On Wednesday 7 January, the Chateau was filled with classic cars, local businesses and excited journalists as we finally lifted the curtain on the upcoming Hill Climb. It was great to be able to reveal more about the event, and to meet lots of journalists and representatives from leading car clubs from around the country.
The evening began with a special launch video before Rod Spollon, chairman of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb Club took to the stage to welcome the attendees and talk through the plans for July’s event.
The theme of the presentation was inclusiveness, and how July’s meet will hark back to the spirit and ethos of the speed trials held at the Chateau in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Rod went on to reveal more about the event and spoke about what inclusiveness will mean for spectators. Tickets will give spectators access right across the site, with children under 16 admitted free with a ticket-holding adult. Not only will spectators be able to get up close and personal with the cars and drivers through full access to the Impney Paddock, but they will also be able to access the grandstands at no additional cost, meaning that everyone has the chance to get a great view of the action.
The Concours d’Elegance, which is traditionally judged by an invited panel, will instead be voted for by the public attending the Hill Climb. Those following the event on social media will also be able to cast a vote for their favourite car, bringing a modern-day edge to an event steeped in history.
While the chance to compete will be by invitation only, Rod revealed that interested parties are welcome to submit an enquiry to express their interest in competing at the event. From the interest already received, Rod stated that that in many classes, the Hill Climb will be a ‘multi-generational meet’, pitting father against son, brother versus sister and husband versus wife.
Rod then went on to highlight how the event is more than just a hill climb, with a number of other activities taking place across the weekend, including a major classic car auction held by leading auction house H&H.
The event will also provide excellent opportunities for local businesses, with chances for local companies to get involved in all aspects of the event, from taking part in the Regent Exhibition to feeding the hungry spectators and drivers in our food and drink areas.
Motoring enthusiasts will have plenty to look forward to in the coming months too, as Rod announced that the Hill Climb will be working closely with associated car clubs to promote grass roots motorsport activity across the UK.
After the presentation, the floor was open for a Q&A session, allowing our guests to ask any questions to both Rod and our panel, which included John Felix, clerk of the course, Ben Elder, Chateau Impney’s General Manager and James Ashe, media director. During the session, Mike Ashton from VisitWorcestershire and the Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce praised the Hill Climb for its inclusive spirit and for its dedication to work with other local businesses.
David Good, vice-president of the Bugatti Owners Club and the first winner of the sprint events held at Chateau Impney, voiced his delight that a new event would be added to the calendar and that motorsport was returning to Chateau Impney. The Mayor of Droitwich, Councillor Bob Brookes, was also at the launch, and expressed how much he’s looking forward to the event in July.
If you were following us on Twitter, you may have seen our social media team from Alias tweeting away with all the details! To catch up on the action, follow us at @cihillclimb, and use the hashtag #chateauhillclimb to see our tweets from the evening.