Woolbridge Invitation Class

The one class which we omitted from the Wiscombe Report was certainly the one which featured the most eclectic selection of cars on the entry, so we felt that it deserved a post of it’s own….

Veiw of the paddock at Wiscombe Park


 
For the last few years Woolbridge Motor Club have run an invitation class as part of their sole BHC round of the year and this class has consistantly featured such variety that it really is a crowd and competitor favourite, and this year was no exception.

 

Beautiful ex. Phil Scragg HWM-Jaguar

 

A great selection of cars from historic to fairly modern assembled at the Devonshire parkland hill to do battle, not on scratch but chasing bogey times based on their respective ‘normal’ class records.

Former British Championship contender (and Shelsley Walsh resident) Simon Durling brought along his lovely ex. Brian Eccles Brabham-Buick and was unsurprisingly fastest on the road with a 43.17s 1st run. Unfortunately that would be Simon’s only competitive time of the weekend as he broke a driveshaft on the line 2nd time up.

Another very historic car running at the hill was David Newman’s beautiful HWM-Jaguar. This car was originally built as a hillclimb car for 50s & 60s sportscar ace Phil Scragg. Featuring an HWM chassis, beautiful ‘cycle-wing’ style body, ‘wide angle’ Jaguar D-type power and drum brakes this car really is a handful. Former Lister-Jaguar circuit racer Newman, who lives locally to Wiscombe, brought the car out for a bit of fun at his home hill and it looked and sounded wonderful. Incidentally this car is raced on the circuits for Newman by former Shelsley pre-war record holder, ERA racer David Morris who also prepares the car.

As far as the ‘handicapping’ went, Wiscombe specialists were to the fore. Vince Stone is getting faster and faster these days and he hustled his garishly coloured Mini to the top in a time only just over 1 second slower than Durling’s Brabham to take the class win ahead of the similar car of Adrian Langley. BWRDC Shell Trophy front-runner Jo Hodgson brought the Kings Mews Elan into 3rd place overall with a season’s best time, thankfully the Elan’s engine woes seem to be behind it now.

This is a great class, and definitely a ‘fan favourite’. Long may it continue at Wiscombe Nationals.

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