Prescott Hill Climb - 'Rolt's Corner'

Official Programme cover - VSCC Prescott Speed Hill Climb

The Rolt Centenary was celebrated in a very special way by the Vintage Sports Car Club (VSCC), which Tom Rolt helped to found.

Each year, deep in the Gloucestershire countryside, the VSCC holds its very popular vintage Prescott meeting and Hill Climb - an event that takes place largely due to Tom Rolt's efforts and imagination back in 1938. Read the article in the Official Programme 2010 Rolt of the VSCC (2 page PDF file, 175K).

In recognition of this, at the August 2010 meeting, one of the corners which has always been known as 'the corner after the esses' was officially named 'Rolt's Corner' in commemoration of Tom and his part in finding the hill as a venue for motor sport.

Tom Rolt on the startline with his self-built Phoenix Special at the July 1938 Prescott meeting
Tom Rolt on the startline in 1938
Ben Thompson driving his Fafnir exits the corner that since 8th August 2010 is known as ‘Rolt’ corner. Photo: Phil Johnson
A 1918 10-litre Fafnir entering Rolt's corner

Those present included Sonia Rolt and other members of the Rolt family. Sir John Venables-Llewelyn, Chairman of the Bugatti Owners Club, made a short speech, as did Roger Collings, Past President of the Vintage Sports Car Club and long-term and tireless advocate of this naming.

VSCC Prescott Speed Hill Climb - the naming ceremony at Rolt's Corner

The Naming Ceremony
A gaggle of Rolt descendants: Tim Rolt; Madeline Rolt; Felix Rolt; Richard Rolt; Petra Freeman; Sonia Rolt.
(Photo by kind permission of Tony Morgan-Nash)

More about Tom's part in the founding of the Prescott Hill Climb can be seen on the Bugatti Owners Club website.

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