The sun shone again over the Chateau for two days of fun filled action both on and off the track. A huge array of cars hit the 1,000 yard climb that makes its way through the grounds and past the Chateau itself. Would anyone beat the course record of 38.86 seconds was set by Malcolm Thorne in a Lotus 35 F2?
As with all hill climb events there was a huge range of cars from the 1903 Mercedes 60 hp right up to 1968 Cox GTM. It was all split into 18 different classes with practice on the Saturday and then the timed runs on Sunday where everyone gets two runs. There was a class winner for each of the 18 classes and then an overall winner who took the Ken Wharton Trophy for the fastest time of the day.
This year saw a first when Sarah Thorne was the first lady to win a class at the Chateau when she took the class win in her Lotus 15 Buick but the overall win went to Tom Walker in the Lola T160, who completed the course in just 39.14 seconds so not quite quick enough to take the course record but still a very impressive run.
Words & Photo’s By Stuart Santos-Wing
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