Wiscombe Park – 2014 Events

Our pre-season calendar tour of British Hillclimb Championship venues concludes today with one of the classic hills in the championship.

Tony Wiltshire Ralt RT34

Wiscombe specialist Tony Wiltshire gets crossed up off the start in 2005 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

Wiscombe Park hillclimb, near Honiton in Devon, is a truly rustic venue with basic but functional facilities, cracking organisation and a seriously challenging course.

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Shelsley Walsh – 2014 Events

Our lap of the country continues today with a look at the most historic venue in the calendar.

Justin Fletcher Pilbeam MP62

Justin Fletcher at Bottom ‘S’ with the giant-killing Pilbeam MP62 in 1996 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

The real jewel in the crown of British Hillclimbing is The World Famous Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb in Worcestershire. The oldest mainland hill is a great place to visit and soak up the history of our sport.

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Prescott – 2014 Events

Next up sees us look at another of the busier hills in the country, the stunning Prescott Hillclimb in Gloucestershire.

Bill Bristow Caterham 7

Bill Bristow rounds Pardon Hairpin with his Caterham in 1993 (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

In recent years Prescott Hillclimb has led the way for hills to gain additional revenue by hosting corporate events, and the increase in income to the venue has benefitted spectators and competitors alike with some of the best facilities of any hillclimb.

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Chateau Impney Momentum Building

We reported a few weeks ago about the increasing momentum which is building behind restoring the hillclimb course at the Chateau Impney hotel in Worcestershire.

David Newman HWM-Jaguar

HWM-Jaguar was an FTD winner at the Chateau

 

It now appears as though this is building more and more, with the BBC now showing some interest in the venue.

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Potential New Venue?

As you occasionally do when rummaging around aimlessly on the internet, we have recently stumbled across a little gem featuring some hillclimb history on You Tube.

David Newman HWM-Jaguar

David Newman’s wonderful ex. Phil Scragg HWM-Jaguar in the Wiscombe Paddock

 

This little video clip from the Classic & Sportscar You Tube channel features a very familiar hillclimb car, but also a venue which many British and Midland Championship contenders will recognise.

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Hillclimb Cars Star at Goodwood

A pair of former British Hillclimb Championship winning single-seaters were amongst the stars of one of motorsport’s biggest events of the year last weekend.

Mike Hawthorn Goodwood Revival

Tribute to Mike Hawthorn in the Goodwood paddock

 

The Goodwood Revival meeting, held each September on the famous perimeter road of the former RAF Westhampnett Battle of Britain fighter base, is surely the biggest piece of theatre anywhere in our sport.

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