Hill - Hillclimb
Before 1923 when Hillclimbs on the public highway were allowed the Event held
at Aston Hill became a classic over the 20 years of its existence.
The original start-line was 20 yds from the junction of the now A4011
The finish-line level with the house at the top of the hill. ?
The original Course length was 3/4 mile in length which was later reduced to
3/4 mile - climb record was 87.6seconds in a 1904 Napier driven by S.F. Edge
(builder of Brooklands track)
1000yds - the course record was 58.6 seconds in a 20hp Crossley.
Aston Clinton - Aston Hill. ?
not sure of exact location.
Aston Martin, never organised races on the hill, but they
certainly raced their cars there...
Lionel Martin's first hill climb
in an 'Aston' prototype in 1914
The Aston Martin Monument
The Origin of Aston Martin
Aston hill, part of the Lord Rothschild's Estate,
was a renowned motoring venue
made his first ascent of this hill
in a tuned Singer Car on 4th, April, 1914.
Shortly afterwards, on the 16th. May, at the
Herts County Automobile & Aero Club meeting
he was so
successful, that the sporting light
first registered in his name in March 1915,
was called an "ASTON-MARTIN".
it was the start
of a legend
in the history of the automobile.
This plaque was
by the Aston Martin Owners Club
Aston Martin Lagonda Limited.
The Hill Course - Photo's
Approach to the 1000yds Finish Line
Through Corner 3
Straight 2 to Corner 3
Exit of Corner 2
Straight 1 - leading to Corner 2
Approach to Corner 1
0.1 mile = 176yds
0.2 mile = 352yds
0.3 mile = 528yds
0.4 mile = 704yds
0.5 mile = 880yds
0.6 mile = 1056yds
0.7 mile = 1232yds
0.8 mile = 1408yds
0.9 mile = 1584yds
1.0 mile = 1760yds
10yds = 0.005681 mile
20yds = 0.011362 mile
30yds = 0.017043 mile
40yds = 0.022724 mile
50yds = 0.028405 mile
60yds = 0.034086 mile
70yds = 0.039767 mile
80yds = 0.045448 mile
90yds = 0.051129 mile
100yds = 0.056810 mile
1000yds = 0.56810 mile
Shelsey Walsh (Worcestershire)
Gurston Down Hillclimb (Wiltshire)
Prescott Speed Hillclimb (Gloucestershire)
Wiscombe Park (Devon)
Harewood Speed Hillclimb (Sheffield)
Loton Park - Alberbury near Shrewsbury.
Brookland Circuit (London)
Millbrook - Hill Circuit
Hill Climbing Safety Info....
Hillclimbing is on twisty paved up-hill sections of single lane roads (usually on private property) NOT usually on purpose-built tracks with car friendly gravel run-off areas.
The courses are often challenging, unforgiving, and require quick reflexes and excellent machine handling skills.
Before you participate in a hillclimb think about what
would happen if you crash your car during the event. Can you afford to write
your vehicle off?