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.