Caithness Car Club Hill Climb

Rumster, 25 May 1975

1 Alan Thomson 1.6-litre Chevron B17 [17.70.08] - Ford twin cam Holbay
(see note 1)
29.12s 1st in class
2 Barrogill Angus (Modsports) 1-litre Davrian - Imp
29.82s 1st in class
3 Jim Sword 1.6-litre Jasag - Ford twin cam
4 Bill Leith (1100cc racing car) 1.1-litre Ginetta G17 - Imp
30.48s 1st in class
5 Bill Smith (1100cc racing car) 1.1-litre Ginetta G17 - Imp
6 Graham Gray (1100cc racing car) 1-litre Vixen VB1 - Imp
7 Peter Chamberlain (Special Saloon) 1-litre Shannon Imp - Imp
31.10s 1st in class
8 Norrie Galbraith (Modsports) 1-litre Ginetta G15 - Imp
9 Les Jones (1100cc racing car) 1-litre Ecosse - Imp
10 John Whyte (Special Saloon) 1.3-litre Mini Cooper S - BMC
32.07s 1st in class
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B17 [17.70.08] (Alan Thomson): New to Ken Sedgley and raced in British F3 and libre racing in 1970, using Holbay engines. Retained for 1971 and converted to the new 1600cc F3, again with Holbay engines, but rarely seen. Sold to John Finch (Chesterfield) in July 1971 and used in F3 for the rest of the season. Updated to B17c specification and retained by Finch for 1972, now sharing with Graham Lynch, but did not actually race very often. Converted to Formula Atlantic specification for 1973 but used with more success in Formule Libre. Sold to Alan Thomson (Edinburgh, Scotland) in early 1974, still with its Holbay twin cam engine, and used in Scottish and northern English sprints and hillclimbs, winning the Scottish Hillclimb championship in 1975 and 1976. It was then sold to Russell Paterson (Glasgow, Scotland) for hillclimbs and sprints in Scotland in 1977 and then in libre races at Croft and Ingliston in 1978. It is reported to have been wrecked at some point. Later via dealer Bobby Howlings (Alderley Edge, Cheshire) to "M Wakefield-Brand" in 1978, then to David Pullen (Guildford, Surrey) in 1991. Raced by Pullen in HSCC Classic Racing Car Championship events in 2004. The car was made available by Pullen for a test by Alexander Sims in Autosport in February 2011. Later owner Jonathan Sharp reports that Pullen "sold the car to a lady for somebody to drive it at which time it was in a very poor state". Its next owner was John Pearson who "did one race at Brands Hatch before deciding single seaters weren't for him", and he sold it to Jim Blockley (Stroud, Gloucestershire) in 2015. Raced by Blockley in HSCC racing until sold by him to Jonathan Sharp (Alderley Edge, Cheshire) in September 2021 to use in the HSCC Historic F3 series plus selected events in Europe.


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