Date: 11 July, 2015
Location: Impney Estates, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9 0BN
It may only have enjoyed a decade in the motorsport calendar spotlight.
But like the brightest stars, the Chateau Impney Hill Climb came and went leaving everyone wanting more.
That’s why the revival of the Footman James-sponsored event this summer at Chateau Impney Hotel & Exhibition Centre’s 110-acre grounds is so eagerly anticipated - after an interlude of almost 50 years.
What’s going on
The July 11-12 weekend is expected to draw more than 200 contestants and thousands of spectators to the splendid Worcestershire countryside.
This year’s revised course has a length of 1,000 yards, nearly double that of the previous 550-yard track and more challenging still.
The Motor Sports Association (MSA)-backed course will see participants drive classic pre-1967 machines.
The latest owners aim to bring back motorsport to the jaw-dropping venue, that was renowned for its inclusiveness and camaraderie. Organisers hope that same spirit will infuse itself into this year’s high-octane event.
Best of the rest
Sunday’s H&H Classics auction: Previous lots are sure to set the pulses racing. Lotuses 72, 49 and 25 as well as stunning Alfa Romeos, MGs and Lagondas have all previously gone under the H&H hammer. Entry will be free for every Hill Climb guest. You can buy an auction catalogue or register to make a bid ahead of the day itself.
Exhibitors aplenty: More than 100 exhibitors are scheduled. Perhaps a Jag parts supplier may take your fancy, or what about specialist classic, veteran and specialist vintage car restorers? Classic memorabilia is available and there’s a treat in store for the sweet-toothed, courtesy of a classic fudge seller.
What they’re saying
A co-partner: Footman James classic car insurance has put its name to a partnership deal with the event’s organisers. Director David Bond calls the race both “timeless” and “passionate”.
The press: Autosport magazine described it back in 1957 as by far the country’s “most picturesque” hill climb and sprint venue
A former competitor: Brian Lee, who was 17 when he drove a 1937 Ford 8 Hill Climb Special in the 1959 race, called the old event “amazing”.
Mr Lee spoke of the great fun he had being among the hundreds of competitors speeding along the sharp-sloped circuit at about 50mph
1957: The inaugural Chateau Impney Sprint takes place on Sunday, September 29. The event’s original organisers, the Loton Park-based Hagley and District Light Car Club still thrives today.
1958: Corporate support backs the speed trial with thousands of fans flocking to the venue.
1960: The race’s hill climb circuit sees records tumble after being resurfaced.
1967: The last sprint is held… until now.
Limited period early bird prices see weekend tickets costing £36, Saturday tickets £18 and Sunday admission £22.50.
Children are allowed in free of charge, but must have a ticket and enter the grounds with an adult.
Address: Impney Estates, Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9 0BN.
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