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Little Classic News: 28 April 2014

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Attracting Classics

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Attracting ClassicsThe first competitive event of the year at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb has attracted a full entry of some of the very best cars and drivers from across the country.

Several new machines and first time drivers will be making an appearance at this “Speed into Spring" event in a wide variety of sports, classic, saloon and racing cars, alongside entrants in the highly competitive Midland Hill Climb Championship.

The 1100cc racing car class sees no fewer than 21 entries with MAC member Simon Fidoe campaigning the very latest F1-inspired and fully aerodynamic Empire Wraith single-seater which will be seen at Shelsley Walsh in competition for the first time.

Fifteen Porsche cars will be competing in their own invited class as part of the Porsche Club of Great Britain Championship and 25 cars of all Lotus variants will be taking part in the Paul Matty Sports Cars Lotus Championship.

Other invited classes include the Cheltenham Porsche Specialists “B‟ Licence Road Going Championship and a special class for AC Cars.

One driver set to entertain the crowds is John Harrison from Wareham, Dorset, with his 1958 Dodge Coronet sedan, which has a 5.3litre V8 engine, only two forward automatic gears and manages 14 miles per gallon on a good run!

John commented: "The challenge of hill climbing such a totally unsuitable but exciting car is what appeals to me and I am really looking forward to driving for five hours up to Shelsley Walsh and then competing at this iconic venue.

"The car is completely unrestored and retains its original paint, interior and drive train, with no power steering or assisted brakes and is running on authentic crossply whitewall tyres to provide a true 1950s driving experience.

"It will reach 60 mph in first so I just keep it in that gear and hang on for dear life as it wallows along and smokes its tyres around the corners."

Practise and qualifying takes place on Saturday with timed competition runs in programme order with full commentary on Sunday including run off competitions for the fastest twelve cars taking place at the end of both morning and afternoon sessions. Further details can be obtained from the club’s website at


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