The Midland Automobile Club (MAC) founded and has always operated Shelsley Walsh. The MAC 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. The MAC feature something for every motor sport and motoring enthusiast. They are the heart of Motor Sport in the Midlands.
The future of Shelsley Walsh was secured with a new 99 year lease in 2005. A program of works to renovate the old buildings at the base of the hill to provide improved facilities for the use of competitors, spectators and visitors alike continues as and when funds are available.
On Sunday we went to a MAC event at Shelsley Walsh, a Vintage & Classic car event which began with a run around the countryside and ended back at Shelsley for a non competitive hill climb and a chance for visitors to look around the varied collection of cars from all ages. The location is superb, set in some of Worcestershire's finest countryside and the facilities are first class with a very nice cafe serving food all day.
We had a smashing day there photographing many of the cars and exploring the venue. Our personal favourite car was one of the newest ones on show - a Morgan plus 4 Supersports, which I have looked at here. I make no secret of the fact that I am a Morgan groupie, I like the direction that Charles Morgan is steering the company in and I think the addition of the young designer Matt Humphries was a masterstroke. Matt is Head of Design for Morgan and is rapidly becoming one of the most respected automotive design engineers in the industry. His innovative ideas have created a wonderful mix of the best of the old and the best of the new in the recent Morgan cars. This juxtaposition has massively widened the appeal of the cars to a much wider age range than perhaps was previously the case. Many companies have to "engineer" a pedigree, or a history or a unique style but Morgan don't. Their's is there for all to see, genuine and stretching back donkey's years. They revel in it and rightly so but at the same time they are not stuck in nostalgia, the cars are classic in appearance but are evolving all the time and mixing some of the most modern and innovative production techniques with traditional techniques which go back as far as the factory has existed. Anyway I digress, all I wanted to comment on was that this limited edition of just 60 models are all blessed with a set of stop watch timers attached to a metal plate sitting to the front of the gearstick! Wonderful! Morgan we love you!
The Morgan though was just one of many cars to drool over and there were lots of classic Porsches, a lovely Aston Martin DB4, an E-Type Jaguar and a few lovely old MGs to name but a few. The MAC seemed a very friendly, easy going club and we will have a good look at it with a view to joining as they have a lot of events that look fun. Click on either of the photographs to see a slideshow of pictures from the day!
Categories: Car Events 2012