Shelsley Walsh’s Classic Nostalgia weekend was a roaring success. There was an incredible display of vintage cars, including a Rolls Royce Phantom 2 and a Napier Bluebird replica.
Stratstone was delighted to be part of the weekend and invited Club members to watch the competition from the grandstand, with the best view of the starting line. Members also enjoyed a hot breakfast, unlimited tea and coffee, alongside other drinks, a BBQ lunch and afternoon tea.
Inside the enclosure, Stratstone displayed the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type no. 15, one of only six in the world, as well as a Ford Popular Saloon, Porsche 924, Ferrari F40 and Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 AWD RB5.
Many visitors dressed in 40s and 50s attire and enjoyed music and dancing in the Courtyard, which added to the feeling of nostalgia.
Classic Nostalgia was celebrating the Campbell family this year, and beside the dance floor was a wooden barn where old books, pictures and models from the Campbell family were displayed.
Donald Campbell was a British speed record breaker who set both world and land records. Donald was associated some incredible cars, including a Jaguar XK150, Rolls Royce Phantom 2, Porsche 356, Ford V8 Woody, Aston Martin Le Mans, an E-Type and a Napier Bluebird, which were all part of a parade up the hill twice over the weekend. On both Saturday and Sunday, members of the Campbell family, Don and Gina, took to the stage to chat about their memories of racing and Donald’s achievements. They also mentioned how impressed they were with the event, it was Gina’s first time at Shelsley Walsh and she was surprised to learn that many people knew more about her family than her!
On track, the huge crowds were loving the incredible display of 20 Group-A Rally cars, including a Lancia Delta Integrale and several stunning Mitsubishis. Drivers’ skills were at an incredible high standards and crowds were delighted that almost all competitors had a go into Bottom Ess, a very tight corner on the hillclimb.
A very special moment was seen by all when two Group A and a WRC Subaru Impreza were lined up before taking on the hill and commentators explained the story of their history. When the event came to an end, crowds had nothing but great things to say about Classic Nostalgia. The sun shone, everyone was in high spirits and the races were brilliant.
Stratstone looks forward to being a part of the event next year. Make sure not to miss out on Stratstone at Shelsley Walsh's Championship Challenge in early August.