Thomas on Top in Teme Valley!

Last weekend saw the final events of the season at Shelsley Walsh as The World Famous venue hosted a pair of single-day club events.

Gary Thomas Force PC

Gary Thomas heads to the startline with his Force-Suzuki PC (thanks to Sarah Bosworth).

 

A healthy entry on each day was the result of several Championships running at the venue, as well as many club drivers taking the opportunity to compete on the hallowed slopes of the oldest mainland hillclimb venue.

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Records Destroyed at Doune!

After a hectic schedule of consecutive events at Gurston, Shelsley and Loton, a welcome weekend off for the British Hillclimb Championship runners preceded the first visit to Scotland of 2014 to the ever popular Doune Hillclimb, on the edge of The Trossachs, in Stirling.

Doune Hillclimb

A rare blast of sunshine at The King of Hills!

 

Usually any event at ‘The King of Hills’ is complimented by a healthy dose of Scottish rain, but on this occasion the competitors who made the long journey North were greeted by glorious hot, sunny weather and the result was a rout on the record books as drivers took advantage of a hill in fantastic condition.

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Rob’s Rocketship Returns!

Over the past few years several V8 engined Gould GR55 chassis have been advertised for sale. But while the multi-championship winning ex. Fleetwood/Dawwson/Algar NME-engined ‘Sprint’ car has changed hands, the hillclimb spec cars seem to have remained on the market for some reason.

Rob Turnbull Gould GR55

The HB belches flame at Harewood in 2005 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

However, we have recently heard that this has changed and that one of the hillclimb GR55s has now found a new home for the 2014 season. Indeed, it is being collected by its new owner today!

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For Sale… More Hillclimb History!

One of the most successful single chassis in the history of the British Hillclimb Championship has been spotted for sale on a popular race car marketplace website.

David Grace Pilbeam MP58

David Grace with MP58-05 at Prescott in 1994 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

The aluminium honeycomb tubbed Pilbeam MP58 was the car of the late 80s and early 90s on the hills of the UK. The MP58 won BHC titles for Martyn Griffiths (1990 & 1991), Roy Lane (1992 & 1996), David Grace (1993 & 1994) and Andy Priaulx (1995).

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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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Blasts from the Past in Ulster

Whilst at the British Hillclimb Championship round at Craigantlet, near Belfast, in Northern Ireland last weekend, we spotted some fascinating kit amongst the local entry.

Craigantlet Hillclimb

The famous view from the crossroads at Craigantlet

 

There was a huge field of local Ulster competitors present and several familiar and very interesting bits of kit featured amongst the class runners. Let’s have a look at a small selection of the cars competing.

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