Tipadel Twin’s Teutonic Toy!

Two of the most familiar faces at any Gurston Down event, whether British Hillclimb Championship or club meeting, are Andrew Fraser and Tim Painter, otherwise known as ‘The Jovial Gents’.

Andrew Fraser Porsche 911

The Tipadel Porsche is a beautifully-engineered work of art.

 

The Somerset-based duo have been competing together on the hills for over 35 years sharing a variety of very interesting cars, including Brabham, Gould, Metro 6R4 and in recent years several Porsche 911s.

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Rob’s Rocketship Returns!

Over the past few years several V8 engined Gould GR55 chassis have been advertised for sale. But while the multi-championship winning ex. Fleetwood/Dawwson/Algar NME-engined ‘Sprint’ car has changed hands, the hillclimb spec cars seem to have remained on the market for some reason.

Rob Turnbull Gould GR55

The HB belches flame at Harewood in 2005 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

However, we have recently heard that this has changed and that one of the hillclimb GR55s has now found a new home for the 2014 season. Indeed, it is being collected by its new owner today!

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Midlands Metro Mania!

One of the most charismatic cars in the history of South West hillclimbing will be hitting the M5 this coming weekend and heading North.

Tim Painter Metro 6R4

Tim Painter in pre-start at Gurston Down in April 2013.

 

The Tipadel MG Metro 6R4 TPR4100 is a very well-known car in the Westcountry following some stirring performances at venues such as Wiscombe Park, Finlake, Gurston Down and especially Longleat hillclimb of the past two decades.

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Mighty Mighty Metro!

One of the greatest sights and sounds on the hills from the last 20 years made a competition return at the Gurston test last weekend.

Andrew Fraser Metro TPR4100

The TPR4100 at Ashes Bend at Gurston in 2009 (thanks to www.zipp.co.uk)

 

The Tipadel Metro TPR4100 has been absent from active service for a couple of years as owners Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser have rebuilt this exciting Group B car.

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Graves is Gutted!

Cornishman Terry Graves had a good weekend at Gurston Down for the Bank Holiday BHC round, but it could have been better…

Terry Graves Gurston Down

Terry Graves at Gurston in 2010

 

The driver of the immaculately prepared ex. Painter/Fraser Gould GR37 ticked the wrong box when registering for the championship and signed up for the Leaders instead of the British.

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Gurston Class Action

The British Hillclimb Championship and Leaders Championship contenders made their second visit of the year to Gurston Down at the weekend, and the BARC South West Centre put on yet another brilliant event at the Wiltshire venue.

Jeremy Turnbull Ford Model B

Jeremy Turnbull was fastest of the Flatheads

 

A heavy downpour at lunchtime on Saturday put a slight dampener on the end of the third practice runs, but otherwise the sun was shining and the conditions were good.

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