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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Junior… Reports of Raptor Return

Whilst scanning about on the net and catching up with the goss on the awesome uphillracers forum this week we spotted a very interesting post from a former British Hillclimb Champion about how he would like to get back out on the hills again.

Graeme Wight Jnr Gould GR55

Graeme has a demo run in a Gould V6 (now owned by Tony Wilt) at TWF Shelsley Walsh in 2007.


A phone call and a chat later and we can confirm that 2001 & 2002 BHC winner and owner of GW Racing, the manufacturers of the awesome little GWR Raptor, Graeme Wight Jnr is indeed going to be seen in a racesuit and skid lid again. But like so much goss and rumour at this time of year, all is not as it seems!

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2013 Raptor News

One of the more disappointed drivers at Loton Park over the weekend was the sensation of the 2012 season, GWR Raptor driver Jos Goodyear.

The 2013 spec Raptor on it's sole run at Loton (thanks to Our Correspondent)

Mr Fletcher watches on a the Raptor prepares for its sole run at Loton (thanks to Our Correspondent)


Having starred everywhere in the British Hillclimb Championship last year, especially at Loton Park, a lot was expected from the 2013 Raptor.

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Practice Drama

Saturday practice at Loton Park’s BHC finale was interrupted a few times as incidents and attrition affected some of the top contenders.

Ian Dayson Force Racing Carz

Force Boss Ian Dayson helps Deryk Young to change the offending driveshaft


The organising Hagley & District Motor Club did a great job to make up for the lost time however, and all remaining runners had three practice runs.

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Coley’s on the Pace

The V6 powered Gould-Cosworth of the Coley brothers was bang on the pace at Shelsley Walsh at the weekend.

Andy Coley finished with a very strong fifth place in the first Run Off and then qualified well for the second.

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Shelsley Run Offs

The latest round of the British Hillclimb Championship was The Big One at the historic Shelsley Walsh and saw the Moran family return to competition after their two event break.

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb


Roger & Scott were determined to peg back some of the gap that their rivals had pulled out at Wiscombe¬†and Craigantlet, but the weather interfered with Scott’s plans (and those of several others) in qualifying for the first of the two Top 12 Run Offs.

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