Shelsley Walsh kicked off its 2020 competitive hill climbing season last weekend with the ‘Summer Spree’ which took place on 25th and 26th July. The event was the first competitive hill climb meeting since the outbreak of Covid-19; it was an excellent weekend of thrilling motorsport action. Despite being behind closed doors, the meeting was LIVE streamed for the first time in the 115-year history of Shelsley Walsh.
The action-packed weekend attracted a wide variety of competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course.
British hill climb ace Sean Gould won both days achieving his best time of 23.61 seconds in his stunning 700bhp Gould GR59 V8 and crossed the finish line at 153mph. Three times British Champion Trevor Willis was in hot pursuit in second place with a 24.27 second finish, while Alex Summers completed the podium in third position with an impressive 25.17 second run driving the 1070cc DJ Firehawk flat out!
Speaking of the event, General Manager of the Midland Automobile Club (MAC) Gary Hall said “We are all thrilled to be back, there’s nothing quite like the smell of Castrol R, the sound of engines reverberating around the paddock and getting to see all our race community of friends that we’ve all missed dearly. With all motorsport this year taking place behind closed doors, we were keen to share the hill climb action at Shelsley Walsh and instigated LIVE streaming which was broadcast free of charge to fans throughout the world’.
Gary continued “We have been taken aback with the response and popularity of the LIVE streaming and had viewers tune in from as far afield as Tasmania, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Canada and USA to France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Spain and of course throughout the UK. One viewer was on a yacht off the coast of Cornwall whilst another on an oil tanker in the middle of the South China Sea! The reach was phenomenal and reminiscent of the BBC Empire Service in the 1930s that was also broadcast worldwide from Shelsley Walsh”.
All the action from both days can still be viewed on the Shelsley Walsh YouTube and Facebook pages. Full race results are available to download from the Shelsley Walsh event page here: https://www.shelsleywalsh.com/entriesresults
The next hill climb meeting will take place at Shelsley Walsh on Saturday 8th August with the VSCC Vintage meeting for Pre-War cars. Sunday 9th August will see the return of the hotly contested Reg Phillips Memorial Trophy which will feature a fantastic array of modern, classic and retro cars.
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About Shelsley Walsh:
Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motorsport venue in the world still using its original course. Since 12th August 1905 Shelsley Walsh has been attracting world famous drivers through the ages such as Campbell, Segrave, Caracciola, Bira, Collins, Stuck, carved their sporting careers hurtling up the 1,000 yard, 1 in 6 gradient track. In recent years John Surtees, Sir Stirling Moss, Andy Priaulx, Derek Bell and Hans-Joachim Stuck have driven the famous Shelsley Walsh tarmac, nestled amid one of Britain’s most quintessential countryside locations in the rolling hills of Worcestershire.