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Hillclimbing & Sprinting - The Essential Manual

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Hillclimbing & Sprinting

Hillclimbing & Sprinting - The Essential Manual

By Phil Short & Steve Wilkinson
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Paperback - 112 pages - 152 photographs - 250mm x 207mm

ISBN: 9781845841034

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- There is something for everyone involved in Speed Eventing.
- How to get started in even the humblest of saloons.
- How to keep the costs down and the fun up.
- How to get the most out of the experience.
-Top tips on the top venues.
- How to get started - everything from kit to licenses
- A look at how the experienced competitors go about it.
- A look behind the scenes at the organisation of an event
- A review of the main speed event venues.
- An in-depth reference section to keep at hand.


Hillclimbing & Sprinting is one of the most popular ways of getting into UK motorsport and over 400 such events take place each year. This book shows competitors how to get started, how to improve and how to drive the top courses, with extensive information on this sport.


Hillclimbing & Sprinting - collectively known as Speed Eventing - is one of the most popular ways of getting into UK motor sport. The events are accessible, straightforward & inexpensive, yet are held in an informal, friendly but competitive atmosphere. Some 400 such events take place in the UK each year, with on average more than 100 competitors on each. This book shows competitors how to get started and how to improve their skills, together with where to find the events and detailed driving advice on the top courses. There's even advice on trailers - do you need one? The authors have interviewed a wide range of drivers, from the Clubman who drives to & from events, through mid-range competitors, including a lady, a disabled driver and an octogenarian, right up to the current hillclimb champion, as well as some of the many officials who make this sport possible. A veritable gold mine of information.

Independent Reviews

"... an easy-to-read guide to all aspects of speed events, ranging from how to get your Competition Licence to the pros and cons of different trailers. There's loads of invaluable reference material, including course notes, and profiles of a cross-section of competitors. Superb." - Octane

"Authors Steve Wilkinson and Phil Short and their informative guide encapsulates their enthusiasm for motorsport's grass roots." - The Daily Telegraph

"If you're thinking of entering your classic for some motor sport, this highly informative 112-page paperback is a superb place to start. Authors Phil Short and Steve Wilkinson write from experience and cover all the basics, from preparing your car to course notes on all the popular sprint and hillclimb venues in the UK." - Classic & Sports Car

"... packed with excellent photographs and maps and information on every aspect of the sport covering everything from a simple introduction to speed eventing to detailed course notes for every speed venue in mainland Britain ... arguably a 'must have' for anyone interested in competing and a good few of those who are already involved." - The Marshal

"This book shows you how to get started and then get better, without going over the top on prepping your road car. There's a good review section featuring all the main UK hillclimb and sprint venues, too. Definitely worth a look." - Classic Ford

"The text is very well written but in a chatty informal style which makes relaxed reading. The photographs? Close to brilliant. If you don't have time to read this book, at least look at the pictures." - MG Car Club of Queensland

"This does what it says on the cover! For those people who think they might like to enter motor sport, this book will remove any of the mystery and inspire them to have a go. This easy-to-read and well illustrated book would be a good adjunct for all hillclimb driving schools, guiding enthusiastic pupils towards this friendly and exhilarating hobby." - Motorsports Now!

"Every question you're likely to need an answer to is likely to be in this book. 112 pages packed full of information. Books dedicated to the sport of Hillclimbs and Sprints are very few and far between so to get one that is up-to-date with all the rules and regulations is refreshing to see." - Nottingham Sports Car Club

"Long-term motor sport competitors and enthusiasts, Phil Short and Steve Wilkinson, have answered a long-standing demand with a book that tells would-be competitors how to get started, how to improve their skills and where to find the events." - Startline

"That there is still room for low cost, friendly, and accessible motorsport is amply illustrated in the newly published 'Hillclimbing & Sprinting' ... this book gives extensive information on the sport, the venues and the people." - Automotive Distribution Federation

"This is a book that could be of great help to the raw beginner seeking to understand and get started in these fascinating branches of our sport as well as being a useful record for the enthusiast's bookshelf." - The Motor Cycling Club

"The book has been very well-received throughout the sport as the definitive guide, not just for the novice but for experienced competitors also. Whether you are a new competitor or an 'old hand,' this book has something for you!" - Speedscene


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