Wiscombe Park is a superb hillclimb venue situated in a steep wooded valley, just south of Honiton in Devon.
The course, which is 1000 yards (914 metres) in length, was opened over 60 years ago and runs national and club motorsport events throughout the year. A typical event sees a wide range of 2, 3 and 4 wheel machinery competing against the clock - always with competition in a friendly spirit.
We are proud of the heritage behind Wiscombe Park and we are grateful to the Chichester family for their continued support in allowing their grounds to be used as one of the countries finest motorsport venues.
Photo: John Downes
Photo: Nigel Cole
The hillclimb course was originally built in 1958 and extended in 1961 - the hill record for the extended course was established by D. G. Addicott in a Lotus at 49.3 secs. Shortly after the opening of the extended course, Wiscombe Park was selected to host rounds of the British Hillclimb Championship - and has hosted the Championship every year since 1962.
As cars became lighter and more powerful the outright hill record has tumbled throughout the years and currently stands at 33.13 seconds - set by Wallace Menzies (photo) in July 2019.
The management of Wiscombe Park as a motorsport venue, is handled by a team of volunteers forming a UK registered company called 'Wiscombe Ltd' - which operates as Wiscombe Park Hillclimb. The prime role is to ensure the venue is maintained to the highest standards, as required to retain its motorsport licence.
Wiscombe Ltd prepares the course and its infrastructure for competitors and spectators – whilst local motor clubs and motorcycle associations actually ‘run’ the events at Wiscombe.
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"A demanding drivers hill"
"Situated in the picturesque grounds of Wiscombe House, some drivers believe that Wiscombe Park is one of, if not the most challenging hill in the national championship.
Once you have witnessed the drivers fighting their machines through the camber changes of The Esses and then rounding the hairpins at Sawbench and Martini it becomes obvious that this is a 'drivers' hill. A demanding drivers hill" .
British Automobile Racing Club (BARC)
Wiscombe News (May 2020) -
Weekend 25th and 26th July -
Statement: It is with regret and sadness that we have to announce the postponement of the Wiscombe Park Hillclimb events scheduled for the weekend of 25th and 26th July.
After much internal discussion and consulting with all interested parties, we reached the conclusion that as a result of the current pandemic we could not provide a safe operational environment for our spectators, officials, marshals, volunteers, competitors, their families, local community, etc. Therefore we have no choice but to postpone the July weekend events.
Clearly this impacts the British Hillclimb Championship - and we are extremely disappointed at not being able to host such a fantastic competition in the summer sunshine.
We will continue to liaise with all clubs and interested parties regarding the remainder of the season and, in particular, the position regarding our own Wiscombe Park Hillclimb Championship.
As you can imagine we are planning against an ever changing backdrop of Government and Motorsport UK guidance - covering motorsport and all the wider 'outdoor sporting events' directives. Once the pandemic situation improves you can be assured that we will continue to work tirelessly to try to rearrange / deliver as many events as possible in 2020.
Your patience and understanding at these difficult times is much appreciated. Please stay safe and we will issue further statements in due course.
Thanks to everyone who has given permission to use their photographs and images on this website and also on our social media pages. Your help and support is very much appreciated.
Website and Facebook Header: Jonathan Williamson - Porsche 911 at Bunny's Leap, Wiscombe Park.
Header photo by Howie Fowler.