Stuck and rally titans to star at Shelsley


Former Le Mans winner Hans-Joachim Stuck will drive an Auto Union at the ever-expanding Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia meeting on 16-17 July. The German ace will be honouring the 80th anniversary of his father’s appearance at the same venue – then part of the European Hillclimb Championship – in a V16 C-type. 

In 1986, Hannu Mikkola drove a Group B quattro at Shelsley to mark 50 years since Stuck Snr’s visit. Despite having never seen the hill before, he stunned observers with a climb of 29.51 secs, setting a Closed Car record that stood for many years. Mikkola’s car, now owned by Steve Perez, will also return to Shelsley in July. 

It will be joined by an ex-Stig Blomqvist RS200 and the very first Lancia Delta S4 in a special class celebrating Group B. 

There will be a full programme of competition over the two days, including rounds of the MG Car Club speed championship and a strong entry of 500cc single-seaters, while the courtyard area will host live music and interviews with star names.

The C&SC-backed concours will once again take place on the Sunday, with the first 100 classics through the gate being offered the chance to take part. Simon Taylor will oversee the informal judging, after which the prize-winners will have the chance to take part in a parade up the hill.

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