The event was also was also his first hill climb since he was a teenager, but he had confidence that his car would get him through – an ERA R10B.
He said: “My friend, Stephen Curtis, had competed in the car before and won, so he’d set the bar high for me.”
Paddins, who recorded a time of 45.89 seconds in the Pre-1940 Racing Cars Over 1100cc and up to 1500cc class was pleased to see so many other ERAs at the event.
He said: “It was a beautiful event, technically challenging and in a gorgeous setting. It was good to see so many ERAs there, as well as some of the really old Edwardian cars.
“Seeing so many supporters there really made for a fantastic weekend and it was fun to be part of the first Chateau Impney Hill Climb.”