Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian
The annual VSCC (Vintage Sports Car Club) Lakeland hillclimb section at Honister Slate Mine, Honister, Cumbria. The one in three ascent is one of the steepest hill climbs in the country and takes the vehicles up to the summit at 2137 feet high. Over 100 vintage cars from before 1930 take part.  Picture shows Phillip Tilyard driving his 1930 Frazer Nash Super Sports.

Vintage cars to reach new heights for spectacular motoring event

Around 100 vintage cars from a bygone era are expected to wind their way more than 2,100 feet up one of England’s steepest roads past Honister Slate Mine for a truly unique sporting spectacle next month.

On Saturday 7 November 2015, around 100 classic sports cars from the 1920s and 1930s will gather at the foot of Honister Pass as part of the Lakeland Trials; the now annual pilgrimage of motoring enthusiasts to the area around Keswick, Whinlatter and Buttermere.

One of the most dramatic stages of the Vintage Sports Car Club event is undoubtedly Honister Slate Mine, where vintage roadsters must wind their way up the steep quarry road leading up the side of 2,126ft Fleetwith Pike – complete with rocky terrain and tortuous hair pin bends to test both man and machine.

The vehicles are expected throughout the day, from around 8.30am until late afternoon.

Photo credits: Lorne Campbell, Guzelian

Joe Weir, Co-owner of Honister Slate Mine, says, “This really is a unique event and there are always some great characters, braving the elements in their open-top cars to celebrate a golden age of motoring. Honister is a very popular pit-stop for many of the drivers, but it’s not just motoring enthusiasts who will appreciate this unique spectacle as these vintage vehicles take on the mighty Fleetwith Pike.

For more information, contact Honister Slate Mine on 017687 77230.


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