SALOON STOCKS 149 CARS
|16||John Leckie Jnr||154||Thomas Slater||226||James McRobb|
|22||Barry Watson||155||David Rennie||229||Jim Clark|
|23||Dougie Farrer||157||Norman McDonald||231||Richard Roy|
|40||Howard Jarman||161||Dave McCulloch||232||Ricky Valentine|
|50||Bill Butler||162||Malcolm Chesher||234||Ian McWhinnie|
|58||Gus Ellis||163||Donald Keddie||235||Jock Robertson|
|61||Ian Ramsay||165||Alan Brash||237||Alex Wright|
|65||David Wylie||167||Bill McLellan||239||Robert Hannah|
|67||Rab Ramsay||168||Thomas Murray||240||John Reid / Ian Turnbull|
|70||N/A||169||David Elliot||241||Charlie Milne|
|73||George Barnett||171||Tommy Davidson||242||Dick Lamont|
|78||George Paterson||172||Sonny Bennie||243||John Ireland|
|80||Jack Keeton||174||John Fish||244||Jimmy Low|
|82||Alex Baxter||176||Dunc Stevenson||246||Kenny Sharp|
|87||Alex Buchanen||177||Gordon McKinlay||247||Innes McRitchie|
|96||Matt Campbell||178||John Gilchrist||248||Eddy Stevenson|
|100||George MacMillan Jnr||180||John Howat||250||Bill Abercrombie|
|101||David Kelly||181||William Justice||256||Adam Reid|
|102||Ernest Abram||182||Bill Horsburgh||258||Alistair Hutchison|
|103||Robert Dow||183||John Brady||261||Bob Hamilton|
|105||Bob Smith||184||Colin Borthwick||271||John Myles|
|106||Hamish Buchanan||186||Andrew McLellan||278||Mike Turnbull|
|110||Ashley Reith||187||Malcolm Mann||284||Samuel Elder|
|112||Eric Edwards||188||Basil Aldous||286||Alexander Cunningham|
|116||Mick Reilly||189||George Sneddon||289||Robert Blackie|
|117||David Taylor||190||Bill Miller||290||John Wightman|
|118||Johnny Davidson||192||William Newall||291||Lesley Willocks|
|120||Harry Harris||193||John Dudgeon||295||Bobby Munro|
|121||Pete Malone||194||Duncan Muir||297||Ian Robb|
|123||James McCulloch||195||Andy Johnstone||298||Jake Farquhar|
|124||Stewart Webster||196||Kenny Ireland||299||Davy Philp|
|125||Robert Chapman||198||James Allan||300||Sandy Cowie|
|126||Dennis Watson||200||Adrian Armit||310||Earl Ogg|
|127||Tom Lindores||202||Phil Crowther||313||Kenneth Munro|
|129||Alfred Clark||203||Dave Toms||314||George Spalding|
|131||Gordon Brown||204||Lauchie Gilchrest||316||Ronald Berry|
|132||Bill Donaldson||205||Rab Dorman||318||James Law|
|134||Alexander Jack||207||Bert Stevens||319||Thomas Brown|
|135||Kenneth Bunyan||208||David Wallis||320||Robin Borthwick|
|136||George Wotherspoon||209||Michael Shiel||321||Willie Bryans|
|137||Patrick Meek||211||John Fyfe||322||Baldy Craig|
|138||Eddie Gillespie||212||Douglas Dow||324||George Dixon|
|140||Billy Wait||213||Pete McVay||325||Bill Cunningham|
|142||Alistair Cruikshank||215||Alex Coutts||326||Cameron McInnes|
|143||Reginald Keene||217||George Brown||330||Robert Bruce|
|144||James McNeill||218||Billy Elliot||331||Ford Ferguson|
|146||James Gordon||219||Derek Mackie||334||Fred Tait|
|147||David Neil||220||Thomas Fullerton||344||William Plank|
|149||William Inglis||221||Thomas Young|
|151||Laurie Bunyan||222||Fraser Dunlop|
SUPERSTOX 63 CARS
|3||Colin Redmond||53||Thomas Farrer||119||Alan Neilson|
|5||George MacMillan||55||Bob Morton||122||Rab Gilmour|
|6||Walter Brown||59||Brian Russell||141||John McMenamin|
|8||Jack Reid||63||Bill Brown||145||Ron Anderson|
|9||John Duncker||66||James Meiklem||181||William Justice|
|10||Ian Boyd||68||Clark Thomas||196||Kenny Ireland|
|12||Bob Buchanen||70||Andy Davidson||204||Lauchie Gilchrest|
|13||George Marshall||72||John Wright||205||Rab Dorman|
|17||Mike Jack||74||Alex McFadyen||207||Bert Stevens|
|23||Dougie Farrer||75||Bill Crawford||222||Fraser Dunlop|
|27||Thomas Wallace||76||Ronnie Whitelaw||224||Gordon Lile|
|30||Dougie Lewis||77||Dave Cronin||253||Andrew Cochrane|
|31||Tenant Douglas||81||Bill Pullar||322||Archie Craig|
|33||Robert Foster||84||Les Brown|
|34||Ashley Ainslie||85||Sam Page|
|36||Billy McCourt||89||Ian Fitzsimmons|
|38||Eddy Edmiston||90||James McCellan|
|39||Les Clark||94||Vic Russell|
|41||Gordon McDougall||97||Camie Cameron|
|42||Brian Elder||104||Ronnie Nisbet|
|46||David Heeps||107||Malcolm Paterson|
|47||Bob Wilson||108||Derek Patrick|
|48||David Wilson||109||Gavin McCreadie|
|49||Eric Moore||114||Michael Moran|
|51||William Mitchell||115||David Morris|
HOT RODS 34 CARS
|0||John Harvey||60||Jim Erskine||129||Alf Clark / John Paterson|
|007||Ian Bruce||64||Les Kay||130||Malcolm Watt|
|11||N/A||80||Jack Keeton||156||Ian Ostrau|
|18||James Ramsay||83||John Paterson||162||Malcolm Chesher|
|21||John Kirk||88||Alec Ormiston||165||Alan Brash|
|25||Willie Taylor||91||Robert Dickson||171||Tommy Davidson|
|28||Tommy Menzies||92||Archie Ferguson||201||Alistair Dziennick|
|34||Ashlie Ainslie||93||John Campbell||218||Billy Elliot|
|37||Ian Simpson||95||Ron McGregor / Alex Butchart||260||Lawrence Underwood|
|44||Robert Laing||99||James Jackson||313||Kenneth Munro|
|52||Alexander Nicol||111||Kenneth Copland|
The points awarded for the 1972 season were as follows:-
|Saloon Stocks||Superstox||Hot Rods|
It does not seem to be logical that points
are scored for 6th position in the heats but
not in the finals, however that is what the
First meeting 1972, 47 different Saloon Stocks & 28 different Superstox, this was virtually the same as the previous season, however we also had 9 Hot Rods.
The average attendance for the season was 38 Saloon Stocks, down 10 on the previous season & 30 Superstox the same as 1971. The Hot Rods averaged 10 cars over the year.
The highest attendance for the Saloon Stocks was 51 cars on the 9th April.
The highest attendance for the Superstox was the Open Scottish at the same meeting of 43 cars.
The Hot Rods reached a peak of 15 cars at the East of Scotland Championship on the 24th of September & equalled on the 15th October. No Scottish Championship this year - strange?
July 15th Spedeweekend at Ipswich filmed for the first time by London Weekend Television for transmission on "World Of Sport" and the then new Sunday Sports Programme.
Following the introduction of a concrete kerb to the base of the safety fence at Ipswich, a similar addition was made at Cowdenbeath in 1972. The idea being to reduce the number of car & body crushing 70mph to zero impacts with fence posts. There is no doubt this type of accident was reduced, the price being that previous bounce off the wires collisions now often resulted in wheel damage. A single Armco "skid" rail had also added in 1971, but a lot of cars found themselves wedged under the rail.
There was also an enforced change to the corner at the pits bend / stand straight due to tightened fire regulations requiring the fence to be moved further away from the fans.
Unfortunately due to the football pitch, this made the track narrower.
The honours for the 1972 season were as follows:-
1972 SUPERSTOX POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
|1st||107||Malcolm Paterson||799||12th||55||Bob Morton||212|
|2nd||70||Andy Davidson||705||13th||94||Vic Russell||202|
|3rd||41||Gordon McDougall||555||14th||84||Les Brown||178|
|4th||9||John Duncker||477||15th||196||Kenny Ireland||133|
|5th||31||Tenant Douglas||454||16th||145||Ron Anderson||119|
|6th||119||Alan Neilson||374||17th||12||Robert Buchanan||89|
|7th||49||Eric Moore||335||18th||5||George MacMillan||87|
|8th||75||Bill Crawford||322||19th||27||Tom Wallace||70|
|9th||104||Ronnie Nisbet||295||20th||51||Bill Mitchell||68|
|10th||81||Bill Pullar||284||21st||53||Tom Farrer||63|
|22nd||39||Les Clark||39||30th=||36||Billy McCourt||14|
|23rd||3||Colin Redmond||36||30th=||63||Bill Brown||14|
|24th||47||Bob Wilson||30||32nd||115||Dave Morris||13|
|25th||10||Ian Boyd||27||33rd=||46||David Heeps||11|
|26th=||38||Eddy Edmiston||25||33rd=||109||Gavin McCreadie||11|
|26th=||224||Gordon Lyle||25||35th=||17||Mike Jack||10|
|28th||207||Bert Stevens||19||35th=||122||Rab Gilmour||10|
|29th||42||Brian Elder||16||37th||13||George Marshall||7|
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP - 27th AUGUST OPEN SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP - 9th APRIL
|1st||104||Ronnie Nisbet||1st||41||Gordon McDougall|
|2nd||9||John Duncker||2nd||70||Andy Davidson|
|3rd||49||Eric Moore||3rd||107||Malcolm Paterson|
|4th||81||Bill Pullar||4th||E221||Derek Warwick|
|5th||84||Les Brown||5th||E213||Doug McMahon|
|6th||5||George MacMillan||6th||31||Tenant Douglas|
UK CHALLENGE CUP - 13th AUGUST EAST of SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP 1st AUGUST
|1st||70||Andy Davidson||1st||119||Alan Neilson|
|2nd||E319||Denny Pearson||2nd||31||Tenant Douglas|
|3rd||9||John Duncker||3rd||84||Les Brown|
|4th||31||Tenant Douglas||4th||49||Eric Moore|
|5th||E364||Tony May||5th||9||John Duncker|
|6th||49||Eric Moore||6th||46||David Heeps|
|7th||104||Ronnie Nisbet||7th||74||Alex McFadyen|
|8th||41||Gordon McDougall||8th||72||John Wright|
WEST of SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP - 7th JULY "COCK of the NORTH" 29th OCTOBER
|1st||70||Andy Davidson||1st||196||Kenny Ireland|
|2nd||49||Eric Moore||2nd||75||Bill Crawford|
|3rd||107||Malcolm Paterson||3rd||107||Malcolm Paterson|
|4th||31||Tenant Douglas||4th||41||Gordon McDougall|
|5th||81||Bill Pullar||5th||81||Bill Pullar|
|6th||115||Davey Morris||6th||9||John Duncker|
|7th||5||George MacMillan||7th||119||Alan Neilson|
The English Board of Control voted to allow Ford engines, to the same spec as the Hot Rods. A move which had been strenuously resisted in the past. The BOC this time however believed the existing BMC 1800cc units would have no performance disadvantage to the Ford units. The basis for the decision was that there were simply more off the shelf parts available for the Ford engines. The engines would be the subject of 350 pound claiming rule, which allowed you to purchase a competitors engine for this price.
Claiming rules were extremely rarely used however, and when they were it was usually some sort of retribution action for some previous on track contretemps.
Reigning Scottish Saloon Stock Champion Kenny Ireland moved to the Superstox, still only 17 years old. He had purchased the Malcolm Paterson 1971 car, and managed to achieveblue grade by the end of the season.
All in draw re-introduced for grid positions in the Open Scottish Championship, this had been missing for a few years in Scotland.
With regard to the race itself, Gordon McDougall was the red hot favourite having won 8 races in a row. He was also drawn on the front row. He did have a close run battle with Andy Davidson who had closed right up to him at the end. Malcolm Paterson was 3rd, Derrick Warwick 4th & Doug McMahon 5th (from 25th on the grid).
So Gordon McDougall's stats after this meeting for the previous 12 races was, 10 - wins, 1 - 2nd 1 - disqualification.
Gordon then went on to record his 100th race win on the 28th April at Armadale.
Bill McLeod (F2 /Superstox race number 4) retired from his officiating position of Assistant Track Controller in April 72. Bill had been one of the original BSCDA drivers who joined the Spedeworth organisation in 1965. Bill had always maintained a high standard when racing indeed won the Formula Two European Championship held at White City Glasgow. I believe this may have taken place in 1964, as the race was scheduled to take place there that year, however at this time I cannot confirm this.
Dougie Farrer decided to make a second attempt in the Superstox in 1972 in a self built car, brother Tam who had reached blue in the Saloon Stocks also planned to try Superstox buying Billy McCourt's old car.
Dougie had abandoned his previous attempt after only scoring 1 point in the formula.
This time however he was going to give it a fair go, after all he was already 35 years old!
The qualifying rounds for the British Championship were over 4 meetings no less - not that this was exploitation or anything. So despite the qualifying events often excluding the best drivers from the top events in the end, it often produced great racing. This time it was even more thrilling than before, with added spice, as the race was to be televised by ITV's World of Sport and they obviously wanted to be on TV.
The Scottish Superstox Championship was quite an eventful race. While trying to get past Malcolm Paterson, Andy Davidson managed to park his car on top of Malcolm's', eliminating them both. Gordon McDougall was the next hot contender out when he hit the fence and bounced out into the middle of the track. Vic Russell had taken up the lead, but Ronnie Nisbet caught him up. He couldn't find a way passed, so Vic ended up in the fence. This fracas allowed John Duncker to catch up with Ronnie and he just failed to spin him. It looked as though his next attempt should surely succeed. Through all of this Vic was still in his car stuck in the fence, unable to get out. The race was therefore declared. Ronnie first, John second, Eric Moore collecting 3rd.
"Happy" Sam Page (85), 1967 Scottish Points Champion, was forced to retire through doctors orders in 1972, he had made sporadic appearances in the last few seasons, but had still been capable of some great form winning 3 finals towards the end of the 1971 season.
Andy Davidson brought the long running Paterson / May share of the UK Challenge Cup to an end by winning the event in 1972. Andy had a brilliant season finishing 2nd in the Scottish Points
Championship to Malcolm Paterson (up from 5th the previous season), 2nd in the Open Scottish to Gordon McDougall & the leading winner of finals with 9. He also finished 6th in the World Championship at Wimbledon.
In 1972 Gwen Cecil intimated a 50 lap race in the Superstox, where she donated an extra 50 pounds to the winner as well as the normal final prize money.
She believed that the Scottish drivers did not get enough experience of driving 50 lap races, which all the major championships were. The format then was that the places at the end of the 25 laps were registered as a normal final with normal points and prize money, the race then continued for another 25 laps with the winner receiving the extra 50 pounds. Kenny Ireland's parents donated an extra 15 pounds for 2nd & 10 pounds for 3rd.
In the event, to quote Gwen "to say I was disappointed is an understatement", the race turned into a bit of a procession. Roy had apparently told her that long races invariably turn into endurance tests. I don't think the experiment was ever repeated. Andy Davidson was the winner.
Maybe the extra laps did some good for Andy Davidson with his 6th in the World Championship at Wimbledon the following week, he finished behind Geoff Goddard (294), Pete Welland (264), John Cayzer (381), Tony May (363) & Bob Perry (217).
Scottish qualifiers for the 1972 World Championship were Bob Morton, Andy Davidson, Bill Crawford, Vic Russell, Gordon McDougall, Malcolm Paterson, Alan Neilson & John Duncker.
Geoff Goddard retained his title, form Pete Welland and John Cayzer. Andy Davidson collected a well earned 6th & Gordon McDougall 8th.
It was reported that the crowd for this meeting was an amazing 40,000! I would be grateful if anyone can confirm that Wimbledon could attract such crowds. My feeling is that it is a missprint.
On the 15th October Andy took his 3rd 40 point haul for the season, winning both his heats & the final, strangely this was to be Andy's last success, he obtained a few places in the remaining three meetings, & made an appearance at the Christmas meeting also getting places in each race, but then never raced again. Scotland's greatest Stock Car journalist (now enjoying retirement) Ian Fraser happened across Andy for the first time in 20 years in a supermarket in Lochgelly. Following a conversation I had with Ian in 2010, he put to Andy why he did retire?, basically it was the agro in the pits after the racing that Andy found increasingly distasteful.
A great shame Andy achieved some brilliant results in his relatively short career, in extremely fast self built cars.
Both Malcolm Paterson and Gordon McDougall also had 40 point maximums at Cowdenbeath during the season but only once each. Malcolm also obtained a total of 3 (4 race maximums at Armadale) where there were 3 all in heats contested. I do not know if Spedeworth Scotland scored these meetings different. For these purposes I have scored the meetings as per the published scoring system ie these then become 52 point maximums.
Billy McCourt debuted a midget styled Superstox with its engine in the back, but wasn't an outstanding success. He did finish top of the yellows though.
The stats for the most wins in 1972 were as follows:-
For these purposes the British, Open Scottish, UK Challenge Cup & "Cock of The North" (Final & Championship winners race) are counted as finals.
|1st||70||Andy Davidson||12||19||15th||145||Ronnie Anderson||0||2|
|2nd||107||Malcolm Paterson||6||40||16th=||6||Walter Brown||0||1|
|3rd=||31||Tenant Douglas||6||14||16th=||27||Tom Wallace||0||1|
|3rd=||41||Gordon McDougall||6||14||16th=||E183||Phill May||0||1|
|5th||104||Ronnie Nisbet||4||3||16th=||E587||Jim Stuart||0||1|
1972 SALOON STOCK POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
|1st||106||Hamish Buchannan||490||12th||221||Thomas Young||93|
|2nd||299||Davey Philp||332||13th||316||Ronald Berry||79|
|3rd||118||Johnny Davidson||229||14th||344||William Plank||75|
|4th||222||Fraser Dunlop||167||15th||120||Harry Harris||65|
|5th||149||William Inglis||164||16th||194||Duncan Muir||62|
|6th||320||Robin Borthwick||157||17th||186||Andrew McLellan||60|
|7th||161||Dave McCulloch||150||18th||152||James Begley||59|
|8th||146||James Gordon||142||19th||247||Innes McRitchie||57|
|9th||248||Eddy Stevenson||133||20th=||78||George Paterson||56|
|10th||40||Howie Jarman||120||20th=||178||John Gilchrest||56|
|11th||290||John Wightman||100||20th=||325||Bill Cunningham||56|
|24th||195||Andy Johnstone||48||37th=||82||Alex Baxter||23|
|25th||330||Robert Bruce||47||37th=||110||Ashley Reith||23|
|26th||121||Pete Malone||45||39th||231||Richard Roy||22|
|27th||198||James Allan||44||40th=||105||Bob Smith||20|
|28th=||151||Laurie Bunyan||39||40th=||163||Donald Keddie||20|
|28th=||208||Dave Wallis||39||40th=||193||John Dudgeon||20|
|28th=||319||Thomas Brown||39||43rd||271||John Myles||16|
|31st||131||Gordon Brown||31||44th=||65||David Wylie||15|
|32nd=||22||Barry Watson||30||44th=||143||Reginald Keene||15|
|32nd=||129||Alf Clark||30||46th||171||Tommy Davidson||13|
|34th=||16||John Leckie Jnr||24||47th||331||Ford Ferguson||12|
|34th=||167||Bill McLellan||24||48th=||50||Bill Butler||11|
|34th=||242||Dick Lamont||24||48th=||189||George Sneddon||11|
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP - 3rd SEPTEMBER EAST of SCOTLAND CHAMPIONSHIP - 1st OCTOBER
|1st||106||Hamish Buchanan||1st||106||Hamish Buchanan|
|2nd||299||Davey Philp||2nd||118||Johnny Davidson|
|3rd||208||Dave Wallis||3rd||40||Howie Jarman|
|4th||320||Robin Borthwick||4th||161||Dave McCulloch|
|5th||194||Duncan Muir||5th||67||Rab Ramsay|
|6th||40||Howie Jarman||6th||146||James Gordon|
The stats for the most wins in 1972 were as follows:-
|1st||106||Hamish Buchanan||18||37||19th=||198||James Allan||0||3|
|2nd||299||Davey Philp||6||10||23rd=||110||Ashley Reith||0||2|
|3rd||320||Robin Borthwick||4||5||23rd=||146||James Gordon||0||2|
|4th||118||Johnny Davidson||3||13||23rd=||161||Dave McCulloch||0||2|
|5th||152||James Begley||2||2||27th=||165||Alan Brash||0||2|
|6th||221||Tom Young||1||8||27th=||16||John Leckie Jnr||0||1|
|7th||325||Bill Cunningham||1||3||27th=||105||Bob Smith||0||1|
|8th=||120||Harry Harris||1||2||27th=||121||Pete Malone||0||1|
|8th=||131||Gordon Brown||1||2||27th=||127||Tom Lindores||0||1|
|8th=||242||Dick Lamont||1||2||27th=||129||Alfred Clark||0||1|
|8th=||316||Ronald Berry||1||2||27th=||151||Laurie Bunyan||0||1|
|12th=||22||Barry Watson||1||1||27th=||161||Dave McCulloch||0||1|
|12th=||149||Bill Inglis||1||1||27th=||163||Donald Keddie||0||1|
|12th =||248||Eddy Stevenson||1||1||27th=||184||Colin Borthwick||0||1|
|15th||178||John Gilchrist||1||0||27th=||189||Basil Aldous||0||1|
|16th||222||Fraser Dunlop||0||8||27th=||247||Innes McRitchie||0||1|
|17th=||23||Dougie Farrer||0||5||27th=||319||Thomas Brown||0||1|
|17th=||344||William Plank||0||5||27th=||330||Robert Bruce||0||1|
A few interesting events pre-season. Les Eaton Spedeworth International CEO, was not happy with the Saloon Stock performances. He believed there was too much racing and not enough Stock Car action. Engine limits were raised to 2000cc. Drivers were warned if the promoters did not feel they were putting on crowd pleasing performances, they would find difficulties in obtaining future bookings for meetings.
The Scottish Saloon Stocks decided not to follow suit with the engine change, in fact despite a litany of complaints from Saloon Stock drivers re the legality or otherwise of numerous aspects of the Saloon Stock, when it came to the crunch it was decided not to change or tighten up the regs. Things were left as is. Thus the disparity between the English & Scottish Saloon Stocks commenced. - For the better I might add.
Les Eaton had been challenged on the increased number of Banger meetings which had been scheduled in 1971, apparently at the expense of the Saloon Stocks. Les stated that personally he was not in favour of Bangers, and he believed that sooner or later the spectators would become bored with them. However from a crowd point of view their inclusion in 1971 had been successful, despite crowd attendances being down at all tracks overall. Bangers would therefore continue to be scheduled in 1972.
Former Corbie Wood Stock Car Track drivers in the Saloon Stocks were Ronald Berry, Bill Plank & George Paterson.
A lot of meetings were persisting with 4 Saloon Stock heats, which could result in races with only 12 cars. This would often result in some quite uninteresting races.
A notable event occurred on the 4th June, Robert Bruce secured his first win.
The Scottish Saloon Stock Championship, saw a brilliant display from Hamish Buchanan, in a race where absolute mayhem ensued from start to finish. The current two top points scorers Hamish & Davy Philp were drawn last out of the hat, so they had it all to do. They finished one and two & Dave Wallis collected a deserving 3rd.
An interesting note in the 2nd July programme where it was stated that Andy Johnstone (195), received a 4 pound fine & 1 race meeting ban for reversing on the track, Andy had deliberately reversed into Davy Philp during a score settling final on the 25th June.
1972 HOT ROD POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
|1st||64||Les Kay||376||5th||7||Ian Bruce||260|
|2nd||21||"Captain John Kirk"||319||6th||25||Willie Taylor||137|
|3rd||130||Malcolm Watt||315||7th||83||John Paterson||75|
|4th||93||John Campbell||264||8th||80||Jack Keeton||74|
|9th||52||Alex Nicol||55||13th||44||Robert Laing||18|
|10th||165||Alan Brash||53||14th||162||Malky Chesher||13|
|11th||91||Robert Dickson||28||15th||260||Lawrence Underwood||13|
|12th||95||Alex Butchart||24||16th||28||Tommy Menzies||10|
Race wins for 1972:-
The other interesting fact is almost 50% of Hot Rod race wins in 1972 were with drivers utilising the Hillman Imp.
Jack Keeton who finished 2nd in the 1970 points & 5th in the 1971 points had a go in the Hot Rods for 1972, picked up a final & couple of heats but soon had the car up for sale with the promise of a return to the Saloon Stocks.
Les Kay's effort in the 1972 World Championship was brilliant, getting up to 3rd place when forced to withdraw when closing on the 2nd place man.
Discipline in the Hot Rods was frankly a disaster. While the shape of the Cowdenbeath track contributed to damage; deliberate barging, pushing, spinning & fencing was prevalent.
Rule enforcement was erratic. 50% of cars utilised in 1972 ended up with massive damage in the fence. This also occurred at Armadale, so it was not just the track. It was particularly frustrating when all of a sudden everyone would seem to race within the rules & produce a very entertaining meeting.
While these displays must have put off prospective new drivers, it is debatable whether these antics were likely to attract more spectators or put them off. What is certain is that it certainly got them involved. With equal amounts of loud booing & cheering accompanying winners laps of honour or dishonour!
Even the New Year 71 / 72 meeting, (in which only four cars competed), Les Kay & Malcolm Watt continued a feud which had developed, taking each other out. In fact it led to Ediburgh Evening News Stock Car journalist Ian Fraser to comment that Les seemed to show more inclination to "mix it" in the Hot Rods than he had in the Saloon Stocks!
I have to say that if Les started in the Hot Rods being free with Saloon Stock tactics, he developed into one of the cleanest, fairest and fastest Hot Rod drivers around.