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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Big OMS to get Smaller!

During a chat at the recent Autosport International Show at the Birmingham NEC, we were pleased to hear that hillclimb veteran Bob Penrose has finally sold his OMS-Cosworth having had it for sale for a couple of years.

Bob Penrose OMS CF07

Bob Penrose at Gurston Down with the DFL-engined OMS (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

The car was built new in 2007 and with the ex. Le Mans 4-litre Cosworth DFL powerplant in the back it was the largest engined OMS chassis ever built. Indeed, as well as it’s Endurance Racing exploits, the motor also has an illustrious history in British Speed Events as it was used by former British Sprint Champion the late Nigel Bigwood, before being used by 6-times British Hillclimb Champion Tony Marsh.

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Rowan Returns

One of the legends of British Hillclimbing will return to the cockpit of a competition car at a speed event this weekend.

Ray Rowan Roman IV

Ray Rowan in the original Roman chassis at Shelsley Walsh in 2007

 

After challenging at the top end of the sport for a couple of years, in 1989 Walsall-based engineer Ray Rowan secured the British Hillclimb Championship with his self-built, 4-cylinder Hart powered Roman IV.

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Autosport Show…. DJ Goss!

Derbyshire-based hillclimb manufacturer DJ had a slightly low-key 2012 after the dizzy heights they hit in 2011.

DJ Racecars DJ Firestorm

Team DJ. Del, Andy & the boys pose with the new Firestorm chassis at Shelsley in August

 

Although it was a very successful year, with lead driver Wallace Menzies securing a Run Off win at National level, and 2-litre star Alex Summers demolishing records virtually everywhere he went with the Firehawk, expectations had been very high.

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Murray’s in the Money!

The biggest prize in 2012 British Hillclimbing was awarded on Sunday as the BARC (SW) Centre presented £1000 to the driver who improved their class record at Gurston Down by the largest margin on the day.

Keith Murray Gurston Down

Keith Murray collects the magnificant new Tony Marsh Trophy

 

As always for Gurston Down events, BARC (SW) Centre’s Press Officer Simon McBeath has sent us a brilliant report and photos from this action packed event.

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Cracking June Gurston

The events at Gurston Down at the weekend featured lots of cars, lots of variety and lots of hot competition. Both of the cluby one-dayers were over-subscribed and many regulars only got an entry to one or other day.

Tony Wiltshire Gould GR55 Gurston Down

Wilt took FTD on Sunday (thanks to Everly Photography)

Gurston Press Officer Simon McBeath has sent us this report & images:

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