The hillside at high speed
Hill climbing has been part of British motorsport since the early days, with many famous drivers, including Sir Stirling Moss, having competed on the hills.
What is a Hill Climb?
Cars tackle an uphill course one-by-one, with the quickest time dictating the winner. Competitors are given practice runs before the competition starts, before a minimum of two competitive runs, with the best time counting in the final results.
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How do I start?
- First, go to some meetings and chat with the competitors, then join your local hill climb club. You may also want to have a look at the Hillclimb & Sprint Association website
- Apply for your Motorsport UK RS Inter Club Competition Licence, available to anyone aged 14 or above
- You can use your standard road-going car in Hill Climbs without any additional safety items
- You can also build (or buy) a modified Hill Climb car or even a specialist single-seater, there are a wide variety of classes catering for many options. Modified production cars, or specialist Sprint or Hill Climb vehicles are required to be fitted with a Roll Over Protection System (ROPS), details of which can be found in section S of the Motorsport UK Yearbook
- Due to the high-speed nature of Hill Climbs you will need to buy some Motorsport UK-compliant safety gear such as a helmet, fireproof overalls, gloves and, for some classes, a Frontal Head Restraint device. Details can be found in section S and section K of the Motorsport UK Yearbook
- Technical regulations for Sprints & Hill Climbs are found in section S of the Motorsport UK Yearbook. Specific event or Championship regulations are found in Supplementary Regulations (SRs) made available by the organiser
- The Association of Hill Climb and Sprint Schools run courses to help you prepare for your first event or obtain a competition licence upgrade