Hollier Debuts Empire

The recent British Hillclimb Championship round at Gurston Down over the August Bank Holiday saw the debut of a new single-seater in the 1600cc Racing Car Class.

Ed Hollier Empire 00

The new car rolled out of Empire’s Somerset workshop just a couple of weeks ago.


Following the domination of the class by the scintillating GWR Raptor in recent years new cars for the 1600cc class have been somewhat thin on the ground, but maybe that is about to change…

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Midsummer Speed Fest at Gurston

As well as events at Doune and Cultra at the weekend, there was also pair of one day club events at the ever popular Gurston Down Hillclimb in Wiltshire.

Nik Mann Mannic Beattie

The crowd pleasing Mannic-Beattie was hustled to FTD on both days by creater Nik Mann.


Saturday’s event was a round of the Association of South West Motor Clubs Hillclimb Championship, whereas Sunday featured the BARC South West Centre’s own Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship.

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Tipadel Twin’s Teutonic Toy!

Two of the most familiar faces at any Gurston Down event, whether British Hillclimb Championship or club meeting, are Andrew Fraser and Tim Painter, otherwise known as ‘The Jovial Gents’.

Andrew Fraser Porsche 911

The Tipadel Porsche is a beautifully-engineered work of art.


The Somerset-based duo have been competing together on the hills for over 35 years sharing a variety of very interesting cars, including Brabham, Gould, Metro 6R4 and in recent years several Porsche 911s.

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Season Catch-up Part 3

The third part of our Season Catch-up see us turn our attention to one of the most popular hills in the country, Gurston Down hillclimb, near Salisbury in Wiltshire.

Matt Neal Gurston Down

BTCC Champ Matt Neal was a star attraction at Gurston Down.


As the hill was celebrating it’s 300th event over the end of April weekend, The Chairmans Invitation Class was in the program again, and as in 2011 it featured a very famous name from professional motorsport.

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BTCC Star Competes at Gurston!

British Touring Car Championship leading light Matt Neal is to compete at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb on Sunday April 27th to help with the venue’s celebration of its 300th meeting! Honda Racing are bringing along a Racing Jazz for him to compete in the Chairman’s Invitation class alongside Honda’s Alyn James, who will run in a Civic Endurance racer.

Tiff Needell Ariel Atom

Tiff Needell was the last BTCC driver to compete at Gurston Down back in 2011.


Former triple BTCC champion and four times Independent Drivers champion Matt Neal is more used to driving his Honda Yuasa Racing Civic Tourer this year, having collected three podium places so far in the 2014 Championship in which Neal, now a veteran of 500 BTCC races, currently lies fifth overall. However, the compact and nimble Honda Jazz will likely be much better suited to the narrow confines and tight corners of Gurston!

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Gurston is Go for 2014!

Hillclimbing returns to the South West of England after the winter break this weekend with events at the British Hillclimb Championship venues of Gurston Down in Wiltshire and Wiscombe Park in Devon.

Colin Satchell Peugeot 205

South West Star Colin Satchell was rapid at the Gurston Test Day (thanks to www.everleyphotography.co.uk).


The events at Gurston Down feature many Championships, including the ever-popular class-based Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and the FTD-based Gurston Down Top 10 Challenge.

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