The V8 Hotstox are full sized Stock cars just like the BriSCA F1s, but instead use a Rover V8 for power with controlled rules on tyres, suspensions and engines; making the V8s a cheaper option to race and allows for entertaining action whenever they appear. Unlike Circuit racing, Stock Car racing sees the stars of the sport start at the rear of the grid; to win they have to force themselves through the grids of cars with use of the front bumper being allowed. It is a contact sport, but out and out wrecking tactics are not allowed.
Since it's inception in 1984, the formula retains its original identity of cheap, fun, competitive racing. The formula is affiliated to the F1 BSCDA; meaning we can have their support and are covered by the Ben Fund. The formula is gaining momentum and car turn outs are improving year on year, the average car turnout for 2015 was 27.
We currently operate a fixture list of around 22 meetings, including a couple of 2 day meetings. Half of the meetings are generally with BriSCA F1’s. The 2015 season visited the following tracks: Belle Vue, Birmingham, Buxton, Coventry, Kings Lynn, Mildenhall, Skegness and Stoke.
Second cars are sold on average between £3000 - £6000. We run two control tyres; the outside rear Kingpin is set at £32; the rally Indysport tyre is set at £64; both must be brought through the Board of Control. Cams for the 3.9 and 4.2 engines must also be bought through the Board of Control at a cost of £250.
Unlike other motorsports there is no entry fee to race each event, a £70 annual licence fee is charged which grants the driver plus one other a pass into each event. The formula does not pay to race and doesn’t receive prize money; aside from Championships. A £5 scruiteneering fee is charged at each meeting per driver (Plus a £1 voluntary fee to help subsidise foreign entries at Championships); with this money going back into the Club.
In the V8’s, there’s a significant number of trophies and Championships up for grabs for everyone throughout the grid; be it the main 4 – British, European, National Points or World Final, to the Whites and Yellows series; the newly introduced 25 and Under Young Guns trophy, Novice of the year or Challenge Series which is more often than not won by a lower grader. There is something for everyone to aim for at all levels.
The V8 Hotstox is great if you’re aiming at a long term race series or as a stepping stone; learning race craft and getting experience before heading to the BriSCA F1 series: Top drivers like Andy Smith, Stuart Smith JNR, Ed Neachell, Paul Hines, Ray Witts and Karl Hawkins plus many more; all started racing the V8 Hotstox before pursuing a career in the F1 Stock Cars.
The formula gets bigger and better each year; now’s the time to get involved!
If you have any more questions please feel free to contact us via the offical website here