Jaguar E Type at the UK's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
A Jaguar E Type V12 at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb
16th April, 2011
Jaguar’s E Type continues to celebrate its 50th
anniversary with an event scheduled at the UK's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb.
Jaguar will also be celebrating the 60th anniversary of the C Type winning at Le Mans.
“This is the world’s most beautiful car” said Enzo Ferrari boss of the famous Italian car
company. Which Ferrari model was he talking about? None of them. He was admiring the E Type Jaguar,
which was launched 50 years ago.
A fabulous collection of Jaguars, not only E Types but all their road and racing models, right up to
the present day, and in fact into the future, will feature at the unique Shelsley Walsh hill climb on
4th-5th June 2011.
Shelsley Walsh nestles in the Teme valley in Worcestershire and speed hill climbing has taken place
there since 1905. It is English countryside at its most beautiful and a surprising place to see racing
cars at flat out speeds.
Jaguar Heritage are expected to bring six of the most iconic cars from their museum, including C and
D Types which won the famous Le Mans 24 hour race no less than five times for Jaguar. There will be a
competition class for Jaguars as well as demonstrations of their most significant cars up the hill.
In addition to the Jaguar celebration, the weekend also sees a round of the British Hill Climb
Championship, with cars that accelerate faster than F1 machines hitting speeds of over 140 mph.
In the car park, Jaguar and E Type clubs will have their cars on display, and leading Jaguar
distributor Stratstone will be bringing the complete current Jaguar range, plus possibly some future
Unlike most racing circuits, Shelsley allows you to get close to the cars and drivers in a friendly
and informal atmosphere.
About Shelsley Walsh - The oldest venue
Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motor sport venue in continuous use in the world. First used in 1905,
it is older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza. Brooklands has been and gone, but Shelsley Walsh is
still there, as old as the sport but as modern as today.
Shelsley Walsh - Heart of Innovation
The venue was the first purpose built motor sport venue in history and has continued to be at the
'heart' of motor sport and sporting innovation. It featured the first electrical motor sport timekeeping
and the first motor sport outside broadcast with the innovations continuing through more than 100 years
of continuous improvement. Raymond Mays perfected his ERA racing cars at Shelsley in the 1930's and his
later BRM's featured at Shelsley.
About the Midland Automobile Club (MAC)
Shelsley Walsh was founded by and has always been run by the MAC. The Midland Automobile Club is
arguably the oldest motor club in the world, certainly the oldest still using its original name although
there are a few close rivals. The club was founded by a number of prominent members of the early motor
industry whilst Queen Victoria was still on the throne. The MAC is Shelsley Walsh but it is not all they
do. In addition to Shelsley Walsh speed hill climbs, the MAC organises sprints, sporting trials, classic
car events and social events. They feature something for every motor sport and motoring enthusiast. They
are the heart of Motor Sport in the Midlands.
A Secure Future
The future of Shelsley Walsh was secured with a new 99 year lease in 2005. Work is underway renovating
buildings at the base of the hill to provide improved facilities for the use of competitors, spectators
and visitors alike. The first phase of the redevelopment, the Stratstone Restaurant, was opened at the
start of the 2010 season.