Vintage Racecar Interviews Former Champion at the Chateau

Monday 2 March 2015

We were delighted to invite Mike Jiggle, editor of Vintage Racecar, to the Chateau to chat with Tony Griffiths, former Chateau Impney competitor, about his love of hill climbing and holding the Chateau Impney course record.

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.

Vintage Racecar interview Tony Griffiths at Chateau Impney, Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich

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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 Griffiths competing at Chateau Impney, Droitwich

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.  

Tony Griffiths at Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich

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.

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