Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia
Major anniversary celebrations confirmed
Spectacular motor racing at one of the oldest motorsport venues in the world
Full weekend of action and entertainment at Shelsley Walsh, both on and off the hill
NEW FOR 2023 – The Startline VIP Club
Classic & Sports Car Concours d’Elegance returns
Pole position parking for all classic vehicles and visiting car clubs
Great cars from across motorsport history will gather at Shelsley Walsh for the Classic Nostalgia meeting on 22-23 July 2023.
The event for predominantly pre-1971 cars will hark back to the glory days of motorsport. Known throughout the motoring world for its unique atmosphere, Shelsley Walsh allows enthusiasts to get close to the action as well as the cars and drivers.
This year marks the 12th anniversary of the annual flagship event, which features a spectacular blend of exciting action both on and off the hill, plus demonstration runs, the popular Classic & Sports Car Concours d’Elegance, quality trade stands and non-stop live entertainment. Previous years have included highlights such as Hans Stuck driving a pre-war Auto Union Grand Prix car up the hill, as well as Derek Bell being reunited with one of his Group C Porsches.
Celebrating 65 years of the British Touring Car Championship
One of the main themes that will be celebrated at this year’s Classic Nostalgia will be the 65th anniversary of the British Touring Car Championship. Established in 1958 as the British Saloon Car Championship, it is one of the most popular racing series in the world, and has featured countless great names who have had international success, from Jack Sears and Jim Clark all the way up to more recent stars such as Alain Menu and Jason Plato.
We are busy gathering an amazing collection of genuine ex-BSCC/BTCC cars from across the decades, including early models from Austin and Ford, through Lotus Cortinas and Triumph Dolomites to the revered Group A era of the Sierra Cosworth and Rover Vitesse, and on to the Super Touring cars of the 1990s and beyond. Do you own one and would like to take part? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with full details.
Other notable anniversaries that will be honoured at Classic Nostalgia include 90 years of ERA – the famous voiturette single-seaters that enjoyed so much success at Shelsley Walsh – plus 60 years of McLaren and 60 years of the giant-killing Mini Cooper S. It promises to be another unmissable celebration of motorsport history.
Shelsley Walsh to celebrate rally greats
Ralli22 will also be returning to Shelsley Walsh. Always a crowd favourite, the rally class will feature an awesome selection of 22 Group A, Group B and WRC machinery representing British-run, British-designed or British-built rally cars. The chance to see these immensely quick machines flat-out at close quarters is something not to be missed.
Hold a race licence and want to compete at Classic Nostalgia?
Entries will be selected from applications and invitations issued. Priority will be given to the anniversary themed classes. You are cordially invited to register your interest in taking part in this prestigious event by emailing Annie Goodyear, Competition Secretary: email@example.com
View provisional list of classes
Classic & Sports Car Concours d’Elegance
On Sunday, the popular Classic & Sports Car Concours d’Elegance will return to Classic Nostalgia. It is open to all cars built before 1985, and the judging will be led by motoring journalist and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor Simon Taylor. He will be joined by John Mayhead, classic car valuations expert from event partner Hagerty, plus Alastair Clements, editor of Classic & Sports Car magazine.
Entries are welcome from any concours-worthy car, with priority given to those with significant provenance and rarity. There will be four classes to be judged: Pre-World War 2; 1949-1959; 1960-1985 Saloons; and 1960-1985 Sports/GT – plus a Spirit of the Day award for an entry that may not be in top concours condition but is outstanding in its own special way.
There is no entry fee to participate, but a general entrance ticket is required unless you are an MAC member.
Visiting Car Clubs
Classic Nostalgia is the perfect event at which to hold an annual car club gathering in the most picturesque setting. Car clubs are actively encouraged to take part in the flagship event and are entitled to discounted admission tickets, plus their own reserved area for 10 cars or more when booked under the club’s name. To register your car club interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Early bird car club ticket: £15 per person when booked before 30 April 2023.
Own a pre-1985 classic car or motorcycle?
Preferential ‘pole position’ parking for pre-1985 vehicles – allowing owners to be located right at the heart of the event. Space allocated on a first-come first-served basis, and by advance ticket only.
NEW FOR 2023 – The Startline VIP Club
Make this action-packed weekend even more memorable with a VIP package at the Startline VIP Club. Whether you’re entertaining clients, gifting, celebrating an occasion or just want a truly special day out, our VIP hospitality package at Classic Nostalgia offers an exhilarating day of racing in fabulous surroundings.
Enjoy unrestricted access to the entire site and have exclusive access to the VIP-only enclosure, which occupies pole position overlooking the startline, paddock and commentary box with sensational views of the hillclimb course. Its elevated vantage point enables you to watch the action unfold.
The Startline VIP Club includes personality appearances, hospitality, access to the VIP enclosure, grandstand, paddock, hill, courtyard and spectator enclosures plus many other benefits. Click here for more details.
Trade stands are a key part of this very popular event, with stand space costing as little as £50. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
Date: 22-23 July 2023
Event address: Shelsley Walsh, Worcester, WR6 6RP
Ticket prices: Early bird admission ticket £20 (available until 30 April 2023)
Advanced ticket (beyond April) £25. On-the-gate price £30
Advance weekend ticket £40
Visiting car club entry £15, weekend £30
Times: 8am each day, until approx 5pm
Please note: general admission includes access to the hill, race paddock, car club displays and all entertainment. Children under 16 free (no ticket required and to be accompanied by a full paying adult). Entry to this event is included in MAC membership. No dogs are permitted.
The perfect venue
First used in 1905 and in continuous use ever since, Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motorsport venue in the world that still features its original course. Competitors will be following in the wheeltracks of motorsport greats such as Raymond Mays, Hans Stuck and the late Stirling Moss. As part of his long association with the venue, Moss was patron of the Shelsley Trust, which helped to secure the 99-year lease on the hillclimb during the mid-2000s.
Known throughout the motoring world for its unique atmosphere, Shelsley allows enthusiasts to get close to the action as well as the cars and drivers