1967 win­ner aims for Chateau record

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

David West from Droitwich is keen to get his name in the record books at this July’s Chateau Imp­ney Hill Climb.

He did win while driv­ing a Mor­ris Mini Cooper S there at the fi­nal Ha­gley & District Light Car Club sprint held at Chateau Imp­ney in 1967, but he was a last-minute driver deputis­ing for Fred Jones of Team Au­to­quip.

Fred was called away due to an emer­gency and David drove the Mini Cooper S on the old 550-yard course in 28.49 sec­onds. It was, how­ever, Fred’s name that was added to the records.

Last year, when the new 1000-yard hill climb was in­au­gu­rated at the re­vived Worces­ter­shire mo­tor­sport venue, David tried to get his name in the records driv­ing in his own 1967 Mini Cooper S, but was pipped at the post by Richard Par­sons in an­other Cooper S, by just a quar­ter of a se­cond.

So, David will be back at Chateau Imp­ney for the 2016 event on 9-10 July, tak­ing his place among the 200 cars tak­ing part. While he has his eye on the prize, David says that there’s more to it than that.

‘It’s nice to win, but you don’t do it for that,’ he says. ‘It’s just re­ally great to take part in an event like Chateau Imp­ney, es­pe­cially af­ter all this time.’

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David West with his 1967 Mini Cooper S. He’s hop­ing for a class win.

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