Class 1A Less than 90 BHP / tonne
Class 1B 90 – 110 BHP / tonne
Myles Woodward, Bath TR4
Myles bought his car in 2007 and spent two years restoring it. He has decided to give sprinting and hillclimbing a go and 2021 will be his first season. Welcome Myles.
Class 1C 111 – 130 BHP / tonne
Class 1D Greater than 130BHP / tonne
Modified Road Legal Cars
Class 2A Less than 130 BHP / tonne
Chris Smith, Plymouth, White TR3A
Chris enjoyed stage rallying from 1990 to 1993 where he finished 21st on Rally Britannia one year. Since then, he enjoyed occasional track days until he decided to have a final fling in our championship.
Chris bought his car from friend’s father in Bristol over 30 years ago who he believes had it from new. The car was totally rebuilt by Racetorations in Gainsborough in 1990 with further work by TR Enterprises in Nottingham to a rally specification. The car has (outdated now) FIA papers.
Nothing has been changed or rebuilt since 1990 other than electronic distributor added when Chris decided to use the car for hillclimbs.
Hamish Roscoe, Black TR3A
Hamish Roscoe bought his 1959 TR3A in the summer of 2016 to enjoy classic car and club events motoring. As the Revington TR / TR Register Sprint and Hillclimb Championship embodied the spirit of club motorsport and the car had some history of competing in the TR Register events, Hamish decided to give sprinting and hillclimbing a go.
Hamish initially set the car up with safety in mind adding the roll bar, seats with headrests and other motorsport requirements.
2017 saw Hamish join the championship. It was a steep learning curve with a new car and only having 108bhp but after a handful of events finished the year 2nd in class and 10th overall.
2018 saw Hamish fit an uprated front anti roll bar and some more sportier tyres. He swapped the gauze covered inlet trumpets for open ones to gain 8 BHP the most cost-effective modification to date, Hamish finished the season 3rd in class and 10th overall.
2019 saw Hamish suffer a couple of frustrating events with an intermittent miss fire that didn’t show up on a rolling road. After changing all things ignition and trying a couple of mechanical and an electric fuel pump the issue was traced to a short length of rubber fuel line under the car that was the culprit. Hamish finished the season a close 2nd in class and 7th overall.
As the 2020 was cancelled, 2021 will see Hamish compete with a new differential ratio and a plate type Limited Slip Diff, this means learning the driving characteristics of the car all over again. He also intends to take to the track with a newly refurbished but original steel hardtop despite the increase in weight.
Hamish videos many of his runs and paddock views and these can be seen on his youtube channel along with some great footage his father took and edited in the 1960s
Ian Prout, Ackworth, Yellow TR3A
Ian has over 30 years forest rallying in a variety of Ladas and Escorts. He first started to compete in hillclimbs, sprints and historic regularity rallies 9 years ago after he rebuilt Kevin's car. Frustrated by Kevin's lack of progress in getting his TR3A back on the road, he offered to sort the car expecting to do a bit of work sorting the messy electrics and the like. It turned out, the car needed a complete rebuild. An agreement was made. Ian would rebuild the car and together Ian and Kev would use it for a bit of motorsport. The car was completed 9 years ago and we've had little success in terms of awards but great fun.
Julian Webb, Newton Ferrers, White TR3A
Julian competed in the Historic Rally Car Register championship from 1998 to 2009 in both a TR4 and an Alfa Romeo Sprint GT.
He now doubles rives Chris Smith’s TR3A
Kev Bryant, Nottingham, Yellow TR3A
Kev first started to compete in hillclimbs, sprints and historic regularity rallies thirteen years ago following the rebuild. The TR3A isn't exactly the fastest thing on the track, in fact it’s often one of the slowest, but with its narrow road tyres, rear wheel drive and a decent front anti roll bar, if he gets it right he can enjoy four wheel drifts round some of the corners.
He bought the car at auction in 1998, ran it for a year and then it spent the next 8 years or so on axle stands in the garage. One year at Le Mans, Ian Prout, a friend who had recently retired from BT, asked about progress. Unimpressed Ian offered to collect the car and sort it for me. A couple of weeks after they got back from Le Mans, Ian collected the car. Another couple of weeks passed and then Kev got a call from Ian. "Kev, you've got a problem. I've sorted the suspension, tidied the electrics but the inner body shell is shot. The car needs a complete rebuild." A bit of research quickly established the parts cost would be stretching, but the labour costs unaffordable. "Don't worry about that" Ian said. "Let me rebuild and we'll use it for a bit of motorsport once she's finished." That was thirteen years ago.
Leon Newman, Cranleigh, Blue TR4A
Leon has been competing in our championship for the last two years. He drives a fairly standard TR4A but with lowered Koni suspension.
Class 2B 130 – 180 BHP / tonne
Bob Mead, Moreton, White TR4
Bob’s car was an American import with just the right price tag. Assuming the car was abused the other side of the pond, Bob is keen to maintain this treatment.
Bob has been trying to win the championship since 1989, last year without leaving home.
Dale Strachan, Salisbury, TR6
A chance meeting in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere with an old skiing pal in 2016 (see Nick Smith, below) was the trigger for Dale to fulfil a long-held ambition to participate in competitive motorsport. 38 years earlier, Dale’s first car was a TR4A. Decision made. A TR6 was bought shortly afterwards, lightly modified for competition and first entered towards the end of the 2017 season. Enquiries of a well-known TR parts specialist as to cost-effective upgrades recommended the initial investment of around £1500 to instal a torque-biasing Quaife limited-slip differential. That would take a second off your first 64’ time. What sort of budget are we looking at for the next stage of performance? You have endless choices, they said, but whatever you do for every second taken off your hillclimb time it will cost around £10k. And so it proved. The best advice I had from Nick after that was never to keep a record of the expenditure, in case it should ever fall into the wrong hands! But all that really matters is that with each event the car is quicker than the time before on that course or track. It’s a great source of fun and friendship, with around 40 like-minded enthusiasts all willing to share their experience, and encouragement. ‘What are you waiting for? I’d recommend it to anyone with an interest, and either mechanical ability, deep pockets or ideally both.’
John Weedon TR4
John’s career as a chartered surveyor enabled him to indulge in his love of motorsports, at first rallying a mini, but now more recently (well for the last 30 years actually) sprinting and hillclimbing.
He has been our championship champion twice before in 2010 and 2014 and is keenly seeking his hat-trick having come second by just one tenth of a point in 2019. However, perhaps is proudest achievement being that through his enthusiasm his son Jonathan also enjoys sprinting and racing.
John purchased is current car, a 1963 TR4 in 2016 after a total rebuild by the previous owner. He has since done a certain amount of tinkering, ie changed the camshaft and raised the compression ratio to 10:1; changed the chokes in the Webers to 38mm; enabled the overdrive to operate in 2nd gear; lowered the suspension together with negative camber; larger front anti roll bar; Red Stuff brake pads; and finally, John changed the tyres to Toyos which believes delivered by far the biggest improvement.
Samantha & Tony Browne, Farnham, TR4
Tony and Sam’s TR4 enjoyed a full nut & bolt restoration which was completed in four years in June 2011. It was rebuilt with sprint and hillclimbs in mind with the help of CTM for the chassis, Revington for the suspension and TR Enterprises for the engine.
Sam joined the Championship in 2013 in her TR4. Since then, she has competed in various hill climbs and sprints around the country. Her favourites are Gurston, Shelsley Walsh, Loton Park and Goodwood. The car is a trusted fast road racing car and never disappoints. The engine was rebuilt a few years ago by TR Enterprises. Sam has also competed in the Manx Classic event. Sam is always on the look out for ladies to join the Championship! She has just bought the Ridgard Classic Seats company (www.ridgardseats.co.uk) and is taking orders already offering custom made high quality seats for classic cars.
Tom Purves TR3A
Tom raced karts as a junior and has enjoyed various aspects of motorsport over the years joing our championship in 2016. He actually bough the car as a concours winner in 2012 and has developed the car over the years both mechanically and cosmetically. It is now very competitive in sprints and hillclimbs with a front anti roll bar, competition springs and dampers, rack and pinion steering, a full roll cage, twin piston front brake callipers, alfin rear brake drums and for safety dual brake lines. The engine is upgraded to 150 BHP. Tom believes the car should be driven to and from events maintaining the spirit of the way these cars were used in period.
After a very successful career in the automotive industry, he is now: a Board member of Motorsport UK; Chair of Council for Motorsport UK; an FIA Audit Committee Member; and, a member of the FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission.
Class 2C 181 – 230 BHP / tonne
Larry Jeram-Croft TR7V8
Larry first started competing in 1988 in a TR7 Sprint and went on to win the Championship in 1992 in a V8. He was also one of the organisers of the Register Sprints at HMS Daedalus and then Boscombe Down. In the late nineties he also competed in the TR Register race series for six years, coming second in 1999 and gaining several race wins. After that he went on to single seaters with the Monoposto club again winning several races and their winter championship in 2001. He finally joined the Classics and Sports Car Club and competed in an MG Maestro for two seasons in two driver races with his son.
His car was purchased late 2018. It had been rebuilt in 2003 and hardly turned a wheel after that. It was extensively re-rebuilt over the winter. Every single rubber component had to be replaced. It now runs a tuned 3.9 litre V8 on a Holley, Quaife LSD, uprated suspension and brakes and is also used to go shopping and to the Golf Club
Class 2D Greater than 230BHP / tonne
Class 3A Less than 200 BHP / tonne
Bentley Orchard, Cambourne, Blue TR4
Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s Bentley enjoyed local sprints, hillclimbs and autocross with a Chris Inch tuned Mini 850cc. In 2019 he joined our championship co driving Len Olds TR4.
Len Olds, Helston, TR4
Len started competing in historic road rallies in 1997 first as a navigator and thein 2002 as a driver. He started sprinting and hillclimbing in 2019 with Bentley Orchard
Len’s TR4 was developed in the 1990’s as a race car for the Swinging 60s series. After an accident, the engine was stripped down but progress stumbled, and it ended up being laid up for about 5 years before being purchased by Len.
Neil Revington, Black Beta (TR3)
Neil has been competing in Hill climbs and Sprints since the early 70's, initially in the Southern Hillclimb and Sprint Championship which our championship is 'son of'.
For years Neil competed in his trusty TR2 (at one time his only car) but over the years has competed in a TR4 and a TR5. Now the car of choice is SC011OB, a Triumph Beta with a difference; it's a TR4 chassis, TR3 body with wider wings and a mechanically fuel injected TR5 engine up the front.It's quicker than Neil.
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Nick Smith, Salisbury, White TR6
Nick has been an active member of our championship for eight years now. During that time he has won the championship twice and been runner up three times.
Nick is now on his second car which he regards as a lightly modified TR6. It was rebuilt with Revington TR bits and pieces in about 2000 and has done 17000 miles in his ownership.
Roger McEwen TR6
Roger is the 3rd owner of this 170,000 mile Mimosa yellow TR6. The car was rebuilt by the previous owner but has been Roger’s since 1997. In 1998, Roger started competing and soon after became our Sprint and Hillclimb co-ordinator only stepping down this year after 21 years in charge.
Roger started competing in the 1960’s in an MG Midget and Anglia 105E. Modestly, he’ll confess to a modicum of success in his TR6 which in 2001 was treated to a rebuilt engine to rally specification by Revington TR and is now fitted with a Ford type 9 five speed gearbox, a Quaife torque biasing rear differential and uprated suspension all round with telescopic shocks on the rear.
Shaun Roche, Moulton, Dolomite Sprint
Third year of competition; this year shouldn’t be so much of a shock this time around!
Tony & Samantha Browne, Farnham, Dolomite Sprint
Tony’s Dolomite Sprint is an ex-South African race car which was repatriated to the UK without an engine. He has run the car for a number of years but during lockdown, after the head gasket gave up at Combe in 2019, he has fitted a rebuilt engine from Sprint Speed. He hasn’t been out at all in the car yet but hopefully after a couple of shake downs at local track days, it will be ready for the 2021 season.
Tony is a member of the Technical Committee of the Championship.
Class 3B 201 – 280 BHP / tonne
Jim Giddings TR7 V8
Jim bought a partially converted to V8 in 1990. It was dreadful so he started again. His first engine lasted a few months. In 1992 he installed a 3.5 EFI engine from a wrecked TVR, perhaps the first to do so?
In 1998 Jim further improved the performance of his car by installing a 4.6 engine assembled from all new parts including the block. This remains in the car today but was rebuilt in 2009 by JE Developments. It now boasts 4596cc with balanced new rods & pistons, revised cam and worked heads. It has a lightened flywheel and DTA throttle bodies & management. The brakes are uprated front & rear as is the suspension. The car has been resprayed three times to a tidy, but not concours condition.
Jim began competing with the TR Register in his TR7V8 in 1992. His first event was a hill climb at Rotherfield Park, a long-lost venue now. His second was a real baptism of fire at Goodwood.
Over the last 29 years Jim has won a cabinet full of pots with many first places, including winning the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club Speed Championship outright in 2012.
Jim has been a class winner in our championship despite his car remaining road legal and driven to many events.
Robert MacGregor, Greatham , Dolomite Sprint
Experienced racer in a very well-prepared Dolly Sprint. Search Robert MacGregor on YouTube.
Rod Warner TR7V8
Rod first competed in our championship 27 years ago. He converted his current car to a V8 in 1995 and vigorously denies that he has ever polished his car since – hence the stealth black. It is effectively, a tuned SD1 3500cc Vitesse engine, 5 speed LT77 gearbox car.
Rod’s best result was a second in our championship in 2005 and still holds many of the bogeys in the old Class 2C. He complains he doesn’t seem to be getting any quicker. Rod is another stalwart of our championship calculating the points, managing the bogey times and leading the technical group since 1999.
Class 3C 281 – 400 BHP / tonne
Steve Small, Bristol TR7V8
Steve is an experienced racer and now runs a totally rebuilt car using the best bits from Hugh Maund's very fast TR7 V8. Not a lot of weight and very fast. But being fastest doesn't always get the maximum points, the faster you go the tougher the handicap gets.
Class 3D Greater than 400 BHP / tonne