Hollier’s Hat-trick!

The past couple of weeks have been particularly busy at Wiscombe Park in East Devon with the final four events of the year at the hill taking place.

Wiscombe House

The house at Wiscombe Park


Three events for car hillclimbers were followed by traditional season-closer exclusively for the boys & girls on the bikes last Sunday.

South West star Ed Hollier, who lives just 5 miles away from the hill, entered the three car events in order to get more development time in with his new Pilbeam MP62, but following recent modifications to the car it was behaving beautifully and the events turned into a rout for this exciting car & driver combination.

Ed Hollier Pilbeam MP62

Ed & Bob Hollier enjoyed the results at Wiscombe


The 5 Clubs group of motor clubs (Bristol, Burnham on Sea, Plymouth, Taunton & Haldon) always run the first event in September at the hill. Back in the day the Sunday of that weekend was a National round, and this year the two one-day meetings were rounds of the ever popular ASWMC Hillclimb Championship.

Hollier worked his way down to a 36.34s on the first day of competition and was just under a second clear of the rest of the field.

The chasing pack was led by Andy Dinner who is going faster and faster at the moment in his ex. Tom New/Simon Frost/Ken Snailham Pilbeam MP62/82. Dinner managed to slide the Vauxhall powered car ahead of fellow Cornishman Terry Graves and the DFR-engined ex. Tipadel Gould.


Fourth on the day was visiting Guernseyman Geoff Guile, who just managed to keep the OMS ahead of Simon Clemmow’s Force-Hayabusa.

The Sunday round saw Hollier break into the 35 second bracket for the first time with a stunning 35.95s run on the final run of the day. That time left a delighted Hollier just over half a second ahead of the field.


Graves turned the tables on Dinner in their Cornish battle, whilst Guille closed in with a 37s in the ex. Trevor Willis OMS-Vauxhall. Simon Clemmow again took fifth place.

Another remarkable performance at the 5 Clubs event came from Lotus Elise driver Sarah Bosworth, who demolished the A2 record for Road-Going Cars upto 1800cc.

The following Saturday saw a much smaller, but more varied entry for the MG Car Club event. Many local drivers joined the MG club members for a fun end of season blast.


MG Special Wiscombe Park

The were plenty of historic MG Specials competing at Wiscombe



Again the Hollier family made the short trip to the hill, but this time it probably was pot-hunting (only joking Ed)!!!

Three runs in the 35 second bracket left the result beyond doubt and Ed would have to make yet another Wiscombe FTD speech.

Dinner again took the Pilbeam to the runner-up spot as he comfortably outran David Sims and the Ralt RT33/34 sprint car.


Hillclimb returnee Duncan Stewart was fourth overall, again sharing with Ross Browne in Force 10.

Veteran speed eventer and ASWMC series co-ordinator Roy Sims shared the Ralt with son David and secured fifth place, although his run was slower than he managed at the hill in 1990 with a Royale-BDJ when he beat Patrick Wood and Roger Moran in the 1100cc class!

Hopefully we will be able to bring you news of the stand alone bike event from Sunday, but as yet I cannot find any results online, maybe someone could help with that!?

So the 2012 Wiscombe season is now complete. The new surface has brought records galore and some fantastic competition. Many thanks to the organisers at Woolbridge Motor Club and to all of the other clubs involved with running events. Heres to more of the same in 2013!


  1. Andy kittle says:

    Nice to see the old car doing the business
    Love to see it in the flesh sometime

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