Welcome to the world of Hillclimbing and Sprinting
Welcome to the world of Speed hillclimbing and sprinting. If you've been wondering what it's all about then you've come to the right place. If you are interested in having a go, then you can find out more on our How to get started page or if you have a question about the sport the drop us a line here and we'll do our best to give you an answer. For a brief introduction see the bottom of the page.
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It is not widely known that British Motor Sport began with a dash along public road; up a gentle hill at
Bexhill-on-Sea in 1902. This
event neatly combined the essence of what were to become sprinting and speed hillcimbing.
In 1905 the world's first permanent hillclimb took place at the iconic Shelsley Walsh, which is
the oldest motor sport event that is still held on it's original course. Shelsley is famous for much more, including the BBC’s choice of Shelsley Walsh
for its first ever outside broadcast in 1932. It was also the venue where a young novice named Stirling Moss began to make a name for himself, having first appeared at Shelsley
in September 1948 after an entry for an earlier event had been turned down!
The speed event courses in use today range from well known race tracks such as Cadwell Park, Brands Hatch and Mallory Park, historic permanent hillclimbs (where unlike circuits, the start and finish don't join up!) such as Shelsley Walsh and Prescott to temporary venues at airfields, country estates and test tracks such as MIRA and the Lotus track at Hethel. In fact there are more venues for hillclimbs and sprints in the country than for any other form of motor sport.
Each weekend during the season (usually the end of March to early October) you can find any number of events being held around the country, from the major British Sprint and Hillclimb Championships to scores of club events. A wide range of competing vehicles can be found, ranging from 650bhp V8 monsters using the latest Formula One technology to the humblest road cars, all separated into classes that are designed to provide close competition.
To find out more about where to see the action, where to get started and take part or just to learn something new, have a look around this site or get hold of a copy of Speedscene Magazine, the only UK journal dedicated to the sport. Richard Danby's time lapse video at Shelsley Walsh (see below) provides a wonderful view of a day's speed hillclimbing.
1 Day At Shelsley Walsh by Rich Danby
Trevor Willis, 2012 British Hillclimb Champion. Photo John Hayward
Stewart Robb, 2012 British Sprint Champion. Photo Steve Wilkinson
Matt Hillam, 2012 REIS HSA Speed Champion. Photo Matt Bristow
See our 'how to get started' guide