Fun At The Tamiya Mini GP 2009


Last weekend saw the Tamiya Mini GP held by Leighton Buzzard Model Car Club. Once more the venue was Brooklands Middle School in Leighton Buzzard and while the weather was wet and windy but for the Racers this would make no difference as this event was held indoors.


Nearly 60 drivers took part in the event which raised money for the National Gulf Veterans and Families Association. The normal proceedings of a raffle and NGVFA Merchandise took place all day with Miss Galaxy International, Hayley Mac arrived to help sell the tickets and hand out the trophies at the end of the day. The raffle raised nearly £180 for the charity with the Top Prize a signed Baseball Cap and Matching fleece Donated by BTCC Fan Favourite John George being a much sought after prize.


Adam Smith has appalling taste in clothing but nevertheless still managed to TQ the Silver Can class. Miss Galaxy’s crown can pick up both analogue and digital TV signals. Which is nice.

But first came the racing! Racers had arrived from all over the country not just the local club racers. They had travelled from as far as Eastbourne, Worcester and Chesterfield just to race their Tamiya Minis. Three Classes took to the track throughout the day Leighton Buzzards Club’s own Mini Stock Class the Black Can Class so called due to the use of the stock Tamiya Sport tuned motor and then the nutty Outlaw class (anything goes no holds barred chassis’)
Nine heats of up to eight cars battled around the carpet and only a few could take the top spots. After three rounds of qualifying and three legged finals these are the top three in each class.


Tamiya Black Can Class

  • 1 Tim Hancock
  • 2 Stuart Colby
  • 3 Marcus Askell




  • 1 Paul Upton
  • 2 Adam Smith
  • 3 Dave Ringsell

Outlaw Class

  • 1 Simon Simmons
  • 2 Ross McAlister
  • 3 Joe Brown


A special award also went to Shaun Taylor for the best comedy stunts while racing. Everyone who took to the track left with a little something whether it was a trophy or just a keyring.
The prizes that had been kindly given by The Hobby Company got put into a raffle for all the young drivers and at the end of the day each youngster was given a raffle ticket and got there number drawn to win a prize, with the top prize donated by local club racer Leon Wightman and saw an M03R kit going to Josh Banwell who was over the moon with his new car.


The two Racer review M05’s ended with a fifth place for Jon Winter with the M05 Pro and second Place in the B Final for Joe Brown’s now heavily modded M05.

A big thank you has to go to all the LBMCC Members and to all those who gave something for the raffle and prizes.

  • John George – JAG Motorsport
  • Hobby Company – Tamiya UK
  • Selections RC
  • Logic RC
    Pit Bitz
    Willis Wightman Plumbers

And a huge thanks to all those in attendance without you drivers it’s not a race!

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