Purcell and Cannell Feel the Pressure

Whilst British and Midland Hillclimb contenders are at Prescott Hillclimb and South West Hillclimb contenders are at Wiscombe Park, the loyal band of Gurston Down Hillclimb regulars will be out for the final time this year at the Wilstshire venue.

Simon Purcell Lotus Exige

Simon Purcell is in the pound seat for the Gurston Championship (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk).


As always for the BARC SW Centre’s events, Gurston Press Office Simon McBeath has put together a preview for the event.

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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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Empire’s Extra Effort!

There are a large number of new or modified cars underway in workshops all over the United Kingdom as the hillclimb world prepares for the 2014 season.

Empire Racing Cars


Few facilities are as busy as the Empire Racing Cars workshop of Bill Chaplin down in darkest Somerset. Mr Editor paid Bill a visit earlier in the week and had a quick look at the workload that Bill and his small team have ahead of them!

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Gurston BHC – In-depth Report

The British Hillclimb Championship visited Gurston Down last weekend for rounds 7 & 8 of the series.

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Scott Moran in the Gould-NME GR61X (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)


Gurston Press Officer Simon McBeath has sent over a full report on the classes and Run Offs.

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Sports Prototype Action

It was worth paying the admission fee at Gurston Down over the weekend just to see the release from hibernation of one of the most exciting cars that has ever been seen on the British Hills.

Stephen Cunningham SPA-Judd

Steve Cunningham warms the tyres for his first V8 run on the hills


Here at speedhillclimb.com we have always loved big-banger sportscars, whether on the hills or on the circuits… Can Am, Interseries, Group C and even the 5.5 litre LMP1 cars of the past 10 years are all fantastic, full-bodied monsters with more grunt than grip.

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The Beast is Back!

Today we have heard the news that one of the most exciting cars to have been seen on the hills in recent years may well be waking from its slumber and preparing for some serious exercise.

Christian Mineeff SPA Judd

Christian Mineeff blasts the SPA-Judd over East Bray at Doune in 1998 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)


The SPA-Judd is a sports racing car which started life as a 2.8 litre Hart powered car in the early 90s. Original owner David Render used the car in hills and sprints before selling it on to Ferrari & Lancia enthusiast Christian Mineeff. Christian then had the car completely reworked and converted to F1 power with a 3.5 litre Judd CV power plant. Aero developments by Gould Engineering in the late 1990s made this car the fastest sports racer on the hills bar none.

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