Mortimer’s Moment

Although we weren’t able to be there ourselves, we are now able to bring you the full story of the Gurston Down Hillclimb season finale, as well as the results of the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and the Gurston Down Top 10 Challenge title positions.

Jonathan Gates Force LM

Jonathan Gates launches the freshly-blown Force LM over Deers Leap (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

BARC South West Press Officer has compiled a very thorough report and review of the season which should bring us all up to speed:

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New Pilbeam for 2013!

Following a tip-off at the British Hillclimb dinner on Saturday evening, we have done a little digging and discovered news of another new hillclimb car taking shape for 2013.

Mike Tregoning Pilbeam MP88

 

Legendary hillclimb car designer Mike Pilbeam is building a new car for this season, and it will be the first Pilbeam built specifically for a motorcycle engine.

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Top Points for Thompson

Fired-up by his two Run Off appearances at Craigantlet in the British Hillclimb Championship last weekend, Graham Thompson charged to FTD at Garron Point Hillclimb this week.

Seamus Morris Pilbeam MP62

Seamus Morris chased Graham Thompson (thanks to Reinis Babrovski)

 

The Mid Antrim Motor Club organised event produced a healthy 50 car entry and managed two practice and three timed runs at the challenging hill on the North East coast of Ireland.

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Return of ‘Old Number 1′

It was great to see the return to the hills at the weekend of one of the most illustrious single-seater chassis in the sport. 

Kenny Allen Pilbeam MP58

Kenny Allen at Shelsley Walsh in MP58-01 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

 Few would argue that the Pilbeam MP58 was the high-water mark for the Lincolnshire-based racecar manufacturer. The MP58 was a large, honeycombe chassis’d single-seater designed & built from the late 1980s onwards featuring a variety of engines from the 1600cc Cosworth BDA, right up to F1 V8s and even a 5.4l TVR/Rover V8.

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Action Packed Shelsley

The Midland Automobile Club hosted a one day clubby at Shelsley Walsh on Saturday as a precurser to the VSCCs annual visit to the hallowed tarmac of the Teme Valley on Sunday.

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb

 

It was a great day for the Pilbeam marque as Tim Davies stormed to FTD in his Millington-engined MP88 model, ahead of John Jones in similar chassis (albeit with Cosworth XD Turbo power).

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The First Hillclimb Wedding of the Year

We hear that Pilbeam’s long-serving mechanic Mick Howlett (Pilbeam Mick to most people) and his fiance, hillclimb marshall Sue Fletcher were married at a cermony in Bourne, Lincolnshire on Thursday.

The happy couple attended the British Hillclimb Championship Awards at Chateau Impney last night as the start of their honeymoon.

Many congratulations to you both, may you have many happy years together.