Expect the Unexpected at 2018 Chateau Impney Hill Climb
Chateau Impney Hill Climb will return on Saturday and Sunday July 7-8, and at the recent Press Day launch of this year’s event we were told to “expect the unexpected.” The fourth edition of the revived event will again be offering the thrill of motorsport combined with the pleasure of a summer garden party — a hillclimb version of the Goodwood Revival you may say.
The V16 BRM from the National Motor Museum will grace the event. It is the car has been driven by some of the greats, including Juan Manuel Fangio and Sir Stirling Moss. The car supposedly can achieve 600 bhp at 12,000 rpm, and will be on display for all spectators throughout the weekend, as well as performing a lunchtime demonstration run each day, giving the driver the chance to step into the shoes of some of the best drivers in history.
Other highlights for the 2018 event will include;
The Hill Climb will be hosting the second round of Ralli 22, a selection of Group A, Group B and WRC cars competing against the clock.
The Michelin Supercar Expo will wow the crowds in conjunction with the Supercar Driver Club, with 100 supercars on display within the grounds.
There will be more than 200 invited pre-1967 cars tackling the challenging 885-meter course, along with exotic cars and bikes from every era performing demonstration runs.
Once again, the Chateau Impney Hill Climb and the Bugatti Owners Club will be jointly awarding The ERA Challenge Trophy to the best performance by an ERA or ERA-engined carat both La Vie en Bleu, held at Prescott Hill Climb and the Chateau Impney Hill Climb.
The Impney Party, the black-tie Saturday night gala dinner for competitors and invited guests, will be another spectacular evening, surpassing previous years. Some 800 guests will be dining in the expansive Broadway Suite, surrounded by exciting onstage entertainment and live music.
The event will offer, complimentary to all event ticket holders, a wide variety of family-friendly entertainment including a Vintage Funfair, face painting, live music, RAF flypasts and many new additions for 2018.
From 1957 to 1967, Chateau Impney hosted a series of speed trials, attracting some of the best-known hill climb competitors and thousands of thrill-seeking spectators. The Chateau Impney Hill Climb has brought motorsport back to Droitwich as an annual event, celebrating the Chateau’s unique and exciting motoring heritage.
Once again, this summer’s Hill Climb will welcome in excess of 18,000 visitors and VIP guests to the grounds, which will be transformed from a country estate into one of the most picturesque motorsport venues in the country. The course is 885 meters long, and has been described as one of the more technically challenging hill-climb courses.
The track begins at the Church Farm Brewery Start Line, immediately crossing the River Salwarpe along the start straight before a tight lefthander at Bridge corner. Proceeding toward the Chateau, the course snakes under the new First Point footbridge and through the challenging Bidfood Ravenscrest corner, before racing in front of the Chateau Impney and Ornamental Gardens. After navigating Chateau Pass corner, which is the fastest section of the course, drivers must negotiate the notorious Roundabout, before streaking up the top section of the hill through the Corbett Chicane, under the Nicol & Co. footbridge and through the Paddock Esses before reaching the Hardy’s Signs Finish Line.