The Race to the Chateau has begun. Chateau Impney Hill Climb 2018
Words: Scott Blackburn Images: Drew Deas
Once again this year the picturesque grounds of the Chateau Impney hotel in Droitwich Spa will play host to the hill climb event that has been running more often than not since 1957. Over the two days of the 7th and 8th of July competitors will take to the course around the hotel in a brilliant variety of vehicles. All the while there will be attractions and fairs throughout the grounds. The Hill Climb is a huge event in the motorsport calendar and is steeped in history and motoring heritage.
The first event of the kind was held on the hotel grounds by the Hagley and District Light Car Club in 1957 and was revived most recently as the Hill Climb in 2015. The first events encapsulated the nostalgic era of motorsport prevalent in the 50s and 60s and this spirit is something that continues in the modern events. Since then the number of competitors and spectators has grown year on year.
This year's event should be just a much collection of automotive pornography as usual and should see the usual line-up of glamorous supporters including the Malvern based Morgan Motor Company and Tesla. This year's appearance at the event will be a special one for Morgan as they will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Plus 8, this will be marked by having the first Plus 8 run alongside its current successor.
Competing on the Chateau's 885m long course will be over 200 pre-1967 cars. Adding to this will be the array of supercars, F1 cars, and automotive specialities and attractions that will make runs of the course during the breaks in the competition. As in previous years a prestigious collection of WRC cars will be making an appearance including the Subaru Impreza which Colin McRae used to win the RAC Rally GB in 1997.
To add to the splendour of the event the RAF will be making their usual appearance. Though the details of their presence are yet to be confirmed in the past they have provided displays from the Red Arrows and a 'tree-top' flyover from their Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber. All the while attendees can mooch through the 30 seller's stands in the Trading Village and choose a selection of food from 25 food and drink vendors.
The Hill Climb will once again be well attended by members of the classic car and motorbike community and feature displays and collections of a pleasing variety of old vehicles. As usual this year's event promises to be even more worth a visit that the previous year's and should be enough to put a smile on the face of any self-respecting motorhead.