Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb is widely known as the oldest Motorsport Venue in the world that is still in use today. First used in 1905, it is still operational today attracting huge numbers of spectators to watch racing series such as the British Hill Climb Championships.
Two weekends ago the Shelsley Walsh held its first British Hill Climb Championship of this season. A wide variety of cars were entered into this meeting, including many in the road-going production and specialised production classes. The always popular Shelsley Specials were a welcome return, typically pre- and post- war cars, with special interest to the GN Spiders (pictured). Spectators were therefore able to experience everything from purpose built single-seater race cars, Caterhams and Westfields, through to a selection of Ferraris.
I was shocked when I noticed that nearly two and a half years have passed since I last visited Shelsley Walsh for a race meeting. Therefore I was keen to make up for lost time by photographing and filming with my fairly new Canon 70D. It’s definite upgrade from the Sony A350 that I used previously but still much practice is still needed to get a feel for the camera and its many settings.
Over the course of the weekend I experimented with various photography techniques, trying to get a feel for the camera. Although many of these didn’t work as well as expected, the odd few did and produced some great shots. I have posted a selection of photos that really stood out, as I unfortunately don’t have the time to select and edit many more. Instead I will be looking to produce a short video covering the action from the weekend, optimistically within the next few weeks.
Last Saturday saw Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb hosting the first Thrill on the Hill event organised by Morgan Motor Company. This event was the largest gathering of Morgan’s in the UK with all models displayed from the company’s prestigious history.
Residents of the Teme valley were invited for a tour of the Morgan factory in Malvern to coincide with the Shelsley Walsh event. The factory is still located where the company began and still produces the majority of it’s car’s using traditional coach building skills and hand crafted bodywork. It was incredible to see how they integrated new and old skills to produce highly exceptional unique cars while still attempting to meet production demands.
There was plenty of entertainment on offer at the event ranging from a huge number of cars attempting the hillclimb (including a steam engine) to an impressive aerial display from a Spitfire. As it attracted a large number of visitors to the hillclimb and generated considerable interest, it will hopefully become a regular event in the future.
Now over a week ago Shelsley Walsh held host to it’s biggest meeting of the year, The Championship Challenge. As well as the British Hill Climb Championship, the meeting celebrated the centenary of Aston Martin with a display of significant special cars.