Among the many motorsport disciplines, there is one – hill climb, which translates as “climbing the hill.” But hills are very different…
If the words “hill climb” mean a picturesque tarmac in the mountains, conquered by elegant sports cars, you know almost nothing about hill climbs. Welcome to Gloucestershire, England, where this type of motorsport is likely to have originated. Every year in February, the Stroud & District Motor Club hosts the Cotswold Clouds here. So you understand: the event has been held since 1950! That is, the first such race took place three months earlier than the first ever Formula 1 Grand Prix! In 2023, about 80 crews from all over England gathered in Gloucestershire in a variety of vehicles – from pre-war to modern ones.
This exciting action is carried out in several stages – the racers need to go through a whole range of off-road sections. Each of the tracks is very compact, and spectators, located on the surrounding hillocks, can watch the passage from beginning to end. One of the sections is famous for being the most difficult: it is Crooked Mustard, which literally translates as “crooked mustard”. Let’s give the British their due: a more accurate name could hardly have been found …
Video: Youtube / Urban Pictures UK
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