From the year the Population of the Earth reaches 3 Billion… 1962

Friday 9 March 2018

1962 is the next instalment of the blog series about the first ten years of motorsport at the Chateau Impney

To put things in perspective… The Beatles began their rise to fame with the release of “Love Me Do” in the UK, and the world comes close to nuclear disaster as Cold War tensions escalated with the Cuban Missile Crisis.

1962 was another wet year for the Speed Trial at Chateau Impney, and the poor weather combined with an unusual amount of oil and petrol spills cause several cars to unintentionally leave the course! These conditions meant that yet again, Reg Philips 1960 course record remained safe.

A fine example of the off- course excursions would be Bill Bradley in a Midlands Racing Partnership Cooper Formula Junior, who managed to demolish several yards of fence trying to beat his rival Mike Hatton. Despite this, Bradley still managed to beat Hatton by 0.07 seconds, quite an achievement indeed. This also won him the Fastest Time of the Day.

A notable attendee of this year’s event would be Claude Austen Newton May, who was the author of Shelsley Walsh: England’s International Hill Climb. He was a regular competitor at the Chateau Impney, and one of the most prolific supporters of hill climbs in the UK.

The G.H. Cup was won this year by Bob Rose in his Jaguar E type, in the absence of Phil Scragg and Jack Lambert, who were the usual suspects for the Cup. In the 1301-2600cc Sports and GT cars class, Ray Meredith was announced the winner with his “Lawrencetune” ‘Super Sports’ specification Morgan +4, with fellow Morgan owner Rob Brown in second place.

To continue reading about the history of motorsport at the Chateau Impney, look out for our next blog post in this series.

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