Redundant Venues – Part 2

The second part of our look at Westcountry hillclimb venues which are no longer active sees us head North West to the Somerset coast, on the edge of Exmoor for one of the longest hillclimb courses on the mainland.

 

 

Porlock

WHAT A MEGA HILL! The hillclimb course at the North Somerset toll road on the edge of Exmoor ran over 1.5miles of stunning tarmac, and was a real favourite of all Westcountry competitors.

As the longest hill in the country, this place really took some learning (I have memories of the fast boys tying markers to trees to mark the fast corners) but allowed drivers to really get into their stride and push the cars to the max. Great spectator spots and an enthusiastic local crowd also made this venue great.

Open-wheeled cars (including Lo-Cater-Fields) were not elidgable at this once a year venue so unusual results were de rigour. Local rally drivers & rallycrossers also used to come out to play as well and really enliven events.

Unfortunately a hill as long as this put an incredible strain on marshalling resources and the boys & girls in orange were always in short supply.

The final straw for Burnham on Sea Motor Club was the MSA recinding the venue’s track license due to a lack of armco in certain spots.

Rally stages are still run on the hill (even running downhill sometimes!), but the end of the road for hillclimbing came in 1995.

 

 

(The hillclimb course finishes about 2mins 40secs into this video.)

Please let us have your memories of these hills, it would be great to build an online record of events there.

Comments

  1. dave says:

    Got all the planning and setup info, entry lists results etc for Porlock. And of course many memories.

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