Snoopy's Super Rod Slam
With the 2020/2021 season now upon us and some light at the end of the tunnel the Super Rod Association together with Simpson Speedway are extremely excited to announce what could arguably be one of our biggest races of the season and the announcement of a race dedicated to a man that has helped mould our club to what it is today. If you haven’t already guessed by now, Its John “Snoopy” Verhoeven.
That time has now come to say “Thankyou” for his contribution to the class, he has been a respected driver, committee member, scrutineer, having helped most of the driver’s over the years with either repairing something or offering his assistance.
On the 9th of January, 2021 Heytesbury Stockfeed’s Simpson Speedway will host the first of many Snoopy’s Super Rod Slams’, and to change it up a little we are currently working on an American style format for the night where driver will be rewarded for their consistence.
So, what do we know about the great man himself?
Born August 2nd 1950 in Holland, John and his Family travelled to Australia in 1953, settling in Terang, Victoria. Fast forward to 1972 when he Married his wife Ena and followed by their three children Adam, Paul and Linda. In 1980 They moved to Cobden where John became a Manager/Owner of KC Errey Engineering.
So where does “Snoopy” come from? You may ask, well, being the nosey fellow we know him to be he used often popped down to CTM (Cobden Tractors and Machinery) owned by the Walsh Family, where it was the late Dennis Walsh who gave him the title due to his habit of calling in at the CTM to “check out” what they were up to.
Beginning his involvement with the Super Rods in 1985, when he hit the track in the number 99, Morris 1100 bodied Super Rod, the chassis and body were given to him by the Nelson Family, with him building it up installing a slant 6 Valiant motor.
Joining together with former Sprintcar driver Mal Rankin in 1986, the first M&J Chassis were born. M&J 001 was driven by John with the now iconic black, orange and yellow Mini. John had a lot of success, still running the 6 cylinder Valiant up against the larger capacity V8’s. A total of six M&J chassis were donated by John and Mal as the reward for winning Rookie of the Year. To date he has built over 50 chassis and continues to build more, trying new things as much as he can.
John teamed up with Peter Shepard, and decided it would be a “Great” idea to have two matching cars on the track, now as good as it was to see both black minis on the back of the bright yellow ramp back twin cab Dodge, Ena and the laps scorers did not share their enthusiasm having the fun of telling them apart.
The Super Rod Association decided establish their Aggregate in 1989, with John with the maiden winner of the Super Rod Aggregate Point Score. In his racing career he competed at over 150 race meetings, While the honour rolls never saw him secure wins in the Super Rod Majors, he did win numerous feature events. Racing the 1990/91 season with Son Adam before retiring from driving (one of the few drivers to never roll over!). Snoopy still remained active in the class, even after Adam took a break from racing. In 2015 he built a new car with Paul behind the wheel.
In 2011 he was awarded the first, and only to date, life member of the club. John Is well known for his ability to fix just about anything, from bent axles to twisted chassis, there’s not much he hasn’t been able to make track worthy. There probably aren’t many people in the class that hasn’t had something fixed by him at some stage.
With sponsors for the event still coming in, the winner will be awarded prize money and a trophy that will dwarf some drivers, five foot to be exact. So, with the stage now set we can only hope and cross fingers that all goes well and our current situation will see one the biggest races on our calendar go ahead.
We wish everyone a safe and Happy Christmas and see you all in the New Year.