Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Midget Newsletter 06 – Winter 2013


Thanks to everyone who has been in touch to ask for copies of the newsletter.  Some new faces are included in the relevant sections of the newsletter.

The new fixtures are now available and see a welcome return to Arlington on bank holiday Monday The recent-ish visit to Aldershot has reminded me that it’s time to put pen to paper (metaphorically) once again. Thank you to those of you have been in touch – even a one line ‘thank you’ is good to hear.  If you have news of anyone who was involved in the formula from days gone by I would be very pleased to hear from you.  My email address is gpmidget@gmail.com.

2013 race dates
The new fixtures are now available and see a welcome return to Arlington (Eastbourne) on bank holiday Monday 27 May. Incredibly this is the first club visit there for 27 years – the last one being August 1985. Winners last time out were Dermott McGivern (2) and Alf Boarer. Dermott was top points scorer on the day with second in the third race to add to the two wins.  This year’s date is the Southern Championship, only the third time it’s been run at Arlington. Well done to the guys who put the fixtures together and also thanks to Spedeworth for the opportunity.

I would like to thank the committee for very generously awarding me the Steve Piggins Trophy for last season. It means a lot to me and my wife as we still think of Steve a great deal.

60s
Dell Stickings
Delighted to make contact with Dell Stickings who was actually the first ever driver to top the points in Midgets when the first chart was published back in 1968. Thanks very much to Rick Moss for helping us to get in touch.

70s & 80s
We’re pleased to have added Brian Harding and John Lowe to the list of recipients of this newsletter. 

I picked up a programme for the 1973 European Championship from eBay – nothing particularly unusual about that except it’s from Kaldenkirchen and overseas stuff is hard to get at the best of times.  Along with Roger Fennings’ excellent photos and report from that event we now have a reasonable record of it although it would be great to have some photos of the other drivers.

90s
In the last newsletter I mentioned the filming we did at Brands Hatch but forgot to mention ex GP Midget racer Nic Grindrod who was gunning for the 2012 title. Ultimately the Pickup Truck racing championship was decided on the line of the last lap of the last race of the season with Nic just losing out on a third Pickup title by two hundredths of a second – possibly the closest championship finish, after a full season of racing, anywhere in the world. A similar scenario was played out in 2011 as well incidentally. Nic can consider himself the ‘TV champion’ though having won five of the six televised races during 2012,

Current Scene
Peter Perry has sold the mk4 Fireball to newcomer Keith Minshall. Welcome Keith and enjoy the car - a real piece of oval racing heritage.

Looking Back…

45 years ago…   Spedeworth’s first competitive race meetings for Midgets were underway. The first was at Wimbledon on 30 March 1968.

35 years ago…  The 1978 season was underway with the calendar including venues such as Thanet and Funtington

25 years ago… Basil Craske had topped the 1987 points table and started his defence well with a win ahead of John Lowe in the Eric Fretten Shield (traditionally the first race of the season) at Peterborough.

15 years ago...  
James Jenkins and Harry Sayell shared the wins in the season opener in 1998 at Northampton.

Thank you

Many thanks to thank Rick Moss for sending me scans of some superb pictures from the Dastle brochure of 1968 – Rick was in his teens at the time and wrote off to them of his dad racing and also for allowing me to use them in this issue.

Internet

Just a quick reminder that the club has its own website which is http://www.gpmidgets.co.uk.  From there you can also access the extensive history site which is www.ovaltrack.co.uk/gpmidgets/tome. 

Wanted!  Photos, results and programmes from any era – I don’t have to have your originals as scans or photocopies are just as useful.

In closing, as ever, I apologise if I have missed anyone out of this newsletter – It’s not intentional!  Please pass on any news when you have it – I will try and maintain a balance between the various eras represented.  Please also let me know if you have contact with anyone from the Midget scene who might not be getting a copy of this bulletin.  Don’t forget to keep in touch.

Richard – gpmidget@gmail.com