We are delighted to be able to announce that the wonderful Alta 61is will be returning to the Chateau Impney Hill Climb once more!
The Alta has a rich history in the world of motorsport and has changed hands many times before falling into the hands of current owner Ian Baxter. Ian coveted the car for over twenty years before finally managing to purchase it at auction.
Built in 1937, the Alta was first driven by Philip Jucker, having been specially designed by Geoffrey Taylor’s engineering company for him to drive at the Isle of Man RAC International 1 ½ Litre race. Tragically, Jucker hit a lamppost during a practice run, killing himself.
The car was next owned by George Abecassis, a British racing river who co-founded the HWM Formula One team. Abecassis was a very successful driver, and one of his biggest achievements with the Alta was perhaps the Crystal Palace meet in 1938. It was at this meeting that Abecassis won the Imperial Trophy, and in the process, beat the Prince of Siam, Birabongse Bhanudej, nephew of the King of Siam.
The Alta has been used as a competition car for over 80 years. Ian had his work cut out to restore the car after the previous owner’s death left the car midway through extensive works. After just 18 months, it was ready to compete again, and in 2017 Ian created a new course record in Class 8 with a time of 43.71 seconds.
When asked about his time at the Chateau, Ian described it as ‘absolutely second to none, with a garden party atmosphere. He liked that it is ‘relaxed and friendly, whilst still being competitive.’
Let’s see if he can continue to break records in 2018!
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