Wolfstone’s Hill Climb, Holmfirth, Yorkshire. UK
The organizers of Yorkshire Motorsport, a new festival, were planning to hold this event last year to commemorate the centenary of the original Wolfstone’s Hill Climb but, unfortunately, Covid and subsequent lock-downs intervened, and therefore the event was re-arranged for 25-27th June this year.
Aside from the motoring events, there will be a full-blown Music Festival each evening plus all manner of family entertainment, on-site camping is available for seven days; the official event website gives far more detail than I possibly could, which can be found here.
This looks like a very ambitious programme and the organisers are expecting up to 35,000 visitors over the duration.
I was invited to the pre-event Press Publicity Day; many of my fellow attendees were from the local newspapers and other media outlets, as there are quite a few local competitors and musical performers scheduled to appear at the Festival.
For overseas readers, who might not be familiar with the geography of the UK, Yorkshire is a large County in the North East of England; people born there call it “God’s own county” and it has to be said that there are many beautiful areas, including the Holmfirth region.
The nearby small town of Meltham was once home to the David Brown tractor factory and there will be a display of historic tractors including the last one produced.
Last David Brown tractor
There is a motorsport connection here as David Brown also owned Aston Martin for a time and his team won at Le Mans; the DB in Aston’s model designations, e.g. DB6, etc. reflect David’s ownership of the company.
A couple of more modern racing Astons were at the press day and I notice that a 1934 A-M Ulster is entered for the hill-climb in July.
A diverse selection of vehicles were on parade at the Press Day as you will see in the photographs; the Friday of the Hill-Climb will see a large presence from the Benjafield’s Racing Club. This is a club for vintage (pre-1931) Bentley cars, with an emphasis on racing, trials, and rallies.
Johnathan Turner brought along his 1925 Speed model, which was actually the first factory team Bentley to participate at Le Mans, and it looked splendid, having been driven around fifty miles of tortuous Yorkshire lanes to the display. Johnathan told me that it had been “pretty hard work”!
Bentley 1925 LM team car
Local resident Rebecca Brierley was driving her husband’s 1929 4.5 Litre model around she is entered to drive it in the hill-climb- her first competitive event!
Rebecca Brierly – 1929 4.5 L Bentley
Another Yorkshire lady (whose first event this is not) is Sarah Bosworth; Sarah is three-times Harewood hill-climb Champion in her Special Saloons Ford Anglia, this car/driver looks like a favorite for the 1-mile Wolfstone’s course; the car is light,
By: Pete Taylor
Title: Yorkshire Motorsport Festival 2021 – Press Day
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/yorkshire-motorsport-festival-2021-press-day/
Published Date: Fri, 11 Jun 2021 05:34:27 +0000