The Toyo Tires Midland Speed Championship – What is it?

The Toyo Tires Midland Speed Championship is a motorsport championship consisting of speed events – Sprints and Hillclimbs – based around the Midlands of England.

Speed events are type of grassroots motorsport enjoyed by thousands of amateur drivers across the UK. In a speed event, competitors take turns to drive their cars along a metalled track from a standing start to a flying finish. Cars are spaced so that no driver will interfere with the run of another. It is simply about who can drive fastest on an open road. Each competitor gets two runs, with only the fastest run counting.

The basic difference between a sprint and a hillclimb is that sprints take place on the level while hillclimbs involve climbing a hill. This simple explanation disguises a rather greater difference in practice. Many sprints take place on motor-racing circuits or closed airfields, so that the tracks are wide and the bends open with plenty of space to run-off. Hillclimbs tend to take place in country parks or farms with narrow roads and tight bends, with little or no room for error.

Competing cars vary from standard unmodified road cars, through road cars with varying degrees of modification, up to purpose built racing cars, some with ex-Formula 1 engines.