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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, S.D. Fidoe, P.G. Nuthall, Dr C. Perks Treasurer: M Harrison

Since the last issue of the MAC News it has been very full on at Shelsley Walsh: we had our June meeting where we were blessed with sunshine again and then for the Vintage meeting we had a scorching weekend. We have also had Picnics, Christenings, Car Clubs, Treasure Hunts and the first Driving School and Film Night. All of these were a great success and you can read more about some of them in this issue. For all those budding film stars the BBC are coming to Shelsley Walsh to film an episode of Father Brown which is now in its second series and stars Mark Williams of The Fast Show, and Ron Weasley‘s dad in Harry Potter. Members of the MAC have been asked to participate in the episode and to come dressed in early 1950s clothing and bring along pre-War cars and anything else authentic. The provisional dates for filming are 20th to 22nd August. If you are interested please would you contact Gill who will take some details. Our Aston Martin Centenary meeting on 17th and 18th August is now building up steam and looking to be a stunning meeting. We have a number of cars already confirmed including Angela Brown‘s Aston from 1955, and Le Mans team cars from 1950. Stratstone will be displaying up to nine of the current models and other race cars are due to be confirmed shortly including an Aston Martin Rally GT. This month’s MAC News is fairly packed out, so read on ...

Company Secretary & Commercial Manager: Mark Constanduros 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.

VSCC meeting, more next month. Front Cover: Stirling Moss at Shelsley Walsh 1949 Photo: MAC Archive 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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Gill Dayson Event Co-ordinator and Administration Assistant for Event Enquiries, Membership, Tickets and Accounts

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Morgan Dealer Day On 22nd June Shelsley Walsh hosted the first Morgan Dealer Day for the Malvern manufacturer and their clients and guests. Stratsone, who now have a dealership in Stourbridge, were also on hand with a display of new and used cars. After a trip around the factory everyone made their way to Shelsley for a day of activity on the hill in a variety of Morgan cars. Much to everyone’s surprise two of the guests were the actors from Coronation

Pre 1940 Morris Register In May at Speed Into Spring, we celebrated the centenary of Morris and the owners who brought their cars had such a wonderful time on the hill that they made a special trip back to Shelsley whilst on a tour of the country and had a picnic in The Courtyard. About 20 cars turned up, looked around and walked the hill, and the Dibnahs had the watermill running which they thoroughly enjoyed.

Young Marshals Required by Dave Nursey

Have you wondered how to get involved with running Shelsley meetings? The Motor Sports Association would like to encourage younger people to become marshals and they have established a Cadet Marshals scheme for young persons between ages 11 and 16. Cadet Marshals will not be located in trackside positions, but can work in the Main Paddock, the Finish Paddock or the Start area, or in Administration. They will be under the supervision at all times of a responsible official approved by the parent. People aged 16 to 18 are able to marshal in the same areas as those over 18, subject to the direction of our Chief Marshal. If you would like to get involved, or you would like your son or daughter to become a marshal, please contact Mick Robbins on 01299 896692 or 07891 216995, or Gill at the club office on 01886 812211 ext1. We are particularly in need of marshals of any age for our Sprint at MIRA on Saturday 3rd August. 3


Shelsley Speed School Review by Jim Robinson, Photo Aspect Photography

The Shelsley School of Sunshine We had all heard the weather forecast and couldn‘t believe our luck when the day dawned and one of the brightest days of the year helped to make our first School of the year all the more enjoyable. The instructors and officials all appeared in their new uniforms supplied by our new supporters, Radical Sportscars. We were likened to a team of darts players; whether we will be nicknamed ‘The 180 Team’ remains to be seen! We had hoped for a full entry of 35 on the day but, as usual, despite all the best laid plans, there were two non-starters on Monday both suffering car maladies of different kinds and one who just failed to turn up. The two reserves we had waiting in the wings had said they could come at the ‘drop of a hat’ – but in the event couldn‘t – so we started with 32. We managed seven runs during the day. There were several returnees who never seem to tire of coming which means we must be doing something right. In addition, there were several well experienced competitors, some of whom you wonder what on earth can you teach them, and it was humbling to find that they probably gained the most from the day. As usual there were several complete novices who just improved beyond recognition as the day progressed. The cars, excuse the pun, were very radically different from number one on the list, Steven Potter in his Italian kit car called a Road Runner Racing Sprint R1, powered by a 500cc motorcycle engine, and which was as near as you must be able to get for a road legal single seater, appearing very similar in appearance to a Force or OMS of which we see more and more at meetings these days. There were a couple of vintage cars plus familiar Minis, old and new style, a real mix of Porsches – from the early well-driven 911 of returnee John Croxton to the regular competitor Robert Lancaster-Gaye in his electrically quick GT3 – plus well known Alfa exponent Reg Barker in his roadgoing Boxster. Morgans were well represented as were some well-driven Lotus Exiges and Elises, the latter driven by one very fast lady, Sarah Bosworth, who proved to be our top scorer, though at the end of the day she was being chased very hard by Sarah Thorne who just gained more and more confidence as the day went on. She was backed up by husband Malcolm in his thunderous Lotus Buick. The best improver of the day was Nigel Woodhouse in his Peugeot 205 GTI. The other first of the day must be to give credit to our new caterer, TS Hospitality, who certainly did us proud and we now look forward to the 27th August School. This is filling steadily so waste no time if you want enter and enjoy a good day‘s driving and at the same time learn a few useful hints which might help you go quicker – even if you think you know all the secrets of Shelsley. Several competitors have already admitted they are never too old to learn! 5

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Breakfast Club report - 16th June By Tony Adams

RECORD TURN OUT FOR SHELSLEY BREAKFAST CLUB A record number of people turned out for the monthly Breakfast Club meeting at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on Sunday 16th June. Organisers reported that the paddock areas were filled with so many special cars by very early morning that many visitors had to park in the Orchard overflow car park. Midland Automobile Club commercial manager Mark Constanduros said, “We are delighted that this very social monthly meeting has become such a success and that many new faces are turning up at Shelsley Walsh for the first time, not only to look at the wonderful array of cars on show but also to meet up with like minded motoring enthusiasts. “We had hot rods, street racers, classic saloon and sports cars, several supercars including Porsche, Ferrari and Aston Martin and Jaguar UK brought along their new F-Type which also created a lot of interest. “Our Stratstone Restaurant had served over 200 traditional breakfasts by mid morning and the atmosphere within the courtyard and paddock areas was simply buzzing, with many visitors also taking advantage of the opportunity to walk the hill.” MAC member Chris Bayliss who works for Jaguar UK was responsible for bringing along the latest F-Type sports car, having previously used the iconic location with Jaguar for filming last year and said it was the ideal place to display their latest showcase machine. “I am a great fan of Shelsley Walsh and have personally booked a place on the Driver‘s School next month, but for that I will be driving my father‘s old Fiat Stilo Abarth, which is very different in style, power and performance to the car I brought along today!” Other enthusiastic drivers turned up in all manner of machines, with more recent classics including two Mk 1 Ford Escort Mexicos and a Mk1 Mini Cooper S in full rally trim, a car which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at the Classic Nostalgia meeting to be held at Shelsley Walsh on 27th & 28th July. The next Breakfast Club meeting takes place from 9am on Sunday 14th July and visitors are asked to register their attendance via the club‘s website at 7

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Competitions Secretary’s Report by Roger Thomas, Photo Dennis Wood

Our first British Championship meeting on 2nd June ran with a disappointing starting level of 154 entries, and a noticeable reduction in potential championship winning entries, with only seven top ten competitors making the second run-off for various reasons. At the end of the day reigning Champion Trevor Willis, and runner up Scott Moran won one run-off each. Our second and third sprints of the year ran over two days at Blyton Park on 15th and 16th June. The Saturday event was restricted to 55 entrants in the 2013 Caterham academy. The percentage of failed runs, caused mainly by inexperience or over-enthusiasm, tested the marshals on course to the extreme and caused some amusement in the process.

Trevor Willis competing at Best Of British in June.

The following day 81 competitors signed on and started the event, which was won by Tony Luxton in the Pilbeam MP58 H , with a time of 66.53 secs, and was enjoyed by all those who took part with many enthusiastic requests to run the event next year. Groups of competitors from the Ferrari Owners Club and Porsche GB were making their first visit, and were very positive about the event and venue.

We must make every effort to gain enough support to run with a full field of cars next year, possibly with two events over two days. The cost of this venue with the associated costs on manning the event involve the club in a considerable financial commitment that needs at least an entry of over 90 cars to justify running it. I believe this is possible with an increased level of support similar to that gained over the first event in 2012. It would be a pity to lose such an enjoyable venue, especially one that could actually run two events over two days on different courses. Our next events are the Classic Nostalgia weekend on 27th and 28th July, supported by Classic and Sports Car magazine and Peter James Insurance. This has a satisfactory level of entries for both days and features special appearances by Sir Stirling Moss OBE and Paddy Hopkirk. 9


MAC Sports & Classics - News and Events by Tony Harrison

MAC Classic events are open to MAC Members only, unless otherwise noted. Eligibility of cars - Vintage, classics and modern sports cars. 29th September 2013 “A Classic Cruise” The final Sports & Classics event of the year will start at Shelsley Walsh with a simple breakfast and finish at Stratford upon Avon with an Avon river cruise on board MAC member John Macartney-Filgate‘s boats. 27th April 2014 MAC Classic This will be another of our biennial fund raising events using a number of start venues around the Midlands. 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 are now open and a form is available in this issue.



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Contact Details: The Third Thursday Dining Group meets at various venues For information contact Drene Baker or 01299 250778 The Bell at Trysull meet on the last Thursday of the month at 7.30pm - 8.00pm For more information contact John North 01902 895276 For all social event enquiries please contact Pam Jarvie on or 01299 266468

MAC Monthly Draw May Winners ALL PROCEEDS TO SHELSLEY ARCHIVE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

D Jukes M Fisher R Merry R Horner F Murphy J Bowman D Whitefoot W Cuthbertson

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STD Register 15th June By Tony Adams

NATIONAL RALLY HELD AT SHELSLEY WALSH Over 50 vehicles belonging to members of the Sunbeam Talbot Darracq Register attended their Annual National Rally held at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb over the weekend. Gleaming examples of the marque together with several ‘unrestored and original’ examples descended on the iconic venue and took the opportunity to drive up the famous Worcestershire hill climb course, home of the Midland Automobile Club. Register treasurer John Zimbler said, “I came to Shelsley Walsh last year as a guest of fellow enthusiast and longstanding MAC member Rob May and decided that it would make a fantastic place to hold our annual rally, and the facilities and a chance to drive the renowned hill simply added to the attraction. “Several of our members are keen bread makers and the MAC has kindly opened its restored water mill, which is now fully operational, and we hope to obtain some of the flour the volunteers produce on site to take home for our baking. “We have had members travelling here from the length and breadth of the country in a wide variety of STD cars dating from 1912 to 1936, however we don‘t really expect them to break any records driving on the hill today. “We are hosting a Gala Dinner this evening and tomorrow we will visit Russell Cooke at Bridgnorth who has a superb collection of vintage vehicles and memorabilia, making it the perfect weekend for all involved and we are very grateful to the MAC for hosting our group.” 13

New Members Richard and Jhan Green, Bromsgrove

Brian Anthony and Helen Fellows-Anthony, Birmingham

Ronald Hollingworth, Ironbridge Jonathan Brew, Broadwas on Teme Eric Humphries, Tenbury Wells Mark Butler, Eaton Constantine, Shropshire

David Kendrick, Stourport on Severn

Mervyn Burgins, Llandrindod Wells

Steve Malins, Kinver

Ian Campbell, Malvern

Tom Poole, London

Antony and Josephine Fewkes, Whittington, Worcs

Matti Rogers, Worcester

Martin Flamank, Bringsty (rejoined)

Sophie Stapleton and Derry McWhirter, Bromsgrove

Nigel Flynn, Llandrindod Wells

Stephen Woodall and Andrew Woodall, Oldbury

Matthew Goodrich, Little Bridgeford, Staffs (rejoined)


Correspondence Dear Members Thank you for your support and the donations you have made to the bookshop enterprise over the past two and a half years. You have successfully raised £11,000 towards the archive fund. Alex Harrison has kindly agreed to take on this project and the day to day running of the bookshop at Shelsley. Please continue to give her support and should anyone be prepared to volunteer time to assist her, I am sure this would be most welcome. Thank you all again. Yours sincerely, Jeremy Nightingale

Please express our thanks to Pam, Trefor and George for organising a proper Motor Club Members‘ Evening – good films, drinks available, all in good company with the bonus of an excellent ploughmans supper. The evening‘s experience was certainly enhanced by the fine weather and by holding the event in the Courtyard Bar with its cosy atmospherics – it takes you back to the era of the 50s and 60s car club members’ evenings – full of enthusiasm. We were also aware this club social had the appeal to bring in a number of ‘fresh faces’ – support from another quarter of the membership – hope they all enjoyed the evening as we did. Kindest regards, Melodie and Jeremy N

My husband Malcolm and I attended the drivers school yesterday and I just wanted to say a very big thank you to the whole team. The instruction from start to finish, the marshals, the catering, and all support from paddock and office was of high quality. We were blessed with fantastic weather conditions to the point at times of feeling a little too warm! The tea and cake was very much appreciated before the receiving of scores achieved, a great end to a great day! Yours faithfully, Sarah Thorne

MAC Monthly Draw June Winners ALL PROCEEDS TO SHELSLEY ARCHIVE 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

R Thomas J Newton W Evans S Cartwright R Kettel B Kevill S Milner S Jewell

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Our Correspondent Reports By Eddie Walder

Following my last column Scott Moran matched the Martin Groves record of 104 victories with two run-off victories at Shelsley and two more at Loton Park the following weekend. In that week‘s Motorsport News I said that on his current form he must surely beat it within the next few events. However, I had reckoned without the determination of Trevor Willis and also a small leak! On the weekend before penning this we had travelled to Doune, a hill that is very different to Shelsley but thought by many to be even more challenging. It is the minimum regulation width from bottom to top and the first third of the course and last hundred yards are lined with either Armco or a stone wall. With the agility of his new OMS chassis allied to his undoubted bravery, Willis took two dominant wins. With Scott Moran following him home in the first stanza it looked as if the damage to Scott would be limited. When the Morans came to restart for Roger’s afternoon class run the clutch slave cylinder leaked badly with fluid dripping out from the clutch housing. As it has a piston that is concentric to the gearbox input shaft this would involve splitting the drivetrain so it was game over and zero points for either Moran. This meant Trevor‘s second victory moved him to within nine points of series leader Scott Moran. This gives the title chase some added spice with Moran Jr favourite to take his record 105th victory and maybe another at Harewood. The following rounds on the twisty Channel Islands hills favour Willis and then there are no Morans at Wiscombe Park due to business commitments although Scott intinmated to me that he might go if he feels he really needs to. The Morans will be at Craigantlet and although this should favour their mighty NME V8, Trevor took the hill record there last year with his old chassis and now has the potential to be even quicker. I will report back in the next edition of MAC News which goes to press four days after our August British Championship meeting. Looking to the class based Leaders Championship that runs within all the Mainland British Championship rounds, there is a degree of MAC member dominance. Our youthful local hero Alex Summers is in the lead on 56 points with MAC Committee member and 2009 Leaders Champion Simon Fidoe third equal on 48 behind Scott Moran who has 50. Alex will be missing from Harewood as he is committed to the annual Formula Student finals on the same weekend. However, as only your ten best scores from the 14 Leaders rounds count, he will not be too concerned and he is also a very healthy seventh in the British Championship. Simon is the leading 1100cc points scorer in the British too. The 1100cc class is certainly the place to be these days and is burgeoning with several new cars soon to make their debuts so the class will soon be even more intriguing. Clifton on Teme‘s Clive Austin expects a low key debut for the new all-carbon Empire-Suzuki that he will co-own with Chris Aspinall. Phil Cooke, the first of the modern motorcycle engined competitors to get into regular run-off positions is having the sister car. Jo White was the creator of another bike-engined single seater, the Nemesis, of which he built six. There are two of his new Vulcan Dezign Venoms on the way for Rob Capper and Jo himself, who was Adrian Reynard‘s first Chief Mechanic. 17

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Drive to Dean Repost - 21st April By Geoff Herrington

The Saturday prior to the ‘Drive to Dean’ was not the most auspicious in the Herrington household as for the first time in its 34 year life the MG Midget decided not to start on the button. Added to which the weather forecast for the following day could have been more encouraging. The initial problem was resolved by pressing the MX5 into service and British stoicism would solve the latter. As it happened the drive to the Royal Oak at Much Marcle was accomplished under blue skies; a real spring morning. By the time we arrived, the car park was already brimming over with an eclectic mix of delectable cars ranging from a pre-war Alvis to current Morgans. Whatever has happened to those drivers of vintage vehicles who used to grace these runs? Being the first of the 2013 tours there were many friends to greet in the pub restaurant area (given over on this occasion to the supply of particularly tasty bacon baps and coffee) and it was with some reluctance that drivers were persuaded to return to their cars to be waved off at intervals by Andrew Davis and Tony Harrison. A total of 57 cars headed south on some of the most lightly used roads imaginable. Only 17 miles into the 70 mile tour a real head scratcher arose when the Tulip Road book indicated that we should veer to the right following a sign to Ross on Wye whereas the signpost pointed resolutely in the ‘straight on’ direction. Within a short time the roadway beyond the junction was a traffic jam of confused motorists. Various theories were advanced and whilst some elected to return to the indicated turn others pressed on to meet the A49 and turn north until they re-joined the original route. All great fun and something of a bonus to some local residents who unexpectedly enjoyed a cavalcade of cars past their doors. The ruins of the 12th century Skenfrith Castle were worthy of a visit, although by this time the cloud cover had replaced the morning sunshine and discouraged dalliance. With much of the route over narrow country lanes there was little time to relax and enjoy the scenery, but there were pretty villages and a winding river to follow through the spectacular Monnow valley. We elected to stop at Raglan Castle, but a few minutes standing around in the car park convinced us that it was a great deal warmer in the car and with the Wye Valley and the romantic ruins of Tintern Abbey beckoning we opted to press on. Our arrival at the Dean Centre coincided with an April shower and whilst Andrew braved the elements to park us tidily in the reserved area, Alexa marked us off and despatched us towards the cafe for tea and cakes from a convenient shelter. Was it a good day out? You bet it was! 29


Tour in the Yorkshire Dales Report By Jim and Sue Weston

On a bright morning in June, 19 cars covering 12 different makes set out for the Yorkshire Dales. Arriving by various routes at the magnificent Coniston Hotel and Country Estate near Skipton, we were greeted with afternoon tea on the terrace. The next day, having studied the comprehensive pack of suggested routes and activities provided by John Dyas and John Spencer, we all set off with various plans for the day. The roads across the Dales proved to be quite fantastic. One minute bonnets to the skies and the next down to the depths, hairpin bends, sheer drops on both sides and no other inhabitants but sheep. Also to be enjoyed were a variety of birds and wild flowers. A particularly exciting route was to the Tan Hill Inn via Hawes and the Butter Tubs Pass. The inn is the highest in England at 1,700 feet and some reviving sustenance was very necessary before facing the journey home via Reeth. Among the many places visited during the holiday were the Wensleydale Cheese Creamery at Hawes, the Brontë Family Parsonage at Haworth, Skipton and Ripon Castles, also National Trust properties and Harlow Carr Botanical Gardens near Harrogate. Walkers among us enjoyed the Ingleton Waterfall walks and the climbs to Malham Cove and Tarn. The Settle to Carlisle Railway, one of the most scenic railways in Great Britain, was close at hand and some of us enjoyed the first trip of the season to be hauled by a steam locomotive, The Great Marquess. A picture of this train crossing the famous Ribblehead Viaduct appeared in the next day‘s Daily Telegraph (there was no mention of the intrepid travellers from Worcestershire!) The bright lights of Harrogate attracted others with some retail therapy and tea at the famous Betty‘s Tearooms. Unusually for a motoring holiday, one or two people tried clay pigeon shooting, available at the hotel and claimed several birds. All these activities were talked over each evening at a truly gourmet dinner and it quickly became clear that we needed more days to cover all the attractions available in the area. The Coniston Hotel and Country estate cannot be praised too highly; both the food and service were of the highest standard and on the last evening they gave us a champagne reception. And finally our thanks must go to the two Johns for their hard work in organising such an enjoyable and carefree holiday. 31


Park to Park Report By Paul Cooper

This event was designed as a leisurely tour of 62 miles commencing with a full English breakfast in the old RAF cafe at Croome Park and ending with tea and cake at Spetchley Park. Some forty-seven vintage and classic cars were entered although it was rumoured one unfortunate member was unable to retrieve his car from the garage due to his builder leaving a skip in front of the doors the previous evening. We decided to enter in my wife Christine‘s 1929 Austin 7 ‘Chummy’ tourer, a car she purchased as an elderly teenager in 1967, and has been in constant and regular use ever since. The morning route took us through a number of picturesque villages, including the Combertons, Eckington, Dumbleton, and Wormington. Having teamed up with Charles and Margaret Round in their MGB GT and David and June Boyd in their 1939 Citroen Roadster, a decision was made to divert from the route briefly in Stanton and drive up to The Mount pub at the top of the village in search of coffee. Unfortunately the pub was still closed but we were rewarded with fine views over the Cotswold escarpment. Rejoining the route and passing Stanway House the little Austin now faced the challenge of Stanway Hill; lots of revs in the second gear of the three speed gearbox got us to the summit in good time. The route took us on towards Snowshill where another short diversion was made to the Snowshill Inn for lunch. It not quite being noon this pub was also closed but door rattling techniques, well developed during distant student and apprenticeship days, produced results and the six of us enjoyed an excellent lunch. The rain started to fall during the early afternoon necessitating raising the Austin’s hood. We proceeded on through wonderful countryside past Broadway Tower and had an interesting descent of Saintbury Hill, and then on via the outskirts of Broadway to Elmley Castle and Fladbury. Around this point panic suddenly broke out in the limited confines of the little Austin 7 as a large angry bumblebee decided to join us, uninvited, via the partially open windscreen. As rapid a halt was called for as Austin 7 brakes allow and the car evacuated. By now the rain had ceased so the hood was lowered and the bumble bee allowed to go on his way to find more new friends. We continued on through the lanes to Rous Lench which bought back wonderful memories of school holidays spent in the area with a favourite aunt and uncle in the 1950s, roaming fields and riding on farm tractors. A few miles further on, Spetchley Gardens were reached where a very welcome cup of tea and a generous slice of cake awaited us all. Following tea a visit to the church next to the tea rooms was called for. As well as being interesting in its own right it is said that the church contains a tomb with a window in the side of it and those brave enough to look will see the haggard and withered face of the tomb’s occupant. We managed to persuade a number of MAC members to have a peep at the grisly sight. The "window" is in fact a mirror ...! So ended another excellent Sports & Classic Section event. All of our thanks must go out to the organisers for giving us such an enjoyable day. 33

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

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

MALLOCK U2 MK 20/25 — £10,500 Successful, well known car, regularly campaigned at Shelsley by Keith Robinson and maintained regardless of cost. Previously owned by John Bailey, Nick Whale, Collin Pook and Piers Thynne. Connaught built Ford 1700cc Cross Flow with 48 DCOE Webers and DTA ECU Management (200 BHP). Three rail Quaife Bullitt gearbox. MB Mag/Alloy Wheels with New Avon slicks + set of wets cut on new slicks. Carbon composite bodywork. Haggispeed Twin Plane front and rear wings. Bonded alloy chassis stiffening and full ground effect enclosed floor, Ford/Tranx LSD with Quaife Half shafts. Spares include: Nose with Haggispeed wings, Diffs, Half shafts, Bodywork.. Quality re-paint and pre-season overhaul ready to race. Could possibly be eligible Historic racing? Super car, reluctant sale. Contact Keith Robinson 01298 24644, Mob 07989 042977. No time wasters please. TWIN AXLE BOX TRAILER with barn doors and clam shell roof. New heavy duty tow hitch fitted. Internal measurements 13’ x 6’ 2” by 5’ high. £1,200 ono. Call John on 01905 381161. TWIN 40MM DCOE WEBER CARBURETTORS and Burton inlet manifold to fit Ford Kent engine. £250.00 Contact Neville Carr 01925 754599 34

WESTFIELD as rolling chassis, complete with slicks and wets, and tailored cover. Everything there except engine, including dry sump system and DTA ECU. Championship and class winner with many records. Fastest car engined 1400cc Specialist Production Car up Shelsley (30.87s). Never damaged and in excellant condition. £5,750. For full details please ring 01325 377125 (H), 03000 261391 (W) or email SMITH FORMULA 2 – 1957 1957 Formula 2 car with Coventry Climax FWB 1460cc engine. Two cars only built by Gerald G. Smith. This is the only car running. Only two owners from new, history from new, original letters from Coventry Climax when engine ordered. Totally rebuilt by present owner while retaining its pertina. Alloy front wheels, inboard rear drum brakes (alfin type). Sequential gear box behind diff, all alloy body work. Old FIA papers, VSCC buff form. Regular competitor at Shelsley over many years. Price £29,950. Contact Jeremy Bouckley: or 0121 313 1609 or 07904 40 9702. 1967 SUNBEAM STILETTO HILLCLIMB CAR Aldon/HSA Speed Champ class winner 1999, 2002, 2003, Midland Hillclimb Champ class winner 2007, BOC Classic Champ class winner 2009. Driver retiring from Motorsport. Complete package: CAR, PRG enclosed trailer, plus paddock awning and spares package. Whole package worth £30+K…..Best offer over £15,000 secures. Tel: 01327 262444. E-mail: 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. 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. Contact Brian Sanders, 07884121427 or 01905 821763. DAX RUSH COSWORTH SUPERCHARGED Built for competition in 2000, but fully road equipped, including bespoke weather equipment: hood, side screens, tonneau cover, etc. Car has done around 3,000 miles since new, including about a dozen sprints and hill climbs. Built as four-wheel drive Cosworth turbo, now running in rear-wheel-drive supercharged form. Running on Image minilites and A032R Yokos. Road legal, taxed and insured. Has around 300 bhp and 300+ lb ft of torque but huge potential. £12,500, or £14,000 with Brian James trailer. For full details and photos contact Ken Young, 07813 793447, Email: and see 35

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. All this for £9,500. Contact Brian Sanders 07884121427 or Phil Nuthall 07720040093. 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. FETTERLOCKS FARMHOUSE Two miles from Shelsley Hillclimb startline; an excellent family home set in approximately 1½ acres. Three open garages, barn available for conversion to workshop, stables could convert to bungalow. Details from Andrew Grant (Worcester) and on-line. SPARCO OPEN FACE HELMET But BS 6658 type A so not current motor sports spec (not fire proof). 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 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. Contact Peter Herbert on or telephone 03000 261391 (Wk) or 01325 377125 (H). BARRIE LINES’ SUPERB 1980 HILL CLIMB ARGO JM8 V8 CLASSIC HILL CLIMB CAR Since purchase 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. Set 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) 36

CLASSIC AND THOROUGHBRED CAR MAGAZINES Full set from 1973 to date all in excellent condition - £250 the lot. All proceeds to the Shelsley Restoration Fund. Contact David Haggerty on 01684 575425 (Malvern).


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 consideredContact Mike Broome on 0208 337 1572 or 0743 215 1316. Email: SINGLE SEAT 1100CC CLASS MEGAPIN, JEDI, OMS, Contact Keith Robinson 01298 24644 Mob 07989042977

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 37










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Wednesday 25th September

MAC News 190 July 2013  

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

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