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Shelsley Walsh Newsletter

October 2021

We’ve had a brilliant season with lots going on here at Shelsley Walsh with the Midland Automobile Club so here’s our latest catch up with what’s been going on recently. 

The Shelsley Walsh Team

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Records!

2021 and the 116th year of Shelsley Walsh will be remembered for some stunning records being set on the hill, the high point of which was the August meeting with the outright hill record being beaten three times in three runs with Wallace Menzies, Alex Summers both under the previous mark of 22.58 seconds from Martin Groves but eventually Sean Gould taking the prize of Shelsley with a stunning 22.37 seconds run.

 

Nicola Menzies took the Ladies record later in the day proving that the Gould GR55 that Groves had in the day was still sharp, nimble and competitive with a 24.70 second run.

 

Ian Rowlance then took the closed car record in September with 27.89 seconds with his Metro 6R4 proving Group B from 1986 is still quick…! Damien Bradley and his Subaru Legacy left the new ‘4WD any engine capacity’ class record at 29.39 seconds too.

 

Congratulations to all of the new record holders.

Menzies Back to Back Champion

Congratulations to Wallace Menzies, now a double British Hill Climb Champion following a truly stellar season from the Gould driver with 17 wins from 27 rounds and a top three finish at every one of those Run Offs too.

Menzies was the first driver to beat Martin Groves’ record at Shelsley in August only for it to be beaten on the very next run, but he did set the target if only for a minute.

 

Menzies is sticking with the winning combination of Gould GR59 3.3 Cosworth V8 for the 2022 Championship and who can blame him after beating existing hill records at five venues, Gurston, Doune, Shelsley, Prescott and Loton. 

 

Congratulations to Nicola Menzies for breaking the Shelsley Ladies record in August with 24.70 seconds during the second Run Offs when she found an enormous 0.6 of a second off her personal best. 

 

From all of us here at Shelsley Walsh, well done to you Wallace, Nicola, car preparers Tom New, Duncan Barnes and all of the Tillicoultry Quarries Team - the number one plate certainly made you quicker!

Sunbeams & Rainbows

One of the stand out angles we’ve seen from 2022 have been from Stuart Wing and Oli Fessey early on the Saturday morning of our September meeting that was delayed at the start because of autumn mist, Bottom Ess couldn’t even see Crossing, but just for a few seconds the sun burnt through and showed some stunning sunbeams to make it quite ethereal. 

Right place, right time…but as the saying goes; The best camera in the world is the one you have in your hand right now.

 

Come the end of the day and the close of the season there was a double rainbow across the valley. It was good of the weather gods to put on such a show for us…