Congratulations to Rod Eyles
Wiscombe Park Hillclimb Champion 2021
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, 6 miles 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 -
Woolbridge Motor Club
23rd & 24th April 2022
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 -
Wiscombe Park Hillclimb Championship
And the 2021 winner is .....
What a cracking Championship! Our congratulations to Rod Eyles for his fantastic performance throughout the year..... giving him a well deserved Championship victory.
The scores have been checked and the results of the 2021 Wiscombe Park Hillclimb Championship sponsored by Tillicoultry Quarries are -
1. Rodney Eyles
2. Steve Wareham
3. Jon Langmead
4. John Simpson
5. Ian Ingleheart
6. Rodney Thorne
Many congratulations to all Championship competitors and especially to Rod, Steve and Jon who all set new class records during the 2021 season.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting started guide - download
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