The Oddicombe Hillclimb has been run by the Tobay
Motor Club regularly since 1961 and such was the case on March 15th when
84 competitors lined up for the first round of the 1987 Shell Oils ASWMC
Hillclimb Championship. The Skipper-Vauxhall sponsored event utilised the
very steep and twisty climb up the cliffside adjacent to the cliff railway.
A picturesque setting, but there was one man who had no time to admire
the scenery. He was the then current hill record holder at the Devonshire
venue, Cornishman Kevitt Payne. The Ensgn F3 driver, as usual, put in two
excellent runs, his first climb requiring just 36.54secs and the second
even quicker, at 36.10s to take best time of the day.
March 15th 1987
1987 Shell Oils ASWMC Hillclimb
Kevitt's South Western Opener
The class battles were as close as ever, starting
with the up to 1300cc road cars, where the very quick Clan Crusader of
Roy Sims took the section honours as expected. Two great runs by hillclimb
newcomer Dean Vowden in his 1275cc MG Midget posed a real threat to the
regular campaigners and resulted in his taking a well-earned second place
ahead of the interesting Cox GTM of MIke Brend.
In Class 2 (road cars 1301 to 1800cc) the normally
speedy Brian Gurney was dogged with bad luck. During practice his Davrian
broke a CV joint and this was repaired in time for the competitive runs,
only for the diff. to fail on the first run - Brian's challenge was over.
This left the way clear for Tony Wiltshire to take the honours with his
very tidy Lotus Elan, while another newcomer in the form of Andy Rice (Dutton
'B') made his presence felt, taking the runner-up spot ahead of Andrew
The largest capacity road car group fell to the
rally-prepared 2 litre Escort of Terry Rook, ahead of stalwart South Western
campaigner John Turpin who finished a close second with his Porsche Carrera.
Third place was hotly contested between two equally immaculate 2.3 Chevettes
of David Bradburn and Dave Harris; the sparring pair finally finishing
in that order with just 0.17secs separating them.
Mike Lee collected the trophy in class 4 (special
saloons up to 1300cc), the division attracting just 3 entries plus a couple
of cars which were transferred from the day's opening class. Mike's well-known
and unique Nike Imp screamed its way up the hill, completing the 850 yard
climb in just under 40 secs, a good opening to the season for the Saltash
over 1300cc special saloon car class fell to the consistently quick Roy
Bray, who posted a fine sub 40sec climb to hold almost 4secs in hand
over his nearest rival, the Mini-mounted Richard Matossian. Amongst the
small section of modified and limited production sports cars, it came as
no surprise to see the reigning ASWMC champion, Jonathan Williamson, starting
the season as he had left off in 1986. Jonathan, in the Parks of Exeter
Porsche Carrera Sport, now enlarged to 3.2 litres, commenced the defence
of his title in fine style, only just failing to break 39secs, showing
that he would not surrender his mantle without a fight.
The clubmans and sports racing car division produced
a fine start to the year for John Forsythe who powered his Mallock U2 Mk20
to victory in just over 40secs, while in the small racing car category
the protaganists were faced with a real problem. Relative newcomer
Andrew Hale's little 350cc Halo Jedi ruffled a few feathers on its way
to a well deserved class win. Class 11 contained the largest capacity single
seaters allowed at Oddicmbe and with the elevation of Kevitt Payne to the
top of the rostrum following his two storming climbs, the class trophy
went to Steve Lydon and his home-built Virago DS2. A challenge had been
expected from the usually rapid John Lloyd, but unfortunately his campaign
was thwarted by engine problems.
The final class of the day was reserved for drivers
of the T.R. Register and produced a grandstand finish to the well supported
event as Nick Morgan.s TR6 was able to get the better of Lorna Rice's similar
machine by just 0.07secs.
|BTD Kevitt Payne
||1.6 Ensign LNF3 Holbay
||1.0 Clan Crusader
||1.6 Lotus Elan
||2.0 Escort Mk1
||1.3 Nike Imp BDH
||2.0 Ford Escort Mk1
||3.2 Porsche 911 Carrera
||1.6 Mallock U2 Mk22 Ford
||0.4 Halo Jedi
||1.6 Virago DS2 TC
||2.5 Triumph TR6