Caithness Car Club Hill Climb

Rumster, 29 May 1977

1 Norrie Galbraith (clubmans) Mallock U2 Mk 8/16
28.09s 1st in class
2 Jim Campbell 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [44] - Ford BDA
John Young (see note 1)
28.47s 1st in class
3 Kenny Allen (Clubmans Class A) 1.6-litre Mallock U2 Mk 17 - Ford Swindon
4 Charlie Munro (libre) 1.9-litre Chevron B25 [25-73-16] - Cosworth FVC
Jack Crane Hire (see note 2)
5 Russell Paterson 1.6-litre Chevron B17 [17.70.08] - Ford twin cam Holbay
(see note 3)
6 Tom MacMillan Mallock
7 Les Jones 1-litre Cymru Vixen - Imp
31.06s 1st in class
8 Ricky Gauld (Special Saloon) 1-litre Sunbeam Stiletto
31.41s 1st in class
9 Jimmy Jack (Special Saloon) 1-litre Hillman Imp - Imp
Jack Crane Hire
10 David Milne Lotus 7
32.80s 1st in class
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT35 [44] (Jim Campbell): Husband-and-wife hillclimbers Gray and Agnes Mickel (Glasgow, Scotland) bought a new Brabham BT35 for hillclimbs in 1972. It was fitted with a Hart twin-cam and first appeared at the Kinkell Braes hill climb in March 1972. Retained by the Mickels for 1973 and used in British and Scottish championship hillclimbs, acquiring a Hart BDA engine some time during that year. The car was advertised by the Mickels in November 1973 and was bought by Jim Campbell (Bothwell, Scotland) 1974 who raced it until 1978. It was then used by Chris Dowson (Pershore, Worcestershire) in hillclimbs in 1979 and 1980. Fred Edwards (Warboys, Cambridgeshire) bought it in 1985 and used it in Monoposto and HSCC events until 1991 but it was then unused until bought by David Irwin (Evergreen, Colorado) in 2001. Irwin still had it in 2004. It was restored by J&L restorations and had moved to Don Roose (Bainbridge Island, Washington) by 2005. Advertised by Roose in 2007. Sold to Allen Nicholas (California) in December 2009 and used in west coast historic events. Sold by Nicholas to Peter McLaughlin (New Hampshire) in December 2014 but not raced. Sold to David Smoker (South Australia) in April 2016.
  2. Chevron B25 [25-73-16] (Charlie Munro): New to John Campbell Graham and fitted with a 1930cc Alan Smith Cosworth FVC and Hewland FT200 gearbox for Scottish formule libre. Sold to Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) in early 1974, and used again in libre events. Then to Andrew Jeffrey (Currie, Edinburgh, Scotland) for 1975, again in libre. To Charles Munro and Jimmy Jack (Evanton, Scotland) and used in Scottish libre races and hillclimbs in 1976 and 1977, still with its 1.9-litre engine. Sold to Ted Dzierzek (Edinburgh, Scotland) in early 1978 and used in libre until a heavy accident at Ingliston in April 1979 when he launched off the Armco into a marshals post. Bought from Dzierzek by Jeremy Bouckley (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands) in late 1979 or early 1980, when it was black and had a 1600cc BDA engine. Bouckley ran the car in the Loton Park hillclimb in April 1980, and then advertised it during the latter half of 1980 - together with the ex-John Stuart B25 that he was breaking - and in 1987. Sold to Roy Lane (Warwick, Warwickshire) for 1988, and raced by his mechanic Martin Chittenden (Leamington Spa, Warwickshire) in sprints that season. To Mark Colton (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) in 1989, then to Richard Budge (Retford, Nottinghamshire) in 1990, and retained by him until 2002 when it was sold to Keith Harris (Stockton-on-Teme, Worcestershire). Raced extensively by Harris in hillclimbs.
  3. Chevron B17 [17.70.08] (Russell Paterson): 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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