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#1 pierrefrogeye

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Posted 06 May 2014 - 20:07

I was taking part in the Bognor Regis Motor Club Sprint  at Goodwood a few weeks ago. Whilst in the paddock I was approached by a gentlemen who told me that he worked on my car in the sixties and knew the second owner , Charles Page. He also told me that the car raced at Ditcham Hillclimb in  Sussex which I did not know. I assume this may have been any years from 1960 to 1964. I wonder if anyone had information about the hillclimb itself and also possibly some old programmes so I could check entries for a gentlemen name Charles Page from Chichester, racing an Austin Healey Sprite MK1 with either a 948cc or 1098 cc in it. Any help would be appreciated. More information about the car can be found on

www.cyberspot.co.uk

 

 

 

 



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#2 Rupertlt1

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 00:23

Pierre,

 

Ditcham Hill Climb was held at Petersfield, Hampshire. See:

 

https://www.google.c...llclimb&tbm=bks

 

There are no references in Motor Sport in the sixties.

 

From a Harewood programme:

 

16th June 1968
Down In Hampshire

"the 1967 Hill Climb Champion, Tony Marsh, is opening
a new 880 yard venue at Ditcham near Petersfield,..."

 

Another lost venue in the south. Any further information much appreciated. RGDS RLT


Edited by Rupertlt1, 09 May 2014 - 00:48.


#3 Allan Lupton

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:09

The well-known (in these circles) Motorsport Explorer confirms Ditcham was in use from June1968 to September 1972.

Chichester MC are said to have been the main organiser, in collaboration with BARC in 1970, so your man from Chichester would have been at home there.



#4 pierrefrogeye

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Posted 09 May 2014 - 16:50

Thank you Rupert and Allan, this is useful information. I guess my chap must have confused the car or  the venue as Charles Page (second owner of 2080 PO)  sold the car in 64 I believe. If you had some knowledge of other hillclimb not too distant from brighton or chischester  and that were active from 1960 to 1968 this would be useful.I know about Firle Hill and Brighton speed trials but wonder if they were some other local venues where the car could have appeared.....detective work !

 

Thank you and good wee end


Edited by pierrefrogeye, 09 May 2014 - 16:50.


#5 Rupertlt1

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Posted 10 May 2014 - 00:53

Bodiam? Brunton? RGDS RLT



#6 pierrefrogeye

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 09:02

thank you Rupert