Chateau Imp­ney

Mem­o­ries of Chateau Imp­ney’s fi­nal sprint are re­vived as the ex­tended course gets into its stride

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Brown

’More than 200 cars were put through their paces at the Chateau’

The third an­nual Chateau Imp­ney Hill Climb week­end co­in­cided with the 50th an­niver­sary since the fi­nal sprint event was held in the grounds of the ho­tel and con­fer­ence cen­tre near Droitwich.

One driver tak­ing part in this year’s event on the ex­tended hill climb course – in­tro­duced when motorsport was re­vived at Chateau Imp­ney in 2015 – re­mem­bered the 1967 550-yard sprint very well, be­cause he drove on it!

Dave Parr from Wom­borne near Wolver­hamp­ton drove a Ford back then – and did so again this year, though it was a dif­fer­ent car. Dave has only owned his 105E for the past month or so and is still get­ting used to it and its 1660cc Cross­flow en­gine. The 1964 Ford was en­tered in the class for pro­duc­tion cars from 1950 to 1967.

More than 200 cars were put through their paces at the Chateau, rang­ing from pre-war rac­ers through to pre-1968 cars (to co­in­cide with the clo­sure of the sprint course). There were also dis­play runs on the ex­act­ing hill course, in­clud­ing howl­ing For­mula 1 rac­ing and bel­low­ing Group B rally cars.

A num­ber of com­pet­ing Maser­atis also marked 60 years since the works team with­drew from For­mula 1.

Jack Wood­house, who won the class for pre-1968 rac­ing cars driv­ing a 1963 Lo­tus 20/22, re­gained the Ken Whar­ton Me­mo­rial Tro­phy for Fastest Time of the Day with a new course record time of 39.33 sec­onds.

One of the other prizes won’t be stray­ing far from the venue – Chateau Imp­ney’s event di­rec­tor, Rod Spol­lon, won his class driv­ing a for­mer For­mula 1 1960 BRM P48 rac­ing car around the course.

Sun­day morn­ing ac­tiv­ity at Chateau Imp­ney’s Pad­dock as com­pet­ing cars for the 2017 Hill Climb are pre­pared, in­clud­ing ERAs (in the fore­ground), Bu­gat­tis and GN Spe­cials. 2CV Team LION’s plucky lit­tle Citroën has al­ready taken part in eight races this sea­son and has an­other 24-hour race booked at Snet­ter­ton next month. It took to the hill as part of a lunchtime dis­play on the Sun­day. Glad to be rac­ing again at Chateau Imp­ney – Dave Parr with his re­cently ac­quired 1964 Ford 105E.

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