Midland Automobile Club

Reg Phillips Trophy meeting and Vintage Meeting

Two one-day meetings took place at Shelsley Walsh on the weekend of 5th and 6th July with the Reg Phillips Trophy on Saturday and the Vintage meeting in association with the Vintage Sports Car Club on Sunday.

The Saturday event just avoided any effects of the forecast wet weather but Sunday started with torrential rain clearing by mid-morning and sunshine with occasional showers for the rest of the day.

The Reg Phillips Trophy and Best Time of the Day (BTD) went to Nic Mann in the unique self built Mannic and he also lowered his own Shelsley Specials Supercharged outright hill record to 26.34 seconds. Second BTD (and best MAC Members Time of the Day) went to Simon Marsh in 27.82 seconds driving his fathers Gould GR55. Third BTD went to Kington farmer John Jones with a 27.92 run in the ex-Willem Toet twin turbocharged Pilbeam MP88.

The motorcycle outright hill record fell to Paul Jefferey in 31.36 seconds riding his 508cc Honda.

Local man Paul 'Dad' Danby from nearby Stockton on Teme who is also the Parish Lengthsman for Lindridge safely completed and fully enjoyed his first ever day of motorsport competition driving the Jamun Formula Ford car belonging to Abberley resident Peter Cox.

The Sunday Vintage meeting survived the variable rainy conditions and there was an exciting conclusion as Rob Cobden in his supercharged Riley special set a challenge for the pre-war runners with a 37.85 second run which was bettered by only Mac Hulbert driving the immortal ERA R4D with 36.46 seconds and finally by James Baxter in his Frazer Nash-Alvis with a 35.44 for pre-war BTD with BBC F1 correspondent and motoring journalist Simon Taylor taking post-war BTD in the HWM-Chevrolet Stovebolt Special driven by Striling Moss in the early 1950's.