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The last two meetings, at opposite corners of the country, Baitings Dam in Yorkshire and Llys-y-Fran (that spelling OK for you John - small private joke I'm afraid) in South West Wales saw keen competition if somewhat different weather.
Baitings saw a good tum out in possibly the best Baitings weather in living memory (the sun shone all day) the competition was as close as ever and new records were set in just about every class represented. A class win with a new record gave the overall title to John Dignan who now has a maximum 66, while a similar achievement by Terry Pigott moved him into the lead of the Standard MGB class. With David Beresford absent from both this event and Llys-y-Fran, that was enough to give him the class; just as well as he was beaten into second in Wales by Paul Harris, which I think was his first class win to date. Well done that man, another driver in the frame for this most competitive of classes.
In the Cockshoot class, another closely contested competition, a minor mechanical hitch (broken dynamo pulley) took Andrew Wolf's eye off the ball, and David Fortescue stormed to a maximum 11 points, moving him level with Andrew and ahead on count back. This meant that David's journey North had paid off and forced Andrew to travel South to Llys-y-Fran if he wanted to keep his chances of a class win alive. In the somewhat greasy conditions Andrew struggled through the moming while David seemed on form. Going into the last run David held a narrow 0. 15 second lead over Craig Hewett, with Andrew over a second behind in 3rd spot, but what drama! A final Banzai run from Wolfie and it was done, nearly a 2 second improvement and the class win. That was cutting it fine, and you really felt for David. In his first full season, just one point short of a class win, snatched from his grasp on the last run of the season. Ah well, that's life, but at least he'll have the comfort of the Novices award as well as his class 2nd.
Among the Road-going Modified Midgets, another record by Andrew Pearson at Baitings gave him 10 points and he pulled ahead of Simon Hawkes for second in the class, but Simon had a 5 to drop from Loton, so a good result at Llys-y-Fran could have given him back the position. Unfortunately, sick cars meant both Steve and Clive Williams had to withdraw and so with no competition and no established class record the maximum 8 points scored was only enough to draw him level, and Andrew kept the place on count back.
In the Road-going Modified MGB's, two 2nds by Peter Dignan moved him up to 3rd in class, behind his father and Ian Beresford, while a similar performance by John George in the Road-going Special secured his 2nd in Class award.
So that's it for another year. I think it's been a good one, I've
enjoyed it and I hope you have too. I would like to thank you all
for your support again this year, for helping to keep the Moss NORWESTER
the No. 1 single marque Speed event championship and I hope you will be
joining us again in 1998 for the new look Moss International Speed Championship.
Certainly bigger. And hopefully better, to bring a little danger
into the lives of more MG enthusiasts!
|NORWESTER Champion:||John Dignan|
|MGCC Event Champion:||John Dignan|
|Sprint Award :||Terry Pigott|
|Hillclimb Award:||Terry Pigott|
|MLG Novice Award:||David Fortescue|
|Shirley Stafford Ladies Award:||Helen Wolf|
|MMM Class (Register award)||Mike Hawke|
|Standard Midget & MGA (small class-award):||1st Michael Marsland, MGA Register Award Paul Batho|
|Standard MGB:||1st Terry Pigott, 2nd David Beresford, 3rd Tony MacIntyre|
VVC & Metro Turbo:
|1st John Thomas & MGF register Award,
FWD award Paul Savoury
|Cockshoot Standard Class:||1st Andrew Wolf, 2nd David Fortescue, 3rd Craig Hewett|
|Road-going Mod. Midget:||1st Allan Inwood, 2nd Andrew Pearson, 3rd Simon Hawkes|
|Road-going Mod. MGB:||1st John Dignan & MGB Register award, 2nd Ian Beresford, 3rd Peter Dignan|
|Road-going Specials:||1st Tony Bolton & Midget Register Award, 2nd John George|
|Modified Class:||1st John Hawley|
|Racing Specials (small class award):||1st Tony Bolton|
The other discretionary awards, the spinner of the year (only one real contender for this), the Chap of the Year and the Scrutineers Award for the best presented car, have also been decided, but will be kept secret until the presentation.
On the subject of presentations, with the last meeting being so late, I am in the rather embarrassing position of being short of time to get all the glass ware engraved before the dinner. I would therefore ask all the award winners to let me know if the will definitely be attending or not so I can prioritize the work for the engraver.
Well that's it for now, see you all at the bun fight and thanks again for your support and encouragement.
Beechcourt, 394 New Street, Biddulph Moor, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs. ST8 7LR
(Text scanned by John Thomas - j. s. email@example.com)
MGCC Racing Diary
1997 Norwester information