Shelsley Walsh – Motorsport
Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Shelsley Walsh, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 6RP
Shelsley is situated in the Teme Valley in Worcestershire and is home to the famous Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb, the oldest motorsport venue in the world that is still in use today.
The Oldest Venue:
Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motor sport venue in continuous use in the world. First used in 1905, it is older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza. Brooklands has been and gone, but Shelsley Walsh is still here, as old as the sport but as modern as today.
The venue was the first purpose built motor sport venue in history and has continued to be at the heart of motor sport and sporting innovation. It featured the first electrical motor sport timekeeping and the first motor sport outside broadcast with the innovations continuing through more than 100 years of continuous improvement. Raymond Mays perfected his ERA racing cars at Shelsley in the 1930’s and his later BRM’s featured at Shelsley.
Shelsley was founded by and has always been run by the MAC. The Midland Automobile Club is arguably the oldest motor club in the world, certainly the oldest still using its original name although there are a few close rivals. The club was founded by a number of prominent members of the early motor industry whilst Queen Victoria was still on the throne. The MAC is Shelsley Walsh but it is not all we do. In addition to Shelsley Walsh speed hill climbs, the MAC organises sprints, sporting trials, classic car events and social events. We feature something for every motor sport and motoring enthusiast. We are the heart of Motor Sport in the Midlands.
The future of Shelsley has been secured with a 99 year lease secured in 2005. Work is underway renovating buildings at the base of the hill to provide improved facilities for the use of competitors, spectators and visitors alike.
If you haven’t bought a yard of tarmac, or entered the Monthly Draw, then please do so. You will be helping us to continue with these improvements to a piece of Great British sporting history.
We look forward to welcoming you at Shelsley Walsh.