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Petes Report

Shelsley Walsh Generation Run
Sunday 24th July

A beautiful sunny day welcomed the twelve cars that had finally signed up for this event and as a Generation Run, I think I can report moderate success for attracting some younger faces to the delights of the classic car. We had two families spread across three generations and two families across two. So thanks to the granddads, dads and sons and 0ne daughter who were able to enter into the generation spirit of the run.


The White Hart Inn at Maisemore was our starting point to collect tickets and route maps. As Richard Ward our Club member and Shelsley Walsh marshal had provided two complementary tickets for the event, coffee tea and biscuits were able to be laid on free of charge. The route instructions were laid out in a different format than usual, four A4 Ordinance Survey 1.25 inch to the mile maps were provided with 19 marked locations from start to finish. These needed to be followed using the instruction sheet that gave brief instructions for each location. Simple to follow, as long as you had good eyesight for the small detail on the map and followed the route carefully whilst watching the road at the same time.


After coffee and chats cars started to depart. The route took us north through the village of Bromsberrow,  through a ford and on to Eastnor Castle. I had hoped to gain access to the Castle grounds and be able to drive through the Deer Park but it wasn’t to be as there was a Pop concert going on this weekend.  We drove on up into the Malverns through the forest towards West Malvern. Then on through the villages of Storridge and Birchwood and then on to the delightful village of Alfrick with it’s ancient church and pretty village green.  After Knightswick and Martley we were soon crossing Ham Bridge and nearly at our destination.

On arrival unfortunately our Club parking area did not exist, even though I had confirmed with Roger the organiser that we needed one. He did apologise, I suspect we were too small in numbers as there were several larger clubs taking up all the bespoke parking plots. However, a very nice official allowed us to park with the Concours D'Elegance cars so long as we entered the competition. I can’t understand why none of us were winners but most of us did have a good spot to park and picnics were soon being laid out.
Most navigators had managed to follow the rouute and to those who missed a few turns all I can say is Steve Powers 7 rear old grandson managed it with ease. A visit down to the paddock was a must. All the competition cars were on show and we were able to wander round at will. With a cool pint of cider in hand from the bar a most interesting half hour was had inspecting a vast variety of MGs, Ferraris, Porsches, Jags and many other makes including all sorts of Specials.


At 2 pm the racing started and it was time to climb the hill to gain a good viewing spot. The pictures prove that I made it to the top S bend and it was worth it for the view alone. The setting for the track must be one of the prettiest locations around. The air was soon filled with fumes and the roar of highly tuned engines. I can’t say who won but before we left one car had wizzed up in 27 seconds only 5 seconds slower than the hill record and as most cars were taking between 35 and 50 seconds it was pretty fast.







I think it is safe to say a good time was had by all. Except perhaps Mike a friend of mine who owns a TF, I have been encouraging him for some time to bring his car along to an event and then perhaps join the club. I am afraid he broke down in the Malverns and had to be towed home by the AA. Next time, perhaps.





  • The paddock
  • Tim and son enjoy teir picnic.
  • Some needed to supplement their picnics
  • Coffee and tea in the White Hart
  • Departing the White hart
  • View from the top S bend
  • The emergency services were to hand along with some real gems of the classic car world






Brians Report

Run to the Midlands

Automobile Club Annual Classic Meeting at Shelsley Walsh on Sunday 24th July 2011.


This trip began with a leisurely start after a 10:15 am assembly for coffee and biscuits at the White Hart in Maisemore (no sunrise over greasy spoons for Pete).


A route with directions and maps - in colour ! - was provided. The directions were in proper English with numbered references to the maps not the Tulip diagrams we’ve become accustomed to. This unfamiliarity probably explains why some cars took a variety of different roads in their pursuit of Shelsley.



At a little past 10:30 we began to drift off heading north to cross over the M50.  A right turn into Bromsberrow, through a tyre-wash facility and on up to Eastnor Castle where we hadn’t time to stop and watch the cricket match but kept motoring ever northwards toward British Camp. A left into Jubilee Drive took us along the west side of The Malvern Hills with wonderful vast panoramas out over Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Then up over Ankerdine Hill for more superb views. Eventually we crossed the River Teme at Ham Bridge to arrive at Shelsley Walsh around midday.


Richard Ward greeted us looking resplendent in his bright orange marshals’ overalls. As he was stationed at the very top of the hill I suspect few members climbed all the way up to see him again - sorry Richard.



Some picnicked, some wandered off in the direction of the Stratstone Restaurant while one or two were spotted at the hot pork rolls van. After eating there was time for a wander around the paddock and the old water mill it was time to drag ourselves away from the trad jazz band and begin the climb up the hill to watch the cars from various excellent viewing points.




Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motor sport venue in continuous use in the world. First used in 1905, it is older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza. Brooklands has been and gone, but Shelsley Walsh is still here, as old as the sport but as modern as today.






Eventually the last few cars screamed their way up the hill and it was time for us to return home after a super day out - thanks to Pete for organising it.


This was Teresa & my second visit to Shelsley the last one was in our 1966 Austin Healey Sprite in about 1972 - We’ll not leave it quite so long before returning.




How did MG entrants fair? - I hear you ask…

Car No 66 - MGA Coupe (1950 cc) finished 2nd in the Class D1 sports cars 1946-1960
Car No 100 - MG Midget (1340 cc) finished 2nd in the Class E1 sports cars 1960-1980


Brian Clarke







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