Hillclimb champs come to Hillgrove

The 2017 CAMS Applewood Distillery Australian Hillclimb Championships returns to Collingrove Hillclimb on October 28 and 29, Collingrove Hillclimb's 65th anniversary.

A full field of Australia's best motorsport Hillclimbers will travel to the Barossa Valley venue to compete for both outright honours and a class victory.

The entry includes the current Australian Hillclimb champion Malcolm Oastler who has won the title three times previously.

He will be competing against other former title holders, Gary West (three times) and Greg Ackland (once) as well as the 2017 SA Hillclimb champion Nuriootpa's David Mahon for the outright honours.

The event is to be held at Collingrove Hillclimb, 71 Hillclimb Road, Mount Mc McKenzie.

The full field of competitors will include classes for all types of cars from the regular daily driver through marque sports cars, rally cars, open and closed sports cars, the ever colourful and fast sports sedans, historic classes as well as the fabulously fast Hillclimb specials.

A full field of 150 competitors are expected and on Sunday the event will conclude with the Autosport Top 12 Shootout, pitching the fastest four open-wheel racers, the fastest four all-wheel drive cars and the four fastest two-wheel drive cars against each other.

Collingrove Hillclimb has a rich history and is unique in character.

Established in the early 1950's by a group of enthusiastic Sporting Car Club of SA Inc members as a purpose-built Hillclimb course, it was the venue of the first CAMS sanctioned event, the Australian Hillclimb Championship held at Easter 1953.

After Bathurst, Collingrove is the oldest continuously operating motorsport venue in Australia.

Collingrove Hillclimb is tight, twisty and technical, requiring great courage, precision, and skill from the driver to gain a competitive time.

The outright record of 27.25 seconds is held by multiple Hillclimb champion Brett Hayward, in his self-engineered Hayward 014 - a highly developed lightweight Hillclimb race car powered by a Hayabusa engine.

This record was set in 2014 during the South Australian Hillclimb Championships; the question is, will it be lowered in 2017?

At Collingrove Hillclimb there is abundant free parking and a wealth of excellent viewing spots.

Bring a picnic or support the on-site canteen, providing the best of Barossa barbeque and bakery foods.

Entrance fee is $15 a head or $30 per carload, children free.