What a beautiful Autumn day it was at Curborough for the last competitive event of the season held by the Club. It was a full entry with ‘Best Time of Day” going to Gary Thomas in Class J1 & J2 combined in his Force PC in a time of 53.08s
The ‘figure of 8’ track configuration is a real test and one or two managed to take wrong turns during their morning practice runs.
The Honda S2000’s took first and second in ‘Class A2(a)/A2(b) ably driven by Michael Thomson and Raymond Worrall with the very nippy Fiat X19 of late entrant Jonathan Plowe taking 3rd. Class wins also went to Chris Berrisford in his Subaru Impreza (A3a), Graham Godfrey, Audi TT (A3b), John Palmer (B1 /B2), David Bickley (C2 & D).
Matt Carter managed just one run but still took the top spot in F/G Class in his Radical. Simon Andrews took best time by an MAC member in his OMS 28 and also won his class
It was good to see the Ralt F302 of John Chalmers on track and the Triumph TR5 of Rod Stansfield who managed a small ‘off’ just after the finish line, with Bruce Atkinson taking top honours in that class in his Alfa GT Junior.
Fourteen Ferraris turned out for their last event of the season and Richard Prior (who turned up late having chosen to watch the end of the Japanese Grand Prix!) then put in the fastest time in his Ferrari 355 GTB.
A great day of competition run in glorious weather and a suitable conclusion to our 2016 season.
The final breakfast club took place last Sunday with glorious sunshine and a full paddock. The atmosphere was like an end of term party, lots of people meeting up with friends and bringing their families.
On Saturday 19thNovember 2016 in the Stratstone Restaurant, Shelsley Walsh at 7pm Mac will give a talk on the history of the world famous car ERA R4D and his time owning and driving it. This should be a fascinating evening about this car which is synonymous with Shelsley Walsh.
Mac will also have copies of his book about the car available to buy and will sign them on request.
£15 for MAC members
£20 for non-members
includes a ploughman’s supper.
There will be a cash bar.
Please contact Gill Dayson to book your place on 01886 812211 ext1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Perfect weather conditions added a bonus festival atmosphere to the last competitive events of the hill climb year at Shelsley Walsh over the weekend, finishing off an exceptional year of motor sport, according to the Midland Automobile Club’s competition secretary Robin Webb.
The two separate one-day events entitled ‘Autumn Speed Finale’ saw a capacity entry for both days and fierce competition throughout in the culmination of several individual championships.
MAC Competition Secretary Robin Webb, commented: “The setting doesn’t get much better than Teme Valley for a pleasant weekend’s motorsport with beautiful sunshine and shirt sleeves, combined with a huge variety of cars and many drivers fighting hard for final championship positions.
“Overall it has been a superb season of competition with over-subscribed entries for every event here at Shelsley Walsh and credit must go to the MAC officials and marshals who ensure that these events run so smoothly, allowing both competitors and spectators to enjoy their chosen sport.”
Adding a little more flavour to the weekend mix were over 30 motorcycle and sidecar combinations competing on Saturday in their own National Hill Climb Association championship, with wins for solo riders Glyn Poole, Tom Short, Peter Short and Peter Jeffery, with Sam Matthewman and passenger Kelly Martin taking the sidecar class.
Keeping it in the family, sponsor Paul Matty admitted to being only ‘mildly embarrassed’ by winning his class in the final round of his own 25th anniversary Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship, with wife June having won the Fastest Lady award, David Hampton having already sealed the overall title in his Lotus Atlantic.
The Morgan Sports Car Club saw handicap wins for George Proudfoot followed by Rob Toon and Clive Hall, with Steve Mogg, Jes Firth, Mark Everett and Alan Hugh-Davies taking the handicap honours respectively in the TVR Car Club Speed Championship.
Best Time of Day on Saturday went to Richard Hollingworth with a time of 27.49 seconds in his DJ Firehawk racing car, with class wins for drivers including Russell Haynes, Bruce Atkinson, David Gidden, Antony Browne and Derek Kessell.
Sunday produced a 26.95 run taking Best Time of Day by Gary Thomas in his Force PC racing car, with class wins for Mike Walters, Chris Berrisford, John Bradshaw, Duncan Andrews, Tim Barber, Matt Carter, Martin Jones and Simon Andrews
Two hectic days of motor sport action hosted by the Midland Automobile Club will be taking place at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb this weekend as several different championships are going ‘down to the wire’ in deciding ultimate title winners.
Spectators and fellow competitors crowded into the paddock area and trackside at the British Hill Climb Championship‘s premier event were not disappointed on Sunday as the very last run of the day proved the highlight of the meeting held at Continue reading “EVENT REPORT: Championship Challenge”→
Former British Hill Climb Champion Trevor Willis was one of many people who heaped praise on the Midland Automobile Club for its outstanding success in organising a day where club members could drive the iconic hill in non-competitive format in their own road cars or on motorcycles.
Trevor, who was national champion in 2012 and lives nearby, rode his classic Laverda Jota motorcycle in the morning before popping home to swap it for a beautiful red Ducati 899 Panigale for the afternoon runs. Trevor, commented: “It’s lovely to come to Shelsley Walsh when there is absolutely no pressure on me, which won’t be the case next weekend for the big British hill climb meeting, but I have thoroughly enjoyed myself in this relaxed atmosphere and its good to see so many fellow club members attending in so many different sorts of cars.”
Making a return visit for Members Day were three men from Hereford, who had clubbed together three years ago and invested the princely sum of £450 in a 1999 Citroen Saxo with 137k miles on the clock, simply to take part in the first ever event.
Friends, Tom Webb, Wayne Simmonds and Nick Rizzadini have attended with this car for the past three years and Tom said: “This is a unique opportunity for us to come along and have some fun together, we do thrash the car quite a bit but it hasn’t missed a beat, even though it gets so many hard runs when constantly driven by all three drivers throughout the day.
“Our claim to fame is that event sponsor Jeremy Holden had a ‘guest drive’ in the Saxo and declared himself most impressed with its performance and handling, which was absolutely brilliant, and hopefully we will all be back again with this car next year!”
MAC event organiser, Rachel Lovett, said: “This year we have introduced the facility for passenger rides and this has proved to be a great success and sits well alongside the usual myriad swapping of drivers and cars, which is what makes this day so very special for our members”
One new MAC member is James Collins who drove his bright red VW Beetle to the event, having built the car entirely himself together with fitting a Porsche engine over the past few years, saying: “The weather has been fantastic, the array of cars superb and the organisation spot on! I have made several new friends and am looking forward to competing in regular events in this car next year.”
Members Day Car Show sponsor Jeremy Holden voted the 1975 Alfa Romeo Giulia, belong to Paul Varnon, of Pershore, as the ‘car he would most like to take home’ while the MAC’s Rachel Lovett won the ‘most smiles per mile’ award for her quaint and original Fiat 500, with former television presenter Peter Tomlinson winning the ‘best classic sports car’ class with his MGC Roadster Sebring.
Summing up, regular competitor Duncan Andrews, said: “As an avid club member I believe this to be one of the best social events here at Shelsley Walsh. I have today been acting as a paddock marshal together with Annie Goodyear, and this has given me a perfect insight into the patience and organisational skills that the regular team of paddock marshals need when trying to get drivers and their cars to the holding area in batch order, so full credit to them!“
Many stayed on into the evening for drinks and a buffet supper with entertainment from Geoff Godwins Chosen Few jazz band under the evening sun.
There is all to play for as the MSA British Hill Climb Championship reaches its crucial stages at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, near Worcester, this coming weekend with all the top drivers and cars in action. (20/21 Aug)
Five times former champion Scott Moran of Ludlow currently leads by 21 points – before some scores are dropped – in his all-conquering Gould GR61X, with Worcester driver and 2012 champion Trevor Willis in his OMS 28 racing car in close contact, while Scottish driver Wallace Menzies holds third place, with Richard Spedding and Dave Uren in fourth and fifth respectively.
Reigning British champion Alex Summers, from Tenbury Wells, is awaiting delivery of his new car, so he will be sharing a Gould GR55 racing car with owner Mark Coley as it has a Cosworth V6 engine, similar to the one that Alex will have in his DJ Firestorm which is currently under construction.
Scott, said: “This should be a really good weekend as Trevor is chasing me hard and Wallace is not far behind, Alex will be sharing a Gould GR55 which is ideal for a ‘power hill’ like Shelsley Walsh, so as one of his favourite venues, Alex should go well!
“I haven’t driven for over a month since the Channel Island events but the car is being prepared this week and I will be raring to go at the weekend.”
The Championship Challenge weekend also sees a large entry of cars in the Midland Hill Climb Championship with reigning champion and current leader Mike Turpin, of Hereford, competing in his Vauxhall VX220.
The ever-popular Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship reaches its penultimate round at Shelsley Walsh this weekend with sponsor’s wife June Matty leading the points in the handicap class with her Lotus 2022 FJ while David Hampton leads the main class with his Lotus 69 Atlantic.
Paul Matty, commented: “The weather forecast looks good so we are hoping for a great weekend as both of our front running drivers only have a slender 3-point lead, so competition within the ranks will be pretty fierce and we apologise now for our boistrous behaviour after the event!”
Eight cars are entered into the 500 Owners Association class while no fewer than 22 drivers are competing in the 1100cc racing car class and 15 cars are taking part in the classic racing section for pre-1971,1975 and pre-1985 cars.
The action starts with practice and qualifying from 9.15am on Saturday with two timed competition runs in programme order with full commentary on Sunday. There will be a run off for the fastest 12 cars registered for the British Championship at the end of both the morning and afternoon sessions on Sunday.
Advanced tickets are still available for both days £10 Saturday and £12 Sunday with tickets also being sold on the gate at £12 Saturday and £15 Sunday.
Further information can be obtained from www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk
There has been a lot of interest in “The Spirit Of Shelsley Walsh” timepiece and we are pleased to announce that in association with our sponsor Omologato it is now available for pre-order.
Classic Nostalgia saw the first bespoke watch from Omologato awarded to a competitor who evokes the Spirit of Shelsley Walsh. Chris Jaques and his 1934 Maserati 8CM that originally competed at the venue back in the 1930’s were the first recipients.
Limited to just 50 pieces we are now offering members and enthusiasts of Midland Automobile Club and the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb the chance to own a bit of British Motorsport History.