Motor Sport This Month

One of the most eagerly anticipated days of every month for me is the day when Motor Sport magazine lands on the door mat.

The ‘Green One’ is compulsory reading for anyone claiming to be a racing enthusiast/anorak!

Dream car shopping in the Classified Section often happens (especially on long flights!) and this month sees a few listings which may be of interest to hillclimb enthusiasts.

Retro Track and Air Ltd are offering the Lotus 30 which Matthew Watts drove so spectacularly at Shelsley’s August ‘Big One’ Lotus celebration for sale.

Matthew Watts Lotus 30

The Lotus 30 in the Shelsley Walsh paddock in August.

 

Cheshire Classic Cars are advertising a Chevron B61 Thundersports car which may not have appeared on the hills, but certainly has hillclimb credentials. It was owned for a while in the mid-90s by Gurston regular Chris Cannell. When Chris bought the ‘Priaulx/Gould’ title winning Pilbeam-DFL MP58 in 1997, he part-ex’d the Chevron against the ’58. Andy Priaulx tested the Cosworth YB engined car at Silverstone before it was sold on again…

In the main mag, there is a report on the recent VSCC Seaman Trophy meeting at Snetterton. The headline Historic Seaman trophy race was won by David Morris in ERA R11B ‘Humphry’. Back in 1952 & 1953 Humphry was winner of the BHC title when driven by Ken Wharton, has held Pre-War records at Shelsley Walsh & Wiscombe Park in recent times and is a real piece of hillclimb history.

ERA R11B Humphry David Morris

David Morris en route to winning the 2001 Historic Seaman Trophy with ERA R11B ‘Humphry’

 

Red Bull F1 designer Adrian Newey track tests one of his early creations, the 1990 Leyton House March CG901. Whilst not technically connected to the hills, a tenuous link can be found here because the CG901 was the first car to run the Judd EV engine, which went on to win BHC titles for Roy Lane (1996) and Roger Moran (1997) in 4-litre form and is still used on the hills today by Tommy New, the Youngs, the Tomlins and Rodney Thorne.

Also in Motor Sport this month, in the ever excellent ‘You Were There’ reader’s photos section is a great shot of Dennis Jenkinson, the legendary Motor Sport European Correspondent. ‘Jenks’, who was a great hillclimb enthusiast and competitor with the NHCA on a variety of bikes is pictured at the now defunct, but much-loved, Cricket St. Thomas venue in Somerset in 1982.

So, as if you needed any more reason to pick up a copy of this great mag this month, the above should have twisted your arm!

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