23rd – 24th March
In a rare turn of events, the BLCC’s Mt Leura hillclimb ran faultlessly, aside from one or two timing bugs. Saturday morning was the usual calmed rush of set-up which saw the officials enjoying a rare picnic lunch alongside the start-line, once the set-up was finished we let the drivers loose for the first two runs on the hill with all drivers getting up the hill with little trouble.
Saturday night saw another busy night in Camperdown, as is always the tradition, with the key officials group not getting back until late, where some of them found that the lights in the toilets at the showgrounds had blown, though if that was the worst thing to happen, then we had a real good weekend.
Sunday saw another fine day, with the usual wet-weather surprise being absent, some cars had mechanical issues from the Saturday and didn’t front on Sunday, while most of the drivers chose to only compete on the Sunday itself.
Ararat Car Club fronted with a larger-than-usual brigade of high-power sedans that seem to now be the norm for the traveling members of the group and the other major group seemed to be the Group N cars, with a neat Hillman Imp, with a few other Group N drivers attending too, saying that they were starting to get addicted to Hill climbing, one can only hope that some more turn up for our Round 7 in September!
The day wound down nicely, with an ever dwindling field of cars taking their last few runs up the hill, with the recovery unit staying in place and only one or two incidents and a swift pack-up saw the officials and volunteers home in good time too.
Thanks to: Terry Brain, Barney Haddon, Wayne Holness, Rod Hall, Wayne Drew, Ross Barnett, Michele, Bruce and Andrew Bayley, David Jowett and Friends, Paul and Drew Gladman, Damian Quirk, Chris Hall, Leslie, Scott Ball, Chris and Cheryl Harwood and the Ararat crew and the Camperdown P&A Society, Also to Noel Peers and Sam Rozitis, who were just two of the many people back in Ballarat running the water trucks for the Off-Road Rush.