Le Mans win­ner is the talk­ing point of Shel­s­ley Walsh Clas­sic Nos­tal­gia

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence

Hans Stuck thrilled a huge crowd at Shel­s­ley Walsh when he took to the fa­mous hill in the 1936 Auto Union C-type.

Stuck drove the stun­ning Sil­ver Ar­rows Grand Prix car at the Worces­ter­shire venue’s Clas­sic Nos­tal­gia week­end and hon­oured his fa­ther, Stuck Sr, com­pet­ing in a sim­i­lar car.

“It brings back good mem­o­ries of driv­ing the Auto Union like my fa­ther did 80 years ago,” said the 65-year-old. “It is a very pre­cious mo­ment.”

Stuck set times around the 40-sec­ond mark, which mir­rored his fa­ther’s pace in 1936, but ran the 1000-yard hill from a rolling start.

“I think I’m far away from what he did in 1936 but still to drive the car means a lot to me,” he said. “It is the first time I have ever been to Shel­s­ley Walsh and it is a unique piece of his­tory. Thanks to the team here for keep­ing this place alive for the fans and for the his­tory of the sport. I’m to­tally over­whelmed by the place and the event. I wish there was some­thing like this in Ger­many.”

The visit from the Auto Union was the head­line of the week­end, which drew the venue’s big­gest crowd since the cen­te­nary meet­ing in Au­gust 2005.

A celebration of Group B rally cars in­cluded Jimmy Mcrae driv­ing the MG Metro 6R4 he ral­lied in pe­riod.

From two days of com­pe­ti­tion, fastest times of the day went to Nic Mann in the sen­sa­tional Man­nic Beat­tie with a new per­sonal best of 25.47s and Keith Har­ris (Chevron B25) in 29.18s.

Stuck was the high­light of Shel­s­ley week­end Auto Union re­turned to the track af­ter 80 years Peters was a top co-driver

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