Vintage spectacle at Wiscombe

PUBLISHED: 10:20 05 May 2010 | UPDATED: 01:13 16 June 2010

A VINTAGE SPECTACLE The weekend of May 8/9 sees an action packed programme of speed hillclimbing at the Wiscombe Park track with the main focus of attention being the annual Vintage Sports Car Club meeting on Sunday.


The weekend of May 8th/9th sees an action packed programme of speed hillclimbing at the south Devon Wiscombe Park track with the main focus of attention being the annual Vintage Sports Car Club meeting on Sunday 9th. Always a first class event for enthusiasts of historic and pre-war cars this weekend's meeting has amassed an entry of over 120 vintage and historic cars spanning six decades.

A typical entry is that of Terry Crabb, a business consultant, who has campaigned his ex-works R12C in recent seasons both at speed hillclimbs, such as Wiscombe Park, and at race circuits to good effect. Last month saw the combination claim a third place finish in the VSCC meeting at Silverstone but this weekend the battle will be against the clock rather than other racers. As one might expect at a vintage event a great number of the cars have a interesting history and the Crabb machine is no different. The car was purchased in 1938 by Prince Chula of Siam for his White Mouse Garage and has subsequently been driven by such motor sport celebrities as Prince Bira and Raymond Mays.

As has become customary this meeting attracts a superb selection of vintage machines, from the diminutive Austin Sevens through a selection of Lea Francis to the mighty Napier Bentley not to mention the iconic ERAs and Bugattis of course.

VSCC club secretary Mike Stripe details his organisation's annual visit to Wiscombe Park as, 'one of the most challenging (for drivers) ribbons of tarmac up any speed hill climb venue anywhere. For everyone else there is the sheer beauty and majesty of the setting.

There is also some stunning viewing along most of the course. A tour of the venue on foot, including the paddock with its welcome plethora of beautiful sports cars and strident racing cars, all of them from an age gone by and in a timeless setting, is one not to be missed but to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace'.

The previous day (Saturday 8th) will see the 500 Owners Club making their annual visit to Wiscombe. With over 130 entries there will be great variety on the hill with over forty motorcycles, a number of cars powered by motorcycle engines and a selection of more contemporary saloons and sports cars, both road-going and modified in addition to single-seater racing cars. The entry does include a number of competitors who will also be competing in the historic meeting the following day including some Crabb and his ERA. So if you cannot get to Wiscombe on the Sunday you do not have to miss the sight, sound and experience of these historic machines.

Gates open for the practice runs at 10.00 with the competitive event starting after a lunch break. The meeting should be completed by 17.30.

Admission: Saturday £7.00 per adult, Sunday £15.00 per adult. Accompanied children under 14 FREE. Car Parking FREE. Transfer to the competitor's enclosure FREE.

Catering and licenced bar available.

Wiscombe Park is situated north of Blackberry Camp and south of Farway Park and will be signposted from Honiton and on the A3052.

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