Over the two days, Classic Nostalgia at Shelsley Walsh saw an incredible display of classic cars and great entertainment which celebrated all things vintage. From a Napier Bluebird, to BMW M3s, to a flawless Lancia Delta Integrale, the huge crowds were impressed to say the least.
The sun shone for most of the weekend, and many guests dressed in 40s and 50s attire to get into the swing of things. There was live music and dancing on Saturday and Sunday as well fascinating interviews with members of the Campbell family on both afternoons.
Gina Campbell, daughter of Donald Campbell, and regular competitor, Malcolm Campbell, spoke of how much they were enjoying their weekend at Classic Nostalgia and reminisced about their family’s incredible past. Malcolm Campbell and his son Donald Campbell were renowned for breaking speed records on water and land.
The Evans Halshaw Club hosted its own enclosure, with a delicious hot breakfast, a free bar, a BBQ lunch and afternoon tea. Considering the Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb has been running since 1905, the grounds are impeccable. The hill rises 328 feet, for an average gradient of 10.9% and is only 12 feet wide – making it a very interesting competition, a second wrong can be enough to lose the race!
Club members had the best seat in the house, with a perfect view of the start line and enough room to see a far way up the hill on the grand stand. The enclosure was also home to one of the only Jaguar Lightweight E-Type’s in the world, as well as a Ford Popular Saloon, Porsche 924, Ferrari F40 and Subaru Impreza RB5 for the weekend.
Of course, there was plenty of on-track action too. Some of the incredible cars racing on the hill included the Colin McRae’s Subaru, the Carlos Sainz Ford Escort Cosworth and a Mitsubishi Lancer which finished with the second-best time.
Saturday and Sunday also saw a parade of the eight Campbell cars up the hill, as well as the Napier Bluebird doing ‘fire ups’ in the paddock. The Bluebird was driven by Malcolm Campbell and achieved a peak speed of 206.956mph, which broke the 200mph barrier for the first time.
A highlight of the weekend was seeing all three Subaru Imprezas, two Group As and one WRC, lined up before their race up the hill on Sunday as the commentators gave full descriptions of each car’s history.
Evans Halshaw was delighted to be a part of the weekend and we are certainly looking forward to next year.
Make sure not to miss out on the next Shelsley Walsh event, Championship Challenge.