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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Empire Snapshots

Yesterday we revealed the news about another carbon fibre chassis Empire Racing Car being built down in deepest Somerset.

Empire Racing Car


Bill Chaplin has kindly sent us some renderings of what the new car will look like, and it is certainly different from anything else out there.

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A Hillclimb Empire!

The flatlands of the Somerset levels will yet again be humming with the sound of racecar production over the winter months!

Empire Racing Car


Empire Racing Cars will be having a very busy winter as new cars are in progress under the watchful eye of company boss Bill Chaplin.

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The Dogs!

Team Dog returned to hillclimb action this weekend at Prescott’s Midland round after a layoff of over 2 years.

Ian and Simon Fidoe sold their highly successful Pilbeam MP43 sportsracer to Terry Clifford after Simon had claimed the Hillclimb Leaders Championship in 2008. The plan was to step upto the single-seater classes with an OMS CF08 chassis powered by one of Terry Davis’ TKD YV8 engines.

However after a few delays to the engine program, and with Ian & Simon desperate to get stuck into driving again, the pairing have purchased a small-engined single-seater as a stop-gap.

This weekend they made the first appearance for their Bill Chaplin built Empire-Suzuki. This car, which is similar in spec to the car used by Dave & Pam Gardner, is beautifully put together and the Fidoes seemed to enjoy playing with their new toy.