As of today – 23rd March – just over 400 climbs have been booked, so the entry form has been amended to remove the option to book additional climbs. However, each entry from now will still come with a free climb of the hill (as well as a free commemorative Programme and a free £5 ticket for our first ever prestige charity raffle, with 100% of the proceeds to be donated to the RAF Charitable Trust – so we have raised nearly a thousand Pounds already!). We have an incredible 192 entries to date (including 58 overhead cam MG’s!), and 66 entries for the Sunday Cotswold Navigation Rally and parallel Scenic Tour. A truly spectacular pre-war weekend is coming together!
Legendary racing driver Jean-Pierre Wimille getting the Type 59/50B in position for a practice run at Prescott hill climb, July 1939 under the watchful eyes of Robert ‘Le Grand Robert’ Aumaître, lead works mechanic.
We are delighted to announce that the incredible and unique works 59/50B ‘Wimille’ Bugatti will make its historic return to Prescott 80 years on as the centrepiece of the Trust’s 2019 Summer exhibition, and the Trust will be open all day at Pre-War Prescott. The car is on loan from the Cité de L’Automobile – National Museum – Schlumpf Collection at Mulhouse, France. The 59/50B had without doubt the most powerful engine built by the Bugatti factory and the car was fitted with twin rear wheels specially for Prescott. However, it was so wide with the twin rear wheels that it could not use the return road!
This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bugatti Owner’s Club’s first ever international meeting on Sunday July 30, 1939, and Bugatti entered this works monoposto Type 59 fitted with an 8-cylinder supercharged 4.7-litre type 50B engine and was driven by the legendary pre-war Grand Prix driver Jean-Pierre Wimille.
With over four months to go, we already have an incredible entry list shaping up. Today we received the 179th entry – exactly the same TOTAL number of entries received last year, which was, in turn, a record turnout. We already have 57 MMM entries, which is also a record entry as the MMM Register celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the start of these quintessentially English sports cars. And we have an incredible 25 Wolseley Hornet Specials already entered, while other marques are also assembling tremendous entries, including 13 Alvises so far. Alvis will be the featured marque next year as we will be celebrating the Centenary of the marque. Other entries include Morris, Riley, DFP, Bugatti, Talbot, Austin, Frazer Nash, Darracq, Morgan, BSA, Ford, Bentley, Lagonda, Humber, Truimph, and Bean!
As of this morning, we have allocated 387 climbs. When we reach 400, which will happen in the next few days, we will have to reduce bookable climbs once again to the single free climb that comes with every entry. Entries with a free climb will remain open until we reach 450 climbs, when the climb list will be CLOSED so that we do not suffer from over-crowding at the start line on the day. So if you are planning to enter and wish to climb the hill, we strongly recommend you don’t leave it much longer – you have been warned!
Meanwhile we are working flat out on preparing the route for the Sunday Cotswold Navigation Rally and parallel Scenic Tour. So far we already have 61 entries for the Sunday runs and 115 wonderful cream teas booked for the conclusion at Stanway House!
One more thing. A official-looking brown envelope will shortly be arriving from the RAF Events Team, telling us whether we have been lucky enough to be allocated air support from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. We are keeping a close eye on the letter box and hope to make a major announcement in the next couple of weeks. Watch this space!
As of today (12th March) we have an incredible 169 entries and 367 climbs have already been allocated. And we already have a wonderful 61 entries for our Sunday runs. Last weekend, when booked climbs approached 300, we had to reduce the number of pre-bookable climbs from two plus a free one to one plus a free one. That prompted over thirty entries over the weekend and now we are approaching 400 climbs. Once we reach that number, we will have to reduce climbs again to just the free one that comes with every entry. This policy is necessary to ensure fairness and enjoyment for everyone on the day.
Entries with a free climb will remain open until we reach 450 climbs, when the climb list will be closed so that we do not suffer from over-crowding at the start line on the day. So if you are planning to enter and wish to climb the hill, we strongly recommend you don’t leave it much longer – you have been warned! There can only be 83 more climbs, and over 70 have been booked since last Saturday! After we reach this climb limit, entries will still be accepted, but no more climbs will be allocated. We thank you for your understanding as we work to preserve the relaxed atmosphere which is the hallmark of Pre-War Prescott.
In addition to these record numbers, we have allocated 138 tickets for our Saturday evening buffet BBQ at the Clubhouse on the hill where Mike Dowley and his jazz band will be entertaining us once again, after the awards ceremony.
So, to recap, entries will remain open until the day, but there are only 83 more climbs available.
Climbs are going FAST! As of today (3rd March), 267 climbs have already been spoken for. With an ultimate limit of around 450, we will be REDUCING the number of climbs that can be pre-booked once we reach 300 climbs booked. We will reduce the number of pre-bookable climbs from two plus a free one to one plus a free one. So if you are keen to climb the hill more than twice, we strongly suggest that you get your entry in without delay!
Entries this year are WAY up on last year. We already have 126 entries and also 50 entries for the Sunday run. And 117 tickets have already been allocated for the Saturday evening BBQ and buffet. It is going to be a Pre-War Prescott to break all records!
There has been one small but important change to arrangements this week. It had been announced earlier that we would no longer admit any post war cars. This was largely brought about by the presence of the supercars last year. In earlier years, we had stretched the envelope slightly by allowing a number of early post-war cars to enter – chiefly those with traditional pre-war style bodywork, so as to not look too out of place. Brian Rainbow contacted me recently to ask about Octagon Car Club members, several of whom own post war TC, TD and TF’s. The Octagon Car Club has been a strong supporter of Pre-War Prescott for many years and so the executive decision was made to revert to our original arrangement whereby early post-war cars with traditional coachwork WILL be welcome to join us. It is considered that their presence does not in any way detract from the pre-war atmosphere of the event. Since adjusting this arrangement I have heard that there is a gentleman bringing his post-war MG from Germany who has already booked his accommodation, so there we are. This arrangement will also apply to Morgans, some early post war Alvises and perhaps a Triumph Roadster or two. If in doubt, contact us!
Pre-War Prescott is organized by the Vintage Minor Register. If you are not yet a member of the VMR, please consider becoming one. The Register was founded in 2000 to cater for the pre-war overhead camshaft Morris Minors, which nearly everyone had forgotten about, or never knew existed in the first place! From humble beginnings with just sixty members, the Register grew to incorporate another forgotten model – the pre-war sidevalve Morris Minor, and then the M Type MG, which is somewhat better remembered.
To make up numbers at our annual Summer rallies, we have always invited owners of other pre-war cars to join us, and this included our visits to the hallowed hill of Prescott in the Cotswolds, an event that has grown from a small Register rally in 2003 into Pre-War Prescott – one of the most popular pre-war car events on the British motoring calendar. As a result, last year the Register formally opened membership to owners of all pre-war cars. We now have around 260 members in 20 countries, with a mouthwatering variety of cars that survived the War.
The Register will always centre around those forgotten little Morrises and the first MG Midgets, but looking to the future, the open road is the limit – thanks to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic support for both the Register and Pre-War Prescott which is the centrepiece of our annual Summer Rallies. If you have not already done so, please consider coming aboard the most vibrant, energetic and friendly pre-war car club. Members both in the UK and further afield enjoy a fifteen Pound discount on their Pre-War Prescott entry, which effectively halves the annual membership subscription. And if you join now, your membership will be good to then end of 2019.
You can join online here and immediately claim your discount on your Pre-War Prescott 2019 entry.
Tony Gould exits the esses in his 1936 Wolseley Hornet Seber race/road Special – Pre-War Prescott 2016. (Ian Sky)
We are expecting what may well be the largest gathering of Wolseley Hornet specials to date at Pre-War Prescott 2019 and there will be a Hornet cavalcade up the hill in the lunch break. We have already received ten Hornet entries and are eagerly awaiting many more, including a large contingent coming from Germany and the Continent that will be participating in Pre-War Prescott and the Scenic Tour on Sunday.
There is a very good reason indeed for this fantastic assembly, but for now, that must remain a closely-guarded secret! Needless to say, all Hornet owners are strongly encouraged to enter.
Spirit of Pre-War Prescott. Tom Duffin rounds Pardon in his spectacular 1921 Vauxhall 30-98. Pre-War Prescott 2016. (Ian Sky)
No scrutineering, no racing licenses, no flameproof overalls, no space-age helmets, so you can actually see the look of concentration on the drivers’ faces. It just doesn’t get better than this. 28 entries for next July already. Get yours in now.
Every pre-war car entry for Pre-War Prescott 2019 will include a complimentary five Pound raffle ticket. There will be a number of mouthwatering prizes including a once-in a lifetime flight experience in a wartime Tiger Moth, courtesy of our good friends at Finest Hour Experiences. Additional tickets will be available at Prescottt on Saturday morning and the draw will take place in the lunch break. 100% of all funds raised from the raffle will be donated to our designated charity, the RAF Charitable Trust. With 22 entries already received, we have already raised £110!
Be sure to check back here regularly as we post more great prizes.