Thursday, 26 July 2012

Shelsley Walsh



CHEVRON GT3 TO STAR AT SHELSLEY WALSH


If you’re visiting the Classic Nostalgia at Shelsley Walsh on Sunday 29 July, there is plenty of hillclimb competition to keep you entertained, although the highlight of the day will be the new Chevron GT3.

Making a special appearance at Shelsley Walsh for a series of demonstration runs, the Chevron GT3 will be piloted by successful young driver Jordan Witt who qualified for the top 20 ‘shoot-out’ at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed. Witt will be showcasing the prowess of the latest Chevron GT racer, letting the 3.5 litre V6 engine go all out at 420bhp.

Chevron Racing has developed the new Chevron GT3 – which will be on display all day on the Sunday – from the existing Chevron GR8, the main features being an upgraded gearbox and engine among many other updates.

Jordan Witt currently competes in the British GT and GT Cup Championships, and recently took pole and won all three races at the Brands Hatch GT Cup meeting (on 16 – 17 June). Partnering Witt in the British GT series is the well-known Anthony Reid, a 15-time British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) race winner, BTCC Masters and Independents Champion, and 24 Hours of Le Mans podium finisher.

Reid, in the Chevron GT3, was crowned ‘King of the Hill’ at this summer’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, after setting the fastest time up the hill on the last day. More than 45 cars were competing to make it into the top 20 ‘shoot-out’ finale, and a determined Reid unleashed the potential of his Chevron up the hillclimb course, finishing in a staggering 46.46 seconds on his final and winning run.

Be sure not to miss the Chevron GT3 this Sunday at Shelsley Walsh. For more information on the Chevron GT3, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.chevronracing.com" www.chevronracing.com .

To buy tickets or find further information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk" www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk

Pictured
The Chevron GT3 driven by Anthony Reid and Jordan Witt at Brands Hatch










W196 STREAMLINER RECREATION TO FEATURE AT SHELSEY WALSH THIS WEEKEND

This weekend, 28th and 29th July, Shelsley Walsh will celebrate a number of anniversaries as well as feature demonstration runs from not only the Chevron GT3 but also the Mercedes W196 Streamliner, which will be doing demonstration runs on both days.

The Streamliner is a recreation of the 1954 Mercedes-Benz grand prix car which used a special streamlined body in six races in 1954 and 1955. The project is the result of a long-time ambition of German-born UK-based art dealer Hermann Sommersell who turned the remains of a Mercedes 300 saloon into a stunning grand prix recreation.

The Streamliner made its competition debut at the 2012 Cholmondeley Pageant of Power where its good looks and impressive performance caught the imagination of the crowd and the other car owners and drivers. The engine is a six cylinder W124/R129 type producing 260 bhp. The tubular chassis is very similar to the original grand prix chassis and all the mechanical components are from Mercedes-Benz. The car has now spent many months on exhibit at the Mercedes-Benz World Museum at Brooklands. It will be competing at Shelsley Walsh and the Pentillie Hillclimbs before its return to Cholmondeley in September.

The Streamliner is driven by UK-Based American motoring journalist Ed McDonough, who has been involved in promoting the project as well as carrying out testing and development. He has a long motor racing history, including the World Sports Car Championship in the 1970s, and is the author of 14 motorsport books, as well as being the European Editor of Vintage Racecar magazine.

To buy tickets or find further information, visit www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk

Pictured
1954 W196 Streamliner Recreation 001 at Cholmondeley earlier this year.