|Shelsley Walsh 20/21st August 2011|
Warm sunshine and dry conditions allowed all members to enjoy this two day event. There was a very large entry in many classes for this popular event and a few competition cars even had to share the officials camping area because every inch of space in the paddock was full. The 500's were allocated the grass adjacent to gate 'A' and this is ideal for push starting the cars down the slope to the start line; it is also just behind the bar!
For the 500 Owners Association the event was very family friendly. We had 3 pairings of father and son, and many of our ladies and children, and even grandchildren were present, to help and to enjoy the weekend. On Saturday lunchtime we were all treated to a cup cake to celebrate John Dent's birthday; no candles were in evidence and so no age can be stated!, but each cake was decorated by his granddaughter with an edible picture of John driving his Cooper Mark 6 - just wonderful. Ted Sharpe had a birthday on Sunday and his family came to help him celebrate at lunchtime; Champagne was seen but Ted had to decline as he was driving! Alex Brown and team were relaxed and well organised as usual.
Saturday practice went well and the times of the faster cars were very close, causing their drivers much thought and more preparation. Laura Dent took a clipboard to record details of all the runs and showed these to the drivers; this was most helpful, so thank you Laura.
Our thanks to the Midland Automobile Club members, to the Officials, to the Shelsley staff and helpers, and especially to the long suffering Marshals.