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News

30 Record Holders Return to Prescott for 80th Anniversary Celebrations

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Eighty years after Prescott hosted its very first meeting, some of the greatest names in hillclimbing gathered at the famous Gloucestershire venue last Saturday (14 July) to celebrate the its 80th anniversary. The glittering line-up included 30 previous holders of the hill record at Prescott and multiple British Hillclimb Champions. Guests included six-time championship winner Scott Moran to Stroud-based two-time champion Chris Cramer.

Cramer competed in the Gould 84G-Hart in which he won his 1985 crown. It was the first time that Cramer had stepped back into the cockpit of a hill climb car at Prescott for over 30 years. Cramer said, “I’m grateful to Gould-Racing and the Bugatti Owners’ Club for giving me this wonderful opportunity to roll back the years.”

More currently, Scott Moran – who won the most recent of his titles in 2016 – set 'Best Time of the Day' in his own 2005 Gould GR61X NME at 37.99 seconds! Moran has won six championships in his GR61, making it the most successful single car in British hillclimbing.

Other guests included 1978 hillclimb champion West Countryman David Franklin, Boshier-Jones, Martyn Griffiths, Alister Douglas-Osborn and David Grace – the latter trio hold 11 titles between them. All of which took to the hill in either parades or part of the main competition.

There’s a long tradition of female aces at Prescott too. Former rivals Joy Rainey and Margaret Blankstone-Schoiber were reunited, while Sandra Tomlin competed in a Pilbeam MP97 Judd as part of a 150-strong capacity race entry list.

As you’d expect at a venue that was founded by the Bugatti Owners’ Club – which owns and operates Prescott Hillclimb – there was a mouth-watering line-up of 49 Bugatti’s, a marvellous sight to behold, as was John Keatley's immaculate Invicta S Type (Red Gauntlet) which competed at Prescott’s very first meeting was a joy to see.

Dates for your Diary, on 1-2 September the British & Midland Hillclimb Championships and the 6-7 October concludes the racing season with the popular American themed Autumn Classic, race entries for both are still available.

Photo Credit: Allan Rhodes