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Archive of the Histroic Road Sports Championship 2019 Season Report



Historic Roadsports Champion
Kevin "KeKi" Kivlochan

Class Winners
Neil Merry (A) Sunbeam
Johan Denekamp (B) TVR Tuscan
Jonathan Rose (C) Lotus Elan
John Shaw (D) Porsche 911
Tony Davis (E) Sebring Sprite
Richard Owen (F) Triumph TR2

Gerry Marshal Novice Award winner

David Barraclough Trophy Winner
Dick Coffey

Porsche Challenge Trophy Winner
John Shaw

2019 Overall Champion Kevin "KeKi" Kivlochan
14 races - 14 wins

Kevin "KeKi" Kivlochan                      Neil Merry                       Johan Denekamp   

Jonathan Rose                       John Shaw                              Tony Davis  

Richard Owen                                                           2019 Sponsors            

The sponsorship helps to pay towards our race apparel, car stickers, posters, trophies, food and drinks etc.
Many thanks to all our sponsors; it is very much appreciated by all


Dick Coffey,
“a stalwart of HRS for many years decided to hang up his racing gloves at the end of 2019, it has been a real pleasure to race against Dick…a proper gentleman, personally I really hope that Dick will still come along and support us in future years…. beers on me!!” KeKi

Spa Six Hours

The HSCC closed wheel race forms part of the wonderful Spa Six Hour weekend. An all comer style event with 61 cars starting, unfortunately HRS were to field only 7 of those, 3 from class A, three from class C and an invitation car. As usual with Spa the weather can be highly unpredictable with a microclimate all of its own. Qualifying was to take place on a damp but drying track, with Richard Plant taking a comfortable pole position in P17 overall, the Cobra of Kevin Kivlochan in P21 and Roddie Feilden’s mighty GT350 Mustang in P31. Jonathan Rose Elan headed class C in P 36, Barry Ashdown in P41, Steve Monk 911 in P42 and Teifion Salisbury Lotus 7 in P57.
Our first thirty-minute race was on Saturday and a dry track. The KeKi cobra climbed 10 places to take the overall HRS win, with Richard Plant’s Plus 8 in P2 (P15 overall) and Roddie’s GT350 in P23 overall , having started from the back of the grid as the marshals seemingly gave up hope of an accurate grid as the mid field lined up!!! The Lotus elan of Barry Ashdown piped Jonathan Rose to an impressive win in class C in P28 overall and Jonathan in P29, with the little Lotus 7 of Teifion in P39 overall. Steve Monk 911 finishing in P55.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Bloxham

Silverstone Finals

fantastic turnout for the last race of the season with a total of twenty-nine cars on the starting grid, with one of the wettest Octobers on record we were lucky to have a dry-ish qualifying and dry race.
Most of the Championship positions had been decided, although there were a few hanging in the balance, still to be contested.
Overall our Champion was KeKi in his Cobra with a solid performance through the year, Jonathan Rose was uncatchable in P2 overall and had secured class C. However, the third slot for the year was still in the balance with Roger Lee on 58 points and Tony Davis with 55 points. So there was all to be played for to secure the last podium slot of the annual results, although Tony had already secured class E. Class B was safe in the hands of Johan Denekamp in the TVR and Class D was safe in the hands of John Shaw (who also won the HSCC/HRS Porsche Challenge Trophy too). Richard Plant needed to win class A at Silverstone to take the year’s class award, as he was 7 points behind the Neil merry Sunbeam Tiger as he went into the race.

Bob Rowe qualified in P5…mighty

Harry Brown in the MGB GT leads the Ginettas

Newsletter October 2019 Issue 38

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Caption Competition

And the winner of the HRS Jacket is…

“Ok will give in!”
Philip St. Clair Tisdall

Please email all entries to me at
The winner will receive a 2019 HRS race jacket.



Oulton Park Gold Cup

The Oulton Park circuit opened in 1953 and the first Gold Cup meeting was held the following year. As a sign of things to come Stirling Moss won both the first and second events; he would go on to win the Gold Cup a further three times before an accident prematurely ended his career. Perhaps appropriately it was Moss that was at the wheel when the Ferguson P99 took the first ever victory by a four-wheel drive F1 car and the last victory for a front-engined F1 car, in the 1961 Gold Cup race. Other famous winners include Jack Brabham and Denny Hulme.
A hot sunny Bank Holiday with record temperatures was the backdrop of qualifying for the HRS race. Pole was going to form with the Cobra ahead of hot shoe GT racer Will Plant in his fathers Plus 8 Morgan, but only by a fraction of 0.1 seconds. Half-way through quali the session was red flagged due to Ian Burford’s Ginetta being beached in the gravel at Lodge Corner, following a brake failure. The restart was to be six minutes, so two flying laps. On the last lap Will knocked KeKi off the top spot by 0.087 seconds.....

KeKi maintains his unbeaten run (just!!) with Will Plant taking P2 in his fathers Plus 8 Morgan
and Roger Lee another podium for the season (photo credit: Alan Cox)

Newsletter August 2019 Issue 37

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Newsletter August 2019 Issue 36

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Croft Nostalgia Weekend

During the late 1940s and into the 1950s, Darlington & District Motor Club held Motor Race Meetings on various layouts of the ex RAF airbase, utilising the runways and perimeter roads and then in 1962 Bruce Ropner and fellow enthusiasts bought half the venue at public auction, completing a track on the site in July 1964. The first meeting in August 1964, attracted a crowd of between 30,000 and 50,000 people. Highlight of that first ever meeting was Gentleman Jack Sears, who was due to race the red & white Willment Cobra. However, the Cobra broke a rocker prior to practice effectively putting the Cobra out of the event.

The owner of the track at that time, Bruce Ropner offered to lend his Cobra to Jack Sears to qualify in whilst the Red Wilment Cobra was being repaired by team mechanic, Mike Brown, following a spectator offering his own Cobra engine to be cannibalised and to be used by the John Willment team for use in the red and white cobra.
Well, as many of our readers know, we at HRS do not like to be outdone, so we had our own version of this unusual event. The Austin Healey Sprite of Peter Chappell broke a rocker in qualifying and a kind spectator offered Peter the use of his spare from his car. Tony Davis, our very own “Mike Brown”, duly fitted the new item to allow Peter to race his car in race two on Sunday, just to keep to complete authenticity.




It is certainly a long way for most of our competitors, but any concerns about the location soon disappeared as we enjoyed one of the best weekends of racing for many years.
The welcome that we all received at the circuit from the man on the gate, to the cafe and all supporting staff, made it was clear that we were all in for a great weekend. A big thankyou to all at the main HSCC office for helping and making the weekend that bit more special. The extra effort made to conduct a podium for all to celebrate did not go un-noticed as was gratefully received by all drivers.
According to the locals, it never rains on Anglesey ... Hmmmm, not sure I am fully convinced, however for our race weekend that was certainly true, indeed Saturday evening with free beers at the circuit cafe , courtesy of the HSCC and wonderful sunshine, made for a chilled and friendly atmosphere; with a distant sea view, you could have been fooled to believe we were enjoying a Mediterranean evening.
Qualifying was all a bit new as for most, if not all our drivers, this was the first ever race at the circuit, so 15 minutes to learn and quali was a new challenge. The KeKi Cobra was on pole, with Roger Lee in his Lotus 7 in P2, by less than half a second to the ever-improving Sunbeam Tiger of Neil Merry and the mightier Archway Motors Shelby GT350 of Larry Tucker. A welcome return for John Shaw in class D in his beautifully prepared 911. With 21 cars on the starting grid, HRS was one of the best supported Championships of the weekend, so much thanks to all the drivers.
Unfortunately, Roger Lee was to suffer terminal clutch failure on his 7, just as he finished qualifying, so an amended started grid promoted Neil Merry to P2 for a lock out front row of Ford V8 power. read more..

Newsletter July 2019 Issue 35

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Newsletter June 2019 Issue 33

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With the weather unable to make its mind up, we were all glued to the weather apps on our phones, wets or dry?
The decision for qualifying was eventually clear…dry tyres and the weather held out until half an hour after we finished quali, when the heavens opened.

Pole was secured by KeKi in the Blue Demo Cobra, ahead of the Mark Godfrey Ginetta G4 by 1.327 seconds, who in turn had a gap of 0.717 to P3, Roger Lee in his 64 Lotus Seven, just half a second ahead of Jonathan Stringer in a similar car.

Chris Burbury was the solo entry in class B and no entries in class D

Class E had three entries and pole was secured by Dick Coffey.

Our first race drew us all back to the weather app…dry, wet? The consensus decision was dry tyres, which was probably the “correct” choice despite a race that was classified as “Drizzle/damp”. The KeKi Cobra lead the charge with a tight battle for P2 between Mark Godfrey in the Ginetta, Jonathan Rose in the Elan and Jonathan Stringer and Roger Lee, both in Lotus 7’s.

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  Cadwell Park BBQ

The Club are organising a Barbecue on the Saturday night at Cadwell - Alex and Anne will be in charge and there will be a live band where all the groups are barbecuing together.
Everyone to bring their own drinks and some desserts donated if possible, please. There will be a small charge for the band, they are suggesting £2 a head, plus a contribution to the barbecue.
There will be a stage vehicle for the live band, 'Table 14'. The best description for their music they say is, "Americana, country roots style, we consist of Nigel Young, vocals and guitar, Jax, vocals and percussion, Julie Robinson, vocals, banjo and fiddle and Steve Robinson, double bass. We play a mixture of foot stomping songs to haunting vocal songs with three-part harmonies and also some old favourites with our own twist and some self-penned songs".

Get your race boots off and dancing ones on!
Faye Cook, Chief Marshal, has been asked to pass on to all the Marshals attending the event that on no account should any of them contribute to the 'bucket collection'. It has been suggested that after costs are paid any surplus should go to their Marshal Charity.
Timings for Saturday will be 7pm to 10.30pm and set up will be somewhere in the paddock.
Any marquees and BBQ's you might consider could be in that area.
It will be a great gathering, let’s hope the weather plays ball.

Newsletter June 2019 Issue 33

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Silverstone International Trophy Meeting for the Peter Shaw Cup

In memory of the late Peter Shaw, a prolific HSCC racer of many years who sadly passed way recently.

Thirty cars lined up for qualifying for the new Peter Shaw Memorial Trophy which took place on the Silverstone F1 GP circuit with many of the normal HRS regular, with a noticeable absentee!!
The grid was made up of cars from various other championships, from Historic Touring cars, Guards and Fiscars 50’s sports racing cars.
Qualifying was on a dry circuit for a 30-minute session. William Plant set the fastest time on lap 3 in the family Morgan of 2:31.110 with Tim Pearce and Peter Garland both in Morgan’s filling the top three places. All cars were called for weighing in the scrutineering bay where the Plant’s Morgan was found to be 3Kgs under-weight as it was a non-championship round, they elected to move to the invitation class and not to be eligible for any of the silverware.

The race got off to a good start with William Plant taking the lead from the outset with a good array of cars all fighting for position all through the field. William built up a 21 second lead just as the safety car was diploid, this caught out a number of cars where positions changed accordingly. After the safety car was called in Robyn Pearce took over from Tim Pearce where the new battle began for the lead with Richard Plant. Positions changed on numerous occasions with Robyn finally taking a very well-deserved win by just 0.210 of second to win the Peter Shaw trophy with Philip St Clair-Tisdall and Simon King in 3rd place in yet another Morgan!!

Words: Richard Plant

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Our third race weekend of the season, a double header on the Snetterton 200, all on the same day and a solid grid of 23 cars.
We were blessed with sunny dry weather and unusually for Snetterton, little wind.
Pole went to KeKi in his newly restored 1964 AC Cobra “The FoMoCo- Blue Demo”, Class C pole went to the ever-so dominate Jonathan Rose in his series 1 elan, with Tony Davis taking up his rightful spot as class E pole. Class B and Class F had a solo entries of Johan Denekamp & Richard Owen with no class D entries...common class D. Class C however were in for a tight battle, with Shadi qualifying his Ginneta in P5, Jonathan Stringer was only 1.035 seconds behind him, however that time gave JS a position of P10, so yes 1 second separated 5 cars, so that race would all be about driver consistency.

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Donington – The Season’s Opener

We had the largest grid entry in HRS for over six years, so a huge thankyou to everyone who entered. Morgan took the front row with KeKi and Tim Pearce, but hot on their tails was the 3-litre SC Porsche of John Williams, who was joining us as a guest from 70’s Road Sports and the ever-improving Jonathan Rose in the green and yellow Elan. Class B pole was taken by Colin Sharp in his beautifully prepared TR4; with no entries in class D, it was left for Class E pole to be taken by Ian Ross in the Ginetta G15.

For both qualifying and the race we were blessed with beautifully sunny weather and dry conditions. The rear engine of the 911 proving an advantage at the start for John Williams, giving him a solid launch towards Redgate, however the later braking of the Morgan, allowed Keki to out brake him on the inside to take the lead into the Craner Curves. Jonathan Rose was soon to latch onto the rear of the Morgan and challenge the leader, but struggled to find a way passed the Morgan, despite his best efforts.

Newsletter Winter 2019 Issue 32

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Invitation Class Application form

Historic Road Sports are keen to encourage new entrants into out Championship. As such we will consider allowing a car to race with us for up to three races whereby the car is not fully compliant. This is to allow you, the competitor to try a few races with us to gauge the Championship before the need to make mechanical changes to your car in order to make your car fully compliant to our regulations. Should you wish to come along , then simply fill in the application form below for approval and send off to the HSCC offices at Silverstone, we will attempt to confirm your entry one way or the other within 48 working hours.

This is the simple form to be used when applying to race with HRS as an invitation car.

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Hi all,

Just a brief update to confirm that the race licence medicals are definitely on for the evening of Tuesday 15th January 2019 with our usual medics at Malcolm Rickett’s workshop at The Old Dairy Barn, Lamer Lane, Wheathampstead, AL4 8RG, from around 7:30pm onwards - don’t all rush at once to beat the queue!!
My mobile number is 07973 613216 in case you need to contact me at the last minute.
After holding the medical fee at £40 for at least four years, it is no surprise that the good doctor has suggested that it should rise to £50 this time. This is still excellent value as I noted, when going for my free OAP flu jab recently, that my GP would charge £130 for the same service. And probably with less
empathy and enthusiasm for motor racing!! I also like to think that we are indirectly contributing to Dr Hugh’s own racing budget.
He can carry out the full medical exam but not the extra, stress related section required for some licences. Still, for £50 it is great value.
Please do continue to spread the word about these medical sessions and please keep me updated with email address changes.
Season’s greetings to one and all,

Bob Pomeroy

Race Licence Medicals 15th Jan 2019

New Class Reps for 2019
Class A - Richard Plant                   Class C - Adrian Gilbert
HSCC HRS 2019 - Provisional Race Calender


Newsletter Winter 2018/19 Issue 3

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Silverstone 21 Oct 2018 Race Report

So, we return to Silverstone for the last race of the season, John Davison has already secured the Championship and a very deserving winner he is too. With Class A, B and E all wrapped up, we had potential for a battle for class D between Harry Brown in the MGB GT and Adam Ross in the Alfa, however Harry did not enter the finals, so all Adam needed to do was score some points to win. But a DNF by Adam

would put class D down to the “count back”, which was awarded to Adam in the Alfa. Harry Brown however was not to leave the year empty handed and has won the Gerry Marshall award for novice driver.
Jonathan Rose secured P2 in class C in his maiden season with us, very impressive indeed, hopefully he will be hot on John’s heels next year.

Barry Davison nips past Nick Savage


A beginner’s guide to racing in the Historic Road Sports Championship

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