Saturday 18 August 1973, Wimbledon

The night before the World Hot Rod Championship was a strange time to choose to run the British Hot Rod Match Race Championship Final at Wimbledon. This event has been rather unfortunate with the original sponsors dropping out, and various delays in staging the rounds. However the racing has always been very interesting. Two of the qualifiers for the quarter final, George Polley and Al Leeson were missing at Wimbledon. At this stage Micky Codling beat Bob Howe 2-1, after Bob had suffered car trouble in the first race, Dave Bozzard beat Dick Flack 2-0, and John Geeves beat Leon Smith 2-0. In the semi-final Bozzard beat Geeves 2-1 and in the Final beat Codling 2-1, after Codling had been excluded in the first race and won a superb second heat. The crowd was most enthusiastic about the whole Championship which should become a regular event. Dave Bozzard is certainly a worthy first holder of the title, and he deserves all our thanks for taking part in the rest of the w racing as well, despite the next day's major championship.

The rest of the Hot Rod racing gave plenty of chances to the White Tops and they enjoyed themselves. "Sir" Edwin Goodall won the first heat from Pete Chambers and Don Gilham. Gilham made up an enormous amount of ground after stopping to avoid the spinning Noddy Boulden. John Aylward won an eventful heat 2 after the race had been stopped on the first lap due to a White Top stalling and holding up several cars. Then the leaders got in to a terrible tangle which left Goodall and Gilham across the track with a narrow gap between them and John Geeves retired. On the last lap Johnny Melia retired when in 3rd place, leaving Peter Ruse and Brian Kippax to follow Aylward home. Dave Wilson completed a trio of White Top successes with a win in heat 3 from John Geeves and Johnny Melia. In the Final, Melia drove superbly to win from Ruse, Chambers, Paul Baying-ton, and Dave Miles.

The Midget events were very exciting. In Race 1 Mick Davis spun in front of a terrific scrap between Frank Boyles, Daz White, John Holtham and Mick Bonner. When they had sorted themselves out Boyles went away to win from Keith Fransella and Bob Burridge. Bonner won Race 2 from Boyles and Fransella, and then with Boyles and himself starting together behind the field gained another excellent win with Boyles second and Dave Conway third. Conway showed good form in this race and should move up the grades soon.

Hot Rods

British Match Race Championship Finals

1.1 1st 566 Micky Codling beat 108 Bob Howe

1.2 1st 99 Dave Bozzard beat 308 Dick Flack

1.3 1st 177 John Geeves beat 401 Leon Smith

2.1 Match Race: 1st 99 Dave Bozzard beat 177 John Geeves

3.1 (Final): 1st 99 Dave Bozzard beat 566 Micky Codling

Hot Rods, Race 1 (20 laps)
87
120
77
282
390
55
40
68
35
162
109
         
377
46
177
32
94
336
80
58
525
         
24
         
Race 1: 1st 120 Edwin Goodall, 2nd 80 Pete Chambers, 3rd 58 Don Gilham, 4th 282 Dave Wilson, 5th 24 Brian Kippax, 6th 525 Roger Homer, 7th 77 Noddy Boulden, 8th 162 Alan Humphrey
Hot Rods, Race 2 (20 laps)
390
72
362
35
162
120
126
126
352
68
116
55
123
167
288
536
4
143
67
377
32
58
480
15
178
382
24
43
99
195
Race 2: 1st 167 John Aylward, 2nd 4 Peter Ruse, 3rd 24 Brian Kippax, 4th 99 Dave Bozzard, 5th 195 Gray Davis, 6th 32 Tony Tebboth, 7th 15 Geoff Cowley, 8th 382 Chris Brayley
Hot Rods, Race 3 (20 laps)
282
40
77
109
126
87
123
167
72
116
352
57
4
67
94
46
536
177
80
336
480
248
178
43
382
195
Race 3: 1st 282 Dave Wilson, 2nd 177 John Geeves, 3rd 480 Johnny Melia, 4th 80 Pete Chambers, 5th 382 Chris Brayley, 6th 178 Frank Hartley, 7th 284 Paul Bavington, 8th 116 David Cranmer
Hot Rods, Race 4 (Final, 30 laps)
282
116
162
72
123
55
57
177
4
32
80
480
336
284
178
99
24
195
382
Race 4 (final): 1st 480 Johnny Melia, 2nd 4 Peter Ruse, 3rd 80 Pete Chambers, 4th 284 Paul Bavington, 5th 24 Brian Kippax, 6th 336 Dave Miles, 7th 178 Frank Hartley, 8th 72 Alan Burtenshaw

Midgets

Race 1 (18 laps)
37
13
53
19
31
56
26
51
47
55
98
9
     
48
41
24
34
         
         
Race 1: 1st 34 Frank Boyles, 2nd 41 Keith Fransella, 3rd 48 Bob Burridge, 4th 55 Neil Thomas, 5th 24 Mick Bonner, 6th 37 Daz White, 7th 13 Fred Mutch, 8th 98 John Hawkins
Race 2 (18 laps)
19
37
13
31
53
26
54
51
9
47
55
98
     
24
48
41
34
         
         
Race 2: 1st 24 Mick Bonner, 2nd 34 Frank Boyles, 3rd 41 Keith Fransella, 4th 37 Daz White, 5th 48 Bob Burridge, 6th 47 Ray Perry, 7th 55 Neil Thomas, 8th 98 John Hawkins
Race 3 (16 laps)
56
51
31
37
19
13
26
53
47
55
     
48
41
24
34
         
         
Race 3: 1st 24 Mick Bonner, 2nd 34 Frank Boyles, 3rd 51 Dave Conway, 4th 41 Keith Fransella, 5th 37 Daz White, 6th 55 Neil Thomas, 7th 48 Bob Burridge, 8th 13 Fred Mutch