An original 1939 Auto Union V-12 D-Type Grand Prix racecar will appear at Shelsley Walsh on Sunday, August 21st as the famous hillclimb celebrates its 100th anniversary. Shelsley Walsh and Auto Union are inextricably linked after Hans Stück raced up the hill in June 1936 as part of the prestigious European Hill Climb Championship.
Tens of thousands of spectators filled the hillsides around Shelsley that weekend nearly 70 years ago, but a similar crowd is expected to flock in on August 21 to see the paddock full of cars from the very first meeting of Shelsley Walsh in August 1905, all the way through to today’s modern 680-bhp F1-powered single-seaters that embody the current British hill climb scene.
The Auto Union coming to Shelsley is the very car that Tazio Nuvolari drove to victory in the 1938 Italian GP and the famous British Grand Prix at Donington Park that same year. It was raced the year after at Nürburgring, Spa, Reims, Bern and Belgrade. For more information, visit www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk.