7th May 1984, Eastbourne, Southern Championship
Report from Motoring News by Graham Brown

The Grand Prix Midgets made a welcome return to Arlington Raceway as part of the five formula "Blockbuster" meeting on May Day Monday. The spectactularly fast Gary Pollard cleaned up both the heats, with only the impressive Scott Roth (in only his second meeting) second in the first one, and Mick Bonner runner-up in the other. Alf Boarer, despite suffering a slight handling deficiency, was third in both.

Pollard's run ended during the interval when Barry Lee borrowed his car for a match race with Bonner. Lee set off quickly and looked quite at home in his unusual "office" until the inlet manifold broke and the car went sick, Bonner eventually taking an easy win.

With Pollard out of contention for the final, Bonner collected that and with it the Sourthern Championship, ahead of Boarer and Malcolm Goodman, who took his odd looking car to its first decent placing of the day.

Heat one: 23/100/69/24/40/44/48/96
Heat two: 23/24/69/100/98/96/28
Southern Championship: 24/69/28/100/96/13/48

Report from June 84 Short Circuit

The Midgets put in their first appearance for many years at Arlington, and despite a depleted field after a hectic session at Northampton the day before, pleased a lot of old fans, and made some new ones judging by response. Gary Pollard was looking unbeatable in his VW powered missile, but during a `match race' with Barry Lee at the helm, it broke, and it was veteran Midget ace Mick Bonner who carried on where he left off at Arlington more or less, who won in fine style from Alf Boarer and Malcolm Goodman in the unusual in-line mid engined Ford car. Brian Forrest was the only man to suffer a major shunt on the fast but for Midgets, bumpy, oval, clouting the fence by the bar grandstand early in the meeting.

 


Basil Craske & Anthony Brewer


Rod McLaughlan leads Brian Forrest