Event > Hamilton Car Club Head Road Hillclimb
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.
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.
Bill McEwan was the first competitor, setting the pace in his immaculate Mark I Ford Escort.
Glenn Southern's Ford Laser was sporting some interesting aerodynamic modifications at the front...
...and rear. This was Glenn's first hillclimb event, so he took it easy to begin with, but got quicker with every run.
A few of the drivers were taking passengers on each of their runs, including Dennis Carson in his AE86 Toyota Levin...
...as well as Paul Lachman and his sons in his Datsun 1600 'SH BOX'.
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.
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.
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!
Bronwyn Clothier and her passenger left the starting line laughing like a pair of schoolgirls, but perhaps a bit more concentration was required...
...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!
Third place went to Gary Bodley in his Honda CRX. This was Gary's first event with the freshly rebuilt engine.
Bench Finch's rapid Subaru Impreza WRX managed the second best time of the day, with a 54.29 second run.
Once again, Charlie Evans won the event in his 13B PP Mazda RX-7, with a time of 54.29 seconds.
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.
- Brent Shaw