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17/18 July 2021

Classic Nostalgia makes a welcome return to the Midland Automobile Club's Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb on the weekend of the 17-18 July 2021.


  • Spectacular motor racing at one of the oldest motorsport venues in the world

  • Thrilling demonstration runs throughout the weekend

  • General admission tickets include ‘Access all areas’ – Get close to the action, the cars, the drivers and rub shoulders with racing legends!

  • Main stage featuring non-stop entertainment, interviews and live bands

  • Pole position parking for all classic vehicles and visiting car clubs

  • Quality trade stands selling everything from clothing and accessories to motoring books, models, art, photography and memorabilia!

  • Vintage fashion competition for the best and most authentic vintage outfit

  • Children under 16 years old go free with an accompanying paying adult


Who doesn’t love a party? 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of Classic Nostalgia and 116 years of hill climbing history at Shelsley Walsh, staged continuously (wartime excepted) since 1905. Get your dancing shoes on for a right party in the Courtyard with non-stop music throughout the weekend celebrating music and dance from the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s to modern classics.

The ever-popular Jon Clare and the Fabulous Dough Boys who will be rockin’ the Courtyard along with Sam and the Sax.

11:30am & 12.30pm The Lady and the Sax

2.00pm & 3.15pm Jon Clare and the Fabulous Dough Boys                                            

6.00pm – 8.00pm Jon Clare Motown Session (Sat night only)


In between the live band sets, enjoy some top ‘classic nostalgia’ tunes courtesy of DJ’s Sarah Kelly from All About Swing and Rob McElvanney

TIMETABLE -  Saturday 17 July 2021

All times are approximate, and subject to change

09.00am – 10.45am  First runs

10.45am – 11.00am  Star car demo’s:   Ferrari, Cooper, Shadow, S76, Napier Railton

11.00am – 12.45pm Second Runs

12.45pm – 1.00pm  Star car demo’s: Ferrari, BRM, Hepworth, McLaren, Impreza, 6R4

1.00pm – 1.55pm  Hill Closed for lunch

1.30pm   Murray Walker plaque unveiling

1.55pm   Stirling Moss Ferrari 250GT opens hill

2.00pm – 3.00pm  Third Runs

3.00pm   Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – Hurricane Flypast

3.05pm – 3.45pm Third Runs Continued

3.45pm – 4.00pm  Star car demo’s: Ferrari, Cooper, Shadow, S76, Napier Railton,

BRM, Hepworth, McLaren, Impreza, 6R4

4.00pm – 5.45pm Fourth Runs

Please note: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight subject to weather

TIMETABLE -  Sunday 18 July 2021

All times are approximate, and subject to change

09.00am  First runs
10.45am – 11.00am Star car demo’s: Cooper, Shadow, S76, Napier Railton
11.00am – 12.45pm Second Runs
12.45pm – 1.00pm   Star car demo’s: BRM, Hepworth, McLaren, Impreza, 6R4
1.00pm – 1.55pm  Hill Closed for lunch
1.00pm  Classic & Sports Car Concours winners assemble for parade, gate B
1.10pm Classic & Sports Car Concours prize giving with Simon Taylor, Alastair Clements & John Mayhead at the startline
1.20pm  Classic & Sports Car Concours parade of class winner
Hagerty trophy presentation to best Car Club stand
1.55pm  Hill opens - Stirling Moss Ferrari 250GT
2.00pm – 3.45pm Third Runs
3.45pm – 4.00pm Star car demo’s: Ferrari, Cooper, Shadow, S76, Napier Railton,
BRM, Hepworth, McLaren, Impreza, 6R4
4.00pm  Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast – Dakota (subject to weather)
4.00pm  Winner of Stirling Moss Ferrari raffle and auction
4.05pm – 5.45pm Fourth Runs
4.30pm  Joy Rainey Trophy presentation

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Twenty years since Richard Burns dramatically won the World Rally Championship in a final-round showdown, the late Englishman will be honoured with a selection of his cars. The Subaru Impreza in which he won the 2000 Safari Rally will be driven by Prodrive stalwart Paul Howarth, who worked closely with Burns as well as the likes of Colin McRae, Tommi Mäkinen, Petter Solberg and Carlos Sainz. It will be the first time the car has run in public for 10 years. 

Ralli22 will also be returning to Shelsley Walsh. Always a crowd favourite, the 40-strong rally class features an awesome selection of Group A, Group B and WRC machinery. They will include a number of rarely seen cars, such as an ex-Tony Pond Metro 6R4, ex-Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC, ex-Stig Blomqvist Saab, and an ex-Sébastien Loeb Citroen C4 WRC.


The evocative Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will stage a flypast on both days of the Classic Nostalgia weekend. The Hawker Hurricane will be in the skies over the Teme Valley on Saturday, recalling its vital service during the summer of 1940. The revered single-seat fighter was designed by Sydney Camm, and is credited with destroying more enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain than all the other air and ground defences combined.

On Sunday, spectators will be able to see Dakota ZA947 over Shelsley Walsh. Nicknamed ‘Kwicherbichen’ by her crews, the Dakota was involved in para-dropping operations on the eve of D-Day and subsequently in re-supply and casualty evacuation missions. By the end of 1944, 1,092 stretcher cases and 467 sitting wounded had been evacuated to England by the 233 Squadron Dakotas.

Both flypasts are courtesy of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which has as its motto ‘Lest We Forget’. Its mission is not only to commemorate those who have fallen in service of their country, but also to inspire and educate future generations.


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Few motorsport series are as fondly remembered as Formula 5000, and historic racer Matthew Wurr will be demonstrating a thunderous McLaren M10B during the Classic Nostalgia weekend. Powered by a 5-litre Chevrolet V8 engine, this car was run by well-known entrant Sid Taylor in 1970 and carried Peter Gethin to the British F5000 Championship. It was then used in speed events throughout the 1970s, and twice won the British Sprint Championship.


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A 1979 Shadow DN9B that was raced by stylish Italian Elio de Angelis in his first season of Formula One will be taking to the hill.


1911 Fiat S76 Land Speed Record contender 'Beast of Turin'. The flame-spitting 28.5-litre Fiat achieved a one-way speed of 132mph in Belgium in 1913 and is an amazing feat of engineering.

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One of the most famous of all Ferraris - Chassis number 2735 GT is the 250 GT Short Wheelbase in which Sir Stirling Moss won the 1961 Tourist Trophy

Shelsley Walsh has a long history of talented female drivers, and there were none better than the late Joy Rainey. In 1986, Rainey set the Ladies’ Record at Shelsley with an impressive 28.32 seconds – a benchmark that remained untouched for 16 years. In total, she held the Ladies Record for 22 years. 

Rainey will be remembered at Classic Nostalgia via the presentation of a ‘Fastest Lady’ trophy, gifted to Shelsley Walsh from her personal collection, while her long-time friend and regular co-driver Mark Riley will demonstrate the Cooper Mk9 that was raced in the 1950s by her father, Murray. Her beloved 1904 single-cylinder Oldsmobile will also be displayed. 

Stephen Hepworth will take the wheel of the four-wheel-drive Hepworth FF, 50 years since his father David became the first driver to break the 30-second barrier at Shelsley Walsh, on his way to winning the 1971 British Hillclimb Championship. 


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Photo: Jeff Bloxham

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On Sunday, the popular Classic & Sports Car Concours d’Elegance will return to Classic Nostalgia. It is open to all cars built before 1985, and the judging will be headed up by motoring journalist and regular Shelsley Walsh competitor Simon Taylor. He will be joined by John Mayhead, classic car valuations expert from event partner Hagerty, plus Alastair Clements, editor of Classic & Sports Car magazine.

Entries are welcome from any concours-worthy car, with priority given to those with significant provenance and rarity. There will be four classes to be judged: Pre-World War 2, 1949-1959, 1960-1985 Saloons, and 1960-1985 Sports/GT, plus a Spirit of the Day award for an entry that may not be in top concours condition but outstanding in its own special way.



Pole position parking for all pre-1985 classic cars and motorbikes. Those arriving in a car or on a motorbike manufactured before 1985 can pre-book a place in the classic vehicle display area which is located right in the heart of the event.

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Classic Nostalgia is the perfect event at which to hold an annual car club gathering in the most picturesque setting. Car clubs are actively encouraged to take part in the flagship event. All registered car clubs can reserve their own designated club display area right in the heart of the event. An award will be given to the best presented club stand. 

TRADE STANDS (sold out)
In addition, there will be a fashion competition for the best and most authentic vintage outfit, and trade stands selling everything from clothing and accessories to motoring books, models, art, photography and memorabilia. Contemporary British artist Ian Cook of Pop Bang Colour will be painting live, too. Ian is renowned for creating artwork using radio-controlled cars, car tyres and toy car wheels.

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Book in Confidence - COVID-19 SECURE

The event organisers will have all necessary precautions in place to safeguard visitors and will fully comply with the UK Government and Public Health England guidelines at the time. The details of the measures will be communicated nearer to the event date. If the event has to be cancelled due to coronavirus, your tickets will automatically be valid for the following year, unless a refund is requested within 30 days of the event cancellation.


When is the event?

Classic Nostalgia runs from Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 July 2021

Where is it held?

The event takes place at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Worcestershire, WR6 6RP

What is the daily timing?

The gates open at 8.00am each day

Hill action 9.00am to 5.00pm each day

Can children attend?

Yes they can and under 16s go FREE

(no ticket required)

What's included?

Access to the paddock, hill and spectator enclosures

What to wear?

There is no dress code for the event but we encourage visitors to enter in to the spirit of the event by dressing in their best ‘vintage’ attire. There will be a prize awarded for the best dressed each day

Will food and drink be available to purchase?

There will be a number of food outlets and vendors catering to all our visitors. In addition the Shelsley Walsh courtyard restaurant will be open and the main bars

Can you buy tickets on the day?

Yes tickets will be available at the gate for £25.00 per person

(subject to Government guidelines at the time of the event)