Speed – Hillclimb & Sprint
Shortly after the first cars became available at the turn of the 20th century, a group of gentlemen gathered together and challenged each other to drive their cars to the top of a very steep hill … and the oldest form of Motorsport, hill climbing and sprinting, was born.
As time passed and the motor car became more refined, the simple feat of reaching the top of a hill no longer posed any problem! An additional challenge needed to be added to make the sport more demanding, so it was decided to add the factor of speed, with the cars being individually timed over a defined distance on the chosen course.
Vehicles can range from the evergreen 848cc BMC Mini and 875cc Hillman Imp all the way up to a full-blooded ‘Formula One style’ single-seater racing cars with engines producing 700 to 800 bhp.
Awards are usually presented for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and, occasionally, 4th in each Class, with the driver setting the quickest time overall receiving the Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) award.
The club’s annual sprint, complimenting two other sprints at the venue in early and late season, is run at the Clay Pigeon Raceway at Wardon Hill, Dorset, between Yeovil and Dorchester. The popular kart circuit has Motorsport UK approval for car sprints, which are run anti-clockwise (whereas karts race clockwise) to improve the run-off areas.
The Club is constantly searching for new speed event venues and has a good track record and the necessary expertise to develop new venues for motorsport events.