Brian Lee, aged 72, recently contacted our partner Footman James after they reached out to thousands of customers in search of stories from the original sprints hosted by the Hagley & District Light Car Club.
Brian, who was 17 in 1959, took part in his 1937 Ford 8 Hill Climb Special. He said: “I worked on a farm in Wychbold at the time and heard about the sprints through word of mouth. It was an amazing experience, as hundreds of attendees hurtled around the course at 50 miles per hour. Brakes weren’t like they are today, but with youth on my side, I remember it being a lot of fun. The cars that took part were cars that were driven on a daily basis; it was an amazing spectacle.”
A long standing customer of Footman James, Brian describes himself as ‘a petrol head through and through’, with one of his earliest memories being of stripping down an engine on his kitchen table, aged 11. “There was oil all over the kitchen floor, my mother wasn’t happy with me!” he said.
Brian still organises rallies and attends as many historic motoring events as he can. He is currently the membership secretary and treasurer of The Minor LCV Register, a club dedicated to the preservation, use and restoration of all Minor LCVs, Morris and Austins.
David Bond, director at Footman James, was delighted to hear Brian’s story, and said: “Brian’s memories of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb offer us a real sense of the timelessness and passion that classic enthusiasts live and breathe on a daily basis. Brian has had a life-long love affair with classic cars and his stories of the sprint are a real testimony of the longevity of the classic movement.
“The camaraderie of the previous events looks set to infuse the 2015 one and we wish it every success this year and in the future.”
If you have any stories from the original sprint events that you’d like to share with Footman James, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org