2023 Winners

After a great season in 2023, we are pleased to detail a list of all the winners.

Online Cleaning Technologies Top Ten Challenge

1st Steve Holland wins THE GUARDS AUTOCROSS TROPHY and £250.00

2nd Ben Bonfield

3rd Andrew Forsyth

The Turbo Dynamics Gurston Down Championship

1st Steve Butts wins THE WADHAM STRINGER / BRUNTON TROPHY and £250.00

2nd Adrian Lewis

3rd Russell Davies


Class 4 MX5 – Series Production Mazda MX5 Road Cars up to 2000cc


Class 4a – Series Production Road Cars up to 1400cc

John Davey

Class 4b – Series Production Road Cars 1401cc – 2000cc

Russell Davies

Class 4c – Series Production Road Cars over 2000cc – Supported by Turbo Dynamics

1st Steve Cox

2nd Simon Neve

Class 4d – Specialist Production Road Cars

Adrian Lewis

Class 5 – Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars up to 2000cc

Steve Butts

Class 6 – Modified Limited Production Marque Sports Cars over 2000cc

Graham Beale

Class 7 – Modified Production Cars up to 1400cc

Jim White

Class 8 – Modified Production Cars 1401cc – 2000cc

Steve Jackman

Class 9 – Modified Production Cars over 2000cc

Stephen Moore

Class 11 – Modified Specialist Production Cars, any capacity

Steve Holland

Class 13 – Historically Interesting Cars, pre 1973, any capacity – Supported by Kelvin Jouhar

Fyrth Crosse, wins the KEIR & CAWDER QUAICH

Class 15a – Sports Libre Cars up to 1400cc

Tim Pitfield

Class 16– Sports Libre Cars over 2000cc

Mike Rudge

Class 19 – Racing Cars 601cc – 1100cc – Supported by Rhiannon

1st Ben Bonfield wins the TOM ELTON TROPHY

2nd Luke Trotman

3rd Stephen Loadsman

Class 20 – Racing Cars 1101cc – 1600cc

Andrew Forsyth wins the A & S RACING TROPHY

Class 20B – Racing Cars Built up to 1985

Peter Hannam

Class 21a – Racing Cars 1601cc – 2000cc (Normally Aspirated) – Supported by New Techniques

Tony Wiltshire wins THE CHAIRMANS CUP

Class 22 – Racing Cars over 2000cc

Paul Crute


MARSH & MASTERS TROPHY – Awarded to the competitor scoring the highest number of points in the Gurston Championship who at the beginning of the season was 65 or over – Jim White

MARSH MEMORIAL TROPHY – Awarded to the BARC SW Championship Competitor who makes the greatest improvement in, or is nearest to, their class record during the two July Meetings – Steve Holland


HEATHER BRAMPTON TROPHY – Awarded to the lady competitor who finishes highest in the Gurston Championship – Jennifer Stangle

TERENCE TATTAM MEMORIAL TROPHY – Awarded to the driver of the highest placed Open Sports Car in the Gurston Championship –Steve Butts

LOGETTE CUP – Awarded to the driver of the highest-placed Saloon or Closed Sports Car in the Gurston Championship – Jim White

PITT TROPHY – Awarded to the driver of the highest-placed Sports Libre Car in the Gurston Championship – Mike Rudge

DORCHESTER PLANNING CONSULTANCY TROPHY – Awarded to the competitor who has not won an award at any Gurston meeting, however, has scored the highest number of points in the Gurston Championship– Rob Brodie

CORONA CHALLENGE CUP – Awarded to the BARC SW member who makes the greatest improvement in a Class Record during the season – Steve Butts

PAT CHANT MEMORIAL TROPHY – Awarded for the most outstanding contribution by a Gurston lady during the season. – Gwyneth Wright

KEITH SALMON MEMORIAL TROPHY – Awarded to the Competitor based on concours presentation AND Championship performance, judged by the Gurston Committee – Graham Beale

PARKHOUSE & WYATT CHALLENGE TROPHY– Awarded to the Championship competitor based on concours presentation throughout the season. Cars are judged by the Gurston Committee on the basis of age, cleanliness, finish, safety and fitness for purpose – Paul Crute

PITSTOP TROPHY – Awarded to “Driver of the Season” who has not won an Annual Award – Dan Friel





In 2024 – Introducing New Classes and Have Class Changes

We are making some changes to our Championship classes and adding new classes. Here’s a summary, there will be more information once the details are finalised:

Road Cars MX5 Class – MK3 or NC Mazda MX5s will be included in this class. All 1.8 and 2.0 litre MK3s will be permitted. MK3s will be required to run on list 1A tyres and have no modification to their inlet and exhaust manifolds. Forced induction is not permitted as are modifications and remaps to the ECU.

The Over 2000cc Road Car Class – This class will be split into two, separating the four-wheel drive cars from the two-wheel drive cars.

We will be introducing two classes:

Standard Road Cars Class – This class will be in accordance with the MSUK Blue Book regulations, subject to some additional safety requirements.

Rally Car Class – This class will be for Rally Cars.

Fuller details will be published once these have been formally agreed.




Reminder – Annual Awards Dinner – 25th November

The 2023 Annual Awards Dinner is being held at The Stones, High Post, Near Salisbury on the 25th of November 2023.

Get your place using the forms below:

Word Version of Annual Awards 2023

pdf Version of Annual Awards 2023

Places are limited so please get your forms back as soon as you can.

We have a discounted room rate at The Stones for the night of 25th November, including breakfast. Make sure you call The Stones, and mention that you are part of the BARC SW / Gurston Down Awards.


Reg Broome – Obituary

Reg sadly died on 28th September aged 91.

Originally from South London, Reg joined the Hawker Siddeley aircraft company as an engineering apprentice. Later he applied to join British Airways and became a flight engineer. He thoroughly enjoyed the work, and in particular long-haul flights as the stop overs allowed him to enjoy his other passion which was golf at some of the best international golf courses.

His introduction to motorsport was in the 50’s when he rallied a TR2. Later Reg purchased an Aston Martin DB4 which he raced with a friend. However, the cost was such that he had to stop and later purchased a 500. His love affair with Gurston goes back to at least the 1970’s and he regularly competed right through till the 2000’s. Even in his later years he still occasionally competed at Shelsley Walsh, Prescott and Wiscombe. His wife Jean was always at his side encouraging him to continue to use both Coopers. His twin cam powered Cooper T65, and his 1956 Cooper Bobtail which he had restored back to ex-works condition.

Reg never lost his interest in hillclimbing, and always wanted to know how his friends were doing. He always had a wide smile and made friends right across the paddock. He was excellent company and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Mike Broome


2024 Season Event Dates

Here are the 2024 Event Dates, since our original announcement, back in June, we have changed the date of the July meeting:

Sunday 7th April 2024

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April 2024

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May 2024 – British Hillclimb Championship

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June 2024

Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2024 – The Tony Marsh Memorial Weekend

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August 2024

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August 2024

Set down day is expected to be Monday 26th August 2024 – a Bank Holiday


School dates will be published in due course, but these are expected to be:

Tuesday 2nd April 2024

Tuesday 7th May 2024

Tuesday 4th June 2024

Tuesday 2nd July 2024