Aston Martin Centenary Celebrations At Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

By Elliot | 14th August 2013 | Category: History | Leave a comment

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One Hundred Years of Magnitude

With 2013 marking 100 years of Aston Martin, all manner of celebrations are taking place throughout the year. The latest is scheduled for this weekend, when a spectacular line-up of iconic Aston Martin cars will tackle the famous Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.

On 17th and 18th August, Aston Martin cars from the illustrious world of Le Mans and beyond – from the earliest to the latest – will be on display and demonstrating their enduring prowess as they tackle the challenging Midlands course.

The Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb is the oldest motor sport venue in the world that's still in continuous use. First used in 1905 and retaining its original layout, the site has seen no small amount of legendary action over the years. The course is more than worthy to play host to Aston Martin centenary celebrations.

What To Expect When You're Spectating

Amongst the cars carrying out demonstration runs on the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb will be the Aston Martin Rapide S. Adapted for racing in the gruelling Nurburgring 24 Hour race, it features a bi-fuel Hydrogen/petrol twin turbo 6.0 litre V12, making it the first ever race car to be approved by FIA to run on hydorgen.

Also taking part will be the very Aston Martin LM10 that competed at the same site and in the Le Mans 24 Hour race in the 1930s. Sticking to the Le Mans theme, also expect to see the Aston martin DB2 VMF65. To cap it all off will be the current British GT racing Aston Martin V8 Vantage and a Generation AMR Aston Martin AMR.

But beyond the track will be host of fabulous cars on static display. The line-up is set to include the Nimrod Aston Martin, AMR1, the DBR9 GT1 (pictured) and the current GTE World Endurance racer.

Special mention must also be made of the 1951 Aston Martin DB2 set to feature in the paddock as part of a historic competition class. This is the very car that was driven by George Abecassis at Shelsley in the wake of the 1951 Le Mans. The opportunity to see the car take to the Shelsley hill for the first time in 51 years is not to be taken likely.

The Grand Parade of Lively Livery

Each day of the event will see a 30 car timeline parade take place. The procession is set to include the famous Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato “1 VEV”, LM10 and all manner of models from throughout the years, showcasing the past, present and future of Aston Martin excellence.

Indeed, the event will be so jam packed with Aston Martin celebrations that things will even spill out into the car park. Subject to space, anyone arriving in an Aston Martin car is to be directed to the forward area of the car park. They too can join in!

It's finally worth mentioning that the event will also form a round of the MSA British Hill Climb and Hill Climb Leaders Championship. With only two points separating the top two drivers in the country (Trevor Willis and Scott Moran), expect a palpable air of tense excitement to rub shoulders with the nostalgia and the glory.

The Aston Martin Centenary celebrations will take place at the Shelsley Walsh course on the 17th and 18th of August, with the action kicking off at 9am on both days. For more information, check their website

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