Iain Muir - Aston Martin DB2/4

Loton Park Speed Hill Climb 2017

Last weekend I ventured down the road from Cheshire to Shrewsbury to visit Loton Park Hill Climb. I have to admit that I wasn’t even aware of Loton Park as a venue until I started looking for events in the area to coincide with a planned camping trip. In the end the camping trip got cancelled due to the campsite being a mud bath, but that wasn’t going to stop us attending the event (I took my son with me for this one).

Loton Park Hill Climb, is, as you’d expect, on a hillside just a few miles from Shrewsbury, in Shropshire. The track sits within the Loton Park deer park, and was built in the mid 1950s by members of the Severn Valley Motor Club. Events at the track are now organised by the Hagley & District Light Car Club, who obtained the lease from owner Sir Michael Leighton.

The event itself was enjoyable and very much had a local car club vibe to it. The small car parks are turned into temporary paddock with cars being worked on wherever they could find space, meaning spectators are left to park up one of the gravel side roads leading up to the deer park. The event was well organised, the commentators were well briefed, and the marshals worked tirelessly to keep the event running on time even with a number of stoppages due to some over-exuberant driving at times. It was great to have this level of professionalism whilst retaining a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Simon Braithwaite - Ford Escort RS1600

Simon Braithwaite – Ford Escort RS1600

Reg Barker - Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Reg Barker – Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Andy McBeath - OMS25

Andy McBeath – OMS25

Brian Ashley - Lotus Cortina Mk1

Brian Ashley – Lotus Cortina Mk1

Reg Barker - Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Reg Barker – Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Derek Job - Austin Healey 100/6

Derek Job – Austin Healey 100/6

John Richards - Austin Healey 3000

John Richards – Austin Healey 3000

Iain Muir - Aston Martin DB2/4

Iain Muir – Aston Martin DB2/4

Simon Cox - Austin Mini

Simon Cox – Austin Mini

Mike Gallery - Morris Cooper S

Mike Gallery – Morris Cooper S

Howard Harman - MG TC

Howard Harman – MG TC

Richard Mason - Austin Healey 3000 Mk2

Richard Mason – Austin Healey 3000 Mk2

Lee Kessell - Austin Mini

Lee Kessell – Austin Mini

Graham Jones - Jaguar C-Type Replica

Graham Jones – Jaguar C-Type Replica

Iain Muir - Aston Martin DB2/4

Iain Muir – Aston Martin DB2/4

Gareth Shipley - Lancia Delta Integrale

Gareth Shipley – Lancia Delta Integrale

Reg Barker - Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Reg Barker – Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Stuart Stelling - Ford Escort RS2000

Stuart Stelling – Ford Escort RS2000

Reg Barker - Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Reg Barker – Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Mike Gallery - Morris Cooper S

Mike Gallery – Morris Cooper S

Reg Barker - Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Reg Barker – Alfa Romeo Sprint GT

Howard Harman - MG TC

Howard Harman – MG TC

John Ducker - Austin Healey 100

John Ducker – Austin Healey 100

Charles Goddard - MG PA

Charles Goddard – MG PA

Simon Braithwaite - Ford Escort RS1600

Simon Braithwaite – Ford Escort RS1600