Posted 04 Jul 2012, 7:05pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Event > Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb

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The Hamilton Car Club held a hillclimb at Head Road, Maungatautari this past Sunday, so I headed out for a look, and to provide an extra pair of helping hands. While I was there, I managed to take a few shots on and around the start line.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
There were plenty of jackets and beanies to combat the chilly start to the morning, but the light cloud cleared soon after the event began, revealing a beautifully still and sunny day - a rarity in the midst of a typical Waikato winter.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
Bill McEwan was the first competitor, setting the pace in his immaculate Mark I Ford Escort.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
Glenn Southern's Ford Laser was sporting some interesting aerodynamic modifications at the front...

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
...and rear. This was Glenn's first hillclimb event, so he took it easy to begin with, but got quicker with every run.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
A few of the drivers were taking passengers on each of their runs, including Dennis Carson in his AE86 Toyota Levin...

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
...as well as Paul Lachman and his sons in his Datsun 1600 'SH BOX'.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
Russell Jenkins' rotary powered Escort made all the right noises as it left the starting line, taking out 6th place overall with a time of 58.69 seconds. 

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
Another car featuring a bit of engine cross-breeding was Bob Cullinane's V8 RX-7. Bob rounded out the top 10 with a time of 1:01.68.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
The locals came out to watch the action for a while too. The Hamilton Car Club would like to thank the residents of Head Road for their cooperation before and during the event. Without their support and approval, this event couldn't happen!

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
Bronwyn Clothier and her passenger left the starting line laughing like a pair of schoolgirls, but perhaps a bit more concentration was required...

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
...as the car ended up in a ditch less than a minute later. The damage was only minor, and as you can see on the Hamilton Car Club Facebook page - Bronwyn was still smiling!

 

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
Third place went to Gary Bodley in his Honda CRX. This was Gary's first event with the freshly rebuilt engine.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
Bench Finch's rapid Subaru Impreza WRX managed the second best time of the day, with a 54.29 second run.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
Once again, Charlie Evans won the event in his 13B PP Mazda RX-7, with a time of 54.29 seconds.

 

Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
The event ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of the event organisers (not bad for a first timer, Sandi!), so all competitors were able to get 4 timed runs in before packing up mid-afternoon.

The next Hamilton Car Club event is a Motorkhana at the Vaile Road clubrooms on Sunday the 15th of July.

Click here to see more upcoming events for the Hamilton Car Club.

Click here to see the full gallery for the Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb on Facebook.

- Brent Shaw

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