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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Empire’s Extra Effort!

There are a large number of new or modified cars underway in workshops all over the United Kingdom as the hillclimb world prepares for the 2014 season.

Empire Racing Cars

 

Few facilities are as busy as the Empire Racing Cars workshop of Bill Chaplin down in darkest Somerset. Mr Editor paid Bill a visit earlier in the week and had a quick look at the workload that Bill and his small team have ahead of them!

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Jordan Storms to Title

Last Sunday saw a friend of the Speed Hillclimb world achieve a fantastic result at the very top of UK professional Motorsport.

Andrew Jordan BTCC

Andrew Jordan at Gurston Down in May 2013.

 

Pirtek Honda driver Andrew Jordan claimed his first British Touring Car Championship title victory after a fantastic final round showdown at Brands Hatch circuit.

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Eddie Expects Epic Empire!

We are pleased to reveal, after a couple of months of negotiation and planning, that two of the Westcountry’s most successful hillclimb exponents are joining forces for an attack on theĀ 1600cc Racing Car class in 2014.

Empire Racing Cars

 

The recent expansion of Empire Racing Cars has been covered in-depth here on speedhillclimb.com, but as well as the continued production of carbon fibre Wraith chassis over the winter, Bill Chaplin will also be building a new model of car for South West hillclimber and former Leaders Hillclimb Champion Ed Hollier.

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The Empire’s Wraith!

Hot on the heels of chassis 01 for Clive Austin and Chris Aspinall which debuted at Loton Park last month and chassis 02 which is being built for hillclimb returnee Phil Cooke, it seems as though more of the new Empire Wraith chassis are on the way.

Empire Wraith

The Empire Wraith at its shakedown at Curborough Sprint Course last month

 

The stunning little carbon-chassised cars, which have received F1 input in the design process, and currently feature 1100cc motorcycle engines have attracted a massive amount of attention since the prototype was revealed.

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Harewood Heat

Harewood Hillclimb hosted its second British Hillclimb Championship event of the year last weekend and we certainly saw a bit of everything over the weekend with scorching temperatures, new records, a bit of history and few surprises!

Roger Moran Gould GR61X

Roger Moran returned to form in the 2nd shoot out

 

Former triple BHC winner Scott Moran became the most succesful hillclimber in history (in terms of Run Offs) by claiming his 105th & 106th shootout wins in the Gould GR61X, and took FTD with a new outright hill record in the opening Run Off. But he was pushed very hard…

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