March Breakfast Club Report
Crowds return for Shelsley double bill …
Spring sunshine greeted visitors to the second Breakfast Club meeting of the year at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, near Worcester, on Sunday.
The event coincided with the running of a Sporting Trial, organised by venue hosts the Midland Automobile Club, on the grassy slopes above the public car park. This ‘challenge in traction’ features specially built small, open and very lightweight machines struggling for grip up designated steep courses between poles, with the passenger leaning at all angles to keep up momentum, with points and penalties for distance travelled.
Meanwhile, back on level ground, the historic paddock was once again filled with a vast array of vehicles, ranging from many classics to the more modern Porsche, Ferrari and Lotus cars, alongside an Aston Martin DB11 prototype.
MAC member and regular racing car competitor Darren Gumbley, of Tenbury Wells, arrived with the very latest week-old gleaming black Land Rover Discovery, which features a supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 350bhp and is ‘limited’ to 137 miles per hour, “quite exhilarating too” he says!
Regular visitor Dave Barnard, of Kidderminster, added a splash of colour to the proceedings with his striking yellow Lotus Elise Cup, teaming up with fellow local marque enthusiasts driving Europa, Esprit and Evora versions.
Local woman Claire Furness, of Abberley, arrived in style with her immaculate 1972 VW 1300cc ‘Love Bug’ Beetle, looking to join the MAC as her daughter Anna-May Furness is keen to take up hill climbing, booking up on the driving school with her Proton, before hopefully taking to the track in earnest.
Anna–May, said: “My boyfriend lives close by and we are determined to have a go at speed hill climbing as Shelsley Walsh is on our doorstep and we come to all the competition events here. The Proton may not be the ideal car but will certainly give us a chance to get involved and have a go, as I am sure it will be great fun and we can’t wait to get started.”
MAC commercial manager Mark Constanduros, added: “Once again we have a fantastic turn-out this morning with vehicles ranging widely from early vintage to the latest Ford Mustang muscle car, so many cars on display in fact that some had to park in the overflow car park, which is testament to the popularity of these meetings.
“Once again I would kindly stress that it is essential for people to book their proposed attendance in advance by visiting the club’s website at www.shelsleywalsh.com with the next Breakfast Club only a month away on Sunday 9th April.”