A SPEEDY district duo are changing the misconception that classic cars are boy’s toys and putting the pedal to the metal in their vintage motors.
Margaret Parkes and Sue Darbyshire will both be taking part in the Chateau Impney Hill Climb in Droitwich– battling against some 200 other classic car drivers to set the fastest time on the 1,000 yard course.
Retired 68 year-old Margaret, a former nurse, will compete in her 1929 Austin 7 Chummy – which she lovingly refers to as Clive.
It will be the first time the car will have ever competed, as he is more often seen to be on a drive with fellow Austin 7 enthusiasts, known as the Chummy Ladies.
Margaret, from Stratford, said: “My little Clive is absolutely fabulous and I love him to bits.
“He’s only got a little 750cc engine, and a maximum speed of 45mph, but by jove is he happy when he’s running.
“He’ll be top notch on the course. I’ll make sure that Clive will be hot-footing it up the hill as fast as he can.”
And she will be joined on the day by competitor Sue in her three wheeled 1928 Morgan Super Aero.
The 52-year-old timber designer from Shipston is confident she is in with a chance of winning the competition, after previously scooping awards across the continent.
To prepare for the hill climb she walked the course – and believes her car will respond well to the challenging twists and turns – and is even hoping for some rain on the day.
She said: “The Morgan is definitely more of a hill climb car as we’re often outgunned on circuits because of our engine size. A lot of people are quicker than me, but the car really comes into its own in the rain, so I’ll be hoping for a shower or two. Great for us, but not so good for the spectators.”
The race is on Saturday and Sunday and includes air displays and a classic car auction.
Tickets cost £20 each and under 16s go free. Visit www.chateauimpneyhillclimb.com or by call 0845 017 0637 to book or find out more.