GN Wasp and Lotus 51A Take Chateau Impney Challenge Again

Thursday 26 May 2016

Two of last year?s fastest cars are making a comeback for the 2016 Hill Climb.

Car: GN Wasp
Driver: Winston Teague
Class: Class 6 – Pre-1940 Racing Cars up to 1100cc
Time at 2015’s event: 49.96 seconds
Overall position in class: 1

The GN Wasp was originally built by Jack Moor, a prominent hill climb racer between 1920 and 1950. He bought the Wasp as a two-seater car in 1923 before converting it into a single-seater special for competition three years later. As part of the conversion, Moor also added a new engine fashioned from two Norton International motorbike engines, an unusual but successful approach.

Moor had a reputation for pushing his cars to the limit and Winston Teague definitely shared Moor’s ethos at the inaugural Chateau Impney Hill Climb, as the GN Wasp buzzed its way to the top of Class 6.

Car: Lotus 51A
Drivers: Nikki and John Cottrill
Class: Class 18 – Pre-1967 Racing Cars over 1500cc
Times at 2015’s event: 44.44 seconds (Nikki) and 44.91 seconds (John)
Overall positions in class: 3 (Nikki) and 4 (John)

Nikki and John Cottrill knew the course better than anyone else when they came to compete at Chateau Impney last year – after all, their company Cottrill Civil Engineering laid the tarmac on it!

Class 18 was an extremely competitive group, with each car getting some very fast times throughout the weekend. Both Nikki and John placed in the top 10 overall, despite not achieving any class wins. They’ll be looking to push their Lotus to the limit at 2016’s event.

  • Lotus 51A at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
  • Lotus 51A at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
  • GN Wasp at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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