The year that gave us Pre-Cooked Noodles... 1958

Monday 22 January 2018

The next instalment focusing on first ten years of motorsport at Chateau Impney

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

To put things in perspective… 1958 saw the introduction of ready cooked noodles, and the first radio broadcast from space by US President Dwight Eisenhower.

This year saw the Speed Trial at the Chateau Impney go from strength to strength, with a number of local companies such as Allen’s Caravan Homes, Becketts, and Percy Cox builders all becoming corporate sponsors of the event.

It was a particularly wet weekend in September that the event took place. However, this didn’t seem to dampen spirits and there was an array of vintage cars on display for the first time, which is something that the modern-day Chateau Impney Hill Climb has revived.

Fastest Time of the Day (FTD) was awarded to Tony Marsh in his newly acquired ex-Michael Christie Lotus, getting himself a time of 24.65 seconds. This was 1/100 of a second slower than David Good’s record from the year before, had the weather been slightly better, would his time have been improved?

One interesting turn of events for the weekend came at the wheels of Patsy Burt, who got herself the third fastest time of the day at 25.38 seconds in her Formula 2 Cooper. A fantastic achievement in itself, but even more so because she managed to beat Tony Marsh in the Formula Libre class by exactly a second, and pushed him into second place.

In a strange turn of events, Patsy didn’t manage to take home the Ladies Award; instead the trophy went to Miss Pauline Brook who drove a Cooper 500. The seems to be no reasoning behind this other than it would have been bad form to take home more than one trophy!

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

The Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2018 will take place on 7th & 8th July, and to ensure you don’t miss out, buy your tickets here. Alternatively, VIP tickets are also on sale now and in high demand for those looking to enjoy CIHC2018 in unparalleled luxury. 

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