“If the people in the cheaper seats could clap your hands, and the rest of you, if you could just rattle your jewellery…” … 1963

Thursday 15 March 2018

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

To put things in perspective… US President John F Kennedy is assassinated in Dallas, Texas, and Martin Luther King Jr makes his famous ‘I have a dream’ speech in 1963.

1963 saw a much drier year than the previous couple had been, yet despite this there were still no records broken! Tony Marsh was present, as was David Good, but no joy was to be had.

Best time of the day was awarded to Tony Griffiths in an ex- Phil Scragg BRM, with a time of 22.34 seconds. He was probably just as surprised anyone else by the turn of events, as after the first runs the table was headed by David Good, Tony Marsh and newcomer Ian McLaughlin. However, all three of these suffered some kind of malady during the second run and all ended up with rather poor times. Only Marsh managed to get a time under 23 seconds, and so was beaten rather substantially by Griffiths.

There was also the start of some rather nice family ties at the Speed Trial this year, as Donald Monro raced his blue AC Ace Bristol. Donald’s daughter Shirley returned to the Hill Climb in 2015 in her Cooper 500, and races all over the world. Donald’s relative Burt Monro was coincidentally the inspiration for the Anthony Hopkins biopic, The World’s Fastest Indian.

There was also some excitement in 1963 as it was reported that a ‘Teddy boy’ threatened a spectator with a knife, and the event had to halt for 20 minutes as a manhunt ensued! However, it was also reported that no one was hurt and that the police ‘got their man’.

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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