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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2013 in Pictures – Drivers at Rest!

Our 2013 in Pictures series continues today with a look at some of the drivers who make the hillclimb paddock such an entertaining place to be.

A weekends hillclimbing can be tough with the combination of early starts, hard graft, intense concentration, and occasionally a few cheeky beers on the Saturday night. This can take it out on the less hardy members of the paddock…. Whilst others find new and innovative ways to stay alert and on the money!

 

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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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The Cold War

The latest go-faster tweak in the British Hillclimb paddock seems to be a direct result of the sheer quantity of forced-induction cars being used on the hills these days, and the horsepower battle that exists between them.

Simon Moyse Gould GR59

Brian Moyse distributes the ice in the Harewood paddock

 

One way of generating maximum horse power from a turbo or super-charged engine is to run with the lowest possible inlet temperature, this is the temperature of the air used to create the air/fuel mixture.

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Boggy Barbon!

The Barbon Manor Hillclimb venue is on a very exposed hillside on the edge of the Lake District in the North West of England. Unfortunately this means that often inclement weather can have a dramatic affect on events at the fast switch-back course.

Trevor Willis OMS 28

Reigning Champ took the sole win at Barbon Manor

 

Combine this with the fact that the venue is a temporary venue with a mostly grass paddock, then unfortunately wet events can be a very challenging exercise for drivers, crews and organisers alike.

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The Season Starts Here

The 2013 British Hillclimb Championship kicked was in fine form when it kicked off at the historic Prescott Hillclimb in Gloucestershire over the weekend. Lots of new tweeks and combinations were on display and the results saw some very close battles both in the classes and in the all-important, points-scoring Top 12 Run Offs.

 

Scott Moran Gould GR61X

Number 2 on the car, but Number 1 at Prescott

 

Former triple Championship Scott Moran started the year in determined style by claiming both Run Off victories and setting Fastest Time of the Day in the family Gould-NME GR61X, but reigning Champion Trevor Willis took a pair of solid Run Off results to demonstrate that his brand new OMS 28 will be on the pace when it is fully up to speed.

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