Hollier’s Home Run

Up until the late-1990s, the Five Clubs partnership’s traditional hillclimb weekend at Wiscombe Park in Devon was a British Hillclimb Championship round. These days the event is a double-header round of the ASWMC Hillclimb Championship, but is always a very popular weekend in the South West.

Ed Hollier Empire 00 Evo

The Empire 00 Evo (seen here in testing) claimed it’s debut wins at Wiscombe Park.

 

Despite other big hillcimb events across the South of England, the BHC at Prescott and then final round of Gurston Down’s season, the Five Clubs attracted a very good entry to the parkland hill.

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Hollier Debuts Empire

The recent British Hillclimb Championship round at Gurston Down over the August Bank Holiday saw the debut of a new single-seater in the 1600cc Racing Car Class.

Ed Hollier Empire 00

The new car rolled out of Empire’s Somerset workshop just a couple of weeks ago.

 

Following the domination of the class by the scintillating GWR Raptor in recent years new cars for the 1600cc class have been somewhat thin on the ground, but maybe that is about to change…

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Empire’s Extra Effort!

There are a large number of new or modified cars underway in workshops all over the United Kingdom as the hillclimb world prepares for the 2014 season.

Empire Racing Cars

 

Few facilities are as busy as the Empire Racing Cars workshop of Bill Chaplin down in darkest Somerset. Mr Editor paid Bill a visit earlier in the week and had a quick look at the workload that Bill and his small team have ahead of them!

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Eddie Expects Epic Empire!

We are pleased to reveal, after a couple of months of negotiation and planning, that two of the Westcountry’s most successful hillclimb exponents are joining forces for an attack on theĀ 1600cc Racing Car class in 2014.

Empire Racing Cars

 

The recent expansion of Empire Racing Cars has been covered in-depth here on speedhillclimb.com, but as well as the continued production of carbon fibre Wraith chassis over the winter, Bill Chaplin will also be building a new model of car for South West hillclimber and former Leaders Hillclimb Champion Ed Hollier.

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Mortimer’s Moment

Although we weren’t able to be there ourselves, we are now able to bring you the full story of the Gurston Down Hillclimb season finale, as well as the results of the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and the Gurston Down Top 10 Challenge title positions.

Jonathan Gates Force LM

Jonathan Gates launches the freshly-blown Force LM over Deers Leap (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

BARC South West Press Officer has compiled a very thorough report and review of the season which should bring us all up to speed:

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Hollier’s Flying High!

The B ARC SW Region hosted a full weekend of hillclimbing at Gurston Down last weekend which included rounds of the ASWMC and ACSMC Championships as well as the venue’s own very popular Championship and Challenge.

Ed Hollier Pilbeam MP62

Ed Hollier on his way to another double FTD at Gurston in 2013 (thanks to www.everleyphotograpy.co.uk)

 

As always for events at the Wiltshire hill, Gurston’s Press Office Simon McBeath has sent over a very detailed report of all the classes at the event.

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