Gurston Down hill climb

Published: 06:30AM Jul 9th, 2013
By: Alan Turner
Gurston Down is a semi-permanent hill climb course, in the Downs near Salisbury. Car events are regular occurrences, but twice a year the National Hill Climb Association (NHCA), joins the car entry to enliven proceedings...
Gurston Down hill climb

Trying to ignore the soaking conditions, Jack Bennett gets his International Norton off the line

Like most hill climbs, the course is narrow, sinuous and, with a long downhill start, very fast in places.

While more competitive riders use modern v-twins or motocross machines, the club also encourages the use of older bikes that contest their own championship while still competing in the usual capacity classes.

There were two morning practice sessions at last month's event, although one was blighted by pouring rain. The afternoon's two timed runs took place in drier conditions. Quickest was NHCA committee stalwart Nigel Glover, on his Tricati (650 Triumph engine, Ducati cycle parts) who claimed eighth in the 750 class with a climb of 42.09 seconds. Perhaps the most unusual was young Jack Bennett, out on a rigid International Norton which he hustled over the line at 70mph to record a 45.56. Among the sidecars, determined riding from Terry Martin and Kelly Birkett secured a 45.23 second time to get their 750 TAG Triton outfit in among the later chairs.

Responses to “Gurston Down hill climb”

Current Issue: Dec 2015

Issue Dec 2015

Big Four: Stunning multi-cylinder Zundapp
Ariel VH: Pristine red Hunter Single
FREE: Double-sided A2 poster
Go faster Commando: Trick Norton tested
PLUS: Henry Cole interview; Greeves Silverstone genesis; 1905 Triumph endurance test; New Imperial rebuild; October Stafford show and sale


Buy this issue now

• Next issue on sale: 4th December 2015

Issue 42-12

Issue 42-12
Dec 2015

Where legends come to life

Subscribe and get this issue

Buy it now facebook Sample on-line

Other News

Live Tweed, Ride Dapper: The 2015 Worldwide Distinguished Gentleman”s Ride

Live Tweed, Ride Dapper: The 2015 Worldwide Distinguished Gentleman”s Ride

With dapper clothing and plenty of facial hair to the fore, the 2015 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride took place on September ...

Read More »

Blue Plaque at the former home of Siegfried Bettmann

Blue Plaque at the former home of Siegfried Bettmann

A Blue Plaque has been unveiled at the former home of Triumph founder Siegfried Bettmann by the Lord Mayor of ...

Read More »

View all...


Related magazines:

The Classic MotorCycle MSL Magazine Twist & Go magazine


Use our handy tool to find your nearest stockist!
Find your nearest Stockist

Advertising Deadline:

Jan 2016: 11 Dec 2015
Feb 2016: 15 Jan 2015

Book advertising here

Next Issue Out:

4th December 2015