The Classic Nostalgia event was held over the weekend of the 15th/16th June with the Register organised meet on the Saturday. For those who have not visited Shelsley, obviously it is set on a hill being surrounded by stunning country side and is England’s oldest motor sport venue. For those not interested in motor sport a visit would make a great day out for a picnic and just to take in the views.
The day started dry but there was the threat of heavy rain. On leaving the hotel we were told it would be raining by eleven! On arrival at Shelsley the register parking area had been marked out together with about 5 other car clubs in an area close to the paddock – as yet no rain!
First job park the B’s then put up the Register Banners. Second job and possibly the most important of the day, breakfast. In fact, full English in the excellent restaurant. Now for the motorsport…….
What immediately hits you how relaxed everything is but there is a feeling of history and competition. All the competitors are very friendly helping each other out if someone has a problem. The smell of the place is wonderful with the racing fuels and the smell of the cars. You can walk around the paddock getting right up to the cars with most competitors happy to talk to you.
The format of the day is practice runs in the morning with 2 competition runs in the afternoon after the lunch break – all very civilised. Being the Classic Nostalgia Event the range of cars was fantastic from Austin 7’s to Formula 2 cars with everything imaginable in between including a nice mix of MG types. I have to say I did fall for the Austin 7’s, they are so basic in design but very quick and look great fun.
Anyway, after the practice runs – Rain and lots of it, off and on for about an hour then it cleared up for the rest of the day with sunny periods. Luckily the rain had just about stopped before the start of the competition runs.
Once the action starts things move quickly with a car driving the hill about every 90 seconds so there is little time to get bored. There is excellent viewing for the majority of the hill with a footpath following the line of the hill with seating areas along its length. The only part of the hill you cannot see is the finish line. When you walk the hill, you realise just how steep it is!
The hill is 1000 yards and the hill record is 22.58 seconds. The times we saw were in the 30 to 40 seconds range but still very enjoyable to watch.
So, if you want a great day out and enjoy competitive non-commercial motor sport then Shelsley is well worth a visit and with the discounted Register ticket price great value. Disappointingly we only had six MGBs in our parking area but I’m sure those who attended had a great day, we certainly did.
Thanks, Andrew, for organising a great day.