Classic Nostalgia 2016


An Icon Returns and a Tribute to Group B Rallying

Hans Joachim Stuck in the Auto Union. Credit: Rob Macdonald

This years Classic Nostalgia is going to be one of the most celebrated events of the year, as the Midland Automobile Club recognises two amazing moments from its 111 years of history at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.

One of these events will almost certainly never be repeated, when Hans Joachim Stuck follows in his father’s footsteps and drives the iconic Type C Auto Union 80 years on.

Rallying played its part in the clubs history and 30 years on we pay tribute to Group B rallying with 30 rally cars in attendance, most of which will be in action across the two days.

The event is supported by our partners, Peter James & Stewart Miller Insurance, Classic and Sports Car Magazine, Omologato Watches, and Brightwells who will all be present over the weekend.

We will also have commemorative posters for sale so you can collect autographs as well as special event T shirts all available from our on site shop.

Advanced tickets are available.


This years Classic Nostalgia will celebrate the 80th anniversary of an Auto Union Type C similar to the one that Hans Stuck drove on the hill in June 1936. This incredible V16 Grand Prix turned-hill-climb-car that was such a stunning technological marvel at the time is returning to Shelsley with none other than Stuck’s son, Hans-Joachim Stuck driving.


As well as the Auto Union and the Audi Sport Quattro, both days will also see a tribute to Group B Rallying with the mighty Group B cars in action from the Lancia Delta S4, Lancia 037, Ford RS200, Peugeot 206 T16 and the Metro 6R4 to be driven by Jimmy McRae and the Opel Manta 400 to be driven by Russell Brookes, plus two-time British champion David Llewellin will be driving the Audi S1.


This year Trig Aerobatics will be in action on both days. On Saturday only there will be a special appearance from a Spitfire, not to be missed!!


The Courtyard will host some new acts this year with My Favourite Things performing on Saturday and Sam and the Sax and Lola Lamour on the Sunday. There will also be driver interviews, Hans Stuck will be chatting to Toby Moody on the Sunday.


Sunday will be the very popular Concours d’elegance for cars driven to the event and sponsored by Classic And SportsCar magazine.

The first 100 cars will be displayed and judge by the magazines expert panel and the top 15 will get to parade up the famous hill in the lunch break.


There will be a wide range of tradestands as well as car club displays.

Car clubs currently booked in are, Abarth Owners Club, Bristol Owners & Drivers Association, Club Audi, Club Alpine Renault, Dellow Register, Ginetta Owners Club, Gordon Keeble Owners Club, Jaguar XJS Club, Jaguar Drivers Club, MG Enthusiast Club (Staff), MG Midget and Sprite Club, Quattro Owners Club, Sporting Bears, Triumph Stag Club, The Sunbeam Tiger Owners Club, Masonic Classic Vehicle Club, Cheltenham & Gloucester Subaru Club, Pre 1940 Morris Register, Morgan Car Club.


If you are coming along we would encourage you to come in period dress. There are competitions sponsored by Holden Vintage and Classic for the best dressed. On the Saturday we will be recreating an iconic image 80 years on, if you are in period dress you will be invited to be in the photo.