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Wiscombe Park

Hillclimb

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. 

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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.   

 

 

     Next Event -
Wildlife Autosport
25th & 26th September
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Photo: John Downes

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Photo: Tom Gruitt 

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Hill Records

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?

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"A demanding drivers hill"

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"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 -

Spectators return to Wiscombe Park

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Super September -

 

Tickets are now on sale for the last of our Super September events - the fantastic Wildlife Autosport weekend.

 

These two days see the climax of the Wiscombe Park Hillclimb Championship - at the moment the scores are just too close to predict a winner !

 

Thinking of joining us - 

 

- as well as pre-paid online tickets we also have a full 'pay at the gate' option.  Payment can be by cash or you can try out our brand new whizzo credit card reader.

- accompanied children (under 14) will have free admission to all Wiscombe Park events but will not require a ticket.  Child tickets have been removed from our online ticketing.

Event details and online tickets available now on the
events / tickets page

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Congratulations -

 

Well - he did it!  What a fantastic achievement.

Our congratulations and best wishes to Wallace Menzies and his team on winning the Motorsport UK British Hillclimb Championship 2021.

 

Wallace is a great supporter of Wiscombe Park and of course is the Hill Record Holder - 33.13 secs - which is a stunning time.

Full scores and details of the battle to retain the title of 'British Champion' can be found on the British Hillclimb Championship website at - www.britishhillclimb.co.uk

Life at Wiscombe Park -

 

A short video looking back at some of the highlights of Round 20 of the British Hillclimb Championship event (1st August 2021).

We think this captures the tranquility of Wiscombe Park and the adrenaline fueled excitement of seeing the cars at speed on the Wiscombe hill.

 

With sound - turn the volume up :-)

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Getting Started in Hillclimbing.

At Wiscombe Park we are always keen to meet people who want to try this mysterious sport called 'Hillclimbing' - and we always encourage novices to try hillclimbing before looking at much more expensive forms of motorsport.

We have produced a short brochure called "Getting Started" where we try to explain the preparations that are needed for car and driver - for all 'road going classes' these preparations are very simple and this is where we encourage novices to focus before moving to bigger and faster things.  Click on the PDF icon below to download a copy.

We are also happy to meet you in the paddock at one of our events where we can actually show you the different classes of car, talk you though the safety clothing you need for the different classes and explain the batch / start line procedures as it happens.     We did this a few times at the recent events and the feedback was good - so let us know if you want to chat about your options at Wiscombe Park.

If you would like to have a chat about starting hillclimbing at Wiscombe Park and a tour around the paddock to see what it all means, then drop us an email at wiscombe.hillclimb@gmail.com

Getting started guide - download 

Acknowledgements -

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.