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Grateful For What We Have

It's been quite a closed season around the stock car community, with the final nail put into the coffin at Wimbledon towards the end of 2016 with the announcement that the last meeting will be held there at the end of March 2017 before it is demolished to make way for other developments, and now things aren't looking great for Coventry Stadium, who were due to host a number of major championships in the 2017 season, including the F2 World Final. Towards the end of 2016, news broke of a 'disagreement' of sorts between the Stock Car Owners / Speedway Owners / and Land Owners which ultimatley led to the removal of fixtures from the stadium. Since then, things haven't progressed, and it looks like we may have seen the last meeting at the current Coventry venue. So, another 2 tracks removed from the stock car map in the space of a few months, which leads me to writing this blog. Here, in Scotland, we have 3 excellent stock car tracks, all capable of providing excellent racing, good car numbers, and positivity for the sport in Scotland. However, too often is the case, we see people, who are meant to be fans, complain about the product on offer via social media and other outlets. Given the perilous situation that the short oval community finds itself in, wouldn't it be better for those who like to complain to find something positive to say about the sport instead, perhaps, encouraging a few others to attend in the process? The sport needs spectators to attend in order for development to occur, and for the sport to progress. Wouldn't it be great for all stock car promotors to be able to own the land they race on, so everything is in there control, rather than leasing from others, who at any time, could pull the rug from under there feet? Promotors could only afford to do this with the support of the people. Spectators through the gate - encouraging your friends and family to come along with you, sharing events on social media - is one source of income for the promotors. What about other avenues? Sponsorship - Sponsors will get on board if the draw is big enough, and there is enough exposure. This relies on the promotion doing there part - advertising of events, sharing sponsors, using digital media for maximum exposure, as well as local press and radio. Pay 2 Race - This has been mulled in the past, and has never really materialised. I think with correct marketing though, and correct use of the money, ie, greater prize money through the use of the pay 2 race funds - Used towards meeting prize money, grade awards or track championship;- I feel it would result into a better spectacle for spectators with drivers more determined to succeed, which would see an increase in people coming back week on week to watch the racing. What wouldn't work though, is all of the money being used to bolster the coffers of the promotions, as the drivers would race elsewhere, and the spectacle would be poorer for spectators. Gambling? A lot of money is involved with gambling, and those sort of agencies pump a lot of money into sports they back. Look at football teams these days, lots of clubs are sponsored by gambling agencies. Lots of people like a flutter at the bookies - why can't stock car racing become the latest sport to get in on the act? A % of takings from the bets to go back into the sport. Could be a win win for everyone!! One thing for sure is that we, as the paying spectator, are ultimately the ones that are going to keep the promotors promoting stock car racing. We need to be united as one, and all take responsibility for the future of our sport, which is clearly at the mercy of councils and developers around the UK. #StockCarFamily #UnitedAsOne

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Wet n Wild

The HRP #TeamPurdie meeting was held on Sunday 26th February, and to say the least, it was a wet and wild meeting! The rain lashed down from the outset, and didn't let off at all during the afternoon, and was accompanied by low temperatures and gusty winds - certainly not the ideal conditions for a race meeting. However, credit where its due to those involved, from spectators, drivers to those stuck on the infield marshalling events, the afternoon was turned around quickly, with few stoppages and flowing racing. The National Micro Bangers were the highlight of the day, with just shy of 50 cars in attendance, they were always going to put on a show. Chris Burgoyne, Stuart Shevill and Graeme Shevill were all out in the banger formula doing there best to mix it up with the banger regulars. Chris managed to take the opening race win before opting to go crashing in the latter races, whilst the Shevill brothers were in amongst the action all day. Ben Newman took a heat win, and possibly another - Need to check the results... - with the 2nd seeing him cross the line on his roof after being tagged and flipped over. Dayle Ashall was another driver who was getting stuck in, and ended up on his side amongst another couple of cars. The most spectacular crash of the day though went to Ross Stewart in the 182 car in the final/dd. After hitting the sticken Burgoyne car, Stewarts car somersaulted through the area, rolling over in spectacular fashion to end up back on its wheels... and driving off into a head on! Great stuff from the 182 pilot! The Hot Rods put on a show as well, with Robert McDonald in the National spec car taking the honours in each of the three races, Gordon Alexander faired best in the 2.0 cars, whilst the Classic's had people dripping at the mouth with some jaw dropping equipment on show, none more so than the new car of Kenny Purdie, driven by the legendary Kenny Ireland on the day. The Ministox seen Danny Whyte in spectacular form, taking all three wins across the day. Spud Adams was also in good form, taking a couple of 2nd places, whilst the star graded drivers behind them had some good battles as they fought there way through the grid. Teri Linden and Bryan Lindsay were the top drivers from the higher grades, getting a couple of podium places between them. The official season opener takes place on Saturday 4th March - Ensure you are there for all the action, and wrap up warm!

Posted By K18EVN
On 28 Feb 2017, 00:18:04

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2017 LAP RECORDS
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F2
17:068
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Saloons
17:297
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NHR's
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15:973
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1300s (GMP)
18:250
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Saloonstox
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N/A
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16:360
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ProStocks Basic
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