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2017 - The 40 second barrier was broken!
The third Chateau Impney Hill Climb took place on 8 and 9 July and was regarded as a resounding success by all who attended. In glorious sunshine and the picturesque grounds of Chateau Impney there was an increased number of attractions for the 16,000 visitors to enjoy. This included, not just the line up of world class cars and bikes, but fun for all the family provided by the free Land Rover Experience, G-Tec Sports Village, climbing wall and vintage funfair. A resplendent mix of traders and exhibitors courted this year's visitors and included: the Morgan Motor Company, the Alvis Car Company and Brian James Trailers to name a few.
The delectable array of machines gathered for this event continues to get better every year attracting cars from around the world and from some of the most prestigious car collections including the ERA Delage kindly entered by Peter Mullin and a Maserati Birdcage provided by Nick Mason.
It was Lotus 20/22 driver and 2015 Fastest time of the day (FTD) winner Jack Woodhouse, who once again reigned victorious as he was the first ever to brake under the 40 second barrier, with a time of 39.33!
2016 – Records Tumble in the Hill Climb’s Second Year
Motorsport returned to Droitwich for a second time at the 2016 Chateau Impney Hill Climb on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July, and a fierce three-way battle for the fastest time of day ensued.
The morning competition session saw a trio of drivers emerge as clear contenders for the Chateau Impney crown, with Callum Grant’s first run of the day in the Merlyn Mk 5/7 Formula Junior providing the catalyst for a day of high drama. Callum knocked almost one second off the existing course with a time of 41.69 seconds, and Mark Woodhouse, father of last year’s record holder Jack Woodhouse, also managed to beat his son’s time in the Lotus 20/22. However, it was Martin Jones that upstaged them all in the Brabham BT21-B with a blistering drive, completing the course in just 40.50 seconds – almost two seconds quicker than the existing course record of 42.42 seconds.
As the crowds have come to expect, the Chateau line-up was just as diverse as last year’s event. Spectators witnessed history as steam car Whistling Billy made its competition debut following a 100-year-ban, and David West, who competed at the Chateau in the 1960s but never got his time recorded properly, finally got his name in the record books. Several crowd favourites like the Beast of Turin and Darracq 200Hp made their return, and a selection of American sports cars made their debut, including the Old Yeller II, Shelby Cobra and Chevrolet Camaro.
2015 – The Inaugural Event
The first Chateau Impney Hill Climb took place on Saturday 11–Sunday 12 July 2015, and was a phenomenal weekend of historic motorsport. The new course, which is double the length of the original sprint course, proved to be highly challenging.