Older Australian hillclimbs
Posted 22 September 2011 - 21:22
Posted 22 September 2011 - 22:39
That sort of information needs to be recorded!
Posted 22 September 2011 - 23:29
As the Siverdale return 'road' was not suitable for cars with little ground clearance, some would drive back down the Hill, and some of those would do so at a very fast rate!
Jack Meyers asked the time-keeper [was it Ray O'Day?] if he could time them DOWN the hill. Jack was President of the VSCCA at the time [I think], and Ray was all for it. I don't remember any times, and they were most likely not recorded - for obvious reasons - , but Jack Meyers was quickest by a long shot!
PS .......Don't tell CAMS, Ray.
Posted 22 September 2011 - 23:57
And as Silverdale's long closed, Jim's escaped to an island off the coast of Tasmania and the timekeeper's probably passed on too, I don't think CAMS would be very interested!
Posted 04 October 2011 - 15:07
There had been a "sand pull" along the bush track and then up the escarpment in 1917, and another in 1919. But the inaugural was on Saturday 4 November 1916, and ony used the hill, a distance of about 2 miles.
There waas the usual handicapping of the time, by RAC HP and some subtle formula, (the event was run by the Royal Automobile Club of WA). Amazingly, Fastest Time was by a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost driven by V Cockram. On Hcp the event was won by C Dent in a Daimler. There were a number of lady drivers, characteristically placed in their own ghetto rather than included in the overall results.
However, I corrected that myself by sorting by time along, and ladies came in 4th, 5th and 6th fastest, and there was one DNF on the day when a lady driver came undone and bent the car up a bit - a few mudguard dents and a fright, apparently, was all that happened.
The hill was used intermittently into the late 1960s.
Thanks to TROVE - a fluke discovery when I was looking or something else.
The 1901-1935 section of my results file on my website had been updated accordingly
Edited by Terry Walker, 04 October 2011 - 15:08.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 21:16
Posted 04 October 2011 - 21:50
Does anybody have a list of competitiors for the Greensborough hill climb? I am after the MG entries.
Also, what road was the hillclimb held on?
Not what you seek, but for the prewar MG site an old and undoubtedly familiar photo of Hope Bartlett's Q Type. I learned only in the last fortnight that the previously unknown figure beside the car is Fred Robinson who spannered and passengered in this and other Bartlett MGs at the time.
Posted 03 February 2014 - 21:50
No doubt, I did a lot of exploring up around that area including Newnes, Sofala, Hill End and in more recent times (20-30 years ago!) I had to call into the Rylstone Base Hospital with a badly banged up ankle. The nurse wanted to cut off my motorcycle boot so I said no thanks and rode back to Sydney in a lot of pain and in the pitch dark with meagre off road lighting.
While I'm here, I seem to remember Orange and Mount Canobolas being associated with a speed event - no its not Gnoo Blas (damn what I'd give to remember half the things I've forgotten!!)
The thread on Ted Ansell uncovered this information re the Hillclimb at Orange that I am so proud my brain remembered in a moment of clarity
Run by Orange LCC, 400 yard course, hill rises 310 feet.
Edited by 275 GTB-4, 03 February 2014 - 21:52.