This is the first part of a blog series that will give you an insight as to what was happening throughout the first ten years of motorsport at the Chateau Impney.
To put things in perspective… 1957 was the year that gave us both Sputnik 1 and 2, and USSR successfully launched the first animal into space, Laika the dog.
The long history of motorsport at Chateau Impney began in 1957 with the first speed trial being organised by Hagley & District Light Car Club.
It was set to be a truly glamorous event, with Autosport describing the Chateau as a “copy of Louis grandeur…in gorgeous surrounding… easily the most picturesque of the country’s sprint and hill climb venues... [and] will quickly rival the best of them…”
With standards set so high, the organisers were keen to make it an event to remember, and it seems they were exceedingly successful, with the press calling it a “red letter day” for the Hagley Club.
There was a total of 101 competitors for this first event, far exceeding expectations. The original course was shorter than the modern one at only 800 yards: with an initial straight of 100 yards, into a swift left- hander, closely followed by a natural chicane and stone bridge. This is followed by another short straight, a swift left-hand bend, and a 90 degree right turn just before the finishing line.
The Fastest Time of the Day was made by David Good, who would go on to be hugely successful in the world of motorsport, specifically in the British Hill Climb Championship. His success both in that and at Chateau Impney was made all the more remarkable by the fact that he had no lower right arm. He set a record of 24.64 seconds in a MK VIII Cooper- JAP.
The weekend was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all involved- enough so that it would continue for another 10 years!
To continue reading about the history of motorsport at Chateau Impney, look out for our next blog post in this series.
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