February 8 2018

The Chateau Impney Hill Climb Returns

Thousands of spectators are expected to be attending this year’s Chateau Impney Hill Climb in Droitwich, with advanced tickets being released!

The hotel’s annual celebration of historic motorsport sees the return of the speed trials – epitomising the era of 1950s and 60s motor-sport.

The Chateau Impney estate, located in the stunning Worcestershire countryside, is the perfect backdrop to the nostalgic event. Autocar magazine describes it as “easily the most picturesque of this country’s sprint and hill climb venues”.  

High octane fun

This year’s event takes place on Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July and is being sponsored by ourselves, Footman James.

Practice runs will take place on Saturday, with morning and afternoon speed trials taking place on Sunday, followed by the Hill Climb trophy presentation.

But even if you can’t take part in the practice runs, thrill-seeking spectators will still be well-catered for at the event, with some epic demonstrations and exhibitions to pass the time.

Last year saw a showcase of some iconic motors, including a Bugatti Chiron, Nissan R35 Nismo FIA GT1 and the Packard-Bentley “Mavis”. The Land Rover Experience – an adrenaline inducing driving simulator - was also open to visitors.

A golden era of motorsport

The first event took place more than 60 years ago, on September 29, 1957.

Organised by the Hagley and District Light Car Club, the leading hill climb competitors of the day took part in the competition which saw amateur and professional drivers competing alongside each another, from all kinds of motorsport disciplines.

The event took place over a 10-year period, before finishing in 1967.

But with the retro resurgence, the iconic race returned in 2015 and the event seems to have embedded itself as a regular feature on the motorsport calendar.