But you did do the first run as described, correct?
And then tried to beat it on the second?
While that's true to a point, Ray, both the first and second runs tended to be pretty 'banzai' as you could never quite count on the best conditions lasting for the second run and on several occasions the outright record fell on the first run. The important 'sighting' run was the drive up the hill with tow car and trailer. I always tried to time arrival at the pit area on the beach promenade so that, once unloaded, you would be directed to drive up the hill and leave the tow car and trailer parked at the top. That gave you an opportunity to have a good look at areas like the 'pinch' and the following chicane which are not in use other than on that one day each year. Athough you can drive up the rest of the road through the park at any time of year, the 'pinch' is normally a footpath area and the 'road' surface running up it and on which you need to do some serious braking on a quick run tended to change a little from year to year.
All in all King Edward Park has always been a pretty unique sort of challenge for a hillclimber and, even in its now emasculated form, it remains a pretty special place.
On tyre warmers, was it 'Spike' Jones who had a LP gas-fired tyre warmer that he used just before the start?
Yes, as I recall "Spike' would jack up the car and run it in gear to warm up both the transmission and rear tyres. The car was piped up so that he could plug in an LPG bottle and lite up the burners so that they played on the rear tyres and warmed them up while rotating. The 'tyre warmer' Ray and I have been referring to is that big ball of fire in the sky!!!
Could it be that my first thoughts were correct?
Yes again, Greg. On reflection it is not King Edward Park and probably is the 40 bends at Lithgow although I only went there once and could certainly not claim any great depth of knowledge about the place.