On 3 December 2013, a successful gala was held at Chateau Impney to celebrate the original speed trials as part of the H&H Christmas auction. However, the event had a hidden function as well – the Hill Climb team wanted to gauge the level of public interest in their resurrection.
The one-day festival attracted 1,500 people and received a great deal of media attention, with coverage on BBC Midlands Today, ITV Central and BBC Hereford and Worcestershire, as well as in many local newspapers and trade publications.
We were delighted to welcome David Good, president of the Bugatti Owners Club and former Chateau Impney competitor, as well as Formula 1 legend John Watson, who were both very keen to see motorsport back at the Chateau. You can listen to John Watson’s interview with BBC Hereford and Worcestershire by clicking on the player below:
Thanks to demand from both the public and the press, the Hill Climb team set out to revive the classic event and update it for a modern-day audience, resulting in the launch of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in July 2015. Rod Spollon, event director of the Hill Climb, spoke about the process of bringing motorsport back to the Chateau earlier this year:
Tickets for the 2016 Hill Climb are available now, and if you buy yours before Friday 18 December, you’ll get 25% off – making a weekend pass just £30! You can buy tickets through our website.