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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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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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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BHC Season Review Part 9 – Alex Summers

From the, uhum, more senior end of the Top 12 yesterday to the youngest member today with the latest installment of the speedhillclimb.com 2013 British Hillclimb Championship season review.

Alex Summers DJ Firehawk

Alex returns to the paddock after his Run Off win at Loton in September

 

The star of the year for 2013 in British Hillclimbing, following in the foot-steps of GWR Raptor drivers Lee Adams (2011) and Jos Goodyear (2012) was undoubtedly Worcestershire-based student Alex Summers.

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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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