July 2017 Barbon Hillclimb Cancelled

By Chairman • June 29th, 2017

Following an inspection of the venue this afternoon (29th June), it is with great regret that we have to advise that we have no option but to cancel this weekend’s Barbon Hillclimb.

There has been an unusually high volume of rain over the past few days which has resulted in the paddock becoming substantially waterlogged. Despite there being no further rain forecast until after the event, it is clear that the ground conditions will not recover sufficiently by Friday evening / Saturday morning to allow competing cars and their attendant vehicles, trailers etc to safely negotiate the paddock. Frustratingly, the course itself is in near perfect condition.

We have no doubt that you will share our disappointment at having to cancel and we can only apologise for making the announcement so close to the event, but we had hoped that things might improve in time to allow the meeting to go ahead.

We have already refunded all competitors who entered on-line and in the next few days will be mailing refunds to those who entered by post.

We are looking at ways of tackling the land drainage issues at Barbon as we strive to improve this spectacular and challenging venue for the future.

Competitors may be interested in an alternative event, the Scammonden Hillclimb being organised by Pendle District Motor Club on Saturday 12th August. See Pendle MC’s website for details of the event which is a round of The Liverpool Motor Club Speed Championship, Longton’s Northern Speed Championship, The 2017 ANWCC Speed/Hillclimb/Sprint Championship. SD 34 MSG Sprint &Hillclimb Championship. The Cross Border Speed Championship.

John Harden, LMC Chairman

updated 30th June 2017


By Chairman on July 1st, 2017 at 9:28 pm

Unfortunately we are unable to run the event at later date in July. It takes around 6 months to organise an event these days, we have to find a date that doesn’t clash with other events, bring in a whole range of support services including doctor, rescue unit, timekeeper etc, obtain agreement from the land owner, publicise the event in order to gain competitors, and we need at least 60 competitors to make the event financially viable. The July 1st event was a round of the British Championship that only comes to Barbon because it visits Harewood the next day, so with Harewood’s calendar finalised for the rest of the year, we wouldn’t be able to get the BHC competitors.
So, whilst it sounds like a good idea, it isn’t practical to rearrange the event for another date in July. Sorry!

The information that you have shared is very useful it is said to hear that this year the cancellation of the barbon festival but health comes at the priority position and your work is really praise worthy.


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