Montee Coureur!

Whilst we all love the unique atmosphere and challenging venues provided by hillclimbing in the UK, many competitors also love the challenge of the longer and faster courses provided by the public road hillclimbs in Europe.

Crowds Form

Charlie takes to the hill in front of huge crowds.

 

 

A couple of Midlands Hillclimb regulars, Class B runners Charlie Martin and Jerry Neary, missed a couple of UK events earlier this season, hopped on a ferry and went to check out what European Hillclimbing is all about.

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On-Boards at Loton

With the short courses, high speeds & intense competition which characterise Speed Hillclimbing, our sport is one of the most dramatic forms of motorsport both for competitors and spectators alike.

Gould GR59

Drivers Eye View from a Gould GR59

 

From the early days of large cameras being mounted to cars by television companies, in recent years the emergence of high-quality HD cameras at sensible prizes as well as the accessibility of online video hosting websites the use of onboard cameras at hillclimbs has grown and grown.

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More Force Trading

Hot on the heels of the news from the weekend that the Dunbar family will be graduating to the single-seater ranks for 2014, we have heard that another competitor is trading a Westfield for a Force.

Jonathan Toulmin Force PT

Jonathan Toulmin used this Force PC for several seasons (thanks to Steve Wilkinson).

 

The man who is responsible for the preparation of ‘Roobarb’, the red Westfield used by Andy & Debbie Dunbar, and the driver of the yellow sister Westfield ‘Custard’ Peter Kukainis has acquired a Force PT.

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Class B Party!

One of the most sociable classes in any Hillclimb Championship across the British Isles has to be Class B within the Midland Hillclimb.

Midland Hillclimb Championship

 

The category is characterised by incredibly close competition amongst the mostly LoCaterField mounted drivers and an impressive level of fun and banter.

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Empire Force Changes Hands

As always at the end of a season, there was a lot of chatter in the paddock at Loton Park on Saturday about cars changing hands ahead of the winter break.

Dave Kimberley Force DS600

Dave Kimberley drove the Empire Force DS (then in 600cc form) at Loton in 2012

 

Empire Racing Cars boss Bill Chaplin confirmed to us that he had to be very careful in his Empire Force DS1000 over the weekend as he had just completed a deal to sell the car.

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Mortimer’s Moment

Although we weren’t able to be there ourselves, we are now able to bring you the full story of the Gurston Down Hillclimb season finale, as well as the results of the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and the Gurston Down Top 10 Challenge title positions.

Jonathan Gates Force LM

Jonathan Gates launches the freshly-blown Force LM over Deers Leap (thanks to everleyphotography.co.uk)

 

BARC South West Press Officer has compiled a very thorough report and review of the season which should bring us all up to speed:

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