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Gedling’s Tom Parnham takes the chequered flag as he becomes British champion

Tom's points total of 310 was an amazing 99 points clear of second place in a competition that is normally won by single points.


Gedling‘s Tom Parnham has become British champion of ‘Hotfords’ at Buxton Raceway 2023 following the final race of the competition on October 29.

In the last year Tom has also won The North and Midland cup and British cup.

Tom has now been crowned overall British points champion making him the new ‘Hotford’ champion following race checks where his engine was totally stripped and checked by a professional engine builder.

This was no normal victory as Tom’s points total of 310 was an amazing 99 points clear of second place in a competition that is normally won by single points.

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Tom expressed his delight on social media saying “What a year it’s been, Northern Midland champ, British champ and overall points champ. All in all, a mint season.”

Tom thanked to his father and friends and is looking forward to next season already.

He added “I will be having a new car built next season for anyone who would like to sponsor me”.

Tom is one of a group of friends, mostly from Gedling and Carlton that stock car race at Buxton raceway. The formula they race in is called ‘Hotfords’.

The group have been friends since secondary school and all have a passion for cars.

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Luke Cowley number 19, also from Gedling won the M & M Body Repairs (Alfreton) sponsored Car of the Year.

Pictured: Luke Cowley No.19 & the Car of the Year (PHOTO: M Winterburn)

Group member Matthew Winterburn said that some of the group were once classed as ‘boy racers’ but they soon changed their ways after realising how dangerous road racing was.

“We discovered stock car racing and that meant the group could carry on with their passion without bothering anyone, which was brilliant,” he said.

“It all started back in 2007 Richard Pearce, who was a member of the group, got us all into it.

“He had been doing it a few years before with his family and we all got addicted to it one by one over the years, even my wife took part before having children – it’s a true family affair.

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“We all help each other out fixing each other’s cars and supporting each other.”

Matt, who is from Gedling, now mainly competes in banger racing.

The group also includes Luke Cowley, Luke Pepper, Jack Shepherd, Gary Ball, Richard Pearce and Aaron White (race number 420). 

The team fund their hobby mainly from their own pockets however welcome all sponsorship, small or big, so if you would like to sponsor any or all of the team then you can drop Matthew a message on Facebook HERE.

Further information about Buxton raceway can be found HERE .

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