School’s out for speed enthusiasts

Twenty people went back to school last week, but the lessons were of a rather high octane nature as the venue was Shropshire’s premier motor sport venue, Loton Park Speed Hill Climb, near Shrewsbury.

Hagley Car Club which organises events at Loton Park held a ‘driver’s school’ for members of the public to sample the tight and twisting course in their own road cars, either received as a special gift or to see whether they fancy the opportunity to join the fast growing band of competitors in speed hill climbing.

Under instruction from experienced regular competitors and club members, the pupils were assessed over several runs up the narrow tarmac track which runs through the deer park of Sir Michael Leighton’s stately home at Alberbury, with a full video record of their exploits being shown in light-hearted fashion at the de-briefing and awards session.

Student driver Louise Robbins, from Worthen, brought along her partner’s Caterham 7 sports car and said: “This is just our little toy so we thought we would see what it could really do, and it has been very exciting and absolutely brilliant.

“The instruction is positive yet friendly, the lunch was excellent and I am getting quicker on each run so I will definitely be getting a competition licence and having a go in the future, although I am dreading the video show as I managed to spin the car on my very first run!”

Club secretary Martyn Silcox added: “Even though people are ‘having a go’ the emphasis has to be on safety and we have many volunteer marshals on duty, but it is delightful to see people enjoying themselves with their everyday cars in a challenging location that they wouldn’t normally get to drive.”

The next Driver’s School takes place at Loton Park on Wednesday 10th July and further details can be found on the club’s website at or from Martyn Silcox on 01384 877502.

PICTURED: Simply having fun, speed driving school pupil Louise Robbins of Worthen, near Shrewsbury, with her Caterham 7.


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