40yrs By Alan Crossland
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URMSTON – OUR CLUB –LOOKING BACK
The first meeting was held on Saturday 10th November 1979, in the Church Hall where we still race today. Racing was on the wooden floor – we had to put silicon on our tyres to get grip. The track consisted of second hand fireman’s hose and tyres obtained from British Gas, where I worked. Lap counting was by flip-cards. A driver would race in one heat, lap count for the next, then marshal for the next. An entry form had been issued beforehand, showing directions to club, and the racing fee of £1 for seniors, and 50p for juniors.
Twenty four race cars entered, the winner being a Peter Coles. The takings were £22.50, Trophy cost £1.80, Hire of room £6 – a profit of £14.70 was made. A small canteen was run for us by the Youth Club. The next meeting was on Saturday 8th December, then we tried Boxing Day, when 15 cars raced. We have raced every Boxing Day since.
NB. The Youth Club finished in June 1980, and all their drinks & sweets were given to our club.
Meetings were held once a month during 1980 on the second Saturday, and also on Spring Bank holiday, and August holiday Monday. With 1/12th stock cars slowly coming on the scene, we had the first all stock car heat on 26th May 1980, when the winner was Alan Crossland. At the end of 1980, there had been 44 different race cars, and 16 stock cars racing.
At the end of the year our funds were £40.12
On New Years Day we had our first all stock car meeting when 12 cars raced. The takings on that day were £12.85, the canteen made £8.50, and the room hire was £12 – we ended up with a profit of 85p. During this year we raced on two Saturday mornings – the 2nd & 4th, along with Easter Monday, May Day Monday, Spring Bank Holiday Monday, August Monday & Boxing Day. During 1981 we obtained a fly-over bridge – on the 2nd Saturday we raced on an oval track without bridge, but on the 4th Saturday, both Stock Cars & Race Cars used the bridge. For the bridge track drivers stood on the sanctuary step, and with the bridge being at that end, if you went too fast over it, and did not manage to sharp turn left at the piano, you ended up with your car in the gents toilet !! At this time a member built us a digital lap board – where three members would press two buttons each, as the cars went over the line. To identify the cars – a coloured flag was put on their car aerial. This flag more or less also indicated what crystal they were on – we only had 12 frequencies to use in those days – they were Black, Brown, Brown/Red, Red, Red/Orange, Orange, Orange/Yellow, Yellow, Yellow/.Green, Green, Green/Blue & Blue. The first “Urmston Drivers Championship” for Stock Cars was held on Thursday 29th October – 18 cars raced, the winner was Ian Yarwood.
At the end of the year, our finds stood at £35.99
The two Saturdays a month programme continued, with the fly-over bridge only in use on Bank Holidays. On Monday 25th January, we had a meeting at the 3rd Dayhulme Scout HQ, when 14 Stock Cars raced – the winner being Alan Crossland. The Easter Monday meeting was a busy one – 38 cars raced (with bridge), 27 Stock Cars & 11 Race Cars. The Stock Car final was a dead heat between Kelvin Hawkes from Burnley & Alan Crossland. At the Stock Car Urmston Drivers Championship on Thursday 25th October 23 cars raced – with Ian Yarwood being the winner
We had a match race with the Pendle Club at Nelson on 19th December- this was won by the Pendle Club.
At our meeting on Bank Holiday Monday 30th August (with bridge), 45 cars raced = 33 Stock Cars, 9 Race cars – and for the first time 3 Buggies.
At the end of 1982, our funds stood at £75.70.
Another meeting at 3rd Davyhulme Scout HQ on Monday 31st January had 12 Stock Car racing. The floor here was wood with a green type of paint on it – when we had finished we all had green tyres. Easter Monday 4th April (with bridge) saw 50 cars racing. 36 Stock Cars, 7 Race Cars & 7 Buggies. Stock Car winner was Joe Brown. In this year, we started some midweek racing at the 9th Urmston Scout HQ – just round the corner from our own track. At the end of the year 31 Stock Cars had raced here, and the points winner was Gary McMullen. We had a stand at Flixton May Day Steam advertising our cars, which brought in a few new members.
The 1983 Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars was held on Thursday 27th October when 22 drivers raced. The winner being Ian Yarwood – trophies being presented by F1 Stock Car driver Keith Davids. At our 4th Anniversary meeting on 12th November, 34 Stock Cars raced – the winner was Adam Longrigg from Burnley.
At the end of this year our funds stood at £56.76.
On New Years Day we had a fancy dress race, and looking at an old photo – there was a tank, bed, television, and shoe-box amongst others. The oval track was lined with a special white strip of plastic, and more Buggies came to race this year. Another meeting at 3rd Davyhulme Scout HQ on 27th February saw 17 Stock Cars – the winner was Rob Hatcliffe. At the Urmston Drivers Championship on 25th October 24 cars raced, and the trophies were presented by F1 Stock Car Driver Stuart Smith – the winner being Dennis Yarwood.
Midweek racing at 9th Urmston Scout HQ had continued, and the points champion this year was John Forster.
At the end of 1984, our club funds stood at £122.48.
Another fancy dress race on New Years Day, headed by our club mascot K9 the dog, included. A santa car, space capsule, and others. Our meeting at 3rd Davyhulme Scout HQ this year was attended by 25 stock cars, the winner was Dennis Yarwood. On Easter Monday 52 cars raced – 38 Stock Cars, 5 Race Cars & 9 Buggies.
The Urmston Drivers Championship in October had 32 Stock Cars – The trophies were presented by F1 Stock Car Driver Dave Berrisford. The winner being Gary McMullen. Our 6th Anniversary meeting on 16th November had 43 Stock Cars racing.. During June- August, we changed our midweek racing to outdoor buggy racing at the 9th Urmston Scout HQ. I would have a half day holiday on Wednesday afternoon, and cut a track on the grass forecourt. Twenty seven buggies raced over the 3 month period – Dave Collins scored the most points. The Stock Car midweek winner being Dennis Yarwood.
At the end of 1985, our funds stood at £363.96.
At our fancy dress meeting on New Years day, with K9 leading – we had a dog, bear, organ, bed, train and others. Our first points meeting on Saturday 11th January had 45 Stock Cars racing – the winner being Mick Bryan from Blackburn. We also had a stand again at the May Day Steam Rally. We held our first National meeting at the Princess Rooms Urmston on Sunday 11th May 1986 when 58 cars raced. The winner was Dave Clarke from Coventry. We now raced three Saturday mornings each month – the 2nd & 4th Saturday on oval track for Stock Cars, and the middle Saturday on a circuit style track for Race Cars and Buggies. This year’s meeting at 3rd Davyhulme Scout HQ was on 1st June – 21 stock cars raced.- the winner – Dennis Yarwood. Two other meetings were also held here on Sunday afternoons – the Derek Holiday meeting winner was Dennis Yarwood, and the White & Yellow meeting by Mark Jewell.
Our Urmston drivers meeting was on 23rd October with 25 cars racing – winner was Gary McMullen
Our anniversary meeting on 8th November had 40 Stock Cars & 5 Race cars. Stock Car winner – Mick Bryan.
At the end of 1986, our funds stood at £506.81.
On Thursday 3rd February, we had a one off meeting at the Swinging Bridge Pub- 10 Stock Cars, 8 Race Cars, 14- 2WD Buggies, 6- 4WD Buggies.
At our Saturday meeting on 28th March, we had 47 Stock Cars racing – winner Mick Bryan. As part of the Flixton Youth festival, we took the track to Flixton Youth Centre on Tuesday 21st July. It is not recorded who won.
We had our usual midweek meetings at 9th Urmston HQ – indoors until May, then an outdoor series for Buggies in July, August & September. Also this year we started some midweek racing at the 1ST Heaton Chapel Scout HQ Stockport – racing on a lino floor, for Stock Cars, and Ministocks which we had just started.
In August we started using a computer lap counting system, not automatic, but when buttons were pressed by lap counters, they appeared on the computer screen.
Our Urmston Drivers Championship this year was on 22nd October, with trophies being presented by F1 Stock Car Driver Frankie Wainman (Snr). The winner was Anthony Jewell.
The anniversary meeting on 14th November had 41 Stock Cars & 6 Race Cars. Stock Car winner Steve Moore. Our last meeting of the year on 28th December had 55 cars racing. No stock cars, 12 Ministocks, 19- 2WD Buggies, 14- 4WD Buggies, and 10 Race Cars.
At the end of 1987, our funds stood at £549.31.
The New Year started with the New Year Fancy Dress meeting, with many unusual cars on parade. The second & fourth Saturdays were for Stock Cars, the middle Saturday for others. On Saturday 19th March we had our highest ever attendance – 63 cars. 20-4WD Buggies, 28-2WD Buggies, 10 Ministocks & 5 Race Cars. This record was equalled a month later on 9th April. Racing still continued mid-week at 9th Urmston Scout HQ, with outdoor racing for Buggies during the summer and we also had a “one off” outdoor Buggy meeting at 5th Urmston Scout HQ on Urmston Meadows in June. At the Flixton May Day Steam, we had our stand again. We also did some indoor and Sunday outside racing at 3rd Flixton Scout HQ.
The Urmston Drivers Championship this year in October had 24 cars racing – the winner being Gary McMullen, and the trophies were presented by F1 Stock Car Driver Willie Harrison. At the anniversary meeting in November 41 cars raced – 35 Stock Cars, 6 Race Cars – Stock Car winner was Mick Bryan.
At the end of the year our funds stood at £643.14
New Year’s day had 55 cars – 35 Stock Cars, 14 Ministocks, & 5 Race Cars. As Ministocks had become so popular, we started to have a special night on the middle Friday night each month. Our stand at May Day steam was there again this year. Midweek racing alternated this year between the track at Heaton Chapel & 3rd Flixton Scout HQ. On 29th May we held the “British Open” meeting for Stock Cars with 36 cars – the winner was Jon Cutts from Rugby. There are several excellent pictures of this event in the scrapbook.
At Heaton Chapel raceway on Sunday 4th June – we held a special trophy meeting when 19 Stock Cars took part – winner Steve Moore from Burnley. The Urmston Drivers Championship in October had 21 cars – winner Anthony Jewell. The trophies were presented by F1 Stock Car World Champion Ray Tyldesley, who brought along the large impressive World Cup that he had recently won, to show us. The 10th Anniversary meeting was on 11th November with 38 Stock Cars, the winner being Peter Lee, the Mayor of Trafford attended this meeting and presented the trophies.
During this year I built six Mardave Midget Racers, and these were loaned out for £1 per meeting. They were raced at 23 meetings this year. Only one now survives and comes out on display at anniversary meetings, along with our old club mascot K9 the dog.
At the end of the year our funds stood at £700.68
During this year two Friday nights per month were allocated for Ministocks – and on Friday 16th March 34 cars raced – 21 Ministocks, 5 Race Cars, and 8 Midget racers (5 club owned). Ministock winner – Matthew Brown. On Easter Monday 57 cars raced – 37 Stock Cars, 20 Ministocks.- Stock Car winner Mick Bryan, Ministock winner Matthew Brown. There was a special “Scout Trophy” held at 3rd Flixton on Sunday 29th April with 18 Stock Cars – winner Peter Lee. A stand as usual was at the May Day Steam Rally, but this was for the last time.
A Stock Car national meeting was held on Monday 28th May – 34 cars- winner Anthony Jewell. We held our last meeting with the bridge in September 1990. as it was just about falling to bits!! In October our Urmston Drivers meeting had 20 Stock Cars – winner Anthony Jewell, and for our 11th anniversary meeting we had 42 Stock Cars, winner being again Anthony Jewell. At our Boxing Day meeting we had a caravan race, with trophies for the best looking and the last going that still resembled a caravan.
At the end of the year our funds stood at £381.90
A new oval track, with solid centre came into use for Stock Car & Ministock meetings, but on the middle Saturday we still used a circuit style track. A Northern District Championship was organised for Stock Cars and Ministocks. Rounds were held at Heaton Chapel, Urmston & Biddulph. Only a record of Round 1 exists for the meetings at Heaton Chapel – for Stock Cars on Sunday 2nd February – 32 Ministocks, and for Stock Cars on 1st March 25 Stock Cars. Our Stock Car national meeting in May had 32 cars, with the winner being Ian Yarwood (Snr).
Urmston Drivers this year on 25th October had 23 Stock Cars, with 6 Midget Racers as extra’s. The winner was Anthony Jewell, who also won our 12th Anniversary meeting which had 41 Stock Cars. On Friday 22nd November there was a busy meeting of Ministocks, with 42 racing, the winner being Graham Collier.
At the end of the year our funds stood at £613.42.
The year continued with 2nd & 4th Saturday for Stock Cars, middle Saturday for Buggies and Race Cars, and two Friday nights for Ministocks. with midweek racing at our Heaton Chapel track – still racing on the wooden floor at Urmston, and lino at Heaton Chapel. A meeting on Friday13th March had 46 Ministocks racing, and on Saturday 21st March 38 cars – 21 2WD Buggies, 4 4WD Buggies, 7 race Cars and 6 Midget Racers. As many clubs were starting to race on carpet, we paid £220 for a carpet which we only used at our Heaton Chapel track from August. A Northern District Championship for Ministocks & Stocks was started again, with rounds at Heaton Chapel, Biddulph, Horwich & Urmston. Stock Car final to be at Urmston (won by Anthony Jewell), Ministock final to be at Horwich won by Dave Hastings. Round 1 for Stock Cars at Urmston on Easter Monday raised 41cars = the winner Anthony Jewell. We had our Stock Car national meeting on 25th May with 31 cars – the winner Stephen Field from Coventry. Reports of this meeting were published in the magazines “Model Cars” &”Radio Race Car” A new trial automatic lap counting system was brought along by the BRCA, and a special gantry was placed over the track for the transponder loop. The usual outdoor midweek buggy racing at 9th Urmston Scout HQ was held in June & July. October 22nd saw our annual Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars – 20 Stock cars raced, with 6 Midget racers as support. Winner was Jon Simpson.
A November handicap meeting was held at Heaton Chapel on 1st November, 15 Stock Cars and 13 Ministocks took part. The Stock Car winner was Paul Harrison, Ministock winner Jon Simpson. The anniversary meeting on 14th November had 37 Stock Cars, with the winner being Ian Yarwood (Snr). The Boxing Day meeting this year included Caravan races.
Club champions for this year were – Stock Cars – Peter Lee, Ministocks – Anthony Jewell, Race Cars – Alan Crossland, 2WD Buggies – Dale Hazzlewood, 4WD Buggies – Steve Midgley.
Still racing on wooden floor at Urmston, on carpet midweek at Heaton Chapel. New Years day was a fancy dress and caravan race meeting for Ministocks. Again we had a Northern District Championship for Stock Cars & Ministocks, with rounds at Heaton Chapel, Horwich, Biddulph and Urmston, the finals being Biddulph for Stock Cars, and Heaton Chapel for Ministocks. On 16th January (middle Saturday) we had 45 cars – 24 2WD Buggies, 9-4WD Buggies, 6-Race Cars, and 6 Midget Racers, and then on 23rd January a Stock Car meeting with 43 cars – winner being Mick Bryan. Round 1 of the Northern District Championship at Heaton Chapel raised 36 cars – a tight squeeze in that Scout HQ – the winner was Jon Simpson. There were again 36 cars at Heaton Chapel for the “Derek Holliday” trophy on 4th April – 21 Stock Cars, & 15 Ministocks. Stock Car winner – Mick Bryan, Ministock winner Andy Roberts. Easter Monday was the Northern District Round for Stock Cars at Urmston with 44 racing. The winner was Greg Lloyd. This was followed on Monday 3rd May by the Northern Round at Urmston for Ministocks, there were 33 Ministocks, with 5 Race Cars & 6 Midget Racers as support. The winner being Darren Harrison. On Sunday 23rd May we had the Northern District finals at Heaton Chapel – overall winners being Matt Hocking from Biddulph for Stock Cars, and Vince Brickell for Ministocks. Our Stock Car national this year was on 31st May when 37 cars took part the winner was Rob Woolley. A report of this meeting went into magazines. The usual outdoor buggies took place again at 9th Urmston Scout HQ during June & July. October 23rd was our Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars with 22 cars. Winner Dale Hazzlewood. Twenty eight drivers took part at our anniversary meeting on 13th November- winner Jon Simpson. More Stock Car drivers turned up on Saturday 27th November – 48 cars!! – winner this time was Mick Bryan. With the closure of the Heaton Chapel Scout HQ, the carpet and inner track were brought to Urmston in November, when for the first time, midweek racing came to our home track. The carpet was only used midweek, all other meeting were still on the wooden floor.
Prior to this year, the canteen consisting of chocolates and cans was run on a rota system by ladies from the Church or mothers of drivers. Jean, who’s son had started racing, eventually took over, and from then on it was things such as egg barm, sausage barm, bacon barm,full English breakfast etc. Some men from the allotments next to the Church used to call in for a bacon barm and cuppa. This new canteen brought in extra funds for the club
Club champions for 1993 were – Stock Cars Mick Bryan, Ministocks Vince Brickell, 2WD Buggies Danny Hazzlewood and Graham Jardine joint 1st, 4WD Buggies Eamon Kenny. Heaton Chapel champions Stock Cars Gareth Jones, Ministocks David Bryant.
Format still 2nd & 4th Saturdays Stock Cars, middle Saturday Buggies, race Cars, two Friday nights for Ministocks, all still on the wooden floor, but now midweek racing on carpet twice per month. There was caravan racing on New Year’s day for Ministocks. Middle Saturday saw 32 cars – 17 2WD Buggies, 9 4WD Buggies, and 6 Race Cars. The following Saturday 40 Stock Cars raced – winner Jon Simpson. The Northern District Championships were held again with rounds at Horwich, Biddulph, Urmston(wood floor) and Urmston midweek on carpet. Finals to be at Horwich for Stock Cars, and Urmston for Ministocks. The Ministocks northern round was held at Urmston on 25th February with 36 cars, the winner being Steve Farmer from Biddulph. The northern round for Stock Cars on Easter Monday 4th April had 38 cars with the winner being Rob Woolley. Our Stock Car national this year was on 30th May with 36 cars – the winner Stephen Field from Coventry. Another successful out door series was again held during June & July at the 9th Urmston Scout HQ. At the end of the Northern District championship the winners were – Stock Cars Saul Hocking from Biddulph, and Andy Roberts for |Ministocks. 49 Stock Car drivers, and 41 Ministock drivers had taken part in the championship this year. The Urmston Drivers Championship in October had 15 cars, the winner being Adam Bryant. On 19th November we used the carpet track for the middle Saturday meetings for the first time when 25 cars raced – 12-2WD Buggies, 7- 4WD Buggies and 6 Race Cars. The 15th anniversary meeting on 12th November had 41 Stock Cars racing – winner Rob Woolley. Boxing Day for Stock Cars also included a caravan race. As a “one off” we had the carpet track on 30th December for Stock Cars & Ministocks. The winners were Stock Cars Mark Moorwood from Sheffield, Ministocks Colin Eardley from Biddulph.
Points champions for 1994 were – Stock Cars Mick Bryan, Ministocks Jon Simpson, 2WD Buggies Graham Jardine, 4WD Buggies Stephen Draper.
The programme for 1995 was 2nd & 4th Saturday on wooden floor for Stock Cars, and two Friday nights for Ministocks on wood. The middle Saturday was on carpet for Race Cars & Buggies, and midweek racing was on carpet. The northern district championship for Ministocks & Stock Cars would be held with rounds at Horwich, Urmston (midweek on carpet), Biddulph, Sheffield and Urmston (on wood). Finals being Stock Cars Urmston (on carpet) and Ministocks at Horwich.
Our New Year meeting on 2nd January was for Ministocks when 32 cars raced – winner Jon Simpson. There was also a caravan race. The 1st Northern District round for Ministocks was at Urmston midweek on 1st February on a carpeted track, 22 Ministocks raced with 8 Stock Cars as support. Ministock winner was Darren Harrison. The Northern round for Ministocks was again at Urmston. on Friday 24th February on wood, 31 cars raced, the winner being Adam Bryant. Next it was the Northern round for Stock Cars midweek on carpet – 26 Stock Cars raced with 8 Ministocks as support. The Stock Car winner was Rob Woolley. The Northern round for Stock Cars was on wood on 17th April when 23 cars took part – winner Greg Lloyd. Our Stock national this year was on 29th May when 25 cars raced – winner Rob Woolley. This would be the last national Stock Car meeting anywhere on a wooden floor. An LED moving sign display was given to us on free loan in May and this multi-coloured display would show the heat and race number. The most important purchase was in June when we purchased an AMB automatic lap counting system, at a cost of around £3,000. This was done by £1,000 from club funds, and an interest free loan by myself. To help with funds, football cards, and a sponsored meeting was held. A special gantry was placed over the track for the transponder loop. We were the first oval club to obtain the automatic system, and the system was taken to all the clubs doing a national meeting until such times as each club got their own. The BRCA gave us 50% of the BRCA levy from each meeting for it’s use.
July saw the introduction of a newsletter called “URMSTON RACEWAY NEWS” which would be produced every two or three months. This gave information generally, along with points table positions, and news from other clubs and nationals. Friday 21st July saw the last Ministock meeting on the wooden floor with 20 racing, the winner Gary McMullen. The next day Saturday 22nd July was the last meeting for Stock Cars on wood with 15 cars, winner Mark Moorwood. From 1st August, all our meetings would be on carpet. Issue No.2 of “URMSTON RACEWAY NEWS came out in September. The Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars was on 21st September when 17 cars took part, the winner being Gary McMullen. There was a busy Stock Car meeting on 28th October with 37 cars, the winner was Dave Hastings (Haggis). Issue No3 of Raceway news came out in November at the anniversary meeting which had 36 Stock Cars racing. The winner was Mark Moorwood from Sheffield. Boxing Day 1995 had 27 Stock Cars racing with Mark Moorwood again winning. There was also a caravan race. From the sponsored meetings, £750 was made – £375 was given to Church funds, the other £375 towards paying off the loan for the lap counting system.
Club champions for 1995 were Stock Cars Mark Moorwood, Ministocks Darren Harrison, 2WD Buggies- Steven Byrne, 4WD Buggies Dale Hazzlewood, Race Cars – Graham Collier. Midweek champions at Urmston – Stock Cars Gary McMullen, Ministocks Gary McMullen. Northern District champions – Stock Cars Rob Wooley, Ministocks Colin Eardley from Biddulph.
All racing now on carpet. New Years Day for Ministocks had 29 cars, winner Gary McMullen. There was also a caravan race. Issue No4 of the Newsletter came out in January. The Northern District Championships were to be held again with rounds at Horwich, Biddulph, Urmston and Sheffield, with final for Stock Cars at Biddulph, and for Ministocks at Urmston. Round 1 for Ministocks at Urmston was on 23rd February with 43 cars, the winner was Gary McMullen. Issue No.5 of the Newsletter came out in March, giving the good news that the club had re-paid the loan for the lap counter. Northern round for Stock Cars at Urmston on 8th April had 28 cars, winner Greg Lloyd. A Ministock meeting on Monday 6th May was sponsored by Ian Andrew Furnishings, and had 39 cars racing with Gary McMullen being the winner. The national meeting on 27th May had 35 cars, the winner Mark Moorwood from Sheffield. Raceway News issue No6 in June, stated that there would be no midweek outdoor Buggy racing this summer. A Ministock open meeting on 26th August had 28 cars racing, with Colin Eardley from Biddulph being the winner. This was followed by issue No7 of the Newsletter in September. Our Urmston Drivers Championship meeting in September had 13 Stock Cars racing with 11 Ministocks as support. The winner was Gary McMullen. The 9th November was our 17th anniversary meeting with 36 Stock Cars, Gary McMullen being the winner. A “November Handicap Meeting” was held on 13th November with 26 Ministocks, and 6 Stock Cars as support. – winner Andrew Crook. A meeting for the “Minmasters” trophy on Friday 22nd November had 29 cars, the winner being Steven Byrne. A Christmas edition of the Newsletter (No8) was produced.
Club champions for 1996 were – Stock Cars Gary McMullen, Ministocks Gary McMullen, 2WD Buggies Robert Cherry, 4WD Buggies Stephen Draper, Race Cars Alan Crossland
We had received this year £166 from the BRCA for the use of our automatic lap counting system at other club nationals.
Same format as last year for racing – 2nd & 4th Saturday Stock Cars, 2nd & 4th Friday Ministocks – now upgraded and called Saloonstocks, and middle Saturday for Buggies and Race Cars. The New Year’s Day meeting was for Saloonstocks, also with a caravan race. 30 cars raced, Darren Wood being the winner. The Northern District Championship was again arranged, with rounds at Horwich, Biddulph and Urmston. (No Sheffield), Stock Car final to be at Horwich, Saloonstock final to be at Biddulph. The Saloonstock round at Urmston was on 21st February with 36 Saloonstocks, and 6 Standard Ministocks. The winner was Karl Kristoffersen. The Stock Car round was on 1st March with 28 cars. The winner was Alastair Needham. Raceway News No. 9 was issued in March. Our national meeting was on 26th May with 39 cars, the winner being Jon Cutts from Rugby. Raceway News No.10 was printed in June. On Bank Holiday Monday 25th August, there was a meeting for Saloonstocks and also Hot Rods – a class not normally raced here. There were 33 Saloonstocks and 8 Hot Rods racing. Gary McMullen won the Saloonstock final, Alastair Needham won the Hot Rod final. The annual Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars was on Thursday 18th September, and had 19 cars racing, Gary McMullen was the winner. Newsletter No 11 in September brought everyone up to date with points tables, and general information. The over-track gantry for the transponder loop was removed as the loop now went under the carpet, and the gantry was then used (with a front panel added) to be a protection and storage shelf at race control, with the traffic lights mounted on. Our 18th anniversary meeting in November had 37 Saloonstocks racing on Friday 7th November, winner Robert Cherry, and 36 Stock Cars on Saturday 8th November , with Darren Wood the winner. Issue No12 of the Newsletter came out for the anniversary meetings. A series of 3 meetings were held for “car football” the two ends of the track being taken out for goal area. Twenty drivers attended, divided into 5 teams. Our Boxing Day meeting had 24 Stock Cars, and Gary McMullen was the winner. There was also a caravan race.
The 1997 Club Champions were – Stock Cars – Darren Wood, Saloonstocks – Karl Kristoffersen, 2WD Buggies Robert Cherry, 4WD Buggies David Smith, Race Cars David Smith.
We had received this year £201 from the BRCA for the use of our automatic lap counting system at other club nationals.
Format for racing same as last year, except that as Buggies had now stopped racing, Hot Rods could race with Race Cars on the middle Saturday. The Northern District Championship was held again, with rounds at Macclesfield, Biddulph and Urmston, with Stock Car final at Urmston, and Saloonstock final at Macclesfield.
New Year’s Day was Saloonstocks and a caravan race. 29 cars raced with Karl Kristoffersen the winner. The Stock Car northern round at Urmston was on 13th April with 31 cars, plus 10 Hot Rods as support. Stock Car winner Karl Kristoffersen. Issue No13 of the newsletter came out in February. At our Stock Car national meeting on 25th May 34 cars raced, with 6 Rebels as support. Winner was Gary McMullen. Issue No14 of the newsletter in May gave details of the Welsh open meeting at Ammanford South Wales where there were more drivers from the Urmston club than all the other clubs put together. Gary McMullen won this one. On August Bank Holiday 31st August 30 cars raced – 19 Saloonstocks, 6 Hot Rods, 3 Rebels and 2 Standard Ministocks. Saloonstock winner was Wayne Martin. In September the newsletter No.15 was produced, and contained the news that one of our longest serving members had passed away – Walter Gill. The circuit track on the middle Saturday was disbanded in the summer, as we no longer had Buggies and the Race Cars had shrunk to four, so it was the oval track for all meetings from now on. The Urmston Drivers Championship on 22nd October had 19 Stock Cars, the winner was Anthony Jewell. The anniversary weekend saw 42 cars -37 Saloonstocks and 5 3WD cars racing (winner Karl Kristoffersen) on the Friday night, and 59 cars – 50 Stock Cars, 6 Rebels, and 3 3WD racing on the Saturday. Stock car winner Anthony Jewell. Newsletter No16 was issued in November in time for these anniversary meetings, and included some history of the club. Usual fun on Boxing Day – Stock cars and a caravan race. Anthony Jewell won the Stock Car final.
Club Champions for 1998 – Stock Cars – Karl Kristoffersen, Saloonstocks – Karl Kristoffersen, Hot Rods – Alastair Needham, Race Cars – David Smith. Northern District champions – Stock Cars – Gary McMullen, Saloonstocks Darren Wood.
This year the club earned £50 for the use of our automatic lap counter at other club nationals.
Format for racing – all on oval track – 2nd and 4th Saturday Stock Cars, 2nd & 4th Friday Saloonstocks, middle Saturday Hot Rods, Rebels and 3WD. New Year’s Day was for Saloonstocks with caravans. 22 cars raced, winner David Smith. The Northern District Chmpionship was held again, with rounds at Urmston, Biddulph and Crewe. A busy meeting on Saturday 30th January had 44 cars – 36 Stock Cars and 8 Rebels – Stock Car winner Darren Wood. Issue of newsletter No 17 in March gave details of the British Open meeting held at the NEC Birmingham in January. Northern District round 1 for Saloonstocks at Urmston was on 12th March, 30 cars raced, with the winner being Karl Kristoffersen. The Stock Car northern round on 5th April had 23 cars, Darren Wood being the winner. The national meeting for Stock Cars this year was on 31st May – 35 Stock Cars raced, with 8 Rebels as support. Winner Anthony Jewell. Our Raceway Newsletter No.18 came out in June, and issue No19 in September. The Urmston Drivers Championship on Thursday 21st October had 22 cars – winner Gary McMullen. For our anniversary meetings in November, issue No20 of our newsletter was produced, with a few details of past information. On Friday 12th November it was the anniversary meeting for Saloonstocks when 32 cars raced, winner Peter Burgess, and on Saturday 13th for Stock Cars 45 raced, winner Phil Smith from Rugby. A special cake had been made for this 20th anniversary meeting, with a race track in icing on top. Boxing Day had 25 Stock Cars, the winner Gareth Jones. There was also a caravan race.
Club Champions for 1999 were – Stock Cars Anthony – Jewell, Saloonstocks Gary McMullen, Hot Rods – Alastair Needham. Rebels – David Smith.
Northern District Champions for 1999 – Stock Cars Darren Wood, Saloonstocks Darren Wood.
Racing format same as last year. New Year’s Day 33 cars, 22 Saloonstocks, 11 Hot Rods, Saloonstock winner Adam Cawthray. The Northern District Championship was held again, with rounds at Urmston, Biddulph and Crewe. Our first newsletter of the year No.21 stated that we had 75 club members. There is a record in this issue of the 1st ND round for Saloonstocks at Crewe, the winner being Mike Johnson from Crewe. The Saloonstock northern round at Urmston in March had 29 cars and was won by David Smith, and the Stock Car round on Easter Monday 24th April had 38 cars, with Anthony Jewell being the winner. May 29th saw our Stock car national with 42 cars – winner being Ian Johnson from Hathern Club. A Stock Car meeting on 8th April for the John Forster Cup had 40 cars, the winner Anthony Jewell, but the trophy which goes to the best blue was won by Stuart Preston. Newsletter No22 stated that we now had a web-site www.urccc.co.uk, thanks to Andrew Forster. The Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars was on 21st October with 17 cars, plus 6 Saloonstocks as support. Winner Anthony Jewell. Our 21st anniversary weekend in November was well supported. On Friday 10th November 31 cars raced – 27 Saloonstocks, and 4 Hot Rods. Gary McMullen won the Saloonstock final. On Saturday 11th November there were 47 Stock Cars, with 16 visiting drivers from as far away as Cambridge, Liskeard, Rugby and Hathern. Gary McMullen won. There was Grand Buffet afterwards at Urmston Masonic Hall with about 80 people there. Alan was presented with a gold wrist watch, and a carriage clock suitably inscribed as a token of thanks from the members. At this stage we have had 1,171 members, and 1,342 meetings in the Church hall. A special cake had been baked, and a large “Thank You” card was signed by members. Issue 23 of the Newsletter came out for this anniversary meeting. The November handicap meeting on 18th November saw Gary McMullen winning the Stock Cars, and Paul Jenkinson winning the Saloonstocks. Boxing Day, and it was Stock Cars and Caravans as last year. 25 cars raced – winner Paul Jenkinson.
Club champions for 2000 were – Stock Cars – Anthony Jewell, Saloonstocks – David Smith.
Northern District Champions for 2000 – Stock Cars Gary McMullen, Saloonstocks David Smith.
Format for 2001 was 2nd & 4th Saturday – Stock Cars, 2nd & 4th Friday – Saloonstocks, middle Saturday Mixed Formula -Stock Cars & Saloonstocks, but not points meeting. Midweek racing on Wednesday also continued. New Year’s Day was a meeting for Saloonstocks & Hot Rods, including a caravan race. There was a busy meeting on Saturday 24th February when 46 Stock Cars raced, including eight drivers from Holland the final winner was Ben Harding from Rugby. In the issue No.24 of Raceway News in March, it stated that the Northern District Championship was held as a “one off meeting” at Biddulph on 4th March as there had been difficulty finding dates for the different rounds. David Smith won both classes. Our Stock Car national was held on Monday 28th May with 54 cars, the winner was Karl Spencer from Rugby. Issue No25 of Raceway News came out in June. This year we also held a Saloonstock & Hot Rod national on August Monday – 50 cars, 35 Saloonstocks and 15 Hot Rods. David Smith won the Saloonstocks, and Craig McInerney from Biddulph won the Hot Rods. The Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars was on 29th September with 24 cars, the winner being Gary McMullen. Issue No 26 of Raceway News came out for the 22nd Anniversary meeting on 10th November. It gave details of the first World Stock Car Championship held at JJB Sportsdrome in Trafford Park on the weekend of 13/14th October. This was won by Phil Smith from Rugby. Our anniversary weekend was well attended – 17 Saloonstocks on the Friday night and 54 Stock Cars on Saturday. Saloonstock winner Paul Jenkinson, Stock Car winner Phil Smith from Rugby. At our November handicap meeting, Ian Warman won the Saloonstocks, and Joe Brown the Stock Cars. We had a TOM YARWOOD| memorial meeting on 15th December with 40 Stock Cars racing, the winner being Karl Spencer from Rugby. On Boxing Day we had Stock Cars and caravans. 26 raced with Steve Farmer from Biddulph being the winner.
This year our club loaned £1,300 to Liskeard Model Car Club, so that they could purchase an automatic lap counting system.
Club champions for 2001 were – Stock Cars Ben Harding, Saloonstocks Gary McMullen.
New Year’s Day had 14 Saloonstocks and 5 Hot Rods – Saloonstock winner – Adam Bryant. There was a busy weekend 25th/26th January – Friday night 24 Saloonstocks, winner David Smith, and 38 Stock Cars on Saturday – winner Ben Harding from Rugby. Raceway News No 27 stated that we had just started a new class of car – Bangers, and that the Northern District Championship would be as last year – a “one off” meeting. This was held at Urmston on Easter Monday1st April with 34 Stock Cars, the winner being Andy Cox. Issue No 28 of Raceway News came out in June with information about track improvements that had been made, and extra hand-out transponders purchased. We held our Stock national this year on 3rd June, when 48 cars raced, the winner was Ben Harding. On the August Bank Holiday Monday we had a Saloonstock, Hot Rod & Standard Mini national – 27 Saloonstocks, 18 Hot Rods & 6 Standard Minis. David Smith won the Saloonstocks & Standard Mini class. Our annual Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars on 18th October had 19 cars with Gary McMullen being the winner. Issue No 29 of Raceway News came out for our 23rd anniversary weekend 8/9th November – Friday night had 18 Saloonstocks and 12 Bangers. David Smith won the Saloonstocks. Next day 47 Stock Cars raced – winner Ben harding. At this time, when Bangers raced on the Friday evenings, they finshed with a Destruction Derby – winner getting a free bodyshell. The November handicap meeting on 16th November had Margaret Dunbar winning for Stock Cars, and Ian Bryant winning for Saloonstocks. Boxing Day had 21 Stock Cars and 9 Bangers racing. Andy Cox winning the Stock Cars.
2002 Club Champions – Stock Cars – Gary McMullen, Saloonstoocks David Smith, Bangers – Gary McMullen.
New Year’s Day had 25 cars – 5 Stock Cars, 10 Saloonstocks & 10 Hot Rods. David Smith won the Saloonstocks. The meeting finished with a caravan race. A busy weekend 17/18th January, had on the Friday, 15 Saloonstoks winner Adam Cawthray, and 14 Bangers, then next day 36 Stock Cars winner Gareth Jones. Raceway News No 30 in March recorded that Gary McMullen was Stock Car national champion for the 8th time. The Northern District Championship this year would be held over two rounds, Urmston & Biddulph. At the Urmston round, 33 Stock Cars raced, Karl Spencer from Rugby being the winner, and who also later won the championship. We had our Stock Car national meeting on 26th May with 48 cars racing, the winner Ben Harding. Our Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars was on 19th September with 30 cars. Stewart Smith being the winner. Issue No.31 of Raceway News came out for the anniversary meeting weekend 7/8th November. This issue gave details of the Stock Car world championship held at RAF Cosford 18/19th October, where the winner was our own Gary McMullen who will now race with a gold roof. On the anniversary weekend on the Friday night there were 20 Saloonstocks –winner Gary McMullen, and 19 Bangers, and on Saturday 53 Stock Cars, winner Steve Farmer from Biddulph. On Wednesday 8th December we had our highest ever number of cars racing midweek – 47. 32 Stock Cars (one driver from Austria) 7 Saloonstocks, & 8 Bangers. Gary McMullen won the Stock Cars. There was a good turnout for the Tom Yarwood trophy on 20th December when 44 Stock Cars raced – Phil Smith from Rugby was the winner. On Boxing Day there were 22 Stock Cars and 10 Bangers. David Smith won the Stock Cars
2003 Club Champions – Stock Cars – Gary McMullen, Saloonstocks David Smith, Bangers – Mike Tomkinson.
Format for 2004 same as last year was 2nd & 4th Saturday – Stock Cars, 2nd & 4th Friday – Saloonstocks, middle Saturday Mixed Formula -Stock Cars & Saloonstocks, but not points meeting. Midweek racing on Wednesday also continued. New Year’s Day meeting for Saloonstocks and Hot Rods was also a fancy dress meeting, the actual parade headed as usual by K9 the dog mascot. There was a busy Stock Car meeting on January 17th – 40 cars, winner Stewart Smith. On April 12th we had our Northern District Championship round for Stock Cars with 43 cars, with Phil Smith from Rugby being the winner. Our Stock Car national was as usual on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, this time we had 50 cars, David Smith being the winner. The Urmston Drivers Championship for Stock Cars in October had 29 cars, winner Alan Bellis. Raceway News issue No 32 came out in November in time for our 25th anniversary meetings. On the Friday night (12th November) we had 13 Saloonstocks and 22 Bangers, then on Saturday – 53 Stock Cars, the winner being Matthew Bennett from Rugby. A special cake had been made for this event, and later we went to the “Greyhound Hotel” in Flixton for a meal. A club Tee shirt had been printed for members commemorating the event. At our Boxing Day meeting on 27th December, for the Heddy Evans Trophy had 25 Stock Cars and 17 Bangers racing. Stock Car winner Daren Grace.
Club champions for 2004 were – Stock Cars Phil Smith, and Saloonstocks Joe Ramsden
Same format again this year. The New Year’s Day meeting had 42 cars – 23 Stock Cars – winner Ian Johnson from Hathern. The Urmston round for the Northern District Campionship for Stock Cars was on 28th March with 29 cars, Ben Harding being the winner. National time again – with Ben Harding winning. Urmston Drivers in October had 31 Stocks Paul Jenkinson being the winner. Our anniversary weekend 11/12th November had 32 cars on the Friday night (this was for the Ted Longshaw trophy) -– 15 Saloonstocks winner Paul Midgely, and 17 Bangers, winner Alastair Needham. There were 38 Stock Cras on the Saturday morning, winner Ben Harding. There was the November handicap meeting a week later winners Stock Cars Angela Yarwood, Saloonstocks George Brockbanks. There was a good turnout for the Tom Yarwood trophy on 10th December with 35 Stock Cars. A very close final with the winner being Paul Jenkinson on split times from Ian Johnson. There is a record of a car football evening on 30th December with 5 teams of 4 cars.
There were no further issues of Raceway News.
Club champions for 2005 – Stock Cars – Anthony Wyper, Saloonstocks Paul Midgley. Northern District Champion Karl Spencer from Rugby. This was the last year that this championship was held.
Same format of meetings again this year. The New Year meteing on 2nd January had 32 cars – 12 Stocks, 3 Saloonstocks, and 17 Hot Rods. A meeting on 10th February showed that the numbers of Saloonstocks was going down. There were only 8 Saloonstocks, but 26 Bangers. We had the first Urmston Drivers Championship for Bangers on 25th April with 29 cars, the winner was Anthony Wyper. The meeting finished with a 24 car Destruction Derby, won by Charlotte Yarwood. Twenty three Stock Cars took part in our Urmston Drivers Championship on 30th September, Alastair Needham being the winner. We did not hold a Stock Car national in 2006. Anniversary time again, Friday night had 17 Saloonstocks and 25 Bangers. Martin (Pinky) Cooper from Cambridge won the Saloonstocks, Anthony Wyper won the Bangers. Saturday morning had 45 Stock Cars, winner Ben Harding. The November Handicap meeting on 18th November saw Duncan Stott win the Stock Cars, and Anthony Wyper the Bangers. Boxing Day was for the Heddy Evans Trophy and Angela Yarwood was the winner of the 11 Stock Cars. Bangers had 18 cars that day.
Club champions for 2006 – Stock Cars Alastair Needham, Saloonstocks Paul Midgely, Bangers Alastair Needham.
New Year’s Day had 27 cars – 4 Stock Cars, 5 Saloonstocks and 18 Hot Rods (our bangers were allowed to race as Hot Rods but as non contact). Terry Crowley won the Stock Cars, Angela Yarwood the Saloonstocks, and Anthony Wyper the Hot Rods. Our 2nd Urmston Drivers Championship for Bangers was held this year again in April with 18 cars. Alastair Needham won the final, Anthony Wyper won the 14 car DD. Again – no Stock Car national in 2007, but we held a Banger national on August Bank Holiday Monday 27th August with 23 Bangers. The winner was Anthony Wyper. October saw our annual Stock Car Urmston Drivers Championship with 13 cars, winner Anthony Wyper. Our 28th anniversary weekend 9/10th November – Friday night had 27 cars – 13 Saloonstocks – winner Paul Midgely, and 14 Bangers – winner Dave Williamson. Saturday morning had 26 Stock Cars, with Anthony Wyper winning the final. Boxing Day for the Heddy Evans trophy was a quiet meeting with 7 Stocks – winner Terry Crowley, and 10 Bangers, winner Warren Riley.
Club champions 2007 – Stock Cars Anthony Wyper, Saloonstocks Ivan Doherty, Bangers Anthony Wyper.
Racing dates same as previous year, but the New Year’s Day meeting was scrapped. Martin Riley won the Urmston Drivers championship for Bangers in April. Our Stock national was on again this year, and was held on 26th May with 29 cars. Ben Harding was the winner. Carl Baker won the Stock Car Urmston Drivers Championship in October which had 16 cars. Our 29th anniversary weekend in November with 21 Stock Cars saw Clive Buckler from Rugby win the Stock Car meeting. The November handicap meeting had Jon Ashworth winning the Stock Cars, and Adam Lyons the Saloonstocks, and Hannah Ayriss the Bangers. At our Boxing Day meeting Carl Baker won the Heddy Evans trophy. There were 30 cars that day – 13 Stock Cars, 6 Saloonstocks & 11 Bangers.
Club champions 2008 – Stock Cars – Carl Baker, Saloonstocks Paul Midgley, and Rob Brickell Bangers.
Format for 2009 was still 2nd & 4th Saturday – Stock Cars, 2nd & 4th Friday – Saloonstocks, middle Saturday Mixed Formula – Stock Cars, Saloonstocks, & Bangers but not points meeting. Midweek racing on Wednesday also continued, with Stock Cars, Bangers, and Drifters. New Year’s Day meeting was on again this year with 34 cars – 20 Stocks, 5 Saloonstocks & 9 Bangers. Stewart Smith won the Stock Cars, Gary McMullen Saloonstocks, and Rick Rowbotham Bangers. There was a 40 car meeting on Saturday 31st January with 16 Stock Cars winner Terry Crowley, 5 Saloonstocks winner Gary Osborne, 12 Bangers winner Rick Rowbotham, and 7 Drifters winner Carl baker. The John Forster Cup this year was won by Anthony Wyper. Our national Stock Car meeting in May had 31 cars – Ben Harding was the winner. We had a Drifter Open Meeting on August Bank Holiday 31st August which attracted 20 Drifters with 15 Stock Cars as support. Anthony Wyper won the Drifter final, and Ben Harding the Stock Car final. At the Urmston Drivers championship for Stocks in September there were 17 cars with Anthony Wyper winning. There were also 5 Bangers and 3 Drifters as support. The November handicap meeting attracted 41 cars – 22 Stocks winner Adam Lyons, 7 Saloonstocks winner Ian Warman, and 8 Bangers – winner Hannah Ayriss. It was our 30th anniversary on the weekend 20/21st November. On the Friday night there were 21 Saloonstocks with Vin Brickell being the winner, and 24 Bangers won by Martin Riley. The meeting finished with a 16 car DD won by Brian Redikin. Next day saw 46 Stock Cars, and Anthony Wyper was the winner. Anthony also won the Tom Yarwood trophy in December. Our Boxing Day meeting had 19 Stock Cars – winner Paul Jenkinson, 10 Bangers- winner Rick Rowbotham, and 5 Drifters winner Daniel McMullen.
Friday night racing finished in December.
Club champions for 2009 – Stock Cars – Carl Baker, Saloonstocks – Vin Brickell, Bangers – Adam Sutherland.
From 1st January Stock Cars and Saloonstocks raced on the 2nd Saturday, a Mixed formula meeting on the middle Saturday, and Stock cars & Bangers on the 4th Saturday. Midweek on Wednesdays for Stock Cars, Bangers and Drifters. The New Year meeting had 26 cars. 16 Stock Cars winner Anthony Wyper, 3 Saloonstocks & 5 Bangers. The John Forster Cup in March was won again by Anthony Wyper. At a Stock Car meeting on 10th July, there was a dead heat for first place in one of the races – Mark Moorwood & Gary McMullen both with 70 laps and total time and best lap the same. National time again in May, and there were 30 Stock Cars with Ben Harding from Rugby winning. On August Bank Holiday Monday we had Banger team racing with 20 cars, also 12 Stock cars as support. The Urmston Drivers championship for Stock Cars in October was won by Paul Jenkinson (29 cars raced). Our 31st anniversary meeting on Saturday 13th November had 44 cars – 30 Stock Cars, 5 Saloonstocks, and 9 Bangers. Stock Car winner Anthony Wyper. The November Handicap meeting was won by Brett Marshall for Stock Cars, and Max Howard for Bangers. The Tom Yarwood Trophy was won by Mark Moorwood. Our Boxing Day meeting which included a caravan race, had 30 cars – 12 Stocks, winner Anthony, 16 Bangers & 2 Drifters.
Club champions for 2010 – Stock Cars Paul Jenkinson, Saloonstocks Adam Sutherland, & Bangers Adam Sutherland.
No New Year meeting this time. A meeting on 12th February raised 41 cars. Stock Cars 25, winner being Anthony, & 16 Bangers winner being David Smith. The John Forster Cup this year was won by Mark Moorwood. It was Stock national time again on 30th May when 31 cars raced with Anthony Wyper winning. At the Stock Car Urmston Drivers championship in October there were 26 Stocks with 7 Bangers as support. Carl Baker was the winner. Our 32nd anniversary was on 12th November 43 cars took part – 28 Stock Cars winner Anthony, 6 Saloonstocks winner Adam Sutherland, and 15 Bangers winner Lee Fearnley. The November handicap was won by Steve Curley for Stock Cars, and Gary Osborne for Bangers. A Banger Urmston Drivers meeting on 26th November had 14 Bangers won by Duncan Stott, with 23 Stock Cars as support. The Tom Yarwood trophy was won by Anthony. On Boxing Day there were 27 cars and included a caravan race. There were 18 Stocks won by Paul Jenkinson, and 9 Bangers won by lee Fearnley.
Club champions 2011 – Stock Cars – Carl Baker, Saloonstocks – Adam Sutherland, Bangers – Ian Yarwood Jnr.
Format for 2012 continued as previous Stock Cars & Bangers on 2nd & 4th Saturday, Mixed Formula on the middle Saturday, with midweek racing on Wednesday. The New Year meeting was on 2nd January with 22 cars – 13 Stock Cars – winner Mark Craig, and 9 Bangers – winner Lee Fearnley. The annual John Forster Cup in March was won by Anthony Wyper. On Easter Monday it was “The Terminator” meeting for Bangers, with many visiting drivers. 35 Bangers raced, also 9 Stock Cars, and 8 Robin Reliants, The meeting finished with a 26 car Banger DD won by Chris Flynn. Our Stock Car national this year was on 4th June with 35 cars, it was won by Anthony Wyper. In August, Chris Darlaston started a Car Club facebook site, where approved members could read meeting reports, and other information, they could also input comments, which of course they could not do on the web-site. It was time for a new carpet, and in August this was replaced in time for our August Bank Holiday meeting which had 17 Stock Cars & 17 Bangers. Gary Riddell from Scotland won the Stock Car final, Ian Yarwood Jnr won the Banger final, and the 12 car DD was won by Billy Clague. Terry Crowley won the Stock Car Urmston Drivers Championship in September. This year we held the British Open meeting for Stock Cars on 13th October – 35 cars raced with the winner being Matthew Bennett from Rugby, and best junior Elliot Oliver. On 10th November it was our 33rd anniversary with 20 Stock Cars – winner Steve Curley, and 15 Bangers – winner Duncan Stott. The “Tom Yarwood” trophy in December was won by Thomas Yarwood. At our Boxing Day meeting David Smith won the Stock Car final, and Chris Flynn the Banger final. During this year a summer midweek series was held June to September on the Wednesday nights – Chris Darlaston won the Stock Car series, and Chris Faulkner the Banger series.
2012 Club champions – Stock Cars Graham Eccles, Saloonstocks Adam Sutherland, Bangers Brandon Eccles.
After just over 33 years as club Promoter, it was time for a change, and I asked Chris Darlaston to be joint Promoter, and this was brought in from our annual general meeting on 5th January. Saloonstocks had now ceased to race. The New Year’s meeting on 2nd January had 10 Stock Cars & 6 Bangers. Anthony Wyper won the John Forster Cup in March, then there was a big meeting on Easter Monday with 51 cars – 33 Bangers won by Ian Yarwood Jnr, and 17 Stock Cars won by Anthony Wyper. On Monday 27th May it was our Stock Car national meeting (39 cars), with the winner being Graham Eccles. The Church had some new upper windows replaced on the east side, and a picture of a Stock Car was imprinted on one window, so when and if the sun shone through, the image reflected on to the track. The August holiday meeting on 31st August had 20 Stock Cars – winner Stewart Smith, and 7 Bangers winner Rick Mills. The Urmston Drivers championship (21 cars) was won by Anthony Wyper. Our 34th anniversary meeting on 9th November had 34 cars – 20 Stock Cars winner Stewart Smith, and 14 Bangers winner Max Howard. The Banger Urmston Driver’s was won on 30th November by Craig Howard. The “Tom Yarwood” trophy in December was won for the second year running by Thomas Yarwood. Our usual Boxing Day meeting had 24 cars – 15 Stock Cars won by Graham Eccles, and 9 Bangers won by Rob Whalley. There was also a caravan race for Bangers. The midweek summer series was won by Anthony Wyper for Stock Cars, and Joe Dignan for Bangers. A handicap meeting on 28th December was won by Allen Hatcliffe in Stock Cars, and Craig Howard in Bangers.
2013 Club champions – Stock Cars = Anthony Wyper, Bangers = Brandon Eccles. Banger Champion of Champions – Max Howard.
New Year’s Day had 29 cars = 11 Stock Cars won by Stewart Smith and 18 Bangers won by Chris Flynn. At our AGM on 4th January, a committee was formed for the first time, with members being responsible for various duties. A short track was brought into use on some race meetings for the first time. Anthony Wyper again won the John Forster Cup in March. The Easter Monday meeting on 21st April was quieter than previous years with 16 cars. At our Stock Car national meeting on 26th May, 32 cars raced, the winner was Matthew Bennett from Rugby. August holiday Monday saw 32 cars racing – 18 Stock Cars won by Terry Crowley, and 14 Bangers. A new carpet was fitted at the end of October, and the transponder loop was sunk under the floor. It was our 35th anniversary meeting on 8th November with 45 cars – 32 Stock Cars won by Anthony Wyper, and 13 Bangers won by Max Howard. The Urmston Drivers championship was won by Brandon Eccles for Stock Cars, and Gary Osborne for Bangers ( in a 21 car final). The Tom yarwood trophy was won by Brandon Eccles, and on Boxing Day there were 30 cars – 10 Stock Cars, 12 Bangers, and 8 3WD. On 27th December we had our Handicap meeting – Stock Car winner Luke Brickell, Banger winner Dan Rogers. We ended the year with 67 club members.
2014 Club champions – Stock Cars Brandon Eccles, Bangers Max Howard. Anthony Wyper became the short track champion. Banger Champion of Champions –James Eccles.
Format for 2015 became Stock Cars & Bangers on each Saturday we raced, with midweek racing on Wednesday. The New Year meeting was on 1st January with 23 cars – 14 Stock Cars – winner Anthony Wyper, and 9 Bangers – winner Duncan Stott. There was a busy meeting on 31st January with 46 cars – 27 Stock Cars and 19 Bangers. Elliot Oliver won the Stock Cars, and Steve Turner won the 17 car Banger final. The annual John Forster cup was won by Anthony. Easter Monday was also busy with 38 cars, there were 18 Stock Cars won by Matt Bennett from Rugby, 14 Bangers won by Martin Riley, and 6 Robin Reliants won by Rob Whalley. Our Stock Car national was on Monday 25th May with 39 cars – the winner was Anthony Wyper. We had a surprise visitor at our midweek meeting on Wednesday 19th July, when Frankie JJ. came for a look round. This year we hosted the Stock Car “English Open” on Saturday 25th July. This meeting had 37 cars, and was won by Anthony. August Bank Holiday Monday had 31 cars – 16 Stock Cars, won by Anthony, 9 Bangers won by Dan Rogers, and 5 3WD won by Chris Darlaston. The Stock Car Urmston Drivers championship was won this year by Stewart Smith, and the Banger one by Martin Riley. Our 36th anniversary meeting on 7th November had 29 cars – 21 Stock Cars – won by Elliot Oliver, and 8 Bangers, winner Max Howard. Brandon Eccles won the annual Tom Yarwood trophy. It was our regular Boxing Day meeting on 26th December, with 31 cars. There were 11 Stock Cars – winner Anthony, 15 Bangers – winner Martin Riley, and 5 – 3WD winner Billy Clague. There was also a 5 car caravan race won by Thomas Yarwood. At our handicap meeting on 28th December, John Twiggs won the Stock Cars, and Martin Riley the Bangers. We ended the year with 66 members.
Club Champions 2015 – Stock Cars Anthony Wyper, also short track champion, and Bangers James Eccles. Anthony won the midweek summer series for Stock Cars. Banger Champion of Champions – James Eccles.
The year started as usual with our New Year’s Day meeting with 23 cars, 13 Stock Cars won by Anthony, and 10 Bangers won by Martin Riley. There were a couple of well supported meetings in January, with a 48 car and a 49 car meeting. Brandon Eccles won the “John Forster Cup in March. On Saturday 23rd April, there was a full days racing. In the morning our usual points meeting had 45 cars – 35 Stock Cars, won by Matt Bennett from Rugby and 10 Bangers won by Dan Rogers. This meeting was followed by a private race meeting – Mark Craig’s “stag meeting” where 36 invited Stock Car drivers raced, this included many drivers from other clubs – Graham Eccles won this final. Our national meeting on 30th May had 30 cars, with Matt Bennett winning. August Bank Holiday meeting saw 20 cars race – 13 Stock Cars won by Steve Curley, 5 Bangers won by Kirsty Jones, and – 2 – 3WD. The Stock Cars Urmston Drivers championship was won by Anthony, and the Banger championship by James Eccles. The 37th anniversary meeting on 12th November had 36 cars – 26 cars – won by Anthony, and 10 Bangers won by Billy Clague. This year saw the introduction of a “shoot out” series sponsored by I-Stox. One round in September, October and November, with the final on 17th December. Anthony won the final, but Brandon won the shoot out series. Martin Riley won the Tom Yarwood trophy on 10th December. Boxing Day saw 27 cars race – 16 Stock Cars – won by Elliot Oliver, 9 Bangers won by Chris Flynn, and 2 – 3WD. Our handicap meeting on 30th December was won by Anthony (Stock Cars) and Martin Riley(Bangers). We finished the year with 76 members.
Club champions 2016. Stock Cars Anthony Wyper, Bangers Billy Clague, shoot out champion Brandon Eccles. Banger “Champion of Champions” Martin Riley.
Our New Year meeting on 2nd January had 25 cars racing, 16 Stock Cars won by Stuart Clarke from Rugby, and 9 Bangers won by Martin Riley. There was a two week gap in our racing from 20th February until 11th March while the hall was decorated (partly paid for by the club). The John Forster Cup in March was won this year by David Smith, and our regular Easter Monday meeting had 20 cars – 10 Stock Cars won by Anthony Wyper, and 10 Bangers won by Billy Clague. Our Stock Car national meeting was on 29th May with 36 drivers from around the country. this was won by Anthony. The next regular meeting was August Bank Holiday Monday with 27 cars, 13 Stock Cars won by Rob Whalley, 10 Bangers won by Duncan Stott, and 4- 3WD won by Duncan Stott. On October 28th it was our Stock Car Urmston Drivers Championship with 19 cars, this was won by Dylan Ashurst, the Banger Urmston Drivers was in November with 9 Bangers won by Michael Clague. It was our 38th anniversary meeting on 11th November, and 21 cars raced. Unfortunately this meeting clashed with the World Championship meeting in Holland, so fewer Stock Car drivers than usual. Stock Cars had 12 cars, and was won by David Smith, the 9 Bangers was won by Mark Rodgers. On 16th December we had the annual “Tom Yarwood” trophy for Stock Cars , 18 Stock Cars entered, and this was won by Anthony. The meeting also had 12 Bangers racing, Mark Rodgers being the winner. Boxing Day attracted 20 cars – only 6 Stock Cars, won by Anthony, 9 Bangers won by Duncan Stott, and 5 – 3WD won by Duncan. The last meeting of the year was our handicap meeting with 19 cars – 12 Stock Cars and 7 Bangers. and despite the handicap Anthony won the Stock Cars, and Michael Clague the Bangers. This was also the second year that we held the “Shoot out” series sponsored by ISTOX.
2017 champions. Stock Cars – Brandon Eccles, Bangers Michael Clague, Shoot out champion – Anthony Wyper, Wednesday series Stock Cars – Vince Brickell, Wednesday series Bangers – Michael Clague.
We finished the year with 73 members.
January saw our new web-site www.urccc.club come into use, with Mark Craig as the web-master. The first meeting as usual, was on New Year’s Day, 16 cars raced, 5 Stock Cars, 8 Bangers, and 3 – 3 wheelers. In March we had the annual John Forster cup, 15 Stock Cars raced, winner Anthony Wyper. We had a large entry for our Easter Monday meeting – a total of 47 cars. There were 20 F1 Stock Cars winner, Steve Curley, 16 F2 Stock Cars winner Mark Steele, and 11 Bangers won by Duncan Stott. The national meeting for Stock Cars this year was on 28th May with 27 drivers, the winner was Rob Whalley. At our August Bank Holiday meeting 39 cars raced. There were 18 F1 Stock cars won by Dylan Ashurst, 12 F2 Stock cars won by Gary Osborne, and 9 Bangers won by Mike Goddard. The Urmston Drivers championship for Stock Cars in October was won by David Smith. On 10th November it was our 39th anniversary meeting, another busy one with 45 cars racing. There were 17 F1 Stock Cars won by David Smith, 15 F2 Stock cars won by George Taylor from Hereford club, and 13 Bangers won by David Smith. The Urmston Drivers championship for Bangers in November was won by David Smith. Our annual Tom Yarwood trophy for Stock Cars was won by David Smith. This was the third year that a shoot-out series for Stock Cars had been held – kindly sponsored by I-STOX, but this year we raced on the BRCA Worlds track. The series winner was Anthony Wyper. On Boxing Day we had 28 cars racing – 8 Stock cars winner Elliot Oliver, and 20 Bangers won by Mike Goddard. The meeting included a caravan race, a trophy for the best looking caravan (before the race started) went to Michael Clague, and the race winner was John Durham. The meeting finished with a 16 car Banger DD won by Joe Talbot. Our last meeting of the year was the handicap meeting with 34 cars. There were 14 Stock Cars, and 20 Bangers, both won by Gary Osborne.
2018 Champions. Stock Cars – David Smith, Bangers – David Smith. Wednesday series – Stock Cars – Billy Clague, Bangers – David Smith. The Senior member of the year was voted Michael Clague, and Junior member of the year Harrison Stott. We ended the year with 71 members.
The New Year’s Day meeting had 34 cars – 10 F1 Stock cars, 19 Bangers, and 5 Three wheelers. David Smith won both Stock Car & Banger finals. Next main event was the annual “John Forster Trophy” in March. 16 Stock Cars took part the winner being Anthony Wyper. For our Easter Monday meeting we included F2 drivers. There were 9 F1 drivers, 9 F2 drivers, and 11 Banger drivers – winners – F1 & F2 winner David Smith, Banger winner Chris Taylor. The National scene this year was poor, and our entry of 20 cars was the lowest ever at our club for a National meeting – the winner was Graham Eccles. A series of once a month Friday night racing was started to try to encourage some F2 drivers and possibly Ministox, this ran from February to July. August Bank Holiday had 28 cars – 10 F1, 12 F2, and 6 Bangers. Winners being F1 – Elliot Oliver, F2 Rob Whalley, Banger – John Durham. The Urmston Drivers meeting for Stock Cars in October had 23 Stock Cars, and was won by Anthony Wyper. A month later was the Urmston Drivers meeting for Bangers , with and this was won by David Smith. There was a special Hallowe’en meeting on Wednesday 30th October with 14 F1 Stock Cars and 19 Bangers. The Bangers were dressed up suitably. Stock cars raced as normal, but Bangers had room lights dimmed, with a single tyre hazard on track for heat one, two tyres for heat 2, three tyres for heat 3, and four tyres for the final. Adam Gilbertson the Banger final. On 9th November it was the club’s 40th anniversary and with 72 cars racing it was a club record beating the old record of 63 cars way back in 1988. The Stock cars had 42 cars, with many visitors. The format was 8 or 9 car heats with a series of 10 car finals. The final was won by Anthony Wyper, after that there were two 20 cars heats with the top 10 from each going into a 20 car final, won by Brandon Eccles. There were 30 Bangers racing, so they were divided into two heats, but the final was an “all in” race. The winner being David Smith. Alan was presented with a certificate of recognition for his 40 years of service to the Club and BRCA by Alan Leighton from the BRCA. Over the 40 years there have been 1,479 club members, and 3,168 meetings in the Church hall. For a fourth year I-Stox sponsored a shoot out series of three meetings for F1 Stock Cars. The winner this year being James Eccles. A similar shoot-out series was run for F2 cars, this was won by Terry Crowley. Congratulations were given to Brandon Eccles on winning the Stock Car F1 World Championship. The annual Tom Yarwood Trophy was won by James Eccles on split times. Boxing Day seemed quieter than normal with 19 cars – F1 Stock Cars(7 cars) won by Marc Shepherd, F2 Stock Cars(5 cars) won by Matt Astbury, and Bangers(7 cars) won by Adam Gilbertson. The last meeting of the year was the annual Handicap meeting, won this year for Stock cars(11cars) by David Smith, and for Bangers(11 cars) by Andy Roberts.
2019 Champions – Stock Cars David Smith, Bangers David Smith, Wednesday series Stock Cars David Smith, Wednesday series Bangers David Smith. Senior member of the year was voted as Brandon Eccles, and Junior member of the year Seb Taylor. Champion of Champions (Bangers) was Adam Gilbertson, and Champion of Champion (Stock Cars) was Brandon Eccles.
We finished the year with 79 members.
by Alan Crossland