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Chateau Impney Hill Climb: a legend returns

The Chateau Impney Hill Climb is set to impress this year, with a weekend brimming with historic excitement

Although the Chateau Impney Hill Climb hasn’t run for more than 50 years, excitement surrounding the event’s return on 11-12 July is gathering pace quickly.

The spotlight first returned to the interesting location in 2013, when a commemorative event held in the grounds of Chateau Impney attracted thousands of enthusiasts. This eventually led to the re-introduction of the hill climb this year, with an all-new course.

Built in the 19th century by the industrialist John Corbett, the luxurious Impney house was designed in the style of an extravagant French Chateau. The first hill climb event took at the picturesque location 1957 growing in popularity until the last event took place ten years later in 1967.

What’s going on this year?

Aiming to recapture some of the original event’s spirit, around 200 competitors will take to the hill over the weekend in pre-1967 machinery. The new MSA-approved course is actually twice the length of the original, and much more challenging, which should make for a great spectacle.

A range of interesting and significant cars, as well as drivers, have been selected by organisers for the inaugural event. A good selection of the cars actually competed at Chateau Impney in period, and will make a welcomed return. Not just this, but there is also a high-profile classic car auction, being hosted by H&H on 11 July, while a Concours d’Elegance for powerful and exciting cars will provide some slightly slower-paced entertainment.

Standout cars attending this year’s event?

One impressive entry is the record-breaking Fiat S76, also known as ‘The Beast of Turin’, which will be thundering its way through the course.

Thanks to the support of the ERA club, which holds many of its event in the grounds of the Chateau, a selection of nine ERAs will also be present at the hill climb. Eight of them will actually competing, battling to take the quickest time of the day.

If you’re a fan of historic F1 cars, then news that a Maserati 250F will be tackling the course should make you very happy. This particular car was recently rebuilt by DK Engineering, and will compete in the Pre-1961 Racing Cars over 1500cc class fresh from its recent outing at the Goodwood Member’s meeting.

Find out more about the fantastic selection of cars, attractions and people at this year’s Chateau Impney hill climb on the official blog: www.chateauimpneyhillclimb.com

Tickets for the event are on sale now. Saturday access is £20, Sunday £25 and it’s £40 for the full weekend pass. Book your ticket for the event here.

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