Competition Committee Profile: Gerry Walton

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Gerry Walton is our Chief Scrutineer, and is one of the most experienced scrutineers in the historic motorsport scene, having been instrumental to the safety of hill climb events from 1964.

Are you a member of any car clubs?
I’m part of the Hagley & District Light Car Club, the VSCC and the FOC.

How did you first get involved with historic motorsport?
I’ve been involved in motorsport for 50 years, and first got into it when I was asked to help at a Silverstone event – I enjoyed it so much that I carried on from there.

What will you be involved with during the Hill Climb event?
As Chief Scrutineer, myself and my team examine all of the cars before the event, to make sure they are suitable to compete and that they comply with all Motor Sports Association (MSA) regulations. I delegate a Scrutineer to be at the start line at all times and another to carry out a noise test on all cars, to make sure they meet noise limits. In the unlikely event of an accident, I provide a report to all the relevant authorities.

Could you give us a few examples of other motorsport events you’ve been involved with?
I have been at the heart of historic motoring for more or less all of my adult life. I help at between 10 and 20 events a year, including the Historic Championship of Lloyds in Scotland, and many events in Sweden. I’ve held a Competition License from 1967 to the present day, as well as a Marshal License from 1964 to 1994 and a Scrutineer License from 1994 to today.

Why do you love historic motorsport?
I have made very many friends in motor racing, which I feel you don’t get in modern racing. The same is true of my wife, Mary, and my late wife, Margaret.

What class are you most looking forward to watching at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb and why?
As scrutineers, we very rarely actually see any racing at hill climbs as scrutineering is a full-time job on the day!

If you could compete at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, which car would you drive?
I have a Mini Cooper and have just bought a 1924 Malcolm Campbell single seater, which would be perfect for the Hill Climb.

  • Competition Committee: Gerry Walton, Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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