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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BHC Season Review Part 12 – Scott Moran

Our twelve part series looking at the top contenders in the British Hillclimb Championship comes to an end today as we move to have a look at the experiences of the man who became a four-time Champion in 2013.

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Scott Moran on his way to another Run Off win at Gurston Down (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

Scott Moran set a pace in the early part of the Championship which nobody else could match and it always seemed likely that he would claim his fourth title, although 2012 Champ Trevor Willis had other ideas and pushed Scott hard through till the end of the year.

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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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Tommy’s Back!

One of the most popular members of the big class will be returning to the hills at Prescott’s Midland Hillclimb Championship round this weekend with a freshly rebuilt engine!

Tom New Gould GR55

Tommy New in the Gould-Judd at Gurston Down in May 2012

 

Southampton-based Gould-Judd driver Tom New has been missing from action so far this season due to a rather annoying supply issue.

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