Baitings Dam Hillclimb Course
||These pages have moved to http://www.nwsprints.co.uk where there are no annoying adverts, pop-ups or spyware and it responds quicker too! Baitings Dam is one of the tightest hillclimbs around. With its
succession of 1st gear hairpins it's almost a different discipline altogether from courses
like Aintree. The course record is 25 or 26 seconds. I think the record may be
held by Ian Scott in his home built, but very professional, motorbike engined Megapin.
If you can get up in under 30 seconds you are doing well. It is popular with
rally cars and there are usually special classes for them. Anything with a short
wheelbase is particularly suitable, so minis and imps do well. On a rainy day you
could get even FTD in a road car - an Elan did so about 10 years ago. Some nutters
even hillclimb motorbikes
Turn off the M62 towards Ripponden. As you enter Ripponden, take a hairpin left
at the traffic lights onto the A58 towards Rochdale. Proceed for two miles.
The course is on the left opposite the New Inn pub.
- A friendly, sociable place, no officious officials, no stress and run when you are
- Not many runners = plenty of runs (as many as 8 in a day which is pretty good value).
- As a competitor you can see most of the action most of the time.
- A pleasant place to marshall - the competitors sometimes do this at paddock bend.
- The time difference between fastest and slowest can be quite small particularly when its
- Hairpins - too many of them.
- The "racing line" is marked by a thin black line, you know you are off that
line when you are on the green bits on either side or stuck up a bank.
- Hard on transmissions.
- I always perform particularly badly here!