In the middle of July we always hope that we will have the best summer
weather, but last weekend the sun only appeared at times on both days but so
did the occasional rain shower.
Having hosted the first two rounds of the British Hill Climb Championship at
Easter in April, this year we had to re-schedule the invitations to all the one
day clubbie meetings and championships. The NHCA motor bikes made their
second visit to Loton Park this year and were joined by the Morgan 3-wheelers,
plus the Ferrari series, along with the HSA, the DEWS Downton Minis, the
Lotus 7 Club and the Nottingham Sports Car Club on both days. On Sunday we
also had the Triumph TR cars and the Morgan Sports Car Club. Usually this
weekend attracts the lowest number of competitors but this year we were
over-subscribed on both days – on Sunday we received 207 entries for 145
places! This obviously caused our Entry Secretary a considerable headache
and some very disappointed competitors. We wish to thank those
Championship Secretaries who were very co-operative in helping to choose
which entries to accept and those that had to be refused.
Amongst those that missed out on Sunday was Scott Moran – he had been
invited to drive Mark Dalton’s Empire on both days. On Saturday he did share
the car but was beaten to best time of the day with a best of 51.00 seconds
against the 50.62 set by Mark. We did have two new class records on Saturday
with a new best Ferrari time of 58.28 by Nick Taylor and, in the DEWS Minis,
Martin Watts beat his own record with a 55.41 in his 998cc. Silva Riot.
The NHCA Bikes often miss out on getting their top ten run-off at the end of
the day, but this weekend it did happen on both days with two wins for Glyn
Poole and Guy Ursell the bridemaid on both occasions.
Lee Griffiths was entered in his re-engined OMS 25 on Sunday and duly set the
best time of the weekend at 48.50 seconds ahead of Mark Dalton, with Scott
continuing to offer much help and advice, even on wife Deb’s birthday.
With full entries, we finished around 5.30pm. on both days – a credit to all
involved after a very difficult few weeks leading up to the weekend. We now
look forward to the next meetings on August 3 rd . and 4 th . with a great mix of
entries with the TVRs, Classic Marques sports cars, Formula Fords, rally cars
and our own Loton Park Championship.