|Shelsley Walsh 18/19th August 2012
Over two hundred race cars were entered for this Midland Automobile Club organised MSA British Hill Climb Championship event, of which twelve were Historic Formula 3 500's. It was sunshine and showers during practice on Saturday and competition on Sunday but the runs for the 500 drivers were mostly dry, with a little dampness (described by Mark Riley as 'gloopy') on Saturday to 'fine tune' the drivers! As for last year, the 500's were allocated the grass adjacent to gate 'A' and this is ideal for push starting the cars in number order down the slope to the start line; it is also just behind the bar!
The 500 OA hill climb 'family' was increased by new drivers Tracey Cameron and Oliver Dent who are very welcome and both drove quickly. There were three generations of the Dent family competing and grandfather John and grandson Oliver celebrated their close birthdays by treating all of us to a piece of the wonderful cake made by John's granddaughter. As you can see, the cake was a work of art and very much admired.
Our thanks to the Midland Automobile Club, to the Officials, to the Shelsley staff and helpers, and especially to the long suffering Marshalls, and to Derek Hibbert for the photographs.