HOT RODS TO SIGN OFF AT WIM­BLE­DON

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene - By Matt James

Na­tional Hot Rod rac­ers will get their last chance to com­pete at the Wim­ble­don oval dur­ing the Best in Bri­tain meet­ing at the venue on Novem­ber 20, and they are urged to give the sta­dium a send-off to re­mem­ber.

The an­nual Best in Bri­tain meet­ing takes place over two week­ends, with dif­fer­ing race line-ups at each meet­ing.

The Na­tional Hot Rod rac­ers will get their chance to take part in the sec­ond of the two Sun­day meet­ings for a non-cham­pi­onship one-off.

Spede­worth’s Dean Cox said that the meet­ing would be a mile­stone for the cat­e­gory and for the venue, which is un­der se­ri­ous threat of clo­sure as de­vel­op­ers have per­mis­sion to turn the oval into a foot­ball ground.

Cox said: “There is such a strong her­itage for rac­ing at Wim­ble­don, and we would urge any Na­tional Hot Rod rac­ers to come and take part in what is sure to be an emo­tional evening.

“Hot Rods and Wim­ble­don are a great fit, and the Best in Bri­tain meet­ing is a great way to sign off the cat­e­gory at the track in 2016. We would love to be back, but no one is sure what the fu­ture holds.”

Both Best in Bri­tain meet­ings kick off at 1730hrs, and the sec­ond event will in­clude Clas­sic Hot Rods as well as stock cars on the bill along­side the reg­u­lar Na­tional Hot Rod en­trants.

Rac­ing for other cat­e­gories will con­tinue at the venue for as long as is pos­si­ble, but the fu­ture is un­clear as var­i­ous coun­cils are de­bat­ing the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion that has been put in to turn the track into a foot­ball sta­dium and 602 res­i­den­tial units.

Thou­sands of short oval rac­ing fans signed a pe­ti­tion to save the sta­dium, but it now seems likely that the bull­doz­ers will move in early in the new year.

“Ev­ery meet­ing we have at Wim­ble­don from now on will be spe­cial, and we ex­pect fans to turn out to sup­port the driv­ers and the sta­dium it­self. The Best in Bri­tain will be part of that farewell,” said Cox.

Pho­tos: Hal Ridge, mkpics.net, Colin Cassere­ley

Na­tional Hot Rods will go to Wim­ble­don

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