HRCC Historic Mount Cotton preview

Quality field set for action. Historic Motorsport competitors are revving up for their first outing of the season on April 13, with the second annual Mount Cotton Hillclimb, to be promoted by the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland ...

Quality field set for action.

Historic Motorsport competitors are revving up for their first outing of the season on April 13, with the second annual Mount Cotton Hillclimb, to be promoted by the Historic Racing Car Club of Queensland (HRCC).

The HRCC held their inaugural Mount Cotton event in August last year to rave reviews, with a large crowd on hand experiencing a top day of action and excitement.

Once again this year, there will be a special subsection for regularity competitors, where the drivers attempt to equal a predetermined time.

Due to a high number of entries, the class has been split into three groups, with a wide cross section of vehicles spread throughout.

Leading the charge will be “Super” Dean Croyden in his XW GT Falcon, Reg Wheeler in his immaculate GTR XU-1 Torana, and a swag of other cars, from Fairmonts to Minis.

In fact it will be a big meeting for the Minis, with eight “bricks” scheduled to take to the hill.

Donn Vidler in his Suzuki powered Sports Sedan example will be one to beat, after winning many championships in recent times.

In the Historic Touring Cars, the Mini battle will be between HRCC President Bill Westerman, the father and son combination of Keith and Luke Spark, as well as veteran John Stratton, and Brett Maddren.

Other Historic Tourers competing in Group Six will include the Cortinas of John Kingcott, Rod Pugh, Craig Lind and Mike Collins, as well as the Escort of Ken Wasley and Ian McIlwain's Datsun 1600.

There will also be plenty of Sports Cars on show, divided into several groups.

Group Five will consist of Kevin Gray (Datsun 240Z), David Whitehouse (Nota Fang), Brian Falloon (Triumph TR5), Barry Wise (Alfa Romeo 105 GTV) and Iain Nowell (Porsche 356).

Group Seven will see the Datsun 240Zs of Jon Siddins and Greg Hilton go up against the Triumph TR7s of John Carson and David Claes, as well as the Nissan 200ZX Turbo of Andrew Buzaglo.

Other Sports Cars competing include the Lotus Sevens of Alan Telfer, John Lungren and John Barram, as well as the Flintstone Ford of Peter Boel, the PRB Clubman of Malcolm Smith and the Welsor Clubman of Jason Wishart.

The magnificent 1931 Ford Indy Special of Rod McMullin will once again be out in force leading the Golden Oldies, while Bruce McPhail will be competing in his 1937 Austin Single Seater.

The Group Nine Muscle cars promise once again to be crowd pleasers.

Chris Bowden is will be out to make an impression in his 1963 Ford Falcon Sprint, which will be up against the Mustangs of Robin Yee and Kerry Finn.

Looking good for the Fastest Time of the Day will once again be the father-son combination of Chris and Simon Lake in the Formula Libre Axtell Suzuki.

Improvements to the Mount Cotton facility since last October's meeting by Mount Cotton owners, the MG Car Club, have made the facility barely recognisable.

For competitors, major changes to the venue will include the rerouting and paving of the return road from the finish line, the paving of access roads in the pit area, significant drainage works and changes to the Armco barriers.

These changes are in addition to other renovations in recent years to the track surface and run off areas, which consolidate Mount Cotton's reputation as Australia's premier hillclimbing facility.

Spectators will also notice major changes, which include alterations to the main viewing mound, including the addition of a retaining wall allowing increased access to cars near the start line, and new seating.

Gates open at 7am, with breakfast at the canteen firing up at 7:30am, with competition scheduled to start at 9.

Fast Facts

Gates Open- 7am First Run- 9am Location- The Mount Cotton Hillclimb is located in Logan City, just south of Brisbane. From the Pacific Motorway, take the Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road turnoff (just south of the Logan Hyperdome, or north of the Logan Motorway turnoff). You then travel approximately 5km down Beenleigh-Redland Bay Road, and turn left at Mount Cotton Road. The circuit is then 3km away at Gramzow Road, immediately past the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre on the left.

Internet sites-
www.hrcc.org.au - Home of the Historic Racing Car Club (Qld) Inc.
www.qrda.asn.au - Accelerate- for more stories and information on State level, Hillclimb and Historic competition in Queensland.

-hrcc-

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Series Hillclimb , Vintage
Drivers David White , John King , Mike Collins