Event Round-up…. Channel Islands

From Harewood the championship circus went on its holidays with the annual trip to Channel Islands, for Bouley Bay (Jersey) on Thursday and Le Val des Terres (Guernsey) on Saturday.

Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor

Jos Goodyear on the Bouley Bay startline in 2012.

 

These relatively low speed, public road events were expected to favour the diminutive little GWR Raptor of Jos Goodyear, but his success on the weekend didn’t come quite as quickly as expected.

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Spectacular Shelsley

The British Hillclimb Championship circus assembled in rural Worcester at the weekend for one of the blue riband events on the calendar at Shelsley Walsh hillclimb.

Tom New Gould GR55

Tommy New was a popular winner of the 2nd Run Off.

 

As always these days, The World Famous venue was in fantastic condition, and the usual large crowd witnessed a day of fantastic competition as well as a few unscheduled incidents and accidents.

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Summers Sets Prescott Alight!

The British Hillclimb Championship sprang into life for the 2014 season at Prescott Hillclimb, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, last weekend with a cracking weekend of competition at the home of the Bugatti Owners Club.

Empire Wraith Suzuki

 

Starting where he had left off at the end of 2013, last season’s star of the show Alex Summers claimed both British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Off wins in his supercharged DJ Firehawk single-seater.

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Rob’s Rocketship Returns!

Over the past few years several V8 engined Gould GR55 chassis have been advertised for sale. But while the multi-championship winning ex. Fleetwood/Dawwson/Algar NME-engined ‘Sprint’ car has changed hands, the hillclimb spec cars seem to have remained on the market for some reason.

Rob Turnbull Gould GR55

The HB belches flame at Harewood in 2005 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

However, we have recently heard that this has changed and that one of the hillclimb GR55s has now found a new home for the 2014 season. Indeed, it is being collected by its new owner today!

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BHC Season Review Part 6 – John Bradburn

Our latest series continues today with the next installment of our look back at the 2013 British Hillclimb Championship.

John Bradburn Gould GR55

John Bradburn moves the Gould GR55 into the pre-start area at Barbon Manor.

 

The next stop on the journey sees us take a look at the quiet man of the top 12 who has made steady forward progress over the past 5 years or so, Midlander John Bradburn.

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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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