The opening round of the Bugatti Owners Club FASSI Classic Speed Championship took place at Loton Park Hill Climb on Sunday 26 March.
The Loton Park Speed Hill Climb course is 1475 yards (1349 metres) long & is extremely challenging for competitors with a wide variety of corners and a changing character as an ascent progresses. Combine this with the damp conditions & you had a day where the best drivers came to the fore.
This was illustrated with a blistering but controlled drive by Scuderia FASSI’s Dave Fripp coming home in 4th place in the saloon class, only missing out on second place by a tenth of a second & just two hundredths on third. Our other driver, Leigh Carter, broadsided across the grass on the last corner to finish nowhere but at least entertain the Museum spectators.
Saloon winner on the day was Mark Hobbs in the Ford Escort Mk2, just a second off his personal best in the greasy conditions. Second & third places went to FASSI Championship debutants: Peter Baker drove his 1950’s Daimler Conquest right on the edge to finish second with Ben Thorne in the Austin Mini Clubman in third.
The Sports Car class was won by Ben Cross who beat his father Tim into second place in their dual drive MG Midget. Third place went to Garry Cox in the Reliant Scimitar Coupe ‘lemon slice’.
The battle for outright fastest up the hill was between Matt Clarke in the flying Austin Mini & Garry Cox in the Reliant Scimitar Coupe who just pipped it by a few hundredths on the final timed run.
Many thanks to the talented Stuart Wing & Steve Shelley for the great photographs & to all the staff & marshals at Loton Park for a well run event.
Click here to go to the championship photo gallery.
- Mark Hobbs Ford Escort MK2
- Peter Baker Daimler Conquest
- Ben Thorne Austin Mini Clubman
- Ben & Tim Cross MG Midget
- Garry Cox Reliant Scimitar Coupe
- Matt Clarke Austin Mini
- Scuderia FASSI Fiat Abarth 695 SS
- Dave Parr Ford Anglia
- Andy Clarke Alfa Romeo 105 gtv
- Alistair Clark Triumph Vitesse Mk2
Congratulations to James Fensome of NJI Transport who scoops 1st prize with ‘Pump it up’ in our #fassifriday competition this month.
This stunning photo of his FASSI F660RA in action could have been taken by a professional.
James wins a FASSI x LAS Helmet, FASSI Gilet, hoodie and merchandise pack of branded leather gloves and pouch, NEW insulated bottle and chamois leather. For a full list of this months’ winners see our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/fassiuk
Established in 1978 with a small workshop and employing just two people, Devon based Chris Hodgson Engineering is a family run business that offers a unique service to design, build and manufacture commercial, agricultural and industrial buildings from start to finish using its dedicated in-house workforce. The company now employs over 50 skilled people on a diverse range of projects across the South West of England.
We caught up with the company recently on site at Okehampton when they used one of their THREE Fassi cranes; a FASSI F710RA.2.27 to supply and build the blue and cream building in the images. The FASSI F710RA.2.27 has seven extensions giving a reach of 18.25m where it can still lift 2,660Kg. The combination of the D900 Digital Multifunction Distributor Bank and RCS radio control allows ‘mm’ precision placement of the steels and other materials.
A dynamic crane for a dynamic company.