Mansell’s star Williams FW14B leads Shelsley Walsh attractions

Nigel Mansell’s 1992 title-winning Williams and last year’s FW40 lead a variety of cars and bikes on display at the latest Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb

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Nigel Mansell’s world championship-winning FW14B leads the attractions at this weekend’s Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb, as part of the event’s F1 Through The Ages theme.

Mansell’s machine will be on display throughout the Worcestershire event, in a dedicated Formula 1 paddock area at the base of the hill. It will be joined by last year’s Williams F1 car, the FW40, which was driven by Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll.

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F1 cars from various eras will join them, including a 1989 Camel Lotus 101 and a 1991 Judd V10-powered Dallara. Pre-war grand prix racing is represented by two Bugattis – a Type 35 and a Type 37. Both cars also have Shelsley Walsh pedigree, as they competed at the hill back in the 1930s. A Lotus BRM and Cooper Climax from the 1.5-litre era of the early 1960s will also be present.

There also will be a selection of some of the best World Rally Championship, Group A and Group B rally cars, both on display in their own paddock and running up the hill. These include a Metro 6R4, an ex-works Subaru Impreza from 1996, a rare Mercedes-Benz 190E and one of only a handful of Ferrari 308 GTBs ever made. The late 1980s era of Toyota vs Ford vs BMW will also be rekindled in the hill climb competition.

Two wheels will be represented, too, with Jenny Tinmouth – the current female Isle of Man TT lap-record holder and the only female to compete in the British Superbike Championship – competing on the hill with her 1000cc Honda Fireblade. There will also be a Saturday-lunchtime demonstration of bikes from 1929, including the legendary BSA Gold Star. A 1981 Suzuki RG500 and Yamaha TZ500 will be on display, as well.

The exhibition extends to the car park, where there will be an array of cars from MAC members and friends, as well as a first-time example of retro Motorcycle Enduro.

Trade stands, live music and two magicians will all be at a Celebrity Social Evening on Saturday in the Courtyard area of the hill, and the Royal Air Force C-47 Dakota will fly down the valley at 4pm on Saturday to mark this year’s 100th anniversary of the RAF.

Tickets will be on the gate starting at £25, while under-16s go free.

For more information, please go to the Shelsley Walsh website.

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