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.

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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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BHC Season Review Part 12 – Scott Moran

Our twelve part series looking at the top contenders in the British Hillclimb Championship comes to an end today as we move to have a look at the experiences of the man who became a four-time Champion in 2013.

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Scott Moran on his way to another Run Off win at Gurston Down (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

Scott Moran set a pace in the early part of the Championship which nobody else could match and it always seemed likely that he would claim his fourth title, although 2012 Champ Trevor Willis had other ideas and pushed Scott hard through till the end of the year.

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2013 Champion Crowned

After a season long battle with reigning champion Trevor Willis, a third place finish in the opening Top 12 Run Off at Doune Hillclimb in Scotland on Sunday saw Scott Moran confirmed as British Hillclimb Champion for the fourth time in his career.

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Scott Moran claimed his fourth BHC crown at Doune on Sunday

 

Willis, who took his first title in 2012 with an OMS 25 chassis, fought to the very end with his new for 2013 OMS 28 but had to give best to the smaller and nimbler DJ Firehawk of Alex Summers in the Run Off when he needed a win to keep his challenge going. Moran followed Willis home with a third place finish to take his points total beyond reach.

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Hillclimb Rivalries Recognised

Whilst not providing the comprehensive coverage that anyone reading this site feels that the sport of hillclimbing deserves, Motorsport News magazine has always covered British Speed Hillclimbing and hopefully always will.

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Martin Groves at Harewood during his 4th title-winning season (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

There maybe no hillclimb event reports in this week’s edition of ‘The Voice of British Motorsport’, but it is definitely worth a buy this week especially.

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History Made at Harewood

British Hillclimb history was made over the weekend at Harewood Hillclimb as Scott Moran became the sole holder of the record number of BHC Top 12 Run Off victories.

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As we have reported over the past few weeks, Scott has been edging closer to beating Martin Groves’ record of 104 wins. He reached the magic 100 mark at Gurston in late May, before equalling Martin’s record at Loton Park in mid June. Scott missed out at Doune as defending champion Trevor Willis claimed both wins, but he was straight back to winning ways in the opening Run Off at Harewood and now has the record to himself.

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Scott Hits the Century!

In securing victory in the second British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Off at Gurston Down on Sunday, Three-time former Champion Scott Moran achieved a major career milestone.

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Scott Moran at Gurston in 2012

 

The Ludlow driver’s second Run Off win of the day was also his 100th championship round win, a feat achieved by only one other driver in the 65 year history of the MSA Championship.

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