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A Brief History

Red Marley hill climb was a feature of Easter Monday Midlands motorcycle action from the 1920's when the Worcestershire village of Great Witley reverberated to the sound of motorcycles attempting to be fastest up a quarter mile hill!

A simple knockout contest - first across the finish line went through to the next round -served the event well until its final running in 1970 as a modern event.

So popular was the hill climb there were buses laid on to take the public to the village and to say you'd done well at Red Marley was a noteworthy thing. Given its location close to the British motorcycle industry there was a major factory presence there with lots of star riders entering. Sadly interest waned and enteries were returned for the few who entered in 1971 marked as 'not enough enteries'

The event was revived for the Millennium celebrations, permission granted for a 'one off' on the last used hill, then a local farmer offered a hill on his land close to the original. Since then the Goodman family have been hosts to the event. Still a simple knockout - though now with four riders in a heat - with the first two across the line going over to the next heat which encourages furious racing. Such is the make-up of the event there are always surprises and there are those special dope burning hill climb bikes while others simply take the lights off their road bikes, fit motocross tyres and have a go.

Easter Monday is a flexible date so keep looking at the site for the exact date!

This year it is -  1st April 2024


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