Issue 19 July 2018


After more than 12 months planning we finally started work on resurfacing the hillclimb track on Tuesday 5th June. First came the planing machine, which removed 40mm off the existing tarmac surface. Following a further 3 days of planing, cleaning and preparation, Friday saw the paving machine come into action. Fed by 27 trucks with 10 skilled workers and 2 rollers, 675 tons of specialist asphalt paving was laid in 1 day! This was done in a single pass from Startline to Finish line to ensure there were no joints. The laying operation involved the 27 truckloads of asphalt arriving, just in time, to keep the paving machine moving without running out of material.

Our thanks to the Ashcourt Group and their supplier Hansen Aggregates for a job well done.

The efficiency of the new surface was proved on its first use on the 7th July with 7 new Class Records and on the 8th July a further 8 new Class Records and a new Hill Record (see our event reports).

Words by John M English

Photographs by Steven Darley