Originally posted by 275 GTB-4
I think you will find that the Hillclimb was on Nowra Hill which has the Naval Air Station RADAR turning on its peak...
Mick, when you post something like this I'm sure you aren't aware of how much trouble it can cause...
There's a very good chance there was never any hillclimb held at or near Nowra in the period involved. There are none mentioned on Leif Snellman's site, and if there had been such a climb there is a 99% chance that Brian Lear would have found mention of it in his newspaper searches and advised Hans to put into that list.
Your comment, however, could cause someone to spend endless hours looking for evidence of such an event.
If you know
that such a climb was held and it's been missed, you should post that information.
Robert has suggested that his Nowra reference is to races at Gerringong Beach, he is probably right.
Now a note for Robert...
The comment about 'better luck than he (Jim Gullan) experienced in South Australia' might well be explained by his connection with the Nelson car.
When Jack bought the wrecked 1922 Targa Florio Ballot after its Phillip Island crash, he didn't send all the parts back to WA. Among the bits left behind was the fuel tank, which was of significant capacity.
Gullan acquired this tank and fitted it to his Wolesley Hornet for the 1936 SA Centenary GP, a race over 150 miles, and he ran off the road and damaged the car in this event. The reason he gave for running off the road was that, after half distance or so in the race, the fuel surge in the Ballot tank made the car unstable in the fast corner in which he left the road.
Gullan, therefore, had something to do with each of the three Ballots which raced in Australia.
Further to that, the car as built up by Nelson had Ballot running gear, but after he blew up the 2-litre engine before he raced the car he fitted a Ford V8. The chassis, however, was not Ballot at all. That had been left in Victoria, he replaced it with a Chev 4 frame.
Later, of course, he built the Ballot Olds on a touring Ballot chassis.