Blasts from the Past in Ulster

Whilst at the British Hillclimb Championship round at Craigantlet, near Belfast, in Northern Ireland last weekend, we spotted some fascinating kit amongst the local entry.

Craigantlet Hillclimb

The famous view from the crossroads at Craigantlet


There was a huge field of local Ulster competitors present and several familiar and very interesting bits of kit featured amongst the class runners. Let’s have a look at a small selection of the cars competing.

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Spedding Sets The Pace

The opening competitive event of 2013 in the North of England was put on by BARC (Yorkshire Centre) at their traditional home, Harewood Hillclimb near Harrogate.

Richard Spedding Force PC

Richard Spedding set the pace at Harewood


Despite a few early season withdrawals due to cars not quite being ready, including the OMS of Steve & Lynne Owen (see separate story), a healthy entry took to the hill for this round of the Harewood Hillclimb Championship.

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Another New Empire

We have heard word that the busiest bunny of all over the Christmas period was Empire Racing Cars boss Bill Chaplin.

Despite flood water getting ever closer to the workshop doors of his Somerset facility, Bill found time to continue progress on the production of his new for 2013 Empire and also to sell another of the 1100cc carbon-tubbed chassis.

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Return of the 1100s?

The National level 1100cc Racing Car Class should receive a welcome increase in entries for the 2013 season.

Dave Uren

Dave Uren ran in the 1100s in 2010 & 2011


Despite having struggled for high-quality entries at British Championship level, the class is due for a huge boost in 2013 with several high-spec car & driver combinations on the way.

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Return to the Hills – Part 2

Hot on the heels of Welsh Wizard Eynon Price, the entry list for the Prescott BHC round this weekend reveals that another former 1600 class pacemaker is returning to the hills.

Phil Cooke Jedi

Phil Cooke’s Jedi Penguin at Wiscombe Park in the eary nineties (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)


Former Leaders Champion Phil Cooke, competed throughout the 1990s with Jedi & Vision chassis, before teaming up with trike hillclimber Bill Chaplin and creating Force Racing Cars.

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Bike-Engines Clean Up

The pair of clubby events at Loton Park at the weekend produced some results which were somewhat against the formbook.

Most observers would have expected the V6 engined Pilbeam MP88s of Mike Tregoning and George Bleasdale or the TKD V8 OMS of Tim Elmer to lead the way, however things didn’t go according to plan for the big-hitters…

Loton Park Hillclimb


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