Chateau Impney 2017. 8th - 9th July Chateau Impney 2017. 8th - 9th July Chateau Impney 2017. 8th - 9th July

In 2017, the third modern Chateau Impney event attracted a fine selection of Morgan Three Wheelers

From Steve Uprichard and Ian Parkinson:

Morgan Three Wheelers were once again invited to Chateau Impney to compete in this recently revived event. Our club was also invited to display a selection of more modest, road-going Morgans alongside the Morgan Motor Company’s three and four wheeled offerings.

On the track, Chas Reynolds was a newcomer to the event had a “moment”: ” I knew immediately the carb mods had worked, it didn’t half go! Negotiated the first lefthander and then a short straight but an unsighted lefthander caught me out. Enjoying the speed but no hope of turning left. Screech of tyres, jumped a raised section of grass (George Darbyshire said I was well in the air) and approached an industrial-sized straw bale at high speed. Fortunately the brakes did their business and I ran into the bale at modest speed, barely enough to slightly push back the aluminium beam splitter. I believe the spectators let out an audible gasp; the marshals looked very surprised!! After that it all went according to plan!!”

Greg Bibby was less fortunate and lifted an inside wheel on a tight left-hander. The result was an inversion with damage to both car and driver. Last time I spoke to him, Greg was determined to get the Morgan fixed and fettled, ready for Ty Croes, two weeks after the incident.

Sue Darbyshire was in the road car having suffered split crankcases in the racer at Shelsley Walsh. Some road car – Sue was only 1.5 secs slower than the racer! Her time of 49.07 secs. was enough to secure a win in Class 1, Pre 1940 Standard and Modified Sports Cars Unsupercharged up to 1500cc.

Bill Tuer was just 0.5 secs slower than last year.

It seems Tracey Cameron had a few problems. She didn’t break the 50 sec. barrier this year.

Iain Stewart was the most consistent, improving his 2016 time by 1/100th of a second!

Pete Enticknap was in the Super Aero this year but couldn’t match Hannah’s time from 2016. Meanwhile, Hannah was campaigning Salome, the Morgan/GN hybrid. Benjamin completed the family line-up in the GN/Phoenix Special.

Off the track, the display area, manned by club members and managed by Ian and Maria Parkinson had a busy weekend. You’ll see photos in the “Photo” tab and here are their thoughts on the weekend:

“Once again we were invited to put on a display of Morgans at this prestigious event. We were given an increased number of spaces this year and we utilised this to the full.

Fifteen Morgan Three Wheelers were displayed in a circle around the club gazebo. It looked very impressive and we had a good range of vintage and five speeder Morgans. The display was popular with visitors both young and old and the team were kept busy chatting about the Morgans and the club in general.
The racing , as ever was spectacular, the range of racing exotica on show rivalled anything you could see anywhere. Of course the Morgan Racers were of particular interest and they put on a good show as usual with plenty of exciting moments. Sue Darbyshire rightly was top of the Class.
Several of us stayed for the weekend at The Leaking Well pub, this was a good chance for people to socialise, have dinner and share a beer or two (or more) and relax after a busy day. This proved to be popular with members living close by too and we had two good evenings together.
Maria and I wish to thank the Chateau Impney Team for inviting us again and also to the members who supported our efforts by bringing their Morgan for the display.”