Not all the cars taking to the course are here to compete, some attend to strut their stuff and delight audiences. Many of the cars are historically important, whereas others are crowd pleasing monsters of noise, smoke and fire. Details of the 2019 cars will be announced soon, so sign up to our newsletter to keep informed of all the Hill Climb news. In the meantime, some of the highlights from 2018 include:
1936 Austin Twin- Cam
Only three of these very special cars were ever built in 1935-36 and thanks to the generosity of the British Motor Museum the two still in existence were at the Hill Climb. The Austin Twin-Cam had absolutely nothing in common with production Austin Sevens. The engine which was designed by Murray Jamieson without regard to cost. The engine had the potential to reach 12,000 rpm but the cars were never tuned to give more than 116 bhp at 8,590 rpm.
1935 Austin Side-Valve
Again, with the support British Motor Museum another rare Austin joined the climb in 2018. The Austin Side-Valve was born to rival the success the MG was achieving in all kinds of motor racing. Sir Herbert decided to encourage a factory racing team. He persuaded Murray Jamieson to join the team, with the simple brief: to design the ultimate in Austin Sevens. Jamieson’s fist design was a record car which resembled, in miniature, Campbell’s Bluebird. Mention
The V16 BRM kindly lent to us by the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu is one of three still in existence. The V16 BRM is a supercharged 1.5 litre racing engine built by British Racing Motors for Formula 1 competition immediately after WWII. It was not known for its reliability, but it did produce an astounding 600 bhp at 12,000 rpm, the car’s debut was witnessed by the then Princess Elizabeth and her new husband Prince Philip.
Ford 24T Bucket Dragster
The astonishing Ford 24T Bucket Dragster’s supercharged V8 Chevy engine produces 1350 bhp and goes from 0 – 60 mph in 1 second. It can complete a ¼ mile drag in 7.30 seconds at which point traveling at 185 mph. With a paint its flaming paint job almost as impressive as it’s stats, it provides a spectacle whether stationary or on the course.
“Big Blue” Morgan Plus 8
In the mid-1990s Morgan were looking to remain competitive on the race track and to maintain their reputation for producing world class sports cars. Charles Morgan decided to develop an entirely new chassis and the “Big Blue” was born. The new aluminium chassis went on to be the development prototype for the Plus 8 GTR and the new Aero Morgan’s.