50 years of hillclimbing celebrated at Harewood

| 1 Oct 2012

Classic racers made last month’s 50th anniversary of competition at Stockton Farm at Harewood near Leeds a weekend to remember for hillclimb fans.

Much of the excitement centered on untimed demonstration runs from British Hillclimb Championship-winning cars from the ’60s. These included the Hepworth FF, which won in ’69 and ’71. It shared tarmac with the Ferguson P99 (bottom of rhe page) owned by Stuart Rolt and Felday Daimler (main image) belonging to Ron Welsh – former hillclimb ace Peter Westbury drove both.

Westbury, who had travelled from Trinidad and Tobago, won the 1963 Championship in the Felday, before repeating the feat driving the Ferguson in ’64.

Other notable names included Peter Smith driving the Speedwell GT that he owned from new and competed with in ’62; David Harrison, who was reunited with his 1960s Cooper Buick; and Jim Johnstone, driving Peter Voigt’s 1969 championship runner-up TechCraft-Buick (above).

Away from the action, clubs were out in force with local branches of the TR Register, Jaguar Drivers’ Club and North Yorkshire Lotus Owners’ Club bringing an interesting selection of cars. They were joined by other makes including Aston Martin and Porsche.

Pictures: Nick Johnstone