Competition Committee Profile: John Felix

Thursday 12 March 2015

Without the competition committee, we simply wouldn't have the Chateau Impney Hill Climb. So we'd like to introduce them all, starting with John Felix, the Clerk of the Course, who has had a long association with historic motorsport.

How many years have you been involved in historic motorsport?
I’ve been involved with motorsport for 53 years, having been an official since 1962. I have worked and volunteered in many different roles, including Director of Pembrey Circuit, Director and Vice Chairman of British Automobile Racing Club Ltd (BARC) and Race and Safety Director for FIA Historic Formula One Championship 2012.

How did you first get involved with historic motorsport?
I was involved in setting up Historic F1 with the Historic Sports Car Club. When it went international, I was Race Director. I’m pleased to say it is now a very popular FIA championship.

What will you be involved with during the Hill Climb event?
As Clerk of the Course, I will have overall responsibility for everything that happens at the event on the day – safety, compliance and organisation, for competitors, officials and spectators. If there are any queries or protests or any inspections of vehicles or components needed after the event, they also fall under my remit.

Why do you love historic motorsport?
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly why I love historic motorsport, because I love everything about it – the noise, the smell and just being a part of motorsport history. There are far more iconic cars in historic motorsport than there in modern-day motorsport, which is why it's great to be part of it!

If you could compete at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, which car would you drive and why?
Definitely the 250F Maserati, and I don’t think I would be alone in that! This was such an iconic car, which was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio in the early days of Formula 1. He was my absolute hero in those days. He was so good, that if you put a coin on the corner, he would hit it every time!

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