Lee puts the Manors on!

As we were passing the door while travelling along the A35 yesterday, we popped into Manor Farm Hillclimb in Charmouth, Dorset to have our first look at one of the newest hillclimb venues on the UK mainland.

Manor Farm Hillclimb

The tunnel under the A35 is a unique feature of Manor Farm.


Woolbridge Motor Club, who also organise events at the nearby Wiscombe Park, run the venue at Manor Farm although other Westcountry clubs also use the facility during the year. The enthusiasm and backing that has been given to this venue saw it get awarded ‘Venue of the Year’ in the speedhillclimb.com Awards.

We found an interesting little hill which is quite twisty and mickey mouse, but seems like it must quite good fun to drive with plenty of second gear stuff to keep drivers on their toes.

Another 2011 speedhillclimb.com Award winner Mike Lee, who gained the ‘Driver of the Year’ Award that year, was a late entry to Manor Farm at the weekend but dominated both days at the hill and even managed to lower the hill record on Sunday.


Lee hustled his OMS 2000M to the win each day ahead of a big scrap for second overall between Rodney Thorne (Pilbeam MP43), Dave Sims (Ralt RT33), Stuart Browne (OMS SF2) and John Burton (Ralt RT3).

Also flying over the weekend was ASWMC Hillclimb Champion elect Colin Satchell. The amazing Peugeot 205 driver was only likely to be beaten by Anthony Wright, but the Audi S3 driver suffered from a lack of entries in the class so couldn’t get the maximum score he required.

We will confirm the Championship scores and positions as soon as they are made available to us.

The only downside of the event at Manor was the lack of organisation for spectators. We arrived late morning to find a field to park in, nobody collecting admission fees or arranging parking, and just a sign saying ‘spectators’ which pointed at a large hedge. This was definitely a big missed opportunity for the club. There is a lot of competition for the general public’s leisure time and as a sport we must welcome visitors and make them feel as if they would like to return.

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