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Editorial By Mark Constanduros

The MIDLAND AUTOMOBILE CLUB (est. 1901) Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb Worcestershire WR6 6RP Telephone during office hours: 01886 812211 Fax No: 01886 812917

OFFICIALS 2013 President: J. W. Moody Vice Presidents: A.B. Griffiths, A.E. Gabriel, N.H. Harrison, I.A. Harper, M.D. Griffiths, F. Drasar, D.M. Nursey, J.J. Toulmin, D.S.Whitefoot Committee: I. Antony Harper (Chairman), M. Harrison (Vice Chairman), J.R. Wood, T.W.J. Moody, D.L. Ball, W.S. Durling, A.K. Harrison, Mrs M. Nightingale, J.S. Robinson, D. Jukes, S.D. Fidoe, P.G. Nuthall, Dr C. Perks Treasurer: M Harrison Company Secretary & Commercial Manager: Mark Constanduros

Well it looks like spring has sprung, the primroses are out on the banks of the hill and the grass has suddenly started to grow – it must be time for the first race meeting. For those who weren't there we had the AGM on 19th April and statements are included in this month’s MAC News. Two highlights were announced for this year: the Aston Martin Centenary in August and an Evening with Sir Stirling Moss OBE on 27th July. More details are included in this magazine, plus an application form for tickets. The Aston Martin Centenary in August will include timeline parades for both competition and road cars as well as an historical display on the company’s history. The Aston Martin Owners Club and Stratsone are supporting the event with further support due shortly, so watch this space. A few weeks ago we held two evenings with Whizzo Williams which went down very well and were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. Thank you to Whizzo for agreeing to chat over two evenings and to Pam Jarvie who organised it all. As the start of the season is almost upon us, we are now fine tuning the venue, with lots of repainting. The Tea Hut has now been moved to the opposite side by the canopy and new car park signage has been erected in the car park thanks to Global Displays. Fingers crossed we have made it, with the help of those below from the work party. Enjoy the season ahead!

Competitions Secretary: Roger Thomas Administration Assistant: Gill Dayson Archivist: David Moore Auditors: Bloomer Heaven and Co The views and statements expressed are not necessarily those of the MAC. Correspondence also is the opinion of the writer only. The Midland Automobile Club accepts no responsibility nor endorses the products or services offered by the advertisers.

Front Cover: Selection of Cars from the Breakfast Club Photo: Mark Constanduros Page 1 Photo: Campbell Deas design and print: The Printed Word


Midland Automobile Club Contacts Mark Constanduros Company Secretary & Commercial Manager for Sponsorship, Advertising, Corporate, PR, Marketing and MAC News

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Roger Thomas Competitions Secretary for Competition enquiries

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Radical Sportscars Support Shelsley Walsh School We are delighted to welcome Radical Sportscars who are supporting the Shelsley Walsh Speed School being held at Shelsley Walsh this year in June and August. The prize is a works drive in a Radical SR3 at the Autumn Speed Finale. If you wish to hone your skills and get expert tuition and be in with a chance to win the fabulous opportunity, please get in touch with Jim Robinson to book a place on one of this years driving schools. Driving School Dates 25th June and 27th August

MAC Members’ Tickets and Passes May we remind all MAC Members that in order to gain forward parking you must have your members’ car sticker attached to your windscreen AND show your passes. Forward parking is available when space allows; if there is none available when you arrive you will be directed to the next available space.

An Evening with Sir Stirling Moss


We are delighted to announce a very special occasion on 27th July where members of the MAC and their guests have an exclusive opportunity to spend and Evening With Sir Stirling Moss OBE at the Chateau Impney. The evening will be hosted by Simon Taylor, well respected motorsport journalist, who will chat with Sir Stirling and give those present the chance to ask questions. Tickets for this event are limited and cost £55.00 per person including a 3-course dinner with a welcome drink included and a pay bar for further drinks. Dress code for the evening is lounge suits for the men and cocktail dresses for the ladies. A commemorative ticket will be produced for those buying tickets as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The Chateau Impney has also offered 10% off the Bed and Breakfast room rate for those who wish to stay the night. The evening would not have been possible if it was not for Peter James Insurance who will be bringing Sir Stirling to Shelsley Walsh on the Sunday where he will be available for autographs. TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE. Please fill in the form in this issue and include the appropriate payment and return to the MAC office. 3


Competition Secretary’s Report by Roger Thomas, Photo Dennis wood

The first Shelsley event of the season is one week away as I am writing this report. Entry levels are higher than last year, with slightly over 170 entries, with a good mix of established and new competitors taking part. The Morris register will be visiting Shelsley as part of their centenary year events and will form a parade of 25 cars during the lunch break. To celebrate the occasion the Ex Nic Mann Morris Minor will be in attendance hopefully doing some demonstration runs. Interest in the club‘s events for the whole season is reflected in the level of forward entries, with some competitors entering for the whole season. The British, Leaders and Midland Championship meeting on 2nd June will see a full field of National and Midland championship contenders, some with tried and tested driver/car combinations, and others that are either new cars for this season, or new drivers for already proven cars in the hands of previous owners. The results should be fascinating to watch, especially when the additional unknown of a new surface between ‘S’ approach and the exit of top ‘S’ is brought into the equation. Special classes for Shelsley Specials Chevron Cars and the usual Ferrari Owners Club class fill out the field. The Sprint scene would appear to be livelier than last year with our first event at MIRA due to close with around 100 entries, and strong interest in the Blyton Park events on 15th and 16th June. The 15th June event is restricted to the Caterham academy and will run between late morning and mid afternoon with a field of 56 cars. Invitations have been received to other events. These include the Owen Motor Club Sprint at Curborough on 9th June, Nottingham Sports Car Club Sprint at Thoresby Park on 7th July and Hagley and District Light Car Club Loton Park events on 13th July and 14th July.

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Breakfast Club report - 7th April By Tony Adams, Photos Mark Constanduros

Around 160 people had previously registered their interest to attend via the club‘s website, but the best sunny morning of the year so far saw well in excess of 200 cars and occupants turn up to look at the vehicles, walk the hill, and enjoy a traditional Shelsley breakfast. “It is simply fantastic”, enthused Mark Constanduros, MAC commercial manager, who with club assistants Chris Gittins and Mike Cockayne, ended up guiding people to park in The Orchard as the paddock area was completely full by early morning. Exotic machines of all eras including a Ford GT40, AC Cobra and several Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Lotus cars joined classic and sports cars parked neatly in the paddock for people to stroll around and look at. Summing up, Mark said, “Shelsley Walsh was featured by Jules Hudson in his Escape to the Country programme on BBC television on Monday so that may have encouraged more people to attend. All in all it was a fabulous morning and credit must be given to the club members and visitors who take such a pride in the presentation of their varied and wonderful cars.” Anyone wishing to come along is encouraged to register beforehand.


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Classic Wings & Wheels at Bidford by Chris Drewett

Bidford Airfield is a delightful grass strip in the shadow of the Cotswolds and is home to the Bidford Gliding and Flying Club. This year on bank holiday Monday 27th May, the club is holding a Classic Wings and Wheels event in support of Acorns Childrens Hospice. There will be a dedicated area of the airfield for Classic Cars and a similar fenced off area for visiting and resident aircraft. Already a number of car clubs have expressed interest, together with owners of some interesting aeroplanes. At lunchtime the air park will be opened to the public so that people can have a close look at the planes and chat to the pilots. There will be a bouncy castle for children and a barbecue in the evening. Raffle prizes will include trial lessons in a motor glider and a sailplane. Should be fun. For details contact 01789 778807 or email

MAC Sports & Classics - News and Events by Tony Harrison

MAC Sports and Classics events are open to MAC Members only, unless otherwise noted. Eligibility of cars - Vintage, classics and modern sports cars. Monday 10th June 2013 to Friday 14th June (4 nights). Tour in the Yorkshire Dales (James Herriot Country) Despite high demand for places on this tour, 1 or 2 rooms may still be available at the Coniston Hotel, near Skipton. £185.00 per night for a double room, dinner and breakfast. (De-luxe and single rooms available at additional cost.) If you are interested in joining this trip, please book directly with Rob Elsworth at the hotel on 01756 748080, quoting ‘MAC booking‘. £25 per night deposit payable. Tour plates will be available together with some suggested itineraries nearer the actual date. Any queries, please speak to John Spencer on 01584 811040 or email 23rd June 2013 ‘Park to Park’ Start at Croome Park with a traditional English breakfast and the opportunity to see a little of this National Trust property if time permits. Finish at Spetchley Gardens with tea and a chance to view the extensive and beautiful gardens. An entry form can be found elsewhere in this issue. 29th September 2013 ‘A Classic Cruise’ Start at Shelsley Walsh with a simple breakfast and finish at Stratford upon Avon with a river cruise. 27th April 2014 MAC Classic This will be another of our biennial fund raising events using a number of start venues around the Midlands. We are already busy booking these and they currently include The National Motor Cycle Museum, Cotswold Airport, Shelsley itself and Halfpenny Green Vineyard. Open to all comers, we will be inviting other clubs and individual classic car owners to enter, so do tell anyone you know with a qualifying car about it. As well as the Tulip note guided route to follow there will be a chance to experience the famous hill, plus music, food and drink, mill tours and so on. Entries will be opened in the summer. 9


Annual General Meeting PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT Ladies and gentlemen, I intend to be brief. As you have read and heard, we did not have much good luck last year. Tiresome and relentless rain, consequential and massive repair projects at Shelsley which could not be postponed, and the inevitable financial consequences of a declining general economy. We have no idea of what the weather will bring this year, so, apart from worrying about it, there is nothing that we can do on that front, but efforts to generate more income and control expenditure are in place and are being monitored closely. And, as a result of this prudent action some work items at Shelsley have had to be delayed temporarily, but, a good deal of activity has taken place over the winter and even last Saturday at the working party members were still at work. At the start of the year the Esses area looked like a building site, but not now, with resurfaced track, strengthened water courses, and a larger bottom Ess hospitality area. At Crossing the new tyre wall required by the MSA is finished, is acquiring some plant life on its top, and should provide safer control of any car leaving the track in that area. Additionally, the pot holes have gone by the Lodge gate, the paddock catering shed has been moved, the area where the office was now has tarmac laid and there is a good deal of new paint everywhere. Notwithstanding these circumstances, the MAC is a famous club to which people are proud to belong and Shelsley Walsh is a hill climb at which competitors are keen to compete and to which spectators are drawn. But, we need more of the same so I ask you all to do what you can to get people to come to Shelsley and join the club and get revenue to us by whatever means. The club‘s information system is more developed than previously and just directing people to the website can be very helpful. As members, you have seen the Shelsley programme for this year but there are plenty of these dates lists in the office which you can distribute. So please just ask for them and circulate them where you can. A good number of people work very hard for this club and it is tricky in this sort of statement to comment on individuals but I would like to mention three of them. Nick Harrison is standing down as Chairman. He has been Chairman four times going back to the 1980s, and, before that, he was Treasurer. He will still be available for help and advice as a Vice President, and, from a competition aspect he will still be a Clerk of the Course. The club have been very fortunate to have his energy, efficiency and commitment and on behalf of the membership I would like to thank him. As he has told us, Darren Jukes is also standing down as Treasurer. He is a busy man with a very demanding role at Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has served for 13 years as Treasurer and the job is substantially more complicated now than when he took it over, more events, 11

more revenue, regulations galore and more pieces of paper. I also offer our thanks to Darren. Also a few words on Roger Thomas who was poorly at the turn of the year in hospital and convalescing at home which kept him away from the office for a time. He is now back in fighting form and he was telling me on Saturday that the entry he has assembled for the May Shelsley meeting is very healthy. Good to see you well and in good form Roger. I also thank the Vice Presidents, committee and secretariat for their continual work and the general membership for their support and loyalty to this fine club and I am sure that we all hope to have a good 2013.

COMPANY SECRETARY AND COMMERCIAL MANAGER‘S STATEMENT As already mentioned, the MAC had a tough year in 2012, suffering from the weather, Olympics and the Jubilee. But we were not alone as many other very high profile events were also badly hit. On a positive note we successfully opened the new offices this time last year, which have been a tremendous asset and the meeting room is used regularly by the MAC and for hosting clients. We were unable to fully capitalise on last year’s investment, however there was a lot of positive interest throughout the year which is finally being realised this year with a large rise in advertising across the board and the most obvious being trackside. We were also able to secure a sponsor, Global Displays, for our two show stands at the NEC in November and Race Retro in February, which has extended to a new sign in the public car park. The pay gate staff have got a new shed, about three times the size, which is sponsored by Forest Fencing. The Membership is always a tough area to keep strong especially in the current economic climate, but the MAC does have a lot to offer and with the Breakfast Clubs, Classic Runs, Members Days and social evenings. We currently have 1,271 ordinary members, 125 life members, 33 honorary members. 51 new members have joined since 1st January. 219 have still to renew, though there is a steady influx. The Breakfast Clubs have been growing all the time, and at the October meeting we had the largest number of cars and people for the year. The Breakfast Clubs are now into their second year and proving a valuable tool to market the MAC and Shelsley Walsh and this year are already rapidly growing. One of the major changes that took place towards the end of last year was the catering in the Stratstone Restaurant. As you know Pam Mayo served the club very well, but any business, every once in a while reviews what they are doing and where they want to go. Pam was fully aware of the process and we were delighted she submitted a tender. We eventually appointed TS Hospitality run by Trefor Cook who submitted a very attractive tender which was different and exciting. He offered to invest into the restaurant and return 12

more money to the club as well as work with us more closely on forthcoming projects. What‘s more Trefor is very local and this was also an attractive asset. We wish Pam well in her new venture and welcome Trefor. We had hoped for a quieter winter this year, however we soon we saw some worrying happenings on the hill. After many assessments a new drainage system needed to be developed through the esses to take the water away via the culvert. However, when we reached the culvert we discovered it had collapsed and the water was now undercutting it, risking a complete collapse which could happen at any time and render the hill inaccessible. The only sensible option was to put in a new culvert which meant cutting across the track which was then resurfaced, but also removing a number of repair patches from the last few years. Like a lot of things they can be a blessing in disguise: had we not done the drain we wouldn‘t have discovered the collapsed culvert. We were also able to dredge the pond and the soil used to create what will be a new picnic area in the esses in the next year or two. We also needed some top soil to tidy up the ground that had been disturbed and it was decided to take the soil from the hospitality area which has now been expanded, enabling us to offer more space for corporate entertainment. So we have gained a lot from the works and once established the whole area around the esses will be a great spot to watch the racing, entertain and carry away any excess water, keeping the track in a first class condition. And finally the Orchard has been replanted with about 70 trees by Tony Harrison and his band of volunteers and, more recently, the rubble has gone and more ground has been levelled making the orchard more useable for other events and of course provide the Dibnahs with a new project....cider making. So for 2013 let’s hope for a dry year, some great racing and a huge influx in spectators.

COMPETITION SECRETARY‘S STATEMENT A year of reduced competitor numbers that left some events undersubscribed, and in the case of the August MIRA Sprint, cancellation of the event due to only 36 entries being received by the closing date, resulting in lower than usual income from entry fees. The Sprint calendar for the year only had one Curborough event in October, and saw the introduction of a new exciting venue, Blyton Park, where we ran the first official sprint event. Entries for the first meeting at Blyton were quite small but those who did take part were very enthusiastic about the venue, resulting in much greater interest for our 2013 events on 15th and 16th June. The Sporting Trial was again held in March on the banks above the Shelsley Car Park, which again proved to be more difficult than they appeared. The Shelsley season again started with a poor entry for the first event in May continuing the trend of the last couple of years. Numbers improved from the June British Championship meeting at which a display of BRM cars was featured. A slight disappointment was the entry levels for the Classic Nostalgia weekend but figures are improving year on year. 13


Public attendance was generally lower than expected, not helped by adverse pre-event weather forecasting that suggested poorer weather than we actually experienced. Al-though more of our Shelsley events were affected by rain than we would usually expect in a single season. The best financial result of the year was the August Championship meeting helped by the stunning display of competing Lotus cars. Looking ahead entry levels for the first meeting of 2013 are stronger than last year, and entries are being received daily for all of our events right through to October. Before the end of last season a patch of tarmac lifted at Bottom Ess needing a local re-pair, this was the first indication of the problems to be encountered before the end of the year, requiring major ground works over the winter period. It is hoped that by making Shelsley events and our Sprint events accessible to a wider range of competitors we can once again return to full entries at our events in 2013. We are looking at the possibility of introducing new events into our calendar in the near future. I thank everyone who has made it possible for me to adopt a semi retired status by concentrating on the competition aspects of the club, and allowing others to take over the more direct involvement in the Club‘s business activity.

Work party review By Dave Ball

We had an excellent turnout of 47 members and friends at Shelsley on 13th April to do some jobs on the course and buildings. Some of the projects were demanding, and others involved painting and cleaning. Amongst the major jobs was the replacement of the startline approach railings with new wood and the rebuilding and painting of the tyre wall at the beginning of the finish straight. We also moved the paddock tea bar to a different location by Gate A and started work on improving the interior of the Course Control area in the Jack Rohll hut. I would like to express my thanks to the following people who helped us to present the best hill climb venue in the country. They are listed in no particular order. Bernard Hart Chris Perks John North Jason Hannaford David Lowe Melodie Nightingale Jeremy Nightingale Al Rayner Hicky Hickling Phil Nuthall Simon Fidoe Jo Griffin Dave Whitefoot Rob May Colin Moore Alasdair Lowe Mick Robbins Elaine Higginbottom Peter Higginbottom Dave Chapman Steve Coley Graham Boulter Mike Billingham Gill Dayson Seb Cartwright Robert Croxford David Druce Drene Baker Dave Nursey Nick Hawkes Max Hawkes Andy Gowen Harrison Peplow David Williams Alice Williams Steve Platts Alice Platts Helen Platts Josh Platts John Moody Justin Walker Sam Walker David Crane Deena Crane Roger Mayne Campbell Deas Jon Bagnall Wendy Sheffield Hope to see you next year! 15

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Our Correspondent Reports By Eddie Walder

It is very early in the season to be writing these notes with only a handful of hill climb and sprint events completed and I will continue to bring a flavour of the broader world of speed events until November. Newer members may not know that I do this in continuation of the memory of Bob Dayson who for many years provided such a large and fascinating contribution to MAC News and who is still missed by all of his friends. The current British Champion Trevor Willis now lives very close to Shelsley Walsh and I hear that he will be in a new OMS chassis this year as he strives to retain his title against the regular top-line competitors. Although I have yet to see the car I understand it to be a development of his winning 2012 mount with refinements but still using his successful Powertec V8 engine. Trevor Willis speeds into Howe Bend at Craigantlet last August on his way to a new outright hill record

He was unable to get the car ready for a pair of one-day meetings at Loton Park a few days before I wrote this and I was in the Triangle bend commentary box on both days. In Trevor‘s absence a couple of Ian Dayson built Force drivers took the two Best Times of the Day, Graham Wynne in his now turbo-charged sports racer on Saturday and MAC member Will Hall on Sunday in his Nissan V6 powered single seater. Both these cars and the Force PC of Richard Spedding have been subject to aerodynamic development in the MIRA wind-tunnel. Spedding took BTD at Harewood‘s opener on the same weekend so it was a good weekend for Ian‘s charges. By the time you read this the season‘s first British Hill Climb Championship round will have taken place at Prescott and we will have our own season opening meeting under our belts with the British calendar following the same layout as for several seasons. There is still the gruelling prospect of the Channel Islands rounds followed Wiscombe Park in Devon then the trip over the Irish Sea to Craigantlet on the outskirts of Belfast on three consecutive weekends. None of the organising clubs want to give up any dates so refinements to the calendar will be evolutionary rather than revolutionary. On the subject of Craigantlet, it will be the centenary of that public road hill this year. Only Shelsley of hills still operating is older but the Ulster Automobile Club operated venue does not have our continuous history (world wars excepting) having only run for the second time in 1930 and is considerably shorter than it once was. There will be a reception on the evening before this year‘s 3rd August event at no less a place than Stormont Castle, home of the Northern Ireland Executive and I expect to be there.



Correspondence Thank you for the Barrie Williams evening on Friday. Absolutely enthralling, he's such a natural story teller and great enthusiast, and such a positive personality who so clearly enjoys life that it would be impossible not to be happier after being in his presence. Not to mention, fantastic value for money – I have a feeling if Dave Nursey hadn't done the vote of thanks (which I note took two attempts...) Barrie would be talking now. Thanks also to the MAC for creating a lovely atmosphere and providing an excellent buffet. Best Regards Tony Cotton P.S. The only slight disappointment I had was that there were so few young members there – at 57 I think I was in the youngest quartile. Sadly, that seems to be the case with most talks I go to.

Would you please pass on to the social committee my appreciation to the club for the excellent ‘Whizzo’ evening I enjoyed last night? What an entertainer! Many thanks to all who made it happen. Best wishes Nick Madeley

I am writing on behalf of Duncan and myself, Martin (and I'm feeling quite emotional doing it). We want to express our thanks and gratitude to everyone involved in the aftermath of our accident. Unfortunately, despite everyone's efforts to make things safe and whilst competing fiercely, trying our best to do it in a ‘safe’ manner, ‘IT IS MOTORSPORT’. Things can and do go wrong. Nobody can be held responsible, we're all big boys, make our own decisions in life and accept the associated risks we take. The first response/paramedic guys (and I believe a girl as well) handled the situation with great professionalism. I think without the skills and equipment of those people the whole situation could have turned very dire. We are overwhelmed by everyone’s help and concern, on the day and afterwards, assisting in getting us home and all our kit sorted safely. It just goes to show that when thing go bad we are not only competitors but a big motorsport family who are there for each other! I personally have been completely immersed in motorsport for 37 years, of one type or another, and if I had my time again I would not change a thing. I have made some very close friends, met some proper characters, and above all, despite a few (not too many), inevitable accidents over the years had a wonderful time. With every club I've been in, I've been involved in the organisation teams and committees, so I'm well aware of the tremendous hard work everyone puts in to make it happen. The two guys in the Ambulance were great, we had a good laugh on the way to hospital, which made the situation a lot better. A very eventful day all in all. We hope to see you all next year, if you will allow us back, and I can persuade Duncan's wife to let him play out again! Kind regards to everybody, Martin Grimwood 19



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MAC MONTHLY DRAW Be involved and have some fun Not many of us have ever seen any of the MAC Archives. These archives are now on site at Shelsley Walsh thanks to all the support we have had from club members joining the Monthly Draw. The money raised has enabled the club to renovate and secure part of the barns, to provide the MAC with a permanent site for its heritage, for our benefit and for the benefit of generations to come. There is still a great deal of work to be done. We need to renovate other parts of the barns to provide an office for our archivist, a proper equipped reading room for people involved in obtaining information, a strong room for our priceless silverware and display cabinets for club memorabilia. To help us continue our development, please join the current members of our Monthly Draw for only ÂŁ5.00 per month on standing order. Cash prizes are drawn every month and the winners names are published in MAC News. The odds are approximately 20:1 of winning one of the prizes each month. To join please contact Christine Perks to obtain an application form.

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New Members Richard Brant and Vicki Humphrey, Solihull Steve and Nicky Clark, Hartlebury David Cliffe, Lichfield Dick Fuchco, Chaddesley Corbett John Holdom, Birmingham George Hopkins, Bristol Dick Lambert, Bosbury Nigel Perrins, Harvington Richard Smith, Redditch Andy Taylor, Ledbury Martin Taylor, Gloucester Mr. and Mrs. Ward-Batty, Shelsley Beauchamp James Wright, Chaddesley Corbett



OLD MOTORING BOOKS REQUIRED The regalia shop at Shelsley Walsh would be grateful to receive donations of any old motoring book or motoring memorabilia for resale. All money raised will go into the “Archive at Shelsley Fund” Contact Jeremy Nightingale 01527874565




Brand Mechanical Engineering Co. 25 Wainwright Street Aston Birmingham B6 5TH Tel: 0121-327 6622 Email:


J. H. Berry & Company Goldsmiths English Hop Jewellery Gemstone Cufflinks Pearl Importers Registered Valuers and much much more at: 51 Teme Street, Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire WR15 8AE Tel: +44(0) 1584 811444 Fax: +44(0) 1584 811234


Midland Automobile Club Sports & Classics ‘Park to Park’ Sunday, 23rd June 2013 Meet at the old RAF Café at Croome, Worcester, WR8 9DW, for breakfast /coffee and finish at Spetchley Park, Worcester, WR5 1RS, for tea and cake. Please note no National Trust entry fee is payable when visiting the café at Croome. Similarly, the restaurant at Spetchley Park is before the entry booth to the gardens. The appropriate admission fees will be payable on the day if you wish to visit the gardens. Driver ................................................................................................................................ Passenger ......................................................................................................................... Address ............................................................................................................................ .................................................................... Telephone No. ............................................ Email address ................................................................................................................... Car: Make .................................................. Model ......................................................... Year ............................................................ Colour ........................................................ Registration No. ......................................... MAC Membership No ................................ (Entry restricted to Vintage/Classic Cars or Modern Sports Cars. Please make every effort to use the car as entered above.) Entry fee: £28 per car for driver and one passenger. Places are restricted and will be on a ‘first come, first served basis’. Closing date for entries 31st May. Final instructions will be sent out after entries have closed, just prior to the event. Please forward entry form, and cheque payable to the Midland Automobile Club to: Gail Harrison, 14 Mill Close, Blakedown, Worcestershire, DY10 3NQ. Tel. 01562 700612. E-mail: If no e-mail address, please forward an A5 stamped, addressed, envelope for receipt of final instructions.



An Evening with Sir Stirling Moss obe

SATURDAY 27 th JULY chateau impney, droitwich In conversation with Simon Taylor 7.00 p.m. for Welcome Drink, 7.30 p.m. Dinner Tickets £55.00 – Dress Code is Lounge Suit and Cocktail Dress If you would like to be seated with other people please indicate on this form. Please note that tables are for eight people. Name ..................................................................................................................................... Address ................................................................................................................................. Email ............................................................. Phone ............................................................. Number of tickets ......................................... @ £55.00 pp Total £ ...................................... If possible, I would like to be seated with .............................................................................. ................................................................................................................................................ Tickets will be sent out nearer to the event. Please also note that there will be a pay bar.



For Sale

GN “MARTYR” INSTONE SPECIAL Nev Churcher is having to give up competition driving, so the GN 'MARTYR' INSTONE SPECIAL is regretfully for sale after 10 years back on The Hill. Please contact Nev on 02392 527202 for full details.

MINI COOPER – £3,200 52 Plate,106900 miles Chilli Pack, 17 inch S-Spoke Alloys, Petrol engine, Manual gearbox, Radio Boost CD, Auto Air conditioning, Full BMW service history up to 106,742 miles, Good condition tyres, 1 owner from new, Originally purchased from BMW in Italy. Contact Hugo Nightingale 07977 208647 LOTUS 51B – Price £25,950 ovno 1968 car in hillclimb specification c/w MSA logbook, 162bhp dry sumped Wilcox steel Ford X Flow on 45Webers, Hewland Mk9 gearbox, AP sintered racing clutch, solid driveshafts, 8“ & 10” Revolution split rim alloys with Avon hillclimb compound cut slicks. Well known Peter Denty restored car which has been run in Paul Matty Sportscars Hillclimb Championship 2007-2012. To view central Birmingham B19 3XA and further details contact Paul J Robinshaw. Tel 0121 351 7592 or 07875 235 264 email MOTO - LITA STEERING WHEEL Mark 5 Leather rim, unique 3 spoke wheel with ‘Gubsmith’ designs worked into the spokes. Finished in Alloy, 14”dished, fitted with M.G. boss suitable for circa 1974 era MGB (other boss types can be fitted). Excellent unmarked condition. £80. Tel: Keith 01299861218. Email

TVR CHIMAERA 400 1998R, 45,873 miles. MoT April 2014. Full history. Last service @ 44,574 miles. Owned by myself for 4 years and fully 'sorted'. David Gerald chassis refurb with outriggers in 2009. Rosso Pearl/Magnolia hide. For further details: John 01905 830061/07719 619765 Email:


FORCE PT—SUZUKI Fresh 1600cc Hayabusa. High spec car. FTDs at Mallory Park and Blyton Park. Some class records, several class wins, 5th in British Sprint in 2010. Frequent V8 beater driven by an OAP. What could you do? £19,000 or 01789 731332 MK 4, JEDI KNOWN AS CATPOL Powered by ZZR 1100 Kawasaki with high compression pistons, R2 cams, Flat slide carbs, Vance and Hines switchable ECU, Corrillo con rods, Bewley adjustable Diff casing, sequential gear shift lights. Two rear wings. Full nut and bolt strip down and chassis repaint for 2012 season, along with complete body repaint. £7,500.00 Can put a package together including spare engine with lots of other engine spares, and a twin axle trailer with elevating roof . All for £9,000.00 Contact Brian Sanders, 07884121427 or 01905 821763. SKON An opportunity to buy this unique hill climb and sprint car built by Nutsan Racing. It is a total ‘one off’ probably never to be repeated. Powered by Suzuki TL1000R engine, with Power Commander ECU set up by HML, cross pin diff with unique adjustment for chain tension. All new suspension and modified front wish bones, lightweight brake calipers, detachable steering wheel. Three sets of wheels, slicks, wets and another set, two front wings and two rear wings, spare chassis and the fibre glass mould for the body, a ‘one-off’. This mould alone has been valued at £1,000.00. All this for £9,500.00 Contact Brian Sanders 07884 121427 or Phil Nuthall 07720 040093 LOTUS TWIN CAM ENGINE Mk2 L block c/w 40DCOE31 Webers , Clutch, Distributor (no cap), Oil & Fuel (no glass dome) Pumps £2,950 - ovno. Can be viewed central Birmingham any reasonable time. Ring Paul Robinshaw on 0121 351 7592 or 07875 234 264 HEDEC OPEN FACE HELMET Size M. Snell 2005 spec and RAC MS Sticker so OK for current competition use Perfect condition, little use. Selling due to new car requiring full face helmet. £25.00. Please contact Graham on 01584 781137. SPARCO OPEN FACE HELMET But BS 6658 type A so not current motor sports spec (not fireproof). OK for track days. £10.00 Please contact Graham on 01584 781137. 1967 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPRINT GTV Originally a Rhoddy Harvey Bailey development car, totally rebuilt in the late 90s. Acquired by me in 2009. Since then the car has had a full engine rebuild by Alfaholics in 2010 and has had very limited track day and hill climb use since. For more in-depth details please contact Ian on the number below. Current MOT and free road fund licence. Price £34,500. Telephone Ian on 07831 820648 or Email TWIN AXLE BOX TRAILER with barn doors and clam shell roof. New heavy duty tow hitch fitted last season. Internal measurements 13‘ x 6‘ 2” by 5‘ high £1,200 ono. Call on John 01905 381161 36

BITS FOR SALE Pair of Continental Sport Contact 2 N2 rated tyres. One 205/50/17 and one 255/40/17 with approximately 5 mm tread. Ideal for Porsche 911 or similar. Both in excellent condition. £100 the pair. Front anti roll bar (1 inch dia) and set of springs (230 lb front 100 lb rear) and adjustable AVO dampers, suitable for Westfield or similar.£60 the lot. Contact Peter Herbert on 03000 261391 (Wk) or 01325 377125 (H) Email

TWIN 40MM DCOE WEBER CARBURETTORS And Burton inlet manifold to fit Ford Kent engine. £250.00. Contact Neville Carr 01925 754599

BARRIE LINES’ SUPERB 1980 HILL CLIMB ARGO JM8 V8 CLASSIC HILL CLIMB CAR Since purchased in 2007, it has been virtually totally overhauled and is presented in first class order. Powered by low hours 360 bhp NCK Rover engine, carillo rods, cosworth pistons, big valve gas flowed heads, quad 48 Dellortos. Unique 8 into 1 exhaust. Twin radiator conversion by Concept Racing. Complete new oil system. Brakes and shock absorbers rebuilt. Electric high volume water pump. New clutch. FG Gearbox with 10/31 diff, spare ratios. Recent new Avon slicks – good soft wets. Wet up by Ian Dayson. Price £22,000. Will consider serious offers or part exchange race or road car. Can be viewed in Herefordshire. Please phone 01531 670732 (home) or 07812 146220 (mobile)

Wanted CIDER PRESS Cider press and apple crusher required for the Shelsley Dibnahs, to make use of the replanted orchard. Anything in any condition considered. Payment in cider, flour or cash! Can collect – distance no object. Please contact the MAC Office. BRABHAM BT21 or similar race car Any condition considered. Contact Mike Broome on 0208 337 1572 or 0743 215 1316. Email: WORKSHOP WANTED Between 500 sq ft and 1,500 sq ft to rent or to buy within approximately 10 mile radius of Worcester City Centre. Would consider larger premises up to 3,000 sq ft but to buy only. Ideally with parking space for one if not two 7.5 tonne trucks. Contact Nick Harrison, 07802 241711. 37

MIDSUMMER MADNESS TREASURE HUNT! With fun and games in the Courtyard Friday 21st June Open to all members and cars, both young and old. Starting: 6.00pm at The Hundred House, Great Witley. The route will finish at Shelsley. Strictly limited to 12 cars, £20 per car The Courtyard will be available for anyone to picnic while awaiting the hunters’ return Put together by one of our 'Nutty' members, this event promises to make the most of the longest day of the year

Full details from or tel: 01299 266468 Proceeds to Shelsley Barn Renovation

Film Night from 'Rendezvous' to 'Northwest 200' Wednesday 26th June 7.30pm in the Stratstone Restaurant £8.50 to include a 'Ploughmans'

Full details from or tel: 01299 266468 Proceeds to Shelsley Barn Renovation


Steve Cropley, Guest Columnist By Steve Cropley, Autocar Editor-in-Chief

People rarely say this out loud, but when you decide to tackle competitive motorsport for the first time, the thing you need – even more than a decent car or a reasonable helping of driving talent – is a place where people are fundamentally friendly.

Steve Cropley (L) and Simon Hucknall (R) of Vauxhall discussing the Vauxhall Maloo at Shelsley Walsh.

It helps when you make elementary mistakes while learning what it takes to be a competitor. This is why I will always be glad my stepson and I came first to Shelsley Walsh, when we began our enjoyable if undistinguished careers as hillclimb competitors.

Jon was approaching his 17th birthday, dead keen to drive. I was pushing 50 and somewhat reluctant. But I knew, as all parents do, that young men have the most frequent and the most serious road accidents of all – and this was a boy whose natural father had been killed in a car accident when he was three years old. How were we going to build his skills and, above all, keep him out of the ditch? The answer seemed to lie in buying a suitable car and having a go at hillclimbing – where, towards the bottom end of the market, the costs are bearable and your accident is all your own. (A couple of seasons' circuit racing in an old Holden 25 years earlier had taught me the frustrations – and costs – of having corners knocked off your car by other people). My pal Paul Matty found the right car, a yellow, early ’90s live-axle Caterham on a short gearing, powered by a healthy 1700 Ford crossflow. I used my connections in car journalism to approach the well-known hillclimb driver, Mark Waldron, to spend half a day giving us a few clues at Curborough. But I will still never forget my thumping heartbeat when we parked in the Shelsley paddock for the first time, beside all people who obviously knew so much more than us, waiting for the scrutineer. Surely he‘d spot our lovely new overalls and shiny helmets. Not to mention our feeling of foolishness at not knowing the signing-on procedure or how to book your practice runs? I could practically hear the comment under his breath: allthe-gear-and-no-idea. It wasn‘t like that at all. We parked next to a nice bloke who, while adroitly preparing his own car (a former Caterham Academy car), talked us through everything we needed to do, and gave us tips on getting the numbers on the car and sorting tyre pressures. He also reassured us that hillclimbing needed new blood, especially 17-year-olds, and reckoned that between us we were helping the sport progress. Scrutineering went well (our neighbour helped us make a minor tweak to our battery mounting) and an equally helpful paddock marshal talked us through the double-drive formation procedure. 39

Then we were off. We decided I’d drive first (to warm the brakes for Himself, you understand). Waiting to go, I still felt tense. My time would soon be advertised to all: the limits of my driving ability would be laid bare. I‘ve got no idea how fast or slow I was – we aren‘t people who keep records – but I remember I wasn‘t the fastest or slowest. Just respectable. A few minutes later, my son established a precedent that has lasted the next 15odd years of double driving, by going a bit quicker. Over the years we‘ve campaigned five different cars and competed at seven or eight venues, but I‘ve only beaten him occasionally, usually in the wet. As for the objective of the exercise, keeping him out of the ditch, it worked. He had no accidents at all as a young driver, and by 22 had a full no-claims bonus. Now 32, he‘s a brisk and accurate driver who drives better than me. We have a supercharged Ariel Atom these days – bit too quick if I'm honest, but we persist.

On the start line for one of Steve‘s runs in the Vauxhall Maloo.

As for Shelsley, my love for the place has just grown. I was proud to be involved in a bit of centenary fund-raising a few years back, and am prouder still of the way the place has developed. Most recently, I was invited to set a ‘commercial vehicles record’ on the hill, using a £51,000, Australian-made Vauxhall Maloo pick-up, appropriate to my own origins. It was a stunt, I suppose, but also a chance to write a breezy piece for Autocar and for Vauxhall to put a few quid the way of the MAC. It was yellow, very wide, very long and weirdly light at the rear, as befits most Aussie ‘Utes’ and powered by a 6.2-litre Chevy Corvette V8. Shelsley star Simon Durling came along to give me a few hints about lines, which were very helpful, but in the end we agreed the technique was simple: get cleanly off the start, stay on line, keep it straight (the tail was a bit wayward out of Top Ess), and get on the poke early so as to bolt up the steep finishing straight as fast as possible – she showed 90 over the line. After seven or eight runs in the sunshine with no real drama (though life wasn‘t made any easier by an encampment of pheasants in the middle of The Crossing; we despatched three) I managed to turn a 38.65, which seemed respectable given that Vauxhall‘s people had already booked the car into an auction sale later that week. So ended my latest pleasant memory of Shelsley, but – scrutineers willing – I intend to have some more.


Classic Car & Motorcycle Auction Wednesday 15th May Quality entries now invited. Over 100 entries on average.

1971 Aston Martin DBS V8 Est: £29,000 - £33,000

1933 Austin 10/4 Saloon Est: £6,000 - £7,000

1961 BMW 700 Saloon Est: £6,000 - £7,000

1974 FFord ord d EEscortt MkI RS2000 000 MkI RS2 Est: £16,000 - £18,000

1927 Ford Model A Phaeton Est: £16,000 - £18,000

1947 Gilera Saturno 500 Est: £8,500 - £10,000

1947 Hillman Minx Drophead Coupe Est: £14,000 - £16,000

1978 Jaguar XJ6C Coupe Est: £6,000 - £7,000

1958 Jaguar XK150 FHC Est: £42,000 - £45,000

1964 Lancia Flavia Sport Zagato Est: £9,000 - £11,000

1948 Lea-Francis 14hp Sports Est: £18,000 - £22,000

1952 MG TD Est: £13,000 - £15,000

1968 Mirage M1 GT40 Recreation Est: £80,000 - £100,000

1928 Panhard & Levassor X47 Weymann Landaulet Est: £20,000 - £25,000

1953 Riley RME Est: £10,000 - £12,000

1929 Rolls-Royce 20hp Mulliner Saloon Est: £30,000 - £33,000

Wednesday 22nd May Sale of over 500 lots of automobilia from the Mouldsworth Motor Museum To discuss entering your vehicle, please contact James Dennison or Matthew Parkin email:

01568 611122

Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE

MAC News 188 May 2013  

MAC News, the official club magazine of the Midland Automobile Club.