Thursday, 23 November 2017

Midget Heritage Newsletter 18 - November 2017

Hello and welcome along to our latest newsletter, the second in Blog format. If you're a new reader then please let me have your email address.  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

Thanks to all who said "hi" after the last issue - always good to know people have at least had a look at this posting. I was very encouraged with the viewing statistics of the first blog newsletter.

Toni Scheepens

Very sad news to open this one - Toni Scheepens has passed away. Toni won the 1996 Midget World Championship at Peterborough in his Fireball mk3 copy. Our sincere condolences to Toni's family and many friends.

2017 Points Championship

Congratulations to all drivers who took part in this year's championship and to the champion Jonathan Pooley who takes the title ahead of Dave Bonser and Steve Sutch. Well done to this year's top newcomer Pete Gillett who was 8th overall.  The full table is here.

New Build


Matt Hyde's new car
Matt Hyde's new car broke cover - Eight months hard work rewarded and it looks fabulous.  The car debuted at the Bill Boarer Memorial meeting at Birmingham in October and won heat two from the blue grade.

Ipswich

The Ipswich meeting on August Bank Holiday Monday provided a few news stories.  The entry list originally included former World Champion Klaus Kilianski but some late problems meant that he was unable to come. We were however delighted to welcome Dutch driver Francois Damen who was racing one of the Pooley team's rear engine Scorpians. Francois became the first overseas driver to win here in the UK for many years. Michael Sutch was also back on track, this time along with his brother Steve plus the welcome return of Peter Dorrell too.

From the archives...

Something a little different.  There are several decent Facebook groups looking at different formulae and a discussion on a Superstox one went off at a complete tangent talking about Midgets and former Spedeworth commentator Alan Cullen who used to race.  To cut a long story short I dug out an old Spedeworth Wheelspin newsletter which I recalled had a picture of Alan's car for sale.   It was actually part of a dedicated Midget Cars Sales & Wants section which I am reproducing here.  It was February 1974 by the way.



We'd not connected Alan to the number 77 before - all the Spedeworth programme entries for car 77 that I have seen only show the number and no name so it was good to fill in a blank in the records.  The good news is that I gather that Alan is still around - he was one of several people whom I used to send printed copies of the newsletter to but unfortunately I never heard back from him.

The car in the photo looks like an early Arrow. Perhaps if anyone reading this knows then they could let us know.

Going back to number 77 it was of course also used by Norbert Dietsch at around the same time in MARC circles and then later on by Graham Sinclair and nowadays of course by Neil Clarke.

Our next update should include details of the 2018 season. If you have any news then please let us know.

Cheers,

Richard – gpmidget@gmail.com

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