2021

On 1 September, the 2021 season began after a delay due to COVID 19 pandemic with a practice evening at Arena Slotstox Club. Practicing each of my blue Parmastox and red Parmastox they were both struggling for grip having not been used for several months and needing work on their tyres.  Using my blue Parmastox, which was gradually improving, I raced in a five Parmastox, two races per lane, heat.  No points were kept but I didn't manage a race win. I didn't race in a second practice heat as I was having a discussion with a fellow Club member.

On 15 September, a meeting was held to discuss various aspects of the Arena Slotstox Club after which it was agreed that the 2021 race meetings would count towards a Rainbow roof qualifying series with the top 6  drivers at the end racing in a final decider.

6 October - Arena Rainbow roof series round 2 after it was unanimously agreed by those in attendance that the series would capture the 1 meeting held in 2020 so that Jack Branch's final meeting would be officially scored somewhere. Having done some maintenance on both my blue and red Parmastox, I raced my blue Parmastox which, with lots of lighter fluid on the tyres and some tweaking of the braids, improved as the meeting went on.  Heat 1 - 2nd of six drivers (22 - 3rd scored 21) and heat 2 - 5th of six drivers (22 again - 4th scored 23).  All six raced in the final - 3rd (22 yet again - 4th scored 21) - 10 (best heat 4 + final 6) points chart points. The meeting ended with a one race per lane Grand National with the final winner starting a lap down - 2nd of six drivers (17).

20 October - Arena Rainbow roof series round 3 and the end of an era... due to falling numbers, having been a topic of discussion by those present during recent weeks and taking various factors into consideration it was agreed during this meeting that this would be the final meeting of the Arena Slotstox Club.

Due to drivers delayed by heavy traffic on route, racing was on the four lane ‘Brentwood Show’ track. Heat 1 – 3rd of four drivers (13) and heat 2 – 1st of four drivers (20).  All four drivers raced in the final – three races per lane – 1st (41 – looking back at the scores, going into the final race it was level between me and the eventual 2nd and I was the only finisher in that final race!) – ending on a high with a 13 maximum (best heat 5 + final 8) points chart points. The meeting and Club ended with a one race per lane Grand National and I, as final winner, started a lap down - 2nd of four drivers (8).

During the 3 rounds of the Rainbow series held, I was top points scorer with 33 points and the 3rd highest average of 11 points.  As I had won the final Parmastox Arena Gold Top Championship in 2019, I would be the final Arena Gold Top (as well as the final Silver Top).  The maximum 13 points at round 3 - the only one on the 'Brentwood Show' track meant I won that track championship.  I finished 2nd in the 'WACC' track Championship with 20 points and an average of 10 points. I finished 2nd in the Arena Rainbow Series Grand National points chart with 10 points.

PARMASTOX ARENA 2020/2021 RAINBOW SERIES POINTS CHAMPION: 33 POINTS

PARMASTOX ARENA 2020/2021 RAINBOW SERIES 'WACC TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP: 2ND - 20 POINTS

PARMASTOX ARENA 2020/2021 RAINBOW SERIES 'BRENTWOOD SHOW' TRACK CHAMPION: 13 POINTS

 

PARMASTOX ARENA 2020/2021 RAINBOW SERIES GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: 2ND - 10 POINTS


28 November 2021

The end or an era... after approx. 10½ years of me Slot-Car Racing at the Arena Slotstox Club, the tracks had now been sold to and collected by their new owners with the hope that they have as much fun racing on them as I did.
After the final meeting on 21 October, over the next few weeks and numerous messages, the sales were worked on and agreed (some more than once!) The Club's former St Mary's track and Brentwood Show 4 lane track were collected on 7 November, whilst the main track was collected on 28 November.
Whilst the main track has been referred to as 'marmite', with an Open Championship win, multiple Gold and Silver Top wins, plus going a full season scoring double points (out of 13) at every round... I'm certainly in the love it category!!