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Worthing HO Racing hosted the final round of the 2014 Scalextric World Championship on Saturday 20 December at the English Martyrs Church Hall in Goring-by-Sea.

Anyone listening to local radio in Sussex would have known about the event - with wall-to-wall coverage through Friday and on Saturday morning.

The format of the World Championship was very simple. People could just turn up and race as many times during the day as they wanted. The winner of each 10 lap race had their race time added to the leader board. And the fastest winning race time of the day would be added to the World Championship table!

From 11am to 4pm the World Championship track was incredibly busy - with over a hundred different people racing in 80 races over a total of 800 laps.

Most people came from across East and West Sussex, but some travelled further - with the intrepid Al Wood making a day trip from Cambridge and taking some great pictures for us (see more via the flickr button).

Had we not called time at 4 o’clock, some people would have gone on all night trying to beat the top time of the day - a brilliant 10 laps in 26.930 seconds by Ann Bird from East Preston.

Second, with a superb time of 27.283 seconds, was Henry Fellingham. Andy Player was third with 28.618, Mike Dadson fourth with 28.714 and Barry Borret fifth with 28.776 seconds.

Not only was Ann our winner on the day, but she also claimed runner-up spot in the World Championship - a wonderful achievement and one that made the news across the south of England!

Like many others, Ann and her daughter Olivia made the most of their day at the Barn by racing on the big SSDC Goodwood layout.

The morning saw some fast and frantic GT racing before some more leisurely - but no less competitive - non-mag action in the afternoon.

Congratulation to Ewan Borret who was winner of the GT race winners’ showdown in the morning.

The first non-mag race saw the debut of a new Goodwood Revival pairs race. The American Muscle cars looked awesome going round the track and the format got the thumbs-up.

To round off the day on the big track was our usual team race action using the Scalextric Nascars. Ann and Olivia again starred - their team coming home third.

At the front there was a tie between the teams of Stephen and Daniel - very fitting given the massive amount of hard work the twins put in to running race control on the big track all day.

Many thanks also to everyone who mucked in and made it such an excellent day - especially to Paul and Mike who were there from early morning to the very end and put in plenty of preparation work too.

Everyone who spent time handing out leaflets, putting up posters, helping with the media work or sharing info on social media can be proud that the club drew in the crowds and we showed that a day of slot car racing can capture people’s imaginations.

Shall we do it again next year?

- Andy P

After the event, you’ll be able to click on the logos to watch the video and look at more pictures.

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