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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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Posted 18 March 2007 - 19:13

Originally posted by Stephen W

It was still being used in the 1970s.

:wave:

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.

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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?).

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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.

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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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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.]

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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?



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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.



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Posted 21 January 2019 - 15:30

Does anybody have a report of the Bodiam Hill Climb for 1963?
19 October 1963:
F.T.D. Elva Trophy replica and £15, R. Pierpoint, 28.28 sec

Moderator: On the sixties programme covers this event was known simply as Bodiam Hill Climb - can you remove the embroidery from the thread title please?

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Edited by Rupertlt1, 22 January 2019 - 02:17.


#14 Rupertlt1

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 14:41

Bodiam, Saturday, 21 October 1972, 119 entries. 

FTD Dick Noble (3.5 Hurricane Special) 26.21

Class Winners:

David Strange (850 Mini) 30.54

Alex Boyle (1.0 Lassman Cooper S) 28.11

Peter Shepherd (1.3 Mini Cooper S) 29.39

Rod Chapman (1.8 Stormont Ford Escort) 27.28

Nick Cole (1.3 Silhouette) 27.64

Bryan Saull (1.1 Cooper-JAP) 27.78

David Santer (1.6 Brabham BT21) 26.83

Chris Jones (1.3 MG TC) 31.83

Mike Day (1.3 MG Midget) 28.33

Nick Ramus (1.6 Lotus Elan) 28.76

Tony Maslen (2.2 Porsche 911S) 31.27

Bob Staples (4.2 Jaguar E-Type) 28.90

 

Source: Motoring News, 2 November 1972.

 

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 02:36

Bodiam, Saturday, 23 October 1971

FTD Peter Voigt (Brabham BT15-Ford) 25.02 - new hill record

Class Winners:

Tony Barnard (850 Mini) 29.97

Alex Boyle (1.0 Cooper S) 28.96

Robert Kemp (1.3 Mini Cooper S) 27.19

Rod Chapman (1.8 Ford Escort) 27.21

Nick Cole (1.3 Silhouette) 27.23

Alex Brown (1.0 Ginetta G17) 27.26

Roger Willoughby (Brabham BT15-Ford) 25.93

Barry Grafton (4.6 Bentley Sports) 34.24

Tony Bean (1.1 MG Midget) 31.03

Terry Brown (1.4 Lenham Sprite) 29.34

Horace Appleby (2.0 Porsche) 30.88

Chris White (4.7 TVR Tuscan) 28.85

 

Source: Motoring News, 28 October 1971.

Peter Voigt and Roger Willoughby shared the Brabham BT15, owned by the latter, at this event.

 

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Edited by Rupertlt1, 13 April 2019 - 02:40.


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Posted 13 April 2019 - 10:02

Does anybody have a report of the Bodiam Hill Climb for 1963?
19 October 1963:

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#17 Rupertlt1

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 14:35

The Nerus Silhouette appeared at Bodiam, a car with Sussex connections. Also later at Valence.

The car was built for the F100 Formula, a sports-racing series devised at Brands Hatch and largely a flop.

(It was hoped to replicate the outstanding success of Formula Ford, which never happened.)

F100 was named after the Firestone tyre specified in the formula, although Firestone Torino tyres were used later.

The engine was an 86 bhp BMC 'A' Series with twin SU carbs, built by Nerus of Rye, Sussex. The fibreglass bodywork was built by Marchant and Rose of Hastings, Sussex.

(M&R reportedly built the bodies for the Eagle and the BRM P126 - see Motoring News, Thursday December 10, 1970.)

The chassis was drawn by Cedric Selzer (ex-Jim Clark mechanic) for driver Nick Cole, a Nerus employee. Where was it built?

 

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#18 Tim Murray

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 15:23

This is the entry for Nerus in Autosport’s Sports-Racing Car Guide in the 11th March 1971 issue:

4409-C55-E-D0-E3-4-C90-B3-A4-E2-B187393-

#19 Rupertlt1

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 15:49

The name FF100 is source of some confusion. Not Formula Ford 100 as you might assume, but presumably Formula F100, for the car tyre.

The BMC motor in the Silhouette shows that there was not a spec engine.

 

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#20 Tim Murray

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 15:56

These earlier threads may be of interest:

F100... a class too far?

British F100 championship / Nerus Silhouette F100

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 16:11

I'd like to be certain that the Silhouette was a Sussex-built car. (Also the Nomad.)

There was something of a Sussex cluster with Elva, Ryetune, Nerus, Weslake, Eagle in Rye.

(Elsewhere Pringett Mistrale at Eastbourne.)

The geography of motor sport is a neglected subject.

 

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#22 Rupertlt1

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 22:21

Motoring News, Thursday, February 26, 1970.

 

Address: Nerus Engineering, Drury Lane, Hastings, Sussex.

 

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 23:00

Rupert, Team Martlet at Goodwood built eponymous Formula Ford 1600 cars in the 1980s, I recall. They ran the race school down there for a long time with a good reputation, although the venue, even in the 80s , would have added a bit of extra prestige to the operation. So another Sussex connected car. Do not forget the C&G replicas of various hues, too, built at Buxted.

Were Duttons built in Sussex, too?
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#24 Rupertlt1

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 23:16

Roger,

 

Thanks. There is lots more to go at, for example:

Onyx F1, Thrust SSC, Ricardo-McLaren V8 etc.

Good old Sussex by the sea!

 

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#25 Tim Murray

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Posted 23 April 2019 - 04:09

I'd like to be certain that the Silhouette was a Sussex-built car. (Also the Nomad.)


In this earlier thread on the (in)famous 65 North Street premises:

Prolific 65 North Street Clapham SW4

TNF’s Bloggsworth, a close friend of Bob Curl, noted that, although Nomad were based at 65 North Street, the original Nomad Mk 1 was built by Bob in a shed near Rye.

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 20:52

Bodiam, Saturday, 23 October 1971

FTD Peter Voigt (Brabham BT15-Ford) 25.02 - new hill record

Class Winners:

Tony Barnard (850 Mini) 29.97

Alex Boyle (1.0 Cooper S) 28.96

Robert Kemp (1.3 Mini Cooper S) 27.19

Rod Chapman (1.8 Ford Escort) 27.21

Nick Cole (1.3 Silhouette) 27.23

Alex Brown (1.0 Ginetta G17) 27.26

Roger Willoughby (Brabham BT15-Ford) 25.93

Barry Grafton (4.6 Bentley Sports) 34.24

Tony Bean (1.1 MG Midget) 31.03

Terry Brown (1.4 Lenham Sprite) 29.34

Horace Appleby (2.0 Porsche) 30.88

Chris White (4.7 TVR Tuscan) 28.85

 

Source: Motoring News, 28 October 1971.

Peter Voigt and Roger Willoughby shared the Brabham BT15, owned by the latter, at this event.

 

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Fascinating as ever, Rupert. 

 

Sadly, I am guessing that Chris White was the guy who crashed fatally at Oulton Park in the ModSports race in the early  seventies.  Terrible accident.  They really should have stopped the race.  To see the likes of Jon Fletcher, Win Percy, John Cooper and the rest of them simply driving around the circuit and clearly not racing was quite awful.


Edited by MCS, 24 April 2019 - 20:53.


#27 Rupertlt1

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Posted 24 April 2019 - 21:15

Fascinating as ever, Rupert. 

 

Sadly, I am guessing that Chris White was the guy who crashed fatally at Oulton Park in the ModSports race in the early  seventies.  Terrible accident.  They really should have stopped the race.  To see the likes of Jon Fletcher, Win Percy, John Cooper and the rest of them simply driving around the circuit and clearly not racing was quite awful.

 

Rob Pennington confirms: "sadly Chris White was killed while racing his Tuscan at Oulton Park. The car was later cut up by his mechanic."

 

Also at Valence: https://forums.autos...b/#entry8711438

 

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Edited by Rupertlt1, 24 April 2019 - 21:58.


#28 Rupertlt1

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Posted 07 May 2019 - 03:39

Hastings 1066 East Sussex Car Club, 25 Oct 1969

16th Bodiam Hill Climb

FTD J. Henley, Jaguar 3,781 c.c., 31.97 sec

 

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Edited by Rupertlt1, 08 May 2019 - 13:32.