The Hagley & District Light Car Club first hosted the Chateau Impney speed trials in 1957. The event was a popular meet on the Midlands motorsport calendar, attracting some of the most well-known hill climb competitors and thousands of thrill-seeking spectators. As part of our preparation for the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, we wanted to capture the essence of the original speed trials and find out exactly why they became so popular in the Midlands.
In November 2014, we invited several former competitors back to Chateau Impney to learn more about their experiences at the speed trials, including inaugural winner David Good, John Moody, Jan Moody and Tony Griffiths, who has held the course record since 1964. We also invited several members of the current Midlands motorsport scene, including Paul Martin, Charlie Martin and Nick Topliss, to come and try the new course. To find out what we learned about the original speed trials, and what to expect from the forthcoming Chateau Impney Hill Climb, watch our launch event video by clicking on the player below: