Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb – Oldest Motorsport Venue in The World!

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb – Oldest Motorsport Venue in The World!


Hosting MAC Speed Hill Climbs since 1905 and attracting world famous drivers through the ages, Shelsley Walsh is a venue of unspoilt natural beauty as well as presenting an annual programme of outstanding motoring spectacles.


The oldest motorsport venue in the world still to run events on the original course and in continuous use can be found just a few short miles away from Rimmers Farmhouse.

Shelsley Walsh is something special in the world of Motorsport – older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza.

Before it was featured on the original ‘Top Gear‘ enthusiasts or professional drivers were the ones who had heard of this incredible, historical course.

That said – the annual programme of events is always oversubscribed with entries from countries as far afield as Australia and with drivers as renowned as Sir Stirling Moss, Andy Priaulx, Hans Stuck, Raymond Mays and Peter Collins. Many of the present day heroes began their sporting careers hurtling up the 1,000 yard, 1 in 6 gradient track in pursuit of the best time of day (BTD) or better still, a coveted hill record.

In 1935, audiences were stunned to see Raymond Mays in a straight six, 1.5L, supercharged ERA set a time of 39.6 seconds, only to lower the time again in 1937, record breaking stuff in its day. Today’s hill climb champions achieve the summit with speeds in excess of 140 mph and in times of under 23 seconds!


Shelsley Walsh has led the way in many innovations in the motoring world – it was the first purpose built motor sport venue in history and was the first venue to embrace electrical motor sport timekeeping and the first motor sport outside broadcast !



  • 2011 to 2012 – Conversion of the ground floor of the middle North Barn into the MAC Offices and Meeting Room
  • 2007 to 2010 – Conversion of the South Barns into the Stratstone Restaurant
  • 2007 to 2009 – Development of an Archive in the top floor of the middle North Barn
  • 2006 to 2010 – Restoration of the Water Mill
  • 2006 to 2007 – Restoration of the Mill Ponds
  • 2005 to 2007 – Restoration of The Courtyard barn roofs

The Courtyard – North Barns

Work started in 2009 the MAC to restore the North Barns in The Courtyard at Shelsley Walsh. The first phase was a mess room for the loyal band of marshals, without whom the course would not operate!

The second phase to finish the North Barns and provide the MAC with new offices, a meeting room, Archivist office and research facility began in 2011.

The Courtyard – South Barns

If you fancy a day out at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb then the Stratstone Restaurant in the renovated South Barns is a great option, with indoor and outdoor seating and a well thought out menu.


To book your stay at Rimmers Farmhouse or to find out more call us on 01886 888718 or email:

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