Volvos of all shapes and sizes given one last hurrah at Arlington Stadium

Phil Hampton of Seaford powers through the traffic
Phil Hampton of Seaford powers through the traffic

On a glorious summer’s evening at Arlington Stadium, 25 Volvos of all shapes and sizes were given one last hurrah in Spedeworth’s annual ‘All Volvo’ event, before they met their maker.

The classic type of car favoured by many antique dealers and grandfather clock repairers were afforded a final attempt of glory as they raced the oval track in an event that included a Destruction Derby to completely finish off all the participants.

Drivers had brought their vehicle of choice from right across the South, some travelling from as far away as Guildford. Whilst there were a couple of more modern selections, most were of the recognisable ‘740 estate’ variety.

Quite where some of these cars had been found is a mystery, but to say that more than a few were ‘agricultural’ or just down right ‘crusty’ would be an understatement.

From the start the action was hard hitting, as expected.

Tom Filmer, from Lewes, had an eventful evening, suffering a fire in the first race, a rollover in the second and a thunderous crash in the final.

Hailsham’s Steve Anscombe also suffered an engine fire which halted his progress.

One of the undoubted stars of the meeting was Seaford’s Phil Hampton. From the outset he was on a mission to enjoy himself, spinning everything in his way.

With such an aggressive style he easily took first and a third place in the heats.

In the final, Hampton was on the end of some rough treatment dished out by Laurence Wells in the Tim James-supplied car. In response he then inflicted a huge hit on Well’s teammate. Despite the attention, Hampton finished a healthy third.

The season continues at Arlington Stadium, with three formulas being showcased every Wednesday evening, through to the end of September.

This Wednesday (July 3rd) Spedeworth offers the rare chance to see some very different formulas.

Topping the bill are the Oval Track Legends, which has been imported after its successful introduction in the US. Dan Hughes from Burgess Hill, as the reigning Young Gun of the Year, will be looking to add to his recent win at Northampton.

The Banger action on the night also offers something a little different in the form of Ladies Bangers. Don’t be fooled into thinking the ladies will be ‘Driving Miss Daisy’. As seen recently at Aldershot Raceway, these girls know how to put on a show of crashing!

With the latest round of their championship, the popular Rookie Rods complete the card. Many local drivers are involved in this entry level formula, but look out for Perry Osborne-Brown from Crowborough as he continues his assault on the title. The first race starts at 7:30pm.