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Opinion: Why hillclimbing is the underrated hero of motorsport

Posted On: 5 Dec 2019   |   Posted By: Autocar

Opinion: Why hillclimbing is the underrated hero of motorsport

A range of spectacular cars, enthralling tussles and grass-roots fun are just some of the reasons you should check out the British Hillclimb Championship
It features some of the most spectacular modern single-seat racing cars, the cleverest driver aids and fabulous competition, yet the British Hillclimb Championship remains an underrated gem.
The basic ethos of hillclimbing has changed little since it started in the early 20th century: to drive a car as fast as possible up a defined hill. Of course, the hills are now surfaced and mainly on private land rather than public gravel roads, where it all started over 115 years ago. However, closed public roads are still used for competition in Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.
These days, state-of the-art hillclimb single-seaters are purpose-built projectiles rather than the recycled circuit racers that used to be the norm. They're capable of reaching 60mph from a standing start in little more than two seconds and breaking 140mph on certain hills. Cars with...

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