Shelsley hosts Classic weekend

| 30 Jul 2012

A 100-strong concours d'elegance entry joined a packed programme of hillclimbing at Shelsley Walsh's Classic Nostalgia meeting on 28-29 July. The concours, which was supported by C&SC and judged by Simon Taylor, provided an eclectic line-up of cars from the 1920s to the 1980s. In the end, it was agreed that Peter Male's superb Graber-bodied Alvis (below) was a worthy overall winner.

Other cars to win their respective classes included a Morgan Super Sports, Lancia Aurelia B20 and Mini 850. The judges whittled down the entry to a shortlist of 15 cars, all of which were invited to join a parade up the famous hill before Sunday afternoon's competitive runs began.

On the hill, Martin Jones twice claimed Fastest Time of the Day in his F5000 Chevron B42. On Sunday, he eclipsed his 28.37secs run from the day before to clock a best of 28.19secs, edging out Peter Cox and Keith Harris.

Saturday saw the Luffield Cars MG Car Club Speed Championship take centre stage as the event also marked 50 years of the MGB. James Thacker's Midget won the up-to-1500cc class with a time of 37.10secs. George Hopkins took the over-1500cc honours with an extremely rapid climb of 32.70secs in his RV8.

As well as the concours entrants, Sunday's parade included a collection of Austin Sevens and AC Cobras to celebrate the models' 90th and 50th anniversaries respectively.

There was an impressive display of Dellows from the Register, plus a Sunbeam line-up that featured this 1911 16/20 (below). The 4.3-litre two-seater won an open event at Shelsley Walsh on 22 June 1912 with a time of 83.4secs.

There were also demonstration runs between classes, with the ex-Raymond Mays Ford Zodiac sounding particularly crisp...