Issue 5 January 2015


Since Issue 4 I’ve had a nice new hip fitted, so (hopefully) I’ll be striding up and down the hill faster than you can say “OMS”. And speaking of OMS, I recently noticed on their website that one of their cars won the 2014 Australian hill climb championship, driven by Malcolm Oastler, no less.

I’m sure you’ll all have read with great interest Tim Wilson’s two articles in the winter edition of the BARC magazine. The article that described the FIA Hill Climb Masters event particularly sparked some memories, and set me off searching the web for some corroborative evidence to bolster my failing memory. I have to admit that I didn’t realise that there’s still an FIA European Hill Climb Championship, which has to be good, but I was seeking information about the ‘glory days’ of the 1960s when the championship, then run for 2litre sports cars, was a prestigious championship supported by works teams from Ferrari, Porsche and Abarth at venues such as Mont Ventoux and Trento-Bondone. It proved surprisingly difficult to find comprehensive information, either online or in print – I’ll be grateful if anyone can point me in the right direction! All of which emphasises the importance of the archives of clubs like ours, as not only could the events that they cover pass from memory, but they are the sources ‘of record’ rather than being anecdotal or based on opinion. So it’s great that for those interested in the history of Harewood, the Centre’s digital archive, which is maintained by Don Burt, can be found at, click on the Harewood History tab.

So, climbing somewhat stiffly from my soapbox…

You’ll see that this is the first issue in which we’ve included a section for Members’ Adverts. ‘Small ads’ are included free to members and we hope that this will prove a useful service going forward. Please send your ads (text in Word documents, images as .jpegs) to John English in the first instance.