|Wiscombe Park 8th May 2004|
A healthy number of historic 500s gathered at an seasonably chilly Wiscombe for the 500 Owners Association’s hillclimb. Fortunately the rain held off so competitors were able to try a bit harder this year. It was especially nice to see two Keift Mk Is of Ken Edwards and Demot Johnson in view of the sad loss of Cyril Kieft recently.
The class for Pre 1954 cars was by far the greater and consequently more competitive. It was wonderful to see the pair of Irish owned Mk1 Kiefts making their first appearance for many years. Sadly teething troubles prevented them making runs after practice and Colin Rawlinson’s Smith Buckler had to retire with magneto failure. Jon Brough won the class with a rapid 48.44 second climb ahead of Alistair Dent, John Dent and an ever improving John Polson.
The Post 1954 class was sadly depleted by non starters leaving the way clear for James Holland to take the class win ahead of Mike Lawrence and newcomer Nigel Challis with the ex Paul Schroder Cooper- Norton. After a bumper entry last year only 2 V Twins appeared this year and sadly the Cooper-Harley Mk V shared by Guy and Bella Murray broke its gearlever in practice preventing it taking any further part. That left the class win to Dr. Roger Willoughby and the fearsome ex Dickie Henderson blown Cooper Mk V.
Classified Results Pre '54
|1||Jon Brough||Cooper Mk V JAP||48.44|
|2||Altistair Dent||Hornet JAP||50.74|
|3||John Dent||Cooper Mk VI JAP||51.12|
|4||John Polson||Staride Mk III JAP||53.20|
|5||Mike Fowler||Cooper Mk V Norton||53.81|
|6||Graham Murdoch||FMS JAP||55.54|
|7||Jan Nycz||Staride Mk III JAP||57.97|
|8||Shirley Monro||Cooper Mk IV JAP||58.59|
|9||Gillian Jones||Hornet JAP||59.15|
|10||John Jones||J.L.R. Triumph||59.45|
|11||Humphrey Collis||J.L.R. Triumph||60.21|
|Ken Edwards||Kieft Mk I JAP||NTR|
|Dermot Johnson||Kieft Mk I JAP||NTR|
|Colin Rawlinson||Smith Buckler JAP||NTR|
|Classified Results Post '54|
|1||James Holland||Cooper Mk VIII||52.13|
|2||Mike Lawrence||C.B.S. JAP||54.36|
|3||Nigel Challis||Cooper Mk VIII||57.24|
|Classified Results V Twins|
|1||Roger Willoughby||Cooper Mk V JAP||49.53|
|500 Owners Association Championship Standings |
Results commentary and photos courtesy of James Holland.