Hollier’s Home Run

Up until the late-1990s, the Five Clubs partnership’s traditional hillclimb weekend at Wiscombe Park in Devon was a British Hillclimb Championship round. These days the event is a double-header round of the ASWMC Hillclimb Championship, but is always a very popular weekend in the South West.

Ed Hollier Empire 00 Evo

The Empire 00 Evo (seen here in testing) claimed it’s debut wins at Wiscombe Park.

 

Despite other big hillcimb events across the South of England, the BHC at Prescott and then final round of Gurston Down’s season, the Five Clubs attracted a very good entry to the parkland hill.

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Who Needs Goodwood!?

With Glastonbury Festival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed happening elsewhere in the South of England, the picturesque Prescott Hillclimb in Gloucestershire held its Mid-Summer Speed Fest over the weekend.

Prescott Hillclimb

The Gloucestershire venue was in fine fettle.

 

The event featured a stand-alone round of the hugely popular Midland Hillclimb Championship, alongside the HSA, National Speed and Paul Matty Classic Sports Championships. The event also hosted the second round of the famous Prescott Gold Cup.

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Restored Ralt Returns

Amongst all of the stunning historic cars competing at the recent Silverstone Historic Sports Car Club event, one of the 1980s Formula 3 cars really caught our eye.

Martin Brundle Ralt RT3

ex. Brundle/Henson Ralt RT3 at Silverstone

 

There was a Ralt RT3 car which was recognisable firstly because it was one of the most well-known F3 cars of its generation, being used by a driver who would go on to achieve big things in the sport, but also because once its first circuit career was over it went on to become a very successful speed events car.

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Run Off Milestone for Gould

Our Correspondent has sussed out that, by claiming victory in the final British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Off at The World Famous Shelsley Walsh on Sunday, Scott Moran claimed the 400th Run Off victory for the Gould marque.

 

David Gould Gould 84G

David Gould in the original Gould 84G at Doune (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

The Newbury-based constructor, which first appeared in British Hillclimbing with a stunning aluminium honeycomb chassis and Cosworth BDA power back in 1984, scored several Run Off wins with the 84G chassis in the late 80s and early 90s but they really started to rack up the victories in the late 1990s with the Ralt F3 based GR37 chassis.

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1600 Comparison

The 1600cc Racing Car class has always been a hotbed of intense competition on the hills. Whether the event is a regional clubby or a full-house BHC event over the past 40 years or so the 1600 Warriors have always put on a great show whether the engine of choice was a Lotus Twin Cam, a Cosworth BDA, a Suzuki GSXR1300, a Honda Blackbird or the current engine of choice the Suzuki Hayabusa.

Richard Spedding Force PC

The Spedding Force has been the 1600 pace-setter so far in 2013

 

So far in 2013, the 2012 pace-setters Jos Goodyear and the GWR Raptor have been virtually absent from the results sheets, initially due to a niggly electrical problem and more recent due to Jos’ unfortunate practice shunt at Shelsley Walsh at the start of the month.

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Midlands Metro Mania!

One of the most charismatic cars in the history of South West hillclimbing will be hitting the M5 this coming weekend and heading North.

Tim Painter Metro 6R4

Tim Painter in pre-start at Gurston Down in April 2013.

 

The Tipadel MG Metro 6R4 TPR4100 is a very well-known car in the Westcountry following some stirring performances at venues such as Wiscombe Park, Finlake, Gurston Down and especially Longleat hillclimb of the past two decades.

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