Steve is thrilled to announce that he has been chosen to join a select number of intrepid classic car owners to bring the Firle hill climb back to life after a break of some 48 years. Thanks are due to the Bo-Peep Drivers Club who is putting on this special event in aid of the Chailey Heritage Foundation.
The Firle hill climb came into existence at the end of World War II due to lack of available motor racing circuits, which were then still being used by the military. The search was on for any suitable venue and as luck would have it, a small winding lane in Sussex was identified as the ideal place for a hill climb. The site is not actually at or in Firle but a little way along the road at Bo Peep Lane. The Bentley Drivers Club and later the British Automobile Racing Club went on to develop the hill climb into an increasingly popular event through the fifties and into the sixties. Alas, tragedy struck in 1967 following an unfortunate incident between some walkers and a car which left the road and collided with the unfortunate walkers. It was decided that the event was no longer manageable and so the last hill climb is recorded as taking place in September 1967.
On September 20th 2015, after a gap of some forty eight years, there will once again be the sight and sound of some fantastic automobiles climbing the hill at Bo Peep. There are too many to list all of them, but they include Alvis, Austin, Austin Healey, Bentley, Fiat, Ford, Jaguar, Lagonda, Lotus, MG, Morris, Reliant and Triumph.
Steve will be driving his MGB which he hopes to modify to full hill climb spec, albeit on a shoestring and he is busy budgeting for roll cage, seats, harness, etc. Prior to the charity event he will be taking his MG along to various events with the Bo Peep drivers club to publicise the hillclimb. Steve has a facebook site and would be delighted if you had time to visit www.facebook.com/mgbhillclimbchallenge
Bo Peep Drivers club founder, Rob Bryant, said he was delighted to get a hill climb reinstated after getting permission to close Bo Peep Lane in Alciston, a village close to Firle Beacon, to host the event. He said: ‘A year ago I thought it would be a great place for a hill climb event and then discovered the history…The event is along the lines of a mini Goodwood with themed 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s dress, drivers’ lounge, a band and a charity auction’.
Funds raised will aid the Chailey Heritage Foundation, a school for children and young adults with a variety of complex disabilities. The following paragraph forms part of the vision statement that Chailey Heritage Foundation work to achieve.
“Every young person at Chailey Heritage School will be given every opportunity to make progress towards fulfilment. We will never, ever give up looking for ways to support our young people to make their own choices in life, and to achieve their own desired destinations.”
Until next time, Steve.
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Steve Clifford Senior Accredited Integrative Psychotherapist. Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist.