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Little Classics News: 1 July 2014

Classics and Vintage Cars Set for Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

Chris Williams and his Napier Bentley

The Midland Automobile Club hosts a contrast of events this coming weekend (5th and 6th July) when both classic and modern machinery compete on Saturday followed by the amazing sights and sounds of Vintage racing cars taking to the historic track at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on Sunday.

Saturday's event is the Reg Philips Memorial Trophy Meeting, named after the man who was a big part of Shelsley Walsh life from before the Second World War until his death in 2008. This event has attracted a large entry in special classes for classics, saloons, sports, racing cars and motorcycles.

The event also hosts rounds of several individual club championships including the Midland Speed Championship, the HSA Speed Championships, The TR Register, Aston Martin Owners Club and the Service Hydraulics Speed Championship, together with an entry of twelve Westfield sports cars.

The up to 2litre road going class should see close competition between up and coming driver and local man Paul Jones in his Lotus Elise 135R and former record holder Sarah Bosworth in an Elise S1 together with championship sponsor Dave West is his highly developed Peugeot.

ERA at Shelsley Walsh

Over 30 motorcycles and sidecar combinations are taking part in their own National Hill Climb Championship with machines from Velocette, Triumph, KTM, CCM, MZ, Ducati, Aprilia and Husaberg all competing.

Sunday sees the Midland Automobile Club's very popular Vintage meeting, held in association with the Vintage Sports Car Club, which has an impressive entry list of over 150 cars built between the two World Wars, containing evocative names such as Bugatti, Fraser Nash, Talbot, Lea Francis, Alvis, Riley and Lagonda. Most of these machines have been competing on this very same course at Shelsley Walsh ever since.

One entry that always brings spectators rushing to the fences is the spectacular tyre-smoking 1929 Napier-Bentley (top) leaving the start line in the hands of Chris Williams, from Wolverhampton, who makes the most of the car's 24 litre engine - which comes from a Supermarine seaplane!

The action starts with practice runs from 9.15am on both days, followed by competitive timed runs in programme order with full commentary.

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