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Summer Spree Report

Shelsley Walsh kicked off competitive hill climbing in 2020 with the Summer Spree weekend over July 25th and 26th giving drivers and fans two very different ways of enjoying the event through being on track and world wide with people watching a first ever LIVE Stream from the hill.

Sean Gould won both days with his best time of 23.61 seconds coming on Sunday afternoon as he did 153mph over the finish line in his stunning Gould GR59 with a 700bhp Judd V8 in the back. Three time British Champion Trevor Willis was hot on his heels with a 24.27 while Alex Summers had just 1070cc in his DJ Firehawk to battle the V8s but was flat all the way to The Esses to get a 25.17 second run.

However it was the innovation of LIVE streaming that captured people’s hearts as the event was held behind closed doors but it was down to the Midland Automobile Club, who run Shelsley Walsh, to deliver the action to it’s members and fans who would otherwise have been trackside.

Viewers from Spain, Tasmania, New Zealand, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Australia, Singapore, USA and all around the UK tuned in, even including a viewer on a yacht off the coast of Cornwall and a fan on an oil tanker in the middle of the South China Sea. The reach was reminiscent of the BBC Empire Service in the 1930s that also broadcast worldwide from Shelsley.

All the action from both days can be viewed on the Shelsley Walsh YouTube and Facebook pages.

The next meeting at Shelsley Walsh is in just under two weeks time on August 8th for the VSCC Vintage day and the 9th for a complete mix of moderns, classics and retro cars.

All at Shelsley Walsh are working hard as you read this to enable spectators to be able to attend so please keep across our website and social media channels to keep up to speed with the latest news. Twitter & Instagram @shelsleywalsh

Pictures thanks to Tom Gay and Shelsley Walsh Instagram

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