Sunday 31 July 1977, Bovingdon

(by Pete Thurlow, Short Circuit, September 1977) This month we sent our man Thurlow, alias Super Cynic who had never seen Midgets before and thought they were little chaps, along to Bovingdon, orf you go, Pete:

For my first experience of Midget racing I was VERY surpirsed and please, with the standard of racing and car presentation, and the general cheerful, friendly folk of the Midget circus.

At Bovingdon, one man in particular stood out. Alf Boarer, sponsored like Nos 26 and 65 (sorry, lost the names) by Norwegian Westnofa Furniture and Cooper S powered, won all three races.

In heat one, Alf worked though, avoiding the wreckage of an early race pile up and finishing ahead of John Graham and Malcolm Goodman.

Heat two was stopped on the first lap as Mick Bonner and Goodman collided and Bonner ended on Malcolm's bonnet. Neither were hurt and on the restart Harold Lowe disappeared like a good 'un abd proceeded to lap in 15.9 secs (av 47mph) on the 365 yd track. Not bad, eh? The tricky Bovingdon track was described by Alf Boarer as 'two drag strips, connected by a pair of slip roads.' Halfway through this race the positions changed. Alf Boarer started lapping in 15.0 seconds (work it out yourself!) and finished ahead of Basil Craske and Fred Harding.

Lowe again led the early final but retired and Boarer took over from there on. A faultless race by Alf and a steady lead built up over Goodman and Craske.

Not obvious to the spectators at Bovingdon was the personal battle between Malcolm Goodman and Basil Craske. With a trip to Germany, possibly based on points, in the offing, and Malcolm on 101 pts and Basil with 103 at the start of the meeting, the duel was on. After heat one it was 107 each, then. with Malcolm out in heat two, Craske picked up seven points more, Goodman retrieving only one point in the final. I think they ALL ought to go to Germany and teach them a thing or two!!

Our very own Midget man, Brian Forrest, had no luck at Bovingdon, finishing way down in the heats and paying a visit to the dreaded 'ditch' in the final.