Gurston Hillclimb, 2011

Our initial event was to the Gurston Hillclimb on 25th May 2011. Jon Hurst had four tickets for the event and had contacted those of us that worked on the Landford Village Design Statement to see who was interested in going.

Many thanks to Irene Spencer who ensured that we had a proper cooked breakfast before we left, and to John Spencer who drove us to Gurston Hill Farm, just the other side of Broad Chalke. Weather cool and blustery, but brightened up later in the day. We arrived just after first practice runs started at 11am, but there was no queue to get in, parking was easy, we had access to the paddock area and then walked across the field to find a suitable vantage point overlooking the upper part of the course.

The Gurston Car Club put on events throughout the season, but this event counted towards the National Hillclimb Championship, and consequently attracted the best cars and drivers competing this year. There were classes for saloon cars, sports cars, Lotus/Caterham 7’s, motor bikes and fastest of all, the outright racing cars. After one practice session in the morning there was an hour for lunch, then a second practice session to determine starting positions (cars running in reverse order, i.e. fastest go last) followed by the final run off to determine the winner of each class.

There were plenty of thrills and spills to keep us entertained, and by jove, you have to be there to appreciate the shear noise and speed of those formula cars.

Ken Parker, John Spencer and Jon Hurst

Our view of the track

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