Hillclimb Rivalries Recognised

Whilst not providing the comprehensive coverage that anyone reading this site feels that the sport of hillclimbing deserves, Motorsport News magazine has always covered British Speed Hillclimbing and hopefully always will.

Martin Groves Gould GR55B

Martin Groves at Harewood during his 4th title-winning season (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)


There maybe no hillclimb event reports in this week’s edition of ‘The Voice of British Motorsport’, but it is definitely worth a buy this week especially.

With there also being a gap in the F1 season as well as several other major series, the magazine has turned this edition in to ‘The Rivalries Edition’ with a near 100-page feature on some of the most intense rivalries and battles in the history of motorsport.

Whilst there are many to choose from, two of the real ding-dong scraps from the British Hillclimb Championship have been singled out with features on the Martin Groves/Scott Moran Gould-based battles of the past 10 years and also the David Hepworth/Sir Nicholas Williamson, F5000-based scraps of the early 1970s.

Sir Nicholas Williamson Brabham BT35

Sir Nicholas Williamson in his Brabham BT35 at Doune in 1971 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)


It is fantastic to see that the closely fought scraps on the hills, whilst not being wheel-to-wheel like our friends in the ’roundy-roundy’ championships, are still recognised in the wider motorsport community.

Mr Editor would like to have seen the immense Pilbeam-mounted Martyn Griffiths/Roy Lane battles of the late 80s and early 90s recognised in this feature, but we understand that there isn’t room for everything…

Which hillclimb battles do you remember as highlights? Lets us know using the contact form below!


  1. Steve Robinson says:

    What about Graeme Wight jnr versus Adam Fleetwood? I think that the early 2000′s were a golden period for the British Hill Climb Championship.

    • James says:

      Good point Steve, those battles were mighty close weren’t they?
      Add Tim Mason, Martin Groves, Willem Toet and Roger & Scott into the mix and you can see why it was so competitive!

  2. Barrie Smith says:

    Very good someone is covering the little British hills but of course the real stuff for the big boys goes on on the Continent where climbs such as Chamrousse, Mont Ventoux Meribel. Where speeds of 140 mph are common place and lengths of the track is usually 18-25 kms. now those are things you can get you teeth into. Amelie -les -Bains to Meribel 1600 is about 18 kms up the side of the mountain which I did in 1972, 8 minutes 0 sec in a Lola T290 set up for Le Mans, so it was a bit heavy, never the less we were pulling 140 mph near Les Allues ! All good clean fun.

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