British Hillclimb Championship at Gurston Down for August Bank Holiday


Two days of motorsport action against the clock are lined up over the Summer Holiday weekend of August 29 and 30 at Gurston Down, Broadchalke, near Salisbury as the British Hillclimb Championship returns to the celebrated Wiltshire venue for its second visit of the season. In addition the Hillclimb Leaders Championship contenders will be battling with the locals throughout the classes, and valuable points are at stake in both series. Not to be missed are the thrilling British Hillclimb Championship ‘Top 12 Run Offs’; these BHC points-scoring shoot outs will bring both Sunday’s morning and afternoon sessions to nail-biting finales.

The British Hillclimb Championship certainly has a different look to it this year as the ‘new kid on the block’ Alex Summers from Worcestershire holds an 18 point lead after Shelsley Walsh on August 16th in the 3.5 Gould GR61X, the British Championship’s most successful ever car. Behind Summers it’s very tight with Trevor Willis from Worcestershire (3.2 OMS 28) on 154 points head of Wallace Menzies from Kincardine (3.5 Gould GR55B) on 152 points and reigning and three-times British Champion Scott Moran from Shropshire in fourth on 151 points in the car he is now sharing with series leader Summers. The competition between these and all the other drivers will be intense.

Wiltshire drivers

In the meeting’s opening class Steve Harris from Redlynch near Salisbury runs his rapid 1.8 Vauxhall Corsa and could well feature in the medal positions.

Adrian Lewis from Salisbury has forsaken his usual Westfield for this event and will instead run in the Historically Interesting class in the 1.7 St Bruno Roughcutter that belongs to his friend Chris Cannell.

And the Wilton Racing duo Chris Cannell  and Sue Hayes will once again go in their stunning 1.3 supercharged Empire Evo sports libre car.

Making an impressive debut in the sport this season has been Tony Levitt from Salisbury who will run his 1.0 Empire Evo single seater again. Tony is entered in the Gurston club members ‘B Licence Holders’ class at this event and could be in with a medal chance here.

Mike Butler from Warminster has entered a 4.0 BMW M3 in the over 2000cc modified series production saloon car class. Mike, who has previously run a Toyota Celica GT4 is up against stiff opposition this weekend.

In the over 2000cc modified series production sports car class Steph Colvin from Malmesbury will run in the family 3.1 Datsun 240Z, restored to action by stepfather Ben Stapley. Up against her in the same class will be Mark Walker from Trowbridge in his increasingly rapid 3.9 Porsche Cayman S.

The Historically Interesting class will also feature Hugh Kemp from Wylye in his lovely 1.6 Palliser WDF3.

In the up to 1100cc racing car class Murray Wakeham from Warminster runs his 1.0 OMS CF96, and Bradley Hobday from Trowbridge [copyright: Akina Media] also goes in this class in his 1.0 Jedi Mk 4. Bradley is having a super season and could be in with a chance of the class win here in a very big, very competitive class.

Cirencester is well represented with Paul Morcom running his 1.6 Merlyn Mk 11a in the Pre-’94 Formula Ford class. And in the up to 1600cc racing car class Caroline and Mathew Ryder share the family 1.5 Force PT.

And the 1.0 OMS CF96 of Murray Wakeham appears again in the Gurston members ‘B Lincence Holders’ class in the hands of Alan Joy, also from Warminster.

Event 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 event signs.
Dates: Saturday August 29 & Sunday August 30 (practice only Saturday)
Times: Practice from 0830 both days.
Competition on Sunday from approx. 10:30:
1st class runs followed by a Championship Run Off;
Lunch break (provisional);
2nd class runs followed by a Championship Run Off.
Admission: Adults £6 Saturday, £10 Sunday, accompanied under 15s free, free paddock entry, free parking.

  • Over 160 entries
  • 22 different classes
  • Speeds topping 150mph