Wee Beasty Heads for Home!

There was lots of paddock chatter over the past couple of weekends at the British & Midland Championship weekends at Shelsley Walsh and Loton Park about the forthcoming sale of one of the fastest 1600c Racing Cars around.

Steve Day GWR Raptor

Steve Day in the Wee-Beasty at Prescott in April.


Eighteen months ago we broke the story that the ex. Lee Adams GWR Raptor had been sold to Midlands hillclimb stalwart Steve Day, and now we have heard that the wee beasty is moving house again.

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Turbo Dax for Harewood

The British Hillclimb Championship round at Harewood Hillclimb, near Harrogate this weekend features an all-to-rare hillclimb appearance from a car which has terrorized British Sprint and Time Attack events for the past few seasons.

Whilst LoCaterFields dominate the kit car classes of the hillclimb scene, the Dax Rush variant on the theme is only an occasional visitor on the hills.

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Trevor’s Topsy-Turvy Triumph

A quite remarkable pair of British Championship scoring Top 12 Run Offs at Prescott Hillclimb saw Trevor Willis on top form to take one step closer to a possible first British Championship title.

Prescott Speed Hillclimb

After approaching the mark in final practice on Saturday afternoon, Willis took the outright hill record in the first Run Off to outscore reigning champion Scott Moran, before producing an amazing qualifying effort and a second place finish second time up to reclaim the championship lead with just four rounds of the season to go.

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Gurston Class Action

The British Hillclimb Championship and Leaders Championship contenders made their second visit of the year to Gurston Down at the weekend, and the BARC South West Centre put on yet another brilliant event at the Wiltshire venue.

Jeremy Turnbull Ford Model B

Jeremy Turnbull was fastest of the Flatheads


A heavy downpour at lunchtime on Saturday put a slight dampener on the end of the third practice runs, but otherwise the sun was shining and the conditions were good.

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New 2-Litre Contender

Now it is time to break the worst kept secret of the past few months!

Paul Haimes Dallara F301 Vauxhall XE Gurston Down

Former Hillclimb Leaders Champion Paul Haimes will return to the hills with a brand new 2-litre class contender.

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Benefits of a Long Day

Drivers competing at Shelsley Walsh at the weekend only received 2 runs each on Sunday (for non Run Off contenders) which makes for a very long day of hillclimbing. However, there are benefits to this as ‘wee hairy’ Les Mutch proves.

1/ You can take some time to offer knowledge and encouragement to competitors who are running later in the program.

2/ You can relax in the paddock, and watch the world go by whilst chilling out with an ice cream.

Ignoring his 250 mile drive home in order to watch the end of the meeting proves, as if it was in any doubt, that Les is a true enthiusiast of the sport. Good on ya Les!