VSCC hillclimb, Harewood

June 3

James Baxter added another VSCC hillclimb victory to his growing tally when he hustled his Frazer Nash single-seater to the top of the Harewood climb in early June.

Baxter was the class of the field and any one of his four competitive climbs at the Yorkshire hill would have been good enough for fastest time of the day. In fact, Baxter was the model of consistency, with four attacking climbs and less than 1.5sec between his best, at 67.82sec, and his worst, at 69.14sec.

The only other driver to crack the 70sec mark was Robert Cobden in his Riley Falcon Special. Cobden started his afternoon with a 69.92sec, but that was to prove the best of his four climbs.

With practice problems keeping Trevor John (AC/GN) and Tim Whellock (Hardy Special) out of the action, it was Ben Fidler who led the chase of Baxter and Cobden in his Lagonda Rapier single-seater. Notable class wins went to William Mahany (HRG Le Mans), Ken Macmaster (BMW 328) and Wayne Stansfield (right in MG L Type).