Gurston Test Day

Strong cross winds accompanied by occasional rain and drizzle made for a pretty bleak Test Day on Sunday March 29th but a large number of enthusiastic competitors turned out to blow away the winter cobwebs, and in some cases to try out cars new to them. The day’s real stalwarts though were surely the marshals who had to stand out in the rain and gales, perhaps especially those at the top of the hill where conditions were at there worst. Well done and thanks to all.

The top times were remarkably close, and had it been an event it would have been really exciting! John Oxborrow set Best Time of the Day in his self-built 1000cc OX7 single seater with a 35.48s run set in the afternoon’s ever improving conditions, shading out Kelvin Broad in the ex-Eddie Hollier 1.6 Pilbeam MP62 by just one hundredth!

Kelvin Broad was quick in the ex-Eddie Hollier 1.6 Pilbeam MP62

Kelvin Broad was quick in the ex-Eddie Hollier 1.6 Pilbeam MP62

An impressive third BTD went to Simon Neve in his roadgoing 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo 6 on 36.83, Simon packing in 14 runs during the day! The record for the number of runs achieved on the day went to David Bellamy in his Peugeot 106 – 16 runs! Four meetings’ worth in one day, not bad value!

Simon Neve was flying in his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo.

Simon Neve was flying in his 2.3t Mitsubishi Evo.

Among those trying out ‘new’ cars was Murray Wakeham, who has swapped his 1.4 Austin Healey Sprite for the ex-Summers Family OMS CF96SS, and Murray enjoyed eight runs in the car with Richard Summers kindly providing support. BARC (SW) committee member Hannah Wiltshire has also made the jump from her Renault Clio Cup roadgoing car to a single seater and she debuted her superb Swift SC93 Formula Ford with ex-Gurston Top Ten Challenge winner father Tony sharing driving duties for the day.

Hannah Wiltshire debuted her Swift SC93 Formula Ford

Hannah Wiltshire debuted her Swift SC93 Formula Ford

Other drivers putting in fast times were regular BTD man in 2014 Peter D. Smith in the 1.6 Force, Keith Diggle in the 2.1 WEV HCS and local man Chris Cannell in the 1.3s Empire Evo sports libre, running very sweetly now after its rather fraught shakedown in last August’s National meeting practice session.

Chris Cannell's 1.3s Empire Evo was running well.

Chris Cannell’s 1.3s Empire Evo was running well.

All the times can be viewed by clicking HERE.

We can but hope that the weather will be better in three weeks’ time for the first meetings of the year. That’s April 18th and 19th, two packed entries to enjoy plus the bikes from the National Hill Climb Association on the Sunday. Full preview to follow soon.

Set up day

The set up day on Sunday March 15th saw a good number of members turn out to tackle the annual pre-season Gurston maintenance jobs, with much shovelling/sweeping/polishing/vacuuming/cleaning going on to help ready the venue for the first two events on April 18th & 19th (and the test day, not open to the public, prior to that).

SW Centre chairman Doug Auld wants to thank everyone who turned out on a chilly and sometimes drizzly day, but in particular the fence repair crew of Ben Stapley, Tim Pitfield, Simon Purcell and Paul Hearn who worked really hard and who volunteered to return in mid-week to finish that especially laborious task.

Regulations posted, entries open!

If ever there was a sign that it’ll soon be ‘All systems go’ again at Gurston then it’s when the event supplementary regulations and entry forms become available and the online ‘shop’ opens. You can now download regulations from the Drivers’ Information page by clicking HERE and you can enter online and pay by credit card by following the links on that page, or do it the old fashioned, more costly and fiddly way by downloading the forms from the same page and paying by cheque. If the phrasing of the preceding sentence suggests a preference, then yes, it’s administratively cheaper for the club to handle online entries!

Thank you for your assistance and understanding. And see you at our events in April, if not before.

Where else would you want to be? Copyright: Simon McBeath /

Where else would you want to be?
Copyright: Simon McBeath /

Competitors’ entry passes

From the competition secretary comes this message: ‘There is a slight procedural change this year, upon entry to your first meeting you will be sent 2 passes. Subsequent meetings you will be sent nothing as the passes you received for the first meeting will be valid for any other meetings entered. Lost passes will be charged at £40………SO DONT LOSE THEM!’

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