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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JC Returns!

In recent weeks the Midland hillclimb scene has seen the return of one of the most competitive drivers, and one of the most committed hillclimb families, as a very heavily re-developed car has made its first appearance for a few seasons.

John Chalmers Ralt F302

John & Jamie Chalmers prepare for another run with the Ralt during testing at Curborough.

 

Warwickshire 2-litre runner John Chalmers has spent the past couple of years installing a very special new engine into his familiar Ralt F302 chassis, the car with which he took the Shelsley Walsh 2-litre class record in 2011, and after a difficult development period has made a return to the hills.

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Records Tumble at Prescott

Last weekend saw a stunning event at Prescott with lots of action on the track, a host of records reset and unfortunately quite a lot of carbon crunched.

Prescott Hillclimb

Prescott was in a fine condition for it’s final Championship event of 2014.

 

Two very competitive British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Offs saw the hill record blitzed each time and two different winners in two very different racing cars.

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Montee Coureur!

Whilst we all love the unique atmosphere and challenging venues provided by hillclimbing in the UK, many competitors also love the challenge of the longer and faster courses provided by the public road hillclimbs in Europe.

Crowds Form

Charlie takes to the hill in front of huge crowds.

 

 

A couple of Midlands Hillclimb regulars, Class B runners Charlie Martin and Jerry Neary, missed a couple of UK events earlier this season, hopped on a ferry and went to check out what European Hillclimbing is all about.

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Event Round-up…. Shelsley Walsh

Who would have predicted two years ago that a 2-litre class car would win a National Run Off, in the dry, at Shelsley Walsh?

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb

The venue was in superb condition for the biggest event of the year.

 

Not very many people, if any. But at Shelsley in August Warwickshire Motorsport Engineer Jos Goodyear did exactly that with the 1400cc motorcycle engined GWR Raptor 2. And what’s more, he did it with a time just a couple of tenths or so away from Martin Grove’s long-held Outright Hill Record at The World Famous venue.

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Who Needs Goodwood!?

With Glastonbury Festival and the Goodwood Festival of Speed happening elsewhere in the South of England, the picturesque Prescott Hillclimb in Gloucestershire held its Mid-Summer Speed Fest over the weekend.

Prescott Hillclimb

The Gloucestershire venue was in fine fettle.

 

The event featured a stand-alone round of the hugely popular Midland Hillclimb Championship, alongside the HSA, National Speed and Paul Matty Classic Sports Championships. The event also hosted the second round of the famous Prescott Gold Cup.

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