About V8 Hotstox
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 cheaper, fun, competitive racing. The formula is affiliated to the F1 BSCDA; meaning we can have their support and are covered by the Benevolent Fund. The formula is holding its own each year with attendances of mid 20s to early 30s most meetings
We currently operate a fixture list of around 25+meetings, including a couple of 2 day meetings. Half of the meetings are generally with BriSCA F1’s. The 2018 season visited the following tracks: Belle Vue, Birmingham, Buxton, Hednesford, Kings Lynn, Mildenhall, Sheffield, Skegness, Yarmouth ,Stoke the New Shale Surface at Northampton plus a very welcome and successful trip South to Aldershot
Second hand cars are sold on average between £3000 – £10000 depending on spec but there are usually Cars to Suit all Budgets We run two control tyres; the outside rear Kingpin is set at £32; the rally Indysport tyre is set at £60; 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 £100 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 generally doesn’t receive prize money (aside from championships or sponsored events which is improving season on season with decent rewards for drivers efforts). A £5 scrutineering fee is charged at each meeting per driver (Plus a £1 voluntary fee to help subsidise foreign entries at Championships); This Money goes back into the Club to help run the Formula such as Prize Moneys,Functions,Social Events etc.
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 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,Phoebe Wainman 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, more drivers, more fans, better racing; now’s the time to get involved with some very exciting plans and dates for 2018 Season if the Racing side isnt for you but want to help and get behind this great Formula become a Sponsor there is packgaes to suit all Budgets from a Heat Race upto a World Championship we can get your name or company out there
To Provide a fair competitive Formula in which every Driver can afford and wants to be part of regardless of Skill or Grade there is something for everyone even the Teams and Familys we have plenty of events where Socially its a great sport in which everyone has Fun and wants to be part of this is an area we plan to improve on also in the coming months.
Hire Cars are available to try the Formula Courtesy of Hawkes Racing and Team MJS.
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Below are some driver testimonies from new an old drivers in the sport currently:
Amy Jagger 525, Age 22, steel erector/ plant mechanic. 2019 will be my 5th year racing V8 Hotstox. I chose V8 Hotstox because they appealed to me whilst racing Ministox as a follow on formula, as they have the look and racing style of F1s. V8s are a very friendly formula who will help each other out however they can, whether it be parts for the cars or set up.
Craig Smith 187 , Age 32 , Former British and European Champion plus Driver of the Year Occupation – I won’t bore you with that! started in 2002 and was pretty much because my dad, uncle and brother all decided to get me one! I’d never even watched a hotstox race before I raced one and had only seen f1 about 3 times before. The cost can vary from one driver to the next. The better you get the less you spend on damage.. but the better you get the more you spend on going fast! The price of cars have sky rocketed.. but this is because the formula is in a very desirable position where running costs compared to other formulas are concerned. We are cheap to run compared to f1 or f2.. everyone tends to be a good egg in hotstox.. even the old grey haired f@#$%÷r who hates me most will speak to me.. everyone tries to get along don’t they. I’ve raced in this formula on and off for over 16 years now, and there’s a reason for keep coming back after my few stoppages.. it’s just a really great formula! And after seeing it really struggle through the bad times but make it through, I want to see it flourish now the times are looking good! Come and join us in making this great formula, greater!!
Declan Gwin 522,Age:18 Welder and fabricator I start racing Brisca v8s When family friend Darren Cottrill (575) lent me his shale car to race for a few meetings in 2016,I still race the car to this date I choose to race Brisca v8 as f1s where simply to expense and f2s had to many meeting, v8s were cheap to run and had a good number of meetings at around 22/28 a year. There are some big characters within our sport , everyone is friendly which is what makes our sport great. My goal in Brisca v8 is to mark my self as one of the top shale drivers I have long way to go but we are slowly getting there .
Bryan Andrew 355,Age Top Secret,Work in the Construction Industry,Former Buxton Track Champion 2nd in 2 World Finals.Went to watch hotstox back in 1987 at the old belle vue and by the end of the year had bought one for £450 ready to race
First full season was 1988
I was always meant to start off with hotstox until I was good enough to move up to f1. Still find myself trying 30 years later.
The cost side of the sport has escalated dramatically over the last 5years and the lower grader to star man gap has increased.
I like to make new friends with drivers and teams which evolves year after year. I have seen a lot of teams move on for good and bad reasons but I try to keep in touch when i can
The social side could do with a boost, that’s why I tried the vets Hotstox Veterans Event which went down well.
Not being able to challenge for the top spots anymore I set out to finish as many races as possible .
I have been both driver and official and hope most understand my views are for the sport and not just for myself.
Guy Jolly 222,Age 28, Warehouse and Site Logistics Manager, Former Under 25s Champion and 2 Times Supreme Champion,Started Racing in Brisca V8s in 2008 after Hiring a Car loved it that much we bought a car for cheap money which learnt us the trade 10 years later we are still here and also had some decent sucess along the way whilst costs have gone up through the years i believe V8s to still be an affordable option and the next best thing to Brisca F1 the Social side is generally good and the Racing whilst is tough is fair and good fun and is a great Formula to be part of whether it be Driver,Mechanic,Family watching the sport has some exciting times ahead which given the right care will only get bigger and better so now the time to get involved and be part of it.