REMINDER – AGM Notice – Monday 14th May 2018

We are having our Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm in the restaurant at the hill. Here’s a summary of the agenda.

Agenda;
Apologies
Minutes of the last AGM
Matters Arising
Chairman’s Report followed by Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer reports
Election of Officers and Committee
Under rule 12; Geoff Hunt, Tim Pitfield, Paul Webster, Sarah Howard and Linzi Alley retire from the Committee and being eligible offers themselves for re-election.
Election of Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer.
Any Other Business
Close

There will be a short break for a chat before a formal committee meeting.

Event Report – Sunday April 22nd

Event Report – Sunday April 22nd

The over-night rain, thunder and lightening had cleared by early morning and the sun began to dry the course and spectator areas. The second event of the 2018 seaosn at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb gpot underway with rounds three and four of the Meadens Skoda Championship and the second round of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

With some 140 cars and 30 motorbikes entered, the place was humming with activity by 08:00. Saturday has been a good day for many of the drivers and cars. Sunday brought the ACU’s motorbikes and combinations which have been reported on separately.

Fastest Times of the Day went to Peter D Smith in the car he shares with Richard Gaylard who rounded off the weekend with second fastest time of the day. Peter’s time of 30.44s an improvement over Saturday was just over half a second quicker than Richard’s.

Full Details of the Class Results:

First to the line were the Triumph Register Car Class. There was a huge entry in a wide variety of Triumph cars. The TR8 V8 of Steve Small and Roderick Warner and the TR6 of Nick Smith, dominated the first three places. Steve producing the only sub 40 second run and stopped the clocks at 38.97s. Roderick couldn’t catch him and finished on 40.71s although Nick Smith was second after the first timed run but ended on 41.44s.

The Big Healey and Warwick Cars class went next. Roles were reversed over last year with Paul Baker taking the win on 39.19s Pat Cooper second on 39.52s and Richard Mason third with a 39.85s run.

Then came the Healey Sprite Class ventured up the hill. Robin Johnson with his Sprite overcame Stephen Casson in his Sebring and Colin Gale in his Sprite to take the win. Robin only managed one timed run and it was the only sub 40s run which gave him the class win. Stephen and Colin finished second and third on 40.17s and 40.25s respectively.

The Morgan Cars Class went next. The Roadster Lightweight of Paul Clarke put in a great time of 38.46s leaving everyone else in his wake. Patrick Hadley took second with a 40.10s second timed run.

For the second time this weekend we saw the lovely cars that form the ‘Classic Marques Speed Championship’ Class.. Gary Dawkins in his Lotus Exige won the class with a second timed run of 36.94s. The win looked like it wasn’t to be his after the first timed runs with thee drivers ahead of him. Stephen Hill in his Lotus 7 was second and Matthew Eady, Saturday’s winner taking third.

The regular Meaden Skoda Gurston Down Championship Classes were next.

Saturday’s Mazda MX5 Class, sponsored by The Window Doctor was a interesting affair with the reigning Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Mark Crookall and his RS being bumped into second. Sunday first timed runs looked like they might go the same way. Graham Hadley lead the first timed run by just 0.03s from Jason Richardson and 0.26s ahead of third place man, Mark Crookall. The second timed runs brought Graham Hadley within a tenth of Mark’s class record, he managed 40.65s. Jason’s big spin at Karousel, left Mark with a good chance to snatch third back but it wasn’t to be. Graham won the class with the 40.65s run with Jason and Mark, second and third with 40.68s and 40.91s respectively.

The Road Going Series Production up to 1400cc class saw John Davey, the MD of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, in his quick MG Midget is running on his own. He was lloking to take the class record but didn’t quite make it, he finished on 41.35s.

The Road Going Series Production Class, 1401cc to 2000cc, sponsored by Record-Designs ran next. Paul Dickinson and his Honda S2000 repeated his Saturday performance. The first timed run pushed Tim Foster, last years class champion, and his lovely Lotus Elan back to third behind Dean Cubitt but a great second time run meant second was assured. Paul’s time of 38.06s was over a second clear of Tim who stopped the clocks on 39.23s.

The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, sponsored by Turbo Dynamics, saw Stephen Moore and his Mitsubishi Evo 6 RS back. Stephen, last years class champion, took control from the outset. Shaun Fudge was second, rounding off a great weekend for Shaun and championship points. He currently leads the class. Jon Maycock in the turbo Mazda MX5 kept the car on the track and finished third in both rounds and third overall.

The Road Going Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Fieldfare Trailers, came next. The result was almost identical to Saturday’s timed run. Clive Skipper in his 2.0 Caterham HPC overcame Adrian Lewis in his Westfield. Clive finished on 34.57s and Adrian 35.67s.

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class turned out to be an interesting class on Sunday. Mark Walker shared Simon Purcell’s Lotus for the day and Phil Price brought his Porsche 930RS were additions to the Saturday line-up. The first timed run went to Simon Purcell with Graham Beale and Phil Price second and third. The second timed runs saw Phil Price take the win with Simon second and Graham third. The overall win went to Simon Purcell with a 34.80s run with Phil Price just 0.04s behind in his Porsche 930RS.

Next up were the Minis in the Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Cock and Sons (General Builders). James White took the win with a 37.23s second timed run and both of the rounds of the championship too.

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Meadens Skoda, was a repeat of the Saturday’s meeting as far as the first two places were concerned. Tim Painter won both rounds of the timed run and the class overall. His time was 37.23s.

The Gates of Brockenhurst sponsored Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class three car line-up saw Martin Watson, Richie Gatt and Steve Holland go head to head. It was close, Martin won with a 32.78s run with Richie on 32.80s and Steve on 33.16s.

The Historically Interesting Class, sponsored by Kelvin Jouhar, cam next. Fyrth Crosse repeated his Satuday form taking both the rounds of the championship and the overall class win. His time being an improvement 34.47s.

Mark Mortimer in his Mallock17b stopped the clocks on 34.91s in the Hillclimb Super Sports Class.

The Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class’s second outing saw a similar result to the first. Gurston Down’s Driver School Principle, Tim Pitfeild took both rounds and the win overall. Tim’s time was 33.94s with Peter Steel in his Mallock second on 34.89s.

Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class had just one entry, Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS-BDG. Keith improved his Saturday time with a 32s dead first timed run.

The Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class saw the Chevrolet Camero Z28 of Jeffery Way up against the super fast Force SR8 of Chris Cannell. Chris took the win and third fastest time of the day with a 31.10s.

The 500 Owners Association Championship Cars Class, sponsored by Riley Cranes went next. The car shared by Max and John Finlay Mac Kintosh was the car to beat. John won the class and both timed runs. He managed a 41.90s with Max second on 43.59s.

The up to 600cc Racing Car Class saw David Cuff and his Mk4 Jedi. His time 37.85s.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by Drynham Project Management, gave James Moore, the 2017 Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge winner another victory. But his time of 32.40s only gave him seventh fastest of the day.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by SM AeRo Techniques, saw Peter D Smith repeat his Saturday win over Richard Gaylard in the Force PC they share. Peter’s time was a little better than Saturday’s stopping the clock on 30.44s. This also gave him Fastest Time of the Day.

The New Techniques sponsored 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car (Normally Aspirated) Class was won by David Lord. Although Roger Cock took the second time run after David’s error at the bottom of Karousel. The overall victory went to David with his 33.28s first timed run.

Paul Crute and his OMS was the last car to run and he won the Gould Engineering sponsored Racing Cars Over 2000cc class.

We would like to thank everyone who made the day possible, the office staff, the marshals, timekeepers, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run the meeting. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Steve Lister, A-Cute Medical Services, Venture Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

Motorbikes Meeting Review – April 22nd

Motorbikes Meeting Review – April 22nd

The first of the three visits of the motorbikes and comminations from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) National Hill Climb Championship took place on April 22nd.

The riders and their machines produced the some spectacular racing and Sunday did not disappoint. And we would like to thank them help after the meeting over-ran. Most riders only have one timed run after an incident at Karousel during the second times runs.

The fastest time of the day was Stuart Mills on his Aprilia Tuono V4 with a 33.76s run. His run was the twelfth fastest time of the day and that’s on just two wheels and sometimes just one! Have a look at his video that you can find on our Facebook page,

Here are the class details:

The Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class, went first Allan Harvey on his Huish Yamaha YZ took the class win with a 40.68s run.

Next up were the Solo Motor Cycles 251cc to 350cc class, Simon Wilson on his Yamaha 350 won the class with a 41.37s timed run.

Then it came the turn over the Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class. This class has a large entry with eight riders and bikes competing for the win. It’s so competitive, it could have been anyone’s. The winner was Dan Hurley on his Honda CR with a 35.99s run, followed by Les Wilson on his Suzuki RMZ, 36.16s, George Hodges on his Team GV Honda CRF, 36.36s and Chris Keates on his Honda CRF, 36.68s. It was a very close fought battle.


The Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class also had a large entry. As ever the riders were super competitive and with riders of this calibre it was going to be close. Tommy Hodges on his KTM SMR won with a 34.02s, Peter Short on his KTM and Guy Ursell on his KTM were second and third respectively.

Then it was the turn of the fastest riders and bikes to come to the hill. sees another big class entry, the Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class. Stuart Mills on his Aprilla Tuono V4 won for the second year in sucession. You can see his run on our Facebook page. His time was the twelfth fastest time of the day.

Then came the motorbike and side car combinations! The pillion (passenger) only stays on by holding on buy their feet and hands, no seat belts or harnesses. The pillion hanging on or sometimes out of the combination!

The hill record holding combination Ian Guy and Jed Pilmoor-Brady on their LCR Suzuki won the class with a 35.48s run with Kevin and Sara Dewell second on their Honda SKR.


We would like to thank everyone who made the day possible, the office staff, the marshals, timekeepers, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run the meeting. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Steve Lister, A-Cute Medical Services, Venture Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.
Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

Event Report – Season Opener – Saturday 21st April

Event Report – Season Opener – Saturday 21st April

The 2018 Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb season got underway on the Saturday 21st April with the first two rounds of the Meadens Skoda Championship and the first round of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

The weekend’s weather proved to be great for cars, drivers and spectators.

The sun shone on the fast and twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue.

With a very full entry, the hill was busy from the outset. With the withdrawal of Wallace Menzies, fastest time of the day became much more open.

This was eventually won by Peter D Smith and the Force PT he shares with Richard Gaylard. Although the car didn’t manage a second timed run on Saturday. The first run time of 30.72s just held Chris Cannell and the SR8 off. Chris finished on 30.85s.

FULL CLASS RESULTS

Saturday’s meeting gets under way with the invited classes.

The first class to come to the line was the Pre-War Austin 7’s. The “Road” Class had six drivers and five cars entered. After the first timed run, Ian Bennett had established a good margin over the rest of the class, With the course improving, the times fell in the second timed run but no-one could over come Ian’s first timed run time. Then Ian went faster, stopping the clock at 48.28s. Zak Cobb and Bernard Cowley were second and third, finishing with 50.43s and 52.41s respectively.

The quicker “Track” division went next. Colin Danks won, his time of 43.68s left the others in his wake. Martin Whittaker too second with a 45.47s run with Paul Geering taking third with 46.16s on his second timed run.

The ACSMC Championship Class ran next. Mike Williams in the Westfield SeiW won the class with a 37.28s timed run.

The Porsche Club GB Speed Championship always brings some lovely cars and April’s event wasn’t an exception. The Tim Barber and David Hilton shared 996 911GT3RS was the car to beat. But it wasn’t to be. Tim and David finished two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. With less than half a second separating them, Tim took first with a 34.57s run and David second on 34.97s. Ian Wadsworth and his 911 finished third on 37.29s.

The TVR class run next. Mark Harris in the Cerbera took the win. There is a great video on our Facebook page showing Jes Firth having a great spin after the finish, take a look. Mark’s time was 38.27s with Alan Davies in the Griffith just 0.15s behind on 38.42s.

The huge entry in the very popular ‘Classic Marques Speed Championship’ Class went next. Matthew Eady and his lovely Ginetta G4 took the win on 37.15s but the top five were all within one second of the winner. Steven Lyle (Porsche Boxster), Steve Hill (Lotus 7), Nick Keyser (Scimitar SS1) and Roger Coate (Ginetta G4) were second to fifth respectively, a great performance all round.

Next came the Meadens Skoda Championship Classes. With every timed run counting towards points in the championship, every run counts.

The MX5 Class sponsored by The Window Doctor went next. Mark Crookall, the 2017 Overall Champion and Class Champion started this class as favorite. But there were a lot of unknown cars and driver combinations entered for the first time. Mark knew he would have to work really hard in the Mk2 RS. On top of that he was also sharing the car for the first time with Chris Burch. First timed run went to Mark Crookall won pipped Jason Richardson by just one hundred. Mark stop the clock on 40.77s. The second times run went the other way, Jason beat Mark’s first time with a 40.70s and Mark 40.97s. The event going to Jason.

The new Road Going Series Production up to 1400cc class came next. There were two entries and there was always going to be a class record sent. Barny Francis in the Mini he shares with Malcom took the win in both timed runs and the event overall, his best time setting the next class record at 41.28s.

The Road Going Series Production Class, 1401cc to 2000cc, sponsored by Record-Designs ran next. Paul Dickinson’s Honda S2000 pipped Tim Forster in his Lotus Elan. Paul took both rounds and the event stopping the clock on 38.22s and Tim on 38.40s.

The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, sponsored by Turbo Dynamics, rounded off the batch. The Subaru Impreza of Shaun and Sarah Fudge would have to perform well to withstand the onslaught of Jon Maycock’s lovely MX5. Jon had a spin in Karousel, which ruined his first timed run. Shaun and Sarah taking the one / two. Jon managed to keep on the black stuff in the second timed run and pipped Shaun by just 0.03s. The event overall was won by Shaun with first first timed run 36.79s giving Shaun the class championship lead after two events. More on that in a later report.

The next batch began with The Road Going Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Fieldfare Trailers. It was Clive Skipper in his 2.0 Caterham HPC day, taking both timed run and the overall event from Adrian Lewis. Tony Wiltshire’s latest car a Lotus Elise went well. If he’s entered in the May event, he’ll be in the Road Going Series Production Class and his time would have given him the win there at 37.95s.

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class saw four driver / car combinations entered. It was an interesting day, Graham Beale in the Ginetta G33 took the first timed run and Simon Purcell and his Lotus Elise took the second. Simon’s time was the day’s best, so he took the event overall. His best time was 34.78s with Graham’s being a little adrift on 35.10s. This is another class championship that looks like it’s going to be competitive throughout the season.

Neil Turner and his Mini laid his claim to the class championship with an impressive Saturday in the up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Cock and Sons (General Builders). He wasn’t taking any prisoners and finished on 35.45s, a time just shy of his class record.

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Meadens Skoda, saw the lovely Aston Martin Vantage of Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser. Tim took the win in both rounds and overall. He finished on 35.54s with Andrew on 36.21s.

Next up was the Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Gates of Brockenhurst. Martin Watson and his Westfield took the win in both rounds with Richie Gatt in his Westfield second. Martin’s best time was 32.92s.

Kelvin Jouhar sponsors the Historically Interesting Class which ran next. This class had a big entry. Fyrth Crosse’s Dempster Ensign LNF3, took the first round and came second to James Tearle and his Ginetta G12 the second. The best time was Fyrth’s with a 35.31s.

The final batch of the day started with Mark Mortimer in his Mallock17b. He was the only entry in the Hillclimb Super Sports Class and stopped the clock on 35.27s.

Another new class to Gurston Down, the Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class went next. Gurston Down’s Driver School Principle, Tim Pitfeild and his DJ Firecat took the event and both timed runs. His best time being 34.37s.

Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS-BDG ended up being the only entry in the Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class. He ended the day on 32.27s. His second run being 32.38s.

Chris Cannell and his Force SR8 was the only runner in the Sports Libre Over 2000cc Class. Geoff Twemlow’s Subaru powered, Saker GT would behave so he withdraw from the meeting after practice. Chris’s best time was 30.85s. Giving him some great points in the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge and second fastest time of the day!

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by Drynham Project Management, came next. James Moore and his Evo, last year’s Top Ten Challenge winner was favourite and ended the day with two round wins and the overall. Although it looked like Tony Levitt in another Empire Evo might have got the second round. James’ time was 32.06s.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by SM AeRo Techniques was Peter D Smith’s from round one. The car he shares with Richard Gaylard was a none starter after some issues in round two. Peter’s time of 30.72s gave him fastest time of the day too.

The New Techniques sponsored 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car (Normally Aspirated) Class had two entrants. David Lord and his Quest took the honours in round one after Roger Cock’s Pilbeam stopped on the him. But round two was different. David took the win but by just 0.01s. David’s first timed run gave him the overall event win with a 34.07s run.

The final class and car on the hill was the Gould Engineering sponsored Racing Cars Over 2000cc class. Paul Crute with the OMS 28 finished on 32.36.

Sunday April 22nd Car and Motorbike Reports to follow.

We would like to thank everyone who made the day possible, the office staff, the marshals, timekeepers, scrutineers and officials without whom we couldn’t run the meeting. Thanks to Ashley Wood Recovery, TSL Timing, Steve Lister, A-Cute Medical Services, Venture Security and Peter Crutcher from Ringwood PA.

 

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – 21st & 22nd APRIL

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – 21st & 22nd APRIL

The April Meetings Paddock Plans, Final Entry List and Final Instructions are now available.

For those arriving on Friday, please do NOT arrive BEFORE 12:30 in the afternoon. The paddock and track areas will be being prepared prior to this time.

Saturday 21st April – Paddock Plan April 21st, Final Entry List – April 21st and Final Instructions – April 21st

Sunday 22md April – Paddock Plan – April 22nd, Final Entry List – April 22nd and Final Instructions – April 22nd

There is the following additional information in respect of the Target Times for the Meadens Skoda Championship.

Official Target Times for 2018

 

 

 

 

 

PREVIEW – Season Opener – Motorbikes – Sunday 22nd April

PREVIEW – Season Opener – Motorbikes – Sunday 22nd April

Sunday 22nd April brings the motorbikes and combinations from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) National Hill Climb Championship to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

The riders and their machines always produce some spectacular racing and Sunday will not disappoint. Check some of our videos posted on Facebook!

The Solo Motor Cycles 100cc to 250cc class, goes first, it has just two entries. Neal Jillings and Allan Harvey on their Honda CRF and Huish Yamaha YZ respectively.

The bigger Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class, goes next. Callum Short who was the winner of the 250cc class last year is back on a bigger 450cc KTM. But he really does have some stiff competition: Chris Keates (Honda CRF); Mark Tilley (Honda CR) and Richard Bowker (Honda CRF) to name just a few. Chris won last year by just 0.21s ahead of Mark.

The Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class had seven entries. All these riders are super competitive and many in the top ten hill climbers in 2017. It will probably between Peter Short and his KTM, Tommy Hodges (KTM SMR), Mark Short (Aprilia SVX) and Keith Haines (Aprilia SVX). Last year Tommy managed a 34.11s rin, just 0.88s quicker than Peter!

The Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class sees another big class entry. Stuart Mills on his Aprilla Tuono won at last years meeting. Stuart has Paul Jeffery (KTM) and Allan Jolly (Aprilia TZV) and four other riders to contend with. These riders will be contenders for the Fastest Time of the Day and the Top Ten Run-Off!

And then it’s the turn of the motorbike and side car combinations! The side cars are a proper spectacle! The pillion (passenger) only stays on by holding on buy their feet and hands, no seat belts or harnesses. The pillion hanging on or sometimes out of the combination!

The current hill record holding combination returns with a different pillion passenger. Ian Guy holds the record set in 2017 at 35.09s. The previous record holders also compete. Patrick and Paul Keates on the Baker F1.

Then the bikes will have a Top Ten Run-off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will compete again to score additional points. Last years winner was Stuart Mills on 34.02s.

Why not come and join us?

With this variety of motorbikes (and cars) Sunday 22nd will be an action packed day at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

Don’t miss it!

Key info
Location: 1 mile west of Broad Chalke, 9 miles SW of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Turn off the A354 at Coombe Bissett on the unclassified road to Broad Chalke, follow AA signs.
Dates: Motorbikes and Cars Sunday 22nd April
Times: Competition from approx. 1300, practice from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

PREVIEW – Season’s Opening Weekend – Day Two – Sunday 22nd

PREVIEW – Season’s Opening Weekend – Day Two – Sunday 22nd

2018 Season Opening Weekend – Day Two Sunday 22nd April
The 2018 Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb, second event of the season first weekend the Sunday 22nd April rounds three and four of the Meadens Skoda Championship and the second round of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

The weekend’s events are the season’s openers and will provide a glorious show of sound, smell, speed and skill. Around 130 cars and drivers, motorbikes and riders competing in different cars, motorbikes and classes, in everything from your average standard road car, classic and modern sports and saloon cars and purpose built, fast sport, single seat racing cars, high performance motorbikes and ex-F1 side-car combinations. All of them will pit their wits against the fast and twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue. They will also be competing against each other and themselves too!

With the recent course changes, spectators have superb and unrivalled views of the event, access to the hill, paddock and facilities.

You really can’t get closer to the action!

Sunday also brings the ACU’s Motorbikes and Combinations for their first of three visits to Gurston Down. Not only do they bring some exciting viewing but speed comes too. The fastest bikes and side-car combinations produced stunning times.

Fastest Times of the Day will probably go to Wallace Menzies in the Gould GR59M for the cars but the bikes is more difficult to predict, with some of the finest hill climb riders in the country being present.

There is a separate Preview for the Motorbikes and Side-Car Combinations.

SUNDAY 22nd APRIL

Sunday’s meeting gets under way with the invited classes. First up will be the Triumph Register Car Class. There is a huge entry with some great looking cars. The TR8 V8 of Roderick Warner to dominated this class last year. Nick Smith and his TR6 and Tony Browne in his lovely Dolomite Sprint were second and third respectively. Can either of these two or any of the drivers catch Roderick?

Next up are the Austin Healey – Big Healey and Warwick Cars. Richard Mason in his 3000 Mk2 beat Pat Cooper (100/6) and Paul Baker (3000) last year. However, with eight entries it might be a little tougher at the top!

The Healey Sprite Class ventures up the hill. There are three cars enteted and four drivers. The Sebring Sprite of Phil Gardner should, on paper at least, be the quickest but Colin Gale has hill experience and was third last year by less than half a second. Last years winner and second aren’t entered so this class could be anyone’s!

Batch Three starts with the Morgan Cars Class. The Plus 8 of Robert Toon has the power! Paul Clarke and his Lightweight and the other two entrants won’t let Robert walk away with the win.

For the second time this weekend and to complete the third batch it’s the lovely cars that form the ‘Classic Marques Speed Championship’ Class. It will be interesting to see how the Saturday winners perform. All of the cars in this class are beautifully presented cars, take a look around the paddock when you can.

Batch Four brings the Mazda MX5 Class, sponsored by The Window Doctor back for the third and four round of their championship. Last year’s Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Mark Crookall and his RS will have got the measure of the competition by today. It’ll be interesting to see how hard Mark is going to have to work to retain his class title and class record.

The New Road Going Series Production up to 1400cc. John Davey, the MD of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, in his quick MG Midget is running on his on today. Class win, one would hope so! New Class record…. Perhaps….

The Road Going Series Production Class, 1401cc to 2000cc, sponsored by Record-Designs runs next. Tim Foster, last years class champion, and his lovely Lotus Elan start favourite. But Dean Cubitt’s MX5 and Paul Dickinson’s Honda S2000 will make sure he really has to work for the win. And look out for some surprises.

The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, sponsored by Turbo Dynamics, round off this batch. Stephen Moore, Mitsubishi Evo 6 RS, last years class champion, is back. He’ll have a great scrap with Simon Neve and his Evo 6 RS. On last years form, it is probably Stephen for the win but with the company he has in this class, you shouldn’t be betting your shirt on it.

The Road Going Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Fieldfare Trailers, will start batch five. We will have found out how quick the Lotus Elise with Tony Wiltshire at the wheel after Saturday’s runs. Will it be Clive Skipper in his 2.0 Caterham HPC or Adrian Lewis in his Westfield today?

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class sees the four driver / car combinations entered on Saturday. Will it be Simon Purcell or Graham Beale today?

The up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Cock and Sons (General Builders) has three super fast Minis entered. The form would suggest James White should take this one but it’s such a competitive class, we will have to wait to find out who will take the honors.

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Meadens Skoda, sees a similar entry to Saturday plus the Porsche 930RS of Phil Price. The the extra Porsche into the mix who’ll be fastest in this class. The Painter / Fraser car?

The over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Gates of Brockenhurst, has a three car line up. Yesterday’s result will give us an idea of what today might bring. It could be anyone’s and will be down to the best performance on the day.

The Historically Interesting Class, sponsored by Kelvin Jouhar, finishes batch five. The class sees Geoff Hunt and the lovely Lotus 22 back for the first time this season. He will make sure everyone else in this class will work hard to win. But who will it be?

Batch Six runs next. Mark Mortimer in his Mallock17b will come to the line first with the only entry in the Hillclimb Super Sports Class.

The New Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class’s second outing of the season has a similar entry to Saturday. Gurston Down’s Driver School Principle, Tim Pitfeild is likely to head this class but we will know how hard he will need to work to win.

Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class has just one official entry, Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS-BDG. He may be joined by Chris Cannell and the Empire Evo. Chris and the Evo will probably win this one.

The Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class see that Chevrolet Camero Z28 of Jeffery Way is back and joins Geoff Twemlow’s, Subaru powered, Saker GT today. Geoff and the Saker should take this class but the Camero makes a spectacular sound!

The next cars in the batch are the racing cars. The up to 600cc Racing Car Class sees just one car entered in the class, David Cuff and his Mk4 Jedi.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by Drynham Project Management, has a good entry on Sunday. James Moore, the 2017 Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge winner will be the hot favourite. But the class is so competitive, it will be down to the hundredth of a second to decide the win and the challenge points!

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by SM AeRo Techniques, sees Peter D Smith and Richard Gaylard back out in their shared Force PC. There are three other drivers who will be working to stop them take the win.

Copyright: John Hayward

The New Techniques sponsored 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car (Normally Aspirated) Class has just two entrants. The new livery on David Lord’s Quest should help take the win!

The last two in batch six are in the Gould Engineering sponsored Racing Cars Over 2000cc class. Wallace Menzies in the Cosworth powered Gould GR59M should take this class and is most likely to take Fastest Time of the Day.

Why not come and join us?

With this variety of cars Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd will both be action packed days at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

Don’t miss it!

Key info
Location: 1 mile west of Broad Chalke, 9 miles SW of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Turn off the A354 at Coombe Bissett on the unclassified road to Broad Chalke, follow AA signs.
Dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April
Times: Competition from approx. 1300, practice from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

PREVIEW – Season’s Opening Weekend – Day One – Saturday 21st

PREVIEW – Season’s Opening Weekend – Day One – Saturday 21st

2018 Season Opener – Saturday 21st

The 2018 Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb season gets underway on the Saturday 21st April with the first two rounds of the Meadens Skoda Championship and the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge. 2108 promises to be an exciting season!

The weekend’s events are the season’s openers and will provide a glorious show of sound, smell, speed and skill. Around 130 cars and drivers, in different cars and classes, in everything from your average standard road car, classic and modern sports and saloon cars and purpose built, fast sport and single seat racing cars. All of them will pit their wits against the fast and twisty course at Wiltshire’s famous Speed Hill Climb Venue. They will also be competing against each other and themselves too!

With the recent course changes, spectators have superb and unrivalled views of the event, access to the hill, paddock and facilities.

You really can’t get closer to the action!

Saturday April 21st sees Gurston hosts a number of national championships. In addition to the first two rounds of the Meadens Skoda Championship and the first round of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge.

The ACSMC hold a round of their championship, as do the Porsche Club, the TVR Club, Classic Marques Cars and pre-War Austin 7s. On top of all those championships there is the usual mix of production-based machines, sports racing cars and single seaters’.

Fastest Time of the Day is the ultimate goal for a competitors. With Wallace Menzies and his stunningly fast Cosworth powered Gould GR 59M, it’s going to be tough for anyone to come close. Wallace, who finished second in the British Hill Climb Championship in 2017 carries the number 2. Look out for the Wallace, he’ll be fast. He currently holds the speed record for the finish line at over 159mph. Remember the track is just over 12 feet wide!

SATURDAY 21st APRIL

Saturday’s meeting gets under way with the invited classes. First up should be the Pre-War Austin 7’s. The “Road” Class has six drivers entered. Last years class winner, Daniel Cowley in his Austin 7 Special, starts favourite. Daniel did not have it all his own way, last year and will have to work very hard to maintain this kind of form.

In the much quicker “Track” division, last season winner Terry Griffin and his Austin 7 Special just pipped Paul Geering to the win by just 0.09s.There will be a real scrap for this class. The Austin Sevens class are so competitive, it could be anyone’s win.

The ACSMC Championship Class runs next. There are only two entries, David Brown in a Renault Clio and Mike Williams in a Westfield SeiW. Mike’s Westfield has the class on performance but he might have to work quite hard.

Then it will be the Porsche Club GB Speed Championship turn. With 14 drivers and 11 cars entered, the class will be hotly contested. Tim Barber and David Hilton in the 996 911GT3RS should start favourite, but there are some quick 911s and 944s in the class. It’s going to be down to the best performance on the day.

The next batch starts with the TVR class. There will be some great noise when these drivers take to the line. It’s probably going to be between Jes Firth in his Griffith and Mark Harris in the Cerbera. It looks like it’ll be go down to the wire!

Then to complete the third batch it’s the lovely cars that form the ‘Classic Marques Speed Championship’ Class. This class has entries from all over the country and in some great cars. Everything from a modern Honda S2000 of Phil Ludbrook to the Fiat Abarth TC Corsa of Phil Jones will be taking to the hill. These beautifully presented cars are always worth checking out in the paddock and watching run the hill. The class winner? Far to difficult to predict!

Batch Four brings out the Mazda MX5 Class, sponsored by The Window Doctor. Last year’s Meadens Skoda Gurston Down Champion, Mark Crookall and his RS, will be the driver / car combination to beat. Mark will have some stiff competition, Graham Hadley in his MK2 improved markedly at the Test Day so it will be interesting to see how that goes. How long will the class record survive?

One of Gurston Down’s new classes comes next Road Going Series Production up to 1400cc. There are three entries in this class and looking at previous form John Davey, the MD of our Top Ten Challenge sponsor, in his quick MG Midget is likely to take the class.

The Road Going Series Production Class, 1401cc to 2000cc, sponsored by Record-Designs runs next. Tim Foster, last years class champion, and his lovely Lotus Elan start favourite. Dean Cubitt’s MX5, Dave Newman’s MX5 and Paul Dickinson’s Honda S2000 will all be in with a shout. You really can’t discount any of the driver / car combinations in this class. There might be some surprises.

The Over 2000cc Road Going Series Production Class, sponsored by Turbo Dynamics, round off this batch. Simon Neve returns after an absence so that might give the Subaru Impreza of Shaun and Sarah Fudge something to think about. And John Maycock’s Mazda MX5 might just be in the mix. This class is fairly open at the moment and it will be interesting to see what happens on the day.

Batch Five begins with The Road Going Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Fieldfare Trailers. This class is always competitive. It will be interesting to see how Tony Wiltshire gets on with his Lotus Elise. It’s likely to be between Clive Skipper in his 2.0 Caterham HPC, Adrian Lewis in his Westfield for the first place.

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class sees four driver / car combinations entered. Simon Purcell and his Lotus Elise will have his work cut out to keep ahead of Graham Beale (Ginetta G33) and Bob Mortimer (Porsche 911). Paul Slade’s lovely Jagaur E Type might just be the wildcard here.

The Up to 1400cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Cock and Sons (General Builders), has four super fast Minis entered. This class is always hard fought. Class record holder, Neil Turner will have to battle royal for the class win!

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Meadens Skoda, sees that gorgeous Aston Martin Vantage of Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser entered. Although, they ran their equally pretty, Porsche 911GT3 at test day. Whichever car they bring, they will start as favourite. Hopefully, Mark Walker’s 4.0 Porsche Cayman S, has had it’s turbo fixed so he will be able to join the fray.

The Over 2000cc Modified Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Gates of Brockenhurst, is a four car line up. This class is always far too difficult to predict, it could be anyone’s.

The Kelvin Jouhar sponsored Historically Interesting Class, runs next. This class has a big entry and as always there will be some lovely machinery on show. Mike Broome’s 1.6 Alexis Mk 17 F3, Jeremy Smithson’s Lotus Elan FHC, Fyrth Crosse’s Dempster Ensign LNF3, Sue Hayes’ Palliser WDF3 and the Chevron B19 of Amanda and Richard George are all out. Form suggests this will be Richard George’s class.

Batch Six is up next with Mark Mortimer in his Mallock17b being the only entry in the Hillclimb Super Sports Class.

Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class is one of the new classes this year and has three entries. Gurston Down’s Driver School Principle, Tim Pitfeild is likely to head this class but it will be interesting to see how Richard Wood’s beautifully prepared Yamaha Mini gets on.

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Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class has just one official entry, Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS-BDG. Although Chris Cannell might bring the Empire Evo out, which will make this class on to watch.

Next up will be the Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class which sees Chris Cannell entered in the twin engined Force SR8 and Geoff Twemlow’s, Subaru powered, Saker GT. Geoff might well have the class to himself if the Chris Cannell’s Evo is out.

The next up to 600cc Racing Car Class sees David Cuff bring the Mk4 Jedi to the hill.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by Drynham Project Management, has a good entry on Saturday. James Moore won’t have an easy win here. Hannah Wiltshire bring her new Empire Evo, hopefully it’ll behave on the day. You won’t be able to discount any of the rest of the class.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by SM AeRo Techniques, puts Peter D Smith and Richard Gaylard in their shared Force PC up against two other car and driver combinations. On previous form, the Smith / Gayland car is most likely to come out on top.

The New Techniques sponsored 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car (Normally Aspirated) Class has just two entrants. The new livery on David Lord’s Quest should help take the win!

The last two in batch six are in the Gould Engineering sponsored Racing Cars Over 2000cc class. Wallace Menzies in the Cosworth powered Gould GR59M should take this class and is most likely to take Fastest Time of the Day.

Why not come and join us?

With this variety of cars Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd will both be action packed days at Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb.

Don’t miss it!

Key info
Location: 1 mile west of Broad Chalke, 9 miles SW of Salisbury, Wiltshire. Turn off the A354 at Coombe Bissett on the unclassified road to Broad Chalke, follow AA signs.
Dates: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd April
Times: Competition from approx. 1300, practice from 0830 both days.
Admission: Only £10 for adults each day, accompanied under 14s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

 

Anthony Record – Press Officer – BARC SW, Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb

AGM Notice – Monday 14th May 2018

We are having our Annual General Meeting at 7:30pm in the restaurant at the hill. Here’s a summary of the agenda.

Agenda;
Apologies
Minutes of the last AGM
Matters Arising
Chairman’s Report followed by Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer reports
Election of Officers and Committee
Under rule 12; Geoff Hunt, Tim Pitfield, Paul Webster, Sarah Howard and Linzi Alley retire from the Committee and being eligible offers themselves for re-election.
Election of Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer.
Any Other Business
Close

There will be a short break for a chat before a formal committee meeting.

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – Test Day – Sunday 25th March

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – Test Day – Sunday 25th March

Those who have successfully made the cut for Test Day are reminded that the Finals and details of your number details have been emailed to you over the last few days. Details have also be sent by post which include two Test Day entry tickets.

Trailers:

Please note trailers are NOT permitted in the paddock this year. The number of entries doesn’t allow for the space. Trailer and tow vehicle parking is in the Camping Field on the flat ground where Campers are parked during meetings. You can park in the usual trailer park area if you wish.

DON’T forget:

Your SIGNED licence.The MSA can impose a fine on a competitor for presenting and unsigned card!

Your helmet – if it’s new your will need an MSA sticker attached, which is available at a small fee from your scruttineer.

You can make as many runs as you wish. The first batch will head for the start-line at 0930.

Please DO NOT start your engine before 0915 – thank you

TEST DAY Finals

TEST DAY ENTRY LIST

See you there!

Anthony Record – Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb Press Officer