Shiny Happy People

A festival atmosphere greeted spectators attending the Montague Burton Trophy Hillclimb at Harewood on Sunday. Running alongside the hillclimb event this year was the Fueled Society Show.

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The show is an annual event that draws automotive enthusiasts together to display their cars, trucks or bikes, with trade stands and a selection of street food and drink provided by some of the UK's best vendors. Spectators from both events discovered a new corner of the car world they were unfamiliar with, as they moved through the paddocks and display areas.

A Few of the Cars on Display



The weekend of motorsport commenced on Saturday with the Yorkshire Speed Hillclimb followed by the Montague Burton Trophy Hillclimb meeting on the Sunday. Both events were rounds of the Harewood Speed Hillclimb Championship and each event was oversubscribed; resulting in some championship contenders only running on one of the days.

Many OMS cars competed across the two days and it was great to see some of the earlier models running. Ian Davies runs chassis number 33, an 1100cc rocker arm single seater originally built for Paul Shipp and Angela Hewitt for the 1994 hillclimb season. Competing on both days, Ian's best time of the weekend was 59.68s, which he set on Sunday.

It was good to see Simon Bailey back out competing once again in his OMS 2000M in the 1100cc racing car class. Simon ran at both meetings, settling himself back into the car after having work carried out prior to the start of the season.

Also running in this class were Lynn and Steve Owen with the OMS 28 BMW. Running on both days, the pair used the weekend to test development parts for the car, with Steve taking a comfortable class win at Saturday's event.

Another OMS 28, the John Chacksfield supercharged version also took a class win; with John setting a new personal best time of 53.19s. Like the Owen's, John too was running development parts and he found himself three tenths inside his previous best time at Harewood. John's 53.19s climb also earned him Fastest Time of Day on Saturday.

Ben Lovell won the sports libre class on both days with his OMS SC4CF. His fastest climb of the weekend was 55.94s.

On Sunday there were some new OMS additions. Trish and Terry Davis joined John Chacksfield in the 2.0 litre racing car class, with their OMS CF09. Sadly, a gearbox failure at the start line side-lined the car for Terry, as he attempted his second timed run. Though Trish did manage to get two timed runs onto the score board, with her best run time a 57.40s before the gearbox broke.

Lee Griffiths ran on Sunday in his turbocharged OMS 25. His best run time 54.24s left him second in class behind John 54.10s. The top three included Terry Davis who's first, and only timed run 55.38s, clinched the last top spot.

The 1100cc entry on Sunday was boosted by two more OMS cars. Joining the fray were Wil Ker and Ben Hamer with their turbo charged OMS CF09. Having resolved the problems that plagued them at the July Harewood meeting, they finished fourth and fifth in class: Wil 56.53s and Ben 57.09s.

Just a whisker ahead of Wil in the final class positions was Harry Pick in his OMS 2000M, with a best run time 56.47s. The previous day's class winner Steve Owen didn't manage a brace of wins. The OMS 28 exhaust manifold split, causing the Owen's to retire from the meeting after two timed runs. This left the door wide open for hillclimb returnee and Yorkshire Centre Chairman Tim Wilson, share driving with Harry, to snatch a class win. Steve had been leading the class until the final runs, when Tim pulled out his fastest run 56.01s, nineteen hundredths ahead of Steve's best time 56.20s.

Tim Wilson was a Happy Class Winner in the OMS 2000M
photo: Flat Out Motorsport Photography

Fastest Time of Day on Sunday went to Oliver Tomlin (4.0 Pilbeam Judd) 51.28s, with John Chacksfield second FTD and Lee Griffiths third FTD.

To view the results from both events click here. In car footage of Tim Wilson's climb can be viewed here.

The Fueled Society website can be accessed by clicking here.






Date: 9/08/2016 | Author: L.Owen