When the chance came to travel West and witness the birthplace of British hillclimbing celebrate its 110-year history, I was sure get my hand up first.

I'd heard much about Shelsley Walsh near Worcester and the art of threading a car across uphill-countryside at silly speeds, but I'd yet to see it done.

For those who don't know, the Shelsley course runs for 914m, gaining 100m elevation over that distance and shrinking to as narrow as 3.66m towards the top of the run. The current course record stands at 22.58 seconds set by Martin Groves back in 2008, which means little written here, without first seeing a monstrously modded Mitsubishi Evo manage 'just' early 30secs.  

More specifically, I was attending the August Championship Challenge, an event that has run annually since 12 August 1905, and one that on 16 August 2015 was hosting around 120 entries forming one of the most eclectic paddocks I've ever seen.

To give you an idea, ahead of me sat a row of 600bhp+ formula cars, to the left a collection of cigar racers - featuring a snake-hipped gent with a superb 'tache wriggling into a Cooper with a Chevy V8 as his headrest - and to the right an Audi Quattro S1, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and various race-prepared Elans.