Glasswells hopes hit by broken wishbone
When the Historic Sports CC say their event at Croft would be a Festival of Nostalgia, they really meant it, writes Arthur Debenham.
The two-day event at the Yorkshire circuit was about more than just good quality motor racing.
On a dry but windy weekend the entertainment included historic military vehicles, motorcycles, cars and aircraft, together with many people entering the spirit of the occasion and dressing accordingly.
For Stephen Glasswell it was business as usual, as he took in two rounds of the Historic Formula Ford 2000 Championship in his Reynard SF79.
Qualifying saw him in P6 for both, and a somewhat uneventful first outing saw that position held until the chequered flag.
Race two saw him making good progress up the order and fifth position was soon his. But with fourth in his sights and several laps to go, a broken wishbone in the suspension forced retirement. The cause was thought probably due to hitting the kerbs too hard.
Following my remarks regarding the recent meeting at Birmingham Wheels last week, I am almost at a loss to know how to describe the more recent happenings at the Swaffham Oval.
The Ninja Karts were in action, with Toby Partridge again included in a strong field of 26.
Starting from the rear of the grid for his first race, Toby found good grip on the outside of the track, and was quickly up to second position.
Soon after this an accident saw the red flag deployed and from then on further red flags, races declared void, and seemingly general confusion. It saw parents and their youngsters once again leaving the venue perplexed to say the least.
Toby will be looking for better things this weekend as he heads for more action at Northampton Stadium.
It will be a long weekend for the Stanton-based outfit as Matt Carberry will be looking to add the English Superstox Championship to his list of title achievements.
During late July, Carver Barracks at Debden near Saffron Walden held a family open day on the venue that is now used for a number of events organised by West Suffolk MC.
The club was invited to attend, and not just in a static mode, as they laid out both an Autosolo and Targa Rally course, and invited people to enjoy a taste of what was on offer as passengers in cars owned by club members.
This proved extremely popular, most passengers getting out of the cars with wide smiles on their faces.
It proved to be a good public relations exercise, with several new members joining with the intention of competing themselves.
It also proved popular with the event organisers, who have asked the club to provide a similar experience later this year.
Motor Racing. Brands Hatch, MSVR, Saturday. Aston Martins, Jaguar, Equipe GT Series.
Karting. Kimbolton, Saturday/Sunday. TKM O Plate; TKM Northern, Midlands and Southern Championships; TKM Festival.
Short Circuit. Foxhall Stadium, Saturday 6.45pm. Mascars, Junior Rods, Bangers.
Great Yarmouth, Sunday 5.30pm. Superstox - English Championship, Mascars, Heritage F2 Stock Cars, Bangers.
Great Yarmouth, Thursday 7.30pm. Lightning Rods, Bangers.