Round 5 - Prescott

A very large field of Classic Championship competitors were assembled for the B.O.C.'s midsummer Midland Hillclimb Championship meeting.

Recent relentless heavy rains hadn't made the expected problems with grassy slopes , camping fields and trailer parking the issue many thought it may be & the grounds of the venue were in great shape. The meeting had a massive entry but this passed remarkably smoothly with few incidents and the main competition on Sunday was completed by around 4pm.

Weather conditions throughout the weekend were changable with a few downpours & periods of drizzle , luckily it was warm and the track was almost totally dry for all of the Classic runs on track.

Saloons cars:
The split between classes is still causing some confusion - some cars (like my escort) are very obviously 'modified' but others fall into a grey area where only a few pieces of minor trim are missing. This in theory makes them modified and then rollcages / logbooks are required.
On the day the 'Road going' class P3a was won on handicap by Ian Stainburn, the only saloon driver under handicap over the whole weekend. The 'Modified' class P3b was won by Simon Braithwaite with two runs of exactly his handicap , 52.00.
It was good to have a new competitor in the class, Roger Beard, who has purchased Ged Hackett's Scimitar Coupe.

Sportscars:
These were split roughly evenly between road-going & modified. Richard McCann had his new Jaguar D type replica out for the first time (it was only purchased a few days before the meeting). Many heads tried to fix Charles Boultons persistant misfire problem , eventually solved by Philip Stader who gets the role as championship master electrician!.
Road-going class P4a was won by Ted Elwes in his quick MGA with Keith Wilson in the MG Midget second.
Modified class P4b was won by Chris Jones in the Fairthorpe Electron with John Newton second in the new (to him) TVR Vixen.

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