Prescott hillclimb to honour 80th anniversary with record holders

Some of the fastest people ever to grace the historic hillclimb will be among the 150-strong entry list for Prescott's anniversary celebration

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The Prescott hillclimb course will celebrate its 80th birthday in July with a special gathering of former hill record holders.

On Saturday July 14, alongside a full day of competitive action for a capacity entry of 150 cars, a raft of former outright record holders will gather at the Gloucestershire venue, which was first used for competition on May 15, 1938.

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‘It will be an event to celebrate the 80-year history of Prescott, involving as many hill record holders as possible. We’ve got more than 20 planning to come,’ said Stuart Webster, general manager of the Bugatti Owners’ Club, which owns the hill.

The first Prescott record holder, David Boshier-Jones, is expected to attend the event along with his brother Peter.

Hillclimb grandees including David Franklin, Martin Bolsover, Martyn Griffiths, David Grace and Alister Douglas-Osborn, as well as recent multiple British hillclimb champion Scott Moran, are also due to appear.

Local driver Chris Cramer, who started competing at Prescott in the early 1970s, will also be at the event. He plans to end a three-decade break in competitive driving when he enters the Gould 84 he used to win his second British Hillclimb Championship title in 1985.

The hill has been owned and operated since its initial opening by the BOC, which will mark its 90th anniversary next season. It was one of the first competition venues used by a young Stirling Moss in the immediate post-war years with his 500cc Cooper.

Prior to acquiring Prescott House and its grounds, the BOC had used several unsurfaced hills as competition venues, but later recognised the need for a permanent home for the speed event.

In 1960, an extended version of the hill track was opened with the creation of the Ettores loop, which lengthened the course from the original 880 yards to 1128 yards.

Significant cars from the Prescott story will be on static display throughout the 80th anniversary event.

These include the Marsh 4WD and some record-holding Bugattis, while all the record holders will drive suitable cars during a lunchtime parade.

Images courtesy of Paul Lawrence

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