The Building of the Iron Curtain… 1961

Tuesday 27 February 2018

The next instalment of the blog series about the first ten years of motorsport at the Chateau Impney.

To put things in perspective… 1961 was the year that Yuri Gagarin become the first person to orbit the Earth, and Elvis Presley had a number one with “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

The Hagley & District Light Car Club Speed Trial at Chateau Impney celebrated its 5th birthday in rather torrential rain that ruined the prospects of much record breaking happening. Tony Marsh managed to achieve the fastest time of the day with 23.02, but didn’t manage to break Reg Philip’s 1960 record.

Tony Marsh had failed to impress with his Formula One career, but went on to become the most successful driver in British Hill Climb Championship history, and also had a lustrous career here at Chateau Impney.

The new Formula Junior category proved much more popular than it had done in previous years, improving on 1960’s two entries up to nine, which demonstrated the move from the 500cc Formula III. Although still endearingly popular, they were now 14 years old and so interest had shifted.

The weather put a dampener on what had hoped to be a rather more illustrious celebration of the five-year anniversary, but instead was somewhat of a washout.

To continue reading about the history of motorsport at the Chateau Impney, look out for our next blog post in this series.

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