The following internet links are offered as a route into related sources of information.
The headquarters of the British Automobile Racing Club Ltd. (BARC) is at Thruxton Circuit, near Andover in Hampshire, England. From the Club’s HQ, race meetings at many different circuits and venues are organised and administered.
The BARC also runs the Avon Tyres British Hillclimb Championship and the TTC Group Hillclimb Leaders Championship.
Check out the British Hillclimb Championship web site
The renowned Thruxton MotorSport Centre (formerly called the Ian Taylor Motor Racing School) is based at Thruxton. The centre is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the BARC, and offers a fantastic range of cars for circuit driving, including Ferrari 355, Ferrari 360, Porsch Boxter’s, Mercedes Benz Kompressor’s, Lotus Elise Sportscars, MG ZS Saloon’s, Formula Renault single seaters and an ex-Le Man SR2 Sports Car.
In addition the Centre offers a challenging 4×4 course using Land Rover Discovery vehicles, a superb 1100 metre outdoor Karting Track, and offers ARDS courses to new racing drivers.
In addition to Gurston Down, the BARC also organise hillclimb’s at Harewood, near Leeds in Yorkshire.
Publicity regarding Gurston is handled by Anthony Record (Tony). Tony runs a Proton Coupe in the Road Going Series Production Class up to 2000cc and is the current MSA Hillclimb Leaders Champion in that class. Tony is a designer and runs www.record-designs.co he made the V12 engine table used on the BBC show Top Gear. For the last three years, he designed and made, the main award for the UK Car of the Year Awards. He prepares most of the Gurston Down’s “Latest News” and much of the content on the website.
Twice a year, motorcycles from the National Hill Climb Association come to Gurston, and join us during ordinary Competition days. The format for the bikes is the same as for cars; two practice runs and two competition runs. The bikes cover a wide range of ages and types, and usually include several trikes and/or sidecar units.
The NHCA maintain a website dedicated to racing these magnificent machines, which given the severity of Gurston’s bends etc. test the riders skill and daring.
National Hill Climb Association
The Controlling Body for Motor Sport in the United Kingdom is the MSA, based at Colnbrook near London. The MSA’s powers and responsibilities are contingent upon appointment by the F.I.A. in Geneve, Switzerland as the appropriate authority in Great Britain to control and develop Motor Sport.
The MSA’s website contains much additional information of use to persons interested in starting hillclimbing or sprinting.
The International Authority for the Control and Development of Motor Sport is the F.I.A.
Based in Geneve, Switzerland, the F.I.A. also conduct International Championships such as Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship etc.
Other Hillclimb Venue’s in the UK with Websites include:-
Prescott near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, organised by the Bugatti Owners Club.
Loton Park near Shrewsbury, organised by the Hagley & District Light Car Club.
Shelsley Walsh; one of the oldest hillclimbs in the Country, organised by the Midland Automobile Club.
Wiscombe Park; a picturesque venue in Devon, near Honiton in Somerset, with some events organised by the Woolbridge Motor Club.
Woolbridge Motor Club
Other Relevant and/or Interesting Websites:-
The UK’s “Trade Body” for British speed events is the Hillclimb and Sprint Association (The HSA). This body exists to promote and encourage the Speed disciplines within British Motor Sport, and in addition to its involvement in Speed Championships, publishes a periodic magazine “Speedscene”.
A Website specialising in the UK Hillclimbing scene generally is
And a forum on which to air your views and read those of others interested in the sports is
Smaller British Motor Clubs organise themselves into Regional Associations. BARC (South West) is a member of the Association of South Western Motor Clubs. The association provides a forum in which the member clubs can exchange information, provide representation to other official bodies, lobby for rule changes, support competitive events organised by its members, and publicise technical information.
The FIA organises a European Hillclimbing Championship each year. Details of the Championship and the events calendar are on the FIA’s Website at the link below.
FIA European Hillclimb Championship
The premier weekly magazine for British Motor Sport fans is Autosport. Containing all the news and developments concerning both British and International motor sport, the magazine has earned itself a formidable reputation for being first with Motor Sport News. The issue at the beginning of each January contains a copy of the AutoSport Directory, a supplement which includes a mass of detail about all things MotorSport. Buy it!
Click the AutoSport banner to visit this site, which contains a searchable database.
The Ten-Tenths.com website contains a wealth of information about all forms of UK Motorsport.
Click the Everything MotorSport banner to visit this site, which contains a searchable database.
Gurston Down lies approximately ten miles south-west of the City of Salisbury. This medieval Cathedral City contains a host of tourist attractions, both in the City and in the surrounding area, including the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge.
Salisbury Tourist information
Sport4Salisbury provides an online all-inclusive sports news service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, exclusively for the Salisbury and surrounding area.
Spire FM, the ‘spirit of Salisbury’, is the area’s local radio station, and broadcasts adverts and previews of Gurston Down events.
Valley News is the biggest circulation free colour monthly periodical in the South Wiltshire and North Dorset region.
fyrth.com Fyrth has competed in hill climbs and sprints since the start of the millennia and his blog describes his personal competition activities preparing and driving a couple of classic single seaters, together with the activities of other competitors, at Gurston Down and other venues.
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