Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights

The sun has set on another fantastic Shere Hill Climb which took place on Sunday 1st of September. The weather couldn’t have been better, with large crowds flocking to the UKs premier classic and vintage car hill climb event. Take to the Road was there to soak up the atmosphere and watch some truly fabulous machines fly up the famous hill.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The selection of motors taking part was top notch including this Ferrari 512BB which had the honour of being first off the line

A record 193 cars from all eras and marques were entered in this years event and the caliber of vehicles taking part was exceptional. The organisers selected the most varied field yet, which is no mean feat, given the sheer number of applicants. Such is the popularity of Shere, places were snapped very quickly when applications for entries opened on the 1st of March.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
There were some interesting spots in the car park including this rare Panhard Dyna Z
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The car park was full with a superb number of classics of all ages

Now in its seventh year, the course runs for roughly one mile on a closed public road. It may look to the untrained eye as just a typical leafy countryside tarmac road. But it is actually quite a challenging circuit, requiring skill from drivers who want to push their car to the legal limit.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Spectators were blessed with fine weather for the day
A paraglider dropped by to check out the racing action

However for those who want to just have some fun and soak up the atmosphere, they can simply waft up the hill waving as they go. Which only adds to the relaxed family friendly atmosphere of Shere Hill Climb.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
A 1968 XKSS Jaguar waits in the queue for the hill run

As always with events of this caliber, it is very hard to pick a favorite car, such was the quality of the entrants. This years event was honoured to have the famous Napier Railton race car on display courtesy of Brooklands Museum. It’s shining aluminium coachwork gleamed in the sunshine and it drew quite a crowd of enthusiasts both young and old.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The mighty Napier ventured out from Brooklands for the day
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
An impressive and history vintage race car

Walking through the paddock there was row upon row of automotive delights with some familiar sights from last years hill climb. These included the fantastic 1907 Berliet Curtiss Special which is a firm favourite at the show.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Waiting for the all clear signal
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The 1907 Berliet Curtiss Special flies off the line
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
A fantastic sight to behold as it hurtles up the hill

Another famous car that made it’s return to Shere Hill Climb was the Milla Miglia entered 1954 AC Rudspeed Ace, a superb example of 1950s racing pedigree.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The AC Rudspeed Ace, an amazing car with a very special racing history.

The event was above all a day out with a huge emphasis on fun, with the proceeds for the day going to charity. Plus it was the final weekend before the school season started once again. Which meant a final summer holiday outing for lots of lucky young petrolheads.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The kids face says it all…
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
…as the 1971 Ford Hot Rod T Bucket roared up the hill

The entertainment levels jumped even higher this year with a hilarious reenactment of a classic 1960s Cops and Robbers caper. This featured a group of very determined and unscrupulous bank robbers who did their level best to flee the crime scene in the criminals car of choice, a Jaguar Mk2 Coombs.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The Bank Robbers fleeing the scene in the Jag
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Hang on don’t forget your buddy!
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Phew just made it!

Who were of course chased down by the Police in a Jaguar S-Type. It was a fun addition to this years event.

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Let the chase begin!

The quirkiness of some of the entrants was topped by the amazingly cute 1948 Larmar Microcar, which was specially designed to fit through a standard British garden gate. It probably set the record the slowest climb up the hill! But it was smiles per mile all the way to the finish line!



Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The Larmar was designed for veterans after the war
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
More fun with the 1965 Lancia Flavia Superjolly Furgone Promiscuo Rapido… that’s a model name mouthful!
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Even the dog was along for the fun bus outing!

Another familiar sight and a car well known to Take to the Road was the very rare and rapid 1966 Unipower GT, which was attending the hill climb for the second time. It flew up the hill like the pocket rocket it is!

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The Unipower GT waiting to be unleashed
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
The power to weight ratio of the Unipower is phenomenal

Which brings to a close Take to the Road’s coverage of Shere Hill Climb 2019. This years event really raised the bar, taking the hill climb to new levels of both excellence and entertainment. The only downside now is the wait for Shere Hill Climb 2020!

Additional Photos from Shere Hill Climb 2019

Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1951 Dellow Mark 1
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Old School v New School
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1922 Fiat 501S
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Hold on to your hat! 1961 Elva Courier
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1989 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce Cloverleaf



Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1970 Ginetta G15 Super S
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1960 MGA Twin Cam
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1960 Porsche 356B Roadster Super 90
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1949 Bentley Mark VI Park Ward DHC
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1927 Chrysler 70 Roadster
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1927 Salmson Grand Sport
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
1936 Riley 12/4 Special
Shere Hill Climb 2019 reaches new heights
Until next year…

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