Purcell and Cannell Feel the Pressure

Whilst British and Midland Hillclimb contenders are at Prescott Hillclimb and South West Hillclimb contenders are at Wiscombe Park, the loyal band of Gurston Down Hillclimb regulars will be out for the final time this year at the Wilstshire venue.

Simon Purcell Lotus Exige

Simon Purcell is in the pound seat for the Gurston Championship (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk).

 

As always for the BARC SW Centre’s events, Gurston Press Office Simon McBeath has put together a preview for the event.

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Midsummer Speed Fest at Gurston

As well as events at Doune and Cultra at the weekend, there was also pair of one day club events at the ever popular Gurston Down Hillclimb in Wiltshire.

Nik Mann Mannic Beattie

The crowd pleasing Mannic-Beattie was hustled to FTD on both days by creater Nik Mann.

 

Saturday’s event was a round of the Association of South West Motor Clubs Hillclimb Championship, whereas Sunday featured the BARC South West Centre’s own Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship.

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Gurston Class Action

The British Hillclimb Championship and Leaders Championship contenders made their second visit of the year to Gurston Down at the weekend, and the BARC South West Centre put on yet another brilliant event at the Wiltshire venue.

Jeremy Turnbull Ford Model B

Jeremy Turnbull was fastest of the Flatheads

 

A heavy downpour at lunchtime on Saturday put a slight dampener on the end of the third practice runs, but otherwise the sun was shining and the conditions were good.

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Cracking June Gurston

The events at Gurston Down at the weekend featured lots of cars, lots of variety and lots of hot competition. Both of the cluby one-dayers were over-subscribed and many regulars only got an entry to one or other day.

Tony Wiltshire Gould GR55 Gurston Down

Wilt took FTD on Sunday (thanks to Everly Photography)

Gurston Press Officer Simon McBeath has sent us this report & images:

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April Gurston Preview

Saturday & Sunday this weekend will see the first events of the season at the BARC (SW) Centre’s Gurston Down hillclimb in Wiltshire.

As well as featuring many other championships and one-make series over the two events, Sunday will be the first round of Gurston’s very popular single-venue championship.

 

Tony Wiltshire Gould GR55 Gurston Down

Tony Wiltshire will be battling for FTD this weekend (thanks to Simon McBeath)

 

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Forget the A40, I want a Lotus!

Despite her husband Ben having another terrible weekend trying to solve intermittent problems with the Datsun 240Z, Gurston Treasurer Dee Stapley had a cracking weekend.

On Sunday she accepted the offer of a share drive with Gurston regular Simon Purcell in his supercharged Lotus Exige.

Although she was understandably cautious in the borrowed car, Dee absolutely loved the car and has now decided that maybe she would prefer an Exige to the 2012 challenger that is taking shape at chez Stapley (see earlier post).

Bad luck Ben!