Anyone completing a days School will receive a complimentary Gurston Down Season Pass worth £55!







Enjoy an exciting day at the South’s TOP Hill Climb Venue


Our highly experienced instructors will teach you all you need to know to start and succeed in the sport of Speed Hill Climbing.

The aim of the Gurston Down Hill Climb Drivers School is to provide top level instruction on one of the fastest speed hill climb courses in the country, under carefully controlled conditions, so that you can enjoy an exciting but secure day’s driving. Whatever your level of experience the Gurston Down Hill Climb Drivers School will give you a great day out!

Our MSA-licensed instructors, “The Boss”, Multiple Class winner Tim Pitfield, and seasoned campaigners Chris Cannell, Paul Webster and Peter Marsh, are all highly experienced hill climbers who know how to enjoy their sport! Let them pass on that enjoyment to you.

Even if you have no previous experience, the Gurston Down Hill Climb Drivers School is for you – we will talk you through the basics of how to obtain a competition licence, how to enter events, and how to prepare your car to pass the watchful gaze of the Scrutineer! Only then will we take you out onto the hill.


But you will not be confined to the classroom for too long – we will devote the major portion of your day to driving and instruction.

We also offer a licence upgrade option – you attend the School for a day’s course, and sit a short multiple choice examination. Successful completion will gain you a signature towards upgrading a National B Speed Competition Licence to National A status. This option is available to anyone how already has, or who intends to obtain an MSA National B Speed licence.

Even if you are not yet committed to taking up the wonderful sport of Speed Hill Climbing, you can come along to the school, taking part in all the activities except the exam, and just have a terrific day experiencing the feeling of competitive driving on Gurston Down’s challenging course. We have a feeling it won’t be the last time you do so!

Above all, we hope to make your day at the Gurston Down Hill Climb Drivers School an exciting, enjoyable and memorable experience. And all you need to bring is a road legal car (Saloon, Sports or Kitcar), and an umbrella or wet weather clothing, just in case! If your car is more than three years old, you will need to demonstrate that it is road-legal by showing us a current MOT certificate when you sign-on at the School.
Please note: it is not possible to share a car with another driver at a School day.
The minimum age for participation is 18 years, and you need to hold either a full UK driving licence (not a provisional), or an MSA competition licence.

NOTE: We cannot accept entries for the Drivers School from drivers of electric or hybrid cars or motorbikes and combinations..

For further details, contact Jane Russ – JaneRussGDDS@gmail.com

or call our Chief Instructor Tim Pitfield on 01300 320100.

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Here are the 2018 Dates, applications for 2018 school events will be available online during November 2017:

2018 Dates


The 2017 Schools proved very popular and were fully booked in May 2017 so get your booking in early!


The fees for 2018 are £165.00 per piupil, unchanged from last year. The 2017 school days were £165.00 per pupil for the full day, including lunch and other refreshments.

If you are already an MSA Nat. B Speed Competition Licence holder (or are about to obtain a Nat B. Speed Licence), and wish to take the AHASS examination in order to secure an extra Licence upgrading signature, the additional fee per pupil is £50.00

Additional lunches and other refreshments are available for partners and friends at £20.00 each.

Gift vouchers are also available!

Booking a place at our School or buying a Voucher

The easiest way of booking a place or buying a voucher is to use our online reservation and payment system by clicking HERE.

Alternatively, you can download an application form, complete and submit it together with a cheque (and if buying a voucher this way, please submit a brief note to that effect with your application form and cheque)

The 2019 forms and online application form will be available soon.

Don’t forget, it is not possible to share a car with another driver at a School day.
















 How your day at the School is structured

Our timetable for your day’s activities is as follows :-

• 0830 / 0845 Arrival and sign-On
• 0900 Coffee / Tea / Biscuits
• Introductions
• A short presentation covering what the sport of Speed Hillclimbing involves,
the requirements for vehicle preparation and personal safety kit, and basic hillclimb driving instruction.
• Walking the Hill with an Instructor
• Convoy runs
• Four Observed individual runs with a personal debrief between runs two and three
• Lunch
• AHASS Exam for MSA Licence Upgrade (if entered)
• Further observed individual runs (at least four)
• Presentation of Certificates (with Coffee / Tea and Cake!)
• Close (approx) 1630
A full but satisfying and great value day!


 What the Press say

Track Driver magazine publisher Stacy Vickers and (then) editor John Hayman visited our School a couple of years ago.
As confirmed track day and circuit racing enthusiasts they were initially sceptical about hillclimbing, so read Here how they too became hooked on it by attending our school!


“Absolutely phenomenal – everyone should do it!!” Dean Cubitt – April 2016

“As a complete beginner, I started hill climbing at Gurston in a Westfield and three years later I held most of the major hill records in the class and have had more enjoyment than I imagined possible.
In my opinion, a Westfield is the only answer for performance and race car handling on and off the track and for sheer driveability, value and fun can’t be beaten”
Tim Coventry – former British Hill Climb Leaders Champion and subsequently a competitive runner in the British Hillclimb Championship.



Westfield Sportscars

WESTFIELD…THE CHOICE OF A CHAMPION Westfield Sports Cars Ltd., Kingswinford, West Midlands, England Tel 01384 400077, Fax 01384 288781
Click here to visit the Westfield Sportscars website.

School Sponsorship

Salisbury businessman Chris Cannell’s Car and Commercial Services (CCS) is continuing to sponsor the Hillclimb Drivers School at Gurston.

CCS are located at Unit 2, Stephenson Road, Churchfields Trading Estate, Salisbury, and provide a full range of service and repair facilities for cars, vans and trucks. They may be contacted on 01722 321903

Car And Commercial Services

Car And Commercial Services: Sponsor to Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb Drivers School
BARC (SW) Chairman Doug Auld said “We are absolutely delighted to receive this financial support from top local driver Chris Cannell, who is also one of our School instructors. This generous sponsorship is promoting the cause of attracting newcomers into the sport of hillclimbing.”