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Barbon Speed Hillclimb 2

9:30am to 5:00pm Saturday, 6 July 2019

Barbon Manor, Barbon LA6 2LJ

This is the second of this year's exciting Speed Hillclimbs at Barbon near Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria. Everything from standard road going family hatchbacks to ultra quick single seat racing cars all trying to set the fastest time for their class up the spectacular drive to Babon Manor.

The day's events include rounds 15 & 16 of the MSA British Hill Climb Championship, where you'll see the UK's fastest hill climb cars!

Will anyone break the outright course record? Be there to find out, it's a day not to be missed!

Admission is just £8 on the gate, accompanied kids under 14 get in free. Free parking, free access to the paddock too.

What is it?

Barbon Hillclimb is a relatively short but very quick speed hill climb course just outside the village of Barbon, near Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria.

The new course record of 20.08 seconds set by Jos Goodyear in July 2015 makes Barbon the fastest Hillclimb course in the UK – Jos set an average speed from start to finish of 90.66mph. Opened in 1950 the spectacular venue with views out over the surrounding countryside may be home to the shortest hillclimb in the UK, but its 675m course is incredibly popular with drivers who enjoy the challenge and great atmosphere that the venue provides. It’s great for spectators too, the whole of the course is accessible for viewing and you also have full access to the paddock area where the cars (and drivers) “rest” between runs.

What’s it all about? It’s simply an opportunity for registered competitors to drive their car as quickly as possible up the winding estate road of Barbon Manor, the aim quite simply being to get from the bottom to the top in the shortest possible time. See Russell Thorp’s excellent video here – It begins with an early morning look around the paddock in June 2018 and then moves on to in-car film of 5 runs up the hill in his Renault 5 Turbo.

Barbon Manor

The Barbon Hillclimb course is situated in the grounds of Barbon Manor, with spectacular views out over the surrounding countryside. The spectator gates open at 8am, and the first practice is due to start by around 9.30am. You’ll be hard pressed to tell the difference between practice and the competition runs – they’re just as exciting and only a stopwatch will show if the cars are slightly slower! Apart from a break for lunch, the action should continue right through until late afternoon, generally finishing between 4.30 & 5pm. Hot & cold refreshments are available on site throughout the day for competitors and spectators.


From the M6, take the A65 East to Kirkby Lonsdale, turn left onto the A683 for exactly 3 miles, then right to Barbon Village. Then follow the local signs to the venue.

From South Yorkshire, take the A65 past Settle to Kirkby Lonsdale, turn right onto the A683 for 3 miles & then turn right again to Barbon village and follow the signs to the venue.

Using a sat nav? The nearest postcode is LA6 2LJ which will bring you right into the heart of Barbon Village. For a Google map of the area, Click here

For more information see and look out for the other events at Barbon in May and June.

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