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                                 ROB HUGHES - The VOICE of C.H.R!


Five years into to running the Classic Hot Rod Page, I have enjoyed driving forward the publicity of the Hottest Stars in the Coolest Cars. I have seen the numbers following the formula via the page start from just a few hundred and now blossom - at the time of writing - toward twenty thousand. I am very proud of the fact that the formula has been so well recognised and followed with classic car and motor racing enthusiasts binding as one and allowing the formula to enjoy the largest social media following for any single class of short oval Motorsport in Europe. Thank you, all of you.

Although the sole focus of this page is to provide news on the drivers, their cars, the races that they compete in and forthcoming events, I thought it would be useful to provide a little summary  about myself and my determination to provide the news, films and photos of your favourite oval racing formula.

I've been following short oval racing since I was four. My dad first took me to Tower Grounds New Brighton on the Wirral to watch the Mod Stocks, Bangers and Hot Rods for the first time in 1974. I loved from the very start. By the time I had reached High School, my fast growing racing addiction had progressed me on to 'the hard stuff' - BriSCA Formula One Stockcar Racing and my teenage years allowed me to witness some of the finest years of open wheel contact racing with Stu Smith clashing with Frankie Wainman, Len Wolfenden, Mike Close, and my personal favourite driver - Dave Berresford. I watched F2 as well and particularly enjoyed Ian King going hell for leather around the big Crewe Shaleway.

As soon as I started work in 1989, I wanted to combine my love of writing stories with my favourite sport, and I began writing the North Column for Keith Barber's Stock Car Magazine. I was soon swept up in the Formula Two honeymoon of the early nineties, visiting tracks for the first time in Scotland and the West Country, and moved into writing the HughesOnTwos feature. I also provided commentary for many videoed meetings.

Real life got in the way by 1997, marriage, house, kids etc....and although I made my commentary swan song at the F2 world final at Swindon and local meetings at Warton and Barrow in '98..... That was me effectively off the active oval reporting scene!
However, it's never possible to get the oval racing drug completely out of your system! Having dabbled in watching the occasional meeting through the 'noughties,' I fell into nostalgia trap of thinking "it's still good, but not quite what it used to be." F1's had become powerful leviathans with complex cross-bracing, down bars and nerfs as big as bumpers. They had lost their character and style. The tooz had lost character in their progression too in becoming super-strong roller skates.....but I still wanted my racing fix....so I began looking for something new.

I stumbled across the Classic Hot Rods on line via The Whistling Jack Smith website. Paul Ballard, the WJS operative had listed all the different classes of Rod formulae. The Nationals looked cool, but I was immediately attracted to the Classics as they were the Hot Rods my young eyes has first clapped eyes on way back in the early seventies.....and I soon decided "I need to go and have a look at those!"

Forsaking an F1 meeting at Sheffield, I decided on Easter Bank Holiday Monday 2012 to see the CHRs for the first time. My timing couldn't have been better, Tim Foxlow was returning to racing for the first time in nearly twenty years and Lee Wood was introducing his Barry Lee Droop Snoot Mk2 replica. I fell in love with racing all over again - instantly smitten with the style and looks of these race cars which ticked so many boxes for me. I started following the page on Facebook, and by the time October came and I was driving past a Hot Stox meeting at Stoke, F2s at Brum, and F1s at Cov, to drive to Northampton for the CHRs - I knew I was hooked!

So it started from there. Becoming admin of the Classic Hot Rod Page, my passion for writing was re-ignited along with filming the racing for fun and posterity! Doing the news, reports, grades, points, liaison between Drivers and promoters, CHRTV, and writing for Retro Ford Magazine, I find myself with a pretty full time hobby!
So that brings us full circle giving you, the fans of Classic Hot Rods a resume of how I got here.

Moving the page forward to twenty thousand followers and beyond, my reason for doing what I do is simply enjoyment. I firmly believe that the recognition I strive to give the Classic Hot Rod drivers is something they hugely deserve of the time, effort and commitment they put in to put these superb old cars on the track and complete at one hundred percent in total racing in cars some would wince in the risk of damaging. Leading by example, I believe good publicity breeds good publicity and success encourages more success. It leads to more drivers joining the formula and wanting to be part of the success that CHR has become. Equally I take delight in the feedback the formula receives on this page. I firmly believe that the best way to see how good Classic Hot Rod racing is is LIVE.

If you follow the page and like the look of the cars, but have yet to see them in the flesh, promise yourself for 2018, get yourself along to a meeting next season. You won't regret it!

Rob Hughes
CHR PR
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The CLASSIC HOT ROD PAGE and CHR TV can only be as good as the time and dedication I can put into the Page.

I'm dedicated to providing the best in bringing you the news, views, interviews regarding the colourful scene of the The Hottest Stars in the Coolest Cars - the classiest race division on the European Oval Racing scene.

To travel, to film, to report : I trust you feel I give great value in doing what I do.

Anything you are prepared to give which would help me to continue to do what I do, and bring you - the fans - the stuff you love about CHRs, would be deeply appreciated.

ROB
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                                 ROB HUGHES - The VOICE of C.H.R!


Five years into to running the Classic Hot Rod Page, I have enjoyed driving forward the publicity of the Hottest Stars in the Coolest Cars. I have seen the numbers following the formula via the page start from just a few hundred and now blossom - at the time of writing - toward twenty thousand. I am very proud of the fact that the formula has been so well recognised and followed with classic car and motor racing enthusiasts binding as one and allowing the formula to enjoy the largest social media following for any single class of short oval Motorsport in Europe. Thank you, all of you.

Although the sole focus of this page is to provide news on the drivers, their cars, the races that they compete in and forthcoming events, I thought it would be useful to provide a little summary  about myself and my determination to provide the news, films and photos of your favourite oval racing formula.

I've been following short oval racing since I was four. My dad first took me to Tower Grounds New Brighton on the Wirral to watch the Mod Stocks, Bangers and Hot Rods for the first time in 1974. I loved from the very start. By the time I had reached High School, my fast growing racing addiction had progressed me on to 'the hard stuff' - BriSCA Formula One Stockcar Racing and my teenage years allowed me to witness some of the finest years of open wheel contact racing with Stu Smith clashing with Frankie Wainman, Len Wolfenden, Mike Close, and my personal favourite driver - Dave Berresford. I watched F2 as well and particularly enjoyed Ian King going hell for leather around the big Crewe Shaleway.

As soon as I started work in 1989, I wanted to combine my love of writing stories with my favourite sport, and I began writing the North Column for Keith Barber's Stock Car Magazine. I was soon swept up in the Formula Two honeymoon of the early nineties, visiting tracks for the first time in Scotland and the West Country, and moved into writing the HughesOnTwos feature. I also provided commentary for many videoed meetings.

Real life got in the way by 1997, marriage, house, kids etc....and although I made my commentary swan song at the F2 world final at Swindon and local meetings at Warton and Barrow in '98..... That was me effectively off the active oval reporting scene!
However, it's never possible to get the oval racing drug completely out of your system! Having dabbled in watching the occasional meeting through the 'noughties,' I fell into nostalgia trap of thinking "it's still good, but not quite what it used to be." F1's had become powerful leviathans with complex cross-bracing, down bars and nerfs as big as bumpers. They had lost their character and style. The tooz had lost character in their progression too in becoming super-strong roller skates.....but I still wanted my racing fix....so I began looking for something new.

I stumbled across the Classic Hot Rods on line via The Whistling Jack Smith website. Paul Ballard, the WJS operative had listed all the different classes of Rod formulae. The Nationals looked cool, but I was immediately attracted to the Classics as they were the Hot Rods my young eyes has first clapped eyes on way back in the early seventies.....and I soon decided "I need to go and have a look at those!"

Forsaking an F1 meeting at Sheffield, I decided on Easter Bank Holiday Monday 2012 to see the CHRs for the first time. My timing couldn't have been better, Tim Foxlow was returning to racing for the first time in nearly twenty years and Lee Wood was introducing his Barry Lee Droop Snoot Mk2 replica. I fell in love with racing all over again - instantly smitten with the style and looks of these race cars which ticked so many boxes for me. I started following the page on Facebook, and by the time October came and I was driving past a Hot Stox meeting at Stoke, F2s at Brum, and F1s at Cov, to drive to Northampton for the CHRs - I knew I was hooked!

So it started from there. Becoming admin of the Classic Hot Rod Page, my passion for writing was re-ignited along with filming the racing for fun and posterity! Doing the news, reports, grades, points, liaison between Drivers and promoters, CHRTV, and writing for Retro Ford Magazine, I find myself with a pretty full time hobby!
So that brings us full circle giving you, the fans of Classic Hot Rods a resume of how I got here.

Moving the page forward to twenty thousand followers and beyond, my reason for doing what I do is simply enjoyment. I firmly believe that the recognition I strive to give the Classic Hot Rod drivers is something they hugely deserve of the time, effort and commitment they put in to put these superb old cars on the track and complete at one hundred percent in total racing in cars some would wince in the risk of damaging. Leading by example, I believe good publicity breeds good publicity and success encourages more success. It leads to more drivers joining the formula and wanting to be part of the success that CHR has become. Equally I take delight in the feedback the formula receives on this page. I firmly believe that the best way to see how good Classic Hot Rod racing is is LIVE.

If you follow the page and like the look of the cars, but have yet to see them in the flesh, promise yourself for 2018, get yourself along to a meeting next season. You won't regret it!

Rob Hughes
CHR PR

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