Double Dry Doune!?

The penultimate round of the British Hillclimb Championship season took place at Doune in Scotland at the weekend and, after the record-breaking bonanza at the hill in June, miraculously this latest event was warm and sunny yet again!

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Different colour, same result for Team Moran.

 

As well as seeing a number of class records set over the weekend, we also crowned our 2014 British Champion. Having dominated with his usual brand of metronomic consistency and blistering pace, Ludlow driver Scott Moran claimed his fifth title, joining Martyn Griffiths and David Grace as a five times winner and just one win away from the record set by the late, great Tony Marsh.

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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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Stevens’ Stunner!

One of the oldest National Hillclimb records in the book was erased last weekend at Prescott’s Midland Hillclimb Championship round.

Rob Stevens Force SR4

Rob Stevens demolished record at Prescott (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

Driving the supercharged mega-horsepowered ‘purple-peril’ Force SR4, Rob Stevens has been going faster and faster in recent seasons. Having stepped up to the Unlimited Capacity Sports Libre class for 2013, one of the tasks he has faced has been to re-write Martin Bolsover’s quite incredible Prescott class record from 1984.

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Roger’s Distraction

The wise old owl of the British Hillclimb Championship these days is undoubtedly 1997 British Champion Roger Moran, who is in his 21st consecutive season of top-class BHC competition.

Roger Moran Pilbeam MP72

Roger Moran (Pilbeam-Judd MP72) during his title-winning season (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

Having joined the ‘big class’ as double Leaders Champion (1994 & 1995) in 1996 with a Pilbeam MP72 shared with Scotsman George Richie, Roger became Champ the following year after an epic battle with Gould GR37 mounted David Grace. Since 1996 Roger has never been out of the top 4 overall in the title race.

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