Andy Barton

It is with sadness I announce the passing of Andy Barton until recently one of our club stewards at Gurston Down. Our thoughts are with Sue-Jane and our gratitude goes to Andy for his time and commitment to our club. His was a popular and friendly face seen around many hill climb venues.

Andy’s funeral will be on Friday 7th April, 1.30pm at Weston Super Mare Crematorium, all welcome. Family flowers only, Donations to Weston Hospicecare please (Weston-Super-Mare).

Join us for Cakes & Tea or Coffee at Wick St Lawrence Village Hall afterwards – a short drive 1.2miles from the Crematorium.

It would be really helpful if you can let SJ know if you would like to join us via email at
suejane@suejanescakes.plus.com

 

ASWMC News – Spring 2017

ASWMC News – Spring 2017

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Here’s the latest copy of the ASWMC news with a good two page feature on Gurston Down!

http://www.aswmc.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Q1-ASWMC-Spring-Newsletter-v2.pdf

Test Day Open to Spectators for the First Time

Test Day Open to Spectators for the First Time

Test Day is open to spectators for the first time!

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Those of you who can’t wait until the 2017’s first event next month. We have decided to open the April 2nd Test Day to spectators.

You’ll get a preview of some of the new cars that’ll be competing on the hill in the 2017 season. There’ll be returning cars, so with new modifications and people just getting some practice in the the championship later in the season.

Spectators will be charged £5.00 per adult. Cars may arrive throughout the morning and the restaurant will be open for food and beverages.

Come and join us!l

2017 Entries Are Open!

2017 Entries Are Open!

This new season is upon us!

We are only a few weeks away from test day and our first two meetings in April! So it’s time to get your entries in. Don’t forget the 50th Anniversary Meetings, in June, will be busy!

The on-line entry system is up and ready as are the paper entry forms.

Here’s the link to the On-line System, the fastest way to get your entries in! Full Online Entry

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Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

The 2017 Event Regulations can be found here – 2017 Event Regulations

The 2017 Championship and Top Ten Entries are available online or paper versions here

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Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

Don’t forget the MX5 and Formula Ford class regulations are available too!

Formula Ford Regulations

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Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

MX5 Class Regulations

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Danny Dzenis www.dd-photography.co.uk

And last but definitely not lease, the Formula Ford Festival Regulations!

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Remember last year we were over subscribed for many events. So make sure you get ALL your entries in early! And don’t forget your championship entry!

Championship Sponsors!

Championship Sponsors!

We are delighted to confirm that last years Championship Sponsors have re-newed their support for another year – thank you!

The main championship sponsor continues to be Meadens Skoda. The Gurston Down Meadens Skoda Hill Climb Championship 2017 will be fought over five rounds during the year. Only four of the rounds counting for the championship, the lowest score being dropped. Stephen Moore, the 2016 (and 2015) champion will have to work even harder n 2017 to retain his title!

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Copyright: John Hayward

Cavendish Ships Stores have also re-newed their sponsorship of The 2017 Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge. Will Simon Marsh retain his title in the 50th year? There will plenty fighting hard, not least his brother Peter!

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Copyright: John Hayward

Thank you to all our class sponsors too.

 

A Few Words from Our Chairman

A Few Words from Our Chairman

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I hope you’ve survived the winter and are coming out of hibernation.

You’ve not got long left to get that car sorted, especially if your planning on running at the test day. This year for the first time there will be a small charge for spectators.

Set up day has been set for MARCH 19th.

Please can you come along and lend a hand for as long as you can spare the time.

As usual there is a long list of jobs to complete, in the past your help and support has greatly eased the load.

So please make a note in your diary and accept my thanks in advance.

Dave Wickham – 20th February 2017

Test Day 2017 – April 2nd – Entries Open Now!

Test Day 2017 – April 2nd – Entries Open Now!

Application for entries for the Test Day on 2nd April 2017 can be made from 1st of January! Closing date is March 1st.

Contact gurstonhill@btinternet.com in the new year. Please title your email “Test Day”

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Costs are: 1 driver £104, 2 drivers (in the same car) £164

Spaces are limited and there is often a ballot for places!

April Drive School is FULL

April Drive School is FULL

The drive school date for April is now full. There are spaces available on all other dates. So get your application in early for the other dates! Check the Event Calendar for all the dates..

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Hugh Kemp

Hugh Kemp

It is with deep regret and sadness we have to announce the death of Gurston Stalwart Hugh Kemp.

Hugh’s Hillclimb career encompassed many varied Racing Cars but latterly his enthusiastic conducting of his lovely Historic Palliser.

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Copyright: John Hayward

Hugh had served as a Committee Member and Treasurer.An ever present  character  in the Paddock  he will be sadly missed.

The Gurston community extends its sympathy to all Hugh’s friends and family.

Please respect the Family’s privacy at this time.

Annual Dinner and Awards

Annual Dinner and Awards

Gurston Down’s 2016 season came to it’s final conclusion with it’s Annual Dinner and Awards at The Royal Chase Hotel in Shaftsbury. More than 80 people attended.

Dave Wickham, the BARC SW Chairman gave his first formal presentation speech, introducing all the the 2016 award winners and class champions.

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Thank you to all those who set-up the room and liaised with The Royal Chase Hotel to create such a great evening!

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Congratulations to all the winners. In particular the 2016 Gurston Down Meadens Skoda Champion, Stephen Moore who clinched the championship on his final run in the September meeting and to Simon Marsh for winning the Cavendish Ships Stores Gurston Down Top Ten Challenge! And to all the other class and award winners!

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There were two awards not previously announced.

The John Forsyth Endeavor Award winner was Paul Hearne for his selfless help to those stranded with issues at the Hill Climb School days and for fixing the “un-fixable” start-line timing screen!

The Stan Hunt Memorial Trophy was awarded to Andrew Hext for his tireless work at the Hill Climb School, amongst other things!

Congratulations Paul and Andrew!

And thank you to all those who attended and to Becky Crocombe for her organisational effects!

Roll-on 2017! It’s our 50th Year! See you all next season!