To put things in perspective… In the same year as Elvis Presley married Priscilla, the world’s first ATM was installed in London.
By 1967, Hagley & District Light Car Club Speed Trial at Chateau Impney was overshadowed by the Dudley Club, who were putting on their second hill climb event in nearby Wolverhampton. It is thought that the larger attraction, and the fact the events were consecutive weekends had helped the falling entries to the Speed Trial at Chateau Impney of 1966 and 1967. There was also a twenty percent decrease in ticket sales for 1967.
There was also poor weather again this year, which affected the times that were recorded. Mike Hawkley managed to record the Best Time of the Day driving an impeccable Brabham Climax BT23B with 25.47 seconds which although considerably slower than the fastest overall course time, was the only one of two times to creep in under 26 seconds.
The Ladies Award was taken by Jenny Williams, who recorded a very respectable time of 27.56 in 1400cc Cooper.
A rather amusing anecdote that came out of this year’s event comes from Fred Jones in his Autoquip Mini, who managed to leave the course and crash into the haybales at the treacherous bridge corner. Jones amazingly managed to complete the course despite actually launching himself from the front seat of the car. Derek Hill of Autosport, described the car crossing the finish line as resembling a “hen coop”.
This was the final motorsport event at the Chateau Impney until 2015, but keep an eye out for a blog that tries to get to the bottom of the mysterious 1968 weekend…
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