Gurston Down celebrates 50th anniversary

19 Jun 17

Gurston Down Speed Hillclimb celebrated its 50th anniversary this past weekend (17/18 June) with a mixture of modern and nostalgic machines marking the milestone in fine style.

One of five circuits operated by the British Automobile Racing Club, searing temperatures greeted a bumper and enthusiastic crowd over both days.

Tucked away in Wiltshire, Gurston Down has welcomed all manner of machines and personalities down the years - all adding to its ever-growing history.

Staging its first event in 1967, Gurston has become renowned for its events that are held there as well as the hillclimb school days that pair together novices and experts, thus introducing a new wave of people to the sport itself.

Designed by Tony Marsh, the course itself measures in at 1058 yards (967 metres), and rises a total of 140 feet (43 metres). A niche quality of the track has been that the first section of the track is downhill, a feature unique in British hill climbing, but not unknown elsewhere in Europe.

That course welcomed machines form yesteryear that have competed in that time as well as several modern day cars that can be found competing in a number of club championships around the UK too.

For more information on the weekend as a whole, click here.

A full classification of times from all the weekend can be found here.