Monday, 6 February 2017

Midget Heritage Newsletter 16 - January 2017

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

Current news…
A very smart new Pooley car (below) broke cover in time for the Birmingham show and was on display along with Clifford Bunn's Drinan.


The 2017 fixtures include another trip to Posterholt for the European Championship plus an excellent promotional opportunity with a two day display at the popular Coventry Motorfest. This season is the 50th competitive year of the formula started by Spedeworth with next year being the 50th Anniversary season.

2017 Fixtures

Many congratulations to multiple GP Midget Champion Rob Sayell on winning the Formula Jedi Championship in 2016. Rob therefore becomes one of the select few to move from GP Midget racing to becoming a title holder in National racing on road circuits. His achievement was all the more remarkable as he had to miss two races in the championship since the race dates were published after he had booked a holiday!

TV Coverage
The National GP Midget Championship meeting at Buxton was the first Club meeting for several seasons to feature in TV coverage on the Last Lap programme on Motors TV. Co-incidentally the programme was shared with MASCAR racing and on looking through some Midget notes and Paul Huggett's excellent Short Circuit magazine from 1978 I found a surname that rang a bell, that of Faller from Kettering. I'd interviewed Oli Faller for the MASCAR races and it turns out his dad, Robin, raced with the Midget Club back in 1978. Short Circuit mag included a picture with Robin in car 17.

You can watch the coverage on-line and free of charge via the following website: www.motorsportwebtv.co.uk

From the archives...
Very grateful thanks to George Rimmer who sent me a couple of superb photos including the following. It's from the collection of the late Bev Greenhalf and I am fairly sure I have seen it in a Northampton programme at some time or another. Probably early 1980s and I think, and maybe someone can confirm, it's Pete Smith who was one of the very first Spedeworth drivers. Pete did not race at too many Midget Club meetings in this era.

I've been adding quite a lot of information to the history website in recent months and paid a visit to the British Library in an attempt to find some missing MARC information from copies of the early seventies Car Advertiser title but unfortunately they only hold one copy which I had already seen. Back to the drawing board for missing 1970s data.

Those of you who have looked at the history of the formula will be aware that the text starts in 1967 but I recently found a printed reference to the first completed car which was built by Ron Amas in 1966. The second car to be finished was the Popular Motoring car which was the one displayed at the 1967 Racing Car Show and was used in circuit demonstrations that year. Ironically I've know Ron's son Peter for many years as he raced Legends Cars several years ago but I'd never realised that his dad actually built the first car. Peter tells me his dad let him drive the car around the pit area at Wimbledon Stadium back in 1967.

I am indebted to anyone who has contributed to the archive over the years in any way however small! It can be viewed online at www.ovaltrack.co.uk/gpmidgets/tome. If you are able to contribute then I would very pleased to hear from you - photos, results and programmes, etc. I don’t have to have your originals as scans which you can email to me are just as useful.

In closing, as ever, I apologise if I have missed anyone out of this newsletter – It’s not intentional! Please let me have any news when you have it – I will try and maintain a balance between the various eras represented. Please 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