Redundant Venues – Part 5

Heading North East, up the A303, into Wiltshire we find the final venue in the tour of recently redundant South West hillclimb courses.It’s time to join the Lions at Longleat.

 

Longleat

High-speed course at the South-Eastern end of Lord Bath’s stunning Wiltshire estate. The track ran through open parkland, including the incredibly fast Prospect Bend, before a right-hand hairpin and a fast left-hand kink between the trees over the finish line.

The course ran on one of the access roads to the safari park and, as a result of all of the coaches which enter the venue, was very slippery.

There were 2 eras of competition at the venue as Longleat held BHC rounds in the 1960s before a 20 year break and a return as a South West Championship venue from the early 90s until 2008.

Organising club Woolbridge Motor Club tried all they could to keep the hill running, but a compromise with the safari park couldn’t be found and the hill was lost to history again… Lets hope that all is not lost for this stunning hill.

 

 

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

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