Speed Events – UK

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  • #4248

    Martin
    Keymaster

    I wonder what happened to this 356 Speedster as it no longer exists under this registration. The picture is dated as C1972 so the car would have been 12-15 years old at that point but it looks to be in pretty good shape. It is seen being hurried up the hill at Prescott by a competitor who is using his normal glasses rather than goggles and who is kitted out in a cable knit sweater rather than overalls. All in all, club motorsport as it used to be.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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  • #4316

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A very smart 914 with interesting wheels and exhausts is seen at Barbon Manor in 1979. The car was the property of one D G Booth and this scene typifies hill climbing on a sunny day, with a relaxed atmosphere, plenty of picnic space and glorious surroundings. The Barbon course is very short at just over half a mile, using an estate driveway within a sheep farm, and has been running since 1950.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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  • #4319

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Although Gerry Tyack only used this 906 (#101) for about a year he took part in a number of hill climbs, sprints and even drag races! Pictured at the still just about extant but totally overgrown Great Auclum track, you can almost hear the distinctive sound of the engine revs rising as the tyres spin away from the start.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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    • #5480

      Martin
      Keymaster

      Here is another shot of this car in Gerry Tyack’s ownership, this time at Prescott. Tyack, was 90 when he died in 2014 and was born and lived in another part of Gloucestershire, Moreton-in-Marsh. After RAF service he returned to the family business, Curfew Garage and post-retirement he founded the well-known aviation museum that still operates in the town and which celebrates the former RAF station and the Wellington bombers that operated from there.

      The car can be seen in Citcuits – UK Post#5479 in its original ownership and as well as using the car on the drag strips Tyack was one of the founders of drag racing in Britain. Was any other Carrera 6 used in this type of competition, I wonder. No doubt other Porsches were, but does anyone have any pictures? There were certainly some purpose-built Porsche-powered dragsters.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #4985

    Martin
    Keymaster

    This is a car that I remember so well from the late 1960’s/early 1970’s, Tom Pascoe in his 1958 356A 1.6, seen here at Great Auclum hill climb in its dying days during 1973. The car was at times yellow, purple, silver or grey (although not necessarily in that order) and Tom was a cigar-smoking Blackwood garage owner. Its last road tax expired in May 1988 and Tom’s son John was using it into the 2000’s, having been hill climbing a Mini Cooper and later a Mallock Mk8b at the same time as his father was competing in the Porsche. Just visible is one of the rather crude rear wheel arch extensions -which always seemed unnecessarily broad- and that traditional safety measure of strapping a bale to a tree, something which at least offered some protection to the tree if not the car!

    The car was a convertible with a factory hardtop, although I never saw it in other than closed form

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

    • #5380

      Martin
      Keymaster

      Here is the above car in colour, pictured in the Shelsley Walsh paddock. Showing some differences to the above picture -the slight flaring of the front wheelarches, the bumper mounting holes, the different spacing of the registration letters- it also had a large home-fabricated engine cover air scoop reminiscent of the shorter one found on the 356 Carrera Abarths.

      The car was painted yellow for the 1971 season and at one time Tom was the oldest competing member of PCGB. His son John might be in one of those Minis and the Rover P6 behind the Porsche was a rare hill climb competitor.

      Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5038

    Martin
    Keymaster

    This 911S was registered in Sussex in 1969 but no longer exists under that number. It appears to be standard and is pictured at Pontypool Park hill climb (then my local course, so I was probably there that day) when only four years old. It is being driven spiritedly by one D Shannon, here taking a commendably tight line into the next corner after having exited the hairpin.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5043

    Martin
    Keymaster

    This 356 1500 was registered in March 1954 and is still recorded as existing today, although the yellow car has no road tax or SORN recorded so may either be in a garage somewhere or have been scrapped and not notified. Back in 1955 it is seen at the Great Auclum hill climb in the hands of one J Patten on the famous banked section. One or two over-enthusiastic types managed to go over the top of this in the manner of the accidents that took place at Brooklands, although there appears to be no danger of that here.

    Member Peter Settle has pointed out that what appears to be the same car can be seen in Post #5023 in our Rallying – UK section, although not in quite the immaculate condition seen here.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5215

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Three 911’s captured at Prescott in 1984, all road-going but modified to allow a bit of weekend club motorsport.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5261

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A couple of contrasting pictures from the Brighton Speed Trials, the first showing the much-travelled Edgar Wadsworth in one of the three 356’s that he owned, two of them being Carreras. This is his 1954 example and the trials were first run in 1905, then again in 1923 and 1924 before becoming an annual event in 1932, only the war years and 1969 having been missed since then.

    A lot of well-known Porsche drivers have competed in the sprint down Madeira Drive and many road and racing models have taken part. One of the former is seen here, a 930 launching away from the line with plenty of tyre smoke during the 1980’s.

    I always think that the speed at the event is such a contrast to the London to Brighton veteran car run, which finishes at the same spot each November.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5444

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Looking rather unkempt here in 1970 compared to its condition today, this picture of an unknown 904 was taken at Shelsley Walsh. The car has unusual competition twin exhausts and slightly flared front wheelarches, the larger air scoops implying that a six or even eight cylinder engine might be fitted.

    Photo: Ted Walker Atchive

    • #5446

      Ted
      Participant

      From memory the car had a 6 cylinder engine

  • #5521

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Two pictures snapped at the Brighton Speed Trials, showing 911’s leaving the line. This first one is described as a 2.2, but while it may have started out as such it looks as though it might be packing a bigger power unit to go with all those other modifications. The registration number has now come down in the world and is to be found adorning a 2015 Peugeot.

    Although looking a bit tatty around the front valence when seen here, this 1973 Carrera 2.7 is still with us and on the road. It’s still white too.

    Photos: Ted Walker Archive

  • #5661

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Tony Bancroft is a well-known name to those who follow hill climbing and from his personal collection (via member Peter Settle) we are able to see these shots of his 911 in action at Yorkshire venue Harewood in 1981, which he has kindly annotated.

    Tony, who once raced under the name ‘Spotty Smith’, has had a long involvement with the AC Ace and is the joint author of an AC Ace-Bristol racing history. Prior to competing in Porsches he was outstandingly successful in the 1970 BARC Castrol Hill Climb Championship using a Ford V8-powered TVR Tuscan, winning his class in 20 of the 22 events entered (with a 2nd and 3rd in the others) and setting 10 records. Subsequently moving through a diverse range of hill climb mounts -Chevron B19-BMW, Ford GT40, McLaren M10B-Chevrolet, Jaguar E-type S2 roadster- he then used this 911, the car (73 JAB) still being campaigned on the hills today by Phil Price of Connaught Competition Engines. Although now sporting a later rear wing it has returned to standard frontal appearance after being fitted with a 935-style front in the 1980’s.

    Photos: Tony Bancroft

  • #5691

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Castle Howard was a popular hill climb between 1959 and 1974 and in this picture taken in May 1965 we see Jim Hall in his 356B, perhaps the Super 90 with which he competed prior to his acquisition of the ex-Dickie Stoop 356 Carrera registered 5 HOT (see Posts #5468, #5685 & #5690 in Porsche People>Competition). Confusingly though, it wears an April 1964 (Derbyshire) registration, well into the 356C period and has the pre-1962 front. Being RHD it was presumably not an import, the usual reason for a later registration on an older car until the system of allocating age-related registrations began years later. Perhaps it was reregistered for some reason, such as an accident?

    Photo: George Duncan Archive via Peter Settle

    • #5722

      Martin
      Keymaster

      The above car is seen hill climbing again, this time at Harewood and obviously cornering quite hard with the NSF wheel almost breaking contact with the road.

      Photo: George Duncan via Peter Settle, who identified the location.

  • #5785

    Mike Beattie
    Participant

    Here’s a couple from a few Northern Ireland hills, the first two being well known rally cars, but they also did the occasional club hillclimb. They are all on closed public roads and were generally about a mile or so in length

    The first is 1973 Syonfin near Fintona in Co Tyrone. Run by the Omagh Motor Club the event ran from the mid 50s until the mid 70s and was stopped due to issues with spectators causing damage to the farmers crops. The car is GIA 444, a RS Touring and the first RS to be seen in Irish rallying. The driver is the highly skilled Ronnie McCartney, the elder brother of Dessie, a winner of the Circuit of Ireland rally in 1963 and also an accomplished autotester, being a part of the winning NI team at the Ken Wharton event. As you can see Ronnie was happy to push the Porsche performance envelope

  • #5786

    Mike Beattie
    Participant

    The next features Dessie in the brother’s first Lightweight GIA 6,  note the car is in Rally trim, as the precious RS front bumper has been replaced by a std 911 item. The venue is Craigantlet, the NI round of the British Hillclimb Championship. One of the original 5 BHC venues in 1947, it was the longest at 1833 yds. First run in 1913 it became famous in the 1930s as part of the events surrounding the Ards TT races, where it attracted some of the UK’s top hillclimbers and works teams.

    This shot is from 1974 and Is taken at the first corner, Cathie, a 90 left approached at speed on a gently curving 200 yd run from the start line further down the Ballymiscaw Road. Dessie told me this was his first competition in the RS but as you can see he must have felt at home in it . Dessie returned to hillclimbing in the mid 1990s driving a March fitted with a Turbocharged Cosworth engine

     

  • #5788

    Mike Beattie
    Participant

    The last shot just about makes the age category for this site being from the mid 90s, but I think it give the flavour of the Ulster hills, which in the main are held on rural back roads. The hill is Benbradagh just outside Dungiven in Co. Londonderry. The road climbs up a steep escarpment via a couple of hairpins and then following the contours of the mountain it finishes with an esse bend over this small bridge. The road was a service road to a now abandoned US Air Force radio base on the top of the escarpment, it only had one resident, who was exceedingly motorsport friendly !

    The car is a RS Spec copy built on a 73 shell by Autofarm and the driver is Ian Johnson who needless to say held the class record

     

  • #5808

    Martin
    Keymaster

    Three excellent shots of 911’s with one, two and even three wheels off the ground! Thanks for these Mike; NI hill climbing does not get a lot of exposure.

  • #5855

    Martin
    Keymaster

    A very nice looking 356A Speedster at Shelsley Walsh in the 1970’s, by which time it would have been around 20 years old. The registration number ended up on a 1925 Rolls-Royce, but does the car survive too I wonder.

    Photo: Ted Walker Archive

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