Great cars and famous faces set for Classic Nostalgia weekend 17-18 July
Spectators welcome to full weekend of action at Shelsley Walsh (paddock open to all)
Rally celebration to include Richard Burns’ Safari-winning Subaru
Ex-Sir Stirling Moss Ferrari SWB will give charity rides up the hill
Plaque honouring legendary commentator Murray Walker to be unveiled
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast on both days
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With less than four weeks to go until this year’s Classic Nostalgia meeting at Shelsley Walsh, organisers have confirmed that the event will be fully open to spectators. Enthusiasts will be able to watch the action on the hill as well as explore the paddock – and they’ll have plenty to enjoy.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the popular annual event, which features a spectacular blend of exciting action on the famous hill climb course, historic-car demonstrations, classic-car displays, trade stands and vintage-themed entertainment.
A blue plaque will be unveiled at the historic Worcestershire venue to honour Murray Walker OBE. The much-loved commentator made his first appearance behind the microphone at Shelsley Walsh in 1948. He later admitted that he used the occasion as an audition for the BBC top brass who were in attendance, and it worked. Walker went on to commentate at the 1949 British Grand Prix, and the rest is history!
Among the famous faces who will be at the event are Fuzz Townshend from Car SOS, plus Grand Designs presenter and classic-car enthusiast Kevin McCloud. They will be soaking up a host of great cars – and much more…
Shelsley Walsh to celebrate rally greats
Twenty years since Richard Burns dramatically won the World Rally Championship in a final-round showdown, the late Englishman will be honoured with a selection of his cars. The Subaru Impreza in which he won the 2000 Safari Rally will be driven by Prodrive stalwart Paul Howarth, who worked closely with Burns as well as the likes of Colin McRae, Tommi Mäkinen, Petter Solberg and Carlos Sainz. It will be the first time the car has run in public for 10 years.
Ralli22 will also be returning to Shelsley Walsh. Always a crowd favourite, the 40-strong rally class features an awesome selection of Group A, Group B and WRC machinery. They will include a number of rarely seen cars, such as an ex-Tony Pond Metro 6R4, ex-Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC, ex-Stig Blomqvist Saab, and an ex-Sébastien Loeb Citroen C4 WRC.
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
The evocative Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will stage a flypast on both days of the Classic Nostalgia weekend. The Hawker Hurricane will be in the skies over the Teme Valley on Saturday, recalling its vital service during the summer of 1940. The revered single-seat fighter was designed by Sydney Camm, and is credited with destroying more enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain than all the other air and ground defences combined.
On Sunday, spectators will be able to see Dakota ZA947 over Shelsley Walsh. Nicknamed ‘Kwicherbichen’ by her crews, the Dakota was involved in para-dropping operations on the eve of D-Day and subsequently in re-supply and casualty evacuation missions. By the end of 1944, 1,092 stretcher cases and 467 sitting wounded had been evacuated to England by the 233 Squadron Dakotas.
Both flypasts are courtesy of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which has as its motto ‘Lest We Forget’. Its mission is not only to commemorate those who have fallen in service of their country, but also to inspire and educate future generations.
One of the most famous of all Ferraris will be at Shelsley Walsh giving passenger rides to raise funds for charity partner Hope for Tomorrow. Chassis number 2735 GT is the 250 GT Short Wheelbase in which Sir Stirling Moss won the 1961 Tourist Trophy for celebrated privateer Rob Walker. It was Moss’s seventh and final TT win, and he was later a patron of Hope for Tomorrow. Le Mans legend Derek Bell famously referred to hill climbing as being like ‘Formula One up a garden path’, and the unforgettable sight and sound of a Grand Prix car will be coming to Classic Nostalgia. A 1979 Shadow DN9B that was raced by stylish Italian Elio de Angelis in his first season of Formula One will be taking to the hill. Also present will be a thunderous McLaren M10B Formula 5000 car, which will be demonstrated by historic racer Matthew Wurr. Powered by a 5-litre Chevrolet V8 engine, this car carried Peter Gethin to the 1970 British F5000 Championship. It was then used in speed events throughout the 1970s, and twice won the British Sprint Championship. There will more V8-powered excitement via an ex-Pedro Rodriguez BRM P154 Can-Am car. The Mexican ace drove chassis number two in three rounds of the 1970 Can-Am Challenge Cup – a series renowned for its ‘no holds barred’ action. The McLaren and BRM will be joined at Shelsley Walsh by the 1911 Fiat S76 Land Speed Record contender 'Beast of Turin'. The flame-spitting 28.5-litre Fiat achieved a one-way speed of 132mph in Belgium in 1913 and is an amazing feat of engineering. ‘Beast’ by name, ‘Beast’ by nature – not just how it roars into action, but how it handles too…
ERA R4D returns to its spiritual home
R4D is the most famous of all the ERAs and has a special place in the affections of enthusiasts – and in Shelsley history. It was effectively a works development car and was built in 1935 as R4B, before being upgraded to a C-type specification a year later. It finally became R4D when a lighter chassis was introduced for 1938.
R4D was campaigned extensively both before and after the Second World War in the hands of Raymond Mays and achieved great fame, from racing in the British Grand Prix to breaking records at Shelsley Walsh, and winning the very first British Hillclimb Championship in 1947. R4D set Best Time of the Day at Shelsley 16 times between 1935 and 1956, and will return for Classic Nostalgia with Nick Topliss behind the wheel.
Ex-Stirling Moss HWM at Classic Nostalgia
The ‘Stovebolt Special’ has a remarkable history that takes in famous racing drivers, competition glory and Hollywood fame.
Founded by John Heath and George Abecassis, HWM set out in 1950 to race its Formula 2 cars all over Europe. Always run on a shoestring, its single-seaters achieved great results with mainly British drivers, and the team gave Stirling Moss his first-ever paid works drive.
In 1954, this particular car was shipped to Hollywood, painted red and driven by Kirk Douglas in the movie The Racers. Seattle resident Tom Carstens then bought it and replaced the four-cylinder engine with the all-new Chevrolet V8. Press reports at the time gave it the name ‘The Stovebolt Special’.
Current custodian Simon Taylor acquired it in 1999 and has since raced it all around the world. Simon doesn’t believe in trailering the car to events and will drive it from London to Shelsley to participate over the weekend.