26 July 1987, Arena Essex, Bill Boarer Memorial
Report from Motoring News by Dave Cox

Paul Sinclair beat Basil Craske by a wheel in a thrilling Bill Boarer Memorial race at Arena Essex on July 26. The pace was so hot that Sinclair set a new outright 25 lap race record, knocking a second off the National Hot Rod record.

Novice driver Phillip Retchless set a cracking pace in the opening 20 lap race chased by Eddy Ricketts and Marcus Retchless, Phillip opening up a quarter lap lead as a jostling pack of Anthony Brewer, M. Retchless, Harry Lowe and Nigel Brake closed in on Ricketts. H. Lowe picked off the opposition to move into second place as the leader hit trouble with an oil leak spraying onto his rear tyres. Harry took the lead on lap 10 to open up a half lap margin by the chequered flag for his first win of the year. Brewer was a safe second, Craske third after a hectic race-long dice with P. Sinclair, John Lowe fifth and P. Retchless sixth.

Duncan Reed led the opening laps of the Bill Boarer Memorial until Brewer powered through to open up a small lead from M. Retchless, Reed and a hard charging P. Sinclair. Paul rapidly disposed of Reed and Retchless to set after the flying Brewer while Graham Sinclair and Craske were tooth and nail as they moved through the pack. P. Sinclair was soon battling with Brewer whose rear tyres were starting to go off, Brewer sliding wide on the pit turn to let Sinclair through. M. Retchless was still third while Craske drove round the outside of G. Sinclair to snatch fourth and H. Lowe was rapidly closing on the leading group. Craske passed Retchless and Brewer on successive laps to take second and start whittling away Paul Sinclair's lead. Meanwhile, H. Lowe passed Retchless and G. Sinclair and Joined Brewer in a battle for third, taking the place with five laps to run. As the race drew to a close Craske was harrying P. Sinclair and they carne out of the final turn side by side with Sinclair just pipping Craske to the line. H. Lowe was third ahead of G. Sinclair, Brewer and J. Lowe. 1984 Midget World Champion Alf Boarer (Bill's son) presented the trophy to a delighted Paul Sinclair.