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