Opening round Sandown Park.
The various rounds were divided into two separate heats at each venue much like the V8s these days. After a very successful 1980 for ProdSports, this opening round was off to a pretty good start with a reasonably strong field. There were, however, only 2 Nagaris in the field, those of Alan Edwards and Barry Main. Strange after the large number of Bolwells that made appearances the year before. It turned out that many of them were caught out by the early start to the season and weren't quite ready.
The reason for writing this is seeing Alan's Bolwell in this photograph in the February 27, 1981 edition of Auto Action.
Rusty French was in pretty fine form that day and watching the black Pantera powering through the field was a sight to be seen. He hadn't posted a time in practice and started both heats at the rear of the grid. To be ranging up alongside the Latham 934 was no mean feat.