On my way back from holiday in the French Alps, I visited a round of the FIA European Hill Climb Championship, held in the medieval village of St-Ursanne in north-west Switzerland.
In today’s safety conscious world, the event is as probably as close as you can get to experiencing the glory days of the Mille Miglia and Targa Florio in the 1950’s / 60’s. Sports- racing cars are driven over cobbled village streets before they tackle Europe’s fastest hill climb course. At 5180 meters long and with an elevation gain of 350 meters, the course is nearly 5 times the length of the average UK hill climb course such as Prescott or Shelsley Walsh.
Simone Faggioli from Italy was the fastest in his Norma sports racing car at an incredible average speed of over 180 km/h. However, race day was delayed by numerous over ambitious drivers hitting the Monaco style Armco lining the course, maybe health and safety has its place after all.
Julia Pennington, Managing Director