Another hill record broken

The British Hillclimb Championship round at Prescott yesterday saw the hill record broken 3 times, twice by Wallace Menzies and once by Alex Summers. At the start of the day the record stood at 35.42s, set by Sean Gould in 2019, by the end-of-play yesterday that had tumbled to 34.65s with Menzies last run of the day. There was also a welcome back to Will Hall after missing for 6 months due to a damaging ‘off’ previously in the season. Here is is at Orchard:

Will Hall – Force WH XTEC

I was primarily taking images on behalf of Speedscene magazine and so spent the entire day ‘on the hill’ taking shots of every car just in case they were needed for the forthcoming article. It does therefore tend to result in a long series of record shots – but that’s the downside of working to a brief rather than just taking photographs for pleasure – however the upside is that I get them in print which, for me, is the ultimate aim. Actually I must confess to getting a bit ‘arty’ during the morning and took this shot:

Sunshine through the trees at Prescott

Bank Holiday walk

It was a rare Bank Holiday in that both Mrs H and myself were at home and so we decided to make to most of it and take the dogs for a change of scenery. We went on a dog-friendly walk close to Dudmaston Hall, just outside Bridgnorth, Shropshire, where there was a small (free) car park and the start of the walk was just over the road. It led around a large field down to a couple of ponds in the woods, around which was a well-kept pathway. The dogs certainly loved it (particularly the two who went swimming!) and it was pretty quiet so we will visit again when we get chance.

And now for something completely different

Yesterday I visited Prescott hill climb with the Vintage Hot Rod Association (VHRA). I first saw these cars a few years ago at Pendine sands in South Wales and since then, whenever they have their ‘GOW’ weekend at Prescott, I make a point of attending – just to see the wild & wacky cars that they bring. Here’s a few from the day – a gallery will be uploaded shortly to the website.

Decisions, decisions…

There were several motorsport events on this weekend but I made the decision to travel the 130 mile round trip to Mallory Park in Leicestershire to photograph the Vintage Sports-Car Clubs final circuit event of 2021. Mallory Park is my favourite circuit to photograph – not only does it have some great vantage points (some with a lake as a background) but it is easy enough to walk around (or drive if you’re lazy!). It was certainly the correct decision – a thoroughly enjoyable day and I even spent some time taking paddock shots, something I really must do more often. To cap it all I even had a quite large image of mine in the event programme, albeit with my name spelled incorrectly!

Just like buses

Yes, just like buses, you wait for a hill record to be beaten and it happens three times in as many minutes. The hill record at Shelsley Walsh has stood since 2008 when Martin Groves set a time of 22.58s. Yesterday, during the morning top 12 run-off Wallace Menzies broke it first with a run of 22.55s, then Sean Gould followed with an ever faster time of 22.37s. The final contender, Alex Summers, had all the pressure and although achieving a great time had to settle for second place with a run of 22.52s.

Not to be outdone, the ladies record was also broken. In the second and final run-off Nicola Menzies achieved a time of 24.70s taking the 24.73s record set by Sue Young in 2007.

This was a day that many hill climb enthusiasts will remember for some time.