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 gaining momentum and car turn outs are improving year on year, the average car turnout proving so: 2014: 19, 2015: 27, 2016: 30.
We currently operate a fixture list of around 27 meetings, including a couple of 2 day meetings. Half of the meetings are generally with BriSCA F1’s. The 2016 season visited the following tracks: Belle Vue, Birmingham, Buxton, Coventry, Kings Lynn, Mildenhall, Sheffield, Skegness and Stoke.These venues will form the 2017 schedule plus the welcomed return of Hednesford.
Second hand 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 £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 £80 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). A £5 scrutineering 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, more drivers, more fans, better racing; now’s the time to get involved!
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Below are some driver testimonies (Speaking in January 2017); who have joined the formula recently from the junior Ministox formula, plus more below them from over the last few years:
Matt Barnard 69 – “It was a few weeks after starting in the Ministox that I knew I wanted to carry on racing after 16. It was a choice between V8s and F2s, as F1s are so much of a step up and so expensive. After watching a few V8 meetings I knew it was them I wanted to race. A fairly cheap formula and a competitive field where I knew I’d be able to go out and get a few wins every now and then! Plus everyone in the formula is so kind and helpful, I’d definitely recommend to anyone who fancies a go!”
Sophie Maynard 154 – “Me and my dad had been discussing V8s for a while before I started out in them. During my year out after retiring from Ministox, we weren’t sure which formula to go into! I’m so glad we went with V8s, as I enjoy racing them so much. Everyone involved is lovely and the people in charge of running the club do an amazing job. A couple of wins and a Championship win in the V8s has set me up ready to have a go in F1s!! I don’t think I’ll be leaving V8s though!!”
Olly Spencer 498 – “I race In the V8s is for many reasons, its like a big family I’ve raced for 2 years now and there’s not one driver that won’t talk or help you with anything, I feel V8s are growing every year and for the money they cost, it’s a no brainer, cheap and easy to set up. The V8 Hotstox is a great leap out of minis to get started into fast but fair racing! I would recommend this formula to anyone! I’ve had great success in a small amount of time and like seeing all the drivers succeed around me.”
Speaking in late 2014:
Hayley Williams 26 – ‘I chose to do V8s about a year after I had left the minis; so I was 17 when my dad bought me my first V8; my first car cost £1500. The V8s are great for people that want to proceed and progress within the sport. The V8s are also beginning to get more interest from the public; there’s new drivers every year. I enjoy racing in the V8s, there’s some great people in them and I’ve made so many new and close friends, best decision I’ve made yet!’
Stephen Young 176 – ‘Me and my Dad went to Buxton to watch F1’s when the V8’s were on as well and we thought it was the better option than racing F2’s and we are glad we joined the v8’s, I absolutely love racing them. I would recommend them to anyone looking to step up into another formula, because all of the cars are similar which makes the racing closer and more exciting. Also the people involved, as they will help you out in any possible way they can.’
Phoebe Wainman 211 – ‘The reason that I went into the V8s is because the leap from minis to F1 is far too much for a 16 year old and I saw the V8s as a bit of a stepping stone, but actually now that I am in the V8s, I don’t want to go into the F1s! They are so much fun and I enjoy them so much, I get on with everyone and it’s like one big family! I’m lucky that I found success in the V8s and it is making me more and more determined to be the best! They are so easy to maintain and so much cheaper than the F1s or F2s and I don’t want to leave them now!’
Tom Spencer 298 – ‘What i enjoy most about V8s is the racing, it’s fast and competitive (like the minis) and affordable, the more the formula grows the better cars and racing is becoming. In 2014 there was 18 different final winners from 25 meetings. It proves that you can have success unlike most adult formulas where the wins are shared between a select few. V8’s have more of a level playing field.’