Party in the Park!

The final event of the 2014 British Hillclimb Championship season took place at Loton Park in Shropshire at the weekend and provided everything that is good about our wonderful sport.

Loton Park Hillclimb

A healthy crowd enjoyed a great day at Loton Park.

 

A popular double winner, a fond farewell, a recently crowned champion, some hot competition, cracking commentary, relatively little damage and a very large & enthusiastic crowd combined to provide a real festival atmosphere both in the paddock and in the spectator areas.

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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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Loton Park – 2014 Events

The next stop on our whistle-stop tour of the hillclimb calendar for 2014 sees us head to the Midlands.

Simon Moyse Mallock MK27SG

Current Gould driver Simon Moyse at Loggerheads with his Mallock in 2005 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

Sir Michael Leighton’s deer park venue at Loton Park, Shropshire is one of the most popular venues in the country thanks to good facilities, cracking organisation and a great track.

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Gould Feel the Pressure!

The eagle-eyed amongst you at Loton Park’s British Hillclimb Championship finale may have noticed some unusual pipework covering the floor of the Gould GR59 Turbo of Paul Haimes.

Paul Haimes Gould GR59

Even a lighter driver is under consideration for 2014! Josh Haimes has a seat-fitting in the GR59.

 

With the GR59 is still at a very early stage of its aerodynamic develop and now that the two cars produced so far are running reliably it is time for some serious work over the winter to fine tune the aero and suspension package ready for the start of the 2014 season.

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Scott Gets Soaked!

The last British Hillclimb Championship event of each season always has a distinct ‘end of term’ feel to it as the drivers, marshals, go-fors and organisers all begin to unwind before the long cold winter.

Scott Moran British Hillclimb

Scott Moran makes his victory speech while his bodyguard looks on!

 

A new tradition amongst the top title contenders is the annual soaking of the incoming champion at the Loton Park post-event prize-giving by his competitors.

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On-Boards at Loton

With the short courses, high speeds & intense competition which characterise Speed Hillclimbing, our sport is one of the most dramatic forms of motorsport both for competitors and spectators alike.

Gould GR59

Drivers Eye View from a Gould GR59

 

From the early days of large cameras being mounted to cars by television companies, in recent years the emergence of high-quality HD cameras at sensible prizes as well as the accessibility of online video hosting websites the use of onboard cameras at hillclimbs has grown and grown.

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