Tony Griffiths competed in the original Chateau Impney sprint events throughout the 1960s, twice claiming fastest time of the day. In 1964, he set the course record of 22.07 seconds on the twisting 550-yard course, which will never be beaten again as new competitors will face an extended course in July’s event.
Mike Jiggle met Tony at the Chateau to find out more about his involvement in the Midlands motorsport scene and learned a lot about his time at Chateau Impney. Although Tony competed with several cars at the Chateau, he broke the record in a BRM P48 that was originally driven by Formula One legend Graham Hill. It was great to hear first-hand about the car Tony broke the record in, but it was interesting to learn more about the other cars that he competed in throughout the years, including Austin Healeys and a Brabham-Repco. He also spoke proudly about his lifelong association with the Midland Automobile Club, and how he rose through the ranks to become a committee member, chairman and eventually president. Tony is currently the vice-president of the club, which holds events at nearby Shelsley Walsh.
Tony was keen to discuss the inclusiveness that hill climbing promoted, which we’re thrilled to see is still the case in historic motorsport today, and he had plenty of advice for those who will be competing at the Hill Climb in July. He brought along his scrapbook, which featured lots of photos and newspaper articles chronicling his hill climbing career.
It was a pleasure to host Mike and Tony at the Chateau, and we look forward to finding out more in the April issue of Vintage Racecar. Click the button below to find out more about subscribing and benefit from specialist subscription rates.