Sunday 3 July 1977, Swaffham, East of England Championship

(Report by Bob Burridge from Short Circuit August 1977) A field of 25 cars collected on the grid for the start of the East of England Championship made up of 19 English, 3 Dutch and 3 German competitors, the track appearing somewhat overcrowded in the circumstances. A 20 lapper, the race got underway in brilliant sunshine with no hang ups. Henk Hanssen from Holland made a flying start and managed to hold onto the lead for the first few laps when Brian Forrest, driving his very smart Dastle took up the lead hotly pursued by Dennis Hooper, Wayne Doidge and Alf Boarer. Further down the field Mick Bonner was making rapid progress through the blues with Basil Craske and Malcolm Goodman having their own private battle just behind. A pile up on the top bend involving several cars took out a few of the middle runners, happily without serious injury. By the half way mark Mick Bonner had taken the lead from Brian Forrest and giving it plenty of welly was rapidly pulling away from the rest of the field. Goodman meanwhile got tangled up with Hooper and lost a lap before rejoining the race. Alf Boarer was grimly holding onto 2nd spot with Basil Craske contesting every corner, eventually getting the better of Alf 2 laps from home. The German and Dutch drivers on a strange track had all sorts of problems and only Henk Hanssen was holding his own finishing a very creditable 5th place. Fred Harding came in 4th and a new driver, number 111 did extremely well to take 6th place. Congratulations to Mick Bonner who drove a fantastic race to win.

Three excellent support races were held for the Midgets, won by Basil Craske, Fred Harding and John Lowe who took the Swaffham Fire Brigade Trophy. Dutchman Jan Kellenaars placed well with a 3rd place in race 2 but tangled with Bonner in the trophy event.