Annual General Meeting – Notice – Monday 13th May at Gurston Down

Annual General Meeting – Notice – Monday 13th May at Gurston Down

We formally give notice of the Annual Genral Meeting of the BARC South Western Centre, Gurston Down.

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
Election of Hon Secretary and Hon Treasurer.
Any Other Business
Close

Anthony Record – Gurston Down Press Officer
COMPETITOR INFORMATION – APRIL MEETINGS REVISED

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – APRIL MEETINGS REVISED

Here are the Final Instructiuons, Provisonal Batch Order, Paddock Space Allocations and Entry Alterations for each of our Easter weekend Meeting.

Competitors are reminded that you can only score Gurston Championship Points and Top Ten Run-off Points if you have the sponsors sticker on the car. These are available at sign-on.

Saturday April 20th

Entries – Saturday April 20th – subject to revisions below

Final Instructions – Saturday April 20th

Paddock Plan – Saturday April 20th

Provisional Batch Running Order – Saturday April 20th

Alterations to Entries – Saturday April 20th

Sunday April 21st

Entries – Sunday 21st – subject to revisions below

Final Instructions – Sunday April 21st

Paddock Plan – Sunday April 21st

Provisional Batch Running Order – Sunday April 21st

Alterations to Entries – Sunday April 21st

Motorbikes and Combinations Entry List – Sunday April 21st

 

E&OE – Anthony Record – Press Officer
2019 Season Opener – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st

2019 Season Opener – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st

The 2019 Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb season gets underway on the Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April with the first four rounds of the Meadens Skoda Championship and the first two of the Cavendish Ships Stores Top Ten Challenge. The 2019 championships promise to be both challenging and exciting!

The weekend’s events are the season’s openers and will provide a glorious show of sound, smell, speed and skill. Around 110 cars and drivers will compete in a range of 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!

You really can’t get closer to the action!

INVITED CLASSES SATURDAY APRIL 20th

Gurston Down hosts a number of national championships on Saturday 20th April, 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 TVR Club, Classic Marques Speed Challenge, The Volvo Owners Club 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. This could very much depend on the combinations and how some new car / driver combinations perform. It could be one of many drivers.

Saturday’s meeting gets under way with the invited classes. First up should be the Pre-War Austin 7’s “Road” Class which has four drivers entered. Gurston Down experience will probably be key in this class so Bernard Cowley in his Cowley Special starts favourite.

In the much quicker “Track” division, there are there are six entries, anyone of which cpould take the win. Terry Griffin and his Austin 7 Special is a previous winner and both Pigsty Special will all be with a chance of taking the win. But who will it be?

The Volvo Owners Club Class runs next. The current record holder Richard Conway in his Volvo PV544 will be looking to improve his existing record.

The ACSMC Championship Class runs next. There are six entries in a wide variety of cars. Adrian Lewis in the Westfield Superbusa, not only has extensive Gurston experience but has an exceptional car. David Newman in his Mazda MX5 will be looking for championship points.

Next up will be the TVR class. There will be some great noise when these drivers take to the line. Four of the five entrants are run V8s! This class will be close. The top three are likely to be Alan Davies or Mark Everett in their Griffiths or Mark Harris in his Cernera.

The ‘Classic Marques Speed Championship’ Class. This class has entries from all over the country and in an interesting variety of great cars. Everything from a modern Porsche Cayman with Gordon Pearce, at the wheel to, Phil Jones in his Marcos 1800GT. They will all be beautifully presented and are always worth checking out in the paddock and watching run the hill. The class winner? Far to difficult to predict!


SUNDAY 21st – INVITED CLASSES

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. There are two TR8 V8s entered and they have previously dominated the class. However, you just can’t dismiss Nick Smith and his TR6. On paper it looks like Larry Jeram-Croft and Steve Small in their V8s and Nick Smith will make up the top three.

Next up are the Austin Healey – Big Healey and Warwick Cars. Pat Cooper in the 100/6 has the form and experience to take the win. But the class is always super competitive. The winner, we will tell you on Sunday.

The Healey Sprite Class ventures to the hill next. There are six cars entered. Will Gurston experience pay off. Stephen Casson is competing Saturday so he will be one to watch.

Next up will be the TVR class. There will be some great noise when these drivers take to the line. It will be interesting to see what effect Saturday’s event has on each driver. A V8 will take the win but which one?

The ‘Classic Marques Speed Championship’ Class are back for day two. The class has some extra entries on Sunday. You will need to look out for Graham Beale in his Ginetta G33 who has plenty of Gurston experience and a fast car. Could be anyone’s class.


REGULAR CLASSES

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. Although Mark will have Jason Richardson in his RS to contend with as well as all of the other drivers in the class.

John Davey, Managing Director of the Top Ten Challenge sponsor, Cavendish Ships Stores will have his work cut out in the Road Going Series Production up to 1400cc Class. There are three entries in this class on Saturday and just two on Sunday. John holds the class record and will be looking to do better this year.

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. Although Miles Horne in his Peugeot 306 Rallye and Dean Cubitt in his MX5 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. Saturday sees Clive and Jennie Stangle in their Mitsubishi Evo return. That means that Subaru Impreza of Shaun and Sarah Fudge and Simon Neve in his Mitsubishi Evo will need to be on top form to take the class win. Simon isn’t entered on Sunday so that could really change the way the class championship looks at the end of the weekend.

The Road Going Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Fieldfare Trailers. With Adrian Lewis competing in the ACSMC Class on Saturday, this class really is wide open. Nigel Holt and Mike Parrett will have their work cut out to beat Tim Richardson in his Lotus Elise 250 Cup. Sunday will be all change, Adrian is back and will probably be in charge from the off.

 

The Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class up to 2000cc sees former Gurston Champion with the class to himself both days. Simon had much of the last season off so it’ll be interesting to see how the car performs in 2019.

The Over 2000cc Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Car Class runs next. Phil Price in his Porsche 930 RS has to start favourite. Phil, class championship in 2018 has Gary Dawkins in his Lotus Exige as the only competition. Sadly, Paul Slade’s E Type won’t make the line due to some mechanical issues.

The Up To 1400cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Cock and Sons (General Builders), has a good entry. But with the class record holder and last years class champion, Neil Turner is likely to take the wins!

The Over 2000cc Modified Series Production Class, sponsored by Meadens Skoda, are next up. Stephen Moore brings his seriously fast modified production Mitsubishi Evo both days and has that beautiful Aston Martin Vantage of Tim Painter and Andrew Fraser. It will be interesting to see how Jim Herbert’s Mitsubishi and Mark Walker’s Porsche fair.

The Modified Specialist Production Class, sponsored by Gates of Brockenhurst, is a five driver, four car line-up on Saturday and a three car line-up on Sunday. Martin Watson in his Westfield runs both days but has Ritchie Gatt in his Westfield and Steve Holland in his Caterham will be chasing him all the way to the line. This class is always far too difficult to predict, it could be anyone’s.

The Kelvin Jouhar sponsored Historically Interesting Class, runs next. The lovely Chevron B19 of Amanda and Richard George is out. And we will see Fyrth Crosse’s Dempster Ensign LNF3, who is a late entry. Fyrth will probably take the win. But you really should take a look at these cars when they are in the paddock.

Next up is the Hill Climb Super Sports Car Class. It has just one entrant Richard Fry in his Mallock 25/27.

Sports Libre up to 1400cc Class sees four entrants both days. Gurston Down’s Driver School Principle, Tim Pitfeild is out in his DJ Firecat. At Test Day, Tim was close to his personal best. Look out for Richard Wood’s beautifully prepared Yamaha Mini.

Sports Libre 1400cc to 2000cc Class has just one entry, Keith Diggle’s WEV HCS-BDG.

The Sports Libre up to 2000cc Class which sees Chris Cannell and Sue Hayes entered in the twin engined Force SR8 up against Geoff Twemlow’s, Subaru powered, Saker GT. Chris will be looking for Top Ten Challenge points both days and might even be in with a chance of Fastest Time of the Day.

On Sunday the 500 Owners Association Championship Cars Class (2001 Rules) has three entrants. The Lola’s of Stuart Barnes and Mike Wood will need to be on top form to beat Ainsley Barwick.

The 601cc to 1100cc Racing Car Class, sponsored by Drynham Project Management, has a good entry on both days. It is an open class but the form book would suggest that David Cuff in his OMS CF97 taking the win but the rest of the class are not going to let him have it easy.

The 1101cc to 1600cc Racing Car Class, brings a new car and driver combination to the hill on both days. Pete Hammock bring his new Empire Wraith. But it will be close, as he has Andrew Forsyth in his OMS CF04 to contend with. They will both be looking for Top Ten Challenge points and are possible Fastest Time of the Day contenders.

The New Techniques sponsored 1601cc to 2000cc Racing Car (Normally Aspirated) Class has just one entrant both days. Roger Cock in the Pilbeam MP54.

The final car runner of the day will be in the Gould Engineering sponsored Racing Cars Over 2000cc class. Paul Crute in the Jaguar powered OMS28 will be searching for a Fastest Time of the Day. He will definitely have his work cut out!


Why not come and join us?

With this variety of cars Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st 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
Motorbikes Meeting Review – Sunday April 21st

Motorbikes Meeting Review – Sunday April 21st

Sunday 21st April brings the motorbikes and combinations from the Autocycle Union’s (ACU) National Hill Climb Championship to Gurston Down Speed Hill Climb for the first of five visits.

The riders and their machines never fail to produce some spectacular racing. If you haven’t seen them, check out some of the videos on Facebook!

Motorbikes are run in classes, just like cars based on engine capacity as well as a few other factors.

Sunday’s meeting sees the following line up:

The Solo Motor Cycles 351cc to 500cc class, goes first. It has nine riders entered. The class has some really competitive and experienced riders. There are class winners, experienced Gurston Down and fastest time of the day riders included in the entry. With the calibre of the riders in this class, it’ll be a close fought battle.

 

The Solo Motor Cycles 501cc to 750cc class has another big entry with ten riders. Many of these riders are top ten hill climbers in the 2018 championship. Look out for Tom Short and his KTM, Tommy Hodges (KTM SMR), Daniel Hurley (Husaberg), Guy Ursell (KTM) SMR), Mark Short (Aprilia SVX) and Keith Haines (Aprilia SVX) as they will all be lloking for the win and a place in the Top Ten Run-off. It’s goping to be performance on the day.

The Solo Motor Cycles 751cc to 1300cc class sees another huge class entry. Stuart Mills on his Aprilla Tuono has won for the last two years so can he make it three years in succession! Stuart has Paul Jeffery (KTM), Allan Jolly (Aprilia TZV) and Simon Gates (Kawasaki ZX10R) and all of the other riders who will all be wanting to take the win. All of these riders will also be in the hunt for the Fastest Time of the Day and a Top Ten Run-Off place!

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! There are three combinations entered, look out for 986 which has Sarah Howard, Gurston Down’s chairman, riding (or perhaps hanging on) as a pillion!


Then the bikes will have a Top Ten Run-off. The Ten fastest motorbikes and combinations will compete again to score additional points.

Why not come and join us?

With this variety of motorbikes (and cars) Sunday 21st 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: Cars Saturday 20th and Motorbikes and Cars Sunday 21st 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
COMPETITOR INFORMATION – APRIL MEETINGS

COMPETITOR INFORMATION – APRIL MEETINGS

The April Meetings are coming soon. We have today published the Full Entry Lists for both days in the Competitor Information section of the website.

We have also published the Final Instructions for BOTH days, please make time to read these.

Paddock Allocations will be published during next week.

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO ENTER FOR THE APRIL MEETINGS?

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO ENTER FOR THE APRIL MEETINGS?

COMPETITOR INFORMATION

HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN TO ENTER FOR THE APRIL MEETINGS?

If you have forgotten to enter for the April 20th and 21st meetings, you can still enter. BUT you’ll need to be quick. Entries closed last week but if you’d like an entry please contact Nick Revels, the Competition Secretary, by email gurstonhillclimb@gmail.com NOW