Event Round-up…. Craigantlet

The second and final offshore event of the championship season, at Craigantlet Hill on the outskirts of Belfast, Northern Island saw a very small entry of National runners line-up for the public road course in what can only be described as Biblical conditions…

Craigantlet Hillclimb

Conditions were very tricky, but mostly consistent, at the once a year Ulster venue.

 

 

During the morning of the one-day event, it rained and rained and rained some more!

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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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Big OMS to get Smaller!

During a chat at the recent Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC, we were pleased to hear that hillclimb veteran Bob Penrose has finally sold his OMS-Cosworth having had it for sale for a couple of years.

Bob Penrose OMS CF07

Bob Penrose at Gurston Down with the DFL-engined OMS (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

The car was built new in 2007 and with the ex. Le Mans 4-litre Cosworth DFL powerplant in the back it was the largest engined OMS chassis ever built. Indeed, as well as it’s Endurance Racing exploits, the motor also has an illustrious history in British Speed Events as it was used by former British Sprint Champion the late Nigel Bigwood, before being used by 6-times British Hillclimb Champion Tony Marsh.

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BHC Season Review Part 10 – Wallace Menzies

Today we continue with our driver-by-driver look back over the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship year as we move in to the overall top three of the series.

Wallace Menzies DJ Firestorm

Wallace prepares to unleash the ferocious Firestorm at Gurston in May

 

Third overall in the title race was the top-scoring Scottish driver during 2013, DJ Firestorm-Cosworth driver Wallace Menzies had his best BHC season to date…

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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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Return of a Legend

One of the most competitive, exciting and technologically advanced hillclimb cars ever seen will return to competition this weekend following a long period of re-development and fettling.

Nik Mann Mannic Beattie

Mega Mannic monsters the kerbs at Ashes (thanks to Simon McBeath)

 

The Manic-Beattie was developed over a ten-year period by former Morris Minor V8 pilot Nik Mann and since its first appearance back in 2001 it has reset the Outright Sports Car records at both Gurston Down and at The World Famous Shelsley Walsh.

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