History – Brian Loram


Brian started his racing career in the banger formula at Autospeeds Newton Abbot venue in 1989.

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Racing bangers until 1990, Brian made the step up to hot rods at Newton Abbot at the start of the 1993 season. Over the course of the next 2 seasons went from being 3 laps down in his first race, to winning the West of England Championship at the end of 1994 in what was unfortunately Newton Abbots last ever meeting.

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Starlet at Newton Abbot, 1994.

With the Starlet showing it’s age, Brian began building a spaceframed Peugeot 205, which made its debut in the 1998 season, racing with Autospeed at St.Columb and Smeatharpe.

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Brians new 205 with Pauls Hillclimb Clio.

Brian and the car got more competitive each season, but by the 2002 season the aging Pinto engine was making it impossible to win, so in mid 2002 the car was garaged for a year while a new engine was funded and built.

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Mallory Park 2005.

The car was stripped to a bare chassis at the end of 2004 and rebuilt ready for it’s 2005 debut at Mallory Park in May, where Brian won the Open Hot Rod class. With a final win at the Birmingham open meeting and good results at Northampton and Bristol in June, it was decided to make the step up to the National Hot Rods, starting at World Qualifying Round 1 in July 2005.

Despite having a few good results, including a 2nd place in the second world qualifier at Ipswich, and remaining in the top 20 on the points charts through into 2006, Brian stopped competing in the nationals after a meeting at Ringwood. The nationals were getting to be an expensive game and finding the money to do it was getting difficult.

Above – Nationals get busy at Hednesford in 2005.  Below – Ipswich Speed weekend, 2006.

Brian raced sporadically throughout the rest of 2006 and ’07 at local meetings in the south west, as well as again winning the open hotrod class at the popular Mallory mile oval event.

Mallory Park 2007.

With Brian starting his new business in 2008 (and Ross stealing his car) Brians outings were limited to a one off meeting at Llandow in 2008 and a trip to Buxton in 2009, but for 2010 Brian was in the Tigra for the start of the Mendips hotrods season.

After a good start to the season and 3 final wins from the first 3 meetings, a big crash ended Brians hopes of winning the championship. Despite racing the car again on the ovals at an open meeting at Hednesford, Brian stripped the Tigra at the end of 2010 with the intention of joining Ross on the circuits.  While the Tigra did make it onto the circuits at the start of 2014 it was with Ross driving it!  However, after Ross stepped back from racing midway through 2015, Brian decided that he would like to experience racing at all the famous venues we’d been visiting the previous few years.

Brian at Brands in November 2015.

After passing his ADRS test and trying out the car in August 2015, Brian made his racing comeback and circuit debut at Brands Hatch, competing in the final two meetings of the season.  Two solid finishes in a very wet finals meeting in November 2015 buoyed confidence and Brian heads into the 2016 season looking to gather more experience of all the new circuits.