Torbay Motor Club
Oddicombe Hillclimb Course
When the Oddicombe course was first used in the early1960's it was just 650 yards long, stretching, from the beach,  beside the cliff railway, through the wooded hillside to the cliff top above. The track is narrow, very bumpy and demanding, (racing cars over 1600cc are not allowed here for that very reason); although the road surface affords a high degree of grip and it is not uncommon to slick tyres used in a downpour.

One of the steepest climbs in the country with four hairpin bends, the modern course has been extended at the top to 850 yards and since the hill is the property of the Torbay Borough Council, and is therefore public land, spectators can enjoy free admission to the two annual events organised by the Torbay Motor Club, in March and October.

The October event was always well worth a visit, partly because of the party atmosphere at the end of a long season and partly because so many times over the years it was the final decider of the Association of South Western Motor Clubs hillclimb championship (see

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High Tide at Oddicombe 


JoAnne Bigger

Kevitt Payne

"Gentleman" John Turpin
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