The Prescott Speed Hill Climb 2011 was held 6-7 August at the Prescott hill climb in Gloucestershire, England.
The annual Prescott Speed Hill Climb is the headline event on the Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC) calendar, as it features more than 250 pre-war sports and racing cars in action at the historic event. The club calls it the “ultimate VSCC weekend” because the event’s relaxed atmosphere, superb cars, hard competition, great company and excellent location properly sums up the character of VSCC.
The Prescott Hill Climb, based just outside of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, rises over 200 feet via short straights, fast and slow corners and a breathtaking hairpin, with the fastest modern racing cars taking only 36 seconds to complete the course. Since the late 1940s pre-war cars have contested the legendary hill in the quest to be the fastest over the 1127 yard course.
The Prescott Hill Climb 2011 field of more than 250 cars was split into 16 classes, with a wide range of entrants from amenable Austin Sevens to fierce single-seater Alfa Romeos, ERAs and Vintage Specials. In all, there were over 50 pre-war marques entered for the competition. The event format is easy to understand: Saturday 6 August was practice day; each car was given two runs up the hill, one in the morning, the second in the afternoon. On Sunday 7 August competitors made their official timed runs that counted towards overall placings. Again, the first is in the morning, the second is in the afternoon.
Similar to 2010, James Baxter took home the Mays Berthon Trophy for Fastest Time of the Day with a run of 40.96 seconds in his 1934 Frazer Nash Single Seater. Robin Tuluie’s time of 43.20 seconds won Fastest Vintage Car in the 1929 Riley Menasco Pirate, the Bugatti Type 35B of Chris Hudson (45.75) took the Peter Hampton Tankard for the fastest Bugatti, while the Sam Clutton Memorial Trophy went to James Collins in the 1917 Hudson Super Six (51.72).
Tim Scott of Fluid Images presents the following 165 images from VSCC Prescott Speed Hill Climb 2011 that properly capture the unique, intimate and relaxed atmosphere of the historic meeting. To see more from Tim, visit fluidimages.co.uk.
VSCC Prescott Speed Hill Climb 2011 – Photo Gallery (click image for larer picture)
[Source: VSCC; photo credit: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]