Richard misses out on first place

Riichard Bourne
Riichard Bourne

CHARWELTON’S Richard Bourne recently competed in the BOC Speed Hillclimbing Championship at the famous Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb, the oldest motor racing venue in Britain.

The 3.66m track rises 100m. over its 914m. length.

Richard was driving his immaculate 45-years-old 1000cc Sunbeam Stiletto, in the classic saloon and sports car class.

Cars in this series run on handicap so a variety of classics from Minis to Porsches can complete on a ‘level playing field’.

At Shelsley he managed a super run of 42.57 seconds, being 1.27 secs below handicap, which put him in second place.

Richard was just pipped for first place by his friend Andrew Clarke in a 1970 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV.

The venue has a restored water driven flour mill that is open on race days. There is spectator seating up the hill.