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To commemorate its 80th anniversary Prescott will celebrate with a special reunion of former hill record holders. The very first meeting was held at the Gloucestershire hillclimb venue on April 10th 1938 and on July 14 the celebration will gather together as many former hill record holders as possible, with the list of those who have confirmed attendance reading like a Who’s Who of Hillclimbing. 1960s pacesetter and multiple Hillclimb champion David Boshier-Jones, Martyn Griffiths, David Grace, David Franklin, Alister Douglas-Osborn, Chris Cramer, who plans to compete in the 1985 British Hillclimb Championship winning Gould 84G, and six-time Hillclimb champion Scott Moran, also competing in his Gould, the most winning car in British Hillclimb history, are all on the guest list. Lady record holders will also be well represented with Joy Rainey, Margaret Blankstone-Schoiber, Sandra Tomlin and Sue Young attending. The latter two will be competing in their modern single seater Pilbeam and Gould respectively. Many of the racers will be re-united with suitable cars from their era, either for a parade or for full-on competition. The event will feature a strong field of 150 cars on track, including a special class for Bugattis.
Photo Amador García Courtesy Rally Classics
When it comes to families in motorsport, the name of Toivonen is right up there at the pinnacle of rallying. Starting with Pauli, who debuted on the world scene in 1961 driving Citroëns, with which he won the 1000 Lakes in 1962, and later Porsches that he guided to the European Rally Championship in 1968, he was succeeded by two sons, Harri and Henri, the latter tragically losing his life in 1986 during the Tour de Corse.
Quintessentially Italian, the Bologna San Luca Hill Climb takes place this year on 19-20 May, centred in that most beautiful of Italian medieval cities, Bologna. A mad event, the hillclimb is a two kilometre race (the shortest in Europe), but one of the most fascinating, not to mention challenging, attracting only the most audacious drivers.