Classic Nostalgia 2017


22nd & 23rd July 2017

(Please note the revised date)

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After the huge success of last year with Group B, we are looking forward to welcoming Group A rally cars which took over from 1987 and then the World Rally Car from 1997. This was the era of the Ford Sierra Cosworth, Lancia Delta Integrale before the rise of the iconic Ford Escort Cosworth, Ford Focus, the 555 Subaru Impreza, the ever faster editions of the Mitsubishi Evolutions, the Toyota Celica GT-Four and then Corolla WRC.

It was also the era of Jimmy McRae, Russell Brookes, Mark Lovell, Malcolm Wilson and David Llewellin and gave rise to Tommi Makinen in the Mitsubishi Evolution who won the World Rally Championship four times on the bounce from 1996 to 1999.  It was also the era of the Brits as Colin McRae who had become world champion in 1995 and Richard Burns battled for titles with ‘Burnsie’ emotionally winning on the RAC Rally in 2001.

We will also be paying tribute to The Campbells. Shelsley Walsh has always had a connection with speed records. On the 50th anniversary of his death Donald Campbell’s daughter Gina and his nephew Don Wales will be joining us to mark the occasion with a very special unveiling of a car dedicated to Bluebird. An amazing sight and sound will be the Napier Bluebird replica with the W12 aero engine which will do demonstration runs on the hill, it will be an amazing sight. Don and Gina will be interviewed by David Tremayne, an authority on speed records, on the main stage in The Courtyard as well as book signings on the Peter James & Stewart Miller Insurance stand during the weekend. There will also be a selection of Campbell memorabilia and cars on display.

On the Sunday there will be a street Concours sponsored by Classic and Sports Car Magazine for the first 100 cars to arrive. The top 15 will then have a parade run up the hill during the lunch break. Judging will be carried out by motorsport commentator Simon Taylor.

Alongside our highlights will be a weekend full of competition with a wide variety of cars tackling the famous hill.

For this year you can purchase an all inclusive VIP Hospitalty package with viewing from the prime location of Bottom Ess where you can watch trackside as the cars approach at speed and brake into the 90 degree left hander. Great spot to watch the rally cars in action!

Off track, The Courtyard is where you will find the main stage hosting music and dancing for those who wish to relax and soak up the atmosphere. The main stage will also be the place to be to hear from our guests chat about their time in motorsport.

Advanced tickets and VIP Hospitality tickets are available.


We look forward to welcoming Gina Campbell and Don Wales as we pay tribute to a record breaking family. Gina and Don will be chatting on the main stage with David Tremayne as well as doing book signing session on the Peter James and Stewart Miller Insurance stand. Both will be following in the footsteps of Malcolm who competed at Shelsley Walsh and Donald who gave a talk about his father’s record attempts.


There will be many examples of cars associated with The Campbells including the Napier Bluebird replica with its mighty W12 aero engine carrying out demonstration runs on the hill twice on each day.


As part of our tribute to the Campbells, we will be displaying a selection of cars once owned by this famous record breaking family. All the cars will have a parade run or two during the weekend. Confirmed Campbell cars are, this gorgeous Aston Martin Le Mans that belonged to Sir Malcolm Campbell, the Jaguar XK150 of Donald Campbell, the 1938 Ford V8 Woodie of Malcolm Campbell.


To mark the achievements of The Campbells, a very special car will be unveiled dedicated to Bluebird. Watch this space for more information…..


The World Rally Car burst onto the scene in 1997 and to celebrate we will have a variety of cars in action and on display including the 555 Subaru Impreza and Ford Escort Cosworth. When not in action the cars will be displayed on the Peter James Lawn. One of the highlighted cars will be the last Subaru Colin McRae drove on his final Rally GB.


From 1987 the Group A rally cars took over from Group B. There will be a variety of them in action on both days, including the Ford Sierra Cosworth, Subaru Legacy and Imprezas, Vauxhall Astras and Novas, Volkswagens and Audis. All these cars will  be displayed on the Peter James Lawn when not in action on the hill.


Fancy something a bit more special for you and your friends? We have trackside VIP Hospitality packages available for Classic Nostalgia 22/23 July. Located at Bottom Ess with stunning views of the valley and what better place to be to watch some of these iconic cars as they approach on the fastest part of the course. Tickets available via the event web page


This year we will be having a flypast from the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight. On Saturday the skies will reverberate to the sound of the Dakota. All subject to weather and timings. More details on the BBMF


The Courtyard Main Stage will host this years music acts are My Favourite Things, Sam and The Sax, The Ding Dong Dadios and Jon Clare & The Fabulous Dough Boys accompanied by up to 30 dancers in vintage clothing getting into the groove. There will also be dance lessons on both days for those who would like to have a go. There will also be interviews throughout the weekend on the main stage with our invited guests.


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.


Car Clubs are being made very welcome with dedicated areas for those bringing 25 cars or more and a 20% off discount on the understanding that Clubs will promote Classic Nostalgia to their Club Membership via all available media. If you would like a code please get in touch and we look forward to seeing you.


Vintage dodgems are full of colour and character and great fun! These date from 1933 and come complete with a fleet of classic 1970s bumper cars. Dodgems are for all ages from age 5 upwards, great fun for all of the family and competitors when they have finish on the hill!!


If you are coming along we would encourage you to come in period dress and you will be able to enter our competition for the best period dressed people.


There will be a wide range of tradestands in our traders village. Anyone wishing to have a stand please go to our event page and apply online.


Ian Cook is a contemporary British artist internationally known for his unique form of painting. Ian creates his art solely using the method of radio-controlled cars, car tyres and toy car wheels as his paintbrushes.