THE chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Councillor Peter Tomlinson came a cropper after crashing while taking part in last Saturday’s Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb event.
Coun Tomlinson (Con, Ombersley) is a keen motorsport enthusiast and has been a member of the Midland Automobile Club for over 20 years.
He took his MGC Sebring roadster to the Worcestershire course to compete in the weekend’s prestigious Shelsley Walsh Classic Nostalgia event.
Whilst tackling the track, his car clipped the edge of one of the ‘Ess’ bends, causing him to lose control and crash over the safety barriers.
He suffered severe bruising in the accident, dented pride and ended up with a very dented car.
“Unfortunately I lost control and ended up perched across the barriers,” said Coun Tomlinson.
“The action by safety crews and medical staff was instantaneous and I couldn’t have been looked after better.
“I’ve always considered Shelsley Walsh to be an example of how Worcestershire punches well above its weight and Saturday’s incident has only reinforced my view.
“The venue, founded in 1905, is the oldest motorsport venue in the world still using its original course. And what’s more it’s set in a beautiful location, amongst the rolling hills of our lovely county.”
Gary Hall, general manager of Shelsley Walsh said, “I was delighted to welcome Peter back to our world-renowned venue however I hadn’t expected the day to work out as it did!
“Famous names such as Campbell and Segrave, John Surtees and Sir Stirling Moss have all hurtled up our famous 1,000yard, one in six gradient track.
“We are proud to do our part to put Worcestershire on the map and very pleased that the chairman of the County Council came to compete here.
“Motor sport does of course have its dangers, but our qualified and professional staff are always on hand as safety is our top priority and we are very glad that Peter came out of it relatively unscathed.”