THE fifth edition of the Chateau Impney Hill Climb is set to feature £500 million worth of classic cars, supercars and hypercars.
Taking place on Saturday and Sunday July 13-14, the popular event provides entertainment for up to 20,000 motorsport fanatics across the weekend.
There will be a full programme of classic car racing, rallies, exhibitions, world record attempts and activities around the 885m perimeter of the Louis XIII-style Grade II listed venue.
More than 200 pre-1967 cars are expected to compete in the various races and classes, joining 1960s Formula 1 motors, and World Rally Championship models among some of the rarest cars in the world.
Also set to hit the track are a Lotus 19, Bugatti Type 35, Leyland-Thomas No.1, and a Lola T70 MkII, alongside a large number of historic Bentleys and Minis which are marking the motor brands’ centenary and 60th anniversary celebrations, respectively.
Off the track, the hill climb will welcome back the Michelin Supercar Expo’s Ferrari, Aston Martin, Bugatti and McLaren static exhibitions, Q&A sessions and ‘In Conversations With’ sessions, with special guests to be announced.
Rod Spollen, managing director of Greyfort Group, which owns and operates the event, believes it is set to be the best hill climb yet.
“Chateau Impney Hill Climb is set up to realise the childhood dreams of three generations of motoring enthusiasts – priding itself on being the Midlands’ most stylish and relaxed summer garden party, and this year will be no exception,” he said.
“We’re absolutely delighted to be announcing details of our programme for 2019, including the 100th anniversary of Bentley Motors and the 60th anniversary of the iconic Mini amongst a whole raft of on and off-track events, activities and experiences.
“We look forward to welcoming friends old and new to this event, which promises to be one of the most memorable yet, raising valuable funds for our chosen charity Cauldwell Children at the same time.”
The event offers plenty for families, with RAF flyovers and remote-control boat racing on the River Salwarpe being a staple of the events from previous years.
A unique opportunity to go off-road inside a tank on a custom-built track will be on offer, alongside Land Rover driving experiences.
The free Vintage Fun Fair always proves a popular attraction for visitors, as does the British Army military grade climbing wall, whilst a world record at drifting into a parallel parking space is set to be attempted.
The Chateau is no stranger to motor racing, having played host to a series of speed trials between 1957 and 1967 when it attracted some of the best-known hill-climb competitors and thousands of thrill-seeking spectators in the process.
Recognised as the Midland’s most stylish summer party, exceptional dining, shopping, hospitality, VIP experiences and a host of independent food offerings and brands are all to be enjoyed at the Chateau Impney weekend.
Highlights of year’s event was broadcast on Channel 4 to an estimated audience of 170,000 during an hour-long special exploring the offerings at the event.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.chateauimpneyhillclimb.com/buy-tickets/