Purcell and Cannell Feel the Pressure

Whilst British and Midland Hillclimb contenders are at Prescott Hillclimb and South West Hillclimb contenders are at Wiscombe Park, the loyal band of Gurston Down Hillclimb regulars will be out for the final time this year at the Wilstshire venue.

Simon Purcell Lotus Exige

Simon Purcell is in the pound seat for the Gurston Championship (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk).


As always for the BARC SW Centre’s events, Gurston Press Office Simon McBeath has put together a preview for the event.

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Midsummer Speed Fest at Gurston

As well as events at Doune and Cultra at the weekend, there was also pair of one day club events at the ever popular Gurston Down Hillclimb in Wiltshire.

Nik Mann Mannic Beattie

The crowd pleasing Mannic-Beattie was hustled to FTD on both days by creater Nik Mann.


Saturday’s event was a round of the Association of South West Motor Clubs Hillclimb Championship, whereas Sunday featured the BARC South West Centre’s own Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship.

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Gurston is Go for 2014!

Hillclimbing returns to the South West of England after the winter break this weekend with events at the British Hillclimb Championship venues of Gurston Down in Wiltshire and Wiscombe Park in Devon.

Colin Satchell Peugeot 205

South West Star Colin Satchell was rapid at the Gurston Test Day (thanks to www.everleyphotography.co.uk).


The events at Gurston Down feature many Championships, including the ever-popular class-based Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and the FTD-based Gurston Down Top 10 Challenge.

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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 the 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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Thrilling Gurston Finale in Prospect

One of the most popular championships in British Hillclimbing is the hotly contested Gurston Down single-venue series which runs at all of the non-BHC rounds at the Wiltshire hill.

Nic Mann Mannic-Beattie

Nic Mann is sure to entertain with the Mannic-Beattie (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)


As with all events at the BARC South West Centre’s farm venue, the club’s Press Officer Simon McBeath has kindly put together a comprehensive preview for us:

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