Anyone else here compete in hill climbs?

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Russell Campbell
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After spotting this vehicle http://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C330774 (sadly now sold), I have decided that I need a career in motor sport and hill climbing (it would appear) is one of the cheaper ways to do it. Driving on the road - especially in and around London - is of limited fun what I yearn for is a guilt free blast and to learn to drive better along the way. So, for a man of limited means would this be the best option and what car would be best suited to doing it in. Winning's not really a priority, I just want to have fun!

James Elliott
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Don't even think about spending any money on a car or anything else until you know you will enjoy the actual hillclimbing.

First thing to do is book yourself on one of these pretty affordable days out:

Prescott Hill Climb Driver's School

Harewood Drivers' School

Shelsley Walsh Drivers' School

And if hillclimbing doesn't take your fancy, give stage rallying and sprinting a go because there are similar schools for those.

You are right that you can do it very cheaply, but you will need to bear in mind the following:

MSA Speed Licence: haven't renewed mine in the past couple of years, but £50ish should cover it.

Race suit: fiercely expensive new and because of lots of much older ones (like mine) recently becoming non-eligible, will cost you more second hand than a few years back.

Helmet: minimum £150(ish)

Car club membership: most events are run by car clubs and you will need to be a member of that club or affiliate/invited club to compete. Allow anything between £20 and £100.

Entry fees: vary massively, but you will be paying them for every event (for about four minutes of driving), anything from £50 to £200 should cover it.

Setting the car up. If you have the right car, you can do this for about £1 using yellow tape and tippex, but read the blue book carefully to 1) make sure your car can pass scrutineering without any expensive modifications and 2) that it will pass scrutineering (nothing worse than paying and turning up and not being able to compete.

I love classic hillclimbing and would advise anyone to get into it. The atmosphere in the paddock is usually worth the cost of entering on its own.

 

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mk1coopers
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I do Sprints and Hill Climbs with the DEWS Club Speed Series   http://www.bjautobits.co.uk/dews-speed-series.htm  , the road going class is a good one to start off in as the car will need minimal changes to run (approx an hours work max on a modern car) as above the start up costs for safety equipment will add up, but the chance to run the car at Prescott this year was well worth the costs, its also a very social way to spend a weekend away

Daves Dad
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I am in my seventies and I read with great interest the way things are run now. It is sad that money has taken control of sport. Fifty years ago I had a Vanguard Spacemaster utility {don't Laugh} It had TR 2 engine specs. In hill climbs the only cars faster were the new Mini's and sport cars. I wanted to build a formula junior car but along came twin cam motors ($6000} in Australia. This put the old ford 100e motors out of the competition. I am glad that there are people like us who still enjoy the motor sports.

Dad 1938