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Motorsport returns to Chateau Impney PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2015 13:37

Motorsport returns to Chateau Impney with a hillclimb on 11 and 12 July 2015.

Chateau Impney in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire was built when the British Empire was at its height, and the motor car was becoming the fashionable accessory of the nouveau riche. Fittingly, Chateau Impney developed a rich motoring heritage over the years, a tradition that began when the Hagley and District Light Car Club organised their first sprint in the grounds of the hotel on 29 September 1957. The event was a roaring success, with Autocar magazine hailing the Chateau as 'easily the most picturesque of this country’s sprint and hill-climb venues,' and declaring that 'with a little skill and ingenuity applied to the road itself it will quickly rival the best of them.'

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Having taken over Chateau Impney over 18 months ago, the Spollon family are now looking to reintroduce the hill climb event that was last run there in 1967 and firmly establish it on the motor sport calendar. The Chateau Impney Hill Climb will see around 200 competitors in 19 categories for pre-1967 cars sprint their way up the challenging 1000-yard course against the clock in a high-octane display of power, speed and skill. The winner of the Hill Climb will be awarded a prestigious trophy, commemorating the part that the Hagley & District Light Car Club played in Chateau Impney’s motorsport heritage.

Rod Spollon, Chairman of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb Club said: 'We are delighted to be able to bring motorsport back to Chateau Impney. In its heyday the sprint was one of the most anticipated on the calendar and a favourite with spectators and competitors, but until recently it seemed destined to become the Midlands’ forgotten motorsport event. Everyone I have spoken to about the appeal of the original event praised the inclusiveness and camaraderie between everyone who attended. This is something we hope to replicate at this year’s hill climb and in the future.'

Tickets are on sale now, with a 10 per cent discount for buying before 30 June.

For details visit www.chateauimpneyhillclimb.com

 

 
 

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