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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Shelsley Walsh Welcomes Visiting Car Clubs to Classic Nostalgia
Shelsley Walsh Welcomes Visiting Car Clubs to Classic Nostalgia
SHELSLEY WALSH CLASSIC NOSTALGIA - 22-23 JULY 2017 Celebrating GROUP A RALLYING, 20th ANNIVERSARY OF THE WORLD RALLY CAR and SPEED RECORDS – BLUEBIRD AND THE CAMPBELLS
Classic Nostalgia makes a welcome return to the Midland Automobile Club's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on the weekend of the 22-23 July 2017. This annual has become a firm favourite on the racing calendar. The action-packed weekend always attracts a very a wide variety of pre 1980s competition cars competing on the historic hill climb course, plus features spectacular static vehicle displays, celebrity drivers, trade stands and vintage-inspired entertainment from musicians, live bands to dancers. Following on from the huge success of last year’s Group B rally theme, Shelsley Walsh is delighted to welcome an iconic display of Group A rally cars which dominated the World Rally stage in its heyday. Shelsley will commemorate the likes of Jimmy McRae, Russell Brookes, Mark Lovell, Malcolm Wilson and David Llewellin, Tommi Makinen and of course Brits Colin McRae and Richard Burns. Classic Nostalgia will also pay homage to British ‘speed kings’ Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and Donald Campbell CBE who between them broke more than 20 World Land and Water Speed Records. 2017 commemorates the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell’s death, to mark the occasion his daughter Gina and nephew Don Wales will unveil a special car dedicated to Bluebird. Gina and Don will be interviewed by land speed authority David Tremayne on the Courtyard stage as well as participate in book signings on the Peter James & Stewart Miller Insurance stand throughout the weekend. A selection of Campbell and Bluebird memorabilia and cars will be on display, plus the Napier Bluebird replica with the W12 aero engine which will do demonstration runs on the hill. It is a great honour to welcome a member of the Campbell family back to the MAC. Sir Malcolm competed at Shelsley Walsh in the 1920s and 30s and Donald Campbell The Sunday will see the return of the annual Street Concours open for cars built before 1982, the Concours is once again kindly sponsored by Classic & Sports Car magazine and is open to the first 100 entries through the gate before 12 noon and is judged by motoring journalist and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor Simon Taylor from Classic and Sports Car Magazine. The overall winner of the Concours receives a silver salver and is invited to display the vehicle on the Club’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November. Alongside the highlights will be a weekend full of competition with a wide variety of cars tackling the famous hill. Off track, The Courtyard is where you will find the main stage hosting non-stop music and dancing for those who wish to relax and soak up the atmosphere. The main stage also plays host to the driver and celebrity interviews.
SPEED RECORDS - THE CAMPBELLS:
We look forward to welcoming Gina Campbell and Don Wales as we pay tribute to a record breaking family. Gina and Don will be chatting on the main stage with David Tremayne as well as doing book signing session on the Peter James and Stewart Miller Insurance stand.
THE NAPIER BLUEBIRD:
There will be many examples of cars associated with The Campbells including the Napier Bluebird replica with its mighty W12 aero engine carrying out demonstration runs on the hill twice on each day.
CAR LAUNCH: To mark the achievements of The Campbell’s, a very special car will be unveiled dedicated to Bluebird
The World Rally Car burst onto the scene in 1997 and to celebrate we will have a variety of cars in action and on display including the 555 Subaru Impreza and Ford Escort Cosworth. When not in action the cars will be displayed on the Peter James Lawn.
GROUP A RALLYING:
From 1987 the Group A rally cars took over from Group B. There will be a variety of them in action on both days, including the Ford Sierra Cosworth, Subaru Legacy and Imprezas, Vauxhall Astras and Novas, Volkswagens and Audis. All these cars will be displayed on the Peter James Lawn when not in action on the hill.
MUSIC AND INTERVIEWS:
The Courtyard Main Stage will host non-stop entertainment throughout the weekend from music acts, dancing to interviews with VIP guests.
This year’s music acts include: My Favourite Things, the UK’s No.1 Vintage Sister Duo performing music from the vintage era of the 1930’s-50s, the kings of swing, the ‘Ding Dong Daddios’ who will fill your ears with a blend of Jump Jive and Swing, plus spectacular rock n roll music which will have the whole place Rockin’ by Sam and The Sax, and Jon Clare & The Fabulous Dough Boys. Each day there will be FREE beginners dance lesson courtesy of ‘All About Swing’ - teachers from the West midlands.
This year we will be having a flypast from the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight. On Saturday the skies will reverberate to the sound of the Hurricane and Sunday the most successful RAF heavy bomber, the Lancaster will fly down the valley. All subject to weather and timings.
Sunday will be the very popular Concours d’elegance for cars driven to the event and sponsored by Classic and SportsCar magazine. The Concours is open to the first 100 entries through the gate before 12 noon and is judged by motoring journalist and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor Simon Taylor from Classic and Sports Car Magazine. The top 15 class winners will get to parade up the famous hill climb course during the lunch break interval. There is no charge to enter the Concours but cars must be driven through the entry gate, no trailers please! The overall winner of the Concours receives a silver salver and is invited to display the vehicle on the Club’s stand at the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.
If you are coming along we would encourage you to come in period dress and you will be able to enter our competition for the best period dressed people. The competition will be judged in the Courtyard at 4.00pm daily.
Why not organise a car club ‘drive out’ or meet to Classic Nostalgia?
Car Clubs are being made very welcome with dedicated areas for those bringing 25 cars or more. A discount code will be provided to all clubs that register, and entitle members to 20% off the advance ticket price, as well as forward parking. The offer is valid until the 9th July. To obtain a dedicated discount car club code please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that you will join us, for what will be a truly spectacular weekend.