STUCK AND AUTO UNION BACK TO SHELSLEY

Spe­cial ap­pear­ance to com­mem­o­rate fa­mous 1936 Shelsley run

Motor Sport News - - Historics -

Hans Stuck Jr at the wheel of a 1936 Auto Union C Type grand prix car will be the ma­jor at­trac­tion at the Clas­sic Nos­tal­gia Week­end at Shelsley Walsh in July.

The recre­ation of the spec­tac­u­lar Sil­ver Ar­rows ma­chine will tackle the Worces­ter­shire hillclimb course to mark the 80th an­niver­sary of Stuck’s father com­pet­ing there in a sim­i­lar car in June 1936.

The or­gan­iser of the event, the Mid­land Au­to­mo­bile Club, has pulled off a ma­jor coup by ar­rang­ing for the Ger­man ace to drive the mon­strous V16 up the 1000-yard hill dur­ing the an­nual retro event at Shelsley. Stuck, now 65, raced in F1 and is a dou­ble win­ner at Le Mans.

In 1936, Hans Stuck Sr trav­elled to Shelsley in his bid to win the Euro­pean Hillclimb Cham­pi­onship, but poor weather hin­dered his speed in front of a huge crowd. Stuck recorded times of around 40s in prac­tice on Fri­day, but the 39.6s hill record of Ray­mond Mays was not trou­bled in the of­fi­cial com­pe­ti­tion. How­ever, the sight and sound of the Auto Union had a ma­jor im­pact on the Bri­tish crowds.

Stuck had com­peted at Shelsley six years ear­lier in his Aus­tro Daim­ler sin­gle­seater when he slashed three sec­onds off the hill record to set a new mark of 42.8s.

Also in ac­tion in July will be the Group B Audi quat­tro of Steve Perez, which com­peted at Shelsley in 1986 with Hannu Mikkola at the wheel in cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th an­niver­sary of Stuck’s visit.

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