The current official grid for the 2019 Gold Cup is listed below. In order to maximise the car count cap, it is essential for all drivers listed below to confirm their attendance at Belle Vue.
If a driver doesn’t wish to, or have no plans to attend can you please notify the Secretary, so the relevant amendments can be made to the grid and reserves called upon. In addition to this, if a driver doesn’t appear in the list below, but still wishes to attend the meeting, please notify the Secretary for inclusion. (A small handicap will apply).
Inside Outside 47 Giles Carter 271 Wayne Helliwell (C). 198 Alan Nicholson 773 Nick Whitney 401 Ashleigh Wareham 580 John Perrett 763 Andy Bateman (C). 728 Graham Bunter 475 Andy Bell762 Phil Smith 536 John Ferguson59 Nigel Finnegan 128 Jack Bunter 537 Charlie Barnes (C). 9 Aaron Cozens 886 Brian Owen (C). 760 Howard Cardew135 Jim Cannon (C). 342 Ross Taylor (C). 533 Andy Kaye (C). 253 Alan Humphrey (C). 23 John Clements (C). 49 Paul Ferguson 516 Dan Copper (C).
The annual end of season North Vs South team cup is a great meeting to have as this years fixtures draw to a close.
It has to be now the seventh or eight year in succession for the heritage formula, as this style of meeting was common place around the ovals of the UK since the 70’s and generated some great competition. It is with this in mind the formula carries on this tradition to generate an enjoyable evening at the Chesterton shaleway.
“North Vs South
team Championship” Brisca Heritage “Juniors”.
The origins of stock car team racing as
remembered through the then young lads’ eyes of Phil Hiles.
As a child brought up on F1 & F2 stock
cars in the early seventies, my very first memories are of being in the pits,
listening to the good bit of banter between some of the drivers , and of course
the rivalry. Being from Bradford, only a
stone’s throw away from the Odsal stadium, my father would race as often as possible
and even travelling a bit north and south.
At the beginning of the seventies promoters
like Mike Parker, hosting numerous tracks like Nelson , Blackburn ,White city ,
Rochdale, Doncaster and last but not least Stoke, many of those meetings
attracted considerable sponsorship, by many a varied high profiling company,
this included, British airways to Player No10 cigarettes.
Aligned with this, trophies were up for grabs,
for example the Northern rose bowl
championship & Southern bowl championship provided tremendous racing and
competition , for which there was a definite amount of “one up man ship” if a
southern driver would take the North bowl away with them after a nights racing,
and visa versa.
In addition to this there were also
Midlands’s cups even Yorkshire & Lancashire bowls emerged. Drivers with the likes of Al Barker, Frankie
Wainman (smiler), John Hillman, Willie Harrison would defend their county from
the likes of Doug Cronshaw, Stuart Smith, Graham Blundell and Len Wolfenden.
Additionally all the great “southern based” drivers add to the
blend of great racing of that era with
the likes of Dave Chisholm, Brian Powells, Ray Leigh, Hoss Fernihough,
Sugar Shergold and Allan England all contesting for these Northern and
Southern bowls .
It is with this kind of stock car heritage that the Brisca heritage F2’s (Juniors) are staging in the resurrection of this style of sportsman ship racing at this meeting at Stoke, “tut North versus the South”. Although there is no major sponsorship organised or major rose bowl up for grabs, racing is for fun, it will still be competitive and very much wheel to wheel as so typical to the Chesterton shale way, an excellent racing experience for both the driver and spectator alike.
Exact AGM timings will be confirmed, but currently a mid morning arrival & refreshments followed by the AGM should be expected. There after the restaurant will be serving traditional Carvery and Sunday lunches.
With this in mind and in order to massively aid the venue hosts with the head count for the restaurant, please confirm with the formula secretary if you would like to eat in the restaurant, in line with previous AGM’s. A block booking/ head count will then be forwarded to the venue.
Sunday Lunch reservation.
Graham, Jack, Alan H (M), Nick & Mick (MD x 2), Andy B (M),
An article put together by Cornwall live media, which features, Alan Humphrey, Paul Ferguson and Alan Nicholson makes for an interesting read, that’s for sure whilst generating some fantastic publicity for our formula.
Ed’s note: A real credit to the gentlemen concerned.
Double click on the link below and the article will automatically open.
Speedway first started at this infamous West Country Stadium in 1932. Some 80 years there after, there still remains a speedway team in Plymouth and although the current track is not in the exact historical location, never the less a shale oval remains as the newly named “Plymouth Gladiator Coliseum”.
It wasn’t until the late 1950’s, (some 20 years there after) that a new race car formula the namely “Junior Stock Car Racing” swept across the country and made it to the West Country and featured at the Pennycross stadium.
Last night at the Plymouth Gladiators Coliseum, our very own Alan Humphrey’s, who interestingly enough sponsors the Gladiators was interviewed on the centre green and presented to the crowd and spectators alike the Heritage “Junior Stock Car Racing” formula. In addition to this Alan discussed that a display of cars is very achievable to recreate and reminisce those “Golden years” of Junior Stock car racing in Plymouth………………………
A press day was held @ St.Day raceway Cornwall this morning, as the track promotion, Autospeed were given notice that their lease renewal wasn’t going to be automatic and the land owned by Cornwall County Council, would put out to tender. (It has to be added there is mining interest in this particular area).
A press meeting was called to celebrate 50 years @ United Downs, but obviously the possibility of it being their last year came up. Nine local drivers across a multitude of formula attended today, which included our very own Alan Humphrey and ye’ ol’ Y Type. The majority of attendees were interviewed and an article has gone out on BBC Spotlight (local news) tonight. The initial feedback from the Press is that they fully support the facility and can’t understand why it should go. Time will tell?
Ed’s note. Well done Alan for supporting the Press day and again continually raising the profile of Heritage Stock car racing.