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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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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Where’s Haimesy Been!?

Having been a noticeable absentee from hillclimb paddocks so far during 2014, former Run Off winner and double Leaders Champion Paul Haimes made a brief but welcome return to the British Hillclimb scene at Loton Park last weekend.

Paul Haimes Gould GR59

Freshly painted GR59 in the Loton Park paddock.

 

The Farnham-based driver had a promising year in 2013 as he developed the first turbo-charged Gould single-seater chassis into a competitive proposition. Good progress was made, but there was still a big job list for the winter.

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BHC is Back!

After over six months of withdrawl symptoms, this weekend at Prescott Hillclimb the top competitors hit the slopes of the Gloucestershire venue as the opening rounds of the British Hillclimb Championship take place.

Rob Stevens Force SR4

Rob Stevens will be back to defend his Midland Hillclimb Championship at Prescott.

 

This season, there should be a real battle-royal at the top of the timing sheets as the big-hitters will be joined by a couple of little cars which are now capable of outright wins at all venues.

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Wallace Wins!

The King of Hills, Doune Hillclimb in Scotland, opened it’s 2014 event calendar last weekend with a pair of single-day events that formed the start of the Scottish Hillclimb Championship.

Doune Hillclimb

 

Local driver Wallace Menzies took a pair of wins with the familiar DJ Firestorm single-seater, it’s Cosworth XD V8 engine freshly delivered from Cosworth Racing following it’s winter fettling.

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Another Gould for 2014

Possibly the biggest new car story of the winter so far has just broken! It is the news that there will be a third Gould GR59 hitting the hills during the 2014 season.

Gould GR59 Goodridge Ltd

Gould GR59 on display at Goodridge HQ

 

This will not be a customer car as we have seen with the 2-litre class runners for the Moyse family and for Paul Haimes, but a works development car being built for the Gould family.

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