Race report Silverstone 2015 by Tom Diment

So here we were back once again for MG Live at Silverstone (Historic GP) for our annual biggest meet of the season. After a cracking turn out at Donington we were all looking forward to healthy grids at Silverstone and we weren’t disappointed. With 24 entries (Class B once again looking the stronger supported) the Peter Besters were out with the Cook shoot Cup with a combined grid of 55.

Qualifying graced us with unsettled weather. The on off showers and humid temperatures had the paddock in turmoil as to what set ups to run. Piggott wasn’t sure how to keep the Marlboro red’s dry on his way down to assembly area and Ashley Cross more concerned with keeping the car dry. Rod Oakenfull concerned if engine number 3 would make the distance (Good luck!)

Qualifying was upon us and Lord Gammons decided that two green flag laps were needed and this was more than enough time for Rayment to test the levels of grip, quickly leaning there wasn’t any and stuffing his B into Hewers V8. Luckily for Rayment, Kev had been on the Ginger cake and despite seeing rainbows on the grid, was very calm about the whole thing.

Qualifying got off to a good start with Darby and Eales looking strong in the B’s. Following on were the gaggle of ZR’s led by Davies. The track was drying and everyone was putting in quicker times lap by lap. Lap 5 Buckley through a spanner in the works (or should I say a crank pulley) and pulled off with terminal damage. Cross in his Jet powered ZS narrowly missing the lump of metal sat in the middle of the track. Strike (not a lover of the wet) had a broken throttle cable which ended his trip out. The V8’s of Hewer and Khouri were struggling with the damp conditions and despite struggling for grip put a great show on for the spectators. The flag fell and Darby claimed poll position with an impressive time, Eales took 2nd on the grid and first in class A in his flying machine. Davies 2nd in class and Coles 3rd. A great drive by Cross to see him start 3rd row on the grid.

Race One:

Well as expected this season, the heavens opened, the rain came down and Strike put on his rubber pants once again. The PBIC lined up on the grid behind the Cook shooters and starting 30 seconds behind under waved Union Jacks.

Engines revved, flags dropped, tyres sprayed and Coles stalled! Cross and Brown darting out the way to avoid collision the race was underway. Darby (class B) and Eales in the Class A Flying machine fired into the first corner whilst Davies in his mobile bath lost a few places. Visibility was limited but Dowler seemed to be the man on the move. Further down the grid the class a battle was underway with Jones, Tyler and strike scrabbling for grip and charging towards the grey abyss.

Piggott, Eales senior, Mason and Oakenfull bringing up the rear. Piggott more concerned which article to read from his carefully position Daily mail in the foot well as he gets onto hanger straight.

The rain kept falling and everyone was tip toeing around trying to keep it on the black stuff. Coles soon made his way to the front and drove an impressive race to claim victory by 10 seconds from Dowler. Davies fought his way back up to third with an impressive drive but was too far back to catch the leading two. Slippery Eales slid back to 5 overall (1st in Class) with the yellow flying machine not being able to put down all that power in the wet conditions. Darby had fuelling issues due to the standard B fuel pump not coping with the big horsepower it produces (we think) and didn’t finish.

Great results for Dave Brown and Ashley Cross in class B Finishing 4th and 5th in class respectively. John Gould had a solid result gaining 5 places and coping well in the wet conditions, as did David Thompson.

Class A honours to Eales, with Jones taking a solid 2nd and Steve Tyler in the immaculate Maestro 3rd.

The big V8’s and C of Khouri, Hewer and Holmes struggled in the wet and spent more time looking out the side window than in front of them.

Well done to Ollie Coles who took Driver of the race and Driver of the day honours. Unfortunately due to technical infringement, Dowler was disqualified from the results due to running illegal tyres. This awarded Davies 2nd and Brown 3rd.

Race 2

Race 2 blessed us with dry conditions which were welcomed with open arms by the majority of us. The B of Darby looked to be the favourite going by his performance in qualifying. The Peter Besters were preparing well in their own way by eating, drinking and chatting a lot. I did see Cross polish his car and put some fuel in it. Team Coles and Gould were relaxing in their village fete array and it was all becoming very quintessentially English.

However in the assembly area, the gloves were off and Eales was proclaiming to beat the ZR’s once again. Coles was focused, alongside him his mind coach talking him thorough the first corner.

Rayment yet again getting his car out of shape and parking it in the wrong place having to be pushed back. JD cool as a cucumber and Cross more concerned about the in bored camera than what faces ahead.

Flags drop, Darby has a bad start and goes backwards, Eales jumps into the lead followed by Cross and Davies battling it out for 2nd. Further down the grid the big V8’s and C were pushing up the order along with Wilson from the back.

The ZR’s were enjoying the conditions as they were all making good progress. Dave Thompson looking very racy was flying through the pack. Lap 2 and Davies had fought off Cross and took the lead from Eales. The class A battle was hotting up further back were Strike had the rubber pants pulled off and was charging putting in some impressive times. Wilson was sideways as always and catching fast. Rayment and Strike had a coming together as Rayment got a tank slapper on and collected Strike firing him into the gravel. A good battle broke out between Thompson and Dowler; Thompson under pressure spun and went off to explore the exhibitors. Once back on the track (and possibly off the track) Jones and Thompson had their usual close encounters (Say no more).

Hewer was driving the wheels off the V8 (We can see the orange paint!) and got up to 3rd only to be hampered with fuel starvation. Darby had head gasket problems which ended his campaign. Piggott, Tyler and Oakenfull were battling it out at the back, Rod still concerned about reliability issues but stood up to the task (Well done Rod!)

Coles settled in 2nd but Davies out of sight and way out in front taking the win by an impressive 13 seconds. Congratulations Ed, great drive.

All in all a great weekend. Even Lord Gammons thought so as he personally invited some of us up to his boudoirs for a chat. Bad luck yet again for Team Strike, a few late nights ahead. Well done Ollie and Ed for the wins. Thanks to Stone & Moss for the hospitality, those of you that didn’t come and see us, you missed out on free beer! Thanks to Hannah for the cake, and not forgetting Mr Jones our coordinator (according to the MGCC) and anyone else I’ve missed. See you all at Combe where I will be back out in a ZR, not sure which class yet? Maybe class A

Tom Diment

MGCC Official Race Report Donington 2015

MGCC Peter Best Insurance MG Cup

Richard Buckley was the man to beat in the MGCC Peter Best Insurance MG Cup outing. After a fifth place

start Buckley battled his way to the head of the field to claim honours.

As the race began it was Tom Diment who took the lead, as he led the way around Redgate for the first

time. Chased by Ed Davies, the pair headed into a fiercely entertaining scrap, as they each tried to claim


A brief slip off track for Diment saw his chances diminish, as Davies sneaked ahead. Before long, Diment’s

second place also came under threat when Ben White attached himself to the rear of Diment’s MG ZR 170.

As the pair tussled, another moment for Diment saw him drop from second to fifth place. In his absence,

White was elevated to second place.

As others battled, Buckley kept his head above water to finish ahead when it counted, seizing victory in the

closing laps. A slightly early chequered flag ended the race before expected, due to a lack of time to deploy

the safety car to recover a number of cars.

Davies held on for second place, ahead of James Darby, who moved up from 18th on the grid to finish

third. Diment managed a fourth place result after his troubles, ahead of Paul Khouri in fifth place. Driver of

the Race was awarded to Richard Buckley this time around.

Lackford Engineering MG Midget & Sprite Challenge

Paul Sibley dominated the MG Midget and Sprite Challenge once again, to triumph in his MG Midget from

a pole position start.

A cautious start from the front row of the grid saw Sibley slip to second behind Andy Southcott as the field

rounded Redgate. Before long Sibley launched an attack, as he fought back to reclaim control.

Despite starting 12th on the grid, James Dunkley quickly made his way to second place, to chase Sibley for

the duration. As the pair controlled the pace at the sharp end of the grid, it was the battle for third place

that remained under scrutiny.

After an entertaining drive through the field, it was Martin Morris who held on for a third place, to finish

just ahead of early leader Southcott.

James Dunkley teamed his efforts with an extra award when he was awarded Driver of the Race by our

commentary team.

Race Report Donington 2015 by WILSON!

As I arrived at a damp and cold Donnington Park, I was greeted by many bleary eyed revellers, Dave “I only had one pint”, Strike looking very much the worst for wear after Ginny’s birthday celebrations. Piggott and Thomson (F) having spent the night in the back of their vans had the dishevelled look that only this kind of sleeping arrangement can offer, Piggott slightly worse as he had forgotten his sleeping bag. Thomson benefiting from the anaesthetic effects of three pints of “Badgers Old Rat Urine” or some such cloudy offering from Kent.

There was much activity around Hewers car, despite the car being prepared by our very own qualified electrician it seemed to be being plagued by wiring issues, some parts clearly destined for domestic shower applications should prove useful in the very wet practice that loomed. An errant spark box proving to be the guilty party but found too late to prevent starting at the back. The track was looked very slippery as the field tippy toed around, Hanna, in her Metro seeming to have the most balls (clearly borrowed!) with a superbly held slide around Redgate! Strike managed to bury his wet race demons and put in some very good lap times. Browns dampers in his ZR (that appear to predate the car) having been re-fettled helped in the wet track. Arden in his immaculately straight panelled Maestro clearly not taking it seriously pottered around to the admiring approval of the crowd, “not often you get to see a Maestro with such good body work” I overheard one of the marshall saying.

Darbys technical issues continued, a real shame as he was doing some lovely slides around Redgate. This time with water in his fuel, the car cutting out in the middle of the track James prudently pulled over, parking it with great aplomb into the tyres at some speed, the damage actually making the car symmetrical again. I’m not sure if Darby did find the time to repair the car, it can be hard to tell! Certain other drivers couldn’t get enough of the terrible conditions and chose to ignore the chequered flag and continue with the practice long after everyone else had finished, Thomson (F) and Dare seizing the opportunity to improve their times, bettered only by the fire tender and the safety car. Both were summoned for an interview with Ron, who was less than impressed with Thomson’s (F) suggestion that the meeting to which he had been summoned was to sample the chocolate biscuits. Eales posting the quickest times despite a big moment at the final chicane.

Positions looked like this: The class B ZRs locked out the front of the grid with Coles and Diment on the front and Davies and Thompson on the second row. Thompson asked me not to make any hairdressing comments as he was getting rather fed up about it so I agreed. Thompson noting that the paint from other cars on his had come off “It looks like the blue rinsed off” he told me, not sure if this happened when he clippered the kerb?

Class C was headed by Buckley in his ZR ahead of the potent V8 roadster of White, not the tool for the job in those conditions. Eales easily ahead of class A but Jonsey and Strike posting near identical times. Bringing up the rear was Conner Holmes in his FIA MGB running on Dunlop L sections, that must have been terrifying for a first outing ever, but he brought it back in one piece. “I didn’t really enjoy that” he said in what must surely be a master piece of understatement. Piggott reported that he “enjoyed having the $hits more” but was more concerned about the state of his flattened and rather damp Marlboro so he set off to find a way to dry his ciggies “if only someone had a hairdryer he thought….”

The cafe filled up with damp drivers hiding from the rain, which after an hour or so petered out. With the wind drying the track it promised dry and cold race.

The race got off to a good start, Coles dropping back from his front row position to fourth by the first corner. Browns start hampered by selecting third rather than first, (a feat only to be bettered had he selecting reverse, sadly for the spectators this was not to be). Darby going around the outside of Redgate with his arse end out, the ZRs heading the field with Diment leading Davies and Eales in third, Coles back in fourth, Thomson (F) dropping down the field with engine problems, The Green House Effect’s oil temperature rising and pressure dropping,  Class A headed by Eales mixing it with the 170 Zrs leaving the rest of the class As to scrap around Red Gates, Strike leading Jonsey (never a good thing to have in your mirrors) with Arden holding station behind them, Piggott, Dare and Eales Snr having a great dice, The two ZRs of Diment and Thompson duking it out at the front but Hewer storming through the pack in his rumbling V8 starting from last place he passed five or six cars on the opening lap and made it up to to 10th  place, then 14th place then tenth place then ….. etc etc…The main scrap was ended when Diment got all agricultural at the top of the hill, he must have carried impressive speed when he left the track because he later said he just missed Derby…. Jonsey’s tyres by this time where crying “enough already” and his notorious elbows where being readied for action as he was being hauled in by a steadily closing Arden, the longer race distance suiting the FWD car, then suddenly Arden’s race was cut short when Dowler, now racing car number 99 (rather than 66 as at Brands) tried an over ambitious move on Arden on the climb from The old hairpin hitting the Maestro hard in the rear. Arden once punted onto the grass was a passenger and hit the tyres taking a bit hit on the driver’s side, car and his championship lead in tatters. Piggott, Dare and Eales senior scrap carried on with Piggott finally making it stick but once through was left to a rather lonely race, behind him the action continued when Whites V8 tapped the front of dares car forcing the Golf coloured GT into the bunker. The immaculately prepared car now wearing the black swirls on its flanks and gravel in its arches. You don’t get this sort of thing in hill climbing you know!! The race was shorten rather than bring out the safety car to rescue Dare and White from the bunker, at the waived flag it was a determined Buckley in class C from Davies in the class B in the Zrs with Darby doing a sterling job in his battle scarred GT coming in third overall and second in class from a very poor starting point. Class A Eales proved un-catchable in his GT with Jonsey in second place (this place nearly forfeited for talking in the presentation). That would have gone to Strike ten seconds behind him. After the race the paddock banter was in full flow, Cross and Hewer continued with their vulgar hand signals and Dare showing an excellent stiff upper lip saying he had really enjoyed himself, other noteworthy performances where series returnee Rayment in his father’s semi FIA car having not raced for five years had a great race, “I’ll take that” delighted with his lap times.

Race Report Mallory 15- Nick Arden

Mallory Park Peter Best Insurance MG Cup Sunday 29th March 2015.

Report by Nick Arden, MG Maestro EFI  No. 36 Class A.

When we arrived on Saturday afternoon the predicted poor weather for the weekend was moving in. Whilst putting up the canopies with Tom Diment & friends we decided to really tie them down well to trailers and vehicles since gusty wind and heavy rain were predicted. Most of the Peter Best MG Cup racers were there on the Saturday, as friendly as ever and laughing off the grey skies.


A modest group of 15 MG Cup racers went out for the first days qualifying on a fully wet circuit. Since I’d last been here in 2008 the circuit has been resurfaced and is smoother and better draining than before but still ready to catch you, or I out!

With a few wobbles, slides and wheel spins most of us made it through to the end of the session except for front running class A competitor Paul Eales of Oselli whom had a suspected main bearing failure so would be forced to watch Mr D.Eales senior show him how to do it later in the day.

Simon Cripps’ class B MGB had pole by a large 2.5s ahead of Thomas Halliwells class C ZR. A mix of class A & B cars covered Tom Diments 4th to Clive Jones’ 10th with a 3.5s spread. At the back of the grid only 0.07s separated the class A MGB of David Eales and Metro of Hannah Brian, so it looked like everyone would have someone to race. That’s what we like.

I was pleased to be up front of class A in 6th overall on the grid with Clive Jones two rows back. David Strike whom had been testing and has been consistently improving the last couple of years suffered a broken throttle cable so had to complete qualifying with another race series and start from the back of the grid. However given the right situation he could be coming through fast.

Race 1.

Just to spice up the first race at Mallory in a couple of years as well as being wet there was a light coating of oil around most of the circuit from the final practice.

When the red lights went out it seemed to take many seconds to get the car going, I could see everyone around me slithering on the wet track like a comical synchronised burn out session but eventually we got some bite and were off.

I had already decided that whilst Jonesey and Strike are gentlemen off of the track they are plenty competitive on the track and had set myself the stretch target of keeping up with the class B ZR170s for the first couple of laps. As this is not actually possible due to the higher power and wider tyres they are using Mallory’s Devils Elbow gave me the shove when I was trying to follow Ed Davies through it. With a full on 90 degree side ways slide at a reasonably scary speed I kept the power in and with some opposite lock, managed to keep off of the barrier using the gravel side track to rejoin. My windscreen video camera was completely filled with flashing green and white as the painted barrier whipped past. Any expletives have been muffed by the helmet padding and are not audible!

So with almost everybody having passed me I now felt like David Strike must have starting at the back of the grid and after checking the car still handled & braked OK set off in chase to have another, slightly more tender, go at it. Soon I passed Rod Oakenfulls lightened MGB and somewhere around the halfway point managed to get the run on Jonesey, Strike and Darby but becoming harder as these boys are quicker. It was then a case of not overdoing it as earlier on the oiled up track. At 16 minutes in the race was red flagged when David Strike had high speed spin and hit the barrier at the John Cooper Esses.

I was pleased to recover my initial position but it was a shame we lost David from the results and race two where he surely would have added to the excitement.

Simon Cripps (B) won overall by 42s as Tom Diment (B) overhauled Thomas Halliwell (C) to take 2nd by 0.4s and Ed Davies’ (B) ZR 14s further back in 4th. Jonnie Wheeler’s super yellow class C V8 failed to finish from 3rd on the grid.

The first race was tricky and finishing competitively required a lot of concentration, perhaps more work for points than outright fun.

Race 2.

I think most drivers were rather unsure exactly what conditions we would have for race two as we had had intermittent rain all day but with high winds then drying the track fast. An unusual weather scenario. As it was the track was near dry by the time we left the assembly area for the second race in similar start positions as race one but with MGBs of Paul Eales , the Wheelers and now David Strike out.

At the start Simon Cripps MGB was immediately crippled and pulled over from pole as we charged away, Jonesey got a great start and cruised round the outside at Gerrards with James Darby as I was queueing behind Ashley Cross’s ZS adjusting to the dry conditions.

Tom Diments engine let go leaving the hairpin on lap one and he decided to sharply exit left to try the motorbike circuit with the remaining vehicle motion as the main field all chased down the devils elbow onto the start straight.

Contrary to what we’d been advised but had asked for, the MG Trophy had been combined with our race and two ZR190s came tearing past on lap two only to immediately bang into each other unnecessarily at the hairpin and tear off again like rabid fighting cats.

The pace car came out to allow Cripp’s MGB to be removed which allowed Jonesey to pull a couple of hundred metres gap on me after the restart. I had a couple of laps close racing with Ashley Cross as his 2.5 V6 pulled past me on the straights but I managed to brake later for the corners so we stayed together until he adapted and then gently pulled away. The apparent audio of my engine in the video is greatly improved with an unseen V6 ZS alongside!

The first half of the race was near dry and hanging on around the long Gerrards curve in 4th at around 90mph reminded me why I like racing, much more fun than the earlier race. However a few spits of rain started to fall and drivers had to trim back their limits slightly. This allowed me to catch up with Jonesey whom had really been pushing hard to make the most of the first half near dry conditions.

Unfortunately for me attacking Jonesey was constantly interrupted by MG Trophy 190 & 170 cars coming from behind and threading through our own backmarkers. I’d get close and then my speed was compromised in the parts of the circuit where I was quicker allowing him to pull away again. This was repeated a few times until I thought I really had a chance close to the end but he took a well-deserved class A win by 0.4s and 5th overall as the race was shortened by 1 minute, 1 lap.

Thomas Halliwells ZR190 (C) took the overall win by 3.7s from Ed Davies ZR170 (B) and with James Darbys MGB (B) getting faster but still some way behind and Ashley Cross’ ZS (B) 7s further back.

A good race with quite a mix of events and I hope looked quite good from a spectators point of view – certainly Kevin Hewers report covers much of what I did not see so make sure you’ve read that perspective too.


Race Report Mallory Park 2015 (Kev Hewer)

Qualifying was a damp windy affair for the first race of the year for both the MGCC and the Peter Besters.
With some of the drivers opting to go testing a few weeks before this gave drivers like David Strike and James Darby an advantage over others that may not have been here for many years.
But both Darby and Strike made poor times, Darby excuse – The moths had been chewing on his 10 year old wet tyres and he had man flu. Strike excuse – Too heavy a right foot and broke the throttle cable.
Paul Eales had engine failure during qually and that would be the end of the day for the GT, but the joys of having his father on the grid in his FIA car meant that he could go out with another series and still get to have some fun.
So with the weather still making it a better place to be in the car rather than outside it, the drivers headed for the start line.
Race 1
Everyone managed to get some power down on the sodden circuit and headed around lap 1, all was well around the hairpin but on the exit of the Devils Elbow Nick Arden gets an almighty tank slapper and tries his luck at rallycross and heads down the escape road at full throttle, barely losing much ground at all. The other drivers all come barrelling towards the line with Hannah Brian deciding to take the same line as Arden and exits the Elbow backwards and executes a tidy reverse flick into the edge of the gravel. She was able to back the car out without any outside assistance and set off to catch the pack in the mist and rain.
The Zeds of Diment Halliwell and Davis all battled together at the front of the pack and were trying to catch the quicklydisappearing Simon Cripps in the lead, but with the track covered in oil and fuel from the previous race it was slippy everywhere and there were some very hairy slides from everyone on the fast decent out of the Devils Elbow.
Back in the battle for Class A honours were the rapid Maestro of Arden followed by Clive Jones, but with a storming start from the back of the grid was Strike. David had to qually out of session with another series, but the laps in testing were showing as he caught and passed a defending Jonesey in a move that looked to last 4 laps. Jones had no answer as Strike pulled away to chase down Arden.
The MGB V8 of the father and son pairing of the Wheelers was back out and doing well to start with, but a failed clutch out of the hairpin cut short their Mallory escapade and Jonnie had to pull off onto the escape lane opposite the control tower. That would spell the end of the day for them and James didn’t get to come out for race 2.
Cripps was away in the distance and lapping almost everone exept the ZR’s of Diment Halliwell and Ed Davis, Ed posted the second fastest overall time in his ZR, and the other two were very close behind, a sign of some good close racing to come during this season we hope. Ashley Cross was not particularly enjoying the conditions of race 1, but the 180 was sounding like it was flying on the straight and looked one of the most planted cars out of the complex.
Rod Oakenfull had a newly built engine, but was struggling with lack of power at low revs during qually, but a few brave pills were taken and revving the engine provided enough power higher up the rev range to keep him in contention with David Eales in the FIA car. Hannah Brian was making steady progress in the Metro ensuring that she got another well deserved signature on her novice license. But the Class A fight was not to end well as a leary moment out of the esses had the chequered MGB of David Strike heading nose first into the armco. Strike was still in the car when the Marshall’s came to his aid and the race was red flagged so he could be attended to safely.
Simon Cripps was first to line by a country mile and took Class B, Tom Diment and Tom Halliwell both finished 42 seconds later after a hard fought race, and winner of Class A was Nick Arden who was 18 seconds ahead of second place finisher Clive Jones.
Race 2
A flying start from Cripps ended very briefly with having a loss of drive 50 yards after the starting light went out. The Zr’s then managed to pull past the slowing Class B MGB once the wheelspin had been stopped and the power was down. the last of the cars in the field of Hannah Brian, David Eales and Oakenfull then had to go 4 abreast to clear the stricken Class B car, also with the 4 cars from the Trophy series that had joined us at the back of the grid. These guys then had to do their best to pull away from the slower cars and not get involved in any class battles for the Peter Best drivers. I think all went well and there were no problems or concerns from any of the drivers. It is always difficult when two championships are joined as it is all too easy to get a car from another series in between yourself and the car you are racing with in your own championship.
A safety car was called for to move the stricken mgb of Simon Cripps and this closed the pack, Jones had a blinding start and had already pulled a lead over Nick Arden in Class A, and Tom Halliwell had a great start off the line with Ed Davis in hot pursuit. Tom Diment was a non starter this time out. It  was mentioned that he got into the wrong side of his car and missed the start, as his steering wheel and pedals had been fitted to the left hand side of his car. Although I’m sure he says differently.
With the safety car in the class battles were closer this time out with the dry weather, and in Class A  Jones had pulled out again a gap in first place ahead of Nick Arden. They seemed to be on an elastic band as he closed up several times and dropped back when Jones turned up the wick and pulled away again.
The Zr’s were all very close and the 2 identical 170’s do seem to be well set up and were all having a battle between themselves, that was until the charging Darby mixed up the action and was posting some flying lap times in the ever more sorted class B MGB GT, despite the odd excuses made by Darby of the ailing driver having a quite serious bout of man flu, and a failing exhaust. Tom Halliwell then set out a blistering pace and with his 190 suiting the dry track he was really enjoying Mallory Park.
Brian was closing down the more confident Oakenfull all the way through the race and was determined not to finish in last spot, on lap 9 she was close enough to exit the fast devils elbow on a better line than Rod and slipped up against the pit wall and made the pass stick. The move started at the hairpin when the faster car of Darby nearly rear ended Eales Snr in the braking area, the Metro had the legs on the mgb of Rod on the exit of the corner and the move was done. Two laps later the red Mgb of Oakenfull started to make some expensive noises and he pulled off at the esses. Brian seemed to have the bit between her teeth and was posting faster lap times than Eales snr and was catching fast, a move out of the esses put Hannah up along side the FIA car but with the decisionwas made to ease out of a possible coming together and she pursued him to the line to post another finish and another signature to a full race licence.
At the line it was a dominant Tom Halliwell in his first race out with the Peter Best that took the flag, leading from lights to the finish and incredibly pleased with himself, this was only his second ever win and not the last by the looks of his performance. Ed Davis was close behind in second, and Ashley Cross was chasing down James Darby to the line who finished third.
Class A pots went to a closely fought battle between Jones and Arden with Jones getting first, but only just.
Word from the hospital came through during race 2 that David Strike was on his way back to the track, a bit beaten and bruised but ok. Previous news was a bit more serious as he was still on a spinal board and needed a wee!
I’m sure a stiff brandy or three was had on his return home, not for the neck injury but before the spanners and hammers come out on the damaged car. Although he was heard asking how many weeks there are until Brands?? A return could be on the cards sooner than we think??!!

Pre Donington Report

Donington 3rd August Pre race report


With 4 rounds left, its all to play for as we head to Donington.

An almost full complement of class A cars welcomes Ian Longhurst and Paul Rigg for their first PBI outings this year although both drivers have been series entrants in the past. On previous years performances Paul’s mgf should be amongst the front runners whilst Ian’s roadster could be an unknown quantity having been many months in preparation. Ian has a history of excellent car prep so expect a nicely turned out example. Nick Arden makes a welcome return in the Maestro after some mid season fettling and should go well.

Class A championship leader David Strike will have his work cut out to maintain that position with fellow contenders Paul Eales, James Walpole, Richard Wilson, Clive Jones and Kevin Hewer all looking to improve on recent results.

Class B looks thin on the ground and with only 3 runners, reduced points will be awarded to the finishers. On previous form Chris Dear should be at the front but if James Darby has sorted the Silverstone gremlins he could give Chris a run for his money. Seasoned racer Dave Brown will be hoping to keep them both honest in his long awaited comeback race in the Peter Best Championship.

Class C is only marginally better supported with 4 drivers, the absence of Andrew Young throwing the class race wide open. Rob Campbell, Alan Brooke and Tom Diment will be hoping to capitalise to consolidate their championship positions whilst the ever improving Shaun Holmes could be on for a podium

This year the organisers have introduced the joker card enabling double points to be awarded for 1 round. This has to be nominated to the championship coordinator before qualifying at the selected meeting, so with only two venues left some decisions will have to be made, adding extra spice to an already open race for the top honours in each class. Who has used theirs already and which drivers are playing it close to their chest?? We won’t find out until seasons end when all the points are taken into account. Watch this space,


David Strike


SILVERSTONE MG90 – 20/21 JUNE 2014

SILVERSTONE MG90 – 20/21 JUNE 2014


A sun filled weekend was forecast for MG Car Clubs premier event of the season, celebrating 90 years of MG production with a packed race programme and plenty of off track activities to keep the many spectators entertained.

As in previous years the Peter Best cars were combined with the Cockshoot Cup runners, resulting in a mad dash for track position at the start of the session.

Finding space for a clear lap proved difficult for many of the drivers and lap times were slower than might have been expected for many of them.

A terminal engine problem during Friday practice for Class C championship leader Andrew Young meant he couldn’t join the other 53 cars for the late morning 20 minute qualifying session. This handed class C and overall pole to Robert Campbell in the other MGC. Class B pole and second overall on the grid went to Simon Cripps however Cripps suffered a problem which prevented him from taking his place on the grid. Class C contenders Tom Diment and Alan Brooke made up the second row. 2013 Class A champion James Walpole was clearly back in form turning in some early quick times to end up on the third row alongside Chris Dear in the class B midget. A problem with a loose wheel caused Paul Eales to abandon his class A GT at Luffield mid session which resulted in a safety car for several laps whilst the car was recovered. With only a few minutes remaining after the all clear, most drivers struggled to improve their lap times.

Rod Oakenfull, making his debut in his nicely prepared GT qualified alongside  Terence Dear at the back of the grid.


After a long wait a depleted group of drivers finally took to the track at 5.30pm for the last race of the day on saturday. A brake issue meant Clive Jones completed only one lap in qualifying, but was allowed to start from the back of the grid. Paul Eales couldn’t get his car repaired in time so forfeited his class A second place slot in the line up. Richard Wilson had gearbox issues and couldn’t make the start. On the warm up lap, James Walpole pulled over with a misfiring engine, which left David Strike, Kevin Hewer, Michael Piggott, Rod Oakenfull and Clive Jones to contest the Class A positions.

A split start had been negotiated with the organisers, so the Cockshoot Cup got underway leaving the Peter Best cars awaiting the Union Flag drop which came about forty seconds later.

A clean start was made by all, Campbell streaking off into an immediate lead which he held comfortably until the end.  Alan Brooke and Tom Diment followed behind having a race long battle with Brooke coming out on top to claim second spot in class C. Diment finished third just ahead of class B winner Chris Dear. Paul Khouri made it into second in class B. James Darby was in contention for a class win until his engine developed problems on lap 5 enabling Steve Dowler to claim third in class B.

In the class A battle David Strike headed the reduced class into the first corner. Some close first lap racing with out of position class C and B cars of Shaun Holmes and Tyrone White added to the excitement on the track but within a couple of laps the midfield became stretched out with Strike eventually taking his maiden class A win and fastest lap in class ahead of Kevin Hewer in his newly rebuilt GT with seasoned veteran Michael Piggott in third. Clive Jones failed to complete a lap as his brake problems returned. Rod Oakenfull picked up the points for fourth place and improved his lap times.


The second race of the weekend for the Peter Best Cars was race 12 on the card just after lunch on Sunday. Another warm day and some frantic pit work from Eales, Wilson and Jones saw them take their places on the grid. However Alan Brooke, Simon Cripps, James Darby and Michael Piggot failed to make the starting lineup.

With positions being based on the second fastest times in qualifying the grid formed up with Campbell on the front row, Diment and Dear on the second row, Strike on his own on row three, Paul Eales’repaired car back in row four followed by Wilson and a rare appearance from Barry Holmes.

The flag dropped and once again Rob Campbell was out of the blocks quickly and headed the field into the first corner. Unfortunately it appeared he had made a jump start but the overall result was unaffected due to his considerable lead over the field. With the absence of Brooke, Diment picked up second place with Chris Dear in third overall and first in class B.

The class A race looked set to thrill and from the off didn’t disappoint. Eales took the lead into Copse meanwhile the rest of class A were jockeying for positions with some of the class B and C cars. Going into The Loop it was four abreast with Strike, Shaun Holmes and Wilson with Jones on the outside. Jones ran out of track, spun off and slipped back down the field but came back to finish fourth whilst Eales and Strike traded fastest lap times, Eales just getting the honour. Wilson lost power and limped to the end, so the finishing order was Eales first, then Strike with Hewer in third.

An excellent weekend with plenty of on track excitement and much activity in the pits with a high attrition rate.

We now look forward to the next race meeting at Donington on 3rd August. See you there.

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Race report Brands Hatch 4th May 2014

Race report Brands Hatch 4th May 2014

Sunday morning dawned warm and sunny with the prospect of a great days racing for the MGCC ’s second meeting of the season.


A packed race programme saw the Peter Best Insurance MG Cup combined with the Thoroughbred Sports cars and for qualifying a large grid of 34 cars took to the track consisting of a good Peter Best entry of 6 Class C cars, 5 class B and 9 class A cars

A few minutes into the session, Class C contender Alan Brooke was a spectator as his MG Metro exited the track at Mclaren amidst clouds of steam, causing the session to be red flagged whilst his car was recovered.

When qualifying resumed for the final minutes of a reduced session it was mayhem on the track with everyone trying to find some space for a quick lap and at the end of 7 laps it was class C championship leader Andrew Young in his MGC GTS who set the pace ending up on pole with Barry Holmes B GT nearly 2 seconds back in second.

The class C ZR 190 of Tom Diment was only a tenth back whilst Robert Campbell was a further half second adrift with novice Shaun Holmes completing the class C grid in his immaculately presented MGC GT.

In third on the grid and taking pole in class B was the midget of Chris Dear, starting his first race this season, showing his intentions by splitting the Class C cars.

The V8 BGT machine of Paul Khouri was second on the class B grid but 10th overall with veteran racer Steve Dowler, a struggling James Darby in the new for this year GT and Niall Campbell winding up the class B grid.

The battle for class A positions was very close with the top 6 on the grid separated by less than a second finally ending up with Paul Eales snatching pole, 6th overall, from Richard Wilson (who was supposedly ‘running in’his newly rebuilt engine following a pre season blow up at Silverstone, ) with David Strike in 3rd, James Walpole 4th, the Maestro of Nick Arden 5th with Clive Jones rounding out the top 6.

Class A novice Aaron Ross in the pink MG Maestro headed Frank Thompson and Michael Piggott who completed the Peter Best grid.

And so to race 1 which was the second race of the day just before lunch. With the sun shining it was with great anticipation that the 19 Peter Best cars took to the track with a sprinkling of Thoroughbred Sports cars to spice up the event.

A clean start was made by all with James Walpole, Clive Jones and fast starting Nick Arden coming through to leave a slow off the line, David Strike, looking at their rear spoilers going into Paddock Hill bend.

Meanwhile at the front, the Class C car of Andrew Young was showing everyone a clean pair of heels.

It was close at the front of the class A cars with car 36, Nick Arden harrying Paul Eales for the top slot in the early laps. However just at the start of lap 2 Clive Jone’s roadster and an out of position Peter Barnard, in his Elva Courier,  came together at Paddock Hill entry causing both cars to slew off on to the grass before re joining the track locked together on their way to the gravel. This clash almost collected David Strike’s GT and Paul Khouri who wasn’t far behind. Fortunately Jones and the Elva driver were both unhurt.

The resulting safety car and subsequent red flag put all the cars back onto the grid and after a lengthy wait the race was restarted, with a reduced race time of 6 minutes.

At the restart Young once again made a good start and put some distance between himself and the rest of the field but Barry Holmes lost places to Dear and Diment. Holmes though gradually recovered and eventually finished the race in 2nd behind Young. Chris Dear took 3rd overall and first in class B whilst Tom Diment placed third in class C and 4th overall. Robert Campbell held position to finish 4th in class. Paul Khouri made some good progress through the field from 10th on the grid to finish second in class B, 7th overall. The rest of the class B and C cars finished some distance back with a cautious Shaun Holmes guiding the number 193 machine to 5th in class c.

James Darby however, struggled to get maximum potential out of his newly tweaked engine finishing close behind Steve Dowler. Niall Campbell completed the race 5th in class.B

Meanwhile the class A  cars of Eales, Arden and Walpole were battling it out for the podium places. 2013 champion James Walpole got the jump on Arden to snatch 2nd by lap 2. After the restart, Ross and Thompson made good progress and were running 5th and 6th during the first tour, whilst David Strikes GT had slipped back to 7th. By lap 2 Strike had recovered to claim back 5th place and was gradually closing in on the Chastead supported roadster of Richard Wilson.

Nick Arden gradually became a little detached in 3rd with a fast closing Wilson and Strike trying to take the position. The last lap arrived all too soon with Walpole claiming the top spot from Eales on the last lap by 3 tenths of a second at the line. Holding on for 3rd was the blue Maestro of Nick Arden whilst Wilson and Strike were having a tussle with a Thoroughbred MGA twin cam resulting in Strike getting a run up the inside at Clark curve to take 4th spot from Wilson by a mere tenth of a second, Ross, Piggott and Thompson rounded out the rest off the finishers.

Race 2 was the final race of the day and nervous tension abounded in the paddock as the drivers questioned whether they would get a full race this time out. There had been many issues on track during the previous races and the organisers were running out of time.

Thankfully however, an announcement just before the start, confirmed that the race was to be for the full 15 minutes.

So the line up on the grid was similar to the first race being based on competitors second fastest time in qualifying.

Clive Jones had managed to get his severely damaged roadster back together for race 2 and took his place on the grid behind the other class A cars of Walpole, Strike, Wilson and pole man Eales. Alan Brooke failed to get the Metro repaired so 9 class A cars, 5 class B and 5 class c cars lined up for the start.

Young once again headed the class c field off the line and by the end of lap1 had put some distance between himself and Chris Dear who had got past Barry Holmes but by lap 4 Holmes had regained the position which he held until he was forced to retire on lap 7.

Tom Diment in the ZR 190 put in some consistent fast lap times gradually reeling in the class B midget of Dear and finishing second in class c and second overall but not before seeing the fast disappearing Young spin out on lap 6, which relegated him down the field only to complete a great recovery drive just nicking the victory from Diment on the penultimate lap by 3 seconds, earning him the driver of the race award.

Class C newcomer Shaun Holmes suffered a major off at Paddock on lap 5. The incident would have warranted a red flag earlier in the day or at least a safety car but the marshalls handled it with waved yellows and everyone carried on racing safely without further interruption. Shaun was unhurt but the car may need some new bits to bring it back to its former glory. This meant only three class c cars completed the race with Robert Campbell picking up the 3rd spot after a steady drive.

Class B honours went to peerless Chris Dear and another good drive from Paul Khouri earned him 2nd place with Steve Dowler in a distant 3rd. James Darby will be hoping for improvements next time out after finishing 5th in class behind Niall Campbell.

Class A provided some classic close racing from the off. The yellow GT of Paul Eales made a great start and eased away at the front closely followed by Wilson, Walpole and Arden who had both got past Strike at the start but by lap 2 Strike had regained the place from Arden. Jones was working his way up to the back of the front runners and by the end of lap 5 the order was Eales followed by Wilson, Walpole, Strike and Jones all separated by less than a second.

Lap 7 saw Jones make a move up the inside at Druids to take the position from Strike and the bruised and battered roadster of Jones then continued to hustle Walpole for the rest of the race but was unable to take the position.

The order remained unchanged for a further 6 laps, Eales putting in some quick consistent lap times which saw him increase his lead over the chasing four cars with Wilson just managing to hold off the close attentions of Walpole and Jones with Strike holding a watching brief just behind. Then on lap 14, two laps before the end of the race, Eales inexplicably slowed and stopped, handing the lead to Wilson. Two further frantic nose to tail laps followed resulting in Richard Wilson taking his first ever class win from James Walpole, with Clive Jones a deserved 3rd. David Strike was a close fourth in class with a much improved car this year. Nick Arden came in 5th followed by Aaron Ross.

Michael Piggott and Frank Thompson battled it out for 7th and 8th with the grey GT of Piggott finally overhauling Thomsons roadster.

So, a thrilling race for the class A honours much enjoyed by competitors and those spectators who stayed until the end of a long day.

See you at Silverstone for MG 90 live.



Silverstone Round 1 2014

Silverstone Rounds 1 & 2 written by James Darby

As I arrived at the track I was greeted with Richard Wilson’s car being push started and loud banging noises emanating from the exhaust. It was going to be one of those days.
It turns out he had been practicing all day yesterday, and found out that his newly build engine had so much power the block could no longer contain it, and had let go exploding bits out of both sites and out the bottom. The night had been spent fitting a spare Michael P had given him. Unfortunately there was no start motor so push starts were required.
I then spend the rest of the morning trying to help start the car and missed all of practice. Unfortunately we never got the car running and Richard never made any racing that day.
Race 1.
Race 1 was before lunch, the sun was still shining and as I walked down the pit lane I was greeted by big smiles as everyone was keen to get out for the first race. The biggest smile being from Paul Eales, who after a winter rebuilt has found additional pace and was on pole for class A.

As the race started Andy Young made his expected get away, both the MGC’s of Andy and Rob made a quick getaway and left the rest of the field behind for the rest of the race.
Tom Diment, new to our series this year, lost a couple of places off the start line, and then slowly made his way up through the field and finish a gradable 3rd overall and 3rd in class, knocking a second off of his qualifying time.
Class A saw a dominate drive by Paul Eales. Paul was chasing Alan Broke in the Class C metro, and got past by lap 6, with Alan slowly slipping back after this to finish 6th overall and 4th in class.
Meanwhile James Walpole in class A continued to chase Paul. And his persistence paid off as Paul spun out on lap 10 handing the lead over to James. Paul soon got going and only lost the one place and set about catching James back up. With 2 lap to go Paul took the lead for class A from James on main straight to take a well-deserved win.
Further down the grid in class A, Clive drove a strong race, but did not quite have the pace to keep up with Paul and James and took 3rd in class.
Davis Strike and Nick Arden had an epic battle for 4th in class, with Dave being the ultimate winner. However I lost count of the number of times that they changed position on the track.
The honour of last spot was taken by Kevin Hewer, test driving a metro for Hannah. The whole car costing less than his replacement engine!. Both Kevin and Michael Piggot kept the crowd entertained. I don’t know who was driving Michael’s car, as it was locking up the brakes and lifting wheels.

Overall an excellent race to watch from the grandstand, and all drivers receiving much applause from the crowds.
Race 2 to follow.

Let battle commence!
Let battle commence!

December Newsletter

With 2013 fast coming to an end I thought I would try my hand at a news-letter, so if its rubbish it’s your fault for voting me in and if you didn’t vote that’s your fault for not being there!

Now we’ve cleared that up I’ll begin………………

Greetings all

For those of you that couldn’t make the AGM – you missed a very relaxed, and I think enjoyable meeting, both of which I never thought were possible, so thanks to all that attended.

The PBIC has had a minor name change. It was felt that if we should lose our sponsor our championship would have no identity, so as of 2014 we will be the MG Cup Championship with our sponsors name up front. So the new stickers will read Peter Best Insurance MG Cup.

After all committee members were elected we found we had a couple of new faces; namely James Derby, who was elevated to the position of Technical officer to join forces with Vick Young.  Jonesey has expanded his position to include Secretary as well as Treasurer

Drivers reps are:

  • Class A: James Derby
  • Class B: Nick Arden
  • Class C: Kevin Hewer

John Wreghitt volunteered to update the website

David Strike, Virginia, and Chris Whitewick have kindly volunteered to write the race reports. Chris will also be your race representative stand- in, if I am unable to attend a race day. So I think that’s all bases covered!
The regulations have been submitted for approval. There are a few minor changes, so when they’re published please read them, as “I haven’t read them” is not an acceptable excuse.


For 2014 we are introducing what some may call a “Joker” round. This will be one race nominated prior to qualifying on the day to the Co-ordinator, this one race will then count as double points, but kept secret until the final results of the last race are in. Then all will be revealed. I am working on the idea of a credit sized plastic card to be given to all registered drivers and this then would be handed to me for the chosen round – details to follow.

When should you play your Joker?

Well it could be at a track you think may be poorly supported, it could be one where your main rival is not so hot and you fancy your chances or it could just be that you feel unbeatable on this day, although when I feel like the latter somehow it all goes wrong!

Now we get to some good news for 2014

Peter Best will be continuing their sponsorship and I have also secured a deal with Paul White from “Adsign.” He has offered one free car wrap and this will be raffled at the presentation do at the end of the year. This raffle will only be open to competitors that enter all rounds of the championship, so the odds of winning it are much better than the lottery.

And if that’s not enough there’s more

The championship will raffle one free race for the following year to one driver from each class, (A, B and C). This raffle will only be open to competitors that enter all rounds of the championship, so the odds of winning it are much better than the lottery. (“Copy and paste” is great)

And if that’s not enough yes there’s even more

The MG Car Club offer a discount for any driver that enters all rounds (there is a theme running here). You will get a discount on the last race of the year, so with that in mind why not use the season entry form that the MGCC provide, fill it in once and all races are entered, but no monies are taken until each race closing date. If for any reason you can’t make a race you give Steve Car a ring to let him know. It’s that simple. I can’t think of any reasons why you should need to cancel one of the best days of the year or is it just me that needs to get a life!

Race dates

  • 29th March – Silverstone National (DH)
  • 3rd-4th May – Brands Hatch Indy (DH)
  • 21st-22nd June – Silverstone GP MG Live (DH)
  • 3rd August – Donington Park (DH)
  • 4th-5th October – Snetterton 200 (DH)

Moving on to the end of year presentation this started well with the half price happy hour, cracking start to any night out. During happy hour James Derby played the edited footage he had received from the drivers, I think I will have to have a chat to some of you on driving standards, but the video was well put together and enjoyed by all. The meal was better than previous years. All was going nicely and it was time for the presentations. This year we invited John to host this part of the evening. Well what can I say? I have not laughed so much for so long. I actually had tears of laughter rolling down my face and it just seemed to get funnier and funnier. So thank you very much John for giving up your evening and entertaining us so brilliantly.

Right onto the awards

Congratulations to PBIC Championship winner for 2013 James Walpole
Congratulations to PBIC Championship winner for 2013 James Walpole


I would like to congratulate not just the trophy winners, but all drivers for a good years racing and I look forward to seeing you all next year.

Also I would like to thank all of the officials, working hard behind the scenes helping to make the championship work. MANY THANKS TO ALL

I know it’s astonishing but we have had even more good news, our 2014 championship regulations have been approved by the MSA in the last couple of days, these should be on the website shortly.

That just leaves me to say a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Top tip for 2014 if you polish your car it will glide through the air easier = faster down the straight and it will look nicer too. There is no charge for this top tip we’ll just call it an early Christmas present – have fun!