Here We Go!
Organiser Fred Rothwell reminds us:
"Much the same as previous.....7 rounds, 6 best scores to count. An over 35/over 40 event, and an over 50/over 60 event. Both events running together, ideally providing 40 races with the category finals to follow".
Once again to cover our expenses (insurance and series trophies) and to raise some funds for The Orchid Charity...........£20 for the series or £4 per round fits the bill.
After recent problems with the old web site I'm still having to build from the ground up again but as you can now see on the right I'm getting there.
There are quite a few older match reports with little or no content, so if you can help fill the gaps that would be very much appreciated.
Well done Fred Rothwell, another Mission Impossible successfully completed, with no help from anyone!
Our 2022 Grand Finale takes place at Birmingham on October 8th - why not join us?
JUST A NOTE
It's a sad fact of life that it has to end some time. If I get flamed for this I'm sorry, but I have to say it regardless. If we get too many more new memorial meetings, or indeed simply extra Vets meetings popping up we are going to find it even tougher to arrange dates for the Series, and we always get the last bite of a very sour cherry anyway making it extremely difficult for Fred Rothwell to arrange our season with zero co-operation from other organisers. At least give the dates/days a bit of extra thought please.
Once again apologies to clubs that had expressed an interest in staging a round of the GP but as usual the Gaffer had to strike a balance, never easy for him. With more Vets meetings than ever now taking place it will just get harder as we're having our own opportunities gradually reduced.
*IMPORTANT* To 2022 hosting clubs
Please don't feel the need to provide massive trophies, or indeed trophies at all. In the past there have been some stunning examples provided but as nice as they can be there really is no need to go overboard. Medals or any other suitable award will do quite nicely, and considering we now require FOUR sets of four after including the 35 to 40s (now under re-consideration) this should be good news for clubs hard pressed for funds or unable to find sponsors.
Calling all Over 34s - let's see you all here!
Welcome to the Euro-Vets web site, we hope it has become the definitive guide to charitable Short Track Racing for the Over 34's. For new, "mature" riders just coming into the Sport, this is the best introduction you could get. See our minimal rules and requirements further down this page.
On behalf of all of us I must offer a huge vote of thanks to the indomitable Fred Rothwell who continues to deliver the goods and enable the whole thing for all of us to enjoy, including from 2017 a much better insurance deal. Fred doesn’t work in solitary though, he has the ever-willing Norman Venson and Geoff Gamage to back him up when required and they do a great job in support.
More thanks are due to the clubs who put us on their fixture list, their hard working secretaries and ground crews and anyone who chipped in along the way.
I'd also like to give a shout out for 2015/2017 World Veterans Champion Craig Marchant who's never off Facebook trying to lever some other ex-rider out of retirement or promoting the next event for us, a real credit to the cause.
yes - YOU!
If you are reading this then you must still have some sort of attachment to Short Tracking (OK then if you must, Cycle Speedway!) whether you'd like to admit it or not. Therefore, if you've never turned a wheel in our fantastic Grand Prix series or you have but not too many times, then why not take the plunge this year by entering at least one round, maybe your local one to start with? You'll be doing the Sport a great favour, having a really enjoyable few laps amongst our much travelled troupe of regulars, get a laugh or two, maybe do some catching up with old friends and/or adversaries and just have a great day out. It doesn't matter what your current ability is, middle-age is the only qualification required and you'll be welcomed wholeheartedly.
If you are over 34 before New Year's Eve in the year of competition then we'd love to see you on track this year at one of our Grand Prix events.
New, current or ex-rider - you are all most welcome to join our friendly Racing for Grown-Ups circuit. Over 35s race 35 to 40 year olds and ditto the other age groups although you are allowed to compete against younger opposition unless there are no spaces in the day's programme. We'd love to see some new or old faces taking part this year, and in doing so you are not only helping prolong the life of the Sport but also helping boost its media coverage which is no bad thing these days. There's absolutely no pressure and a genuine air of calm in the pits (most times!). And of course there's the feelgood factor of supporting our chosen charities which we've been quite successful at. We'd really appreciate your presence at at least one round, but if you could manage a couple or more that would be fantastic, so take a look at our fixtures and start planning a ride or nine! We are not governed by British Cycling so you don't need one of their expensive race licences but there is the inevitable insurance cover which costs just a few quid - much more palatable.
If you're old enough you're good enough!
We run a series of events annually taking in all regions of the UK and generally, but not strictly, rotating the venues year-on-year. The series provides an opportunity for all Over-34 racers to continue enjoying the Sport under friendly, hospitable and generally more level conditions when they otherwise may be starved out of regular competition by the Little Ones (under 35s!!!). The overriding theme is one of enjoyment and Gentlemanly conduct but rest assured there are no easy races with the spirit of rivalry fully maintained and openly displayed. We do, however, take pride in the somewhat lower rate of attrition suffered through on-track incidents than in most or all other levels of the Sport.
Who does What?
As from the end of 2018 there are now FOUR age categories to keep the racing as fair as possible while providing superb entertainment within a spirit of friendly competitiveness not generally associated with regular Cycle Speedway/Short Track events:
- Over 35
- Over 40
- Over 50
- Over 60
All categories are for riders either AT the magic age or reaching it in the year of competition.
Our "management team" consists of Fred Rothwell, Norman Venson and Geoff Gamage, and they control things before, during and after our meetings. Terry Kirkup looks after this site, our Facebook page and GP statistics. And of course credit to Dave Murphy who's brainchild the whole thing was way back when :)
Because of the nation-wide nature of our Sport and it's widely distributed venues, it can never be known exactly how many competitors may turn up at any single event. It is therefore not uncommon to find that we have to integrate one or more age groups in order to produce a workable race meeting. Given such adverse conditions it is a regular feature for the Over 50 and Over 60 riders to be grouped together in a single match, and it has even been known for the whole of those present to compete against each other whichever group they belong in, but hopefully this will remain a rarity. Conversely, we've had to suffer the odd series of repêchage races where there have been too many contestants for the normal formulae to work properly and some dilution was required!
When the event is run along these now familiar lines, the two matches are run independently but intertwined, so Over 40s Heat One is followed by Over 50s (/60s) Heat One, etc, etc..
Even so, the format retains a full set of Semi-Finals and Finals ("A" and "B") for each of the four age groups no matter how many riders turn up on the day with awards normally presented to the four "A" Finalists and the Referee, usually provided by the staging Club as their contribution to ease the burden on the Orchid Fund.
Series points are collected and the Champion of each class is the highest scorer overall after the final round. Points are awarded as below:
"A" Final 1st: 25, 2nd: 23, 3rd: 22, 4th: 21
"B" Final 1st: 20, 2nd: 18, 3rd: 17, 4th: 16
*note you drop your lowest score, or in other words only your top n-1 scores count towards the Championship.
You can contact our Main Man Fred Rothwell here: or the Editor here:
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2009 Final Eurovets GP Rostrum (best 6 scores from 7 Rounds):
Over-40s: 1st Ian Lawrence 143 2nd Norman Venson 131 3rd Colin Wheeler 116
Over-50s: 1st Ian Lawrence 150 2nd Colin Wheeler 129 3rd Fred Rothwell 120
Over-60s: 1st Colin Wheeler 150 2nd Chic Mackie 136 3rd Ian McKinley 44
detail above courtesy Dave Murphy
photo credit Kevin Turley
|EUROVETS 2005 – Final Results|
|Place / Rider Club Overall Pts Lowest-score Final Pts total (3 best rounds).|
|1st - Andy Franks (Stoke):||94||21||73|
|2nd - Dave Murphy (Southampton):||85||17||68|
|3rd - Ian Woodhouse (Southampton):||66||0||66|
|4th - Paul Dyson (Bury):||63||0||63|
|5th - Ian Lawrence (L.Stratton):||63||0||63|
|6th - Martin Gamble (Sheffield):||54||0||54|
|7th - John Murphy (Edinburgh):||49||0||49|
|8th - Fred Rothwell (Bury):||48||0||48|
|9th - Keith Snelling (Horspath):||46||0||46|
|10th – Bob Prince (Birmingham):||43||0||43|
|11th – Martin Glover (Swindon):||36||0||36|
|12th – Steve Harvie (East London):||35||0||35|
|13th – Lee Lawrence (L,Stratton):||29||0||29|
|14th – Gary Lawrence (L.Stratton):||20||0||20||(2 rounds only)|
|15th – Mike Baugh (Dudley):||19||0||19||(1 round only)|
|16th – Tony Bowen (Sandwell):||15||0||15||(2 rounds only)|
|English GP (Sandwell):||1. Andy Franks.||2. Ian Woodhouse.||3. Dave Murphy.|
|Scottish GP (Edinburgh):||1. Ian Woodhouse.||2. Andy Franks.||3. Ian Lawrence.|
|GP of Wales (Newport):||1. Andy Franks.||2. Dave Murphy.||3. Paul Dyson.|
|Polish GP (Rawicz):||1. Fred Rothwell.||2. Dave Murphy.||3. Andy Franks.|
|Place / Rider Club Overall Pts Lowest-score Final Pts total (3 best rounds).|
|1st - Mike Baugh (Dudley):||70||0||70|
|2nd - Bob Prince (Birmingham):||90||21||69|
|3rd - Fred Rothwell (Bury):||90||21||69|
|4th - Mick Aris (Wednesfield):||83||20||63|
|5th - John Murphy (Edinburgh):||78||16||62|
|6th - Steve Harvie (East London):||74||17||57|
|7th - Chick Mackie (Glasgow):||54||9||45|
|8th - Colin Wheeler (Southampton):||43||0||43||(2 rounds only)|
|9th - Ian McKinlay (Edinburgh):||48||10||38|
|10th – Peter Mittell (Norwich):||34||0||34|
|11th – John Whiting (Bury):||29||0||29||(2 rounds only)|
|12th – Mick Pedley (Wednesfield):||18||0||18||(1 round only)|
|13th – Pete Sadler (Newport):||18||0||18||(1 round only)|
|14th – Phil Widdas (Birmingham):||15||0||15||(2 rounds only)|
|15th – Joe Williams (Wednesfield):||14||0||14||(2 rounds only)|
|16th – Dave Callaghan (Bury):||9||0||9||(1 round only)|
|English GP (Sandwell):||1. Mike Baugh.||2. Colin Wheeler.||3. Bob Prince.|
|Scottish GP (Edinburgh):||1. Bob Prince.||2. Fred Rothwell.||3. Mick Aris.|
|GP of Wales (Newport):||1. Mike Baugh.||2. Fred Rothwell.||3. Bob Prince.|
|Polish GP (Rawicz):||1. John Murphy.||2. Fred Rothwell.||3. Bob Prince.|
detail above courtesy of Dave Murphy
These images were grabbed from Kevin Turley's old Euro Vets web site and add a wee bit of extra history to ours.
Sandwell Cycle Speedway hosted an exciting third round of the 2011 Euro Vets championships.
A thrilling days racing saw victory for Mark Griffith in the over 40s A final.
Full results: Over-40s A Final: 1 Mark Griffith 2 Dennis Hubble 3 Paul Timms.
Over-40s B Final: 1 Peter Chant 2 Steve Mullinder 3 Colin Wheeler.
Over-50s A Final: 1 Dennis Hubble 2 Paul Timms 3 Phil Hemming.
Over-50s B Final: 1 Fred Rothwell 2 Colin Wheeler 3 Chic Mackie.
Over-60s A Final: 1 Colin Wheeler 2 Dave Baxter 3 Chic Mackie.
Local London rider Dennis Hubble completed a full house of victories at the East London Eurovets GP Series Round 6 which also incorporated the 16th running of the London Old Masters.
With an oversubscribed entry of 19 riders present, Eurovets organiser Fred Rothwell and his East London deputy Kevin Smith were forced to run the event in two matches.
Dennis, the recent national over 50s winner at Edinburgh a fortnight ago, clinically won with a full maximum from fellow Redbraes Park runner up Steve Woodroof with Colin Wheeler finishing ahead of Rothwell in the A Final.
Sandwell's Phill Hemmings won the B version ahead of EL teammates Les Stevens and Dave Hughes from once a year racer Chris Riches, formerly of Hawbush. The organisation pressures of match promoter Kevin Smith affected his performance but the two over 60s finals provided major challenges for the eight grandvets present.
Edinburgh's Dave Baxter coming good in the B version from debutant Pat Cousins, the irrepressible Chic Mackie and a tiring Riches whilst the A Final produced the race of the day which saw 3 different leaders before the foursome cascaded over the finishing line in a blanket finish with Rothwell getting the win from Wheeler, Hughes and a not so lucky Les Stevens.
With the younger 40 something riders joined by the best of the rest the second individual would count as the London Old Masters prior to the two GP Finals at the end.
With the pace of racing upped accordingly in the now stifling conditions Dennis continued with another four straight wins only coming second to GP leadership rival and defending LOM champion Mark Griffiths in his final outing. Usual podium favourite Norman Venson triumphed over big gun Griffiths, who surprisingly lost out to newcomer Pete Chant in that heat too. Venson only dropped a point to Dennis in his first race, that meant they tied on 19 points necessitating a run off. Winning the toss Dennis chose the inside and led from the gate despite Norman's usual overtaking challenges.
Other riders in the individual impressed with EL's Woodroof picking up a brace of heat wins, teammate Steve Myhill beating Midlander Steve Mullinder in a thriller and Fred and Les accumulating points as well whilst tiring legs diluted the older riders some who had done 13 races by the finish. Lack of racing this year for Norfolk rider Tim Grimes showed and spectators like Ivan Darby, Tony Johnstone or Alan Busby could not be tempted to fill the one blank space in the programme.
The B Final saw Woody win from Les, the impressing Chant and co-ordinator Fred whilst the A version containing the forecasted powerhouse foursome did not disappoint.
Hubble off of one led primarily but hard close racing in the first two laps saw the others jockeying for the lead which resulted in a brilliant pass by Gary Brown on Dennis which saw the Suffolk rider streaking away for certain victory only for disaster to strike on the second bend of the final lap when he lost his front wheel in the drying shale, leaving Hubble doing well to avoid a collision and win and Griffiths second although Gary remounted to secure third place from a now tiring Venson.
This result now ties Dennis and Mark at the top of the standings with three rounds remaining.
London Old Masters (Run Off)
Dennis Hubble beat Norman Venson (Leicester) after both riders tied on 19 points in the individual scores prior to the GP Finals.
1. Dennis Hubble 25
2. Mark Griffiths (Wednesfield) 23
3. Gary Brown (Kesgrave) 22
4. Norman Venson 21
5. Steve Woodroof 20
6. Les Stevens 18
7. Peter Chant (Southampton) 17
8. Fred Rothwell 16
9=.Colin Wheeler and Steve Myhill (East London) 12
11. Steve Mullinder (Wednesfield) 11
12, Phill Hemmings 10
13. Dave Hughes 8
14. Tim Grimes (Hethersett) 7
15. Chris Riches 6
1.Dennis Hubble (East London) 25
2. Steve Woodroof (East London) 23
3. Colin Wheeler (Southampton) 22
4. Fred Rothwell ("Pedal Sport") 21
5. Phil Hemmings (Sandwell) 20
6. Les Stevens (East London) 18
7. Dave Hughes (East London) 17
8. Chris Riches (ex Hawbush) 16
9. Dave Baxter (Edinburgh) 12
10=. Chick Mackie (Edinburgh) & Kevin Smith (East London) 11
12. Pat Cousins (Southampton) 9
1. Fred Rothwell 25
2. Colin Wheeler 23
3. Dave Hughes 22
4. Les Stevens 21
5. Dave Baxter 20
6. Pat Cousins 18
7. Chic Mackie 17
8. Chris Riches 16.
Referee - Nicky Gunkel (Greater London)
London Old Masters 2008
13th. “London Old Masters” (Eurovets GP Series Final Round of 7) held at East London on Saturday 25th. October 2008.
With 22 riders in the 3 classes present the meeting comprised of 2 individuals with corresponding “A” & “B” GP Finals. The over 50’s (Supervets) and over 60’s (Grand Vets) Individual final was first, refereed by Nicky Gunkel (Essex) followed by the over 40’s (Eurovets) Old Masters Final refereed by Dave Hughes (Greater London). With a considerable number of riders doing both events there was not too much time to socialise with the large crowd present including many old faces from the past.
No. Rider Club Eurovets o40,s Supervets o50,s (P) Grandvets o60,s (P)
1. Steve Harris Horspath 25 Points (The 2008 London Old Masters Winner)
2. Ian Lawrence Filton 23 25 Points (1)
3. Norman Venson Leicester 22 Champion
4. Mike Burgess Filton 21 23 (2) Champion
5. Paul Gibbs Filton 20
6. Garry Brown Somersham 18
7. Les Stevens East London 17 18 (6)
8. Mick Aris Wednesfield 16 22 (3)
9. George Hughes East London 11 17 (7)
= Tim Metcalf Coventry 11
= Dave Tulloch ex Hawbush 11 20 (5) 25 Points (1)
12. Fred Rothwell Bury 10 11 (9=)
13. Dave Palfreyman Filton 9 11 (9=)
14. Steve Woodroof ex East London 7
15. Steve Bloxham ex Hawbush 6 11 (9=)
= Steve Harvie East London 6 16 (8)
Alan Cox ex East London 21 (4)
Chris Riches ex Hawbush 11 (9=) 23 (2)
Dave Hughes East London 10 (13)
John Whiting Bury 8 (14) 22 (3) Champion
Dave Baxter Edinburgh 5 (15=)
Chic Mackie Edinburgh 5 (15=) 21 (4)
Final Eurovets GP Positions 2008 (6 from 7 Rounds)
1. NORMAN VENSON (Leicester) 138 Points, 2. D.Murphy (Poole) 125, 3. M.Burgess (Filton) 124, 4. M.Aris (Wednesfield) 119, 5. P.Gibbs (Filton) 106, 6. S.Harris (Horspath) 98, 7. I.Lawrence (Filton) 86, 8. P.Timms (Birmingham) 85, 9. F.Rothwell (Bury) 84, 10. S.Plows (Hull) 80, 11. R.Ellis (Wednesfield) 72, 12. J.Whiting (Bury) 56, 13. S.Harvie (East London) 49, 14. C.Mackie (Edinburgh) 40, 15. K.Marson (Wednesfield) 37, 16. P.Widdas (Birmingham) 32, 17. D.Baxter (Edinburgh) & T.Metcalf (Coventry) 26, 19. L.Lawrence (Edinburgh) 20, 20. G.Brown (Somersham) & J.Murphy (Edinburgh) 18, 22. L.Stevens (East London) 17, 23. M.Pedley (Wednesfield) 16, 24. M.Glover (Horspath), G.Hughes (East London), D.O’Callaghan (Bury) & D.Tulloch (ex Hawbush) 11. 28. I.McKinley (Edinburgh) & D.Palfreyman (Filton) 9, 30. P.Davies (Newport), A.Forbes (Edinburgh) & S.Woodroof (ex East London) 7, 33. S.Bloxham (ex Hawbush) & S.Jarman (Bury) 6.
Supervets – 1. MIKE BURGESS 140 Points, 2. M.Aris 139, 3. R.Ellis 116, 4. F.Rothwell 115, 5. J.Whiting 106, 6. I.Lawrence 93, 7. P.Timms 91, 8. S.Harvie 78, 9. D.Baxter 62, 10. C.Mackie 59, 11. P.Widdas 52, 12. J.Murphy 38, 13. M.Pedley 22, 14. A.Cox (ex East London) 21, 15. D.Tulloch 20, 16. L.Stevens 18, 17. G.Hughes 17, 18. S.Bloxham, D.Palfreyman & C.Riches (ex Hawbush) 11, 21. D.Hughes (East London) 10, 22. I.McKinley 9, 23. A.Forbes 7 & 24. S.Jarman 6.
Grandvets – 1. JOHN WHITING 142, 2. R.Ellis 140, 3. C.Mackie 132, 4. J.Murphy 48, 5.I.McKinley 40, 6. D.Tulloch 25, 7. C.Riches 23 & 8. A.Forbes 18. A total of 36 riders from 12 current clubs plus Hawbush.
Eurovets G.P. Series 2007. - Details by Dave Murphy
2007 Final Eurovets GP Standings (6 Rounds) - Over 40:
1st Norman Venson 121 points 2nd Dave Murphy 110 3rd Ian Lawrence 108 4th Dave Frith 99
Other GP point totals: Mick Aris 91, Fred Rothwell 86, Roger Ellis 69, S.Harvie 54, Lee Galley & Les Stevens 50, Dave O’Callaghan 41, Allan Evans 40, Mike Burgess 34, Lee Lawrence 33, Paul Dyson 23, Martin Glover 22, Kev Marson 21, Mick Pedley & Colin Wheeler 20, Joe McLaughlan 17, Paul Gibbs, Alan Guest, Chick Mackie & John Murphy 16, Gilbert Davis & Alan Cox 11, Ian McKinlay 10, Steve Bloxham, Chris Riches, Rob Absolom & Jan Kuik 9, Phil Widdas 8, Grzegorz Wielinski 6 & George Hughes 5.
2007 Final Eurovets GP Standings (6 Rounds) - Over 50:
1st Ian Lawrence 123 points 2nd Fred Rothwell 113 3rd Mick Aris 110 4th Roger Ellis 96
Other GP point totals: Steve Harvie 93, Les Stevens 63, Mike Burgess 45, Chick Mackie 24, Mick Pedley & Joe McLaughlan 22, Alan Cox, John Murphy & Colin Wheeler 21, Alan Guest 20, Ian McKinlay & Phil Widdas 17. Steve Bloxham 17, Chris Riches 9.
2007 Final Eurovets GP Standings (6 Rounds) - Over 60:
1st Roger Ellis 123 points 2nd Chick Mackie 45 3rd John Murphy 25 4th Colin Wheeler 25