MIDLAND AUTOMOBILE CLUB
SHELSLEY WALSH HILLCLIMB
10 & 11 AUGUST 2019
Report by Richard Durrant
This is one of the busiest hillclimb meetings of the season with many
championships approaching the season's finale.
The meeting was held over two days, Saturday being a one day meeting for
National 'B' license holders, including a round of our RevingtonTR/TR Register
Sprint and Hill Climb Championship, and both days hosting the British and
Midland Hillclimb and Leaders Championships.
The day started damp and with slight drizzle and, as we are a National 'B'
championship we weren't allocated garages in the paddock and had to park in
Roger McEwen was last to arrive, so, as the other side of the roadway was full
of Porsches, he couldn't reverse into his pitch......!
Then the scrutineers started to arrive, so bonnets up.....
No problems identified and ready to proceed, although there were only three
Westfields to run after our class
Larry Jeram-Croft's TR7 V8
Your scribe's TR4A (The nearside headlight lens ISN'T broken, for those of you
who remember an incident at Curborough last year involving Kev Bryant's TR3A
rear bumper overrider....! )
Tom Purves' gorgeous TR3A, completely rebuilt after last year's total fire write
off.......which he understandably likes to keep in pristine condition…!
Martin Paine's TR6. Martin won the championship last year, and is in with a
good chance this year
Dale Strachan's TR6
Chris Roberts' TR8
So, we were called to line up in the paddock for our first practice run, and ...
The rain was torrential and we all aquaplaned to the top with no incidents and
managed to get back to our mudbath slots in one piece. Tom sensibly parked
among the Porsches again!
The rain eased off for our second practice runs, so times improved:
The National 'A' Championship contenders were then called up for practice
runs while we twiddled our thumbs, and, as there was time before lunch, we
were called for our first timed runs.
It didn't rain while we were waiting in line this time – but there was a local
power cut instead!!.....Eventually we got under way, but not all of the
intermediate timing points were working, although the time across the line did
Then lunch with a bit of sunshine, so I had a wander round with the camera ...
Nigel Elliot's awesome twin turbo 4600cc TR7 V8
Business end of 3200cc Lola T492
1480cc Mini Sports Libre 1380cc Mini road car....
Another Mini...sort of!! 2800cc turbo MG Metro 6R4
Briony Serrell's rare Elva MK7 (Wife of Antiques Road Trip TV star and
auctioneer Philip Serrell, who doesn't compete!). Briony also campaigns a
gorgeous Lotus 51A.
Motoring journalist and author Simon Taylor's 5700cc HWM, affectionately and
widely known as "The Stovebolt Special"!
Fastest support van in the west..!!
I am reliably informed that this 4700cc Aston Martin Vantage GT4 was
developed solely as a hill climb car, and doesn't get used on the road ...
So, lunch over, the action starts again with the track drying out and everyone's
times improving …
… I was happy to eventually better my previous best time here by three
hundredths of a second.......and only nine hundredths slower than Dale
Hoping for a dry meeting 21/22 September.....!!