Tregrehan Hillclimb
June 11th 1989
Model Climb from Groombridge's Modus

With so many championships in progress those days in most forms of motorsport, it was a pleasant change, just for once, to be involved in a pure ‘clubbie' event. Such was the hillclimb organised by the Truro and District Motor Club on the 11th of June at their 600-yard hill at Tregrehan House St Austell. Gone were the usual pressures of serious competition, this was to be a day to enjoy, especially after it was noticed that an estate employee, no doubt with good intentions, had tried in vain to wash the road-surface of the hill. The man's embarrassment was saved, however, by heavy drizzle that came at the start of practice and made the normally slippery startline almost impossible.

Usually a little rain is a great leveller and this was born out by the fact that up until 4.30pm the whole event was being lead by Chris Moyse’s 998cc Davrian Imp. Only three racing cars managed to beat him; firstly the Pilbeam of veteran Don Statton, then Mike Remnant’s Lyncar and finally Barry Groombridge put together a brave run with the Modus to take FTD after an uncharacteristic spin on the first runs.

The classes produced some very close racing with everyone enjoying the challenge of simply trying to stay on the road. Tony Bonfield took the first of the 3 ‘street- legal’ classes by the narrowest of margins from Chris Littler’s Samba and the Fiat X19 of Andy Till. The next division should have produced the regular battle between the two Europas of Andy Pegg and Tony Bond. During the first runs this was indeed the case, but in the second half the ever-improving John Rosevear (Lotus Elan) showed that he no longer wanted to be left out of the story and took second place away from Bond, leaving Pegg securely in the lead. Jo Bigger made a name for herself just days before joining her father Frank on the Pirelli Classic Marathon by spinning off in a big way in full view and to the obvious delight of most of her fellow competitors. Fortunately with no damage to the car she was able to continue to the top in a recorded time of 105.56 seconds.

Just 0.15secs separated the leaders of the large capacity road car section. Former March single seater pilot, John Lloyd, now Peugeot 205 mounted, removed John Turpin’s Porsche Carrera first-run advantage with Phil Dennis remaining a close third throughout. The 1300cc special saloon car class just had to be the property of the earlier-mentioned Chris Moyse. The car control of this very successful ex-circuit racer in the extremely slippery conditions was admired by one and all. His winning time was no fluke either; there being only 0.l2secs between his two runs. 

Two rally-prepared Darrian T9’s took top honours in the unlimited sports racing car division. The first was the Cosworth-powered version of Padstow’s Mike Tregoning, closely followed by Roger Hearn’s Rover V8-engined model. Third place was a hard fight between John Forsyth with the ex-Deryk Young Mallock Mk24 and the newly completed Nike-Alfa of Cornish speed event photographer, Gordon Handley. Roy Bray was once again the master of the large capacity special saloons with his Pinto-engined Mkl Escort, finishing 2 seconds ahead of Steve Diment whose BDA Mk2 was back on the Southwest scene after a re-build.  Malcolm Curnow added yet another award to his impressive collection by taking the sports car section with his unique Peugeot 205 powered Clan Crusader, and similarly Mike Lee in his Mallock Mk16 was the best of the 1700cc sports racing car class.

Two rally-prepared Darrian T9’s took top honours in the unlimited sports racing car division. The first was the Cosworth-powered version of Padstow’s Mike Tregoning, closely followed by Roger Hearn’s Rover V8-engined model. Third place was a hard fight between John Forsyth with the ex-Deryk Young Mallock Mk24 and the newly completed Nike-Alfa of Cornish speed event photographer, Gordon Handley.

With the BDJ back in the Royale, Roy Sims put the combination to work by taking the 1100cc racing car class, while Don Statton's Pilbeam just managed to snatch victory in the 1600cc section from the ex-Derek Warwick Newton Self-Serve Hawke of first run class leader Peter Hallisey. In the unlimited racing car class Mike Remnant was disappointed that the conditions did not allow him to explore the potential of the ex-Ken Ayers Lyncar. However his efforts did award him with second FTD.
 
 
Results
BTD     Barry Groombridge  2.0 Modus M4H Hart 
24.43s
Class Winnners
Tony Bonfield  1.3 BL Mini 
29.09s
Andy Pegg  1.7 Lotus Europa
26.06s
John Lloyd  1.9 Peugeot 205 GTi 
29.68s
Chris Moyse  1.0 Davrian Imp 
25.50s
Roy Bray  2.0 Ford Escort Mk1 
25.60s
Malcolm Curnow  1.6 Clan Crusader Peugeot 
27.75s
Mike Lee 1.6 Mallock Mk16 Ford 
25.64s
Mike Tregoning  2.1 Darrian T9 Cosworth 
 25.73s 
Roy Sims  1.0 Royale RP33 BDJ 
 26.63s
Don Statton  1.6 Pilbeam MP45 BDA 
25.34s
Mike Remnant  3.5 Lyncar Rover 
24.65s

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