Gurston Preview in Brief

As always for events at Gurston Down, BARC (SW Centre) Press Officer Simon McBeath has kindly sent us a brilliant preview. With this weekend’s event being somewhat special, in that it features the Gurston 1000 Hillclimb as well as the first ever visit of the Midland Hillclimb Championship to the Wiltshire Hill, we have broken the preview into two parts.

Hayley Thorne Pilbeam MP43


Part one of this is a general overview of what is going on this weekend.

There’s a terrific meeting in store at the ‘Spire FM Race Day’ at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb near Salisbury on Saturday/Sunday July 21st/22nd. And there’s a packed programme featuring just about every type of competition car from roadgoing saloons and sports cars to highly modified production cars; sports racing cars; and single seater racing cars including historics, Formula Fords and the ultimate V6 and V8 powered racing cars.

Highlight of this exciting meeting will be the inaugural ‘Gurston 1000’, in which the drivers will be competing for a £1000 prize put up by the Gurston Down organisers. This contest, which is open to paid of members of the organising club (the BARC South West Centre), and also to registered contenders in the TTC Group Midland Hillclimb Championship, will see the £1000 prize awarded to the driver who beats his or her class record by the largest margin, or who gets closest to their class record on the day (Gurston Down class records as they stand at the commencement of the meeting). There is no bigger prize in hillclimbing!

The meeting also sees the first visit of the TTC Group Midland Hillclimb Championship to a venue other than its traditional ones in the English Midlands. And Gurston Down is especially proud to have been chosen for this first ‘foreign foray’, joining Loton Park in Shropshire, Prescott in Gloucestershire and Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire as part of this prestigious and well-supported championship. Running in parallel with the Midland Championship is the Avon/B.M.T.R Top Ten Challenge, and this will provide two thrilling ‘shoot outs’, one in the middle and one at the conclusion of the meeting.

Deryk Young Gould GR51B


And for followers of our own Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and the BARC (SW) Top Ten Challenge, this event will be round three. With the contest hotting up following the first rain-affected event in April and the dry meeting in June, the contenders will be looking for the fast times that bring high scores! And with our own Top Ten Challenge seeing points awarded to the fastest registered drivers, we will see ultra-quick action right through the entry list.

Racing starts at around 1030 Sunday morning with practice from 0830 on both days.

Thanks as ever Simon. Part 2 will go live this afternoon and will cover the drivers who will be going for the grand!

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