Another packed entry will start Torbay Motor Club’s Wiscombe Hill climb on Saturday 18th May, with over 120 cars and nearly 50 motorbikes filling yet another record entry for the club’s first speed event of 2013. Sponsored once more by loyal supporters, The Tipton Garage and Alansway Body Repairs, the event has attracted the cream of the South West’s hill climbing fraternity, pedalling a wide variety of saloon, sports and racing cars, with the motor bikes drawn from all across the country contesting the National Hill Climb Association series. Competitors are relishing the prospect of tackling another round of two regional championships on the 914-metre East Devon track, which at the first meeting of the year saw keen competition for early championship points.

The event has drawn competitors from as far afield as Surrey, Hampshire, Powys, the Midlands and Jersey; Torbay Motor club members will be strongly represented, with over 25 per cent of all entries coming from the host club.

Local drivers who will feature prominently in the chase for honours in the smaller capacity production car classes include Honiton’s Robert Thomson (Vauxhall Nova), Tiverton’s Robin Dodwell in a Seat Arosa, Colyton’s George Koopman (Honda Integra), Newton Abbot husband and wife pairing, Rodger and Jo Hodgson (Lotus Elan) and Exminster’s Jonathan Langmead (Lotus Elan S3). Exeter garage owner Steve Clarke (Subaru Impreza), Yeovil’s Simon Neve (Mitsubishi Evo 6 RS) and Exeter’s Simon Glover (Mitsubishi Evo 4) are amongst a dozen drivers entered in the over 2-litre A4 class and again look set for a fierce tussle in this hotly contested part of the entry. Local father and son David and Jan Yeo have moved into a higher class this year with their 1800 cc Westfield SEi, replacing their previous Locost 1300, and face stiff competition from the similarly–equipped Paul and John Sullivan from Lyme Regis and Exeter’s Ian Hodgson. Popular, and spectacular, Feniton driver Martyn Pike is the hot favourite in C2 with his immaculate Mk 1 Ford Escort, with Newton Abbot’s Andy Stoddart (Vauxhall Nova) and Honiton resident Duncan Beer (Ford Escort Mk3) close behind to pick up the pieces if he slips up. Class D1 is likely to feature a tight fight between the ever-improving Kevin Frost, from Crediton, in his self-built KMD sports and Axbridge’s Luke Trotman in his Mallock MK18B; reigning Wiscombe Hill Climb champion Craig Moore from Lyme Regis will be hard to beat in the rally car class.

The racing car classes look likely to bring more success for Ottery St Mary’s Ed Hollier, who comprehensively demolished all his rivals at the Wiscombe events on 27th/28th April, with Fastest Time of the Day on both dates in his Hyabusa powered Pilbeam MP62. Amongst the chasing pack will be Saltash-resident Mike Lee, Newquay’s Ian Tucker and South-Chard resident Stuart Browne, all in OMS machines, Andrew Dinner in a 2-litre Pilbeam, John Burton and John Opie sharing their Ralt RT3, and Paul Crute from Saltash, who has swapped his Van Diemen for a three-litre Pilbeam MP58.

The event is a qualifying round of the two regional, two local and three marque hill climb championships:

The Association of South Western Motor Clubs Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S 2013 Hill Climb Championship,

The Association of Central Southern Motor Clubs Hamilton Classic 2013 Speed Hillclimb Championship,

The Bridge Tyres and Wheels Point S 2013 Wiscombe Hill Climb Championship,

The 2013 Torbay Motor Club Speed Championship,

The 2013 TVR Car Club Speed Championship,

The 2013 Luffield MG Speed Championship

The 2013 Classic Marques Speed Challenge.

The action starts with practice sessions in the morning, followed by the first of two competitive timed runs after lunch.

Entry on the day is £7, including free parking and paddock transfer; accompanied children under 14 are admitted free. The gate is open from 10.00 a.m., with food and refreshments available all day.

Torbay Motor Club supports the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Web-link: www.daat.org

For further information, visit www.wiscombepark.co.uk, www.thetiptongarage.co.uk and Torbay Motor Club’s website at www.torbay-mc.co.uk,