Gurston Down geared up for golden anniversary

16 Feb 17

Rich with history, Gurston Down Hillclimb will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017 and it is set to be a memorable one.

Tucked away in a quiet spot of Wiltshire, Gurston Down Hillclimb has long enjoyed opening its doors to some of the most iconic machines and drivers to compete down the years and in 2017, the venue will commemorate its golden anniversary.

Staging its first practice meeting on June 25th 1967, the inaugural race meeting took place on July 23rd of the same year and since then nobody has looked back.

Organised by the British Automobile Racing Club’s South West Centre, the layout of Gurston Down has often provided the ultimate challenge for all drivers. Mixing sweeping curves with tight technical sections, the 0.6 mile rhythm of tarmac also has a unique curveball in that you descend on the first part of the course.

In keeping with reaching half a century of staging hillclimb events, timely celebrations will take place on Saturday 17th June at the second round of the Gurston Championship and Top Ten Challenge which is part of the Tony Marsh Memorial too.

Marsh was seen as a pioneer and household name of the hillclimbing community having designed the course in 1965. With the likes of the British Hillclimb Championship also making their annual visit to Gurston, it is all gearing up to be a memorable year of competition once again.

2017 Calendar

2nd April – Test Day

22nd April – SBD & HSA Speed Championships

23rd April – Gurston Championship and Top Ten Challenge

27/28th May – British Hillclimb and Leaders Championship

17th June – 50th Anniversary Event

18th June - Gurston Championship and Top Ten Challenge

22/23 July - Gurston Championship and Top Ten Challenge & Midland Hillclimb Championship

26/27th August - British Hillclimb and Leaders Championship

10th September - Gurston Championship and Top Ten Challenge