Exciting news hit our inbox today! The Chateau Impney Hill Climb is returning to the UK Motorsport Calendar. And the new event taking place on 11 and 12th of July 2015 is promising to be a true spectacle!
Over 200 competitors in 19 classes take on a brand new course. The track is set in the same grounds of the Chateau Impney Hotel as the original hill climb first organized 58 years ago. Held annually between 1957 and 1967 the original sprint races saw some of the most sought-after cars and famous hill climb drivers of the era in attendance.
Located in the Midlands, the Chateau Impney Sprint was destined to become just one of many forgotten motorsport events until Rod Spollon, chairman of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb established its revival.
The 2015 Chateau Impney Hill Climb caters for pre-1967 cars and the 2015 event will see competitors put to the test on a longer, more challenging MSA-approved track. Almost double the length of the course used in original sprint events of the 1950s and 1960s, the organisers believe it to be one of the most challenging and unique in the country.
“We are delighted to present a course that is very challenging,” said Rod. “While there are some very fast sections, we have the advantage of being able to include a number of very tight bends that are quite often at the end of long straights. Because of that, it’s obviously going to sort the wheat from the chaff in terms of those drivers that have the skill to brake the latest and have the technique to be able to handle their car around the corners.”
“While local hill climb venues such as Prescott, Shelsley Walsh and Loton Park are all very challenging in their own way, we think the Chateau Impney Hill Climb course will bring something different to the calendar, complementing existing venues, but giving competitors and spectators something different to get excited about, quickly becoming a firm favourite.”
In its inaugural year, entry to the Hill Climb will be via invitation only, with cars and drivers selected based on competiveness, historical significance and whether they have any connection to the competitions held at the Chateau in the past.
The current record is held by Tony Griffiths, who completed the old 550-yard course in just 22.07 seconds, driving racing legend Graham Hill’s ex-works 2.5 litre BRM. While his days of competition are behind him, he is excited to see motorsport returning to the grounds of the Chateau.
Organisers hope to attract 10,000 spectators across the weekend to the parkland setting. As well as a wealth of motorsport action, there will be a host of other attractions for enthusiasts and families alike, including a comprehensive Concours d’Elegance, a trading zone with over 100 dealer and trade stands and a major classic car auction, hosted by specialist auctioneers, H&H Classics, who are also sponsoring the event alongside leading classic car insurers Footman James and Classic & Sports Car, one of the country’s leading motoring magazines.
General admission tickets will allow fans access to all the viewing areas and grandstands around the course, with children under 16 years admitted free when accompanied by an adult. A number of large format video screens will beam the action live throughout the public areas.