Round 5 - Harewood Hillclimb
After more than a months enforced break due to the Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia debacle a small group of cars made the lengthy journey north to Harewood Hillclimb. Last here in 2019 it is one of the driver's favourites with a friendly and super efficient organising team , spectacular views across the valley and a long challenging course.
Pre event weather reports were very poor but luckily the first two practice runs were unexpectedly dry! , things deteriorated over the lunch halt with light drizzle making the surface unpredictable but still giving some reasonable grip for those willing to risk things a little. Second timed runs were taken in approximately the same conditions with a few people making some slight improvements. Perhaps to be expected the sun came out as we were packing away after the event giving way to a nice evening...
Just 4 starters in the class this time with the fastest time of the day being set by Simon Braithwaite in the Mk1 Escort on the second timed run. Matt Clarke was close in the rapid Mini setting second fastest overall. Andrew Cairney was third in his Hillman Imp followed by the unfortunate Graham Hill who suffered a spin on his first practice followed by an engine issue that proved terminal on the second. Handicap winner was Matt, from Simon then Andrew.
There were 5 runners in this class. Fastest in the early practice runs was Andy Tippett , able to get the power on the ground with the big Brabham V8 in the dry but cool conditions. Carole Nicholls suffered a misfire on the first practice run , a couple of new sparkplugs quickly fixing the issue on the Nike FF1600. Andy had a gear linkage problem on the first timed run which left him stuck in one gear for the majority of the course. As the conditions deteriorated Grant Cratchley made the most of the situation with his Brabham BT21 twincam, perhaps less power suiting the damp track a little better. Les Buck in his Pringett Mistrale FF1600 was super consistent as normal and slotted into second place on scratch times. Martin Jones in the Elva sports racer was third fastest.
Handicap results went to the same three runners in that order.
There were 4 entries in this class with John Newton making a welcome return in his trusty Sprite after its Shelsley mishap at top ess. Fastest driver was Richard Jones in the orange Porsche 911, sounding fantastic up the final climb to the finish. Second quickest was Steve Phennah in the left hand drive MGB roadster. Third fastest was Brian Ashley in his MGB GT. Handicap results were first to Steve Phennah , second to Richard Jones, third to Brian Ashley with John in fourth but surviving the day unscathed!.