August Breakfast Club
Despite being at the height of the holiday season combined with competitive events being held at a number of hill climb venues across the midlands, the turnout at the August Breakfast Club at Shelsley Walsh was a lot higher than expected. Lots of regulars arriving early to eat and a pleasing number of visitors explaining that they had visited the hill climb many years ago, some as young children, and thought it time to reacquaint themselves with this iconic venue. Welcome back.
An excellent array of lotus models made an impromptu display in the modern performance area, whilst Porsches old and new shone in the courtyard. Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, MG and Morgan were well represented together with rarer models being displayed, such as a beautiful red Dinalpin (Renault Alpine A110 produced in Mexico by Diesel Nacional (DINA) from 1965 to 1974), and an immaculate 1995 dark grey Ford Escort RS Cosworth with its huge rear wing, highlighting Ford’s primary intention, to use the model as the company’s foray into Group A of the World Rally Championship.
A special thanks to David Potter, who displayed his very special 1976 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer that had just emerged from a top flight 18 month restoration process, resulting in one of the finest examples in the world. David allowed an “access all areas” view of the car, including the detailed engine bay with its 5 litre, flat 12 power plant, resulting in a few speechless onlookers. 101 of this right hand drive model, the first mid-engined Ferrari road car, were produced and it is thought that around 40 survive today worldwide.
The sun shone, breakfast was consumed and the brave made the top of the hill on foot. Yet again the quality and level of presentation of the visitor’s vehicles did not disappoint and was an inspiration to those of us with projects waiting for those finishing touches or those considering buying that special car.
Following the level of interest in all things mechanical, the club will be arranging an “open bonnets” display at the September Breakfast Club, for those drivers wishing to share the results of their hard work with the visitors and their fellow drivers.