Goings on at Gurston!

For anyone in the South of the country, the Gurston Down Test Day always signals the start of the hillclimb calendar and despite it being a non-spectator event, it always has a good crowd of visitors who want to get a sneaky peak at what’s new & improved for the season.

Gurston Down Hillclimb Paddock

The Gurston paddock awakes to another season of hillclimbing



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Webbo Worried About His Weight

We recently caught up with 2011 Gurston Down Champion and Gurston Comp Secretary Paul Webster and discovered some of his 2012 plans.

The familiar Mazda MX5 “Stripey” is currently on a serious diet as Webbo plans to remove a hundred kilos or so in weight from the car.

Paul Webster Mazda MX5

These modifications will see the combo move up to the Modified Production Classes and running on slicks for the first time.

I’m sure that it will be just as much fun as it was before Webbo, keep enjoying it!

Paul Webster Mazda MX5

Gurston Championship Hotting Up

One of this year’s exciting championships is the Gurston Championship. Run over 4 events through the season, with each competitor able to drop their worst score – so kind of a best-3-of-4 championship. It also has an interesting scoring system that aims to put ALL competitors on a level playing field:

Points are awarded to registered contenders on the basis of how fast they go, relative to their class “bogey” time. The bogey time is calculated by adding eight seconds to each class record (as they stand at the beginning of each season), and the amount by which each competitor beats the bogey time determines the number of points he or she scores.

Last week was round 3, and it’s left a rather deceptive results table. One of the front runners remains Paul Webster in his Maxda MX5 (aka Stripey), who is currently showing at 15th because he missed the June event (round no. 2) to compete at Doune. So we can all assume Webbo is doing an anti-rain dance in the hope he can clinch the win in dry conditions in September.

Paul Webster and MX5 Gurston Hillclimb

Midsummer Gurston

Gurston Down’s midsummer clubby this weekend will see a great variety of car competing in a stack of championships at the BARCs Wiltshire venue. The main championships represented are the ASWMC on Saturday and Gurston’s own series on Sunday but Porsche, Austin 7, Austin Healey, MG, Morgan and 500 owners are also appearing.

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