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#1 Flathead

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 17:21

I would like to browse entry and or results sheets for any Bodiam Castle speed events in the 1950's but can find very little about this hill on the Internet.

Can anyone point me in the right direction or know if the organising club may still exist please ?

Bodiam is in East Sussex.

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#2 Stephen W

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 18:42

Some dates/organisers for you to check out:

10/10/59 - Hastings, St Leonards & East Sussex Car Club

13/10/62 - as above
FTD - Roy Pierpoint - Lotus Climax 15 - 28.0s
3rd FTD - Ian Raby - Lotus-Ford 20 - 29.0s

19/10/63 - as above


It was still being used in the 1970s.

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#3 sterling49

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 19:13

Originally posted by Stephen W

It was still being used in the 1970s.

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It was still being used in the '80's ;)


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#4 Flathead

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 21:06

Thanks very much for your help.

I am specifically interested in any Buckler cars/specials that competed there and do know that on 19 October 1957, P V Conolly drove a Buckler to win the open cars 1300 cc class.

#5 RS2000

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Posted 18 March 2007 - 21:28

but not the 90s.
Problem you will have is that (I think) the club is no more (after running at Pestallozzi School in the late 90s, a venue that has since turned against the sport). Last club title was, I believe, "Hastings 1066 and East Sussex Car Club" (that being a re-constitution after an earlier financial failure?).

#6 RAP

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 08:27

I think Bodiam ran from 57 to 86. From memory the land (it was usually referred to as a Guinness hop farm) was sold and the new owner wasn't interested in the once a year event. It really was just one bend, a 90-right and the upper part was between hedge rows on top of low grass banks that provided the spectator proctetion.

I didn't go to until the 60's but there are no Bucklers in my programmes 61-66.

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#7 Flathead

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 09:00

At least you have eliminated various possibilities for me and I now have a number of other matters to research. However the information that you have provided will at least give me a small file for Bodiam to add to my other " forgotten" hills and sprints. Thanks everyone.

#8 Terry Walker

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 09:20

Can anybody post a map showing where this hillclimb was?

Sorry, can't help it, I'm a mapoholic.

#9 RAP

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 12:50

Can anybody post a map showing where this hillclimb was?

Sorry, can't help it, I'm a mapoholic.


It was at New House Farm Bodiam. If you do Google Maps you will see the Castle Inn. The start was down by that then the course ran west and did a 90 right to the farm buildings.

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#10 Rupertlt1

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 10:45

I'm working on a history of Bodiam here (1955-1986):

http://rupert-lloyd-...diam Hill Climb

The Motor, October 31, 1956, Page 584:
Hastings, St. Leonards and E. Sussex C.C.-
Bodiam Hill Climb, October 6. Class 1.
H.W. Loughborough; Class 2. J. A. A.
Johanson; Class 3. D. Savage; Class 4 and
B.T.D. S. Lewis-Evans; Class 5. J. Hickman;
Class 6. Dr. Murphy; Class 7. D. J. Tarrat

[A lame set of results! Lewis-Evans drove an Elva-Climax, I think Hickman drove an Elva also. No times!
Trying to crack 1955, 1956, also the black hole in the seventies. RGDS RLT.]

#11 Rupertlt1

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Posted 04 January 2014 - 22:49

The 1964 Programme has a picture of an Elva MkIV, MBW 616, on the hill, (probably driven by Stuart Lewis-Evans). Does anybody have information on the history of this car?



#12 Tim Murray

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Posted 05 January 2014 - 07:41

According to the Elva Mk IV page at Racing Sports Cars, MBW 616 was driven in the 1958 TT by Ian Burgess and Robbie MacKenzie-Low, finishing 20th.