Group B, Group A and World Rally Cars starring
Classic Nostalgia is raring to go this weekend at Shelsley Walsh with a full entry of cool cars dating from the 1920s to turn of the century rally cars that will turn heads even when standing still. The Teme Valley will be in full swing whatever your favourite era as celebrations of The Italian Job film will run through the venue as they try and escape with the gold from the Turin bank job in the back of the bus thanks to the Minis working their magic through the back streets. “You’re only supposed to blow the *&$£@ doors off!” Will the bus be left hanging on the edge of a cliff?
The cars on the hill differentiate slightly each day but classes include classic Minis in their 60th year, a host of Lotuses and single seater racing cars, swinging 60s sports cars including an AC Cobra, some very cool Porsche 911s and a few very well driven Austin Healey 3000s. However, the highlight for many will be the large array of cars that competed in the World Rally Championship in the 70s, 80s, 90s and into the 2000s with a host of cars that ooze history and provenance with everything from a 1973 Porsche 911 RSR, an ultra rare Ford Escort RS1700T of which there were only eight made, an Audi Quattro and Metro 6R4 from the Group B era before the homologation specials that are the Escort Cosworth, Delta Integrale, Toyota Celica GT-Four, even a Golf G60 Rally, Subaru Legacy and of course, Impreza.
The iconic blue and yellow 555 liveries of the Subaru World Rally Team will provide a fantastic flash back for many as we will remember the days of McRae v Sainz, Burns v Makinen, Solberg v Loeb on the Monte, the Safari, San Remo and of course, the RAC Rally in Wales. Cars that were driven by McRae and Solberg will be on the hill and in the paddock for all to get up close to and see. On Sunday there will even be an ultra-rare Subaru 22B in the paddock too, one of only 424 ever made but still one of the coolest looking ‘one off’ cars ever made.
Away from the track, The Spitfires will be performing at the BBQ (free entry) on Saturday evening in the Courtyard where the upgraded bar is now in full swing, magician Dave Jones, a gold star member of the Magic circle and an advisor to ‘Dynamo, Magician Impossible’ will fool many with his tricks, Trad Jazz will be played both days thanks to the Vintage Jazz Revival, Steve Bonham and the Bishop will play some Americana, country blues and even some voodoo magic too. Steve has just got back from a US tour following rave reviews for his latest album both this side and the other side of the pond. The Coolmoves dance crew will be getting the dancing going in the Courtyard as UK Strictly Swing Champions too. A busy agenda for everyone in a stunning picturesque setting.
Children’s entertainment will include some close up magic, juggling, stilt walking and fire breathing too thanks to John Aubrey.
Shelsley Walsh is 10 miles west of Worcester and open from 8am each day with track action from 9am. Members of the Midland Automobile Club who run Shelsley Walsh can enter with their season passes, otherwise, tickets are on the gate both days for £25 or advanced at £20 if bought online up until the day before. Under 16s go free. Entry gets you into all public areas throughout the day; car park, paddock, pits, viewing areas and Courtyard.