With the sun shining on competitors and spectators alike, cars took to the start line at the revived Chateau Impney Hill Climb.
Drivers were all buzzing after their first run and looking forward to taking to the course again.
First up was Paul Tebbett, driving in the Pre-1940 Standard and Modified Sports Cars unsupercharged up to 1500cc Class, in his Bugatti Brescia. Paul said: "It was a great honour to be first on the hill, but also quite nerve wracking. I didn’t have a plan, but the course flowed much better than I’d hoped. It’s a great new course. The scariest bit was seeing myself on the big screen."
John Guyatt, driving his Talbot Lago Darracq in the Pre-1940 Standard and Modified Sports Cars unsupercharged over 1500cc, said: "The course was fun and it was all over too quickly! At the twiddly bit at the top, you’ve just got to go for it. I think I could do better later, but I really enjoyed myself. It’s nice to be here at the event with all my friends and I really hope it goes well."
David Pryke, driving in his Morgan Riley Special in the Pre-1940 Special Sports Cars and All Supercharged Sports Cars up to 1500cc category, was one of many drivers who found the first corner tough.
He said: "It was a voyage of discovery! I went too fast into the first corner and ended up cutting across the grass. After that, I had to take it steadily. It’s a great hill, very technical."
As a new hill climb, there was bound to be some speculation over whether the course would be challenging enough or even whether Chateau Impney would be a 'proper hill climb'.
Jeremy Brewster, driving the Lea Francis Hyper in the Pre-1940 Special Sports Cars and All Supercharged Sports Cars up to 1500cc category, said: "It was quite twisty and quite fast. Some drivers were worried it wouldn’t be a proper hill climb, but it is, it’s a decent course - definitely a driving challenge!"
Steve Gray, driving the AC Ace Ruddspeed in the Pre-1961 Sports and Sports Racing Cars up to 2200cc category, summed up the feelings of many of the drivers, when he said: "As the day goes on, hopefully I should be able to push a bit harder. The first run is always about finding your way around."
Wishing the best of luck to Steve and the other drivers for the afternoon practice session and the competition tomorrow.