Autumn classic at Castle Combe

Published on: 31 Oct 2013

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AFTER the fun had at Wiscombe Park in September, I headed down to Castle Combe Circuit for the Autumn Classic to help put on a display entitled Essence of Dyrham, writes Andy Laurence.

This refers to when Bristol Motor Club ran rounds of the British Hillclimb Championship at the National Trust venue. A total of 70 cars were assembled representing the cars from 1960s and a great day was had watching some classic motorsport.

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On October 19, I attended the Testicular Ball organised by It’s in the Bag, a local charity promoting awareness of testicular cancer ( whose logos adorn my car. 

The highlight of the evening was a charity auction, and a passenger ride in my 440bhp/ton sports racer was one of the lots.

By the time you read this, James Hurford will have competed in a NavScatter, driving for Yate navigator, Scott Boulton. Myself and a bunch of other Downend residents will meet Scott at Castle Combe the next day for Supercar Saturday to get rides in a variety of supercars on the race track and to get their first taste of competitive motorsport in the AutoSolo.

There are two teams of Downend drivers competing in the annual Karting Challenge at The Raceway in Avonmouth where all the local racing clubs have an end-of-season battle.

On Sunday November 10, the Roy Fedden Sporting Trial - a round of the British Championship - is being held in Dyrham Wood at 11am and I will be attending to spectate on this most incredible of sports where cars drive up hills you would quite literally struggle to walk up. Spectating is free; drive up Tog Hill, take the first left and look out for the orange arrows. 

Two weeks later, on November 24, the Allen Classic Trial will see cars travel 80 miles around Bristol, starting from The Bull in Hinton. Marshals are required for both events and you don’t need any experience to have a go.

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