rolls back the years
The second annual ‘motoring’ Revival was held on the old Hockley Valley Hill Climb course on Thursday Fourth of July. This re-enactment celebrates the hill climb races that were held there in the years 1953-1962.
The welcome is friendly, the scene is set, and as the classic cars climb the hill the years roll away. This is closest to travelling back in time that you can get, right down to the spectators lining the course.
First to arrive are Sean and Carol Burgess with their blue 1968 Rambler American, the prototype car from the Shell 4000 Rally and a veteran of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb in Kelowna, B.C.
They are followed by Al and Marlies Sands from Tottenham, in 1954 Allard J2X and 1955 Morgan respectively, both cars having competed at Hockley in period, the Morgan with Al at the wheel. Also in the convoy are Malcolm and Brenda Taylor from Palgrave with their 1960 Triumph TR3A.
Dorien Berteletti shows with a 1955 Triumph TR3 in primer, the car currently under restoration. In the first of many M.G.s are Lino Baggio in the cream 1958 MGA and John Burgess in the desirable green 1959 MGA Twin-Cam. Fred Brailey joins the throng with memories of competing at Hockley with brother Don driving a Morris Minor in the early fifties.
Soon David Holmes is here with the ex-Tommy Hoan 1949 M.G. TC, another car with Hockley heritage. Then Ralph and Kimberly Evans present their neat green 1967 Triumph GT6. Scott Richards and Ken Mason arrive in the burgundy 1951 M.G. TD. Brian Hingston follows with his green 1948 M.G. TC, and a mission to research old Allard race cars.
Ken Stall makes a grand entrance in his blue 1966 A.C. Shelby Cobra 427 SC replica. Malcolm Stanton is back with his green 1948 M.G. TC, as are Don and Trudy Bauman in the blue 1954 M.G. TF. Ron and Hilda Pincoe are aboard a white 1976 Triumph TR6. Rod Perry and daughter Emily are in the green 1969 Austin Healey Sprite Mk II. Dave Farmer is piloting his green 1959 Morgan Plus Four.
Mark and Leah Hill have blown a gasket on their mini so the blue 1981 Fiat Spider is pressed into service. Peter Pontsa and Angela van Breeman are in the immaculate 1978 Inca Gold MGB in company with Norm and Hilary Redpath in the orange 1967 MGB and Bill Tully, maroon 1978 MGB. The members of the Headwaters British Car Club are out in force.
Frank and Connie Mount bring the exotic Eaton-supercharged 1939 M.G. TB special from their stable in Bolton, a ‘barn find’ imported from England. Jim Spence is here in the Antelope 1986 Jaguar XJ6 Sovereign. The red 1973 Jensen-Healey Mk1 of Bill McNaughton can best be described as a work-in-progress. Jean-Louis Valade is busy combining an organising role with driving his cream 1951 M.G. TD.
Hockley Revival 2013 is in the history books, roll on 2014.
Written by Rupert Lloyd Thomas