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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April Doune Preview

There are two single day events happening at the mighty Doune Hillclimb in Scotland over the weekend.

These events, organised by the Lothian Car Club, form rounds of the Guyson Scottish Hillclimb Championship, Highland Speed Championship, Lowland Speed Championship and the Scottish Speed Championship.

Doune Hillclimb

Hillclimb cars will be storming across the Doune Meadow this weekend

 

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The Word from North of the Border

We haven’t had a proper update from the Scottish Hillclimb scene since back before the Doune National. Our Scottish Correspondent Danger Mouth has been in touch with this report on his recent travels.

It was nice to see everyone at Doune.  Lee Adams won both run offs  with Scott second on both.  Other Scottish interest in the run offs was Steve Marr in the ex. Rob Barksfield PCD Saxon, but unfortunately it broke.  Wallace Menzies has a car that does not sound nice but goes well and he scored a 3rd and a 4th.  Trevor Willis did not have a very good weekend in the new OMS25 V8.  After having an off at Garden Gate on Saturday and repeating this, but not as bad, in the second run off.  Alistair Crawford did his usual of qualifying for an odd run off and got a point.  Jos Goodyear had another trip up north with some sucess getting points in both run offs and keeping it on the track.  Dave Uren had a good weekend qualifying the green Force for both run offs but not scoring any points.
 
Last weekend it was the annual Scottish Sprint at Alford.  First time I have been there and it was a good day. Alford Sprint is held on the oval go kart track at the Grampian Transport Museum in the middle of Alford.  Daughter of Pete Lawton had one of her first goes that I know of in the yellow Citroen Saxo.  Donald Macaskill was entered but didn’t race as I think the car was broken yet again.  Graeme Bremner was very quick as usual in the turbo charged Radical. FTD went to Roy Munro in the red OMS. George Ritchie was Clerk and showed off his Ferrari 458 italia. 
 
It was good to see that Wallace Menzies took his second ever win in Jersey and Tom New got his with the Chris Merrick Gould in Le Val des Terres.
 
We will be out for the last two meetings of the year in the British Championship at Doune and then Loton Park.
 
The next Scottish round for us will be Fintray in August but I think the next round is back at Kames at the weekend.

Thanks for the news DM, we look forward to your next report and to seeing you back at a BHC round soon!

Down on the Farm

Gurston Down’s 2nd local championship round of the year saw vastly improved weather, compared to Saturdays washout. Still, a small amount of drizzle fell EVERY time the single-seaters formed up at paddock exit, but the rain was never enough to really affect times.

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Saxon Crosses Scottish Border !

The stunning PCD Saxon-Suzuki which was driven by the late Rob Barksfield in the early noughties (and still holds a Gurston class record) has been bought by Scottish Hillclimber Steve Marr. Steve, who has run an immaculately prepared OMS in recent years, will be running the car in Northern events with an 1100cc Suzuki GSXR engine.

Have fun with it Steve, we’re looking forward to seeing the car run again !

PCD Saxon, Gurston Down Hillclimb