Stonking Shellers!

The Big One at Shelsley Walsh last weekend lived up to it’s billing and provided a motorsport show to please any enthusiast of any era.

Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb

The MAC flew the flag at Shelsley Walsh last weekend

 

From 1920s sports cars, through 1960s saloons, to 1970s single-seaters, and from historic Le Mans cars to the current top 10 contenders in the BHC, The World Famous venue had it all.

A wonderful display of Aston Martin road and competition cars from the Newport Pagnall, Feltham and Gaydon works entertained the crowds with demo runs on Sunday including runs for the 2013 Nurburgring 24 hours spec Rapide S Hydrogen Fuel Cell car and even the monstrous DBR1-2 LMP1 car which claimed the unofficial LMP1-bis win at La Sarthe in 2009.

Lola Aston Martin DBR1-2

DBR1-2 display was so good that James Ritchie had to ring his mates to tell them!!

 

The actual competition on the hill will have kept the massive crowds enthralled as well.

DJ Firestorm driver Wallace Menzies has started to bring consistency to the party as well as the always-present immense speed which has characterised his driving in recent years. After the Scot had stormed to the win in the opening Top 12 many wondered whether he could back it up with another big score, and he certainly did on this occasion…. Wallace tied for the runner-up spot in the second shootout with reigning Champion Trevor Willis.

Wallace Menzies DJ Firestorm

Wallace was on top form at The World Famous venue

 

The combination of Scott Moran, Gould GR61X chassis and NicMac V8 is always a tough combination to beat on the steep Worcestershire slopes and it will have meant a lot to Wallace, and the DJ team to have done just that. There was no stopping Scott in the second shoot-out though, and he charged to the win, FTD and sole charge of the championship lead on the final run of the weekend.

2013 Champ Willis always struggles at Shelsley, his RPE/Powertec V8 is beautifully tractable but it does suffer from a relative lack of grunt up the shutes, a fourth and a third were probably the best he could hope for in the dry…

 

Star of the Day, and easily the winner of the Midland Man of the Meeting award, was local driver Alex Summers. He used the supercharged DJ Firehawk to great effect, demolishing the 2-litre record in first qually and then backing that up with the category’s first ever sub-24s run and a podium finish in the first Run Off. Backing that up with fourth place second time up, Alex is now up to fifth overall on the championship table.

Both with torquey Judd EV motors behind them, Deryk Young and Tom New battled all day, usually separated by just hundredths. New got the nod in the opening Run Off with fifth place, but Del-boy struck back later on and dipped into the 23s for fourth overall. Tom followed him home in fifth as both powered past Summers.

Midlander Will Hall arrived at one of his favourite venues in a fairly solid fifth in the Championship, but that was as good as it got really. A fuel pump relay failed on the finish straight during first qually so he missed out completely. Will recovered to get into the next shoot-out, but he could only manage a single point for tenth place. His points loss, plus Summers’ impressive haul means that the Force WH driver now trails the Firehawk by three points.

 

In the class runs, a large dose of the entertainment came from the Lo-Cater-Field classes…

Class B1 is always a hoot with quick times, close competition, and an impressive level of paddock banter! This week was no different. Mad professor Ray Lohr rebuilt his Vauxhall engine over last winter, enlarging the ‘red top’ motor to 2068cc and has been getting quicker and quicker ever since. His new, patented, starting technique is clearly working too as he set a pair of PBs in practice to run second behind the flying DTA Caterham of expected pace-setter Dave Warburton. Damp early conditions on Sunday morning meant that this class would be decided on the final runs. Warburton Jnr made a horlicks of Bottom Ess when it mattered, by braking too early and not carrying enough speed. His Father Allan saw this, hopped into the car, stormed to the top in an impressive sub-30s PB and stole the class from his offspring! Lohr repeated his own PB pace when it mattered and hung on for a great podium, much to the disgust of former record holder Dave Wilson who was pushed back to fourth!

 

The modified kit car class saw a bit of a turn-around as 2013 class pace-maker Andy Dunbar was defeated by a familiar face returning to the sport… Having set the hills alight in the 1600cc Racing Car class during 2006 & 2007 with his ex. Phil Cooke Force PC, Robert Kenrick has been absent from competition for a while. He and his Father Clive have rolled Clive’s old multiple Midland title-winning Caterham BDG out of the workshop, dusted it down and brought it out for a blast. The car is exactly as it was in the late 1990s, complete with mechanical injection and a complete absense of driver aids! Robert was sub-31s right from the get-go and took the class on a 29.17s. Dunbar Snr was second, but daughter Debbie was denied her first ever sub-30s yet again, she got tantalisingly close though with a 30.01s second time up!

All in all it was a stunning event, huge credit should go to the MAC team, especially Mark Constanduros for assembling such a truly awesome selection of Aston Martin race cars, and for running such a large entry so smoothly over the weekend.

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