Shelsley Walsh, Worcestershire

High-speed course at a venue which oozes Motorsport history.

How to get to Shelsley Walsh

Shelsley Walsh, Worcester, WR6 6

Just to the north west of Worcester, hidden in a beautiful valley – but really quite easy to find. They have HUGE car parking space, and on a race weekend there are plenty of people there to direct you.

Facilities at Shelsley Walsh

Shelsley has probably one of the best natural layouts for spectating, there’s lots of places where you’ll get a great view – and all of it has seating built in.

Up the hill:

  • There is a fantastic food van up at Bottom S (worth the walk up the hill!)
  • And a bar there too
  • Plus 2 sets of permanent toilets as you go up the hill
  • 3 Commentary booths – so Shelsley has the most complete commentary coverage of any hill

In the car park / towards the bottom of the hill

  • Ice cream van
  • Bar
  • Toilets
  • Hog Roast
  • Shops (everything for the motorsport lover)
  • Usually some display cars too

In the paddock / right at the bottom of the hill

  • A lovely bar – come here for a drink after the final race and you’ll find lots of drivers relaxing!
  • The brand new Stratstone Restaurant, which serves a wide range of food throughout the day, and has extensive outdoor and indoor seating
  • The club shop & tea hut
  • A watermill – worth a visit during the lunch break

The Hillclimb at Shelsley Walsh

The oldest motorsport venue in the world which still uses the original course. And a great course it is too.

It’s famously 1000 yards long (that’s about 0.9km) and is very fast.

Off the start the drivers prepare for the 2 surprisingly tough left handers Kennel and then Crossing. Then it’s foot to floor up the hill to Bottom S for a steep and tight left, up and right through Top S, then foot down again to the Finish line.

Current hill record: Martin Groves, 22.58secs, 17th August 2008

Other Key Information:

The first event was held in 1905 and events at the hill are still run by the same club, the Midland Automobile Club.

Many meetings are held at Shelsley each year, with the British Championship visiting twice a year. Historic racing cars are a major feature at all meetings, and many of these cars have competed here since they were first built.

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