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Kop Hill Climb 16-17 September Stanley 607 performance
Posted by: Peter Turvey (
Date: September 21, 2017 07:09AM

We took our Stanley Model 607 to the Kop Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire last weekend - a large charity event, great turnout of classic cars.

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The hill rises 304 feet in 3,848 feet, with a gradient of 1 in 4 at its steepest.

Our Stanley 607 performed adequately on the climb, and I feel its a more severe test then Prescott.

We had two good runs when the steam pressure was 500 at starting and dropping to 450 psi all the way up and two when we were struggling a bit on the 1:4 with 350 psi - firstly on the Saturday due to low fuel pressure (should have pumped fuel by hand to get this up quickly on the starting line) and on the second, on Sunday, forgot to ‘hook up’ the engine which uses steam more economically.

On the first day we had No.60 jets in, and I put No.58 jets in on the second day to boost steam production. I normally run with No.62 jets.

Fuel was the usual 50/50 petrol/diesel

There was one other steam car present, a 1901 Toledo BS 8518 1902 owned by James Gregory and David Furnell from Hertfordshire- which (probably wisely) did not attempt the hill.



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