Shelsley Walsh 18th & 19th July 2015

The traditional popular August Shelsley meeting was also the 110 year anniversary of the hill climb, so the total entry was over 200 cars and as an MSA British Championship round, the event was run over two days – practice on Saturday, timed runs on Sunday.

With the exceptionally large entry, there was plenty of talking time available between runs. On behalf of the competitors, Steve Powell took advantage of this to present a special award of a framed picture and some bubby to John Dent in recognition of his 50th season in hill climbing.

On run 1, Steve Lawrence led at 39.31 followed 0.23 later by Jan Nycz and the ever improving Richard Grant a further 0.49 adrift. On the second runs, Steve Lawrence had intention to consolidate his lead but ‘carrying too much speed and trying too hard’ resulted in him clipping the bank and rolling the car at top esses, thankfully without injury and little damage to the car. Meanwhile, Jan had just gone faster than his first run to record 39.28. Steve Lawrence’s first time was sufficient to retain 2nd spot while Richard Grant also had to rely on his first run time, claiming 3rd place when the magneto on the Kiehn Special failed.

In the 1945-55 show class, Tom Cowley in the 2-stroke smoking Mk.VI Cooper posted very representative times in ‘the 36’s’ however, it was the supercharged  cars of Tom Willoughby and Ewan Cameron which took the honours posting times of 35.76 and 35.83 respectively.

John in action


Pos Name Car Run 1 Run 2 Best

Words Charles Reynolds

Pics Mike Wood


Full report in the 500


1 Jan Nycz Staride-Norton 39.54 39.28 39.28
2 Steve Lawrence Cooper Mk VIII-JAP 39.31 Fail 39.31
3 Richard Grant Kiehn Special-JAP 39.80 Fail 39.80
4 John Dent Cooper Mk VIII-JAP 40.26 40.39 40.26
5 Alistair Dent Cooper Mk VI-JAP 41.90 40.99 40.99
6 Xavier Kingsland Cooper Mk V-JAP 42.47 41.89 41.89
7 Charles Reynolds Kieft 44.73 42.77 42.77
8 Ted Sharpe Cooper Mk IV-JAP 43.73 44.34 43.73
9 Dennis Williams Arnott-JAP 46.61 45.67 45.67
10 Robin Baxter Staride-JAP 46.92 46.89 46.89
11 Mike Lawrence Cooper Special-JAP 46.47 47.75 46.47
12 Stuart Barnes Iota-JAP 53.76 52.10 52.10

Dennis Williams' Arnott

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