Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
Location: Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire, WR6 6RP,
Even some of the nation’s biggest brains might struggle to name the world’s oldest motorsport venue still in existence.
But if you said Shelsley Walsh you would be right.
The Worcestershire location hosts its latest hill climb on the weekend of June 4-5.
The British Hill Climb Championship makes the first of two visits to Shelsley Walsh in the Best of British festival.
Social climbers and eclectic clubs
This social weekend sees several vehicles and organisations try to get to grips with the 914-metre climb.
The event acts as a round for no fewer than eight championships. These include the Sevenoaks Speed League, Pirelli Ferrari Hillclimb Championship and TTC Group Top Ten Challenge.
The Hagley & District Light Car Club and Ferrari Owners’ Club are among the other clubs invited. The rules couldn’t be simpler. Competitors just need to travel to the top of the hill from the bottom in as quick a time as they can muster.
Don’t leave without …
• Visiting one of the many trade stands: Perhaps you will find the final missing piece of your current motor project jigsaw.
• Exploring the village: Shelsley Walsh is a quaint village by the River Teme with a population of around 30 and a church dating back to the 1200s.
• Checking out the event’s history with officials and locals: You’ll soon discover that Martin Groves holds the hill record, one that has stood for eight years - an amazing 22.58 seconds. The winner of the first climb won it doing an average speed of 26.15mph, completing the course in 77.6 seconds. OK, so that might not seem fast compared to today, but Ernest Instone carved himself a place in history in his 35hp Daimler.
Adult tickets cost £10 for Saturday admission, £12 for Sunday and £20 for the weekend