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Little Classics News: 7 July 2015
Photos: Tony Adams

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Hosts Vintage Sports Cars

Tim Kneller, VSCC president

A full entry was received for the Reg Phillips trophy meeting held at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on Saturday, an annual event named after a former club stalwart who was a constructor in the 50s and 60s, competitor, committee member for many years and great benefactor to the club.

Fastest time of day went to Nottingham driver Gary Thomas in the ex-Peter Radnall Force PC single seater competing in the 1600cc racing car class, with a time of 27.31 seconds. Winners in the guest club events were Graham Frankland in a Westfield SE, Steve Small in a Triumph TR7 V8, Tom Whittaker in an Aston Martin GT4 and Roger Jones in an Austin Mini.

ERA's in the paddock

Sunday saw a capacity entry in a co-promoted event with the Vintage Sports Car Club for mainly pre-war machines, many of which have been competing at Shelsley Walsh ever since.

VSCC president, Tim Kneller said: "We are very fortunate to receive this annual invitation from the Midland Automobile Club which allows us a fantastic opportunity to drive these nostalgic cars on what is the most historic and oldest track in continuous use in the world.

"It really is a wonderful venue which still hosts Shelsley Specials to this day, including the GN Spider which I believe has taken best time of day today, together with famous record holding cars from ERA (above) and many other vintage marques."

Mike Mohr in his Lagonda Rapier

Torrential downpours failed to deter drivers who had little protection from the elements, apart from hastily provided umbrellas, yet brilliant sunshine then broke through to quickly dry the track in a haze of steam.

Veteran character Mike Mohr, of Claverley, driving his Lagonda Rapier (above) commented: "As I came though crossing it was like a scene from television's Stars in their Eyes, with a huge wall of steam greeting me... and I momentarily thought "Tonight Matthew I am going to be the quickest driver" ... but alas, it was not to be!"

In the Sports Cars standard and modified sections there were class wins for Duncan Potter, Annabel Jones, William Lear and John Guyatt, with Roger Collings winning the Edwardian Class in his 1903 Mercedes 60HP.

Other class winners included Mark Purnell in a Riley 9, Simon Skelding in an AC 16-80 Special, Mike Vardy in his Isotta Fraschini Fiat, Tom Kirkby in a Bentley, John Fletcher in a Riley Sprite and Martin Spencer taking Best Time of Day in the 1938 GN Spider (PIC 8) with a very creditable time of 34.50 seconds.


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