BHC Season Review Part 11 – Trevor Willis

As we approach the end of our 2013 British Hillclimb Championship Season Review we move on to look at the real heavy-hitters in the series, and the two drivers who have dominated top-line hillclimbing since 2010.

Trevor Willis OMS 28

Trevor proudly wore the ‘Number 1′ on his OMS-RPE 28  for 2013.

 

Runner-up in this years Championship was the man who really hit some mighty highs in 2012. He had a new car to shake down at Prescott back in April, but as always Trevor Willis was up to speed incredibly rapidly and was soon fully in the groove with his Powertec/RPE V8 powered OMS.

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Sandra Storms to Record

The final pair of events of the 2013 season at the BARC Yorkshire Centre’s Harewood Hillclimb, near Harrogate saw a couple of cracking entry lists as contenders from the Harewood Series were joined by the MG Car Club, Club Alpine Renault and Paul Matty Lotus Championships for an end of season blast.

Sandra Tomlin Pilbeam MP97

Sandra Tomlin (pictured at Prescott) was on great form with the MP97.

 

There was one big car present, which was the Tomlin family’s Pilbeam-Judd MP97, and the headlines for the event were dominated by the 4-litre V8 monster.

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Blasts from the Past in Ulster

Whilst at the British Hillclimb Championship round at Craigantlet, near Belfast, in Northern Ireland last weekend, we spotted some fascinating kit amongst the local entry.

Craigantlet Hillclimb

The famous view from the crossroads at Craigantlet

 

There was a huge field of local Ulster competitors present and several familiar and very interesting bits of kit featured amongst the class runners. Let’s have a look at a small selection of the cars competing.

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New OMS Revealed

On Saturday morning at Harewood Hillclimb, a new model of hillclimb car was unveiled as Steve Owen rolled his latest motor-cycle engined product out of the trailer at his local hill.

Steve Owen OMS 28

The latest OMS 28 was revealed in the Harewood paddock on Saturday.

 

The owner of OMS Racing Cars has been a prolific producer of carbon-tubbed hillclimb cars in recent years and this record has continued with the latest works OMS 28.

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Champ’s 2013 Plans?

Unfortunately there was a big disappointment at Loton Park last Saturday morning when it became clear that Trevor Willis had been forced to withdraw his entry for the weekend.

Trevor Willis OMS 25

2013 BHC Winner Trevor Willis with his OMS 25

 

The 2012 British Hillclimb Champion was due to appear as a shakedown run prior to starting the defense of his title at Prescott Hillclimb next weekend, but unfortunately his car was not ready for competition.

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Spedding Sets The Pace

The opening competitive event of 2013 in the North of England was put on by BARC (Yorkshire Centre) at their traditional home, Harewood Hillclimb near Harrogate.

Richard Spedding Force PC

Richard Spedding set the pace at Harewood

 

Despite a few early season withdrawals due to cars not quite being ready, including the OMS of Steve & Lynne Owen (see separate story), a healthy entry took to the hill for this round of the Harewood Hillclimb Championship.

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