Saloon Stocks 73 cars
|2||Alan Simpson||106||Hamish Buchanan|
|3||Hugh Drummond||107||James Skirving|
|5||John Morland||108||Lawrence Johnston|
|9||Jock Threadgall||109||John Bell|
|10||Jim Nightingale||110||Andy Nelson|
|11||Jim Honeyman||111||Alan Bryce|
|12||John Hamilton||113||George Kerr|
|13||Andy Johnston||114||Frank Wilson|
|18||Nigel Atkinson||122||George Robertson|
|20||Keith Miller||123||Hugh Brown|
|21||Billy McNeill||125||Ivor Thomson|
|24||Billy Gillie||126||Dick Cummings|
|25||Pat Goulding||128||Joe Moir|
|28||Andy Young||140||Andy Stevens|
|29||Sid Threadgall||152||Angel Dillon|
|35||Colin Easton||160||Martin Johnson|
|40||Jimmy Sinclair||161||Colin Birtley|
|56||Bill McKnight||171||Tommy Davidson|
|57||Rab McLintock||176||Alex Jones|
|58||Andy Graham||188||Ronnie Ford|
|63||Hugh Miller||206||Mike Richardson|
|68||Tommy Gilchrest||214||Jimmy McAlpine|
|69||Russell Scott||217||Harry Denholm|
|75||Johnny Walker||219||George Forrest|
|80||Junior Jackson||222||Fraser Dunlop|
|88||Jimmy Ritchie||240||Jimmy Smith|
|89||Brian Henderson||241||Charlie Milne|
|90||Gordon Leithhead||244||Jimmy Low|
|91||Garry Nimmo||246||Ronnie Angus|
|92||Bruce Wilson||285||Rab Stewart|
|93||Gordon Anderson||391||William Murray|
F2 Stock Cars 137 cars
|5||William Ewart||502||N/A||716||Paul Young|
|6||Bob Creamer||514||Chalky White||722||Paul Broatch|
|7||Jimmy Moodie||517||Mel Million||723||Alan Warriner|
|8||Mick Whittle||521||Allan Rowlands||725||Brian Robson|
|10||Alex Craig||527||Tony Hooper||728||Brian Middlemiss|
|13||George McGivern||542||Ernie Reay||733||Gary Mitchell|
|16||N/A||544||John Edington||736||George Fulton|
|19||Brian O'Reilly||546||Terry Parker||744||Russell Taylor|
|24||Les Palmer||555||Dave Walton||747||Brian Pinkey|
|28||Graham Bunter||556||Frank Horner||748||Phil Den Herder|
|29||John Rigg||559||N/A||751||Les Smart|
|33||Keith Stanford||571||Paul Parker||752||N/A|
|34||N/A||581||Tom Rowlinson||753||Andy Morris|
|36||Ed Pannett||584||Phil Hayhurst||756||Taffy Thomas|
|38||Ian Edmiston||595||Dave Bunt||760||N/A|
|41||Gordon McDougall||600||Rod Avon||762||Phill Hiles|
|43||Billy Johnston||601||Ian Smart||763||Ed Hiles|
|44||Alistair Forsyth||602||Mike Longstaff||766||Pete Hobson|
|46||Peter Forsyth||606||Steve Horton||780||Gary Kent|
|49||Eric Moore||612||Jeff Fowkes||781||Gray Thornton|
|51||Tim Lish||617||Mike James||782||Alan Pryde|
|57||Paul Perkins||621||George Beckham||789||N/A|
|62||Derek Donaldson||628||Brian Middlemiss||790||Mike Taylor|
|64||N/A||634||Clive Hawkins||801||Stuart Wilkinson|
|66||N/A||635||Steve Widdowson||804||Ian King|
|70||John Lothian||647||Steve Frankland||810||Ed Pannett|
|77||Steve Riley||665||William Ewart||820||Mel Hutchinson|
|99||Noel Colgan||667||Bill Batten||828||Jim Cunliffe|
|100||George MacMillan Jnr||671||Ernie Swinburn||829||N/A|
|107||Malcolm Paterson||673||Errol Johnston||830||Trevor Whitney|
|109||N/A||676||Steve Gateley||833||Bob Kaye|
|141||Adam Manson||678||Joe Parrington||842||Tony Butterfield|
|166||Gary Henderson||686||Garry Hooper||924||Paul Carter|
|167||Eugene Carney||689||Paul Butcher||925||Graham Wilson|
|177||John Gilchrist||693||N/A||934||Mick McArdle|
|214||Jimmy McAlpine||698||Malcolm Locke||939||Denis Whitfield|
|245||Bernie McConnachie||700||N/A||943||Les Brown|
|344||Warren Taylor||706||John Longstaff||944||Terry Weighell|
|501||Bill Trout||712||Bill Paxton||958||N/A|
Hot Rods 24 cars
|1||N/A||27||Brian Murdoch||127||Alex Grant|
|4||Ronnie McLaren||31||John Boyd||154||Ian Headley|
|8||Charlie Brown||37||Ian Simpson||191||John Buchanan|
|14||N/A||50||Richard Denholm||207||John McWilliam|
|19||Alan Sibbald||66||Ian Dickie||208||Graham Cotterrell|
|21||N/A||87||Bob Bunting||299||Davey Philip|
|22||Colin McCabe||102||Ronnie McKenzie||423||Brian Middlemiss|
|23||Doug Farrer||112||Greg Cocker||62||Terry Priddis|
Ministox 42 cars
|2||Andy Young||38||Gordon Ritchie|
|3||Colin Glasgow||39||Mike Robertson|
|6||Jim Dow||41||Gordon McDougall Jnr|
|7||Peter Alexander||46||Stephen Henderson|
|8||Neil Weatherley||52||Daryn Smith|
|9||Scott Haig||57||Liam Murray|
|11||Andrew Redpath||61||Kevin McQuigan|
|12||Billy McLeod||63||Peter Henderson|
|14||Scott Greig||65||Ronald Grant|
|15||Alastair Robertson||66||Steven Grant|
|16||James Docherty||74||Alistair King|
|17||Gordon Alexander||77||Steven Charles|
|19||John Kilpatrick||88||Alex McLaren|
|20||Andrew Young||100||Kevin Hawker|
|21||Graeme McAlpine||235||Duncan Robertson|
|23||Colin Todd||236||Ian Robertson|
|27||Archie Murray||237||Mike Robertson|
It had been mooted in some quarters, that driver support for the new Stock Car venture at Newtongrange would fizzle out as time went on. English drivers would tire of the long trip north every week. Hot Rod drivers would re-sign with "Spedeworth Scotland" in pursuit of the NHRPA benefits.
The Saloon Stocks would miss being the “star” attraction which had been attributed to them at Spedeworth. What was the reality?
"GMP’s" 2nd year of operation witnessed increases in all formulae. The Saloon Stock average increased by 30% to 22 cars and peaked at 29 cars on the 11th July.
The F2 Stock Cars average increased by 20% to 24 cars and peaked at a very spectacular 53 cars on Scottish Championship day.
Even the Hot Rod average went up to 9 cars - despite the best efforts of the NHRPA. Note this average was composed entirely of Scottish drivers & not boosted by NHRPA events. 75% of the meetings had 8 or more cars in attendance. The peak was 14 cars at the Scottish Championship (the one event which did include two English visitors).
The Ministox had enjoyed spectacular growth in their first full year of competition averaging 14 cars and peaking at 23 cars on the 2nd May & 24th October.
1982 commenced with the sad news of the death of Roy Cecil at the age of 74. Roy had suffered a few health issues in latter years but it still came as a shock. Stock car drivers, officials and fans from all over Scotland travelled to pay their respects. Les & Mavis Eaton, Dave Pierce & Barry Lee were among those who made the trip up from England.
Roy became involved in Stock Car Racing in Scotland in 1964 when "Spedeworth International" awarded White City Stadium in Glasgow affiliation following a dispute between the Scottish F2 Stock Car Drivers & the BSCDA.
Johnny Hoskins son Ian continued as the Promoter at this stage. Eventually "Spedeworth International" took over & then "Spedeworth Scotland" was formed. White City was abandoned and efforts at a new track at Coatbridge failed. Johnny Hoskins however had laid a shale track for Speedway at Cowdenbeath which had also failed after just a few meetings. Roy decided to gamble even more cash and give Cowdenbeath a go in August 1965.
The meetings were initially every 2 weeks, but success came quite quickly and this became every week after a short period of time.
Scottish Stock Car Racing owes much to the determination of Roy Cecil, wife Gwen & son Nigel.
The Cowdenbeath commentator John Kelly compiled a succinct & moving tribute to Roy in the first Cowdenbeath programme of 1982 which I will reproduce in full in the "Spedeworth Scotland" summary for 1982.
"GMP" had managed to secure promoting rights at the Armadale Track, the first meeting was scheduled to take place on May 1st and would incorporate the West of Scotland Championships for F2, Saloon Stocks & Hot Rods.
One of the major promoting costs in Stock Car Racing is the production of the weekly race programme. It is nearly always a loss making part of the enterprise.
"Spedeworth International" had for some time been producing a "Spede Week" multiple programme where several meetings were incorporated into the one publication.
Gordon decided that he would adopt a similar format with the exception that this would be a genuine A4 sized Magazine and incorporate the race cards for completion by fans.
The Magazine / Programme would be a monthly issue and would thus be a cost saving for fans over purchasing programmes for every meeting, and a cost saving for the Promoter in that sufficient numbers could be printed to cater for a whole month’s racing, and provided they were all sold, they would not make a loss. Thus "Scots Stock" was born, and an excellent publication it was, well worth the 75p purchase price.
In addition to superbly informative articles it included succinct reports of all the meetings as well as the results. Unfortunately the drivers’ lists were still quite poor, I guess we had just been spoilt by the excellent lists produced by Gwen Cecil in the Cowdenbeath programmes of the 70's. It should be noted that as the 80's progressed the "Spedeworth Scotland" programmes also became very poor in this respect.
Gordon McDougall announced in the May edition of the Magazine / Programme the rather adventurous proposal to raffle a brand new Escort XR3 at the World Semi-Final / Scottish Championship weekend.
The trick was to guess the distance the XR3 would travel around the track on a gallon of petrol when driven by Billy Batten.
Tickets were only 50p each, so a lot of tickets were going to have to be sold to make any dough out of this plan. There is also the possibility that all those who did buy tickets would be persuaded to turn up on the race day to see if they had won, thus increasing the gate. Notwithstanding this I don't believe a similar venture was tried again.
The XR3 competition took place on Scottish Championship day. Gordon McDougall had placed an added incentive for ticket sellers to sell more tickets in that if they sold the winning ticket they would receive a £100 prize. Flag Marshal Eddie Spence was the lucky individual to collect the 100 pounds, but what was even better was that he had sold the ticket to himself! Having himself bought 50 quids worth.
Newtongrange Track Points Championship
F2 Stock Cars
|1st||722||Paul Broatch ***||425||37th=||723||Alan Warriner||23|
|2nd||33||Keith Stanford||396||40th||141||Adam Manson||21|
|3rd||49||Eric Moore||390||41st=||725||Brian Robson||19|
|4th||744||Russell Taylor||311||41st=||606||Steve Horton||19|
|5th||542||Ernie Reay||300||43rd=||167||Eugene Carney||18|
|6th||944||Terry Weighell||253||43rd=||736||George Fulton||18|
|7th||177||John Gilchrist||244||45th||28||Graham Bunter||17|
|8th||517||Mel Million||240||46th=||617||Mike James***||16|
|9th||100||George MacMillan Jnr||229||46th=||595||Dave Bunt||16|
|10th||766||Pete Hobson***||194||46th=||753||Andy Morris||16|
|11th||671||Ernie Swinburn||179||46th=||44||Alistair Forsyth||16|
|12th||107||Malcolm Paterson||165||50th=||51||Tim Lish||14|
|13th||7||Jimmy Moodie||155||50th=||514||Chalky White***||14|
|14th||556||Frank Horner||152||50th=||830||Trevor Whitney||14|
|15th||801||Stuart Wilkinson||133||53rd||712||Bill Paxton||13|
|16th||62||Derek Donaldson||110||54th=||781||Gray Thornton||11|
|17th||600||Rod Avon||108||54th=||8||Mick Whittle||11|
|18th||678||Joe Parrington||106||56th=||166||Gary Henderson||8|
|19th||41||Gordon McDougall||94||56th=||790||Mike Taylor||8|
|20th||939||Denis Whitfield||91||58th=||782||Alan Pryde||7|
|21st||686||Garry Hooper||77||58th=||344||Warren Taylor||7|
|22nd||706||John Longstaff||76||58th=||667||Bill Batten||7|
|23rd||676||Steve Gateley||73||58th=||602||Mike Longstaff||7|
|24th||43||Billy Johnston||65||62nd=||635||Steve Widdowson||6|
|25th||77||Steve Riley||44||62nd=||943||Les Brown||6|
|26th||546||Terry Parker||39||62nd=||29||John Rigg||6|
|27th||46||Peter Forsyth||37||62nd=||716||Paul Young||6|
|28th||828||Jim Cunliffe||32||66th=||733||Gary Mitchell||5|
|29th||804||Ian King***||31||66th=||689||Paul Butcher||5|
|30th||6||Bob Creamer||30||68th=||728||Brian Middlemiss||4|
|31st||698||Malcolm Locke||28||68th=||934||Mick McArdle||4|
|32nd||925||Graham Wilson||27||68th=||621||George Beckham||4|
|33rd||762||Phill Hiles||26||71st=||665||William Ewart||3|
|34th=||555||Dave Walton||25||71st=||751||Les Smart||3|
|34th=||833||Bob Kaye||25||73rd=||924||Paul Carter||2|
|36th||673||Errol Johnston||24||73rd=||780||Gary Kent||2|
|37th=||70||John Lothian||23||73rd=||747||Brian Pinkey||2|
Note Font in black denotes white roofs. Red*** denotes Superstars
Armadale Track Points Championship
F2 Stock Cars
|1st||722||Paul Broatch***||146||20th||100||George MacMillan Jnr||13|
|2nd||33||Keith Stanford||73||21st=||141||Adam Manson||12|
|3rd||744||Russell Taylor||64||21st=||751||Les Smart||12|
|4th||7||Jimmy Moodie||60||23rd||601||Ian Smart||11|
|5th=||542||Ernie Reay||51||24th||41||Gordon McDougall||8|
|5th=||600||Rod Avon||51||25th||8||Mick Whittle||6|
|7th||556||Frank Horner||50||26th=||43||Billy Johnston||5|
|8th||766||Pete Hobson***||48||26th=||671||Ernie Swinburn||5|
|9th||676||Steve Gateley||44||26th=||820||Mel Hutchinson||5|
|10th||517||Mel Million||43||26th=||781||Gray Thornton||5|
|11th||107||Malcolm Paterson||40||30th=||723||Alan Warriner||4|
|12th||49||Eric Moore||39||30th=||546||Terry Parker||4|
|13th||678||Joe Parrington||35||32nd||801||Stuart Wilkinson||3|
|14th||177||John Gilchrist||28||33rd=||736||George Fulton||2|
|15th||944||Terry Weighell||27||33rd=||19||Brian O'Reilly||2|
|16th||939||Denis Whitfield||25||33rd=||521||Allan Rowlands||2|
|17th||706||John Longstaff||24||36th=||62||Derek Donaldson||1|
|18th||686||Garry Hooper||22||36th=||70||John Lothian||1|
|19th||725||Brian Robson||18||36th=||762||Phill Hiles||1|
Note Font in black denotes white roofs. Red*** denotes Superstars
Scottish Championship 8th August Radio Forth Grand National 7th November
|1st||100||George MacMillan Jnr||1st||33||Keith Stanford|
|2nd||686||Garry Hooper||2nd||686||Garry Hooper|
|3rd||676||Steve Gateley||3rd||177||John Gilchrist|
|4th||28||Graham Bunter||4th||600||Rod Avon|
|5th||698||Malcolm Locke||5th||100||George MacMillan Jnr|
|6th||753||Andy Morris||6th||542||Ernie Reay|
|7th||804||Ian King||7th||41||Gordon McDougall|
|8th||617||Mike James||8th||939||Dennis Whitfield|
World Championship Semi-Final 7th August West of Scotland Championship 1st May
|1st||766||Pete Hobson||1st||722||Paul Broatch|
|2nd||804||Ian King||2nd||678||Joe Parrington|
|3rd||698||Malcolm Locke||3rd||33||Keith Stanford|
|4th||595||Dave Bunt||4th||542||Ernie Reay|
|5th||514||Chalky White||5th||141||Adam Manson|
|6th||722||Paul Broatch||6th||601||Ian Smart|
|7th||600||Rod Avon||7th||517||Mel Million|
|8th||753||Andy Morris||8th||19||Brian O'Reilly|
British Championship 25th August - Bristol World Championship 12th September - Taunton
|1st||667||Billy Batten||1st||667||Billy Batten|
|2nd||686||Garry Hooper||2nd||804||Ian King|
|3rd||514||Chalky White||3rd||595||Dave Bunt|
|4th||779||Steve King||4th||698||Malc Locke|
|5th||907||John Dawe||5th||686||Garry Hooper|
|6th||27||Ken Purkess||6th||561||Nick Lawrence|
|7th||694||Barry Ploughman||7th||830||Trevor Whitney|
|8th||532||Roy Dyke||8th||766||Pete Hobson|
There was a European Championship in 1982. What I can say is that it took place at Ringwood and was won by Chalky White. This must have been the most "under" promoted major event in the history of Stock Car Racing. I do not have any further details on the event, not even the date! If anyone can help please let me know.
Most wins in 1982:-
|1st||722||Paul Broatch||5||10||15th=||41||Gordon McDougall||1||1|
|2nd||107||Malcolm Paterson||4||8||15th=||828||Jim Cunliffe||1||1|
|3rd=||100||George MacMillan Jnr||4||7||17th||686||Garry Hooper||1||0|
|3rd=||177||John Gilchrist||4||7||18th||706||John Longstaff||0||4|
|5th||49||Eric Moore||3||12||19th=||542||Ernie Reay||0||3|
|6th||7||Jimmy Moodie||3||0||19th=||939||Dennis Whitfield||0||3|
|7th||33||Keith Stanford||2||8||21st=||556||Frank Horner||0||2|
|8th||766||Pete Hobson||2||7||21st=||671||Ernie Swinburn||0||2|
|9th||600||Rod Avon||2||3||21st=||678||Joe Parrington||0||2|
|10th=||744||Russell Taylor||1||6||24th=||667||Bill Batten||0||1|
|10th=||517||Mel Million||1||6||24th=||698||Malcolm Locke||0||1|
|12th||676||Steve Gateley||1||4||24th=||804||Ian King||0||1|
|13th=||801||Stu Wilkinson||1||3||24th=||830||Trevor Whitney||0||1|
Most Highest Points Scores:-
|2nd=||100||George MacMillan Jnr||4|
Gordon McDougall’s season got off to a great start from a driving point of view when he won the first F2 race of the year on the 14th March & then followed it up with a heat 2nd, a win in the Final and 3rd in the Grand National from the lap handicap. Little did he know then, but that would be it as far as winning was concerned for 1982.
There was some disquiet in the Stock Car press over the numbering which had been adopted for the Formula 2's for 1982. F1's & F2's had been split in numbering for the previous 15 years. F1's 1 - 500 "approx" & F2 500 and above.
In 1981 the Scottish F2 drivers had been allowed to keep their previous Superstox numbers, all of which were below 500. This seems to have been tolerated, however for 1982 the lower numbers had become open slather and this was thought by some to be confusing, ie the same numbers could be utilised in F1 as F2.
Personally I have never had a problem with this as long as there are not cars in the same formula or even race with the same number, as is often the occurrence in say the USA or Australia.
There were many developments over the close season as far as new recruits into the F2 ranks and the manufacturing of new cars. Regular supplier of music to Scottish Stock Car tracks Bob Creamer of "One Step Beyond" discos had purchased an ex Bill Pullar Superstox converted to an F2 to make his Stock Car Racing debut in 1982. Eric Moore & Alex Craig had new cars. Two top Ministox drivers purchased F2's Phil Hiles & Willie Ewart.
Saloon Stocker Hamish Buchanan was helping George MacMillan with the construction of his new F2. Warren Taylor had built a new car & then sold it to Ernie Reay, whilst Frank Horner had built "5" new cars over the close season.
One of Frank’s cars was destined for Dunfermiline youngster Alan Harwood. Frank had been building cars for many years, in fact Frank’s first race was at Brough Park, Newcastle in the early 60’s. When that closed he took up Superstox in car No. 407, and even raced on a number of occasions at Cowdenbeath as well as "Spedeworth International" tracks in the East & South of England.
However whether he raced in Scotland or England Frank had a long trip from his home in West Aukland.
Frank won his first ever race at Newtongrange at 1982's opening meeting, amazing when you consider that he made 22 appearances at Nitten in 1981, was highest points scorer at two meetings and finished 8th in the track points table for that year.
Adam Manson sold his Hot Rod & purchased a new Phill Hayhurst F2, to which he had executed some vey tidy coachwork & paint job.
Billy Johnston who had raced an ex Ian King F2 in 1981 acquired a new car. Ex Saloon Stock man Brian Middlemass purchased George MacMillan's old F2.
Scottish F2 debutants Phil Hiles, Bob Creamer & Allan Pryde all scored points at their first meeting.
George McGivern made the long journey from the Isle of Man for Nitten's opening meeting, however he had the wrong gearing for the track, coupled with a mysterious misfire from his engine so did not figure in the results. Lucky I still managed to take a photo of George's visit!
It only took until the 2nd meeting of the season for the first F2 driver to grab two heats & Final, Russell Taylor accomplishing the feat, unfortunately we didn’t see how he would fair in the Grand National as Russell & brother Warren were "offski" back to County Durum. A pattern they often followed after the Final.
An amazing occurrence on the 4th April when the Stock Car meeting scheduled was cancelled, apparently due to insufficient cars being booked in to race. I do not believe this has ever happened again for this reason. So that left 3 meetings in April to run and produced Final wins for Stu Wilkinson, Paul Broatch & George MacMillan. Russell Taylor also managed to win a Grand National on the 11th April, so he didn’t leave after EVERY Final then!
Unfortunately Russell’s early season form came to a halt when he broke his leg at an end of April meeting at Hartlepool.
24th April marked a special date in Keith Stanford’s Stock Car Racing career when he collected his first race win the Radio Forth Grand National. He then went one better by collecting his first Final win on the 2nd May. What was of particular note though was that Keith came through for 2nd position in the Grand National from his lap handicap.
I’m sure Keith had taken inspiration from that visionary Stock Car journalist Dave Seaton! who had predicted in "Short Circuit" magazine that Keith and contemporary Jimmy Moddie (then both yellow tops) were destined for greater things. (Jimmy took a few more weeks to demonstrate his true prowess).
A very large crowd and a goodly turnout of cars for the opening of Armadale on the 1st May.
Another 3 meetings took us up to the F2 World Qualifying Rounds at Armadale & Newtongrange at the end of the month. Two Final wins being collected by “Paul” and one to novice Mel Million. Mel (a white top) had started to really impress. Utilising a Frank Horner car. He had won his first points at the opening Armadale meeting with a Final 7th. However on the 8th May he won a heat at Nitten and netted a Final 3rd. On the 15th May he came through to win the “Highly Prestigious” “Aussie Trophy”! (the first heat of the day, to allow as many drivers as possible a chance of winning). He also won the other heat of the day and finished 2nd in the Grand National. Another heat win came the following day at Hartlepool.
The F2 World Qualifying rounds came round at the end of May. 35 cars were in competition at Armadale on the 29th & 31 cars the following day at Newtongrange.
Top Scottish points scorers were Keith Stanford with 33 points & Jimmy Moodie with 16 points. Whilst the best performance overall came from long distance traveller from Jersey, Rod Avon who collected heat and Final at Armadale & heat 4th and Final at Newtongrange for a total of 45 points. Pete Hobson was the other big point’s gatherer with heat win and Final 2nd at Armadale & heat 2nd & Final 2nd at Newtongrange for 43 points.
The top ten The World Qualifying Points gained at both tracks were as follows:-
|1st||600||Rod Avon||24||1st=||600||Rod Avon||21|
|2nd||766||Pete Hobson||22||1st=||766||Pete Hobson||21|
|3rd=||7||Jimmy Moodie||16||3rd||33||Keith Stanford||20|
|3rd=||686||Garry Hooper||16||4th=||944||Terry Weighell||16|
|5th=||33||Keith Stanford||13||4th=||723||Alan Warriner||16|
|5th=||706||John Longstaff||13||6th||830||Trevor Whitney||14|
|7th=||517||Mel Million||8||7th||706||John Longstaff||11|
|7th=||944||Terry Weighell||8||8th||542||Ernie Reay||7|
|9th||49||Eric Moore||7||9th=||686||Garry Hooper||6|
|9th=||751||Les Smart||7||9th=||177||John Gilchrist||6|
|9th=||722||Paul Broach||7||9th=||29||John Rigg||6|
Sunday however was a day of tragedy in the History of Scottish Stock Car Racing, the worst of events occurred when track flag marshal Willie Hunter was hit during a pre-meeting Ministox race. He was rushed to hospital but died as a result of his injuries.
Willie had been involved in Stock Car racing for many years and was one of Stock Car Racing’s most experienced & respected officials.
The resident track doctor Dr Carlo Biagi and the track ambulance crew were on the scene within seconds and Willie was rushed to hospital. When news of his death was relayed back to the track a spontaneous silent tribute took place by all drivers, mechanics, officials & fans. The meeting was abandoned.
John Gilchrist made his F2 debut on the 22nd May and amassed a grand total of 15 points, including 2nd in the Grand National. He then went on to win a number of races including two finals in a row, which earned him a promotion straight up to blue in the July national gradings.
Garry Hooper made the World Qualifying rounds on the 29th & 30th May, he managed to pick up a valuable 22 points at Armadale though only 6 points at the following day at Newtongrnge.
Garry had broken 3 ribs after crashing at the opening meeting at Newton Abbot and severely damaged his car, this curtailed his planned racing somewhat.
Despite this he declared that it was his intention to try and retain his British National Points title.
Eric Moore gained a 20 point haul at the Hartlepool World Qualifier, having won the Grand National at Newtongrange the previous evening. He then went on to win the "Frutin Travel" Final to round off a very successful month with his new car and an upgrade to red.
In June's "Short Circuit Magazine" reigning World Champion Bill Batten gave Gordon McDougall a big rap as a promoter. He had stated his F2 Stock Car Racing would be wound down a bit in 1982 partly due to his attentions being shared with Hot Rods where he had already qualified for that years World Final. When asked if he would be travelling to Scotland again in 1982 he stated "Oh yes, I've got something a bit special lined up to do with Gordon McDougall up there. Let me tell you, he's just mustard as a promoter. Anything he gets in the way of sponsorship goes straight back to the drivers. Every week they have a 100 pound finals for one of the formulas up there, in a kind of rotation system. If every promoter was like Gordon McDougall you'd have damn sight more cars racing and a helluvalot more people watching them".
Paul Broatch also debuted a quite strange looking car at the end of May. Maybe this is where BMW got their more recent design inspiration from!
Paul Broatch found out how to win friends and influence people when managed to put Warren Taylor & Russell Taylor into the fence in one skilful move in June.
End of June and Jimmy Moodie won his first Final, and it was at Armadale the "Dougie Farrer Trophy". Driver personalities had decided to put up trophies for other formulae at this meeting. It was Davie Philp who won his first Final under the auspices of the "GMP" Promotion that being the "Jimmy Low Trophy".
Hamish Buchanan won the Saloon Stock equivalent the "Eric Moore Trophy".
Rumours had persisted that Malcolm Paterson was planning a come back, he had completed a large number of practice laps at Armadale & was apparently the last man to leave the stadium! Malcolm returned to racing on 11th July, 7 years after his retirement he managed a 2nd in his 1st race, 5th in his 2nd race.
If there are any other early pics of Malcolm out there I would love to see them.
George Macmillan travelled down to Blackburn in his pursuit of world qualifying points. He was struggling to earn enough to gain a World Semi-Final place.
George did very well at the meeting in fact he was runner up in the final. The total points gained though were unfortunately not enough to gain him a Semi place.
25th July Saloon Stock Scottish Championship Day. This meeting was chosen to hold the "East Lancs Towel Company Golden Jubilee Challenge Trophy" for F2 Stock Cars. This was the 2nd time this Championship had been run. The first being at White City Manchester and won by Jim Cunliffe. As well as the Trophy, substantial additional prize money was added to the normal Final returns. £100 added for the winner £60 to 2nd, £40 to 3rd and an extra £10 for the next 5 drivers.
Jim Cunliffe amazingly retained the title with a heat and final double and it was his first visit to Newtongrange in 1982. Jim always drove brilliantly at Nitten it was a surprise, despite the long journey, that he did not compete there more. Malcolm Paterson was 2nd, Russell Taylor 3rd & Pete Hobson 4th.
World Semi-Final day on August 7th and a huge crowd turned up to watch the proceedings.
Scottish representation took the form of:-
49 Eric Moore was in 20th on the grid.
7 Jimmy Moodie was 22nd on the grid
Pete Hobson & Ian King held down the front row grid positions and at the drop of the flag opened up a bit of a gap to the rest of the field. It was feared for a spell, that Pete was not going to make the start with apparent engine maladies. Last second adjustments on the grid solved the issues. Although Pete took up the lead position, Ian was always there on his tail and indeed managed to execute a substantial hit on the back of Pete's car at around the ten lap mark.
Pete recovered brilliantly and squeezed Ian back going up the next straight. This did allow Malcolm Locke to close up in 3rd though.
Dave Bunt & Chalky White were fighting hard for 4th. Dave making fine and forceful progress from his 11th grid spot. The other big mover being Paul Broatch from 15th grid up to 5th also making forceful progress. Given previous Bunt / Broatch history there was much anticipation to see if Paul could catch Dave.
Well he did but Dave withstood the assault and indeed it seemed to give him an added resolve, he swept past Chalky White with 3 to go and closed right up on Malcolm Locke.
The result did not alter though and it was Pete Hobson from Ian King, Malcolm Locke (the latter two on their first visit to Nitten) then Dave Bunt, & Paul Broatch.
Eric Moore improved on his 20th grid slot to finish 10th and thus qualified for the World Final.
The Scottish Fans also got some cheer in the 27 car first heat when Malcolm Paterson stormed to win from Billy Batten. The perennial late comer George MacMillan won the consolation by the proverbial mile.
The 36 car Final saw a resumption of the Dave Bunt / Paul Broatch head to head, Dave dealt expertly with Paul spinning him out into the infield, at which point Paul had some brain fade, resumed and promptly stuck Dave in the fence. A physical tete-a-tete then unfortunately occurred for which both protagonists got away with a stern warning, Paul in particular was very lucky not to incur stiffer penalties.
The race was declared when the uproar broke out with two laps to go. Malcolm Paterson had driven fabulously to be in the number one spot at the flag fall.
Scottish Championship the following day and Bill Batten's head gasket issues continued from the previous day, so he was going to be unable to defend his championship title. Great heat wins from Malcolm Paterson & George MacMillan. Malcolm Locke picked up the consolation. In the Scottish Championship itself Malcolm suffered engine failure which left George MacMillan to build up a large lead, Garry Hooper made it through to 2nd with Steve Gately 3rd. Ian King picked up the Grand National.
So George Mac Jnr emulated his dad's feat of a Scottish F2 Championship in 1967.
Ian King punted Mike James out on the last bend of the last lap to take the Grand National, which rounded off a superb weekend of Stock Car Racing.
The engine failure on the 107 car in the Scottish Championship (although we didn't know it then) finally brought an end to the Malcolm Paterson Stock Car career. In a glorious period of only just under 4 weeks, Malcolm took part in 7 meetings, out of a total of a possible 25 races he won 12, was 2nd in 5, 3rd in 1, 2 5ths & 5 unplaced or DNF. 4 of these races were finals which of course meant 3 of these races were also from a 1 lap handicap in the
Grand National. Official records note that Malcolm amassed an amazing 205 points in this short period of time. His second meeting in competition after a 7 year layoff netted two heat wins a final and 2nd in the Grand National from the lap handicap. It was reported that Malcolm intended to return the following year with a new car and a serious campaign for the full season. Sadly it never occurred.
The Stock Car fans that had the opportunity of witnessing any of this Stock Car display were truly fortunate. You probably had the privilege of seeing Scotland's greatest ever Stock Car driver at work.
If there are any other 1982 images of Malcolm's fabulous 4 weeks - let's see them!
Keith Stanford received a generous £50 contribution from the supporters club towards his travelling expenses down to the World Semi Final Championship at Newton Abbott.
Keith still recounts his appreciation of that generosity to this day. He made full use of the trip, raced at Hartlepool on the Sunday, St Austell on the Tuesday, Wednesday at Newton Abbott, he even took in a bit of spectating on the following Saturday F1 World Semi Final at Leicester. The effort was well worthwhile as he qualified for the World Final on the Sunday.
Some strange moves occurred between Paul Broatch, Denis Whitfield, Terry Weighell & Frank Horner and their cars. Terry decided to use Paul Broatche's "strange" car in the World semi-final. Why? when he had been using his Frank Horner built car to great effect, catapulting him to the star grade. This proved a bad move & Terry was forced to pull out of the World semi. Back in his own machine a fortnight later he won the Final and took 2nd in the grand national from his lap handicap. Then Paul & Frank exchanged cars, though not permanently, In fact Paul ended up with both. So Frank obtained Dennis Whitfield’s' car. The end result of this seemed to be that everbody took a downturn in form!
Steve Gateley made a brilliant return to Armadale / Newtongrange at the end of August scoring a massive 81 points over the two days.
Two heats, Final & Grand Nat 3rd on the Saturday at Armadale & heat win, heat 2nd, Final 2nd & Grand Nat win at Nitten on the Sunday.
The "Motorway Tyres" sponsored event on the 4th September, was remarkable in that for the first meeting where every F2 event was won by a Scottish driver.
Eric Moore the two heats & Grand National & Jimmy Moodie the Final (his 2nd final win). Quite fitting as well as Jimmy was largely responsible for securing the sponsorship from his good friend John Graham, manager of the Kirkaldy Depot.
29 cars lined up for the F2 World Championship at Taunton, a fairly uneventful race saw Bill Batten retain his crown from pole position, Ian King 2nd from 3rd on the grid, & Dave Bunt 3rd from 9th. Eric Moore was the only Scot to finish in 11th place from 27th on the grid.
The 2nd annual "Snap On Grand Prix" meeting on the 26th September saw wins for Pete Hobson in the F2's, who invariably got good results at major meetings at Nitten.
Ian Headley captured the Hot Rods version, Hamish Buchanan (after dealing with perceived greatest threat Tommy Davidson first) in the Saloon Stocks and Stephen Henderson in the Ministox.
Newtongrange Star Football Club trophies were up for grabs on the 10th October, Keith Stanford had a stormer of a meeting, heat win, heat 5th, "Star Trophy" Grand Final, then 2nd in the Grand Nat from his lap handicap.
The 2nd running of the Radio Forth Grand National Carnival Finale meeting was held on the 7th November.
Gordon had tried to model this meeting on the traditional "Carnival Meeting" held at the end of the Spedeworth Season at Wimbledon, a meeting he had loved taking part in over the years. This involved drivers decorating their cars in a theme for the pre-meeting Grand Parade. I have to confess to being one the "stick in the muds" who only wanted to see proper Stock Car Racing at meetings and not the paraphernalia that was sometimes put on to "entertain the fans. Whether it was bands, football matches, wheel barrow races, monster trucks, wheely dragsters, ladies races, mechanics races, I'm afraid they all leave me a bit uninterested. Fireworks displays were OK - albeit a bit expensive.
However I do understand that they can add to some people's (particularly the kids) appreciation of a "Main Event" Stock Car Meeting.
Anyway back to Radio Forth Grand National Finale, the top points scorers leading up to the event & actual attendees are listed hereunder:-
1982 RADIO FORTH GRAND NATIONAL QUALIFIERS
|1st||33||Keith Stanford||113||2nd||744||Russell Taylor||72|
|3rd||542||Ernie Reay||71||4th=||722||Paul Broatch||63|
|4th=||49||Eric Moore||63||6th||944||Terry Weighell||56|
|7th||177||John Gilchrist||54||8th||517||Mel Million||43|
|9th||671||Ernie Swinburn||42||10th||766||Pete Hobson||40|
|11th||62||Derek Donaldson||37||12th||100||George MacMillan||34|
|13th=||107||Malcolm Paterson||33||13th=||7||Jimmy Moodie||33|
|15th||801||Stu Wilkinson||31||16th||556||Frank Horner||27|
|17th||678||Joe Parrington||21||18th=||600||Rod Avon||16|
|18th=||706||John Longstaff||16||20th=||43||Billy Johnston||12|
|20th=||939||Denis Whitfield||12||20th=||41||Gordon McDougall||12|
|23rd||77||Steve Riley||11||24th=||141||Adam Manson||10|
|24th=||46||Peter Forsythe||10||24th=||686||Garry Hooper||10|
|27th=||601||Ian Smart||9||27th=||6||Bob Creamer||9|
|27th=||546||Terry Parker||9||30th=||804||Ian King||8|
|30th=||828||Jim Cunliffe||8||30th=||676||Steve Gately||8|
|33rd=||725||Brian Robson||7||33rd=||44||Alistair Forsythe||7|
|33rd=||555||Dave Walton||7||36th||925||Graham Wilson||6|
|37th=||167||Eugene Carney||5||37th=||833||Bob Kaye||5|
|37th=||790||Mark Taylor||5||40th=||781||Gray Thornton||4|
|40th=||712||Bill Paxton||4||40th=||166||Garry Henderson||4|
|43rd=||665||Willie Ewart||3||43rd=||70||John Lothian||3|
|45th||602||Mike Longstaff||2||46th=||782||Alan Pryde||1|
|46th=||728||Brian Middlemiss||1||46th=||747||David Pinkey||1|
A very disappointing 22 out of the 49 possible candidates turned up for the big race. 40 cars had started the 1981 event.
6 out of the top 20 in 1981 were Scottish, 9 out of the top 20 in 1982 were Scottish.
Missing from the top 10 points scorers was Aramdale & Newtongrange Track Champion Paul Broatch. Missing from the next 10 qualifiers were in points order Malcolm Paterson, Frank Horner, Joe Parrington, & John Longstaff.
1982 RADIO FORTH GRAND NATIONAL ACTUAL ATTENDEES
|1st||33||Keith Stanford||Scotland||2nd||744||Russell Taylor||England|
|3rd||542||Ernie Reay||England||4th||49||Eric Moore||Scotland|
|5th||944||Terry Weighell||England||6th||177||John Gilchrist||Scotland|
|7th||517||Mel Million||England||8th||671||Ernie Swinburn||England|
|9th||766||Pete Hobson||England||10th||62||Derek Donaldson||Scotland|
|11th||100||George MacMillan||Scotland||12th||7||Jimmy Moodie||Scotland|
|13th||801||Stu Wilkinson||England||14th||600||Rod Avon||Jersey|
|15th||939||Denis Whitfield||England||16th||43||Billy Johnston||Scotland|
|17th||41||Gordon McDougall||Scotland||18th||686||Garry Hooper||England|
|19th||546||Terry Parker||England||20th||44||Alistair Forsythe||Scotland|
|21st||70||John Lothian||Scotland||22nd||736||George Fulton||Scotland|
Keith Stanford had just been getting better and better all season, Keith didn't disappoint. Under considerable pressure particularly from firstly John Gilchrist, then Pete Hobson and finally 1981 & 82 National Points Champion Garry Hooper (who had made the gargantuan trip from Cornwall the previous week
just to accumulate more Radio Forth Grand National qualifying points, and did after taking a Gran Nat 4th having won the final). What an ovation Keith received as he crossed the line and during his lap of honour. John Gilchrist won a high class Grand final, & Keith starred again to win the Helter Skelter (can't really use Grand Nat twice in the same meeting, so the old name for the all comers race was resurrected ) from Scottish Champ George MacMillan in
2nd & World Champ Billy Batten in 3rd.
The "Champion of Champions" events (I do prefer that terminology rather than "Cock of the North"!) were in the Hot Rods Davey Philip rounding off a great season after a long layoff & Hamish Buchannan in the Saloon Stocks.
1982 NATIONAL F2 POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP
Superstars & Red Grade Drivers
|1st||686||Garry Hooper **||1271|
|2nd||667||Bill Batten *||989|
|3rd||804||Ian King ***||942|
|4th||628||Kevin Stack ***||831|
|5th||722||Paul Broatch ***||720|
|6th||514||Chalky White ***||588|
|7th||766||Pete Hobson ***||519|
|8th||517||Mike James ***||514|
*** denotes Superstars ** denotes silver roof Points Champion * gold roof World Champion
595 Dave Bunt & 41 Gordon McDougall retain red grade due to insufficient meetings
Scottish Drivers in the top 100
|34th||100||George MacMillan Jnr||239|
For some reason Jimmy Moodie was missing off the official points chart at the end of the season. I have added his points accrued from Newtongrange to come up with the total above. He may have picked up more points from other tracks.
Newtongrange Track Points Championship
Saloon Stock Cars
|1st||168||Alan McHattie||525||24th||29||Sid Threadgall||30|
|2nd||106||Hamish Buchanan||515||25th=||152||Angel Dillon||29|
|3rd||241||Charlie Milne||357||25th=||122||George Robertson||29|
|4th||171||Tommy Davidson||351||27th||214||Jimmy McAlpine||23|
|5th||68||Tommy Gilchrest||271||28th||11||Jim Honeyman||21|
|6th||17||William Walker||197||29th||217||Harry Denholm||20|
|7th||285||Robert Stewart||188||30th||57||Rab McLintock||17|
|8th||109||John Bell||182||31st||75||Johnny Walker||14|
|9th||244||Jimmy Low||176||32nd||80||Junior Jackson||9|
|10th||9||Jock Threadgall||148||33rd=||160||Martin Johnson||8|
|11th||123||Hugh Brown||144||33rd=||90||Gordon Leithhead||8|
|12th||69||Russell Scott||138||33rd=||188||Ronnie Ford||8|
|13th||56||Bill McKnight||124||33rd=||219||George Forrest||8|
|14th||128||Joe Moir||115||37th||125||Ivor Thomson||6|
|15th||91||Garry Nimmo||94||38th=||107||James Skirving||4|
|16th||110||Andy Nelson||89||38th=||161||Colin Birtley||4|
|17th||10||Jim Nightingale||61||40th||126||Dick Cummings||3|
|18th||2||Alan Simpson||54||41st=||35||Colin Easton||2|
|19th||58||Andrew Graham||53||41st=||206||Mike Richardson||2|
|20th||222||Fraser Dunlop||49||41st=||40||Jimmy Sinclair||2|
|21st||113||George Kerr||41||44th=||246||Ronnie Angus||1|
|22nd||218||Jimmy Duncan||38||44th=||28||Andy Young||1|
Armadale Track Points Championship
Saloon Stock Cars
|1st||106||Hamish Buchanan||113||16th||218||Jimmy Duncan||8|
|2nd||168||Alan McHattie||106||17th||110||Andy Nelson||8|
|3rd||9||Jock Threadgall||98||18th||217||Harry Denholm||7|
|4th||171||Tommy Davidson||75||19th||214||Jimmy McAlpine||7|
|5th||69||Russell Scott||48||20th||219||George Forrest||6|
|6th||68||Tommy Gilchrest||40||21st||58||Andrew Graham||6|
|7th||17||William Walker||32||22nd||122||George Robertson||3|
|8th||109||John Bell||27||23rd||40||Jimmy Sinclair||3|
|10th||56||Bill McKnight||22||25th||29||Sid Threadgall||2|
|11th||222||Fraser Dunlop||18||26th||123||Hugh Brown||2|
|12th||11||Jim Honeyman||17||27th||244||Jimmy Low||1|
|13th||285||Robert Stewart||12||28th||128||Joe Moir||1|
|14th||90||Gordon Leithhead||12||29th||113||George Kerr||1|
1982 GMP Scottish Saloon Stock Points Championship
*** Note - These are the official published totals from "Scots Stock" - the totals for both tracks do not in a number of cases = the total for the Scottish Table - I know not why!
*** Note - The drivers listed in black font in the above table are white tops.
Hamish Buchanan having won the National Points title in 1981 and collecting another 15 Final wins to an already impressive 58, he went on to win the first 3 Finals of the 1982 season and indeed collected another 12 in total over the year. There is every possibility that Hamish is currently the most successful Scottish Stock Car / Hot Rod driver (in terms of race wins), of all time. Of course I have not collated all results at this point and there is the distinct possibility that Gordon Moodie could surpass everybody in terms of race wins and more importantly "quality" of race wins. My feeling at this time though is that it is a close run thing between Hamish & Malcolm Paterson. The amazing thing is he didn't win the 1982 Points title! - in fact I don't believe it!
West of Scotland Championship 1st May Scottish Championship 26th July
|1st||9||Jock Threadgall||1st||171||Tommy Davidson|
|2nd||106||Hamish Buchanan||2nd||106||Hamish Buchanan|
|3rd||222||Fraser Dunlop||3rd||241||Charlie Milne|
|4th||11||Jim Honeyman||4th||17||Willie Walker|
|5th||168||Alan McHattie||5th||58||Andrew Graham|
|6th||68||Tommy Gilchrist||6th||10||Jim Nightingale|
Champion of Champions 7th November Open British Championship 30th August - Hartlepool
|1st||106||Hamish Buchanan||1st||9||Jock Threadgall|
|2nd||241||Charlie Milne||2nd||106||Hamish Buchanan|
|3rd||128||Joe Moir||3rd||171||Tommy Davidson|
Most Wins in 1982:-
Most Highest Points Scores:-
Despite this impressive start by the end of May there had been no less than Six Saloon Stock Final winners Jock Threadgall, Hamish Buchanan, Charlie Milne, John Bell, Tommy Davidson & Billy McKnight.
Hartlepool promoter Warren Taylor announced that he would be holding an Open British Championship for Saloon Stocks at his August bank holiday meeting, he also hoped there would be sufficient cars left over for a Scotland v England team race later in the programme.
A Hamish Buchanan / Charlie Milne feud opened up at the meeting on 14th August after Hamish dealt Charlie a "cropper" in the first heat, so Charlie tried to fix up Hamish into the fence on the rolling lap of the 2nd heat, he failed & he also failed to catch him for the rest of the race. Let the battle commence in the Final then, only they never got near each other as Charlie sped away to win, and did the crowd love it or what - great stuff!
The Saloon Stock racing at the first meeting in May was of particular interest. Russell Scott was in the lead until the last few laps when Tommy Davidson spifflicated Russell and delayed himself in the process, the race was stopped to attend to Russell and Rab Stewart was declared the winner. Tommy managed to win the 2nd heat, followed by Rab Stewart, however Rab found himself in the home straight fence after crossing the line courtesy of Alan McHattie.
Jock Threadgall dominated first two Armadale meetings. Winning the West of Scotland Championship at the first. He made red for the first time in the July gradings. Two drivers submitted a protest as the promoters had decided there would be no engine checks, despite this being a Championship. Jock's engine was found to be entirely legal.
Another driver to score an early season win Billy McKnight, who had only been racing for a few months, had won heat & final on 15th May which instigated a protest by Hamish Buchanan & Charlie Milne. The car was not made available for checking & indeed a Billy also failed to present at a later deadline. As a result Billy acquired a £25 fine & forfeit of all prize money & trophies for that day, & was penalised by having to start at the back of the grid for one month. Billy's car was allowed to race the following week with a different driver. Billy returned the compliment by protesting Hamish & Charlie's cars both which were pronounced legal.
Tommy Davidson produced a storming drive in the Scottish Saloon Championship on the 25th July. The 26 car field was decimated in the first few laps.
Tommy was actually one of the casualties, having been spun out by Tommy Gilchrist. Undaunted Tommy gathered up his car and resumed the chase. He was a man possessed and by halfway was in the lead and pulling away. Hamish Buchanan resumed his "friendly" rivalry with Charlie Milne by spinning him out on the last lap to snatch 2nd, which in fact meant that every driver who finished the race had been spun out during the event, Charlie recovered to collect the 3rd spot. Tommy very efficiently had his roof painted with the St Andrews Cross prior to coming out for the 2nd heat.
Saloon Stock Car driver Willie Walker made it to star grade in the September gradings. Willie had been gaining some consistent placings, including a 4th in the Scottish Saloon Championship.
Willie a true Stock Car enthusiast very generously also managed to find time (and cash) to sponsor Hot Rod & Ministox Championships.
In the same grading change John "Slammer" Bell also made red top. Jim Nightingale & Garry Nimmo moved up to blue.
I don't have too many details on the "Open British" Saloon Stock Championship which was held at Hartlepool on the 30th August. Other than the field was largely made up of "GMP" Scottish drivers.
Newtongrange Track Points Championship
|1st||23||Doug Farrer||640||10th||66||Ian Dickie||125|
|2nd||127||Alex Grant||566||11th||22||Colin McCabe||78|
|3rd||299||Davey Philip||448||12th||31||John Boyd||76|
|4th||207||John McWilliam||328||13th||8||Charlie Brown||72|
|5th||4||Ronnie McLaren||310||14th||102||Ronnie McKenzie||62|
|6th||19||Alan Sibbald||283||15th||37||Ian Simpson||12|
|7th||154||Ian Headley||262||16th||50||Richard Denholm||11|
|8th||112||Greg Cocker||188||17th||423||Brian Middlemiss||10|
Armadale Track Points Championship
|1st||23||Doug Farrer||129||6th||154||Ian Headley||64|
|2nd||299||Davey Philip||102||7th||4||Ronnie McLaren||61|
|3rd||127||Alex Grant||102||8th||112||Greg Cocker||26|
|4th||207||John McWilliam||72||9th||8||Charlie Brown||24|
|5th||19||Alan Sibbald||64||10th||208||Graham Cotterrell||23|
1982 Scottish Hot Rod Points Championship
*** Note - These are the official published totals from "Scots Stock" the totals for both tracks do not in a number of cases = the total for the Scottish Table - I know not why!
*** Note - The drivers listed in black font in the above table are white tops.
West of Scotland Championship 1st May Scottish Championship 29th August
|1st||127||Alex Grant||1st||23||Dougie Farrer|
|2nd||23||Dougie Farrer||2nd||299||Davey Philp|
|3rd||19||Allan Sibbald||3rd||19||Allan Sibbald|
|4th||207||John McWilliam||4th||112||Greg Cocker|
|5th||154||Ian Headley||5th||4||Ronnie McLaren|
Champion of Champions 7th November
Most Wins in 1982:-
Most Highest Points in 1982:-
Another 1st time event happened at the first meeting in 1982, a Mini won the Hot Rod final at the hands of newcomer Colin McCabe. Mind you it was a close run thing Dougie Farrer had won both heats, and Colin only just held off Dougie & Alex Grant at the finish. Better still was the fact that first place carried a 130 pounds first prize in the "Henniker & Kerr" sponsored event.
Hot Rod wins being spread around in the early part of the season, Colin McCabe, Ronnie McLaren, Dougie Farrer, Alex Grant, Graham Cotterall & John McWilliam.
Scottish Champion Alan Sibbald had made a return to the tracks winning 5 heats but did not capture a final until 22nd May.
Davey Philp made a return to the track with a new RS bodied Escort. The car was on display at the Armadale opener. Davey was a star of the 70's having won Finals in Saloon Stocks & Hot Rods, in fact making it into the top 25 over the whole decade. It didn't take long before he went on a Final winning spree again, taking three in a row from 19th June. After only competing in a few months of racing made it up to red in the Hot Rods, while Ally King made it up to red in the Ministox.
The NHRPA again rejected the "GMP" application to join the organisation.
15 Cars lined up for the Scottish Championship on the 29th August including long distance English travellers Bob Bunting & Terry Priddis. I have attached a photo of Bob's pretty neat looking Mini, kindly forwarded to me by Stock Car enthusiast Stevie Aldridge. Unfortunately Bob's engine developed some
Richard Denholm debuted a new Escort, F2 racer Brian Middlemass made his Hot Rod debut.
1982 Scottish Ministox Points Championship
|1st||236||Ian Robertson||281||1st||236||Ian Robertson||281|
|2nd||235||Duncan Robertson||275||2nd||235||Duncan Robertson||275|
|3rd||46||Stephen Henderson||268||3rd||46||Stephen Henderson||268|
|4th||57||Liam Murray||249||4th||57||Liam Murray||249|
|5th||12||Billy McLeod||233||5th||12||Billy McLeod||233|
|6th||21||Graeme McAlpine||211||6th||21||Graeme McAlpine||211|
|7th||65||Ronald Grant||169||7th||65||Ronald Grant||169|
|8th||64||John Fortune||157||8th=||64||John Fortune||157|
|9th||74||Alistair King||140||8th=||16||James Docherty||157|
|10th||17||Gordon Alexander||124||10th||74||Alistair King||140|
|11th||9||Scott Haig||120||11th||17||Gordon Alexander||124|
|12th||2||Andy Young||91||12th||9||Scott Haig||120|
|13th||38||Gordon Ritchie||90||13th||2||Andy Young||91|
|14th=||39||Mike Robertson||85||14th||38||Gordon Ritchie||90|
|14th=||28||David Allan||85||15th=||39||Mike Robertson||85|
|16th||8||Neil Weatherley||51||15th=||28||David Allan||85|
|17th||371||Ross Turner||24||17th||8||Neil Weatherley||51|
|18th=||52||Daryn Smith||12||18th||299||Gillian Philp||41|
|18th=||23||Colin Todd||12||19th||371||Ross Turner||24|
|20th||20||Andrew Young||5||20th||237||Mike Robertson||19|
|21st||299||Gillian Philp||2||21st||6||Jim Dow||13|
****I have compiled an unofficial table for the Ministocks due to a number of drivers being omitted from the official one. I have also amended the total points allocated to Gillian Philp due to the results she accrued at the last 3 meetings of the season. There may be a good reason why her total points were amended, I am not aware of one.
Scottish Championship 10th October UK Championship 11th September - Long Eaton
|1st||235||Duncan Robertson||1st||Phill Woodhull|
|2nd||39||Mike Robertson||2nd||Jon Milkivic|
|3rd||299||Gillian Philp||3rd||46||Stephen Henderson|
There was also a British Open Championship which was held at Northampton at which, Stephen Henderson & Liam Murray represented Scotland. I don't have any details relating to the race including the date. The winner was Richard Peel.
Most Wins in 1982:-
Most Highest Points Scores:-
Gordon Alexander made the star grade in the Ministox in the July gradings.
Minstox driver Alistair King won 3 straight races at Armadale after never having won a race before!
The Scottish Championship for Ministox was postponed twice, first time due to a date mix up, 2nd time due to the invitation of Scottish Drivers to the UK Championship at Northampton on October 10th. One upshot of this was that Hot Rod driver Ian Headley put up 100 pounds plus trophy in sponsorship on behalf of his company "Clyde Fertilisers". In the UK Championship No 46 Stephen Henderson put up a brilliant display to come through for a 3rd place behind future F2 stock car drivers, winner Phil Woodhull & 2nd placeman Jon Milkevic. No 64 John Fortune finished 9th.
Saturday 18th was a meeting of note in that young Gillian Philp made her debut in the Ministox, taking a 7th in only her 2nd race.
"GMP's" last ever meeting at Armadale on the 24th October and Gillian Philp managed to win her first ministox race only a month after starting racing.
The Scottish Ministox Championship on the 31st October was a victory for Duncan Robertson with unrelated Mike Robertson in 2nd & Stephen Henderson 3rd.
Paul Wightman was the winner of the 1982 Scottish Banger Championship which was held at Armadale on 28th August. A large crowd was in attendance to witness Paul also winning one of the heats and Saloon Stock man Jock Threadgall the other. Paul of course went on to become one of the big names in Scottish Oval motor racing. The race was sponsored by "William Spence" (Insurance Brokers).
26 cars took part in the "Figure of 8" final. Amazingly Paul was the only driver to finish and it wasn't a demolition derby!
So "GMP's" 2nd season concluded, a difficult year, the fans and the drivers and the staff showed tremendous support for the promotion. Some spectacular racing was put on display & it is fair to say all were looking forward to what 1983 might bring.