Birthday Boy at Gurston!

One carefully allocated competition number at Gurston Down Test Day last Sunday was reserved for someone who has recently celebrated a big birthday.

John Forsyth Alfa Dana

John & Andrew’s Alfa Dana in the Gurston paddock (with Andrew’s ‘shared’ number!)


South West hillclimb stalwart and Gurston committee member John Forsyth recently celebrated his 70th birthday and the entry number on his historic Alfa Dana F3 car on Sunday was ’70′.

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Lee’s Three Clubs Double

In 2011, Charmouth Hillclimb won our award for Venue of the Year. Last weekend saw the venue host it’s first events of the year and our 2011 Driver of the Year Mike Lee was on winning form again. Rupert Barker has kindly sent us this report:

Mike Lee OMS 2000M Charmouth Hillclimb

Mike Lee took two more Charmouth FTDs (thanks to Tel T Photography)


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April Gurston Preview

Saturday & Sunday this weekend will see the first events of the season at the BARC (SW) Centre’s Gurston Down hillclimb in Wiltshire.

As well as featuring many other championships and one-make series over the two events, Sunday will be the first round of Gurston’s very popular single-venue championship.


Tony Wiltshire Gould GR55 Gurston Down

Tony Wiltshire will be battling for FTD this weekend (thanks to Simon McBeath)


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Goings on at Gurston!

For anyone in the South of the country, the Gurston Down Test Day always signals the start of the hillclimb calendar and despite it being a non-spectator event, it always has a good crowd of visitors who want to get a sneaky peak at what’s new & improved for the season.

Gurston Down Hillclimb Paddock

The Gurston paddock awakes to another season of hillclimbing



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Hillclimb Engine Technology – Part 7

Cosworth’s KF V6 engine had a very short stay of execution at the top end of the British Hillclimb Championship, surely the longest running top-line motor has been the Cosworth V8. From the DFR to the HB they have always featured strongely.

Wallace Menzies DJ Firestorm Cosworth XD

The Cosworth XD engine in the back of the DJ Firestorm

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End of an Era

Having enjoyed running his Pilbeam MP58 since 2006, John Forsyth has decided that it is time for a new challenge in hillclimbing.

John Forsyth at Gurston Down

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