Hollier’s Home Run

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.

Ed Hollier Empire 00 Evo

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.

South West star Ed ‘Kimi’ Hollier was out for another development run in his new Empire 00 Evo following the cars debut at Gurston a couple of weeks ago. Despite not pushing to the absolute max in a car he is still learning about, the Ottery charger claimed FTD on both days by a massive margin. Down into the 35s on both days, Ed was well over a second clear on each day as he cantered to the FTD awards.

Each day Kimi was chased home by 2011 speedhillclimb.com Driver of the Year Mike Lee in his 1600cc OMS 2000M and the mighty V8 Pilbeam MP43 sportscar of Rodney Thorne. Multiple Gurston FTD man Peter D. Smith made a rare visit to Wiscombe with his spaceframe Force to take fourth on the road on Saturday, while sprinter Simon Clemow took fourth with his version of the Force chassis on the Sunday.

There are two weekends of ASWMC Championship competition left for 2014, with double-headers at Manor Farm and Tregrehan. Following the Wiscombe weekend demon Cornish engine-builder Mark Shillaber leads the series with his impressive Mk1 Fiesta BDA, ahead of the very modified Peugeot 106 of Dean Gammons, who in turn is just ahead of top single-seater runner Mike Lee.

Full event results are available from www.swtimekeeping.co.uk with ASWMC positions at www.aswmc.org.uk.

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