Event Round-up…. Shelsley Walsh

Who would have predicted two years ago that a 2-litre class car would win a National Run Off, in the dry, at Shelsley Walsh?

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb

The venue was in superb condition for the biggest event of the year.

 

Not very many people, if any. But at Shelsley in August Warwickshire Motorsport Engineer Jos Goodyear did exactly that with the 1400cc motorcycle engined GWR Raptor 2. And what’s more, he did it with a time just a couple of tenths or so away from Martin Grove’s long-held Outright Hill Record at The World Famous venue.

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Bigger Beasty!

Today we are running a post which should have gone live three weeks ago and looks at one of the cars that has proved to be a big star of the hillclimb scene during the first part of the 2014 season.

Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor

Jos Goodyear wheel-wagging in the newly boosted GWR Raptor (thanks to Everley Photography).

 

The most eagerly anticipated new project of the year made its debut at Gurston Down a few weekends ago and attracted an awful lot of attention both in the paddock and on the hill.

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BHC Season Review Part 9 – Alex Summers

From the, uhum, more senior end of the Top 12 yesterday to the youngest member today with the latest installment of the speedhillclimb.com 2013 British Hillclimb Championship season review.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Alex returns to the paddock after his Run Off win at Loton in September

 

The star of the year for 2013 in British Hillclimbing, following in the foot-steps of GWR Raptor drivers Lee Adams (2011) and Jos Goodyear (2012) was undoubtedly Worcestershire-based student Alex Summers.

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More MP101 Snaps

Over the past few weeks we have revealed a few images of the latest brand new hillclimb car to be produced by legendary manufacturer Pilbeam Racing Designs.

Mike Tregoning Pilbeam MP101

The MP101 is the first Pilbeam to be specifically built to take a motorcycle engine

 

A couple of weeks ago company boss Mike Pilbeam very kindly sent us images showing the car without its bodywork so we could have a look at some of the technical details on the car.

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Summers Stuns!

Those present at Gurston Down’s second British Hillclimb Championship event of the season last weekend were fortunate enough to witness one of the most incredible hillclimb performances we have ever seen.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Alex Summers in the DJ Firehawk at Gurston Down (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

Mr Editor has always maintained that the single most impressive hillclimb run he has ever seen was Ray Rowan hurling his self-built, aluminium honeycombe-chassised, crossply-tyred Roman Hart IV up the fast chutes of the J Hichins Partnership’s hill in 28.77s in 1991. He is now re-assessing this.

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Race Against Time

Several members of the British Hillclimb community clubbed together last week and achieved the impossible.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Alex Summers at Loton Park in the DJ Firehawk (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

When Alex Summers suffered a rare off in the very rapid supercharged DJ Firehawk during second qualifying at Les Val des Terres 10 days ago a race against time began.

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