Gurston Gossip

There are a few interesting driver and car combinations, as well as a few enforced changes, on the entry list for Gurston Down’s first National Championship event of the year this weekend.

Paul Webster Mazda MX5

Stripey will have a new pilot this weekend!


The fast, flowing Wiltshire farm venue always gets a good and competitive entry and this time around there is no exception. So, let’s have a look at who is and is not appearing on the hill.

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Gurston Class Action

The British Hillclimb Championship and Leaders Championship contenders made their second visit of the year to Gurston Down at the weekend, and the BARC South West Centre put on yet another brilliant event at the Wiltshire venue.

Jeremy Turnbull Ford Model B

Jeremy Turnbull was fastest of the Flatheads


A heavy downpour at lunchtime on Saturday put a slight dampener on the end of the third practice runs, but otherwise the sun was shining and the conditions were good.

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Murray’s in the Money!

The biggest prize in 2012 British Hillclimbing was awarded on Sunday as the BARC (SW) Centre presented £1000 to the driver who improved their class record at Gurston Down by the largest margin on the day.

Keith Murray Gurston Down

Keith Murray collects the magnificant new Tony Marsh Trophy


As always for Gurston Down events, BARC (SW) Centre’s Press Officer Simon McBeath has sent us a brilliant report and photos from this action packed event.

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Winning Westy Changes Masters

Following a deal which was struck at the June round of the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship, Kelvin Jouhar has now sold his Westfield-Vauxhall.

Kelvin Jouhar


Jouhar acquired the car at the end of last season from Jonathan Gates. The Gurston Down sponsor had achieved massive success with the car over the years, culminating in his winning the Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Championship and taking the 2-litre Mod Prod Class record (which he still holds).

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Soaking Shelsley – The Classes

Whilst the big boys were attempting to qualify for the Top 12 Shootouts at The World Famous Shelsley Walsh, the class runners were chasing hard for Leaders and Midland championship points. Wet conditions can often throw up some surprise results and this weekend was no exception.

BRM P25 Shelsley Walsh

BRM GP cars on display at Shelsley


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McDonald’s Mighty Mini

The Shelsley Walsh season opener at the weekend was our first opportunity to have a look at Allan McDonald’s latest Mini-based hillclimb creation.

Allan McDonald Mini Evo

Allan McDonald's wild Mini Evo 4x4 car

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