Perfect Prescott

Prescott Hillclimb in Gloucestershire was the host for the final headline hillclimb event on the mainland for 2013 with a pair of one day events on 5th & 6th of October.

Prescott Hillclimb

 

The competitive events ran alongside the Prescott American Autumn Classic event at the Cotswolds hill, and the contrasting sight of racing cars and fairground rides in the paddock was a bit of a shock to the system at first, but made for a fantastic family day out.

The Saturday event saw a mixed entry of club runners, some big-hitters and a healthy dose of drivers having fun runs in cars they are not usually seen in.

After a difficult season, which started slightly late, for the Pilbeam-Judd MP97 family team of Sandra & Oliver Tomlin, Olly nailed down FTD at Prescott to back up his similar result at Harewood a couple of weeks ago.

The big V8 Judd powered Pilbeam took a narrow first run lead ahead of 2-litre National pace-setter Alex Summers, who was having an end of season blast in Darren Gumley’s 1100cc Force. Tomlin maintained his 1/100th lead as all the front-runners ran slower on the second runs as the evening temperatures dropped.

Third place on the day was a tie between Gumley and local Cheltenham driver Terry Davis who was trying very hard with his self-designed & built V8 powered Reynard-TKD.

Out for further development work on the Empire Wraith, this time concentrating on launch & traction control, Chris Aspinall (now fully recovered from the flu he suffered from a Loton a week ago) was pushing very hard indeed with the new car and secured fifth overall.

Pre-1972 Racing Car Class runner John Hewitt took FTD on the Sunday with his GRD F3 car (running with Lotus Twin Cam power), ahead of the similarly powered Lotus 22 of Gurston Committee member Geoff Hunt.

Geoff Hunt Lotus 22

Geoff Hunt (pictured here at Gurston) pushed hard for FTD on Sunday

 

The event was a great fun way to end a cracking season of competition, Prescott should be commended for creating events which are fun for all of the family and will no doubt increase the presence and profile of our sport.

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