Hillclimbing is low-key by competition standards. Think of it as the cricket of motorsport, where you can spend an adrenaline-fuelled minute burning up a hill and testing your abilities to the max, before returning for a nice sit down and a cup of tea.
To me this is absolute bliss, what with tea and fast cars being two of my all-time favourite hobbies. I enjoy the slightly slower pace involved in this over the equally marvellous but rather more frenetic, aggressive world of circuit racing.
Hillclimbing is also a more technical motorsport than most. Being against the clock and through narrow, winding corners over short courses, it is a sport that can be just as rewarding in low-powered, everyday cars as it is terrifying in extremely powerful, specialised cars.
Prescott is arguably the best of these courses in the country. Some of you may be aware that Autocar holds sponsored reader days at the Cheltenham-based speed climb, so I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time there. The current record for the 1127-yard course is 36.5seconds, held by Scott Moran in a specialised Gould single-seater. I found that a Renaultsport Megane 250 Cup was about as much power as I needed or wanted on the course, particularly through the appropriately named ‘Pardon’ hairpin.