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Speed events
- sprints & hillclimbs

Karl Stevens

A speed event can be summarised as a timed competition on tarmac surfaces, with cars running one at a time.

Typically, the course is between 1 and 2 miles long, and you'll have 2 or 3 timed practice runs in the morning, followed by 2 or 3 runs to count for the results.

Sprints and hillclimbs both fit this description, but in the South of England, hillclimb venues are scarce, whereas many racing circuits, airfields, and other military sites can be used for sprints. The Abingdon CARnival sprint, jointly organised by FDMC and Sutton and Cheam MC, runs two separate courses on the same day - two events in one!

The classes are designed to let you compete against cars of similar potential. FDMC's classes correspond to those in the ACSMC's Sprint and Hillclimb championships, and include one class for standard cars (up to 2 litres), which offer very affordable motor sport, with competitors typically using the same cars that they drive every day.

FDMC normally runs three sprints during the year; for more information, see the Sprinting section of our Forum, and the pictorial reports of previous FDMC sprints, on our Event Reports page, and /or make contact through our Contact Us page.

This picture by Keith Wood, taken at our 2004 Sprint Royale, captures lots of the atmosphere of club level sprinting, with an Austin 7 special leaving the start line, on a sunny day at Rushmoor arena.

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