Nick Howard

It is with deep regret that we must report the sad passing of our long time Gurston colleague and friend Nick Howard.

Nick will be remembered having started his Gurston life as part of our renowned team of Marshals out on the hill, in later years forming a formidable partnership alongside Grahame running a smooth operation in the Bottom Paddock, both on event weekends, and also when supporting our School Days. Always a friendly welcome to be had.

In later years Nick assumed the role of BARC SW Steward, and kept a close eye on event proceedings, and over the past 2 seasons could be found supporting and encouraging our Gurston Chairman, and his dear wife, Sarah Howard in her 3 wheeled pursuits.

The BARC SW Committee were indebted to Nick for his commitment and efforts in maintaining our wonderful venue, and being at the centre of set up and set down proceeding all year round. Nick’s presence and dedication was always welcomed wherever he volunteered his time, including Thruxton, Wiscombe and Manor Farm to name just a few.

Nick’s funeral will be held on Monday 8th March at Bournemouth Crematorium at 9:30. Spaces will be very limited due to Covid restrictions and Sarah has asked that any enquires regarding this be privately messaged to her.

Statement from BARC SW following UK Government’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown

Following the UK Government’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown and Motorsport UK’s Restart statement we have been forced to cancel a number of events.

Motorsport UK have withdrawn all event licences until 29th March 2021 so we have been forced to cancel the following events: Test Day – 7th March 2021; Saturday 27th March and Sunday 28th March 2021.

Additionally we have cancelled the April Drivers School and May is looking doubtful due to the restrictions imposed by the UK Government’s Roadmap Out of Lockdown.

BARC SW Centre’s committee is currently waiting for the additional advice and guidance promised by the MSUK in their recent statement. Once we have received that and our Covid-19 Team has been able to assess the information and advised the committee of it’s recommendations, we will make further statements regarding events beyond March 2021.





Test Day 2021 – 7th March – Register Your Interest NOW

Happy New Year to Everyone!

We are so looking forward to getting back on the Gurston hill, and so have scheduled the Gurston Down Hill Climb Test Day for BARC SW members for Sunday 7 March 2021. We really hope this can go ahead, and friends reunited.

Applications by email only please, to register your interest for a Test Day entry, please e-mail Nick Revels at to be added to the list. Indicate if there is a double driver please.

To register your interest, please email me between 1st January and February 5th. Nick is compiling a list of the number of drivers registering an interest. The number of drivers will be limited to 60, and it is a condition of entry that you are a member of BARC SW. If we receive more than 60 driver applications, a ballot will be held.

Nick will inform you in the first week of February if you have been successful, and will send out entry forms and regulations at that time.

We really look forward to seeing you in 2021 !!

Nick Revels

BARC South West Centre – Annual General Meeting – 14th December 2020

British Automobile Racing Club Limited South West Centre

Notice of Annual General Meeting – Monday 14th December 2020

As you will be aware the Club is obligated to hold an Annual General Meeting but clearly, current
restrictions on both travel and gatherings make holding such a meeting somewhat problematical, to
say the least. Ideally I would like to postpone the meeting to a later date but our rules do not grant
us the ability to do this. To this end the “meeting” will be held on Monday 14th December 2020

In the circumstances the meeting will have to go ahead effectively behind closed doors. I would
respectfully suggest that there is nothing of exceptional note within the Agenda to cause members
concern. I should be most grateful therefore, once you’ve considered the Agenda, if you would
kindly complete and return the Proxy form to the email address shown in the proxy form

If you have any questions do please feel free to submit them via e-mail prior to the meeting and we
will do our best to answer them. One would hope that the answers will be available at the meeting
and can therefore appear in the Minutes. If this all seems a bit unusual please forgive me

Yours sincerely

On behalf of the British Automobile Racing Club Limited South West Centre

Sarah Howard

Read the Chairman’s Report / Statement – 2020 Here


1. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
2. Accounts & Hon Treasurers Report
3. Chairman’s Report
4. Election of Officers and Committee
a. Chairman
b. Vice Chairman
c. Secretary
d. Treasurer
5. Under Rule 12 John Davey, Nick Revels and Simon Purcell retire from the Committee and
being eligible offers offer themselves for re-election.
6. Under rule 10 Tony Record offers himself for election onto the Committee
7. Any Other Business
8. Close



Gurston Down Drivers School 2021 – Dates Available NOW

Gurston Down Drivers School 2021 – Dates Available NOW

Applications for places at our four planned Drivers School events in 2021.

Get your application in NOW and save £10.00. You can enter online HERE or fill the application form in and post it to us.

What Happens to the Camping Money?

As many of your know the camping fees collected at Gurston Down’s events are donated the village of Broad Chalke.

We collected £1375 in 2018 and £2015 in 2019. That’s £3390 collected to be donated to village organisations.

The following donations were made: £1500 to Chalke Valley Sports Centre; £1000 to Broad Chalke Village Hall and £340 Chalke Valley Football Club £340. The balance of £550 is yet to be distributed.

Joan Marie Hitchings

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that Joan Hitchings, aged 88, has died on the 15th August 2020.

All at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb offer our thoughts and most sincere condolences to her children, Robert, Philip, Janette, Melanie, Barbara and Frances and to her grand-children.

The family memorial service and cremation service are being held today.


These are the dates that BARC SW Centre plan to run events in the 2021 season. The exact decision on whether events are one day or two day meetings has yet to be agreed. Full details, including invited clubs, will be published here as soon as they are available.

Test Day – 7th March – BARC SW Members

March – Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th

April – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th

May – Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th – expected to be the Motorsport UK British Hillclimb Championship Weekend. There will be an Intercub (formerly Nat B) meeting for BARC SW Centre members at this event.

June – Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th – The Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend

July – Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th

August – Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th

Note: Full details of the invited clubs for each event will be available soon.


Hill Climb School Days – 2021

There will be at least FOUR school days in 2021:

Tuesday 6th April

Tuesday 4th May

Tuesday 8th June

Tuesday 13th July (FULLY BOOKED)

There may be a school on Tuesday 3rd August – but this has not yet been confirmed


Statement from BARC South West Centre – Event 30th August 2020

August 2020 – Club Meeting

After an exhaustive Committee meeting on the 29th June 2020, BARC South West Centre  have to announce that we will not be running an event on 30th August 2020.

As many of you already know, as a consequence, there will be no hill climb events at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb for the 2020 season. The Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Hill Climb Championship and the Cavendish Ships Store BARC SW Top Ten Challenge have both been cancelled as has our Annual Awards Dinner in November.

The Committee heard from all of those involved in the running of the event, discussed the safety and financial implications, as well as views from each of the committee members.

The primary concern of the Committee was driver and stakeholder safety. The Committee, by majority vote, decided that the event could not be run taking into account all of the current guidance issued by Motorsport UK, BARC, HM Government and the other stakeholders.

Our Competition Secretary, Nick Revels will be in touch with all competitors over the next few weeks to arrange refunds. These refunds will be processed as quickly as possible.

BARC SW, 1st July 2020