The hillclimb 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 extremely proud of the heritage behind Wiscombe Park and we are grateful to the Chichester family for their continued support in allowing the grounds of Wiscombe Park to be used as one of the countries finest motorsport venues.
Photo: Fred Wonnacott
Visit Wiscombe Park to enjoy the unique speed and spectacle of a type of motorsport known as 'speed hillclimb'- a race against the clock to the top of the hill.
Events throughout the season bring you the top driver and car combinations from the past and present - including single seater race cars, historic cars and an array of motorcycle machinery on two and three wheels.
Details of all the events in 2021 can be found on the 'Events' page or on our Facebook page.
Wiscombe Park is a superb hillclimb venue situated in a steep wooded valley, just south of Honiton in Devon.
It has a long tradition of providing the finest national / club motorsport and is considered by many people to be the premier venue in the south west.
Photo: John Downes
Photo: Tom Gruitt
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.
Photo: Nigel Cole
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.
Did you know?
"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 (Feb 2021) -
COVID-19 Easing of Restrictions.
WISCOMBE PARK Hillclimb: Easing of restrictions - update (23/2/2021).
As many of you know Motorsport UK has confirmed motorsport will restart in England from 29 March.
This confirmation follows the announcement by the Prime Minister that the third lockdown will be lifted and formally organised outdoor sports (for adults and under 18s) can restart from that date - but they "must be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies" (e.g. Motorsport UK).
The statement by Motorsport UK advises ..... "Motorsport UK will now begin granting Permits for all disciplines, and applications are invited in the usual way. The governing body acknowledges the target of late spring for allowing spectators on a limited basis and will follow those developments in order to keep its stakeholders informed".
What does this mean for Wiscombe Park?
Well, the good news is that we are fairly confident that our calendar of events will go ahead as scheduled. However the position regarding the easing of restrictions on spectators is still to be determined - we must await further guidance from Motorsport UK.
Fingers crossed .....
Want to have a go?
Existing competitors - please have a read and give us some feedback on how we can improve this document.
Email us at with all your suggestions - thanks.
At Wiscombe Park we are always trying to encourage new competitors to sample this unique form of motorsport that Wiscombe regulars all know and love.
We have produced a short introduction to the sport which hopefully takes some of the mystery away from the rules and regulations that we all have to follow.
Please feel free to download a copy by clicking on the pdf icon -
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.