The GN Wasp was built by Jack Moor, a prominent hill climb racer from the 1920s to the 1950s. He bought the Wasp as a two-seater car in 1923 before converting it into a single-seater for competition in 1926. Its engine is entirely unique in that it’s made from two Norton International motorbike engines. This innovation then went on to form the basis for the other bug-themed GN Shelsley Specials, the Gnat and the Spider – both of which also competed at the 2015 event.
None of the GN Shelsley Specials have front-wheel brakes, making them perfectly suited for hill climbing. While the Spider was the more prominent winner in the pre-war period, the Wasp still holds the course record at the now-defunct Weatherby speed trials and earned many wins at Saltburn Sands and Shelsley Walsh. Winston has set a number of records himself, including the 1100cc Vintage Record at Prescott in 2011.
Click on the video player below to see why the GN Wasp was destined to be a class winner at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb.