As part of Classic Nostalgia’s celebrations over the weekend, the World Rally Car was suitably recognised as Kristian Sohlberg took best time of day in class in the Lancer WRC04 at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.
The former works Mitsubishi driver flew over from Finland for the Saturday activities and very soon got to grips with the famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb posting what would have been fastest time of the day overall in the Mitsubishi Lancer but was pipped in the dying moments of the day by 0.10 seconds.
Other cars in action were the Ford Focus with David Wright who really attacked the hill in tremendous style, often having the spectators on the edges of their seats as he threw it into Bottom Ess and Top Ess, both ninety degree bends and often on three wheels.
He was not the only one giving it a go in the WRC class, Niall Moroney flew up the hill in the ex Colin McRae Subaru, with Graham Butler in the ex Carlos Sainz Ford Escort Cosworth and Gordon Winning in another Escort Cosworth chasing hard.
All the drivers had a great time and commented on what a superb event Classic Nostalgia was and how much they enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.
The crowds certainly enjoyed the show and the Marshals were kept busy sweeping the track!
The club was established at The Grand Hotel in Birmingham on the 11th January 1901 by a number of prominent members of the early motor industry whilst Queen Victoria was on the throne and as such is arguably the oldest motor sport club in the world.
Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb is the oldest motor sport venue in the world still in continuous use. It was first used in 1905 and still uses its original layout, although there are a few close rivals.
Our first speed event was held in 1901 on the edge of the rolling hills of the Cotswolds at Sun Rising Hill.
The club has always been innovative. In 1932, the BBC chose Shelsley Walsh for its first ever outside broadcast. Electronic timing was first introduced at Shelsley and in 1998 the club organised the first ever classic trial on the Isle of Man
The MAC hosts rounds of the British Hill Climb Championship, The Midland Championship and The Leaders Championship, with classes for a variety of cars from road going to full on specialist hill climb cars. The MAC also organises, sprints, sporting trials, classic car, and social events. The Midland Automobile Club features something for every motor sport and motoring enthusiast.