Empire Customers Get F1 Lesson

Ever since the very beginning of our sport, at the turn of the 19th/20th Century, innovation and development have been a cornerstone of British Speed Hillclimbing as manufacturers have strived to beat their competition by working harder and thinking smarter.

Empire Wraith Willem Toet

An early rendering of the Empire Wraith concept


There is one hillclimb manufacturer which is really going places at the moment. Somerset-based Empire Racing Cars are having a major push in 2014, with the launch of both a brand new, state-of-the-art, carbon fibre chassised, motorcycle engined hillclimb challenger as well as a very innovative, supercharged, sports libre class challenger and a modified version of the existing Leaders class winning, spaceframe chassised ‘Double-0′ series.

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Wiscombe Washout!

The tricky, parkland hillclimb at Wiscombe Park in East Devon hosted the annual 500 Owners Association hillclimb last Saturday as a warm-up for the very popular VSCC event on the Sunday.

Wiscombe Park Hillclimb


South West superstar Ed ‘Kimi’ Hollier stormed to his fifth consecutive FTD of the season with his gorgeous Suzuki-powered Pilbeam MP62, although on this occasion he didn’t quite have the hot competition that he has seen off in recent weeks.

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Record Tumbles at Werrington

Plymouth Motor Club hosted it’s annual two-day Speed Hillclimb at the stunning Werrington Park venue, near Launceston, in Cornwall last weekend.

Terry Graves Gould GR37

More Werrington FTDs for Terry Graves (thanks to www.soperfectimages.co.uk)


Having partially resurfaced the hill in time for the 2012 events, the organising club completed the remainder of the hill over last winter so records were expected to tumble.

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OMS’ Trading Places

Regular Westcountry hillclimber James Moore appeared at the Gurston Test Day with a new stead for the 2013 hillclimb season.

James Moore OMS 2000M

James Moore had a shakedown run at Gurston Test


Having been seen for several years in a Gulf-coloured OMS SC1 sports-racing car in the 2-litre Sports Libre classes, James has now moved on to a proper hillclimb single-seater.

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Spectacular Shelsley Scheduled

This weekend is The Big One at Shelsley Walsh in Worcestershire.

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb


A huge entry of cars are scheduled to appear at The World Famous venue as the British, Leaders, Midland and Paul Matty Championships are joined by a mouth-watering selection of historic cars. The Lotus marque is the theme for this weekend and there will be a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Lotus Elan during the weekend.

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Tregrehan News

Sunday 12th June saw the first event of the season at Tregrehan Hillclimb. Tregrehan is a great club venue between St. Austell and Par in mid-Cornwall. Tregrehan was a combined event for bikes and cars, although there were a lot more bikes than cars present.

Our spies in the Dutchy tell us that Jimmy Hodges took overall FTD AND 2nd bike FTD with his 450cc and 501cc Hondas with times of 20.51s and 21.10s, whereas Andy Dinner took the main car award in 20.94s with his ex. Tom New/Simon Frost Pilbeam-Vauxhall MP62/82.

Also competing down at Tregrehan was former Escort driver Doug Bennett who was out with his ferociously powerful supercharged Honda Vtec powered Sylvia Striker. Doug kept the rampant horses under control to be fastest Sports Libre car present.

As so often at events South of the Tamar, Cornish Motorsport legend Roy Bray took the win in the unlimited Production Car Class. After running a Subaru Impreza at most events this year, Roy wheeled out his familiar ‘Furniture Dreckly’ Escort Cosworth for the short blast across the park.

It’s great to see Tregrehan back on the hillclimb calender, true club events such as this should be supported as these are the venues that produce future Regional and even National Champions.

Richard Earle, Reynard SF79, starts a run at Tregrehan in 1996