In recent weeks the Midland hillclimb scene has seen the return of one of the most competitive drivers, and one of the most committed hillclimb families, as a very heavily re-developed car has made its first appearance for a few seasons.
John & Jamie Chalmers prepare for another run with the Ralt during testing at Curborough.
Warwickshire 2-litre runner John Chalmers has spent the past couple of years installing a very special new engine into his familiar Ralt F302 chassis, the car with which he took the Shelsley Walsh 2-litre class record in 2011, and after a difficult development period has made a return to the hills.
Up until the late-1990s, the Five Clubs partnership’s traditional hillclimb weekend at Wiscombe Park in Devon was a British Hillclimb Championship round. These days the event is a double-header round of the ASWMC Hillclimb Championship, but is always a very popular weekend in the South West.
The Empire 00 Evo (seen here in testing) claimed it’s debut wins at Wiscombe Park.
Despite other big hillcimb events across the South of England, the BHC at Prescott and then final round of Gurston Down’s season, the Five Clubs attracted a very good entry to the parkland hill.
The weeks speedhillclimb.com Film Night looks across the Atlantic Ocean to the ‘good old boys’ of the North American Stock Car Auto Racing series, usually known as NASCAR.
NASCAR runs a very complicated Run Off system to decide who wins the top-line Sprint Cup championship. Last weekend the Federated Auto Parts 400 race at Richmond, Virginia saw the qualifying proceedure completed and the 16 drivers who enter ‘the Chase for Cup’ decided. Therefore this week ‘The Chase’ begins, and it begins at the 1.5 mile D-Shaped oval of Chicagoland Speedway, near Jolliet (any Blues Brothers fans out there!?) in Illinois.
There are several single-venue Hillclimb Championships on the calendar these days and one of the most popular is the BARC SW Centre’s Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and Top 10 Challenge.
Gates added the Top 10 Challenge to the Championship he won with his Westfield in 2006.
Last weekend saw the finale of the 2014 series at the Wiltshire Hill and as always the host club’s Press Officer Simon McBeath has sent us a cracking report from the deciding round of a very tough battle for the 2014 championship.