Hill climbing 2019

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n3il123

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1,586 posts

154 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Inspired a bit by the FIA hillclimb thread on here the other day and by a dim and distant memory of going to a hillclimb years ago I was thinking of trying to catch a round of the UK championship next year.

Living in the fens of Cambridgeshire hillclimbs locally aren't exactly 10 a penny!

To enable a pass out to another car event would require finding somewhere that the Mrs and I could make a weekend of it (i,e, not a sprint on North Weald) so does anyone have any suggestions for location (i'm thinking either Harewood or Prescott) but open to other ideas and also of anywhere decent to make it a nice weekend away?

TIA

Trev450

5,721 posts

113 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Plenty of nice venues from both a sporting and venue location aspect. Prescott is one of my favourites and the wife cannot fail to be charmed by the locality.

andrewcliffe

424 posts

165 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Shelsley Walsh another option for a UK based hillclimb.

RESSE

4,998 posts

162 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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2019 events:

Shelsley Walsh
https://www.shelsleywalsh.com/events-calendar

Loton Park
https://www.hdlcc.com/events

Prescott
To be confirmed

Hill Climb & Sprint Association
To be confirmed (but events held around the country)
https://www.hillclimbandsprint.co.uk/calendar-all.... (2018 diary)

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1,287 posts

61 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Barbon hillclimb on the edge of the lakes or Harewood a couple of miles away from Harewood House. British championship rounds often held on the same weekend. (Barbon Saturday, Harewood Sunday)
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MagicalTrevor

6,282 posts

170 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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It's also worth considering Sprinting in addition to Hillclimb, both speed events but you may find events closer to where you live.

Galveston

541 posts

140 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Shelsley and Prescott are both utterly gorgeous venues in beautiful parts of the country.

Wiscombe in Devon isn't bad either, and only a few miles from the coast if you wanted to mix things up a bit.

df76

1,908 posts

219 months

Thursday 29th November 2018
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Prescott would get my vote for a nice weekend and keeping the other half on side. Great venue and lots nearby.


coppice

5,188 posts

85 months

Saturday 1st December 2018
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For the place itself - Shelsley. Not brilliant spectating view but you can forgive it everything for its paddock and its ambience

For the views , and the drive there - Barbon. But very short and the only place worth watching is the start and the final hairpin

For a lovely view up Wharfedale in the distance and the whole course below you - Harewood ,where I've been going since Christ 1968 . Our longest hill and, if you do go , don't do what ,most do and stay at the top but walk down to the start and then watch the cars at very close range through Chippies and Farmhouse ,The adhesion of a big single seater through the latter, and the ballistic acceleration out of it is astonishing

n3il123

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1,586 posts

154 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Thanks all gives me something to work on (like most are pretty good!) will have a look through and see dates and then see about finding a nice hotel/ pub.

RESSE

4,998 posts

162 months

Tuesday 4th December 2018
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Chateau Impney 13th - 14th July 2019

https://www.chateauimpneyhillclimb.com/

n3il123

Original Poster:

1,586 posts

154 months

Saturday 11th May
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So we're off to harewood tomorrow, any tips on where to watch or anything else that we should or shouldnt do?

coppice

5,188 posts

85 months

Saturday 11th May
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Get there early , I will arrive at 9-30ish or before . RAC rounds have smallish entries compared to a typical BARC round, so can finish mid afternoon , By all means spend some time at the top of the hill, where the paddock is , and enjoy the challenge of Quarry , the last corner , but YOU SIMPLY MUST walk down to the bottom of the hill . Watching a 600 bhp single seater set off from the start , when you're 15ft away, is amazing , especially if this is your first time . And then walk down to Chippy's and Country- few do, and they are missing out . You are very, very close to the track and the grip and acceleration are staggering . Watch final run offs from the exit of Farmhouse as you can see that huge grip and go being exploited , and you can also see the display of time and top speed . ,

And be prepared to be disappointed with nearly all of the juicy road cars . A F430 or whatever might get you salivating anywhere else , but they invariably look pedestrian and sound weedy after a full fat Gould or Force .

Enjoy - it is my 50th year of going to Harewood and I still love it . smile

n3il123

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154 months

Saturday 11th May
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Thanks coppice, we're staying not faf awat so will probably be there at a simillar time .. if i can get the mrs out of bed ...

Just hoping that the rain holds off!

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1,287 posts

61 months

Saturday 11th May
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Must say I was disappointed today with the Ferrari's, none of them seemed to be doing anything other than a stroll up the hill. Hopefully if the weather holds tomorrow should be good.

Harewood is one of the best hills to spectate at as you can see most of the circuit from the top of the hill, but can also get to most of the other parts for a closer look.

meehaja

582 posts

49 months

Saturday 11th May
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I enjoyed being faster than the ferrari's today, but they were a bit pedestrian weren't they!

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1,287 posts

61 months

Sunday 12th May
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meehaja said:
I enjoyed being faster than the ferrari's today, but they were a bit pedestrian weren't they!
Definitely a case of driving Miss Daisy. Mind you one of them did look like Miss Daisy, and she certainly wasn't the slowest.

Didn't really get any quicker today, mind you there was some good times set in some of the classes today.

Edmundo2

782 posts

151 months

Sunday 12th May
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There may have been a few pootling but no doubt some were pressing on. The thing is a Ferrari will never live with a race spec saloon or sports car around a hillclimb because it's too heavy, let alone a single seater. Add to that the power and noise and lack of weight of a racer and everything else looks slow...The big single seaters are circa 1200 bhp per ton + and doing 0 - 115 mph in 4 seconds...😬

n3il123

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1,586 posts

154 months

Monday 13th May
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Well we went on Sunday and had a great day, the weather obviously helping massively.

Watching from just below the paddock in the morning was good, however it made all the cars look slow even the very fast ones, it was hard to correlate the speed figures with what we were watching! In the afternoon we moved down to Farmhouse and that really highlighted the quick guys, seeing the cars come through between the farm buildings and braking to go round the corner and then trying to get the traction was great.

We had to leave early as we had a 3 hour drive back, it's just a shame that we don't live a bit nearer as the Mrs seemed to enjoy it too (although the night away may have helped).

I did find myself in bed looking at single seat race cars though...

coppice

5,188 posts

85 months

Monday 13th May
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Glad you enjoyed it. The quick cars have crazy grip through Farmhouse but next time you go do go even further down the hill, where you are only feet away from the cars.

You are in Cambridgeshire I see , and there's a reason why you won't see many hillclimbs down March or Chatteris way ... But if you like what you saw, bribe your OH with a romantic/foodie/etc (your call ) weekend away and come back to Harewood , of course, but also try the lovely courses at Shelsley Walsh and Prescott .

Hill climbing is not the sort of motorsport you see on telly , and it's all the better for it - there is access all areas , no corporate bullst and no D list slebs . Just F1 quick cars in gorgeous locations.