THE SBD HSA SPEED CHAMPIONSHIP REGULATIONS & AWARDS
AWARDS AND TROPHIES
The full list of SBD HSA Championship 2016 award winners can be downloaded here:
The full list of past years HSA Championship award winners can be found on the Past Winners page.
THE HSA CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY
For the first 14 years the HSA Speed Championship winner received the ALDON Automotive Trophy. This trophy has now been superceded by the new HSA Speed Championship trophy (pictured above) kindly donated by ALDON and SBD Motorsport with 2012 Champion, Matt Hillam being the first recipient.
THE SPECIAL AWARDS
1. ALAN PAYNE MEMORIAL TROPHY
This trophy, traditionally awarded to the winner of the class winner’s run-off at the HSA’s Speed Championship finale at Curborough, was awarded in memory of Alan Payne, a great enthusiast from Redditch who was an HSA member and renowned mainly for his very successful ‘Smiley Riley’, a Riley 1.5 saloon into which he inserted a Rover V8 engine. Shortly before his premature death, due to diabetic complications, he campaigned a single seater with a Rover V8 engine, a carbon honeycomb Anson SA4 F3 car which was later campaigned owned by Paul Gething and also driven by Gillian Goldsmith.
2. PAUL SQUIRES MEMORIAL TROPHY
The origins of the Paul Squires Memorial Trophy go back to the seventies and eighties, before bike engines took over in the 1100 class. Paul and his co-driver Phil Kidsley both worked for Cosworth; Phil worked in one of the machine shops on product development and Paul was on engine development.
Between them they ran a somewhat ancient Brabham BT28 with - perhaps not surprisingly - extremely effective Ford-based engines. Firstly a crossflow and then a series of BDA variants they'd built themselves, culminating in an ultra-short stroke supercharged version with a screw-type Lysholm blower, then a turbocharged version, and finally an engine with both. Incredibly noisy, this was one of the cars that financial magnate Hambro, who lived 'over the back' at Prescott, complained about and which eventually led to local, then nationwide, silencing coming into the sport!
The 1100 class was, in those days, one of the most competitive on the hills and Paul and Phil were often among the men to beat in a division that variously included such notable exponents of the time as David Gould, Allan Staniforth, Charles Barter and Russ Ward, among others. They retained the same ageing BT28 chassis throughout but their engines, and the results they got from the car, were certainly a talking point and a source of much admiration. It should be stressed that despite their Cosworth connections and associated contacts and facilities, their engines were entirely the results of their own spare-time work with no backing from the company.
Sadly, Paul, who was unmarried, died at an early age from a form of leukaemia and Phil, his wife Hilary and their son Dean (who was to start hilclimbing in a Jedi before transferring to the circuits with some success) donated the Paul Squires Memorial Trophy to the HSA in his memory. It was to be awarded for the most meritorious performance in the 1100cc racing car class, by a constructor or driver, during the year. This was long before the days of the HSA Championship, or indeed many of the regional championships that exist today and so, appropriately enough, it went to someone involved with either hillclimbing or sprinting at National level. Then, equally sadly, Phil died too – co-incidentally from the very same illness.
In those days, the HSA itself was concerned with - and indeed run by - competitors competing at National level and its objectives were to improve communications between competitors and organisers at that, and other, levels. Since then, of course, it has diversified and many of original HSA awards (The Peter Stephens, the Russ Ward, etc.), including the Paul Squires, have been presented for achievements outside their original remit, although the Paul Squires Memorial Trophy is once more awarded within the 1100cc racing car class.
3. PETER STEVENS MEMORIAL TROPHY
This trophy was awarded for conspicuous performance in the Clubmans (Hillclimb Supersports) and sports libre classes. Peter Stevens was the supportive father of four-time Midland hillclimb champion Rob Stevens. They shared the Caterham Super 7 in which Rob took his first two titles and the OMS-Suzuki in which Rob (who currently holds the Shelsley Walsh 2-litre sports libre record in a 1.6 Force-Suzuki) took his third. The trophy was supplied by the HSA’s founder member and first chairman, Russ Ward.
This trophy is now awarded to the highest placed competitor in the HSA Speed Championship who has scored in no more than 4 rounds.
4. THE HSA SHIELD
This trophy is awarded to the HSA 'competitor of the year' as judged by the organisers.
5. THE RUSS WARD TROPHY
Russ Ward was one of the founding members of the HSA and its first Chairman. Having served on the committee for many years Russ donated this well known
trophy which was originally awarded for meritorious perfomances in the sport. Now it is awarded to the organising club of the HSA Championship round which the organisers determine as the 'best'.
6. THE HSA DUAL DRIVE SHIELD TROPHY
This trophy was formerly the the Ashton Mobile Services trophy and was awarded to the highest placed competitor in the HSA Speed Championship who was over the age of 60 on April 1st.
This award was changed to the highest scoring pair of drivers in the Championship sharing the same car and the trophy was retired in 2012 to be replaced by the
Dual Drive Shield also going under its other name of the Tyre Warmers Callenge!
7. THE MX5 OWNERS CLUB TROPHY
A new trophy presented by the Mazda MX5 Owners Club to the MX5 driver with the highest overall score in the HSA Speed Chamiponship.
The UK Club is one of the largest MX-5 Owners Clubs in the world. Membership is not only open to all owners of MX-5s, Roadsters and Miatas, but also to enthusiasts of the car who have yet to acquire one.
The Club is organised by Area across the country. One of its greatest strengths is the network of Area Co-ordinators who organise local meetings, runs, track days, social gatherings and other events. The Areas publish a monthly newsletter for local members, and there are Area websites that provide up-to-date information on forthcoming local, national and international events and feature reports on past get-togethers.
The Club magazine, Softtop-Hardtop, is published bi-monthly, and features articles from members, technical advice and problem solving, focus articles on modifications as well as information on major MX-5 events both in the UK and elsewhere in the world. The magazine is well supported by Mazda dealerships and the major MX-5 aftermarket suppliers who regularly take advertising space.
Club benefits include discounts on servicing, parts and accessories available to members from the majority of Mazda dealerships across the country, as well as many OEM and non-OEM suppliers.
8. THE HSA CURBOROUGH SPRINT TROPHY
A new trophy presented to the competitor setting the Fastest Time of the Day at the HSA's traditional season closing Sprint at Curborough.