A large gathering of family and friends said farewell to one of the BARC SW Centre’s longest serving members, Stan Hunt, on November 20th. A short and simple service organised by the man himself even managed to raise a fond chuckle as a very moving letter from Stan was read out as part of the service. Rest in peace Stan, we will miss you.
Donations in Stan’s memory can be made to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and/or the Masonic Grand Charity.
It is with much sadness that we must report the passing on November 3rd of club stalwart Stan Hunt. Stan was one of the mainstays of the BARC (SW) even before the Centre moved its competition events to Gurston Down. At one time or another he had probably done just about every job going at Gurston including chairman of the SW Centre, and right up until 2014 he was club steward at every event. He celebrated his 90th birthday in fine style at the July 2011 event.
Stan on his tour of honour to celebrate his 90th birthday in July 2011, courtesy of Sue Hayes.
Stan, a true gent and an enduring motorsport enthusiast, will be much missed by all his friends at Gurston Down, and everyone involved at Gurston sends their condolences to his family and in particular his wife Brenda.
The BARC (SW) Annual Dinner & Awards Evening went off extremely well on Saturday October 31st with a very high turnout of the year’s Gurston prize winners on hand to collect their trophies.
The 2015 Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Hillclimb Champion Stephen Moore
The evening also marked another special occasion as the SW Centre’s chairman for the past six seasons, Doug Auld, stepped down from the day to day role (although technically he remains chairman until the new one is formally elected at the 2016 AGM), and the committee presented him with a special plaque as a mark of the club’s gratitude for all his hard work during his tenure. Thankfully Doug will not disappear from the Gurston scene though as he’ll be back on clerk of the course duties next season.
Doug Auld thanked the owners of Gurston the Hitchings Family, the committee and all involved at Gurston for all their support during his time as SW Centre chairman
Vice chairman and incoming chairman-elect Ben Stapely effectively took over the baton of leading the SW Centre into the future with a speech thanking Doug for his time at the helm and a pledge to maintain the continuity and the ongoing improvements that have made Gurston the popular and highly successful hillclimb venue it is today.
Outgoing chairman Doug Auld receives a commemorative plaque while incoming chairman-elect Ben Stapley (far right) does MC duties.
The competition secretary has given advanced notification of some class amendments at Gurston Down for the 2016 season. These changes will apply to all meetings and to the Gurston Championship.
The class for Racing cars up to 2000cc will be split into two separate classes for Racing Cars up to 2000cc (normally aspirated) and Racing Cars up to 2000cc (forced induction).
Modified Series Production Saloon Cars over 2000cc and Modified Series Production Sports Cars over 2000cc will be combined into one class for Modified Series Production Cars over 2000cc.
And Modified Specialist Production Cars up to 2000cc and Modified Specialist Production Cars over 2000cc will be combined into one class for Modified Specialist Production Cars.
Normally aspirated 2 litre racing cars will get their own class in 2016. Copyright: Simon McBeath