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Championship & Challenge sponsorship confirmed for 2015!

The annual glitzy social highlight on the Gurston calendar, the Awards, Dinner & Dance Evening, went off superbly on Saturday November 15th and, despite numbers being slightly down on previous years, the mood was light, the food was tasty and the drink went where it usually does, so a good time was had!

BARC SW Centre chairman Doug Auld reflected on another good season at Gurston and in looking forward to more of the same in 2015 was able to cajole (on the spot!) long time sponsor Jonathan Gates into confirming his continued support for yet another season. Many thanks Jonathan!

The awards were handed out by Maureen Stone and Sheila McBeath, and as the ceremony reached the two major awards of the evening, Jonathan Gates handed back his cheque for winning the Top Ten Challenge, saying it ‘would be churlish to take a cheque from myself!’ And, equally generous, the 2015 Gurston Champion Simon Purcell handed back his cheque to go to the Gurston Marshals’ fund.

Formalities were rounded off with fun, games and the usual raffle before informal conversations broke out, no doubt mostly looking forward to another season’s hillclimb competition at Gurston Down!

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Annual Awards Evening

A reminder to web site-viewing BARC (SW) members who want to come to the Club’s biggest social event of the year, the Annual Awards Evening on November 15th, to get your applications in without delay, if you’d be so kind.

Please click HERE for a downloadable booking form and menu choice check list. As time is getting short, please send an email to Dee Stapley on gurstontreasurer@aol.com stating your menu choices, and post your cheque to her at the address on the booking form just as soon as possible.

See you there!

‘Tyre warming’

Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb (BARC SW) will from the start of the 2015 season ban wheel spinning (‘tyre warming’) prior to the start line. This will apply across the board, NO class will be exempt.

Due to ongoing noise concerns from some local residents it has become apparent that it is the noise frequency from tyre warming and its repetitiveness through competition that is causing the most annoyance.

The committee of BARC SW feel it is better for us to make this difficult decision now, rather than have it imposed upon us by outside agencies.

Gurston Down and Wilton Rotary Club launch the new Stars Appeal

The Rotary Club of Wilton has supported the Wilton House Supercar day since its inception, and Gurston Down Hill Climb has also played its part in four out of six years with a private event in the morning and 2014 was no exception.

On August 10th, with the kind support of Gurston Down land owners Robert and Philip Hitchings, Wilton Rotary Club and the Gurston Down Hill Climb Team collaborated together to deliver a special Supercar hill climb for the drivers before heading to Wilton, all in aid of the Stars appeal. And despite pouring rain 110 Supercars arrived and around 50 braved the weather and took to the hill.

Past President of the club, Rotarian Andy Rhind-Tutt, who with Doug Auld (BARC SW Chairman) co-managed the logistics of the morning said. “The private morning event, has always brought a bit fun for the drivers and volunteers who take part, but this year has been very special. We knew that there was going to be a new Stars Appeal campaign for a dedicated Breast Cancer Unit, and all agreed to give up their time and do everything possible to raise the first sizeable donation. Not only did we raise more than £4000.00 from the drivers, but were amazed to be told that the Queens Head in Broad Chalke also took a collection as we drove passed on our way to Wilton and topped the donation up by another £130.00. We hope this helps launch the new campaign and the target is reached as soon as possible”.

The cheque for the funds raised at Gurston’s ‘pre-Supercars Show’ private session was presented to consultant breast surgeon Miss Anna Aertssen and chairman of the Stars Appeal Toddy Westropp (right and far right in the photos) at Gurston during the lunch break of the September 7th event. This was one of the first donations to the fund, which aims to raise a total of £750,000 for the new Breast Cancer Unit.

Handing over the cheque to the Stars Appeal on September 7th 2014. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

Handing over the cheque to the Stars Appeal on September 7th 2014. Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

Just to show what a soggy day it was on August 10th, here are a few more photos. Credit should go to all involved on the day, especially the generous donors.

Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

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Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

Copyright: Simon McBeath / everleyphotography.co.uk

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