Competition secretary Paul Webster has stated that because he will be competing at Gurston over the weekend of June 22/23, entries for the July 20/21st meeting will not close until Monday. So get those entries in for this, the ‘Gurston 1000′ meeting, which is of course also a round of the TTC Group Midland Hillclimb Championship and BMTR Top Ten Challenge as well as round four of the Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and Top Ten Challenge.
Comp Sec 'Webbo' will be putting the paperwork to one side on June 22/23 so he can have a bit of fun too. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk
Continuing the run of social fun evenings in the Gurston restaurant on our event weekends, on June 22nd our comp sec Paul ‘Webbo’ Webster is going to take up his other evening job again (he spends all his other evenings doing admin for Gurston entries…) and host one of his popular Bingo sessions, all in aid of our chosen cause, the Salisbury and District Hospital Stars Appeal. This marvelous charity provides facilities and care to supplement that which the NHS already provides, and currently a new CT scanner is their target. So come and have some fun and help us to raise some money for The Stars Appeal.
£5.00 for two games, each game has 6 tickets on it, so loads fun to be had for charity.
Please note: Webbo would like it known that any references to him being a professional bingo caller are entirely fictional!
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Dates: Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd
Events: Rounds 2 and 3 of the Gates of Brockenhurst Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship and Top Ten Challenge
Starts: Practice from 0830, competition from approx. 1300 both days
Admission: £10.00 each day, accompanied under 14s free. Free parking.
There’s something for every petrolhead at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb’s Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend on June 22nd and 23rd with rounds of the Gurston Down Hillclimb Championship on both days, plus Porsches on Saturday and MGs, Morgans and Ferraris on Sunday. And to add to the four-wheeled action the National Hill Climb Association will be bringing along a big entry of bikes and sidecar outfits on both days.
Tony Marsh of course was the legendary multi-discipline sportsman, Grand Prix driver and six-times British Hillclimb Champion who assisted with the design of the course at Gurston Down in 1966/67. He died in 2009.
There will also be an appearance by one of the most historic hillclimb cars ever built. ‘Bloody Mary’ is a car built in the late 1920s by the late former technical editor of Autosport magazine, John Bolster and his brother Richard when they were both just teeangers. Crafted from wood, including the chassis, and powered by twin JAP engines, the car was one of the fastest on the hills in its days. And with luck we will not only see the car on display but also on the hill to start the meetings at around 1pm both days (timing subject to variation, so be early!).
But as well as historical and classic machinery the paddock will be full of modern hillclimb machinery too, with packed entries on both days.
Any bets against Ed Hollier setting double BTD again in June? Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk
Spectator access is unrivalled – you really can’t get closer to the action that at Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb. And with new catering and additional food and drink outlets on site there’s everything you need for a fantastic and great value weekend out, so do not miss these exciting events!
One of the most famous hillclimb cars of the past, ‘Bloody’ Mary’ will be on display at Gurston Down over the June 22/23 event weekend, by kind permission of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu! And time permitting she will open the meetings by ascending the course, so make sure you are on the hill at around 1pm (timings subject to variation) on both days so you don’t miss that!
‘Bloody Mary’ was built in the late 1920s by the late former technical editor of Autosport magazine John Bolster and his brother Richard when they were still teenagers. Featuring a wooden chassis and a pair of JAP engines combining to give nearly 2 litres engine capacity, the seven hundredweight (350kg) projectile was one of the fastest hillclimb cars of its day.
So the June meetings really will feature everything from historic through to modern, and don’t forget the motorbikes will be there on both days too. Full event previews will appear here soon.
Summary information as follows: Practice from 0830, competition runs from approx. 1300 both days, admission £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free parking, free paddock access. And food and drinks will be available from early morning and all day from the restaurant, the paddock outlets and the snacks and drinks outlet up on the hill.