Double Dry Doune!?

The penultimate round of the British Hillclimb Championship season took place at Doune in Scotland at the weekend and, after the record-breaking bonanza at the hill in June, miraculously this latest event was warm and sunny yet again!

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Different colour, same result for Team Moran.

 

As well as seeing a number of class records set over the weekend, we also crowned our 2014 British Champion. Having dominated with his usual brand of metronomic consistency and blistering pace, Ludlow driver Scott Moran claimed his fifth title, joining Martyn Griffiths and David Grace as a five times winner and just one win away from the record set by the late, great Tony Marsh.

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New Pilbeams Revealed

One of the biggest names in our sport is Pilbeam Racing Designs. Mike Pilbeam’s company dominated British Hillclimbing at National level for 20 years between the mid 70s and the mid 90s, winning 17 British Hillclimb Championship titles for some of the legends of our sport including Roy Lane, Martyn Griffiths, Martin Bolsover and Andy Priaulx.

Roy Lane Pilbeam MP58

The late, great Roy Lane at Martini Hairpin with his title-winning MP58-Judd (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

In recent years the Pilbeam marque has focused on sportscar racing on the circuits. This, combined with the massive success of the Gould composite chassis’ which have dominated the hills for the past 15 years or so, has seen the Pilbeam star shine slightly less brightly than it has in the past.

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For Sale… More Hillclimb History!

One of the most successful single chassis in the history of the British Hillclimb Championship has been spotted for sale on a popular race car marketplace website.

David Grace Pilbeam MP58

David Grace with MP58-05 at Prescott in 1994 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

The aluminium honeycomb tubbed Pilbeam MP58 was the car of the late 80s and early 90s on the hills of the UK. The MP58 won BHC titles for Martyn Griffiths (1990 & 1991), Roy Lane (1992 & 1996), David Grace (1993 & 1994) and Andy Priaulx (1995).

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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.

Martin Groves Gould GR55B

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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Hillclimb Suspension Development

Over the years the British Hillclimb scene has seen a huge amount of technical innovation, in particular (traditionally) in the area of suspension and steering.

Will Hall Force WH

Traditional, but highly effective pushrod/monoshock set-up on the Force WH

 

From the early days of the BHC when ERAs used clever radius arms in conjunction with leaf springs to generate immense traction, through the transverse leaf-springs of the early Coopers, to wishbones with the 1960s mid-engined cars we’ve seen it all… Or have we?

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Hillclimb Engine Technology – Part 7

Cosworth’s KF V6 engine had a very short stay of execution at the top end of the British Hillclimb Championship,┬ásurely the longest running top-line motor has been the Cosworth V8. From the DFR to the HB they have always featured strongely.

Wallace Menzies DJ Firestorm Cosworth XD

The Cosworth XD engine in the back of the DJ Firestorm

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