In case you didn't realise you can click on the pictures for a better view of them :-)
Dastle type 5 which is being restored by Guy Smith as mentioned in an earlier missive.
After moving to a Dastle type 7 Malcolm was also runner up in the 1973 European Championship at Kaldenkirchen - the Midgets having made a three day racing trip to Holland and Germany. This was the first proper international meeting staged for the present Midget racing formula.
Sadly Bette Hill passed away on 9th December - we reported the news on the GP Midgets Facebook page and a couple of readers mentioned that they had met her during the MARC days. Graham Hill was of course Club President for a very short while and he actually drove a car on one of the MARC press days at, I think, White City. Bette donated the Graham Hill trophy to the club and it has been contested since 1978.
There were three impressive looking Midgets on display at the Autosport Show in Birmingham in January - all of them side engine vehicles. The cars attracted a lot of interest from visitors and that may well generate new drivers on track in due course.
Hope you can all make it along to one of the meetings this year - a good variety of locations again so well done to those responsible and our thanks to all the sponsors and also to Spedeworth. It's 50 years since the first season of competition!
|Saturday 7th April||Birmingham||Fire expel / i Factor|
|Sunday 15th April||Buxton||Simon Pashley Cup (BCP Services)|
|Sunday 6th May||Swaffham|
|Sunday 20th May||Hednesford||British Championship|
|Monday 28th May||Eastbourne||Southern Championship|
|Sunday 10th June||Hednesford||European Championship|
|Sunday 24th June||Buxton||Northern Championship|
|Sunday 1st July||Aldershot||Bill Boarer Memorial|
|Saturday 21st July||Ipswich||World Championship (Super Slicks)|
|Saturday 11th August||Swaffham||June Cochrane Cup|
|Sunday 12th August||Swaffham||East of England Championship|
|Monday 27th August||Ipswich||National Championship (Pooley Plant)|
|Saturday 8th September||Birmingham||Dorrell Flooring Challenge|
|Sunday 23rd September||Swaffham||Derek Kisby Trophy|
|Sunday 7th October||Birmingham||Midland Championship|
|Sunday 21st October||Swaffham||Graham Hill Trophy|
|Saturday 3rd November||Birmingham||i Factor Final
We've been getting loads of detail for results from Spedeworth races in the seventies and discovered that the last ever Spedeworth Midget race (before the formation of the Grand Prix Midget Club) was won by MARC driver Paul Daly. I mailed Paul and unsurprisingly he was unaware of the significance. I say unsurprisingly as no one at the time would probably have given it a second thought. There was also a multi-formula race at the end of the meeting in question (Sunday 27th October 1974, Arlington) but the only Midget starter, Derek Johnson, wound up in the fence.
Moving on a couple of years, can anyone tell us more about a driver who pops up in the 1976 listings? It's 95 Tony Heath who scored 9 points in the season and I reckon they were at the Yarmouth meeting in July - he does not appear in any other results from the year. Thanks in advance.
The other thing which is a gaping hole in the archives are the complete championship points from 1981-1983 - if anyone has them it would be good to be able to build them into the archive.
Blast from the past
Richard – email@example.com