1980's » 1984 Cowdenbeath / Armadale

1984

Saloon Stock Cars - 45 cars 

3 Michael Storie *** 83 Keith Miller 126 Robert Gold
8 Willie Miller 85 Kenneth McLay 131 Gordon Brown
11 Graham Leask 86 N/A ### 132 John Maxwell
21 Alex Sommerville 90 Ken Pitcaithly *** 133 Raymond McManus
26 David Gunn *** 99 Gordon Barclay 138 Nat Hill
32 James Paterson 103 Colin Robertson 150 Allan Brown
45 Gordon Campbell 107 Graeme Cooper *** 151 Bob Jones
46 Keith Jarman 110 Jim Honeyman*** 156 Robert McIntyre
47 Ernie Burgoyne 111 Jimmy Gellan 197 George Chirray
50 N/A ### 114 Bob MacKay 202 Neil Petrie
52 N/A ### 120 Jimmy Forrest 246 John Ramsay
53 James Carnie 121 John Burns 248 Allan Ross
55 James Lynch 123 Alastair Smith 314 Rab Gilmour
68 Harry Burgoyne 124 Robin Dowie*** 322 Donald Gilmour
73 Ralph Carson 125 David Forrest 330 Robert Bruce

*** my records would indicate that these drivers did not appear at a meeting in 1984. 

### to my knowledge these drivers did not get the benefit of being named in the programme in 1984. No 86 probably particularly aggrieved, making at least 4 meetings.

Superstox - 27 cars 

3*** N/A 56 Tommy Carruthers 87 Robin Brown
10*** N/A 60*** Dougie Allen 94 Vic Russell
12*** Barrie Jeffries 66*** N/A 118 Willie Cameron
24 John Adam 69 Ally Devine 122 Robert Cook
27 John Muir 75 David Moir 147 Stevie Paterson
36 Doug Petrie 79 Thomas Heany 164 Joseph Paterson
39 Les Clark 81 Bill Pullar 214 Jimmy McAlpine
41*** N/A 82*** Ray Davidson 222 Iain Burnside
48 Hamish McNab 84 Les Brown 224 Derek Sinclair

*** you would think with a relatively poor total of Superstox drivers competing in 1984 that every new driver making an appearance & presumably purchasing a license would get the privilege of appearing in the programmes.  Not so. However Gordon McDougall (that is the "Mad Jock" G McD provider of "knockhillimages@smugmug.com", has come up with a few of the missing names. Cheers Gordon.

 

 

Hot Rods - 19 cars 

800 Roddy McCalman 825*** Gerry Martin 862 Malcolm Chesher
801 Kellas Maver 829*** Ian Headley 864 Keith Henderson
804 Alan McBurney 834 David Dougan 876 Chris Rae
808 Willie Miller 844 Biily Bonnar 878 John Hubbard
809 Brian Leckie 856 Ian Ostrau 888 Graham Wait
819 Brian Ismay 861 N/A 899*** Davey Philp
823*** Brian Middlemiss        

 Another poor total of competitors, inflated by four drivers *** from the Newtongrange promotion at the first meeting of the season only. Unbelievably again not all competitors listed in the programmes.

Stock Rods - 73 cars  

7 Nigel Calvin 63 Stewart Barbour 135 N/A
12 Robert Purdue 64 Keith Henderson 139 Jim Valentine
14 John Macaulay 65 Peter Kirk 141 Stan Martin
13 Andrew Wylie 66 Allan Allison 143 David Carstairs
15 David Brown 71 Tony Hutchison 144 Melvyn Henry
16 Steve Henderson 72 John Izatt 153 Peter Dolan
18 N/A 74 Kevin McCann 160 William Little
19 Alexander Dick 77 John Allardyce 161 Bill Shortreed
20 Graham McCabe 78 Mark Doherty 165 Douglas McLean
25 Dick Whittington 80 Adam Wilson 166 Eddie Bryce
26 Dave Gunn 92 Lawrence Ross 173 Robert Clark
28 James Sommerville 93 Joseph McGhee 182 Fraser Greenwood
29 Chris Maver 99 Samuel Harvie 191 Paul Donaldson
30 N/A 100 Colin Armitt 193 George Dodds
31 Ronald Fraser 105 Eric Nisbet 200 Jock Burgoyne
32 James Paterson 106 Victor Knox 201 Ricky Whitehead
34 Michael Connell 108 N/A 203 David Taylor
38 Ronald Luff 109 Dave McClymont 204 N/A
49 Scott Bathgate 112 Steve McCall 208 Ian Bell
50 Bobby Dickson 117 David Smart 212 N/A
57 N/A 119 Gordon Baillie 215 David Law
58 N/A 126 Robert Gold 251 William Hill
59 Jock Rice 128 Brian Tindell 300 Davie Duncan
61 Mick Graham 130 Keith England 303 Ian Kerr
62 Gordon Bryce        

No namers 30 & 57 competed in no less than 5 meetings each!

Ministox - 22 cars 

600 Fraser Manson 609 Willie Mullen 620 Gavin Burns?
602 Duncan Hamilton 611 Mark Hamilton 626 Raymond Gunn
603 Steven Nicol 612 Diane Smith 631 David Brown
604 Terry Slaven 614 Fin MacArthur 661 N/A
605 Jamie Chidwick 615 Brian Love 665 Karen Mitchell
606 Careen Dick 616 Gail Peace? 666 Lee Mitchell
607 Graham Swan 617 Drew Cochrane? 699 Jenny Barclay
608 Angela Cameron        

Some outrageous no namers in the Ministox Nos 616, 620, & 602. No 616 I believe is Gail Peace - 12 meetings, No 620 I believe is Gavin Burns - 5 meetings, sadly No 602 - 4 meetings remains anonymous.

1300 Saloon Stock Cars - 23 cars 

700 Jock Burgoyne 709 Graham McCubbin 730 Joanne Devlin
701 John McLaughlin 710 Arthur McCaffrey 731 Eddie Devlin
702 David Low 711 Malcolm Buchanan 732 Kenny Purdie
703 George Glen 712 James Pringle 733 N/A
704 Willie Dunn 713 Raymond Webb 735 N/A
705 John Paterson 714 Ian Roberts 747 David Witham
707 Keith Valentine 715 Michael Nairn 777 Andy Gordon
708 Graham More 717 James Cosgrove    

No records of the 5 drivers in italics ever having competed in a meeting in 1984.


Saloon Stock Points Champion 1984 Keith Jarman Heading Eddie Aldous In This Shot (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

Saloon Stock Cars - Points Chart 

Pos No DRIVER Points Pos No DRIVER Points
1st 46 Keith Jarman 478 11th 121 John Burns 122
2nd 151 Bob Jones 426 12th 8 Willie Miller 118
3rd 330 Robert Bruce 372 13th 126 Robert Gold 112
4th 202 Neil Petrie 339 14th= 114 Bob MacKay 86
5th 131 Gordon Brown 307 14th= 125 David Forrest 86
6th 47 Ernie Burgoyne 216 16th 99 Gordon Barclay 73
7th 120 Jimmy Forrest 211 17th 138 Nat Hill 70
8th 68 Harry Burgoyne 179 18th 53 James Carnie 40
9th 197 George Chirray 172 19th 85 Kenneth McLay 39
10th 103 Colin Robertson 139 20th 83 Keith Miller 25

The points charts published in the programmes were not the best. In the past we had been spoiled to a certain extent by Spedeworth Scotland when we were provided with ALL points scorers during the season.            
The Saloon Stock chart was the most ridiculous of all of them - NO YELLOW TOPS WERE LISTED in the end of season points chart. It wasn't just the fans that were provided with this rubbish. The driver's Newsletter was just a photocopy of that which had been printed in the programme. The amazing thing is, that it was then re-printed again the same way in the programme at the start of the 1985 season. Really quite poor.            
Anyway a bit of research indicates that there would have been at least 5 yellow tops & the points these drivers accrued is indicated above.            
The balance of the drivers in the charts are white tops - unfortunately without the points totals. 

MEETINGS ATTENDED IN 1984** 

No DRIVER Meetings No DRIVER Meetings No DRIVER Meetings
131 Gordon Brown 29 150 Allan Brown 10 322 Donald Gilmour 4
151 Bob Jones 29 85 Kenneth McLay 9 52 N/A 3
47 Ernie Burgoyne 28 248 Allan Ross 9 111 Jimmy Gellan 3
68 Harry Burgoyne 27 45 Gordon Campbell 8 21 Alex Sommerville 2
330 Robert Bruce 27 126 Robert Gold 8 55 James Lynch 2
46 Keith Jarman 26 138 Nat Hill 8 11 Graham Leask 1
99 Gordon Barclay 25 156 Robert McIntyre 8 50 N/A 1
103 Colin Robertson 25 53 James Carnie 7 133 Raymond McManus 1
125 David Forrest 22 73 Ralph Carson 7 E24 Kevin Clark 1
197 George Chirray 22 132 John Maxwell 7 E37 N/A 1
202 Neil Petrie 22 114 Bob MacKay 6 E62 Graham Dale 1
120 Jimmy Forrest 18 32 James Paterson 4 E73 Pete Gratton 1
314 Rab Gilmour 15 86 N/A 4 E155 Frank Tart 1
8 Willie Miller 13 123 Alastair Smith 4 E304 Adrian Thomson 1
121 John Burns 11 246 John Ramsay 4 E370 John Howarth 1
83 Keith Miller 10            

 ** MINIMUM

Most Wins in 1984

    Finals Heats
46 Keith Jarman 11 8
330 Robert Bruce 6 12
197 George Chirray 3 5
131 Gordon Brown 2 7
202 Neil Petrie 2 7
114 Bob MacKay 2 6
120 Jimmy Forrest 2 5
121 John Burns 2 3
126 Robert Gold 2 3
151 Bob Jones 1 2
138 Nat Hill 1 1
68 Harry Burgoyne 1 0
248 Allan Ross 1 0
125 David Forrest 0 2
47 Ernie Burgoyne 0 1
53 James Carnie 0 1
103 Colin Robertson 0 1

 

West of Scotland Championship Armadale 12.05.84 East of Scotland Championship Cowdenbeath 12.05.84
  1st 197 George Chirray     1st 197 George Chirray  
  2nd 99 Gordon Barclay     2nd 330 Robert Bruce  
  3rd 8 Willie Miller     3rd 8 Willie Miller  
  4th 46 Keith Jarman     4th 120 Jimmy Forrest  
  5th 151 Bob Jones     5th 202 Neil Petrie  
  6th 131 Gordon Brown     6th 131 Gordon Brown  
  7th 103 Colin Robertson     7th 126 Robert Gold  
  8th 73 Ralph Carson     8th 103 Colin Robertson  
                   

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 03.06.84  WISBECH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 07.07.84  IPSWICH
  1st B37 Dirk Thomas     1st E238 Eddie Aldous  
  2nd 151 Bob Jones     2nd 151 Bob Jones  
  3rd E636 Conrad Self     3rd B37 Dirk Thomas  
  4th E238 Eddie Aldous     4th E636 Conrad Self  
  5th E304 Martyn Parker     5th E776 Tony Jones  
  6th E126 Willy Barnes     6th E119 Martin Davey  
  7th E432 Noddy Robinson     7th E44 Clive Lewis  
  8th E270 Joe Fuller     8th   NOF  
                   

 

SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 22.07.84 BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP 04.08.84
  1st 46 Keith Jarman     1st 46 Keith Jarman  
  2nd 131 Gordon Brown     2nd 47 Ernie Burgoyne  
  3rd 47 Ernie Burgoyne     3rd E238 Eddy Aldous  
  4th 330 Robert Bruce     4th E126 Willy Barnes  
  5th 248 Allan Ross     5th E776 Tony Jones  
  6th 151 Bob Jones     6th E101 Ian Sutton  
  7th 121 John Burns     7th   #N/A  
  8th 246 John Ramsay     8th   #N/A  
                   

 

UK CHALLENGE SHIELD 04.08.84 OPEN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 05.08.84
  1st 46 Keith Jarman     1st 46 Keith Jarman  
  2nd 47 Ernie Burgoyne     2nd E636 Conrad Self  
  3rd 330 Robert Bruce     3rd 151 Bob Jones  
  4th   #N/A     4th   #N/A  
  5th   #N/A     5th   #N/A  
  6th   #N/A     6th   #N/A  
  7th   #N/A     7th   #N/A  
  8th   #N/A     8th   #N/A  
                   

 

SCOTTISH / MIDLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 21.10.84 COCK  O' NORTH  04.11.84
  1st 151 Bob Jones     1st 46 Keith Jarman  
  2nd 202 Neil Petrie     2nd 151 Bob Jones  
  3rd 330 Robert Bruce     3rd 68 Harry Burgoyne  
  4th E37  Jayne Beane     4th 202 Neil Petrie  
  5th 46 Keith Jarman     5th 330 Robert Bruce  
  6th E304 Adrian Thomson     6th 197 George Chirray  
  7th E73 Pete Gratton     7th 248 Allan Ross  
  8th 121 John Burns     8th 121 John Burns  
                   

MARCH

Not a huge turn out of cars for the opening meeting on the 4th March at 17 cars. Mind you only 19 cars were listed in the programme. 3 different winners, though all driving Ford Escorts, with Robert Bruce winning the first heat whereupon car maladies forced his withdrawal from the rest of the meeting. James Carnie (I believe from white grade) held on in a very damaging 2nd heat where only 5 cars finished. It was World Champion Gordon Brown who was the season's first Final victor completing a successful day where he ended up top point scorer. Harry Burgoyne & Bob McKay followed Gordon home in the Final. Robert Gold's venture into the Saloons looked very promising with a heat 7th & Final 4th.

11th March, wet & dreich conditions greeted fans & competitors. If Robert Gold's form from the previous week had looked encouraging a clean sweep (by some distance) certainly created a lot more attention. James Carnie could feel rightly aggrieved as his performance would have provided the headline, had it not been for "Goldie", with a heat 4th & 2nd, going on to a Final 2nd. Indeed this earned James 2nd top points scorer for the meeting. Long time Banger expert Colin Robertson took 2nd in the Final. Only 15 cars at this meeting.

A couple more heat wins for Gordon Brown on a freezing Sunday on the 18th March & a fine win in the Final to Harry Burgoyne. It was though Robert Gold who top scored again by coming home 2nd in each race. A move to take the lead of the Final by spinning Gordon Barclay went pear shaped. A tactic used quite extensively in the Stock rods too! Robert Bruce was 3rd in the Final. The 2nd heat was called with 4 laps to go when Stock Rod star man Gordon Campbell rolled and got injured forcing a trip to hospital. Gordon had not had such a successful venture into Saloon Stocks as "Goldie" having badly damaged his car at the first meeting of the season. The Final was also brought to a halt after a brutal tangle between Gordon Brown & Dave Forrest. Dave was injured & dramatically attended to by the medics while lying on the track. Dave was also carted off to hospital, though thankfully it turned out he was not seriously injured. Gordon Brown was excluded from the re-start due to his car being damaged too badly to be safe. Though as being partly the cause of the stoppage that shouldn't have been an issue in any case.

 


Ex Stock Rodder Gordon Cambell in nice looking Escort comes a cropper in last meeting in March (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

The last meeting in March yet again saw Robert Gold to the fore, with heat win & 2nd & another Final win. Not many drivers enter a new formula with such success. Willie Miller was 2nd in the Final & the first success of the season of "Superstar" Keith Jarman in 3rd. "Superstar" status had been introduced by Spedeworth Scotland for the first time this season.
Keith Jarman & Bob Jones were the Superstars in the Saloon Stock formula during the first point scoring period.
The performances of "Goldie" however in the first period ensured that he would be on of the "Superstars" in the 2nd points period. Pretty impressive jump from yellow top. Gordon Brown collected another heat win, also continuing a successful start to the season, indeed Gordon was the 2nd Superstar for the next points period.

APRIL

April Fools Day & the Gordon Brown / Robert Gold show continued in the two heats, capturing the 1 / 2 finishing slots in that order. Gordon went on to complete the treble with victory in the Final. The Final was for the "Cecil" Trophy, a race uniquely where the combatants start in "Indian" file as opposed to the side by side formation. Gordon as a superstar of course had to come through the field right from the back. Worrying though only 14 cars competed in the meeting.

The 2nd meeting in April on the 8th brought about a complete change in proceedings with 3 different winners all taking their first flags of the season. Keith Jarman the first heat (where only 4 cars finished), proving there was still some speed in the old jalopy! A new car was imminent. Jimmy Forrest the 2nd & Allan Ross the Final which was for the "Stewards" Cup, Gordon Brown & Bob Jones the podium places. Allan was making his first appearance of the year endeavouring to defend his title. This he managed after Jimmy Forrest who had been well in the lead "lost" it and hit the fence (possibly due to a puncture).

Neil Petrie joined the winning list for the first time in 1984 on the 15th April, with heat & Final victories. Robert Bruce was the other heat winner & followed Neil home in the 2nd heat. Neil had to thank Robert in fact in no small way for his ultimate Final win as Robert involved himself in a big smash at the start of the race. It seemed Robert had been injured resulting in a stoppage.
Just prior to this Neil had been spun out by Keith Jarman & had fallen back to the rear of the field. A complete re-start allowed Neil to re-boot - he made the most of it. Also the field of cars reached 20 for the first time since the start of the season.

Another heat & Final victory on Easter Sunday the following week, this time for Bob McKay. Jimmy Forrest picked up another win in the 2nd heat. The story though was that each heat had been a battle between these two drivers for the win. In the first heat Jimmy was forced to follow Bob home. In the 2nd heat Jimmy spun Bob out of contention. While in the Final Bob returned the compliment on Jimmy.
Made a nice change at Cowdenbeath to see an Avenger (Bob McKay) leading home an Escort (Jimmy Forrest).

 


Bob McKay (unfortunately robbed) last meeting in April (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

The battle for the honours in April's last get together, carried on from the previous week, this week Bob McKay took both the heats & Jimmy Forrest the Final. However the result in the Final was far from satisfactory, Bob was in fact in an unassailable lead in the Final with Jimmy in 2nd. Brother Davey Forrest (at least one lap down), took Bob out before the flag allowing Jimmy through for the win. Ever the apologist, commentator John Kelly stated in the following weeks programme "was there anything necessarily wrong with it, Saloon Stock racing is a contact sport after all". It might have been advantageous if John had read Gwen Cecil's Track Chat piece in the programme of the 18th March. Admittedly it was in relation to Bangers, (I'm sure even John would have conceded a more "contact sport" than Saloon Stocks). Gwen wrote "and only eliminate the other cars by removing them from behind, in no way must they sit on the side and wait for a car to come round". Of course Spedeworth Scotland took no action. Not the proudest moment for many concerned.

MAY

From the start of May, 3 Superstars now listed in the Saloon Stocks, Bob Jones in the leading spot (how did that happen, Bob had yet to win a race this season?), followed by Gordon Brown & Neil Petrie on equal points - hence the 3 Superstars in lieu of 2.                                                                                                                                                                                 Following the inaction of the Promoter's the previous week, as expected, things deteriorated further on the McKay / Forrest front. While battling for the lead in the first heat Jimmy Forrest retaliated to some contact from Bob McKay, they both crashed into the fence. Neil Petrie, who, despite collecting some collateral damage from the McKay / Forrest get together recovered and went on to collect the win. McKay's Avenger was too badly damaged to have any further impact on the meeting. In contrast Forrest however did acquire  some additional triumphs in the following events, by winning the next heat & the Final with Neil Petrie runner up on both occasions.

 


George Chirray - West of Scotland & East of Scotland Championships in one weekend (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

An ambitious endeavour by Spedeworth Scotland over the 12th & 13th May, with 3 meetings, Saturday afternoon at Armadale, Saturday evening & Sunday afternoon at Cowdenbeath. The Saloon Stocks featuring at all meetings. 14 cars turned up at Armadale where the principal race was for the West of Scotland Championship. Armadale, as is often the case, threw up some interesting results, George Chirray winning both heats & the Championship race. The podium positions going to Gordon Barclay in 2nd & Willie Miller in 3rd.
 After Armadale giving us some interesting winners during the afternoon, who would be victorious on the Saturday evening at Cowdenbeath?
George Chirray of course winning both heats & the Championship race! The East of Scotland Championship in this case. Robert Bruce taking the 2nd spot & Willie Miller yet again in 3rd. Car numbers thankfully up to 21 cars.
The unexpected therefore became the expected on Sunday, however George could only manage a 2nd in the heat & 3rd in the Final, there were only two races on the last day's action. Bob McKay was first past the flag on both occasions, much to the approval of the crowd. Neil Petrie was 2nd in the Final.

Crowd favourite Bob McKay "the Avenger" continued his form from last Sunday at the 20th May meeting, first past the flag in the two heats. Bob did not complete the treble though when "the Avenger" developed mechanical problems & George Chirray won his 3rd Final in two weeks heading home Jimmy Forrest & Bob Jones. Unfortunately back to a disappointing 14 cars again.

27th May, wins for now regular "speed king" George Chirray & Neil Petrie. Robert Bruce battled through to his first Final win of the year, spinning out earlier winner George Chirray who ended up on his roof. "Best tactic of the day" pronounced track commentator John Kelly (he was a big Robert Bruce fan which he could often quite not contain). Of course John embarked on endless plaudits of this performance in the following weeks programme. In contrast George who you will recall had just won 3 Finals & 4 heats in two weeks had received the following comment "the final which was won by George Chirray (197)". Pity he hadn't spun someone out so that they landed on their roof! Neil Petrie was 2nd in the Final & Bob Jones 3rd.

JUNE

Meetings took place in the 1st June at Armadale & 3rd June at Cowdenbeath to which the Saloon Stocks were not invited, partly due to the World Championship taking place at Wisbech.

The World Championship was a victory for relative novice Saloon Stock driver Dirk Thomas from Belgium. Dirk had gone to the trouble of converting his Escort to right hand drive. Dirk also had the good luck of being drawn on the front row of the grid alongside Eddy Aldous who had been drawn in pole position. The highest position drawn by a Scottish driver was Willie Miller in 14th place. Much mayhem ensued at the start as you would expect , however Eddy & Dirk escaped all this to open up an early gap. Willie got spun out early on & then Keith Jarman (18th grid spot) crashed to a halt & could not re-start through starter motor issues.  Eddy had earned a substantial lead but received a lot of attention when lapping cars, delaying him enough to allow Dirk through into the lead. Robert George did try his best to eliminate Dirk on the last lap when he was being lapped - but failed. The best performance of the race was undoubtedly Bob Jones from grid position 31st, he fought his way through the field despite being a target for the rest of the drivers. Bob was closing down Dirk at an incredible rate of knots but running out of time. Conrad Self was 3rd, EddyAldous 4th, Martyn Parker 5th & Willy Barnes 6th.

 


Bob Jones the star of the 1984 World Saloon Stock Championship coming home for a fine 2nd spot

So 10th June was the next meeting for the Stock Saloons. Bob Jones received a good reception following his 2nd place in the aforementioned World Championship & he celebrated the occasion by beating Robert Bruce into 2nd place in the first heat. Robert bounced back in the 2nd heat to take the win from Neil Petrie.
These positions were reversed in the Final with Neil securing another Final. Gordon Barclay was 3rd. An incredibly low turnout of only 13 cars.

On the 17th June it was the return of the "old timers". Bob Jones was victorious in heat one. Keith Jarman at last debuted his long awaited new Escort, in which he looked very impressive taking heat two & the Final. Keith in fact was first past the flag in the first heat as well, however was penalised for some "secret rule infringement", which excluded him from the results of the first heat. Conversely a "well publicised rule infringement" (jumping the start) granted Keith the 2nd heat when Robert Bruce who was first past the flag was penalised one position. Ernie Burgoyne was 2nd & Neil Petrie 3rd.

Last meeting at Cowdenbeath for June and the difference reigning British Champion Keith Jarman's new car made was emphasised with a clean sweep of all races. Neil Petrie again showing well in the Final with a 2nd, he also achieved a 2nd in one of the heats. Robert Bruce was 3rd. 16 cars attended the meeting.

There may have been a meeting at Armadale on the 29th June where Saloon Stocks were in attendance. Unfortunately I have no details of the meeting.


Robert Bruce An Early July Final Winner (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

JULY

1st July and another battle between two drivers ensued. It's amazing how many times this season meetings have turned out like this. On this occasion the pair were Keith Jarman & Robert Bruce, now there's a blast from the past. First clash went to Keith from Robert, with the positions then reversed for the next race & the Final. Allan Ross grabbed the 3rd slot in the Final.

The mid season break then came into effect. The Scottish Saloon Stock drivers had a customary successful foray down south at the Hot Rod World Championship Spedeweekend on the 7th & 8th July. The main Saloon Stock car race during the weekend was for the National Championship. Bob Jones motored home for a fine 2nd spot, sandwiched between winner Eddie Aldous & 3rd spot Conrad Self. Interestingly future star female F1 Stock Car pilot Jayne Beane finished 4th.

The other two heat races over the weekend went to Harry Burgoyne & Ray Goudy (Jayne Beane was 2nd in the latter). The Final went to who else but Keith Jarman leading home Conrad Self & Bob Jones.

Resumption of action after the holiday break on the 22nd July with the Scottish Saloon Stock Championship. The heat winners were Ernie Burgoyne & Neil Petrie. The Scottish Championship race itself was won for the 2nd time by Keith Jarman from Gordon Brown & Ernie Burgoyne. Keith did not start his campaign well being forced out with a puncture in the first heat, he drove more carefully in the 2nd to ensure qualification, collecting a 5th place finish. Keith's victory was reported by track commentator John Kelly with the headline "Mistake Lets Keith In For Victory". So it was a lucky win then? Not quite - you see John's fave Robert Bruce was the individual who made the mistake. He had been drawn on the 2nd row of the grid, while Keith was drawn on the 3rd row. The race - and what a race - developed between these two great rivals. Robert just had his nose if front for much of the race, however the incessant pressure "Forced" Robert into an error - he clipped a back marker and he spun out. Maybe a headline "Keith Pressures Great Rival Into Mistake To Take Title Victory" would have been better, giving both these great drivers the credit they deserved. It was very concerning that only 17 cars were able to take part in this important Saloon Stock meeting.

On the 29th July Jimmy Forrest won all the races, though the first race was only awarded to Jimmy after A) Keith Harman's half shaft departed from his car while in the lead & then B) Ernie Burgoyne was penalised for ???. Heat 2 was full of incident, a re-start was forced after John Ramsay got smashed into the fence on the warming up lap. Rab Gilmour executed a spectacular triple roll. Keith Jarman lost a rear wheel which managed to find its way into Neil Petrie's car which was following close behind. This could have been really nasty, Neil didn't bat an eyelid and sped on with his new passenger to collect 2nd place. Place getters in the Final were Keith Jarman in 2nd & Neil Petrie in 3rd.

AUGUST

In the August News Letter it was announced that 2 litre engines could now be used to the make of car intended.

Big weekend of action on the 4th & 5th August. I am not sure if this was classified as 3 meetings ie if you had to pay for 3 meetings or just a bit more for the 20 races that took place on the Saturday.
Proceedings commenced at 2.00pm, 9 races up until 5.30pm incorporating the British Saloon Stock Championship, Often one to step up for the big meetings was defending champion Keith Jarman ultimately unsuccessfully on this occasion, though it was in doubt for a time due to strange goings on at scrutineering. Jimmy Forrest was first past the flag & eventually officially crowned. Also exceptional performances from Ernie Burgoyne in 3rd & Eddie Aldous in 4th.There was also one Saloon Stock heat during the afternoon. Part 2 on the Saturday and Racing resumed at 7.00pm. Another two Saloon Stock heats culminating in the Final which was for the UK Challenge Shield. 
Keith Jarman bounced back from his near miss in the British by collecting this title, Ernie Burgoyne also finished one place higher in this one with a fine 2nd. Robert Bruce collected the 3rd spot, completing another Scottish 1,2,3.
On to Sunday and the first Saloon Stock Race was for the Open Scottish Championship - you guessed it first Keith Jarman, another title he happened to be defending, the placings this time to Conrad Self & Bob Jones. The last couple of laps were epic, Bob Jones took Conrad Self, then Keith Jarman went past Conrad & Bob, finally Conrad went past Bob again for the eventual finishing order. There was one other heat on the Sunday before the Final that was captured by Robert Bruce.

12th August & only 12 Saloon Stock cars, numbers had been poor this year but 12 cars was very disappointing, the Saloon Stock mayhem from the previous weekend obviously a contributor to the low total. The first two past the flag in each race was the same Robert Bruce completing a fine treble chased home by Keith Jarman in each case.

The 18th & 19th August was Banger meeting including the grandly titled "British Supreme Banger Championship" & the "UK Challenge Trophy", however there were two heats &  Final for the Saloon Stock cars on Sunday the 19th. The heats were shared between Robert Bruce & Keith Jarman as were the 2nd positions. In the Final it was Keith Jarman who was the victor, Robert Bruce failing to finish.

There was a Stock Rod / 1300 Stock Car / Ministox meeting at Armadale on the 25th August - unfortunately I have no records from that meeting.


Last of the August events and another 12 car meeting, familiar look to the first heat Robert Bruce first home followed by Keith Jarman, different face to the fore in the 2nd heat when Nat Hill took a win from the yellow grade followed by George Chirray, Keith Jarman & Robert Bruce could only manage 3rd & 4th in this one.
Come the 9 car Final though and it was Keith Jarman again taking victory, Bob Jones & Neil Petrie the 2nd & 3rd slots.

SEPTEMBER

On to September and in the first heat Robert Bruce took the win followed home by Keith Jarman. Heat 2 & Gordon Brown was back in the winning groove. The Final & Nat Hill continued his form from the previous week when he had picked up a heat win & a heat 2nd behind Gordon Brown by winning the Final ahead of hot shots Keith Jarman & Bon Jones.

Only 9 cars on the 9th September, interestingly there were 9 1300cc Stock Cars & 9 Superstox, amazingly also on the bill were Stock Rods 25 cars, Ministox 11 cars & Bangers 44 cars. This is surely THE illustration of where things went wrong & are still wrong to this day - too many formulae - not enough cars. There were apparently some drivers also racing "elsewhere", the programmes did not inform us who the drivers were or where they were racing, or indeed post "the event" how they fared. It is possible that the promoter's "plan" was to have only one heat & the Final - which was all that took place. This would additionally explain why only 9 cars appeared. Neil Petrie won the heat & Robert Bruce the Final.

Thankfully the following week the numbers shot up to 17 cars, Robert Bruce picked up the first heat followed home by John Burns who was back after a long lay-off starting from the yellow grade. Heat 2 & a close battle between Harry & Ernie Burgoyne, Harry's Sunbeam had moved into the lead, however pressure from Ernie in his Escort saw him take over, closing fast was Keith Jarman who got past Harry & then spun out Ernie on the last corner for the win. In the Final Keith did not leave it so late, taking over the lead from Harry Burgoyne half way through the race, Bob Jones also managed to get past Harry before the flag to take 2nd.

A very wet meeting on the 23rd September brought about more of the spinning out your adversary rather than the nudging wide, Robert Bruce dealt out the treatment to Jimmy Forrest in the first heat & then Ernie Burgoyne executed the same manoeuvre on Robert. The race developed into a battle between the yellow graders, Dave Forrest taking the victory from John Burns. John Burns took both the next heat & the Final.
 John's heat win was a tense affair as Robert Bruce relentlessly closed in, but only just missing out. It was Harry Burgoyne who got closest to John in the Final, Robert captured the 3rd spot.

The end of the month get-together, John Burns in his Celica won both heats, again with the fast closing red tops just running out of time, Keith Jarman in the first heat & Robert Bruce in the second. John again took up the front running spot in the Final & again it was Robert who hunted him down with Keith in turn closing on them both. Robert put the hit on John which went a bit awry mainly for Robert. Keith slipped past Robert & then passed John in the last lap. Robert recovering for 3rd.

OCTOBER

Into October & unfortunately an action packed days racing was again spoiled by lack of rule enforcement by the promotion. The heats were brilliant, Gordon Brown the winner of the 1st & Neil Petrie the 2nd. The Final was another cracker, John Burns was the early leader, Harry Burgoyne was the first from the blue grade up with John & he duly swept passed. The red tops were now up with the leader, Jimmy Forrest took up the running only for Neil Petrie to spin him out almost immediately. This delayed Neil allowing Harry back into the lead. Neil was right with Harry when Keith Jarman caught them both. They were both swept aside, however Harry awaited Keith on the next lap & hit him into the fence. Robert Bruce was gifted the win, Gordon Brown 2nd spot & George Chirray 3rd. It was inevitable that if this type of behavior was going to continue unpunished it would increase in frequency.

14th October. There was a  big pile up in the first heat in which British Champion Jimmy Forrest was injured suffering a broken ankle.
Robert Bruce went on to win this first heat from ex Banger stalwart Colin Robertson. Colin went one better capturing the 2nd heat.
John Burns got through into an early lead which he held on to the flag from Ernie Burgoyne & Neil Petrie.

 


Colin Robertson heat winner mid October under pressure from Robert Bruce (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

The meeting of the 21st October was for the "Scottish Midland Championship". This was the 2nd year this race had been run & John Burns was defending his title. This was a championship which was arranged between Spedeworth Scotland & the Buxton promotion, essentially after Spedeworth Scotland found out that Gordon McDougall had suggested a similar competition between Newtongrange Saloon Stock drivers & the Buxton promotion the previous year. There is no doubt that the racing at Cowdenbeath was improved by the numerous Gordon McDougall initiatives that Spedeworth Scotland copied or usurped. The prize fund for the race, which was listed as being sponsored by Gwen Cecil, which seemed a little strange was 1st £100, 2nd £50, 3rd £30, 4th £15, 5th £5, 6th £5, with trophies going to the first three.

 


Jayne Beane & Ardian Thomson the best finishers from the Midlands in the Scottish / Midland Championship (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

23 cars competed during the day including 7 visitors from Buxton. Neil Petrie won the first heat from Keith Jarman. First Buxton man home was John Howarth in 6th followed by current English Champion Kevin Clark in 7th, (incidently Kevin won this race utilising the ex Willie Miller car utilising a 2 litre engine fitted with twin carbs.)The first prize was £30. The 2nd heat & Keith Jarman was the victor this time, John Howarth improving his finishing position to 2nd. In the Championship Race John Burns zipped off into the lead from the front row, while English Champion Kevin Clark (from blue grade?) slotted into 2nd. Kevin then slipped through into the lead. Neil Petrie caught Kevin and endeavoured to spin him out, delaying them both & allowing John Burns back into the lead. Kevin recovered and attempted to slot past John, neck & neck they tangled with a tailender. Bob Jones grasped the chance & shot through for the Championship win - unbelievably Bob had not won a Final this season - however he is a man for the big occasion, Neil Petrie was the runner up & Robert Bruce 3rd, Jayne Bean collected 4th & the first Buxton driver home. A great effort by Jean as her car had been all but destroyed the previous week at Buxton. In comparison with the prize money for the English Championship, the Scottish / Midland Championship amounts were:- 1st - £100, 2nd - £50, 3rd - £30, 4th - £15, 5th - £10, 6th - £5.

Saloon Stocks were omitted from the programme on the 28th October so the 4th November was the last "proper" Saloon Stock meeting of the season.
I say "proper", but there were no National Points at stake & there were also novelty races for mechanics on the bill. The single heat on the day was another win for Robert Bruce. The "main" attractions for this meeting were the "Cock O' North" races for those who had won Finals & Championships. There were 10 competitors for the Saloon Stock version. It developed into a battle between Bob Jones & Keith Jarman, with the latter eventually triumphant. Keith collected a number of awards during the day in point of fact. He was awarded his National Points title award, the "Gwennie" award which was voted for by the spectators for each formula. Finally he received the "Roy Cecil Personality of the Year" also voted by the fans.

Superstox Points Chart

1 39 Les Clark 635
2 94 Vic Russell 481
3 87 Robin Brown 433
4 81 Bill Pullar 328
5 75 David Moir 303
6 164 Joe Paterson 264
7 24 John Adam 259
8 48 Hamish McNab 199
9 214 Jimmy McAlpine 190
10 36 Doug Petrie 162
11 224 Derek Sinclair 95
12 84 Les Brown 77
13 69 Ally Devine 70
14 56 Tommy Carruthers 33

 

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Most Wins in 1984
No Driver Finals Heats
39 Les Clark 11 15
94 Vic Russell 10 15
81 Bill Pullar 7 9
87 Robin Brown 4 6
75 David Moir 1 7
214 Jimmy McAlpine 1 4
36 Doug Petrie 1 0
48 Hamish McNab 1 0
24 John Adam 0 4
164 Joseph Paterson 0 1

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Meetings Attended in 1984
No Driver  
36 Doug Petrie 31
39 Les Clark 31
48 Hamish McNab 30
75 David Moir 30
87 Robin Brown 29
164 Joseph Paterson 29
94 Vic Russell 26
214 Jimmy McAlpine 26
224 Derek Sinclair 28
81 Bill Pullar 25
24 John Adam 21
69 Ally Devine 21
84 Les Brown 12
27 John Muir 9
122 Robert Cook 8
56 Tommy Curruthers 7
222 Iain Burnside 7
10 N/A 4
79 Thomas Heany 4
E 77 Tony Roots 3
E 604 Gerry Cooper 3
H 4 Antony Van Oetelaar 3
NI 1 Robin Morrow 3
NI 6 Tom Swan 3
41 N/A 2
666 N/A 2
E 71 David Gower 2
E 209 Barry Watson 2
H 11 Peter Tinnermans 2
NI 60 Graham Carter 2
3 N/A 1
12 Barrie Jeffries 1
82 Ray Davidson 1
118 Willie Cameron 1
147 Stevie Paterson 1
E 38 Malcolm Davis 1

 

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP ARMADALE 12.05.84   OPEN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP COWDENBEATH 12.05.84
  1st 39 LES CLARK     1st 39 LES CLARK
  2nd 87 ROBIN BROWN     2nd 87 ROBIN BROWN
  3rd 24 JOHN ADAM     3rd 24 JOHN ADAM
  4th E209 BARRY WATSON     4th 164 JOSEPH PATERSON
  5th NI60 GRAHAM CARTER     5th 75 DAVE MOIR
  6th 75 DAVE MOIR     6th E71 DAVID GOWER
  7th H11 PETER TINNEREMANS     7th H4 TONY van den OETELAAR
  8th H4 TONY van den OETELAAR     8th E77 TONY ROOTS

 

 

UKCC COWDENBEATH 13.05.84   WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TILBURG 10.06.84
  1st 87 ROBIN BROWN     1st H4 TONY van den OETELAAR
  2nd 24 JOHN ADAM     2nd H41 JO VAN RENGS
  3rd E604 GERRY COOPER     3rd E206 ROBIN RANDALL
  4th 48 HAMISH McNABB     4th E54 MARTYN BRAND
  5th 84 LES BROWN     5th E665 BRIANJONES
  6th 214 JIMMY McALPINE     6th E320 DAVE PIERCE
  7th H4 TONY van den OETELAAR     7th   N/A
  8th 36 DOUG PETRIE      8th   N/A
                 

 

WEST of SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP - ARMADALE 15.06.84   NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 07.07.84  IPSWICH
  1st 87 ROBIN BROWN     1st E221 PAUL WARWICK
  2nd 94 VIC RUSSELL     2nd E443 STEVE MONK
  3rd 81 BILL PULLAR     3rd E17 ROY EATON
  4th 75 DAVE MOIR     4th E170 HOWARD WHITE
  5th 24 JOHN ADAM     5th E206 ROBIN RANDALL
  6th 36 DOUG PETRIE     6th H4 TONY van den OETELAAR
  7th 224 DEREK SINCLAIR     7th   N/A
  8th 164 JOSEPH PATERSON     8th   N/A
                 

 

EAST of SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP COWDENBEATH 04.08.84   BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP  CLEETHORPES 12.08.84
  1st 39 LES CLARK     1st E54 MARTYN BRAND
  2nd 87 ROBIN BROWN     2nd E206 ROBIN RANDALL
  3rd 164 JOSEPH PATERSON     3rd E211 HOWARD COLE
  4th   N/A     4th 87 ROBIN BROWN
  5th         5th 39 LES CLARK
  6th         6th E170 HOWARD WHITE
  7th         7th E320  DAVE PIERCE
  8th         8th E604  GERRY COOPER
                 
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP COWDENBEATH 02.09.84   COCK  O' NORTH COWDENBEATH 04.11.84
  1st 39 LES CLARK     1st 81 BILL PULLAR
  2nd 81 BILL PULLAR     2nd 39 LES CLARK
  3rd 94 VIC RUSSELL     3rd 87 ROBIN BROWN
  4th 75 DAVE MOIR     4th 48 HAMISH McNABB
  5th 48 HAMISH McNABB     5th   NOF
  6th 224 DEREK SINCLAIR     6th   NOF
  7th 36 JOSEPH PATERSON     7th   NOF
  8th   NOF     8th   NOF
                 

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MARCH
The first meeting was on the 4th March, there were only a disappointing 9 cars in attendance though. To put that in perspective 16 cars were at the first meeting in 1983.
Robin Brown won the first heat of the season in which there were only 4 finishers. Heat 2 & the Final were victories for Vic Russell in his new car. Track commentator John Kelly had mentioned in the programme for the meeting that Vic was one to look out for based on it's performance in pre-season testing. Les Clark & John Adam were podium place getters in the Final. The newly introduced Superstars positions category in the Superstox were filled by Les Clark & Vic Russell. 

The 11th March meeting was wet, resulting in a very greasy track. It turned out that Vic's new car needed a bit of sorting to perform in the wet. 4th, 5th & 6th places were his results this week. It was Les Clark who won the first heat & Robin Brown the 2nd & the Final. The 2nd & 3rd in the Final was a repeat of week 1 Les Clark & John Adam.

The programme for the 18th March meeting mentioned one item of concern, where it stated "Superstox fields are pretty good". The fields for the first 6 races that this statement was based on were 8, 8, 8, 10, 10, & 8. That is not pretty good but delusional. Still 12 cars did front up for this meeting which in percentage terms was a big improvement. Vic Russell was back to winning ways in the dry conditions this week with heat & Final wins. Vic fair blootered Robin Brown out of the way to win the Final, but not so much as to put Robin out. He recovered for second & Les Clark took 3rd spot. Vic also gathered a 2nd place in the other heat behind Dave Moir.

The last meeting in March was on the 25th & Vic Russell was again in dominant form. Vic in fact looked to be on for the treble, until in the Final he lost a wheel while in the lead. It was Hamish McNab who had been in 2nd spot at this point who went on to collect the win, Dave Moir was 2nd & Les Clark 3rd.


Great shot here from "Mad Jock" - Multiple race winner Vic Russell ahead of Dave Moir & Les Clark (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

APRIL
1st April meeting produced three very close races, Les Clark won the opening battle from Robin Brown. The next heat & the Final were fought out between Les & Vic Russell. Vic successful on both occasions, though he was forced to stuff Les into a dead car in the Final to secure that victory. Hamish McNab & Joe Paterson were the place getters in the major race. Only 5 cars completed the distance. At the end of the first points period Les Clark & Vic Russell retained there Superstar status. Surprisingly though with Vic winning 8 races so far, he was still 1 point behind Les Clark who had won only 2.

The 2nd meeting in April on the 8th was for the "Steward's Cup", Jimmy McAlpine captured the two heats from his yellow grid starting slot. He was half a lap ahead in the Final, by such a huge margin that presumably he lost all concentration and clattered straight into the fence. Vic Russell of course happily accepted the win, Les Clark & John Adam were in the podium positions, for the 3rd time in a Final this season. Encouragingly car numbers were up to 16.

Another trophy up for grabs on the 15th April in the shape of the "Cowdenbeath Cup". Jimmy McAlpine was the winner in the Championship race, whereas last week when he won both heats & then went smashing out of the Final when in the lead. This week he succumbed in both heats when leading but made no such error in the Final, Bill Pullar was closing fast but ran out of time, Les Brown collected 3rd. The heat winners (who both failed to complete the Final) were Vic Russell & John Adam.

22nd April & another 16 car turnout. Jimmy McAlpine only just missed out on the last lap, Les Clark slipping through on the back straight. In the 2nd heat he was in the lead until the 2nd last lap when Bill Pullar took over, Les Clark also got past Jimmy before the flag. Vic Russell powered through to yet another Final win ahead of Les Clark & Jimmy McAlpine.

Jimmy McAlpine had another great day's racing at the last meeting in April. He just missed out by 1 point in being top points scorer to Robin Brown. In the 1st heat Jimmy was again in the lead for the bulk of the race only being passed in the latter stages by Les Clark & the Robin Brown. In the 2nd heat Jimmy got a bit of a break leading from start to finish. Jimmy again burst into the lead in the Final & again it was only in the closing stages that he was caught. It was Robin Brown on this occasion doing the catching. Jimmy retaining the 2nd spot & Vic Russell the 3rd.


Bit of a melee at the 29th April meeting featuring John Muir, Bill Pullar, Les Brown & Vic Russell (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

MAY
John Adam won both heats on the 6th May, however car problems scuppered any hope of a treble. In a repetition of many Superstox races of late it looked like another win for Jimmy McAlpine until he crashed towards the end of the race resulting in yet another Final win for Vic Russell.
 
Superstox were on the bill for each of the 3 meeting extravaganza over the 12th & 13th of May. Starting with the 12th May Saturday afternoon meeting at Armadale there were two Superstox races in the schedule the "May Trophy" heat race won by Les Clark & the big race over the weekend the Superstox European Championship. Only 22 cars on the grid out of the programmed 27. It comprised 11 Scottish, 6 English, 2 from Northern Ireland, Dutch Champion, German Champion & World Champion (who was also Dutch). Public draw for grid positions, Jerry Cooper drew pole position. There was much mayhem at the start, such that Les Clark stormed through to 2nd in only 2 laps from his 15th grid spot on the grid. Jerry Cooper had gone straight  into the lead. Les Clark managed to get past on lap 9. He was travelling so well he then lapped every other driver up to 2nd placed man Robin Brown. John Adam collected 3rd.

Another 2 races for the Superstox on Saturday evening at Cowdenbeath. Another 22 car grid for the Open Scottish Championship. Amazingly the result was identical to the European Championship earlier in the day, Clark followed by Brown and Adam. The other race was for the "Spedeworth Scotland Trophy". It looks as though only 8 cars took part for some reason. The result was almost the same, Clark & Brown taking the first two spots, it was Hamish McNab taking 3rd on this occasion dropping John Adam to 4th.

Sunday's meeting included another 2 Superstox races, the "UK Challenge Cup", Les Clark of course was the favourite & indeed he made his way through to take up the lead. This time however he was forced out when taking evasive action lapping a backmarker. Then justifiably taking up the front running was Robin Brown, the only driver to get close to Les all weekend, John Adam who had also been in great form all weekend came home 2nd. Jerry Cooper captured 3rd. The final race of the two days was another win for Robin Brown.

 


Best English finisher over the weekend Gerry "Super" Cooper 3rd in the UK Challenge Cup

Last weekends meeting obviously took it's toll on the attendance at the 20th May meeting with only 10 cars making an appearance. Les Clark continued his remarkable performance from the previous week by winning both heats & Final at a canter. His first treble of the season, albeit he did win both the Superstox races at two of the meetings the previous week. Bill Pullar suffered a frightening crash in the first heat when his throttle stuck open & he careered into the barrier causing severe damage to his car, though thankfully not to himself. Only 6 cars competed in the Final. Robin Brown was 2nd & John Adam 3rd.
 
27th May. Heat & Final victories to Les Clark. He missed out in the 2nd heat when a 4 car tangle for the lead resulted in Vic Russell rolling his car & finishing on his roof. Car & driver were repairable happily, in fact Vic collected 4th in the Final. The Brown brothers were the place getters in the Final, Robin 2nd & Les 3rd.


Bill Pullar winning at last in 1984 (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

JUNE
Heavy rain greeted allcomers to Central Park on the 3rd June, there were 14 cars in attendance. Bill Pullar was the dominant force in the heats, the very slippery track proving well suited to the handling of Bill's car & of course Bill's skill. Come the Final however the track was drying out so we could expect someone else to succeed? Not so, Bill stormed through for another win, completing a well earned treble. Hamish McNab secured 2nd spot & Les Clark 3rd.

Only 11 cars for the 10th June meeting, Les Clark & Robin Brown were off competing in the World Superstox Championship in Tilburg Holland. Vic Russell gained 3 wins in their absence. Joseph Paterson was 2nd & John Adam 3rd in the Final.

The West of Scotland Championship was held at Armadale on the 15th June. Again only 10 cars made it to the track. The holder was Les Brown who unfortunately couldn't make it to defend the title.
The trophy was kept in he family though with brother Robin taking the Championship & both the heat races. Place getters in the title race went to Vic Russell in 2nd & Bill Pullar in 3rd.

On the 17th June there were 3 different winners. Dave Moir won the 1st heat, Vic Russell the 2nd heat. The first two past the flag in the Final were Vic Russell & Les Clark, however they were both penalised one position for a jump start which resulted in a very surprised Doug Petrie being awarded the win. This was his first win since he commenced racing at the beginning of the season & indeed had he maintained his 3rd place position, that would have been his best ever Final finish.

Another 3 different winners at the 24th June meeting. This time it was Joseph Paterson in the 1st, Vic Russell in the 2nd & David Moir racing through for his first Final victory of the season. Dave was followed home by Les Clark & Bill Pullar.


75 Dave Moir wins his first Final of the season in June (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

JULY
Last meeting before the holiday break was on the 1st July. In a 14 car turnout only 5 cars completed the 1st heat. In among the carnage Jimmy McAlpine came off the worst, in fact necessitating a trip to hospital suffering from concussion. Bill Pullar had a nasty when he went straight on into the fence, while Vic Russell wrecked his car in trying to unsuccessfully dispose of a fellow competitor. Only 7 cars finished the 2nd heat & the Final. Through it all Les Clark reigned supreme winning both heats & the Final. Dave Moir & Robin Brown collected the other podium spots in the Final.

The 2nd half of the season commenced on the 22nd July. It was Dave Moir who showed the field a clean pair of heels in the 1st heat & indeed was well on the way to a win in the 2nd when car failure forced him out. It was Les Clark who was left to come through for the win. Les then went on for a Final win followed home by Robin Brown & Bill Pullar. In a strange quirk the following weeks results for all the races were the same bar the 2nd & 3rd positions in the Final being reversed.

AUGUST
The "double" meeting at Cowdenbeath on the 4th featured one Superstox race during the afternoon unfortunately I don't know who the winner was. The evening session included one Superstox heat & the East of Scotland Championship. Again I do not have information on the heat winner, the Championship however was another trophy for the Les Clark cabinet, Robin Brown & Joseph Paterson joined Les on the podium. Only two races for the Superstox on the Sunday the "Granbuild" trophy resulted in a heat win for Dave Moir. Unfortunately I have no records of the winner of the"JEM Motors" trophy Final.

Only 7 cars at the 12th August meeting. Les Clark, Vic Russell & Robin Brown were down at Cleethorpes for the Brittish Championship. Might have been better to just drop the Superstox off the programme. After all we still had Ministox, Stock rods, Hot Rods, Saloon Stocks & 1300 Stock Cars on the bill! At least the superstox were only racing for 1 heat - a victory to Dave Moir & the Final - a win to Bill Pullar.

The two day Banger spectacular on the 18th & 19th August also had Superstox on the bill on the 2nd day of action. Only 11 cars unfortunately. Bill Pullar completed a treble heading home different drivers in each race. Les Clark in the first heat, Dave Moir in the second & Vic Russell in the Final, Dave Moir collected the 3rd slot in the Final.

Last of the August events on the 26th. David Moir, Les Clark & Vic Russell were the main contenders for honours. Dave Moir collected the first heat from Les Clark. Les then reversed the positions in the second - only just. It was then Les who looked to be adding the Final win until substantial interest was added to the race when Vic Russell caught & passed him on the last lap. Dave Moir was in 3rd. Les Clark top scored for the meeting with 25 points, Dave Moir & Vic Russell tied for 2nd with 23 points.


7 car melee (yes I believe there is a car behind 56 Tommy Carruthers) (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
SEPTEMBER 
Scottish Championship day for Superstox on the 2nd September & only 11 cars in competition for the title, I am afraid this was a record low in the history of the event.The prize money for the championship was as follows 1st £75, 2nd £40, 3rd £25, 4th £15, 5th £7, 6th £4.  Vic Russell won the first heat ahead of the current holder Les Clark. Vic found himself in the fence in the second heat, Bill Pullar taking this win. Grid positions for the Scottish Championship were determined on the basis of the points accrued in the heats. This placed Bill Pullar on pole with Les Clark alongside, Vic Russell (his car partly repaired) & Dave Moir on the 2nd row. Bill Pullar shot into an early lead, however he got caught out by a section of damp track allowing Les Clark to slip past. Les went on to retain his Scottish Championship & become a 4 time holder of the title - equaling Vic Russell's total. Bill Pullar was 2nd & Vic Russell 3rd.
 
Down to a 9 car Superstox field on the 9th September. Vic Russell's car was properly in fine fettle after last weeks damage, convincingly winning both heats. In the Final Vic was again quick, however he slightly overdid it in his effort to pass Bill Pullar. Les Clark made no such mistake though getting past Bill without incident to take the flag. Vic recovered to finish 2nd, Bill was 3rd.
 
Superstox were not part of the schedule for the 16th September.
 
A very wet meeting on the 23rd September. Bill Pullar had his car handling beautifully in the slippery conditions. Both heats saw Bill take the wins miles ahead of his nearest rival. The Final for the "Cecil Trophy" was a more hard fought affair. Joseph Paterson was the main stumbling block. Bill got past on the penultimate lap, with Joe spinning out, to complete his three in a row.
Les Clark & Robin Brown the other podium positions. Car numbers were up to 13, Tommy Carruthers debuted a rather nicely turned out new car, though teething troubles prevented any finishes.
 
30th September & a couple of fast heats resulted in Les Clark victories, Tommy Carruthers collecting a deserved runner up spot in the 2nd heat. Vic Russell scuppered Les's hopes of a triple, Joseph Paterson finished 3rd behind Les.


Les Clark & Vic Russell battled out for points title in 1984 (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
OCTOBER / NOVEMBER
Into October Les Clark & Vic Russell exchanged 1st & 2nd spots in the two heats, though only after Tommy Carruthers careered out of the lead on the last lap of the first heat.
Vic Russell raced through to his 2nd Final in a row, Les Clark again came home 2nd & Tommy Carruthers a fine 3rd. 
 
14th October John Adam made a welcome return to the winners in heat 1 after a stoppage caused by Derek Sinclair collecting a fence post. John was just pipped by Vic Russell in heat 2. The "Champagne Stakes" Final was another victory for Bill Pullar followed home by Vic Russell & Les Clark.
 
No Superstox on the bill for the 21st October  
 
The last point scoring meeting for the season on the 28th October, 15 car turnout (there were some visitors from Crimmond Raceway adding to the field) & Bill Pullar continued his great late season form with heat & Final victories.
Jimmy McAlpine was the other heat winner making another welcome return to the winners circle. Les Clark & John Adam were on the podium in the Final.
 
The "usual" end of season meeting on the 4th November was for the Cock O' North races for Final & Championship winners. 7 drivers started the Superstox race, in which Bill Pullar collected the win. If only Bill's car had behaved in the first half of the season the way it did in the second half. He would surely have been a contender for the points championship. Les Clark & Robin Brown were 2nd & 3rd. Robin Brown won the only Superstox heat on the day.
 
Les Clark had captured the Scottish National Points title by a massive 154 points yet won only one more race than Vic Russell during the season. Les making sure if he didn't win he did at least finish. Bill Pullar won the "Gwennie" award for most popular Superstox driver voted for by the spectators.


Malcolm Chesher Cowdie Scottish Points Champion By A Distance in 1984 (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)

 

Hot Rod Points Chart
1 862 Malcolm Chesher 558
2 888 Graham Wait 432
3 804 Alan McBurney 391
4 808 Willie Miller 312
5 809 Brian Leckie 284
6 878 John Hubbard 261
7 844 Billy Bonnar 189
8 876 Chris Rae 142
9 834 David Dougan 110
10 801 Kellas Maver 106
11 800 Roddy McCalman 92
12 856 Ian Ostrau 90

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**** minimum

Most Wins in 1984
No Driver Finals Heats
888 Graham Wait 7 16
808 Willie Miller 6 11
862 Malcolm Chesher 6 8
844 Billy Bonnar 4 2
878 John Hubbard 2 7
804 Allan McBurney 2 5
809 Brian Leckie 2 5
876 Chris Rae 1 1
856 Ian Ostrau 0 3
801 Kellas Maver 0 1

 

Meetings Attended in 1984
  No Driver  
1 862 Malcolm Chesher 26
2= 804 Alan McBurney 25
2= 888 Graham Wait 25
4= 800 Roddy McCalman 20
4= 878 John Hubbard 20
6 809 Brian Leckie 19
7 808 Willie Miller 17
8 819 Brian Ismay 14
9 844 Billy Bonnar 13
10 876 Chris Rae 12
11= 801 Kellas Maver 11
11= 834 David Dougan 11
13 856 Ian Ostrau 8
14 864 Keith Henderson? 6
15 861 N/A 2
16= 823 Brian Middlemiss 1
16= 825 Gerry Martin 1
16= 829 N/A 1
16= 899 Davey Philp 1

 

BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP BALLYMENA 12.05.84   EAST of SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 13.05.84
1st E 242 Pete Stevens   1st 876 Chris Rae
2nd NI 903 Robin Sloan   2nd 862 Malcolm Chesher
3rd NI 915 Leslie Dallas   3rd 804 Alan McBurney
4th NI 962 Ormond Christie   4th   NOF
5th NI 950 Norman Woolsey   5th   NOF
6th NI 932 Davy Evans   6th   NOF
7th    N/A   7th   NOF
8th   N/A   8th   NOF
     
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IPSWICH 07.07.84   EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 04.08.84
1st E 88 Peter Grimer   1st E 242 Pete Stevens
2nd E 306  George Polley   2nd NI 950 Norman Woolsey
3rd NI 950 Norman Woolsey   3rd 862 Malcolm Chesher
4th NI 962 Ormond Christie   4th E 88 Peter Grimer
5th E 242 Pete Stevens   5th E 414 Neil Facey
6th E 3  Leon Smith   6th E 7 John Carding
7th   N/A   7th   N/A
8th   N/A   8th   N/A
     
UK CHALLENGE TROPHY 04.08.84   OPEN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 05.08.84
1st NI 915 Leslie Dallas   1st E 242 Pete Stevens
2nd E 242 Pete Stevens   2nd NI 950 Norman Woolsey
3rd 862 Malcolm Chesher   3rd 888 Graham Wait
4th E 88 Peter Grimer   4th   N/A
5th E 7 John Carding   5th   N/A
6th NI 950 Norman Woolsey   6th   N/A
7th   N/A   7th   N/A
8th   N/A   8th   N/A
     
IRISH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 24.08.84   SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP 02.09.84
1st NI 962 Ormond Christie   1st 888 Graham Wait
2nd NI 903 Robin Sloan   2nd 862 Malcolm Chesher
3rd E 242 Pete Stevens   3rd 844 Billy Bonnar
4th E 88 Peter Grimer   4th 804 Alan McBurney
5th E 778 Colin Higman   5th 808 Willie Miller
6th NI 979 Richard Turtle   6th   NOF
7th   N/A   7th   NOF
8th   N/A   8th   NOF
     
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP HEDNESFORD 09.09.84   COCK O' NORTH 04.11.84
1st E 19 Mick Collard   1st 862 Malcolm Chesher
2nd E 242 Pete Stevens   2nd 809 Brian Leckie
3rd E 88 Peter Grimer   3rd 844 Billy Bonnar
4th E 306 George Polley   4th 808 Willie Miller
5th E 156 Stuart Jackson   5th 878 John Hubbard
6th E 121 Jon Brookes   6th 804 Alan McBurney
7th NI 950 Norman Woolsey   7th   NOF
8th E 495 Andy Dance   8th   NOF

There were great hopes of an upturn in the fortunes of Hot Rod Racing at Spedeworth Scotland in 1984. In fact in the "Short Circuit" Publication - 1984 Hot Rod Yearbook", Spedeworth Scotland commentator John Kelly in the "Scottish Review" headlined "Scotland - a turning point".
The "1984 Hot Rod Yearbook" contained NO summary of Hot Rod Racing at Newtongrange - despite the fact that more Hot Rods raced to National Hot Rod specification in Scotland there than raced at Cowdenbeath.
I do not know the reason for this, however I do know that a previous Hot Rod Yearbook had to have a Spedeworth Scotland section vetted by Spedeworth Scotland before publication.
If it was not to their liking they would refuse to sell the publication at their track. I know this because I was engaged by the publication to provide the summaries of ALL Hot Rod Racing in Scotland for a previous year. Spedeworth Scotland did not like the summary of their track & issued the ultimatum.
I suspect that Spedeworth Scotland or the NHRPA upped the ante to exclude entirely any reference to the Hot Rod racing at Newtongrange - or else.
Although the front cover of the publication states "1984 Hot Rod Yearbook" page 3 does say "The National Hot Rod Racing Yearbook 1984", maybe the insertion of the words "Association" after Yearbook on page 3 would have made it a more accurate description. It doesn't explain the section devoted to Super Rods though. I hope not too many followers of Hot Rod racing in Scotland were duped into thinking they were getting a complete book on the sport.
I should also point out that the "1984 Hot Rod Yearbook" in fact reviews the racing in 1983 and previews the racing in 1984.
 
Was John Kelly's optimism well founded? Partly yes. There was no increase in car numbers (excluding the internationals but including the additional drivers from Newtongrange at the first meeting), the average was the same as 1983 at 8. The Newtongrange average was 10. However the racing was much improved. John Kelly had stated in his 1983 review, in the 1984 Yearbook that "Graham Wait opened the season with 3 race wins, cynics looked ahead to week after week of Wait domination.......Well, last season it wasn't quite what they expected". Unfortunately the cynics WERE correct, Graham won 50% of all Finals & 57% of all heats.
1984 though was different. Graham still headed the list in terms of Final wins with 21%, however Willie Miller & Malcolm Chesher also won 18% & Billy Bonnar won 12%. There were 3 other multiple Final winners. As well as 2 multiple Final winners from outside Scotland.


899 Dave Philp at First Cowdie Meeting 1984, (299 Number Still Visible On Fin) (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
MARCH
The opening meeting on the 4th March had a welcome number of Hot Rods in attendance with 12 cars, however 4 of these cars were from Gordon McDougal Promotions at Newtongrange. Davey Philp, Brian Middlemiss, Ian Headley & Gerry Martin. As reported in the programme "They signed contracts to race with Spedeworth Scotland - MEMBERS OF THE NHRPA. For doing so it means they can only race on NHRPA licensed raceways".
To the racing, Malcolm Chesher won heat & Final in his Mazda 323, Graham Wait the other heat. Graham's engine disintegrated into a million pieces in the Final, Alan McBurney was 2nd & Brian Leckie 3rd in the feature race. The best position obtained by the "visitor?" was Ian Headley's 2nd in the first heat.
 
Alan McBurney built on his fine 2nd in the Final the previous week. In only his 2nd season & in the wet conditions he secured a well earned 2 heats & Final. Only a 7 car field though. Brian Leckie & Graham wait followed Alan home in the Final. Three of the "Nitten" drivers did not front up at the 2nd Cowdenbeath meeting, however Davey Philp did, though, he had now raced at Newtongrange in the interim. He was given the ultimatum that he could not race at both tracks & had to make his choice - so he packed his bags & left.
 
Another great performance by Alan McBurney with his 2nd Final in a row on the 18th March, Graham Wait & Malcolm Chesher the heat winners. Malcolm only after Graham was demoted for excessive contact in the 2nd heat. Graham Wait & Brian Leckie made up the top three in the Final.
 
The final meeting in March on the 25th drew only 6 cars. Malcolm Chesher & Alan McBurnie shared the first 2 spots in all the races. Alan the 1st heat winner & Malcolm the 2nd. In the Final Alan managed to hold on to the lead up until 5 laps to go when Malcolm got through. Brian Leckie was 3rd.


804 Alan McBurney Made A Great Start To The Season, Closely Chased Here by 862 Malcolm Chesher (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
APRIL
1st April saw Alan McBurney winning the 1st heat. What was unusual about this race was that Willie Miller took part debuting a rather swish looking Toyota Starlet when he was also taking part in the Saloon Stock racing during the day. Willie finished last (8th) in the 1st Hot Rod heat, however he then went on to win the next heat & the Final. Graham Wait & Malcolm Chesher the place getters. (Willie also achieved two 6th places & a 7th in the Saloon Stocks).
 
It took Graham Wait until the 6th meeting of the season to collect his 1st Final win but only after Malcolm Chesher was demoted for contact against Brian Leckie. Changed days indeed since last season. Graham also collected a heat win. Willie Miller the other heat winner, unfortunately he was forced out of the rest of the meeting with engine maladies. The Final was for the "Stewards Cup", Malcolm Chesher was 2nd & Brian Leckie 3rd. 
 
Willie Miller was again going great guns on the 15th April. Engine issues returned again in the 1st heat allowing Graham Wait to sweep past for the win, Willie holding on for 2nd though. The engine was completely fixed for the next heat & Final though & nobody got close.
 
At the 22nd April meeting Willie Miller completed a treble. The Final was marred however when Brian Leckie suffered a momentous engine failure & careered straight into the wall while in 3rd place, Malcolm Chesher, Alan McBurnie & Dave Dougan followed in to the wall. Brian's car was destroyed, Davey's was heavily damaged as was Malcolm's. Malcolm was also slightly injured. Brian wouldn't appear again for 2 months. Graham Wait & Roddy McCalman collected 2nd & 3rd in the Final.
 
Rounding off April's schedule on the 29th, Willie completed 6 race wins in a row or 11 wins out of the last 15 races. I guess that is what you call form. He also gained a heat 6th, heat 3rd & Final 3rd in the Saloon Stock races. Malcolm Chesher & Chris Rae were the place getters in the Final.


808 Willie Miller In An Unstoppable Streak At The End Of April & Beginning Of May (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
MAY
Unfortunately I have no other information on the 6th May meeting other than man of the moment Willie Miller went on to make it 9 wins in a row!
 
The 3 meeting spectacular on the 12th & 13th May only featured the Hot Rods on the 13th. I do not have information on the 1st heat winner, however Graham Wait did win the 2nd heat. The Final which was for the Open Scottish Championship only featured 3 finishers. Chris Rae was the Championship winner, 2nd on the rostrum went to Malcolm Chesher & 3rd to Alan McBurney. Graham Wait sufferred a big smash which caused considerable damage to his car.
 
Chris Rae picked up a heat win in the first race on the 20th May, there were only 4 finishers. Graham Wait won the 2nd heat however in the Final a front wheel failure resulted in a big collision with the fence. The car rolled on its side & immediately burst into flames. Graham calmly climbed out among the flames none the worse for his experience. Malcolm Chesher was the winner of the Final, Willie Miller 2nd & John Hubbard 3rd.
 
The last meeting in May on the 27th. John Hubbard celebrated his 3rd place in the Final in his new Mazda 323 the previous week by taking a treble at this meeting, the first win of the treble being his first win of the season. Graham Wait appeared in a borrowed car (replacing the "well done" Escort), to try and ensure he maintained his 3rd place in the points chart to qualify for the World Championship at Ipswich. This he did. The 2 qualifyers joining Graham being Malcolm Chesher & Alan McBurney. No doubt had Willie Miller started the season earlier, he would have made it. Graham Wait was 2nd behind John in the Final & Chris Rae 3rd.


878 John / Jack Hubbard Latest Cowdie Driver On a Winning Streak (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
JUNE
Only 4 cars at the 3rd June fixture & only 3 finishers in each race. Anyway it was now John Hubbard who recorded 6 wins in a row. The Final being for the "Cecil Trophy". Graham Wait had arrived with a new car, unfortunately he could not get the engine to "Fire". For the record Malcolm Chesher was 2nd & Brian Ismay 3rd in the Championship race.
 
8 car field at the next Hot Rod event in June on the 17th. All races ended with Malcolm Chesher & Graham Wait in the first 2 positions. Heat 1 Went the way of Malcolm the next heat & Final were victories for Graham. Incidentally this was the first Final win of the season where Graham actually crossed the finishing line first. He had one other Final win accredited to him this season, earned when Malcolm Chesher was penalised for contact. Only 4 cars completed the Final, Kellas Maver getting 3rd position.
 
24th June & it was Billy Bonnar who shared one of the first 2 finishing positions with Graham Wait. Heat 1 & Final went the way of Graham while Billy won heat 2. It was Malcolm Chesher on this occasion with the 3rd spot in the Final.

JULY
The 1st July meeting was the last meeting before the holiday break. Billy Bonnar went a step better this week, following on from his first heat win of the season on the 24th June, Billy collecting a heat & Final win this week. Kellas Maver gained his first heat win of the season in the other race. Malcolm Chesher & Kellas Maver followed Billy home in the Final.
All roads now led to Ipswich for the World Championship.
 
Hot Rod World Championship 7th July.
30 drivers contested the event. The grid was established through lap times with Peter Grimer & Norman Woolsey occupying the front row. Graham Wait was the quickest Scottish contender in 16th, Malcolm Chesher was in 20th & Alan McBurney was in 29th slot. Peter Grimer led all of the 75 laps. He was pressured by Norman Woolsey now & again as tail enders were lapped. Mostly this was achieved without too much grief until it came to lapping Barry Lee. He held up the leaders for some time. Peter did eventually get past, however Woolsey & George Polley then had to get through. Ahead of Barry Lee was Paul Grimer, brother Peter got past him easily & was speeding away. In the wash up of the slower Paul Grimer & Barry Lee battle led to Norman Woolsey & George Polley clashing while trying to get past the slower cars. Norman hitting the wall, this then allowed George to get clear and finish 2nd. Ormond Christie was 4th behind Norman. (Ormond had been lucky to survive getting belted by Hardy Oleson while lapping him, earlier in race). Pete Stevens was 5th, Leon Smith 6th. Barry Lee 7th & Davy Evans 8th.
 
Hot Rod action returned to Cowdenbeath on the 22nd of July. 9 cars & 3 different winners. John Hubbard was the successful driver in the first heat, winning his first race since the beginning of June. He just missed out on being the top points scorer at this meeting by 2 points from Willie Miller who attained 23 points. Willie was not one of the winners on the day though, the second heat going to Graham Wait with Billy Bonnar being successful in the Final, leading home Willie & John Hubbard.
 
Last meeting for the Hot Rods prior to Spedeworth Scotland's "Big Hot Rod Spectacular". Billy Bonnar became the first Hot Rod driver of the season to win 3 Finals in a row. Graham Wait raised his heat win total to 12 for the season by winning the other two races on the day.


242 Pete Stevens The BIG Winner Over The BIG WEEKEND (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
AUGUST
And so to the "Big Weekend" at Cowdenbeath on the 4th & 5th of August. Alas at this stage I am not in possession of all the results. However the weekend kicked off for the Hot Rods with race 4 on the programme the European Championship. The 20 car grid was decided by a public draw executed by "Short Circuit Magazine" editor Ann Neal.
Keith Dann was in pole position with Neil Facey alongside. Neil Facey took up the early lead however it was reigning champion Pete Stevens who "forced" his way through from his 3rd row grid position sending John Carding sideways (but unpunished of course). It was Norman Woolsey from the 5th row who got through into 2nd & quickly caught up with Pete Stevens. These two pulled well clear of the rest. Malcolm Chesher produced probably the best performance in the race by getting through to 3rd from his grid spot towards the rear of the field. This was the finishing order. Pete & Norman some way ahead of Malcolm. Race 9 on the Saturday afternoon programme & race's 11 & 15 on the Saturday evening were billed as the "Bisset Tyres Trophy" for Hot Rods, so I'm not quite sure what was going on, possibly "Bisset Tyres" were providing sponsorship for all the Hot Rod heats. Unfortunately I have no details for these races. 
 
Saturday Evening Session:- Race 19 was the "UK Challenge Trophy". I believe the heat races previously referred to, determined a grid for the championship race. Obviously then Malcolm Chesher & Graham Wait were particularly successfully in the heats as they occupied the front of the grid with Pete Stevens & Leslie Dallas on the 2nd row. Graham made a crappy start which through unfortunate circumstance for Malcolm held him up but allowed Pete Stevens & Leslie Dallas to power through with Leslie in front. He then held on to the flag, Pete Stevens remained in 2nd & a recovering Malcolm Chesher came home 3rd.
 
Sunday the 5th, race 24 was for the "Granbuild Ltd. Open Scottish Championship". Another public draw for grid positions had John Carding on pole. John led the race until Pete Stevens (another championship he was defending) shot past from his 2nd row grid draw. He did seem to be quite lucky with public grid draws. Norman Woolsey again provided Pete with his closest competition. It was Graham Wait on this occasion who came through for 3rd. Only one other Hot Rod race on the Sunday which seemed a bit strange. But then when you are trying to cram in Saloon Stocks, 1300 Stock Cars, Stock Rods & Superstox as well as the Hot Rods with endless grid draws. This is what happens.
Anyway the "JEM Motors Trophy" "Final?" was another win for Leslie Dallas.
 
This was a very successful weekend of racing with a reasonable turn out of fans, marred by too many formulae and lengthy public grid draws.
 
12th August & 7 cars still made it to the meeting following the previous weekends heavy work load. Graham Wait chalked up another two heat wins, a clash with Brian Leckie in Final resulted in his retirement from the race. Willie Miller came through for Final victory number 7 of the season, following him home were Ian Ostrau & Alan McBurney. 
 
Only 6 cars for the 19th August fixture. Ian Ostrau capitalised on his 2nd place in last weeks Final by taking the flag in the first heat. Ian had never really been in the limelight despite being a long time competitor in a number of Stock Car racing formulae over the years. In fact he featured as a red top driver at Motherwell as far back as 1971. Malcolm Chesher was heat 2 winner. Billy Bonner went on to win Final number 4 for the season. Graham Wait was 2nd & Willie Miller 3rd.
 
August's schedule was rounded out on the 26th August, only 7 cars, with only 5 finishers in the first heat & 4 finishers in the next heat & Final. Willie Miller took  heat 1 victory while Graham Wait took the next & the Final, Brian Leckie was 2nd & Willie Miller 3rd.


844 Billy Bonnar Chalked Up 4 Final Wins By End Of August (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
September
Scottish Championship day for the Hot rods on the 2nd September. Disappointingly only 8 contenders. The prize money for the championship was as follows 1st £75, 2nd £40, 3rd £25, 4th £15, 5th £7, 6th £4. The championship grid was decided based on heat performances, regardless of roof colour. Willie Miller won heat 1 from Ian Ostrau, unfortunately Malcolm Chesher who was the defending champion, had to pull out with mechanical issues. Graham was the heat 2 victor, again with Ian Ostrau in 2nd. (Malcolm had crossed the line in 2nd but was penalised 1 spot for contact). Where was this rule enforcement policy during the "Big Weekend"? The championship lineup then had Graham Wait & Ian Ostrau on the front row. Willie Miller & Billy Bonnar on the 2nd row. Graham led the entire 16 laps of the race, Malcolm Chesher fought through from the back of the grid to get to 2nd with three to go. There he finished though closing on Graham all the time. Billy Bonnar was 3rd.
 
Next Hot rod meeting was on the 16th September. A wet meeting produced 3 different winners. Alan McBurney the first heat & his first win since his great run of 6 wins at the beginning of the season. John Hubbard took his 6th heat win of the season next. The Final and Brian Leckie drove well for his first win of the season, Malcolm
Chesher & Alan McBurney were the chasers.
 
23rd September was even wetter than the previous week. Brian Leckie having won his first Final last week went on to gain his first heat win. Ian Ostrau then went on to win his 2nd heat of the season. Malcolm Chesher was the Final winner his 4th of the year, he beat Ian Ostrau into 2nd & Billy Bonnar in 3rd. This could well have been the first Hot Rod Mazda 323 1st & 2nd place at Cowdenbeath. Brian Leckie severely damaged his car careering into the fence in the Final.
 
A field of 8 cars for the last meeting in September despite Graham Wait & Billy Bonnar off racing at Wimbledon. Malcolm Chesher top scored at the meeting with two heat 2nd places & a win in the Final. Malcolm followed Ian Ostrau home in the first heat & Brian Leckie in the second heat. It was Brian's turn to follow Malcolm home in the
Final & John Hubbard was 3rd.


Great End Of Season Run For Brian Leckie (photo knockhillimages@smugmug.com)
OCTOBER & NOVEMBER
Next Hot Rod meeting was on the 14th October & the field of cars reached their highest of the season at 12 (without the addition of Newtongrange or Non Scottish drivers)
Graham Wait was in great form, top point scoring in the same manner as Malcolm Chesher had at the last meeting with two heat 2nd places & a win in the Final. Malcolm Chesher & Brian Leckie were the heat winners on this occasion. John Hubbard was 2nd in the Final & Malky was 3rd.
 
21st October and Brian Leckie secured heat & Final wins. Having won his first race this year on 17th September, Brian was now up to 2 Finals & 4 heat wins. A pretty impressive end to the season. Malcolm Chesher meanwhile collected his 7th heat win of the season. Alan McBurney & John Hubbard were place getters in the Final.
 
Last points scoring meeting of the season was on the 28th October. Malcolm Chesher had quite a successful day. He was unmatchable in the points championship finishing an impressive 126 points ahead of Graham Wait. He also won the first heat of the day & then finished off the day with a victory in the Bangers Demolition Derby. John Hubbard was the other heat winner & Graham Wait was victorious again in the Final. This brought Graham's total of Finals to 7 for the season, just pipping Malcolm Chesher & Willie Miller on 6. Brian Leckie & John Hubbard filled the podium spots in the Final.
 
9 cars fronted up for the last serious meeting of the season. The Cock O' North for Final for Championship & Final winners. This went the way of Malcolm Chesher (this was actually his 6th Final / Championship win of the season), Brian Leckie & Billy Bonnar following Malcolm home. Brian Leckie also won the other heat race on the day.
 
Despite the average number of cars remaining unchanged, it was a far more entertaining and competitive season of Hot Rod racing than the year before. Maybe John Kelly's prediction of 1984 being "a turning point", had proved to have some substance after all.

STOCK RODS 

1984 - STOCK ROD POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP 
Pos No Name Points
1st 208 Ian Bell 367
2nd 200 Jock Burgoyne 327
3rd 201 Ricky Whitehead 326
4th 92 Lawrence Ross 222
5th= 49 Scott Bathgate 183
5th= 182 Fraser Greenwood 183
7th 139 Jim Valentine 171
8th 28 James Sommerville 166
9th 112 Steve McCall 162
10th 7 Nigel Calvin 155
11th 143 David Carstairs 123
12th 215 David Law 115
13th 66 Allan Allison 98
14th= 106 Victor Knox 95
14th= 203 David Taylor 95
16th 126 Robert Gold 85
17th 128 Brian Tindell 79
18th 144 Melvyn Henry 65
19th 59 Jock Rice 60
20th 14 John Macaulay 48
21st 166 Eddie Bryce 47
22nd= 50 Bobby Dickson 46
22nd= 78 Mark Doherty 46
24th 300 Davie Duncan 39
25th 173 Robert Clark 38

 

  Most Wins  
Pos No Name Finals Heats
1st 200 Jock Burgoyne 4 11
2nd 28 James Sommerville 4 6
3rd 139 Jim Valentine 4 0
4th 208 Ian Bell 3 3
5th= 92 Lawrence Ross 2 4
5th= 49 Scott Bathgate 2 4
7th= 130 Keith England 2 1
7th= 182 Fraser Greenwood 2 1
7th= 201 Ricky Whitehead 2 1
10th 112 Steve McCall 1 4
11th 300 Davie Duncan 1 2
12th 7 Nigel Calvin 1 1
13th= 65 Peter Kirk 1 0
13th= 128 Brian Tindell 1 0
13th= 215 David Law 1 0
13th= E303 Jeff Simpson 1 0
17th 109 Dave McClymont 0 3
18th= 14 John Macaulay 0 2
18th= 144 Melvyn Henry 0 2
18th= 203 David Taylor 0 2
21st= 50 Bobby Dickson 0 1
21st= 59 Jock Rice 0 1
21st= 66 Allan Allison 0 1
21st= 106 Victor Knox 0 1
21st= 126 Robert Gold 0 1
21st= 161 Bill Shortreed 0 1
21st= 173 Robert Clark 0 1

 

Highest Scoring Meetings
Pos No Name No
1st 208 Ian Bell 5
2nd 200 Jock Burgoyne 4
3rd 28 James Sommerville 3
4th= 49 Scott Bathgate 2
4th= 182 Fraser Greenwood 2
4th= 201 Ricky Whitehead 2
4th= 300 Davie Duncan 2
8th= 92 Lawrence Ross 1
8th= 112 Steve McCall 1
8th= 126 Robert Gold 1
8th= 130 Keith England 1
8th= 139 Jim Valentine 1
8th= 143 David Carstairs 1
8th= 144 Melvyn Henry 1

 

World Championship - Cowdenbeath - 12th May   Open Scottish Championship - Cowdenbeath - 13th May
Pos No Name   Pos No Name
1st E303 Jeff Simpson   1st 208 Ian Bell
2nd 201 Ricky Whitehead   2nd 66 Allan Allison
3rd 182 Fraser Greenwood   3rd 201 Ricky Whitehead
4th 112 Steve McCall   4th 7 Nigel Calvin
5th 215 David Law   5th 200 Jock Burgoyne
6th E565 Brian Smith   6th 128 Brian Tindell
7th 143 David Carstairs   7th E565 Brian Smith
8th 49 Scott Bathgate   8th 139 Jim Valentine
     
West of Scotland Championship - Armadale - 1st June   European Championship - Kaldenkirchen - 1st July
Pos No Name   Pos No Name
1st 200 Jock Burgoyne   1st 16 Ad Van Besouw
2nd 208 Ian Bell   2nd   N/A
3rd 92 Lawrence Ross   3rd   N/A
4th 215 David Law   4th   N/A
5th 201 Ricky Whitehead   5th   N/A
6th 59 Jock Rice   6th   N/A
7th 7 Nigel Calvin   7th   N/A
8th 139 Jim Valentine   8th   N/A
     
East of Scotland Championship - Armadale - 5th August   Cecil Trophy - Cowdenbeath - 12th August
Pos No Name   Pos No Name
1st 182 Fraser Greenwood   1st 208 Ian Bell
2nd   N/A   2nd 126 Robert Gold
3rd   N/A   3rd 200 Jock Burgoyne
4th   N/A   4th 7 Nigel Calvin
5th   N/A   5th 182 Fraser Greenwood
6th   N/A   6th 201 Ricky Whitehead
7th   N/A   7th 112 Steve McCall
8th   N/A   8th 144 Melvyn Henry
     
Scottish Championship - Cowdenbeath - 26th August   Cock O' North - Cowdenbeath - 4th November
Pos No Name   Pos No Name
1st 200 Jock Burgoyne   1st 49 Scott Bathgate
2nd 49 Scott Bathgate   2nd 182 Fraser Greenwood
3rd 106 Victor Knox   3rd 300 Davie Duncan
4th 139 Jim Valentine   4th 200 Jock Burgoyne
5th 126 Robert Gold   5th 201 Ricky Whitehead
6th 203 David Taylor   6th 208 Ian Bell
7th 50 Bobby Dickson   7th 7 Nigel Calvin
8th 141 Stan Martin   8th 106 Victor Knox

In addition to the "Major" Championships listed above there were a number of races during the year which attracted special trophies. These were won by the following:-

Steward's Cup - 8th April Cowdenbeath - 128 Brian Tindell

Easter Trophy - 21st April Armadale - 182 Fraser Greenwood

Spedeworth Scotland Trophy - 12th May Cowdenbeath - 65 Peter Kirk

May Trophy - 13th May Cowdenbeath - 200 Jock Burgoyne

Spectator's Trophy - 27th May Cowdenbeath - 300 Davie Duncan

"Granbuild" Trophy - 5th August Cowdenbeath - 200 Jock Burgoyne

"JEM Motors" - 5th August Cowdenbeath - 28 Jimmy Somerville

Stock Rods.
 
The Stock Rods provided decent turnouts in 1984, averaging almost 27 cars per meeting. The highest average being May at 35 cars (the month when the World Championship was held at Cowdenbeath) and the lowest average in the following month of June at just under 20 cars.
 
MARCH
March opened with a great field of 33 cars. Unfortunately the large fields provided copious contact. The heat winners were Nigel Calvin & Dave Taylor in Ford Escorts, the  Final however saw a Toyota Corolla across the line first with Keith England at the wheel. 
 
Keith extended the Toyota's & his tally to two Finals the following week. He also captured the first heat, only just, from Lawrence Ross. The second heat was a win for Allan Allison. It was actually Allan who crossed the line first in the Final, however he was dropped a spot for contact, promoting Keith to winning slot.
 
A weeks break before the next Stock Rod meeting (if there were Bangers scheduled, the Stock Rods were generally dropped), the last one on the 25th March. Double heat winner in the shape of John MacAuley from Shotts in another Ford Escort. Unfortunately he couldn't make it three in a row when he spun out from the lead in the early stages of the Final. It was Jim Valentine (2nd in heat 2) who took over at the front & he held it until the flag.

APRIL
The first meeting in April had a similar feel to it as the last one in March, albeit with substantially more contact. There was a double heat winner, it was Melvyn Henry this time (Toyota Corolla), Melvyn Henry also lost out of any chance of a triple to Jim Valentine. However this time both drivers were demoted one position for contact making Nigel Calvin from Grangemouth the grateful winner.
 
8th April saw Brian Tindell winning his first Final of the year. He had struggled during the first month's racing having to start right at the back of every race, as he was one of the designated Superstars along with Ian Bell. With the start of the 2nd points period Brian had dropped to Blue roof & had taken full advantage. Conversely Ian Bell while failing to win a race had battled through from the rear of the field & had scored consistently well. Ian in fact was top of the points for the commencement of the 2nd points period with 60 points, retaining his Superstar status. His nearest rival & fellow Superstar was Nigel Calvin on 49 points. The heat winners at this meeting were Fraser Greenwood & Steve McCall.
 
The mid April bash brought a debut win this season for Vic Knox & a win for a driver on his debut Scott Bathgate. Fraser Greenwood went one better than his heat win the previous week by adding a Final win to his tally ahead of Allan Allison & Lawrence Ross.
 
I believe the opening meeting for Armadale was on the 21st April (it had already been postponed).The Stock Rods were the premier formula at the meeting. The mainstay for Armadale was Bangers and they also had Ministox & 1300cc Saloon Stocks on the bill. The Final was for the Easter Trophy & it was a victory for Fraser Greenwood, unfortunately I have no other details of the meeting.
 
Another weeks break & the last meeting in April on the 29th for the Stock Rods.This was for the Champagne Stakes, a unique race on the calendar as the Championship Final is raced in the opposite direction to normal. Steve McCall & Jock Burgoyne were the heat winners & amazingly they ended up taking the first 2 places in the Final, Jock the winner, 3rd man home was Ian Bell. The prize money for the championship was as follows 1st £35, 2nd £20, 3rd £15, 4th £10, 5th £5, 6th £3.

MAY
6th May, in the first heat Jock Burgoyne executed a spectacular roll when making an effort to get past Steve McCall. Steve went on to pick up the win. Jock & team made amazing work to repair the car for the 2nd heat. He got into the lead until the last lap when Fraser Greenwood spun him out. Ian Bell was awarded the win & Fraser
booked himself an appointment with the Board of Control.
 
The 3 meeting spectacular on the 12th & 13th May was up next, Saturday afternoon at Armadale, Saturday evening & Sunday afternoon at Cowdenbeath. The Stock Rods only  featured at Cowdenbeath. The first ever World Stock Rod Championship was the 2nd race of the evening & there was a Public Draw for the 26 car grid. Englishman Jeff Simpson drew a front row position alongside Keith England. It took Jeff until lap 6 of the 40 lap race to get through to the lead. Fraser Greenwood was posing the biggest threat from his 2nd row grid start, they tangled & this allowed Ricky Whitehead to take up the running, only for the briefest of moments though as Ian Bell shot through. Jeff Simpson made his way back up to 2nd & steadily closed the gap to Ian as it became apparent the Ian had picked up a puncture. In the end he was forced to pull out, the British, European, World treble was not to be. So Jeff  became the first Stock Rod World Champion, Ricky Whitehead was 2nd & Fraser Greenwood 3rd. Three other heats at the meeting going the way of Jock Burgoyne, Lawrence Ross & Peter Kirk.
 
The following day's headline race for the Stock Rods was the Open Scottish Championship, the Public Draw again granted Jeff Simpson with a favourable position on the 2nd row this time. His main threat Ian Bell was drawn in 10th spot. Ian was on a mission though & he got to the front in no time & drove away for a dominant victory, leading home Allan Allison & Ricky Whitehead. There were only 2 heats on the Sunday, Ian Bell grabbing another victory in the first & Jock Burgoyne the second.
 
The last meeting for the Stock Rods in May (the Spectator's Trophy) was on the 27th & we had a different car in the Final winner spot in the shape of Davie Duncan's Fiat 128. Escorts still captured the heats though with victories to Ricky Whitehead & Jock Burgoyne.

June
1st June at Armadale, although Ian Bell was the highest scoring driver at the meeting, he only won once in the first heat, whilst Jock Burgoyne picked up heat & Final. Ian however was 2nd in the other two events.
 
Two days later & the Stock Rods were at Cowdenbeath. Davie Duncan & his Fiat 128 were back winning in the first heat, though only just , a metre ahead of Ricky Whitehead. In the 2nd heat it was all happening, Dave Taylor crossed the line first, but then got penalised for deliberate blocking, getting dropped 3 slots. Davie Duncan was awarded the win, that was until someone spotted the car was shod with racing tyres! For this, Davie was disqualified, (he still retained his win from the first heat though). So next across the line was Bill Shortreed. Davie was out in the Final with legal tyres. It didn't seem to make too much difference, he got through to the lead until passed by Lawrence Ross (another Fiat) with 4 laps to go. Davie then dropped out. Ricky Whitehead & Jock Rice were 2nd & 3rd.
 
The 10th June session produced one of the most dramatic Stock Rod events that have ever occurred in Scotland. Lochgelly driver Peter Kirk lost control coming through the pit bend, he hit the home straight fence & rolled down the straight. Fuel showered the car & the vehicle burst into flame before the car came to rest. The car was then
slammed by another vehicle spreading the fire over more of the track. The track marshals ran to the scene & started offloading their fire extinguishers on to the car which was lying on it's side. Fuel pouring from the car was running towards the inside of the track aflame &  hindering the marshall's efforts to get close to the car.
The spectators were also evacuated from the stand. Thankfully Peter climbed through the flames to safety & collapsed on to the football pitch. It was evident there was no way that the marshall's extinguishers were going to quell the fire, so the fire brigade were called. The Fire Engine duly arrived & the fire was extinguished though not without difficulty.
Pete was rushed to hospital where he was treated for a sore neck & shoulder, thankfully nothing too serious & then released. The car was totally destroyed a burnt out wreck.
This was a very serious fire, certainly the worst that the marshals had ever tackled since the track's inception. Had Pete been trapped in the car, the worst result would have been likely.
It is interesting that in other countries Fire Engines are often stationed on the inside of the tracks during racing.
This event of course completely overshadowed the racing, however there were two heats & a Final & it was Lawrence Ross taking back to back Final wins. Lawrence also got a  heat win along with his Final. The other heat was captured by David Taylor.
 
More Stock Rod racing at Armadale on the 15th. The first meeting of the third points period. Ian Bell was still the points leader, now with 195 points. Joining Ian at the top of the chart & the 2nd Superstar was Ricky Whitehead on 171 points. Lawrence Ross headed up the reds quite a distance behind on 125 points. As far as the racing
on the night was concerned, the most dominant performance of the season ensued, with Jock Burgoyne completing a triple. Following Jock home in the Final were Ian Bell & Lawrence Ross.
 
Last meeting at Cowdenbeath on the 24th June Lawrence Ross who was in some great form at Cowdenbeath of late, continued this with a first heat win. David Carstairs was the 2nd heat winner. Vic Knox looked to have the Final sown up, when he smashed into the abandoned Ian Bell car in the home straight, then David Carstairs in 2nd spot hit the both of them but ended up not suffering terminal damage. Jim valentine kept out of trouble to gratefully pick up the win. David Carstairs recovered for 2nd Jock Burgoyne was in the 3rd slot.
I believe there may have been a meeting on the 29th June at Armadale unfortunately I have no details.

July
The European Championship took place at Kaldenkirchen on the 1st July. There were two representitives from Scotland, Ricky Whitehead & Ian Bell. Ian Bell was the quickest driver in practise, however blew his engine while in 2nd place during the race. Ricky unfortunately rolled his car.
 
Only one Stock Rod meeting in July on the 22nd. Reasonably healthy 25 car field after a couple of lowish turnouts in June. Familiar winners though Lawrence Ross in the first Jock Burgoyne in the second. The Final was a victory for Jim Valentine. Jim had some good form in Finals winning quite a few in 1984, strangely he never won any heats.
 
AUGUST
4th & 5th August was the "big" Cowdenbeath weekend, Stock Rods were on the bill for both days. Unfortunately I do not have much information on how the Stock Rods performed over that weekend. I know that Fraser Greenwood won the "Woodyard Car Sales" East of Scotland Championship on the Saturday & that the two sponsored races on the Sunday the "Granbbuild" Trophy was a victory for Jock Burgoyne & the "JEM Motors" Trophy for Jimmy Somerville.
 
The 12th August meeting was for the Cecil Trophy. 28 cars arrived for the event. Jimmy Somerville picked up his 2nd race in a row with a win in the 1st heat. In the next heat Rab Clark had his first win of the season. Mark Doherty executed an impressive multiple roll in this one without injury. The format for the Cecil Trophy was a little different to the norm in that the race commenced in "Indian" file as opposed to two abreast. Much "non" Rod racing occurred in this one to the extent that "Goldie" (now back from his very successful Saloon Stock sojourn) & Jock Burgoyne found themselves demoted to 2nd & 3rd despite crossing the line 1st & 2nd. Ian Bell who had been in 3rd was thus the recipient of the win.
 
Another weekend meeting on the 18th & 19th of August. The Saturday meet was a Banger fest while the Sunday was a more traditional format & included Stock Rods.
Jock Rice picked up the first heat, Scott Bathgate the second, & Ricky Whitehead the Final heading home Goldie & Jock Rice.
 
The Stock Rods were at Armadale on the 25th where the heats counted as qualifiers for the Scottish Stock Rod Championship which was to take place the following day at Cowdenbeath. However unfortunately I do not have details at this stage.
 
So to the final meeting in August. The points accrued in all the qualifying heats determined your grid position in the Championship race. The consensus was that this system contributed to an exceedingly boring race. Jock Burgoyne topped the qualifying points, started from pole & drove away for an easy win. What was particularly impressive about this performance was that during practice on Saturday at Armadale, Jock crashed into a fence post severely damaging his car. To repair the car in such a short time & to such a standard that it still handled beautifully was a credit to him & his team. The heat winners at Cowdenbeath were Bobby Dickson & James Somerville. Following Jock home in the Scottish Championship were Scott Bathgate & Vic Knox.

September
Jock Burgoyne continued his Scottish Championship winning form, by winning the first two heats on the 2nd September, he had got up to 2nd in the Final when an abandoned car on the track was seen to be leaking fuel. In view of the scare a few weeks ago the officials were being ultra cautious & the race was called 4 laps from the end. Jimmy Somerville was the winner & Ian Bell was behind Jock at the stoppage.
 
Unusually the Stock Rods were part of the bill the following week despite the fact that the Bangers were on. Last week's Final winner Jimmy Somerville completed a treble. It was an impressive treble at that. Finishing some way ahead of his nearest rivals. Those who did get closest in the Final were Goldie & Ian Bell.
 
Jimmy Somerville was really in a great form at this point in the season winning his 3rd Final in a row on the 16th September. Scott Bathgate & Dave McClymont were the heat winners. Dave Gunn & Scott Bathgate were the other podium getters in the Final.
 
23rd September was pouring with rain. The Stock Rod drivers did not adapt to the conditions well. Infringement penalties were freely handed out. Dave McClymont was awarded heat 1 after Scott Bathgate was demoted for contact. Jimmy Somerville collected heat 2 cleanly!! The Final went the way of Ricky Whitehead after Jock Burgoyne was demoted one place for contact. Ian Bell was again in 3rd spot.
No results for the Armadale meeting on the 29th September.

October
7th October & the amazing Jimmy Somerville made it 4 Finals out of 5 meetings, this time ahead of David Carstairs & Steve McCall. Dave Gunn & Dave McClymont were the heat winners.
 
Next meeting for Stock Rods was on the 21st October. Heats went the way of Jock Burgoyne & Steve McCall in Ford Escorts. Lots & lots of contact though. The Final again had plenty of pushing & shoving but it was now raining heavily so there was at least a bit of an excuse for it. David Law made the most of the very slippery track to motor to a win in his BL 1300, obviously more suited to the extreme wet, Ian Bell was in 2nd spot & Jimmy Somerville in 3rd spot.
 
Scott Bathgate secured a heat & Final double in the last points scoring meeting of the year, while Jimmy Somerville got himself another heat win.
 
November
In the Cock O' North (Champion & Final winners) meeting on the 4th November, 14 drivers qualified & Scott Bathgate continued the previous weeks form to collect the victory, Fraser Greenwood & Davie Duncan were the place getters. There was also one other heat race at the meeting which was won by Davie Duncan.
 
So Ian Bell finished the season as the National Points winner, a title he thoroughly deserved, having to start dead set last in every race (with the exception of public draw championship events). Jock Burgoyne was the runner up & he a won quite a few more races. Jock's style was a bit more frenetic & impatient this may have been to his disadvantage. Ricky Whitehead was only 1 point behind Jock in 3rd position. Ricky's consistency was again his forte.

1300 SALOON STOCK CARS 

1300CC SALOON STOCK POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP 
Pos No Name Points
1st 713 Raymond Webb 268
2nd 704 Wille Dunn 253
3rd 714 Ian Roberts 165
4th 732 Kenny Purdie 122
5th 731 Eddie Devlin 102
6th 705 John Paterson 87
7th 707 Keith Valentine 76
8th 730 Joanne Devlin 73
9th 709 Graham McCubbin 72
10th 701 John McLaughlin 46

The 1300cc Saloon Stock Formula was very slow to get going in 1984. The sentiment behind the Nigel Cecil decision to introduce them was hard to fault. Save maybe the old argument about too many formulae. However cost of racing was seen as the main reason for the drop in car numbers. The Stock Rods were still a class which was well
supported by drivers. Maybe one drawback being that cars were easily damaged in the large fields. The Saloon Stocks on the other hand were undoubtedly the crowd favourite.
So with this class you essentially combine the relative economies of Stock Rods with some protection for contact & hopefully keep the fans happy.
 
Unfortunately it wasn't quite working out like that. In fact Jock Burgoyne arrived with a 1300 Saloon Stock car, was first over the line in half a dozen outings & then concentrated on the Stock Rods!
 
We only averaged 6 cars over the season, with 3 or 4 starters for the first 7 meetings. By August we had reached 9 cars, & double figures on the 21st October. If this gradual increase in numbers & the intensity of the racing continued into 1985 then things were looking good. For all the meetings that the 1300cc Saloon Stocks were included on the bill, they took part in two races.
Raymond Webb had the honour of the first Scottish 1300cc Saloon Stock Points Champion. The Points Championship commenced from the 15th April. Raymond crossed the line first on no less than 20 occasions. He was the biggest supporter of the formula as well, I believe only missing one meeting over the year.
 
As part of the advertisement for the triple header meeting on the 12th & 13th May. The Scottish Championship for 1300cc Saloon Stocks was meant to take place at Armadale on the 12th. In the programme for the 12th & 13th it was confirmed that they would not be racing for this title due to the numbers being slow in appearing. However they would be racing for a "nice" trophy & good prize money. 4 cars fronted up.
 
The race was deferred to the weekend of 4th & 5th August, Willie Dunn became the first ever 1300cc Scottish Saloon Stock Champion.

MINISTOX

MINISTOX POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP 
Pos No Name Points
1st 600 Fraser Manson 288
2nd 666 Lee Mitchell 286
3rd 631 David Brown 233
4th 603 Steven Nicol 210
5th 609 Willie Mullen 206
6th 611 Mark Hamilton 147
7th 605 Jamie Chidwick 137
8th 615 Brian Love 121
9th 608 Angela Cameron 119
10th 606 Careen Dick 88
11th 614 Fin MacArthur 66
12th 604 Terry Slaven 48
13th 699 Jenny Barclay 39

 

 

  Most Wins  
Pos No Name   Races
1st 666 Lee Mitchell   22
2nd 600 Fraser Manson   21
3rd 631 David Brown   9
4th 603 Steven Nicol   6
5th 615 Brian Love   6
6th 611 Mark Hamilton   6
7th 606 Careen Dick   1
8th 609 Willie Mullen   1
             
Highest Scoring Meetings
Pos No Name   No
1st 600 Fraser Manson   14
2nd 666 Lee Mitchell   8
3rd 631 David Brown   5
4th 603 Steven Nicol   4
5th 611 Mark Hamilton   2
6th 609 Willie Mullen   1

March
Lee Mitchell started of the season well with 4 wins out of the 8 races staged, Steven Nicol won 3 of the races while Brian Love won the remaining event. Steven Nicol managed to get himself featured in an article in Dundee's Courier & Advertiser. Steven being a local lad from Invergowrie.
April
There were 10 races on the schedule for April, Lee Mitchell was the victor in 60% of them this time, the other 4 were shared by Steven Nicol & David Brown.
May
Lee Mitchell started off May in the same way as he had started the season by taking the first 2 race wins. The triple header at Armadale / Cowdenbeath on the 12th & 13th May saw combatants racing for their first Championship, that being the West of Scotland at Armadale on the 12th. Lee of course was the favourite in the 11 car field. However he just missed out to first time race winner Willie Mullen from Blackridge, Steven Nicol was 3rd. The other race on the day was won by Fraser Manson. Fraser then went on to an amazing run of form winning all the remaining 7 races in May.
June
Fraser continued his run of form by picking up the first race in June. Steven Nicol made a return to the winner's circle following a nasty accident at the end of May where he received a few cuts & bruises. Fraser went on to complete a very successful June winning another 7 races. The only other winners in the month were Mark Hamilton with 2 wins & David Brown with 1.
July
In July Lee Mitchell picked up his first win since the beginning of May, amazing when he had won 12 out of the first 20 races. Lee won another 2 races in July. The only other winner in July was David Brown with the other 3 races.
August
On the 4th August the first Scottish Championship for Ministox was held. While a large number of girls had taken part in the Ministox races, the boys had done all the winning.
The Scottish Championship then was a right turn up for the books. The first 3 places being captured by the girls. Careen Dick was the first Scottish Champion, Jenny Barclay was 2nd & Angela Cameron was 3rd. I don't have all the results for August, however I have records of wins for Lee Mitchell & Fraser Manson.
September
13 races in September. Victorious in 6 of these was Fraser Manson, one of these being the East of Scotland on the 9th September, Willie Mullen just missed out from making it a West of Scotland East of Scotland double when he came home 2nd. Lee Mitchell collected 4 wins & Brian Love 3 wins.
October
Most wins in this month to David Brown with 2 & Mark Hamilton with 2, Lee Mitchell & Fraser Manson with a win each.
November
Last race of the year ended the same way as the first race of the year with a win for Lee Mitchell. Despite this the 2nd half of the season belonged to Fraser Manson.
Lee was the dominant force in the first half of the season but it was just not enough to capture the points championship. Fraser scraping the victory by just 2 points.
Fraser also collected the "Gwennie" award voted by the fans as the biggest personality in the formula.