Car: Farrallac Mk 2
Driver: Tony Bianchi
Class: Class 12 – Pre-1961 Sports and Sports Racing Cars over 2200cc
Time at 2015’s event: 46.12 seconds
Overall position in class: 1
Tony Bianchi competed in the Farrallac Mk 2 at the inaugural Chateau Impney Hill Climb – a 1958 British-built sports racing car with a 6.4-litre Cadillac engine. Named after its creator, Don Farrall, it has made its mark in competitions all over the UK and Europe.
Tony continued that competitive legacy at the Hill Climb by securing the best time in Class 12. While Tony was confident about his class win last year, he’ll be up against some truly competitive machinery at this year’s event.
Car: Lea-Francis Hyper
Driver: Jeremy Brewster
Class: Class 3 – Pre-1940 Special Sports Cars and All Supercharged Sports Cars up to 1500cc
Time at 2015’s event: 51.98 seconds
Overall position in class: 3
Jeremy’s Lea-Francis Hyper competed in the legendary Brooklands Double Twelve and at the famous Ards TT in period, and provided tough competition for the other cars in Class 3.
A renowned Lea-Francis restorer, Jeremy has been perfecting his 1928 Hyper for competition since purchasing it 17 years ago. The car was originally brought to him for restoration by former racing driver and historic car dealer Gregor Fisken, who planned to sell the car on behalf of its previous owner once the work was complete. Although in poor condition, Brewster considered it a fantastic example of a Lea-Francis and decided to snap it up for himself.
The Lea-Francis Hyper was certainly a favourite in the paddock among pre-war car enthusiasts and will no doubt wow the crowds once again at this year’s event.
Car: Austin Healey Mk I Sprite
Driver: James Thacker
Class: Class 15 – Pre-1967 Sports and Sports Racing Cars up to 1500cc
Time at 2015’s event: 54.45 seconds
Overall position in class: 2
The Mk I Sprite originally competed at Chateau Impney in 1964, claiming second place in the Grand Touring Cars up to 1200cc class. On that occasion, it was driven by Alec Poole who regularly used the car for rallying, speed events and circuit racing.
In 1965, Poole rebuilt the car to create the first lightweight circuit-racing Sprite. It was also the first to have a 1275cc engine. In the revamped Sprite, Poole became renowned for beating larger sports cars of the era, particularly in the wet or on more twisting circuits. This was the case when he return to the Chateau in the 1965/66 season, claimed a credible third place in the Grand Touring Cars 1201–1600cc.
James Thacker brought the car back to the Chateau last year and it was excellent to see it competing once again – we look forward to seeing it in action again in July!