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News

The American Autumn Classic Returns to Prescott in October 2018!

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The popular American themed Autumn Classic returns to Prescott Speed Hill Climb, Cheltenham on the weekend of the 6-7 October 2018. The annual all-American Stars and Stripes event celebrates the biggest, brashest and iconic cars this side of the pond.

The action-packed weekend attracts a wide variety of cars competing on the historic hill climb course with special classes for American cars and hot rods, as well as spectacular American car displays, a dedicated ‘show n’ Shine’ area and fantastic USA-themed entertainment from the thrilling Demon Drome Wall of Death to live bands and Vegas Showgirls.

The paddock will feature an awesome display of American Classics, hot rods and muscle cars - from Mustangs, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, Buics, Camaros, Corvettes, Chevys to Indians motorcycles Custom Choppers and a whole host of other American vehicles, all of which will take to the iconic hillclimb course in a special lunchtime cavalcade. The Orchard features a dedicated ‘show n’ shine’ display area which is open to all for American vehicle owners.

Notable vehicles include the Penske PC22 Indy car Chassis #01 raced by Stefan Johansson to 11th place in the 1993 Indianapolis 500. The vehicle is one of eight cars built by Penske and was the Teams test car tested by Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy. It is widely regarded as the nicest looking Penske of its era it runs on methanol and is fitted with its original Ilmor 265C engine giving around 790hp at 14,000rpm.Making its debut is the awesome Dodge Challenger SRT Demon designed for one thing: dominating the quarter mile. Powered by a supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT Demon V8 engine, it is the World's fastest quarter mile and 0-60 production car and can also claim the highest horsepower and highest G-force - even faster than the Chiron - ridiculous! 

Plus another debut is the NASCAR Xfinity Series South Point Hotel & Casino Chevvy Camaro #62Ford EcoBoost 300 car, plus others to be announced!

The popular Indian Motorcycle Club returns alongside The Chopper Club of Great Britain who will be showcasing some marvellous custom engineered machinery.

On track - Saturday sees the championship rounds for the TVR Car Club, The BOC New Barn 'B' Licence, Downton Motor Club and TR hillclimb championships supported by saloons, sports cars and single seaters Bugatti Owners' Club Handicap. Whilst Sunday sees competitive action from the 500 Owners' Association, the Aldon Classic Championship, Morgans, Austin Healeys, Flatheads and invited American Cars.

It’s not just about the cars either . . . 

Demon Drome Wall of Death: Off track the oldest surviving Wall of Death the ‘Demon Drome’ returns. Watch dare devil riders cheat gravity on their 1920's Indian motorcycles, as they perform amazing feats of virtuosity within mere feet of your eyes. Each year they wow the crowds and this year will be no exception. The roar of the bikes thundering up the wooden walls is loud, adrenalin is high and the acrobatics is thrilling. They will be performing four times a day and entry is included free in the event ticket price.

Prescott’s Hot Rockin’ Bands: Non-stop ‘Hot Rockin’ live bands throughout the weekend (worth the ticket price alone!) include the ‘Kings of Swing’ the talented Ding Dong Daddios performing an infectious blend of Jump Jive and Swing with a hint of early rock and roll. Plus the fantastic Jon Clare and The Fabulous Doughboys – think Jerry Lee Lewis, but there will be no ‘Great Balls of Fire’ being a motor sport venue! and the ever popular Lady & The Sax duo and marvellous songstress Betsy Harmony – all guaranteed to have you up on the dancefloor.

Last Heat for Classic American Car of the Year 2018 Competition: We are delighted to announce that Prescott will be play host to the last ‘heat’ of the prestigious Classic American ‘Car of the Year’ competition 2018. Aficionado Ben Klemenzson will be looking for cars either original or restored and ‘stock’, without aftermarket wheels or such like. The Prescott heat winner will be guaranteed a place on the Classic American stand at the Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC in November, and will also win a bespoke hand-cast brass trophy, a cheque for £100 and a large feature in Classic American magazine. All American vehicles on site will be part of the judging process. The winner will be announced on the Sunday at 3.00pm, with a presentation taking place at 3.30pm near the start line gantry. The winner must be able to attend the NEC in November. Last year the overall winner of the national competition was one of our exhibitors!

Prescott Welcomes Back the miles for Smiles Charity: Prescott will be once again be supporting the ‘Miles for Smiles’ charity founded by local American car owner Brett Pillinger. Prescott will host special guests from Acorn's Children's Hospice (Local to Prescott) who will be treated to a fun-filled day out. Thanks to the members of the VHRA and Swindon Rod n Custom car clubs the children and their families and carers will be treated to passenger rides. As Brett says 'Prescott will give the miles, and the car owners will bring the smiles'. 

Ticket Prices: Advanced tickets to the event cost £15 per day or £25 for the weekend. On-the-gate: £20 and £35 respectively.

Admission includes: All entertainment, entry into the Wall of Death, free parking plus chidren under 14 years old go free! Note: If you own an American classic car and would like to attend, you'll need to register to obtain a special reference code prior to purchasing your tickets. All American car owners are entitled to a special 2 for 1 on event entry tickets to display their vehicle. Please email: rebecca@eventspr.co.uk for a special vehicle code. Tickets for this event are available at: https://www.prescott-hillclimb.com/events/autumn-classic-weekend-2018

Note: If you own an American classic car and would like to attend, you'll need to register to obtain a special refererence code prior to purchasing your tickets. All American car owners are entitled to a special 2 for 1 on event entry tickets to display their vehicle. Please email: rebecca@eventspr.co.uk for a special vehicle code.