Hollier Debuts Empire

The recent British Hillclimb Championship round at Gurston Down over the August Bank Holiday saw the debut of a new single-seater in the 1600cc Racing Car Class.

Ed Hollier Empire 00

The new car rolled out of Empire’s Somerset workshop just a couple of weeks ago.

 

Following the domination of the class by the scintillating GWR Raptor in recent years new cars for the 1600cc class have been somewhat thin on the ground, but maybe that is about to change…

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Event Round-up…. Channel Islands

From Harewood the championship circus went on its holidays with the annual trip to Channel Islands, for Bouley Bay (Jersey) on Thursday and Le Val des Terres (Guernsey) on Saturday.

Jos Goodyear GWR Raptor

Jos Goodyear on the Bouley Bay startline in 2012.

 

These relatively low speed, public road events were expected to favour the diminutive little GWR Raptor of Jos Goodyear, but his success on the weekend didn’t come quite as quickly as expected.

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Event Round-up…. Harewood Hill

We are back! Not quite full service just yet, but until that is possible we will do what we can to keep everyone in the loop Speed Hillclimb-wise…

Tom Ingram Toyota Avensis

Tom Ingram and the BTCC Toyota were a great, if brief, addition to the Harewood event.

 

There have been many events on the hills, and a lot of gossip as well, since we were last able to spend time typing and the Bank Holiday weekend has given us a small opportunity to play catch up. So, let’s start with a run through of what has been happening at National level over the past couple of months as well as some regional reports from correspondents…

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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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BHC is Back!

After over six months of withdrawl symptoms, this weekend at Prescott Hillclimb the top competitors hit the slopes of the Gloucestershire venue as the opening rounds of the British Hillclimb Championship take place.

Rob Stevens Force SR4

Rob Stevens will be back to defend his Midland Hillclimb Championship at Prescott.

 

This season, there should be a real battle-royal at the top of the timing sheets as the big-hitters will be joined by a couple of little cars which are now capable of outright wins at all venues.

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Another Gould for 2014

Possibly the biggest new car story of the winter so far has just broken! It is the news that there will be a third Gould GR59 hitting the hills during the 2014 season.

Gould GR59 Goodridge Ltd

Gould GR59 on display at Goodridge HQ

 

This will not be a customer car as we have seen with the 2-litre class runners for the Moyse family and for Paul Haimes, but a works development car being built for the Gould family.

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