Wow! Here’s the “New” Karousel

Karousel was resurfaced today… Here’s a picture of the work in progress….

The New Karousel under construction

And….. the “New” Karousel!

The New Karousel

More details and pictures to follow… Thank you to Ben Stapley for the pictures..

Tony Record – BARC SW Gurston Down Press Officer

A Big Thank You

Thank you to all those who came to Gurston Down on Sunday to help with the set-up of the hill.

We had an amazing turn out, not just drivers and marshals but friends, wives and girlfriends! There were more than 40 people there, many were already on-site and working before 9 am and were still working six hours later. Ben would like to thank you all for helping, it was great to see so many….


The day started rather cool and foggy which didn’t stop the work getting underway but soon the sun was out and it turned into a beautiful day.

Work was soon underway fixing the barriers around the restaurant, clearing the paddock, edging the track and much more!


A special THANK YOU to Tracy and Jane for doing the job no-one wanted. We now have beautifully clean toilets!

The tables were moved from the store, cleaned and set-up in the restaurant…


All the signs on the course were put-up..


And the Burger Van was re-furbished..


Thank you to, in no particular order: Simon Purcell, Clive Wooster, Steve Loadsman, Dave Wickham, Andrew Thorp, Graham Chubb, Rex Fryatt, John Davey, John Forsyth,Leon Smigielski, Peter Knight, Paul Webster, Jane Russ, Mark Walker, Tim Pitfield, Brian Philips, Jamie Buchanan, Robert Broomfield, Lynset Alley, Steve Holley, Peter Curtis, Becky Crocanbe, John Hayward, Sarah Howard, Derek Harris, Nick Howard, Ian Harrison, Dave Gibbs, Jerry Sterman, Sarah Brodie, M I Stoner, Rob Brodie, Alex England, his Dad and his mum Tracey, Mo Brodie, Jordan Baker, Ben and Dee Stapley, Tony Record and David, Kevin and one other (sorry. I couldn’t read the sign-on sheet). If I missed anyone or got your name wrong, sorry…..

Alan Peskett

It is will great sadness that we must report that Alan Peskett, a regular competitor at Gurston, passed away on the 3rd of March…..

His funeral is to be held at Bournemouth Crematorium, on Monday 21st March at 10:30, if you’d like to pay your respects.

Rule Change Reminders

Here’s a friendly reminder that there are a number of rule changes that came into effect at the beginning of the year. So here goes:

Page 343 of The Blue Book gives details of the Technical Regulations For Sprint and Hillclimb Vehicles. Section 10.1.11 states that Hill Climb Super Sports Cars, Sports Libre Cars and Racing Cars MUST be equipped with a currently homologated FIA saftey harness complying with K 2.1.3 or K 2.1.4. They need to be in-date!

In addition all competitors MUST wear head restraints – FHR or a Hans Device. The ONLY exceptions are cars running in Standard Road Going Classes, pre 1977 cars and period defined category vehicles. Again, if in doubt read the Blue Book or contact a local scrutineer. Remember you may need to buy a new helmet.

Helmet standard BS6658-A-FR is no longer approved for motor sport

All of these regulations, and many more, can be found in the Blue Book. Where there is a rule change these are highlighted in red.

Set-up Day – Sunday 13th March from 09:00

Here’s a gentle reminder that Sunday 13th March is hill set-up day. We need some help sorting the hill out for the season. It would be great if you could share even a couple of hours.

There are plenty of jobs to do, some technical, some physical and some not. And it will give you a chance to walk the hill and see the changes too!


See you then!