Perfect day out at Shelsley Walsh

Brilliant day's racing at Shelsley Walsh hill climb in Worcestershire earlier this month. 

It was my first visit in 44 years to what is the oldest motor sport venue in the world.

In 1970 the front runners in the hill climb championship were drivers such as David Hepworth and David Good, who used 5litre engines to propel themselves up the 914m course. 

Now the cars are using smaller engines but are phenomenally quick. 

it's hard to imagine what it must be like to sit so close to the ground while racing up a wooded valley in a vehicle with a terminal speed of 140mph! 

The setting of Shelsley is magical, with the paddock situated in a farmyard with half timbered buildings providing a perfect backdrop for a wonderful variety of machinery, from virtual F1 cars right down to a Morris Minor.

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