Back to back for Elliott

Ayden Elliott made it back to back Compact Speedcar Memorial Race events winning Saturday nights feature leading every lap after starting outside front row beside highest point-scorer Mark Heaton.
The final was run on a hard, dry track that had plenty of rubber laid on the race line with the front runners setting some pretty quick times.
Elliott was having a guest drive aboard the Nathan O’Brien owned #21 Stealth/Suzuki GSXR. Wanting to erase the memory of his last main event Elliott got the jump on the Aussie Champ to lead the pack into turn one. Everyone was waiting for the challenge from the champ, his only serious threat came just after a re-start making a run down the back straight around the outside of the leader only to have Elliott keep his cool and hold onto the lead as they exited turn 4.
This was a great win for Elliott and the O’Brien camp leading into round four of the club championships at Valvoline Raceway in a couple of weeks. Mark Heaton had to settle for the runner up spot for the second time after again topping the points.
A super battle ensued for the minor placings with Shaun Robinson claiming third just holding out Brad Rawlings and Mark Shepherd, who was having his first run back in Compacts for a couple of seasons after purchasing the Ex Rod Francis machine. Brad Rawlings was super impressive in his first meeting of the season as well.
Heat wins went by the way of Mark Heaton with wins in heats 1 and 3 and Shaun Robinson winning the second heat.
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Round 1 of the Streader 34

Last nights meeting was all about honouring a true champion and legend of our club and our class, Alan Streader. We were so privileged to have Alan in attendance last night to witness a fantastic finish to the 17 lap feature raced in his honour.
Mark Heaton took out the win in a very tight battle, particularly over the closing 3 laps, finishing marginally in front of Shaun Robinson and Louis Rodriguez.
Alan was particularly emotional when he was presented with an embroidered red scarf honouring him.


With four visitors from Victoria adding to an already healthy first meeting roll-up of New South Wales drivers the anticipation was enormous. Things weren’t looking too good on the weather front with dark clouds and the threat of rain all around the race track and surrounding areas greeting the teams as they rolled into a bursting at the seams Parramatta pits, but befitting a meeting of this stature the show was to go on.
Nature is the perfect water truck and rain in the days leading up to the event meant the track was as racy as you could ever want with lines from top to bottom. The laps times were as fast at the beginning of the night as they were at the end.
The first meeting woes affected several drivers, succumbing to varying mechanical problems. Oddly enough clutch issues stood out as the number one culprit. Add to that a couple of electrical faults depleting the field before the start of the feature.
Our man of honour Alan Streader had a very comfortable seat in the corporate box, joining him were his two sons, who had travelled down from Queensland and his daughter from Kangaroo Valley. Beside him were some of his closest Speedway family including former Aussie Champion, Ronnie Hutchison. Ronnie was instrumental in getting Alan to the track and back home again.
There was Col Barr who towed his replica TQ down from Queensland for the event. Col raced against Alan back when we were known as TQ’s at Windsor Speedway in the early 60’s. Ash Kindred, Clarke Wheeler, Ray Scarborough, Richard Stott and Gordon Callaghan, who owns Alans last Compact, a car he plans restoring before round 2, were representing the Vintage Compact Speedcar Club. Sitting just in front was Steve McEvoy, chassis builder to the stars. He built cars for the likes of Rob Worthington, Skip Jackson, Rod Bowen, Steve Brady and many other champions.
Setting the nights fastest time was Shaun Robinson recording a 15.763 on his way to winning heat four. Shaun’s performance on the night came as a real surprise as we had only seen him at two race meetings last season. The first of these he blew an engine in a big way at Nowra before travelling down to Swan Hill in Victoria where he unceremoniously backed the car into the wall. Lets now hope he can continue his winning ways as the season continues to unfold.
It was no surprise to see two of Victoria’s best, Butch Hutchinson and Louis Rodriguez on the pace early. Louis started with a second in heat 1 before greeting the checkers first in his second heat. At the fall of the checkers in the feature a half a second separated Louis from the winner. Butch had two podium places in the heats and was running very strongly in the feature challenging for the front spot before a slipping clutch forced him out.
Former Aust 1, Justin Paull had one of those nights were nothing went right as did Mark Hutchinson who had all sorts of problems with the ex-OZ 1 car of Peter Robotham.
Joanne Heaton was having her first meeting at the wheel of a Compact, though gear box problems saw her unable to front for the final.
Club president, Andrew Coppock had his best ever meeting, finally putting behind him the dramas of the past two seasons. Andrew was never outside the top five and picking up fifth in the feature.
The recipient of an invitation to take part in the Speedway Australia “Rising Star Program” last season, Ethan Brown, just got quicker and quicker, culminating in an outstanding fourth place finish in the feature.
The winner of the highest finishing “Rookie” award presented by our friends at L.A. Racing Lubricants was Jamie Candy. Jamie also improved all evening setting a faster lap time each time he went out. A fine 3rd placing in a heat and 6th in the feature gets him off to a great start in what will be a tough battle for the Rookie of the Year Award.
Steve Zarb looked impressive all night never outside the top three, that was until the feature when he tipped it on its lid while battling for a top three spot. It was a gentle roll with no real serious damage.
Canberra’s Kyle Sharpe showed some real pace challenging, on several occasions, some more fancied competition. His feature ended after running over the back wheel of another car executing a couple of twists with pike down the front straight.
Nathan O’Brien had an outstanding season 2018-2019 and was heading in the same direction with 2 thirds and a second in the heats that would have had him starting towards the pointy end in the feature before a bent rear axle forced him to retire before the race began.
Starting his second season of racing, Andrew Burnham missed the first heat with a broken gear selector. Not a part that many would carry with them but thankfully Mark Heaton did. Mark was happy to offer up the part to get another car on the track. Andrew recorded a couple of forth placings in his 2 remaining heats. Running well in the feature early before a broken rod end on the rear suspension put him out of the running.
First time Compact racer, Matthew Wark from the Central Coast had plenty of dramas starting with a blocked fuel filter then ending with some electrical issues. The former Super Kart racer is not deterred and is super keen to get the better of this dirt thing.
Scott Saville was just not able to get his machine to fire. It had his full attention all night. Once he gets this thing going expect to see some action from the former GP Midget Australian Champion.
Alan Day had a real challenge on his hands trying to figure out an unusual, in Compacts, engine. A V Twin Suzuki. Hopefully they will work it out as this thing sounds sweet.
Stewart Henderson spent more time in the pits than on the track with what appeared to be a continuation of last season’s issues.
Another in the hunt for Rookie of the Year honours is young Jack Stokes. Very impressive in his first outing picking up a fine fifth placing and setting a super quick time of 16.103 on the way. Jack, from down Nowra way was another to fall victim of a fried clutch.

The Allan Streader 34

We’re joining the NSW Compact Speedcar Club to celebrate the contribution of a legend, Alan Streader, across two events this season.

During the running of this coming season the New South Wales Compact Speedcar Club celebrates its 60th birthday. This is a very significant milestone in speedway history as there are not many clubs that have been around as long.

And it is only fitting that in this 60th year the NSW Compact Speedcar Club, in partnership with the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club have come up with an event that will become one of Compact Speedcars most prestigious Blue-Ribbon events. “The Alan Streader 34”. This event will celebrate and honor this class’s absolute legend, Alan Streader.

Alan, a Life Member, has been, and still is an integral part of this proud division having been one of the driving forces in the formation of this club back in 1959 when the front engine TQ’s separated from the rear engine cars to stand proudly as a class in their own right.

Alan was also instrumental in forming the Australian Compact Speedcar Association by bringing New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, who were all running very similar cars, together, under the one set of specifications and rules.

As a driver Alan Streader is a true legend winning countless championships and continuing to race well into his seventies. I still remember his last race meeting in a Compact. It was at Cullen Bullen and Alan showed he had lost none of his prowess behind the wheel. Reveling on the dirt, he was the only one to use the high line, searching for that heavy dirt and making those outside passes.

If it wasn’t for Alan Streader many drivers from many open wheel speedway classes would not have progressed as far as they had. A self-taught fabricator, Alan built his own engines and chassis as well as for numerous other racers. He modified VW gear boxes and turned them into quick change diffs. During the seventies these were all the rage weighing more than half the weight of the more fancied Morris and Austin diffs which were pretty much all that was on offer at the time.

Alan was famous for his red helmet and red scarf, hence his nick name “Red Baron”. This event will be run over two meetings, the first at Sydney Speedway on October the 12th 2019 and the second at Wangaratta on the 9th of May 2020. Each feature will be run over the distance of 17 laps, totaling 34. The place getters of each feature will receive a red scarf as a part of their prize. More details will be posted shortly.

New VIC Committee

On Saturday, we held our AGM for the upcoming 2019/2020 season.

First of all, a big thank you to those on the committee who won’t be continuing, and more specifically, Butch and Lynne for all that they have done in the role of President and Secretary.

We are delighted to announce our new committee for the season. Thank you to those who are continuing, and of course, the new people on board!

The elected positions are:

Herbie Hecker – President
Mark Hutchinson – Vice President
Carolyn Hutchinson – Secretary
Gin Turley – Treasurer
Mark Hutchinson – Chief Scuitineer
Brad Day – Drivers Rep

General Members
Jack Day
Butch Hutchinson

Bring on the season!

New NSW Committee

A new executive committee was elected at out AGM last Sunday and it was pleasing to see a couple of new faces putting their hand up to take the NSW Compact Speedcar Cub forward in this its 60th year of operation.

Andrew Coppock is the new President, now in his third season with Compacts, Andrew feels he has something to contribute.

Ben Fairfax has assumed the role as Secretary. Ben has been around Compacts since he was sixteen and has a real passion for the class.

Donna Eyeington returns to the committee as Treasurer bringing many, many years of experience with her.

Richard Elliott remains as a committee member and he is joined by Alan Day who returns after a couple of seasons off.

The members would like to thank the outgoing committee for their efforts over the past couple of seasons.

An award that is bestowed on only a select few is that of a Life Membership. An award that is not given lightly. Having been a dedicated member for close on 40 years, Alan Day was gracious in his acceptance of Life Membership to the NSW Compact Speedcar Club.

Mark Puts The Heat On

Australian Compact Speedcar Title Shoalhaven Diesel Tech Nowra Speedway,
20-4-19

Mark Heaton, N#26 won last weekend’s Australian Compact Speedcar title at Nowra Speedway. He started out of Pole Position after scoring 2 wins and a second place in his heat races.

The feature race ran 25 laps flag-to-flag, without stoppages and Heaton was never seriously threatened. In winning the title, Heaton, became the first NSW driver in 19 years to stand on the top step at the Australian Title. The last NSW driver to win A1 was Tony Absom in 1999.

Defending champion, Victoria’s Justin Paull, was the best of the rest but he had to watch as Heaton motored off into the distance.

Heaton was in a class of his own and even when lapping the tail-enders towards the end of the feature, he seemed to unerringly pick the right line whereas Paull was baulked on a number of occasions.

Filling the final spot on the podium was NSW’s Ayden Elliott. For a relatively new driver in the division, Elliott was all class, scoring two 3rd places in his heats and easily taking 3rd place at the end of the feature.

As always, there were the customary hard luck stories.
Rob Rawlings Snr was certainly a hot favourite, scoring a win, a 2nd and a 3rd in his 3 heats. But, towards the end of his last heat, smoke was seen coming from the engine of the #15 car and he was a non-starter in the feature with a blown engine. Once again the curse of having the title decided on the one night hit Rawlings hard.

The grid for the feature was Heaton, Rawlings Sr, Paull, Elliott, Hudson, Francis, Rodriguez, O’Brien. Then Lahiff, Unwin, Hutchinson (B), Zarb, Allen, Hutchinson (M) and Brown.

Victoria’s Gary Hudson, who has come so close to an Aussie title on so many occasions, should also have been a favourite. A brand new car and a good lead-up to the event meant that he was in the fame. But the night just never went Gary’s way and, apart from a win in his first heat, he never looked like lifting the #1 plate.

Others who figured well in the heats but couldn’t carry the form through to the final were Victoria’s Louis Rodriguez, veteran driver, Rod Francis and Nathan O’Brien.

But the night belonged undoubtedly to Heaton. He has been the form driver of the division this season and justice was probably done with him taking “the big one” given his excellent season in the lead-up to the title.

The track was in perfect shape with all of the drivers complimenting the track curator at Nowra for preparing a surface worthy of a title meeting.

A big crowd enjoyed the spectacle and the celebrations in the Compact Speedcar pit were loud and long and filled with good humour.

Congratulations to the NSW club for staging a meeting worthy of an Aussie title and congratulations to Mark Heaton, a thoroughly deserving A1.

Write up courtesy of Phill Hall

Rodriguez wins 2018/2019 Victorian Title

Well, the dust has settled on the Associated Powder Coating Victorian Title, and what a night we had!

18 cars braved the Wangaratta heat, but in the end it was our own Louis Rodriguez who claimed the VIC1 Title in a flawless drive in the final. He didn’t put a foot wrong on a slick track, holding a 3-5 car advantage for the green flag running. He held off a fast finishing Gary Hudson, who impressed in his first outing with the Victorian club, claiming second.

It was great to see so many NSW drivers make the trek down. Ayden Elliot and Rod Francis both out in solid showings to claim 3rd and 4th respectively. Butch Hutchison rounded out the top 5.

Speedcar driver Ash Booker showed great pace all night, taking out two heat wins and the Kitten Car Care Products best presented car, but luck wasn’t on his side in the final, losing a sump plug while running third in Brad Day’s car. Justin Paull also didn’t get the rub of the green despite showing good pace early. Pole sitter Mark Heaton’s night came to an end at the start of the title race with fuel pump issues.

A big thanks must go out to everyone that helped make the meeting possible, our naming rights sponsor Associated Powder Coating, and of course, the drivers, crews and families.

Taking a look back to: 1996/1997

Darren Vine won the first of his 8 ACSA Australian Titles in the 1996/1997 racing season at Wagga Wagga. Vine was generous to share with us some details of his first Compact Speedcar Title win.

What was your car/motor combination?

This was the first car I drove (see picture.) I believe it was built on the Gold Coast by a Kiwi. We modified the frame to work better with the chain drive.  It was powered by a 2 valve Suzuki GS1000 (no turbo)

How did the race unfold?

I don’t remember where I started. The track was tricky with long straights and tight slick corners. We had a great car for the feature and was battling with Paul Raynes for the lead. Paul unfortunately broke his diff and pulled infield. At that point I knew, “I can win this,” and just kept up a good pace.

Do you remember your first thought after you had won the Title race?

The feeling was unbelievable. As this was my first meeting back after my big crash at Lismore 4 months earlier where I was put in an induced coma from getting head injuries. I had nerve damage to my left hand and was learning to walk again as my left leg would not move. Also, while I was in hospital, the title was being run in Bendigo, Victoria, and as the feature race was lining up for the green it rained and was called off as a non-event to be re-run at a later date and venue. I was given clearance to race from the neurosurgeon a week before Wagga was to host the re run title.

Are you still involved in Speedway? If so, what divisions?

I’m still racing Compacts but my focus is now more with racing midget speedcars.

What are some highlights from your Compact Career?

Highlights are the way it unfolded to win my first Aussie Title. Winning 8 Aussie Titles and every one of them had its own challenges to overcome. Knowing you can do it again and it was no fluke is a very satisfying feeling.

How many years have you been racing?

24 years racing. Not retired yet!

What advice would you give to those competing in this year’s ACSA Australian Title?

Do as many laps as possible. Never stop thinking of ways to improve your car and driving.

Any other comments?

To hold the record as most Australian title wins in the history of Compact Speedcar competition is very important to me and my family who have supported Compacts for many decades through my sister Julie, grandfather Don and my dad Mike.

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Taking a look back to: 1983/1984

Ron Hutchinson won the first of his 3 ACSA Australian Title races in the 1983/1984 season and was generous with his time to tell us about it.

Hutchinson had purchased an ex Alan Streader compact speedcar (after 16 years of karting at the top level) in the lead up to that title race which was run at Liverpool. It was powered by a 900cc injected Kawasaki.

Here is Hutchinson’s recollection of the race. “I settled into the sport quickly & won my first Australian Title 3 months later. On the morning of the race I took delivery of a new compound Dunlop slick inside rear, after the heats I knew I had a real chance of a win. I started at the rear, got a blinder of a start taking the lead after lap 1. I had an enormous lead till lap 12 where there was a stoppage & subsequently another 3 stoppages. Streader put it to me all the way. It was a great result as to beat the great man with his old car you knew you did a good job. After this race I was offered a drive in the USA by a visiting American but unfortunately had to decline. At least I had the offer I am grateful for.”

Hutchinson was honoured to be inducted into the Liverpool City Raceway Hall of Fame in 2013 and in 2015 Peter White’s Speedway World publication recognized Hutchinson as the only speedway driver to win 3 consecutive Australian Titles on 3 different track surfaces.

Hutchinson’s advice to those racing in the ACSA Compact Speedcar Title:
1) Races are won in the workshop. I recognized this while competing at the 7th Hong Hong Kart Prix in 1973.
2) Races can’t be won in the 1st corner… only lost there.
3) Safety is paramount. Do not leave your brains in your toolbox! It’s important to come home safely.
4) Enjoy the ride regardless if you win or loose.

Should you be around the Bathurst area you may wish to view Hutchinson’s restored 1st Compact from his first ACSA Australian Title at the Bathurst Motor Museum.

Hutchinson wishes everyone a safe journey and a great Australian Championship.

Photos attached are of Ron in his winning 1983 car, 1984/1985 Compact and his Australian Speedcar Grand Prix Car.

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