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#1 suttonvscc

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Posted 19 October 2021 - 20:23

As a part of some research which I am carrying out into a particular car’s history, I am looking for information relating to the hillclimb held on 12th May 1946 at Cockley Hill, Fordingbridge, which was organised by Southampton Motor Club.

 

There is quite a comprehensive report in June 1946 Motor Sport.

However I am looking for additional sources/reports, or even a programme with entry list.

 

Any help gratefully received.

 



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#2 Rupertlt1

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 07:58

See: https://www.motorspo...llclimb-special

 

Hope this helps.

 

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#3 BRG

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 17:09

I don't see a Cockley Hill in the Fordingbridge area.  Where is it?  



#4 Vitesse2

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 17:35

I don't see a Cockley Hill in the Fordingbridge area.  Where is it?  

It's a bit to the east of Sandy Balls. ENE from Fordingbridge and NW of Ashley Bottom. [Oo-er missus!]

 

https://getoutside.o...lain-new-forest

 

Use crtl + scroll to zoom.

 

In answer to the OP - I found Southampton Central Library's Local Studies librarians to be very helpful when I emailed them with a specific query. Chances are this event would have been covered in the Southampton Evening Echo.



#5 Tim Murray

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 17:40

Julian Hunt in Motorsport Explorer gives these directions:

East from Fordingbridge, the B3078 runs toward Cadnam up on to the open land of Godshill Ridge. About a mile (1.6km) east of Godshill, there is an unmade road on the right winding up on Cockley Hill that was used for these events. [OS grid square] SU 1915

The hill was 590yd (539m) of winding loose-covered gravel set among trees, the route over the Downs to an RAF site, which at the time contained quantities of unused, unexploded bombs.

He notes that there were two events there, the first being in May 1946 as mentioned above. The second was in May 1947, when Leslie Allard set BTD in the special sports Allard (HLF 601) with 28.6 sec.

#6 suttonvscc

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Posted 20 October 2021 - 18:57

Thank you for all these contributions.

I had missed that 1980s Motor Sport letter.

And I will certainly follow up on the Southampton Library suggestion.



#7 BRG

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 12:03

It's a bit to the east of Sandy Balls. ENE from Fordingbridge and NW of Ashley Bottom. [Oo-er missus!]

 

Sandy Balls?  Ashley Bottom?  What is this, Carry On Up The Hill?  :)

 

Got it now. Thanks!  Just a dirt track then?



#8 Tim Murray

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Posted 21 October 2021 - 12:32

Sandy Balls? Ashley Bottom? What is this, Carry On Up The Hill? :)


Note also that the dirt track leads off Roger Penny Way, not far from the Fighting Cocks pub in Godshill. Fnar.