South West Finale

With the Scottish Hillclimb Championship having been decided in Fin Whyte’s favour at Doune last weekend, let’s have a look at another regional Championship, this time at the exact opposite end of the country to Scotland.

Terry Graves Gould GR37

 The Association of South West Motor Clubs Hillclimb Championship is one of the most keenly contested in the country, with over 100 entries and nearly 90 points scorers at events from Cornwall to Wiltshire.

Manor Park Hillclimb near Charmouth in Dorset (SHC’s 2011 Hillclimb of the Year) this coming weekend is the venue for the final two rounds of the 2012 season and everything is still up for grabs.

Currently Gould-Cosworth driver Terry Graves is leading the championship chase, which is a remarkable feat as the big Gould is either unsuitable or ineligible for nearly one-third of the counting rounds.

The biggest problem for Graves though is that his scoring for the year is finished as Charmouth has a 2-litre limit for single-seaters so he will have to sit and watch as he gets overtaken by the field.

Local Lyme Regis based driver Craig Moore (Ford Cortina), Dave Gardner (Empire-Suzuki) and former Champ Melvyn James (Sylva Striker) should all leap-frog Graves if they have a clean run.

Melvyn James Sylva Striker

Melvyn James has made a successful return to the hills with this Sylva Striker


Championship Co-ordinator Roy Sims has done a great job with this ever-popular clubman series this year despite losing four scoring rounds to the weather and other issues.

Good luck to all involved, hopefully we will bring you the final positions next week.

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