Hillclimbing & Sprinting

The Essential Manual

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.

About the authors

Phil Short is well-known as a rally man with 17 international victories to his credit, as a successful co-driver to several top drivers and has written a book Rally Co-driving on the subject. Subsequently, he became a Rally Team Manager at the highest level with an unprecedented 60 WRC wins to date, has also turned his hand to Hillclimbing and Sprinting, gaining numerous class wins and records at the wheel of his modified production Mini. Phil, who lives in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, is married to Lyn and they have two sons, Simon and Andrew.

Steve Wilkinson was introduced to motor sport as a young boy by his father, Les. Concentrating on Speed Events from the mid-1980s, he was invited to write reports and take photographs for the HSA’s Speedscene magazine in 1991. From the mid-1990s Steve covered Speed Events for Motorsport News and Autosport as a freelance photo journalist. He was later appointed Press and Media Co-ordinator for the BMSA in the running of the British Sprint Championship and, in the last few years, he has become a well-respected commentator at Speed Events around the country. Steve lives in Southport, Lancashire.

eBook details

eISBN: 978-1-845845-06-3 • eV number: eV4506 • Published: August 2012 • Language: English • Digital edition: First Digital Edition. Base eBook price: £14.99 / $14.99 / €17.87 (vendors may set their own prices, so actual prices may vary).
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Original book info

V4103 • Paperback • 25x20.7cm • £17.99 • 112 pages • 152 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845841-03-4 • UPC: 6-36847-04103-8. Price subject to change, P&P extra.

Hillclimbing & Sprinting

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