The first competitive events of the year take place at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, near Worcester, this weekend. (6th & 7th May)
Hosted by the Midland Automobile Club and entitled ‘Speed into Spring’ the packed itinerary will see a capacity entry of sports, classics, saloons and racing cars competing against the clock up the iconic hill climb course.
Practice and qualifying for the two separate one-day events will take place each morning from 9am followed by timed runs in program order in the afternoon, however entrants in the large Midland Hill Climb Championship will use Saturday for practice and then Sunday for their competition runs.
Reigning Midland champion Mike Turpin will be defending the title in his very successful Vauxhall VX220 and invitations have been offered to members of several other championships, including Luffield MG Car Club, 7-Oaks and District, SBD Speed and Northampton Motorsport championships.
The ever-popular Paul Matty Sports Cars Championship sees a full range of machines from the classic marque, with local drivers including June Matty in a Lotus 2022 FJ, Jonathan Bibby in a Lotus Elise, Kendrick Lewis in a Lotus 61, Malcolm Thorne in a Lotus 340R, Grayham Parker in a Lotus Elise and Keith Bristow in a Lotus Exige V6.
Saturday also sees a round of the Sunrise Sprint Championship for MAC members and Sunday hosts the ever-popular Midland Speed Championship.
Local entrants over the two days include James Price of Upper Sapey in an MNR Vortex, David Peters of Droitwich in a Toyota MR2, Richard Hollingworth of Stourport in a DJ Firehawk, Roger Jones of Tenbury Wells in a Jamun M90, Chris Chance of Worcester in a Lotus Exige and John Hawley of Upton on Severn in an MG Midget.
Discounted advanced tickets are available from £8 and can be purchased from Shelsley Walsh accompanied children under 16 are admitted free.
Catering facilities are located around the venue and a detailed commentary will be clarifying the action on both days.
The entry list can be viewed here