The Hills are Alive… 1965 is our next focus for looking back into the history of motorsport!

Thursday 29 March 2018

The next instalment of the blog series about the first ten years of motorsport at the Chateau Impney.

To put thing into perspective… 1965 was the year that first saw US troops enter Vietnam, and the state funeral of Winston Churchill took place in January.


The Hagley & District Light Car Club Speed Trial at Chateau Impney 1965 was virtually a washout in terms of the weather, yet despite this had an enhanced entry of 108 competitors.

The event was not the success that it could have been however, as the torrential rain meant that the Sports/Racing cars struggled with the course as the track was too greasy for them to exert their full power. The class was such a disappointment that it was virtually ignored for the day. The best time managed was by J Upton, in a 997cc engineered Lotus with 31.21 seconds.

However, the best time of the day went to John Handley, who was the only driver to beat 27 seconds. Handley raced in a Mini, and this demonstrates how the cars excellent handling helped to solidify it as one of Britain’s favourite cars.

Autosport continued its support of the Speed Trial at Chateau Impney, and stated that “in spite of anything BUT ideal conditions... [it was still] a successful sprint”.

To continue reading about the history of motorsport at the Chateau Impney, look out for our next blog post in this series.

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