The year that Top of the Pops was born… 1964

Thursday 22 March 2018

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

To put things in perspective… Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, and Beatlemania hits the US.

Following Tony Griffiths’ surprising success in 1963, Griffiths continued to make a name for himself at the Speed Trials at Chateau Impney by setting a new course record with a time of 22.07 in a BRM P48 Chassis 487. His record still stands today, as nobody managed to best this before the Hill Climb came to an end in 1967.

A total of 13 competitors failed to make the tricky left turn onto the stone bridge this year, leaving the track completely, marking the start of an altogether different kind of record! A gentleman by the name of Mr Alexander managed to successfully navigate his way on to the bridge, but then hit the parapet with such force it created a crack in the foot-thick brickwork! Luckily, he was not injured, and indeed barely noticed the accident, completing the course with a respectable time.

1964 was an unusual year for the simple fact that there was a wedding taking place at the same time as the sprint. In all the excitement, the bride and groom weren’t expecting to be greeted by petrol fumes and cheering crowds, but ended having a rather unique celebration, alongside some interesting additions to their wedding album!

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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