All posts by Andy Bateman

West Country Tour concluded.(04/08/20)

A great meeting last night @ Smeatharpe saw the conclusion of the 2020 West Country tour, whilst  the formula celebrates 60 years of stock car racing.

St.Day (on Sunday 2nd) & Smeatharpe had a great turn out of cars across both meetings. It is with thanks to those drivers, that made the journey to the South West to support & enjoy this weekend.

Additional thanks must be conveyed to Autospeed promotions, for the inclusion of our formula, into their 2020 calendar. 

Race receivers for 2020 reminder.(18/07/20).

Just a reminder to all drivers that wish to drive at any meetings through out the remainder of this year, that race receivers will be required.   The only exception to this, is if a driver, currently uses two hearing aids. (Supporting documentation may be required).
For any further information, help or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact a committee member.

West Country. Autospeed community opendays. (28/06/20)

The promoters of Smeatharpe & St.Day, (Autospeed) would like to pass on their sincere thanks to all those that turned up and supported the community open days at the two venues.

There is always lots to do, in returning a track from a “fallow period”,  whether it be wielding a paint brush, strimming or landscaping duties, everybody “cracked on”…..Both tracks look well!

Painting the back straight fence @ St.Day. 

This weekend, the 27th & 28th of June, see’s the start of two community track  days at Autospeeds two venue’s, Smeatharpe and St.Day.

Follow the below link to find out more………..


2020 AGM. (12/06/2020)

It can be confirmed that a reservation for the 2020 AGM has been made at the usually hospitable & splendid Barston Lakes for Sunday November 29th.

More details to follow regarding start times and Carvery options….

Orci Statement. (08/05/2020).

Since the ORCi last met on March 17th to discuss the Cornovirus Pandemic following which it made it’s announcement, following Government advice to ‘suspend’ the 2020 season until further notice, promoters within the ORCi and various associations, have been in regular communication monitoring the unfolding picture and sharing ideas as how to ‘restart’ the season once that opportunity may arise.

The ORCi has accelerated the process in recent weeks in terms of registering our sport with Government departments and advisors enabling us to obtain the maximum information and stepping stones for us to be prepared for resuming oval racing as and when guidance allows.

Our primary concern remains the safety and well being of our staff, competitors and race fans and continuing our full support for our NHS and frontline personnel who continue to work on behalf of all of us. This is paramount and only when our government and it’s scientific advisors agree it’s safe can a planned resumption be considered and planned.

ORCi Directors held a lengthy video conference meeting on Friday 8th May in a new setting which was hugely productive and successful. The Agenda and discussions allowed detailed information to be shared and discussion surrounding plans to return for practice and thereafter full events when it is permissible to do so. ORCi are fully engaged with HSE and government agencies on an almost daily basis to ascertain the latest position.

Unfortunately, whilst ‘planning’ is under discussion in how this may be effected, there is no clear visibility as to a timeline other than intelligence based upon the Government ‘unlock’ ideas which are expected to be announced on Sunday 10th May. Most information points towards a mid/late summer consideration of a possible return however speculation as to ‘when’ is unhelpful as, we all can also view media and the caveot on everything will be feedback as life slowly returns to normal with regards infection rates and other variables. Akin to everyone else, neither do we wish a second peak of Covid 19 or put all in our family at any risk whatsoever.

The agenda for Directors was comprehensive discussing the many scenarios of insurance, Health & Safety and potential risk assessments that may well be required enabling detailed planning to progress. Operational matters such as fixtures and various formulae were also touched upon albeit more detailed discussion deferred until we have more accurate timing to accelerate planning. 

The meeting was encouragingly productive with a unison amongst Directors on matters discussed and full co-operation as to how we move forward for the benefit of all in our community. Promoters have come together under these discussions with the aim of protecting our sport as a whole, moving forward and our people. Whilst much was discussed planning and preparation wise, until we have further guidance and clarity, it will only be relevant to publicise them as and when things become more certain as those discussions will need further review and update.

From promoters to drivers, our staff and fans, for many these are tragic times and of course challenging times economically as Oval race promoters have exactly the same issues as everyone else and clearly wish to resume operating as soon as possible – however all are unified, when it is safe to do so.

However, we hope all are reassured that promoters are committed to a resumption of the sport as and when it is permitted and planning for that timeline to become more clear.
Promoters will continue to dialogue and receive information almost daily and from that a plan will be evolved and, of course anything that confirms a return date will be announced as and when possible and, based upon that guidance we will inform you of that plan and any potential requirements for our resumption.

Whilst this will continue to be reviewed, ORCi directors have scheduled a further formal meeting in three weeks time to reconvene after which we will publish a further statement with any relevant information. However, should there be an accelerated scientific view that enables a return earlier than predicted, then of course we will work within that and inform you accordingly.

Please be assured, promoters are preparing as much as you are for a resumption without exception and whilst we are currently ‘paused’ most are working at their venues if only undertaking routine things such as maintenance that are vital to ensure we can come back quickly when the time arises and ‘mending the roof whilst the sun shines’

In the interim, whilst we might see some slight relaxations in the coming days, we urge you to follow the governments advice and keep yourselves safe and of course families and friends and ‘keep in touch’

Steve Rees
ORCi Chairman / for and behalf ORCi”

ORCi Statement. Coronavirus. (17/03/20).

                          ORCi Statement Coronavirus Pandemic’
                              (Last Updated: 17/03/2020 11:00).

The UK Government has issued further guidance to event organisers with a recommendation that people should not attend pubs, theatres and large gatherings and to protect the NHS, frontline services are unable to support such events due to the resources required by the emergency services.  Scotland earlier advised that all gatherings attended by 500 people or more should not take place effective from 16th March.

Having reviewed this information the ORCi have heeded the request from the Government for businesses to act responsibly, and, as such have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend future race meetings at ORCI venues until such time as guidance from the Government changes.

Whilst we recognise the news will be disappointing for race fans and drivers alike, our highest priority must be to ensure the safety of all who attend our events, and protect the resilience of the UK’s public services – especially the emergency services and the NHS – as strongly advised to by the Government. To ignore this advice would be deeply irresponsible given the current circumstances.

Whilst ORCi venues employ their own paramedic, first aid and safety steward team, including private ambulances, we all know that motorsport can be dangerous, and incidents can and do happen which require the attendance of the emergency services. It is impossible for any ORCi venue to legislate against the need to call on the assistance of the emergency services for either an on-track/in stadia incident, and as such we are unable to guarantee that we could proceed without making any call on the services which this government guidance seeks to protect.

As the ORCi we will of course continue to keep our race fans, race teams and individual promotions will keep team members informed of when we plan on resuming the fixture calendar for 2020 and will do this as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to continue to follow the advice of the relevant authorities to ensure the well-being of themselves, their family’s and local communities, whilst sending a strong message of support to the health professionals and members of our emergency services and other key workers who are working so hard for our benefit during this period.
ORCi Ltd

2020 Fixture update press release. (05/03/20).

Fixture Changes 2020 Season

Following the closure of Birmingham Wheel Raceway,  Spedeworth Incarace have been forced to overhaul their published Fixtures for the 2020 season,  this has had an impact on the published Fixtures for Heritage F2 Stock Cars.  Below is the list of changes:

  • Hednesford May 17th. Cancelled.
  • Saturday June 14th Mildenhall. Extra meeting.
  • Sunday August 16th Northampton. Changed. To Saturday August 15th.
  • Saturday September 6th Birmingham. Cancelled.
  • Saturday September 26th Mildenhall. Extra meeting. Gold Cup Final

Heritage F2 will not be reprinting the published Fixture List, so please spread the word to anyone interested.

Heritage F2 Stock Car Committee.

Bristol 22nd March. POSTPONED. (16/03/20)

It can be confirmed, earlier this evening the Mendips promotional team have taken the decision to postpone this Sundays meeting.(22nd March). It is planned to re-arrange this meeting for a future date. 

  • 7  Pete Fenton.
  • 23 Jon Clements.
  • 49 Paul Ferguson.
  • 59 Nigel Finnegan
  • 64 Paul Sykes.
  • 89 Chris Turley.
  • 135 Jim Cannon.
  • 198 Alan Nicholson
  • 218 Phil Hiles.
  • 253 Alan Humphrey.
  • 271 Wayne Helliwell. (tbc).
  • 342 Wee Ernie Mc Taylor (tbc).
  • 347 Ian Johnson (tbc).
  • 458 Tony Bevan.
  • 536 John Ferguson.
  • 559 Phil Hickerton.
  • 619 David Sloggett.
  • 580 John Perrett.
  • 676 Mark Foster.
  • 753 A N Other?
  • 778 Johnny Painter.
  • 886 Brian Owen.
  • 533 tbc.

Motorsport with Attitude exhibition(04/02/2020).

Over the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of February an excellent display of early vintage hf2s were assembled at the Motorsport with Attitude show at Peterborough to celebrate the 60th year of Formula 2 stock car racing.

The orgins of the formula, first seen at Tamworth in August 1960, MWA  provided a real trip down memory lane to the visitor and the cars are in stark contrast to todays Formula two race machines.

Also in attendance were a small number of hf2s performing in the live action arena who greatly demonstrated the formula to the public and spectator alike.  A successful but tiring weekend for the formula and all those involved in this promotional event.

(Ed’s note. A real credit and thanks to all those involved, for the persistent and hard work in making it happen for the inclusion of the Heritage Formula 2 stock cars at this years Motorsport with Attitude show.  Proper job).


Mark Lawrence from Rochdale, who presents the 1962 Steve Bateman J676 replica along with 49 Paul Ferguson from Weston S Mare & 253 Alan Humphries from Cornwall.
Brian Owen 886 from Leamington and 347 Ian Johnston from Long Eaton enjoying themselves outside.