New Pilbeams Revealed

One of the biggest names in our sport is Pilbeam Racing Designs. Mike Pilbeam’s company dominated British Hillclimbing at National level for 20 years between the mid 70s and the mid 90s, winning 17 British Hillclimb Championship titles for some of the legends of our sport including Roy Lane, Martyn Griffiths, Martin Bolsover and Andy Priaulx.

Roy Lane Pilbeam MP58

The late, great Roy Lane at Martini Hairpin with his title-winning MP58-Judd (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

In recent years the Pilbeam marque has focused on sportscar racing on the circuits. This, combined with the massive success of the Gould composite chassis’ which have dominated the hills for the past 15 years or so, has seen the Pilbeam star shine slightly less brightly than it has in the past.

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Shelsley Aston Display

The ‘Big One’ at Shelsley Walsh each August is always one of the biggest events in the hillclimb calendar and always has a large crowd, a great entry and a celebration or theme from the history of British Motorsport.

Aston Martin Racing

 

This year’s theme celebrates the 100th anniversary of that most classic of British marques, Aston Martin. The hallowed 1000 yards of Shelsley will reverberate to the sound of Astons from all ages.

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Hillclimb Suspension Development

Over the years the British Hillclimb scene has seen a huge amount of technical innovation, in particular (traditionally) in the area of suspension and steering.

Will Hall Force WH

Traditional, but highly effective pushrod/monoshock set-up on the Force WH

 

From the early days of the BHC when ERAs used clever radius arms in conjunction with leaf springs to generate immense traction, through the transverse leaf-springs of the early Coopers, to wishbones with the 1960s mid-engined cars we’ve seen it all… Or have we?

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Podium for Priaulx

After the disappointment of qualifying on Thursday evening, the BMW Motorsport BMW M3 GT of Andy Priaulx, Joey Hand and Dirk Muller recovered to finished 3rd in the GTE-Pro class of the Le Mans 24 race in France today.

The 1995 British Hillclimb Champion drove some cracking stints to overcome challenges from 3x Porsche 911 RSRs to claim the final spot in the podium at what was probably the most competitive Le Mans race ever.

The GTE-Pro class was expected to be an absolute classic but unfortunately the mice got at the machinery in a few cases and 1x Aston Martin Vantage, 1x Lotus Evora, 1x Porsche 911 RSR, 1x BMW M3 GT, 1x Chevy Corvette and 4x Ferrari F458s all fell by the wayside.

This attrition, plus the stunning fight at the front of the prototype field, somewhat overshadowed the catagory which has provided the best racing anywhere in the world over the past 3 years.

Very well done to Andy and his team-mates for this great result in the Worlds Greatest Motor Race.