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Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Cheltenham
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Prescott Speed Hill Climb is a hillclimb in Gloucestershire, England. The course used for most events (the "Long Course") is 1128yd in length, and the hill record is held by Jos Goodyear, who set a time of 35.51 seconds on 7 September 2014 in his GWR Raptor Extreme. The track was extended in 1960 to form the present Long Course. There is also a "Short Course" of 880yd, now used only by meetings organised by the Vintage Sports-Car Club.HistoryBugatti Owners' ClubThe track is owned by the Bugatti Owners' Club (BOC), founded in 1929, who were looking for a permanent home and bought the land in 1937. The club had previously run events at Lewes and on the Chalfont Heights Estate, Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire. The club also ran a one-off event at Joel Park, Northwood Hill, Middlesex, on 22 June 1935, which was won by Richard Shuttleworth, on a Bugatti, in a time of 30.16 sec. The Bugatti O.C. planned to develop Dancer's End, near Tring, Hertfordshire, but an event there scheduled for 20 June 1936 had to be cancelled. Motor Sport reported in December 1937: "It will be recalled that about two years ago the Club planned to make Dancer's End a first-class hill-climb venue, and obtained approval from the landowner, Alan P. Good. Unfortunately, the noise nuisance, which is a disease not unknown to motor-race course promoters, broke out and the project was reluctantly abandoned,..."Plan to visit Prescott Speed Hill Climb and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Cheltenham attractions using our Cheltenham family vacation planner.
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I recently had a day attending the Prescott Drivers School. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, that gave me a good insight how challenging driving the hill at speed is.
We went to the Vintage Car Club Hill Climb and had a really great day. Facilities at the site are very good.
The Sun was shining so we took our 1920 Silver Ghost to the V.S.C.C. meeting. We had no local traffic issues either arriving or departing the site Our car was parked close to the track alongside a won... read more »
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