Superb weather means great motor sport at Shelsley Walsh


A sensational line-up of more than 70 Vauxhall 30-98s overshadowed even the action on the hill at Shelsley Walsh last weekend (6-7 July).

The huge gathering took place to mark the 100th anniversary of Joseph Higginson smashing the course record by 7 secs in one of the pioneering sports cars.

It came on the second day of the meet – a joint venture between the Midland Automobile Club and Vintage Sports-Car Club – which attracted machines from the likes of Bentley, Maserati, Bugatti and Riley. 

Trademark tyre-smoking starts were the order of the day from Chris Williams’ 1929 Napier-Bentley as its 24-litre engine spun up the vintage car’s rear wheels with ease.

On the Saturday, Stewart Arklay won the Road Class of the Bert Hadley Memorial Championship, for Austin Sevens, with a time of 46.13 secs in his Ulster.

Victory in the Track Class went to Nick Allen’s Shelsley Special with a best of 45.51 secs.

Tim Davies, in his Pilbeam 88 hillclimb special, bagged Fastest Time of the Day with a scorching 26.39 secs.

Local racer Tina Hawkes, from Worcester, won the 1600 Racing Car Class with a personal best of 27.22 secs in her Force PC.

The Westfield Speed Series’ modified and standard categories were topped by Stu Hill in a GGR and Barry Slingsby in an SEiW, respectively.

The next event at Shelsley is the Breakfast club on 14 July.

Pictures: Tony Adams/Mark Constanduros

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