickly up his own personal learning curve as he improved by nearly 7 seconds from the previous day and moved much closer to Pete Goulding's times in the similar Mygale.

Neither Charlie Reilly (Van Diemen RF92) or Chris Bennett (Force PT) could quite match their times set a year ago and Sandy Smith again fell just short of the Mugglestone MX5 record but not for the want of trying after improving on his Saturday time by one hundredth of a second!

Pete Goulding won the battle of the Mygales (A Leivers)

Gavin Neate lifts a wheel on his way to 2 records in 2 days (A Leivers)

Carter takes Championship lead at Snetterton

Event 10 at Snetterton on 21/05/2016

On the first day of the Borough 19 Snetterton double header Gavin Neate (Peugeot 106) took maximum points with a new HSA Class record while Matt Carter (Radical PR6) again scored well to take the lead at the top of the Championship table. Just behind Matt in the Championship Sandy Smith (MX5) was going well, getting to within half a second of Alan Mugglestone's class record but wanting to do better!

Stephen Laing won his Class on the day in the Caterham R500 as did Jeff Wiltshire in his rapid Sylva Phoenix. The battle of the Mygale M13s was easily won by Peter Goulding's more modified example over Graham Blackwell's more standard version as Graham continues to make the adjustment from a Fiesta!

Former HSA Championship co-ordinator, Peter Hubbard, made a very welcome return to competition driving David Bennett's Marcos GT and got close to his HSA Class record set in his similar car.

There were a number of competitors having their first ever event. Brothers, James and Alex, Evans in their Mazda RX8 improving their times steadily and closing in on another returnee, Leigh Andrews in a similar car. Steve Devereux was back out in his red MX5 (although a different car to last year) and was joined for the first time by son Lewis driving a BMW Compact which he had bought for a few hundred pounds. Lewis steadily reduced his times in a car that he has worked on himself and really looks the part.

Finally, an enthusiastic Geoff Lancaster was also having his first outing in his Renault Clio 2.

The event was run with the usual efficiency that we have come to expect from Borough 19 and competitors were pleased to get two practice and three timed runs.

Matt Carter extended his Championship lead in the Radical (A Leivers)

Lewis Devereux had his first event in his smart BMW (A Leivers)

Slippery Sunday at Werrington

Event 9 at Werrington on 01/05/2016

This was a double header weekend and all but Fyrth Cross stayed for the Sunday event which started with grey skies and the prospect of rain, which did eventually arrive allowing only one dry run and times were slower than the Saturday. There were several offs with Dave Mockford close to becoming one of the casualties. A special mention for Martin Rutter who could not get his X19 ready for the weekend so joined the club of "sweetheart can I borrow your car this weekend" and did himself proud in his wife's 4x4 Fiat Panda. Proper job Martin. In the MX5 class David Newman got the better of Sandy Smith to claim top position.

At the end of the weekend we see four of the Werrington entrants in the top ten of the SBD HSA Speed Championship (David Newman, Sandy Smith, newcomer Dave Mockford, and Steve Devereux and Matt Carter has been pushed out of first position by David Newman who now leads.

(Chris Falcon)

David Newman

Chris Falcon

Large MX5 class in Cornwall

Event 8 at Werrington on 30/04/2016

Ten HSA Championship contenders made the trip to Werrington Park in Cornwall for the eighth round in the calendar and five of these were in the ever popular MX5 class (Class A2.1).

First practice was used to get some rubber onto the green hill allowing drivers to use the 2nd run to get an idea of the grip levels. In the afternoon in the completion runs, in Class A2.1 David Newman came out on top ahead of Sandy (Alex) Smith, Steve Devereux, Chris Falcon and Steve Dally. Julian Harber (Mini Clubman), Dave Mockford (Austin Maestro), Graham Mintram (Sylva Phoenix), Mark Haynes (Zeus Formula Ford) and Fyrth Crosse (Mallock U2) were alone in their HSA classes though not in the event classes of course.

(Chris Falcon)

Sandy Smith

Dave Mockford

Broughton and Hillam Take First and Second Overall

Event 7 at Goodwood on 23/04/2016

The day dawned with relatively clear skies, some sunshine but temperatures struggling to reach 6 degrees. The track was dry but cold – the 10 HSA competitors that made the journey to the south coast looked to be in for a good day's motorsport.

The weather did warm up but a cold wind set in which didn’t help the track conditions – quite a few competitors had exciting exits from the chicane, which entertained the sprinkling of spectators.

Bognor Regis Motor Club ran the event very efficiently so that all competitors had three timed runs; the following times relate only to the first two timed runs, which count for the HSA championship.

Steve Broughton and Matt Hillam were undoubted stars of the show in class K; their Dallara looking good, sounding great and behaving on the day – their times of 76.23 and 77.64 respectively took them to first and second in class and first and second overall – both drove well with Steve coming out on top.

In class A2 there was a very close battle in which Helen Currie in her Renault Clio set a 116.18 to edge out Graeme Proctor in his Fiat 500 Abarth who set a time of 116.22 – just four hundredths in it!

Class A2.1 had three competitors all in their MX5’s – David Newman posted a very creditable 103.93 which gave him an overall class win on the day with Steve Deveraux on 112.73 and Stephen Dally on 115.74.

Peter Elliston was alone in Class A3 in his VW Golf GTI and posted 107.48 on his first run.

Michael Butler was also a lone competitor in C3 in his BMW M3E92 setting 93.26 on his first run. He couldn’t match it on his second run but this did give him a class win on the day.

Matt Carter in Class F was a very creditable third overall on the day with a 78.53 in his very well sorted Radical.

Last but not least of the HSA competitors was Jon Smith in his Sylva Striker who set 95.72 on his second run and that gave him the class win on the day.

Overall the competitors seemed to agree that the journey south had been well worth it – the opportunity to drive the classic Goodwood circuit in reasonable conditions was certainly worth it.

Onwards to the next event at Werrington on the 30th and 31st April – such a contrast from Goodwood.


The Dallara of Broughton and Hillam

Matt Carter's Radical at the Head of the Queue

PBs but no class records at Loton

Event 6 at Loton Park on 17/04/2016

Eighteen HSA Championship contenders were at a sunny Loton Park for Round 6 of the championship on Sunday 17th April though only sixteen were eligible for points as Richard Yapp and Bob Ridge-Stearn entered in different cars to the ones they had registered for the championship. Richard sharing Jamie’s Nova instead of driving his MX5 and Bob driving his wife’s S2000 as the clutch has gone on his Elise.

Alone in Class A1 Jamie Yapp (the younger of the Yapps) recorded a time of 68.43, just a little slower than the HSA class record, which he himself holds (67.94), but that was good enough for the class win and 15 points.

The MX5 class (A2.1) also had only one entrant, which is unusual as Loton normally attracts quite a number, but I see five of them went south to Gurston on the Saturday so that may explain it. This lone MX5 belonged to Michael Tindale, who has been in HSA Class 2.1 since 2010 and was delighted to record a PB of 70.56 at this meeting.

In the Roadgoing up to two litre class (A2) Alistair Clark (Lotus Elise) and Graham Procter (Abarth 500) collected HSA points though they were not in the same class on the day as Alistair is also entered into the Bugatti Owners Club Championship and they had their own class.

The over two litre roadgoing class (A3) was very well supported with five drivers entered. Andrew Cottrill in his very fast Imprezza came out on top of the HSA contingent and also won the class with a time of 58.64 (which Resultsman records as a PB even though we have Andrew setting the HSA class record last year at 57.30). Behind Andrew came Mark Laws who had a Fail on his first timed run but got things right on his second in his Mini Cooper and then Paul Trill in his very distinctive sounding rotary RX7. Bringing up the rear were Colin and Sarah Davies in their very standard looking BMW 330ci with Colin getting the upper hand, though after first practice Sarah must have thought she was in with a chance, having beaten her husband. It will be interesting following their battle throughout the rest of the season.

Mike Gallery, Morris Cooper S, was alone in class C1 (Modified Series Production Cars up to 1400cc) but with a PB of 61.41 beat five others to get the class win. Martin Rutter was a non-starter in his X19 – not sure why.

IN C3 (Modified Production over 2000cc) Chris Berrisford (Impreza) also achieved a PB (59.57) and also won his class.

Paul Wells was alone in Class H (Racing cars up to 600cc) and had problems with the diff on his Jedi but was able to complete his first timed run and so score some points.

Steven Potter (Megapin), despite recording the best, and very impressive, 64 ft time in his class of 2.11, could not get the better of the other Loton regulars in the 1100cc Racing Car class but did record a PB of 56.11. On the subject of 64 ft times, Chris Berrisford did a 2.07 on his first timed run (not his fastest) and to put these times into perspective, Alex Summers in his Gould, when he recorded his PB of 44.00 seconds last year, got to the 64 ft mark in 2.05 seconds.

Graeme Williamson in his classic Imp was entered in the Modified Production class up to 1400cc with Mike Gallery though they are in different HSA classes, Mike being in C1 and Graeme in Class N for “Modified Specialist Production Cars with Imp engines”. Graeme must have been very pleased with his PB of 74.04 despite not being able to get close to Mike’s time in his Cooper S.

Mike Henney in his Lotus Elan (class V) scored 15 points with an impressive time of 63.99, not far short of Geoff Stallard’s time of 63.35 set in his TVR Vixen in 2011.

Finally, Ed McDonough (Dulon MP15 Formula Ford), in his third HSA event of the year earned enough points to put himself in tenth place overall in the championship which is still led by Matt Carter though Andrew Till and Ken Morris are close behind.

(Bob R-S)

Steve Potter

Mike Henney


Event 5 at Gurston Down on 16/04/2016

Suzuki engines reigned supreme on a bitterly cold day at Gurston Down where grip was at a premium. Venue expert Peter D Smith set the outright pace with a 30.13 in his Force-Suzuki, threequarters of a second clear of Jonathan Gates' supercharged sports libre Force. Simon Marsh was a close third overall, ninth hundredths adrift in his supercharged DJ Firehawk and just a tenth clear of the fastest SBD/HSA Championship contender, Gary Thomas, fourth overall in his Force single seater and one of the three top scoring HSA runners on the day, all of whom set new Championship class records with a maximum 17 points.

Amid a 26-strong turnout of HSA contenders, Andrew Till was the second record-breaker in his MG ZR105, moving up to second overall in the Championship in the process. Thomas moved up to fourth equal, while the remaining record-breaker was Adam Greenan, scoring his first HSA points of the year in the re-shelled Honda Civic Type R which was spectacularly rolled at Gurston last year. He shares the car with his brother Andy, who is not a registered HSA contender, but the pair enjoyed a tremendous duel to head Gurston's competitive 2-litre Roadgoing class. Adam led Andy after the first runs until his brother snatched the class by fifteen hundredths second time up. But in another one/two for the pair at the following day's Gurston Championship round it was Adam's turn for the win as Andy elbowed out Paul Webster's Mazda to take second place.

The HSA's Chris Berrisford scored well in his Impreza, also winning the opening class on the day for SBD/BARC Road Legal cars, his 15 points equalled by classmate Malcolm Johnson's Cooper S. With three HSA runners in Gurston's popular Historic class, Fyrth Crosse took top honours in the ex.Mike Wilds Ensign, shading out Gurston regular Hugh Kemp's Palliser, originally run in F3 by Damien Magee, by six hundredths. Mike Broome's Alexis and Jeremy Smithson's Merlyn FF were next up.

Full list of times available here.

Andrew Till and the MG ZR105 moved into a Championship second place at Gurston (Akina Media)

Adam Greenen opened his HSA account with a typically forceful drive in the re-shelled Honda Civic (Akina Media)

Spedding by 2/100ths from Menzies at Harewood

Event 4 at Harewood on 10/04/2016

In a great shoot-out for FTD, Richard Spedding out-gunned Wallace Menzies and Will Hall to take the top prize whilst several notable drivers had problems. The day got off to a slow start with the programme delayed by just over an hour due to impenetrable mist which filled the valley. We then had a series of 'early season' breakdowns which also led to multiple re-runs. After the lunch break we only managed to get in two further runs due to all that lost time in the morning plus further delays along the way.

There were several class records and Harewood also successfully introduced a 'new' class by splitting over two litre roadgoing saloons and sportscars into two - the first for two wheel drive cars and the second for the four wheel drive cars.

Of the HSA competitors only Steve Brown, in his Westfield Megabusa, scored a maximum by setting a new HSA class record desoite a misfire - he also claimed STD on P1 with a 201.56s when his nose cone fell off! Gary Thomas got close to the HSA class record but was hampered by a bent gear change cable.

Full report in the next Speedscene.

Gary Thomas had gear change problems (S Wilkinson)

Dave Mockford in his Mod Prod Maestro (S Wilkinson)

Cold & wet at Croft

Event 3 at Croft on 28/03/2016

Croft is quite a long trip for many and a cold and wet Easter Monday didn’t appeal to many HSA competitors. Apart from those who were also taking part in the British Sprint event only Ken Morris, in his familiar MX5 Merlot, made the trip.

The morning was very wet but conditions improved for the afternoon although it stayed very cold. Despite this Ken and Matt Carter were able to establish new HSA marks, as did Championship sponsor Steve Broughton who headed a quartet of ex Formula Three Dallaras.

Graham Blackwell was also out having his second event in his ‘new’ Mygale M12 while Speedscene contributor, Peter Herbert, was also present with his 911. Of the rest Richard Kerr and Terry Everall both set times in their Westfields that would have pleased a number of the racing car competitors

Steve Broughton won the battle of the Dallaras (Kim Broughton)

Graham Blackwell in his ex Formula Ford Mygale M12 (Tony Todd photography)

All SMiles at Rockingham sprint

Event 2 at Rockingham on 20/03/2016

For the third year in a row, BARC Midlands Centre somehow managed to offer dry weather for their March sprint at Rockingham Speedway, although between the occasional spells when the sun broke through, the cloudy conditions were much cooler than in 2014 and 2015. Despite this, several new records were set, most notably by Steve Miles in his 2 litre Van Diemen, who not only took FTD, but also lowered the outright course record on his last run to 65.52 seconds. Steve said that aero changes to the car developed with Oxford Brookes University over the winter had certainly helped with corner speed, and further improvements are being planned.

The event formed rounds of some eleven championships, including the SBD HSA Speed, Service Hydaulics and BARC SBD Speed Championships, with 106 competitors completing their two timed runs. Over 20 SBD HSA Speed championship contenders took part, and there were some strong performances between them.

Steven Needham won the under 1400cc standard production class in his Smart Roadster, just 0.01 seconds outside the HSA class A1 record. Steven Riddle took the win in the well supported 1401 to 2000cc division in his Ford Puma, with Helen Currie (Renault Clio Trophy) close behind in second place and Ken Morris ( MX5) in fourth position. Andrew Till (MGZR 105) took third place in the up to 1400cc standard production class. Fred Currell’s Golf GTI was the victor in the 1401 to 2000cc standard production class, with HSA runners Mike Henney and Elen Worthington 5th and 6th. Mike demolished the old HSA class V record in his (new to him) Lotus Elan S3.

Other notable performances included Steven Laing winning the over 1701cc roadgoing specialist production class with his Caterham R500, and Gavin Neate taking second place in a combined class for both modified series and specialistcars up to 1400cc behind Terry Everall’s Westfield. In doing so, Gavin lowered the HSA class C1 record by 0.56 seconds. Ivan Russell was third in this class, looking very committed round the banking but declaring that Gavin had a more aerodynamic car than his Ford Anglia 105E! He did, however, win the award for FTD by a BARC member.

Sadly Geoff Kershaw was unable to run in class 10 for over 2000cc modified series and specialist cars. He was the victim of a freak accident on the sighting run when two competitors stopped side by side in front of him for no apparent reason, leaving Geoff with nowhere to go except the wall, and the Sierra Turbo too badly damaged to continue.

Matt Carter won the under 1700cc sports libre class in his Radical PR6, lowering the HSA class record by over a second to 68.16, and taking 3rd FTD in the process, just behind Malcolm Boorman (1398 cc OMS 2000M) who took 2nd FTD.The up to 1100cc class was closely fought with Tony Beesley (Jedi Mk4) just shading out Simon Boulter ( OMS 2000M) for the win by 0.34 seconds.

Class 18 for over 2000cc saw three turbocharged Mygale recent Formula Ford chassis in action, with Andy Lawrence coming out on top, and Peter Goulding second, just 0.34 seconds in arrears, but setting an HSA class record in 71.64 seconds. Mark Haynes (Zeus ZR163) and Charlie Reilly ( Van Diemen RF82) fought out the spoils at the head of the pre 96 FF1600 class, with Russell coming out on top, and setting a new HSA class J1 record. Last but not least, the 2015 HSA Competitor of the Year, Rowland Turner, set an HSA record for class U in his Ford Escort Mexico.

And finally - the paddock was treated throughout the day to “music” from Steve Miles’ trailer-mounted sound system. Rumour has it that next year there will be a collection between the competitors for some new CDs!

Steve Miles took FTD (Jack Flash Photography)

Terry Everall's Westfield was the fastest Mod Prod (Jack Flash Photography)

Broughton & Smith star at Combe

Event 1 at Castle Combe on 19/03/2016

Round 1 of the 2016 SBD HSA Speed Championship saw around 20 HSA competitors turn up at Castle Combe on March 19th, for theGreat Western Sprint organised by the Bristol Motor Club. It was also the first round of the British Sprint Championship and to accommodate the Top 12 Run Off practice was restricted to a single run in order to ensure a finish in daylight as the clocks were yet to be moved forward for British summer time.

There were a number of competitors taking part in their first ever event including Dave Mockford in his ex MG Maestro Challenge car which he had spent many months preparing and Peter Elliston in his Golf Gti.

Andrew Till was back in an MG after a spell in a Renault Clio and going well. Andy Mitchelmore, with new shock absorbers all round on his Elise – and 5 seconds up on his Combe PB, was only a second and a half away from Elen Worthington’s similar car. The MX5 class had15 competitors as this was a round of the Bristol Motor Club’s MX5 challenge and was won by Sandy Smith in an astonishing time of 156.20s which put him ahead of all the Elise’s and no few Locaterfields. HSA competitor David Newman was third while Ken Morris drove hard (and got under the HSA record) but was some way behind in his less developed car.

Matt Carter (Radical), Steve Broughton & Matt Hillam (SBD Dallara) and Tony Jarvis (Dallara) were also competitjng in the British Sprint Championship and set new HSA records.

Finally, Fyrth Crosse brought his 1098cc Mallock U2 MK2 along to set a new Class W record.

Unfortunately Philip Stader, in his pretty Alfa Berlina, wasn’t able to set a time even though he managed to complete his practice run but this was more than Martin Pickles who had to retire his Jedi with suspected clutch problems.

Dave Mockford's ex MG Maestro challenge car at Combe

Philip Stader's Alfa Berlina didn't make the timed runs

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