Motor racing at Arena Essex Raceway


Motor racing at Arena Essex RacewayMotor racing at Arena Essex Raceway
Motor racing at Arena Essex RacewayMotor racing at Arena Essex Raceway
1.00pm   Sunday, 22 October - National Bangers (1800cc No Mondeos, Cougars or Vectras etc.) PRI Legends Meeting for the Ronnie Martin Memorial (drivers must be retired or plus 50 and raced prior to 1995) plus 2L Stock Cars Supreme Championship and Ministox

1st race 1.00pm, gates open to public at 11:00AM
admission prices on the gate  full price (15 – 64): £15.00,
concessions:(under 5's free),children (5 – 14): £5.00
family ticket (2 * full price and up to 4 children): £40.00,
senior citizens (aged 65+): £10.00    disabled (blue badge holders): £10.00
carers (accompanying wheelchair users or disabled children only): £10.00

admission includes car park and programme - (programmes subject to availability)
No need to pre-book. Purchase tickets at the gate. 

For a couple of years now we have been running the Ronnie Martin Memorial meeting for Banger Legends. The special thing about this meeting is that we invite drivers from years gone by to relive their racing days in this meeting, both in tribute to Ronnie and in tribute to those days when we met every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday between March and November, those days when 100 car meetings were the norm, those days when promotion rivalries dominated the politics. In those days it was unwise for a Spedeworth driver to venture onto a PRI circuit for fear of a pounding (and vice versa, of course!) and the number of tracks and promotions were far more numerous than they are these days. Those were the days before I used to welcome friends, families, fence-props and pit enders, mostly because I was still an impoverished schoolboy whose only contact was a neighbour who raced the occasional car (Bob Kitchener also had a memorial series here once). I suppose it’s only natural that a sport this old will eventually bring forth memorials as we remember what we once had, what we once enjoyed and those people that provided that sport. Today’s banger smart car awards are being sponsored by J. Botting Installations Ltd.
It’s not all about bangers today though as the 2l Stock Cars are back for an important date in their diary, namely the 2017 Supreme Championship. A few of the drivers got to see their rodding colleagues do their versions, so now it’s their turn, with a former banger World Champion lining up on the pole, namely Bill King, with Nick Glover alongside him. The thing has been that Bill’s current beast of burden has been something of an unstoppable force once he gets free so it will be interesting to see if Steve Davis, who start immediately behind him, or Nick, or even Don West get the drop on him at the start. Beyond that it’s anyone’s guess what will happen next but the first corner will certainly be of interest.
We also welcome back the Ministox for their penultimate meeting here this year. Although the points are almost certainly settled by this point, the fight for the trophies will still be a real battle and while David Shearing and Aaron Totham are pretty dominant in those points, that won’t stop the rest of the field from given their all. Of course, just as with their last appearance, this could also be stirred up should we have any visitors, the Ministox being a well travelled bunch. The Ministox final trophies are sponsored by Lowman Racing Engines.
And with that, we are almost at the end of the season and, of course, that just means one thing. Our next meeting, starting at 1pm on Sunday, November 5, is the annual Unlimited Open Banger Classic, the Firecracker. The meeting features all sorts of banger tin as well as the final action of the year from the Ministox and an unexpected surprise for 2l Stock Car fans as we have a major title on the line. All that and fireworks too as we bid farewell to the 2017 season! Hope to see you there!