Finally, after many months of uncertainty, the 2020 Henney's Championship got underway at Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb. Typically the UK weather had decided ,after seemingly months of stable & warm conditions, to suddenly go crazy with alternating sweltering heat followed by torrential downpours & flooding!. Very luckily we managed to get our first meeting in between these on a remarkably pleasant Saturday. The Midland Automobile Club did a great job with both the meeting and the venue. Super smooth organisation and the place was looking at its very best.
A small class for this first meeting was won on handicap by Dave Parr in his Ford Anglia. A time of 38.88 seconds being some 1.6 under his previous best. Second was Matt Clarke, flying in his very rapid Mini with a time of 36.39 , 0.75 under his previous best. Third on handicap (and fastest overall in the class) was Simon Braithwaite in his Escort Mk1 with a time of 34.98 seconds. Final runner in the class was Stephen Akers in another Mini. Stephen was some way off his estimated handicap but will take his best time of 42.99 seconds into the next meeting.
The Scimitar coupes have moved back into the Sportscar class for 2020 to attempt to balance the class numbers. For this meeting there was a very healthy turnout of 9 cars in total including the 3 Reliants. First place on handicap was a tie-break between Terry Cox & Nick Stephens who both managed 0.68 seconds under their respective PB's. The win (I think) goes to Terry who was 0.01 seconds quicker (on handicap) than Nick on his first timed run - It couldn't get any closer!! Steve Phennah in his MGB Roadster came third with a time of 39.60 , 0.6 seconds over his handicap. New Driver to the Henney's series (but long time racer & Porsche tuning Guru) Josh Sadler took fastest sportscar time overall in his 911 (what else!) with a great time of 34.15 seconds.
Single Seaters & Sports Racing Cars:
The class has some new machinery this season in the form of two Elva sports racers driven by Briony Serrell and Martin Jones. The Handicap win was taken by David Owen in his Merlyn FF1600 with a time of 36.00, way under his PB by over 2 seconds. Second place on handicap and fastest of the whole Henneys championship runners went to Andy Tippett with a time of 31.26 seconds, Andy finally getting to grips with the V8 Brabham. Third on handicap was Phil Fisher in his Mallock on 33,41. Mike Bainbridge was an early retirement with a loss of drive whilst getting ready for his first run in the Ensign.