SA Hillclimb Championships on October 13 and 14

Derek Foster of Meadows at speed, Collingrove Hillclimb.
Derek Foster of Meadows at speed, Collingrove Hillclimb.

About 100 drivers will charge the Hill at Collingrove in a quest for the CAMS City Discount Tyres Nailsworth SA Hillclimb Championships on October 13 and 14.

With fine weather forecast and few interstate drivers heading over, it should give South Australian drivers an excellent opportunity to excel.

In the outright Classes, it will be a struggle between Formula type cars and highly tuned lightweight Hillclimb Specials.

2017 Champion, Angaston's Dave Mahon in his Ninja GA7 powered by a 1287cc Motor Cycle engine will try to defeat Queensland's Dean Tighe in his Dallara-Judd 4.0-litre car with a Formula 1 power plant.

Other contenders are Michael Bishop in his Hayward 19 and Victorian Alan Foley, a Collingrove regular at the championships, in his R Foley, both in light and nimble new cars on debut.

Further giving the outright competition a shake are Derek and Allan Foster and David Pfieffer all having performed really well in recent competition.

The competition among the classes will be hot and strong as always and one of the largest entries is in Rally Cars 4WD with 13 drivers

Collingrove Hillclimb organiser Daryl Warman

“The competition among the classes will be hot and strong as always and one of the largest entries is in Rally Cars 4WD with 13 drivers,” Daryl Warman said.

On the recent form, there will be hot times particularly from Henry Beasley in his EVO9 who is trying all out to break the record for the Class of 31.76 seconds.

The other Classes that have cars ranging from everyday drivers such as Excel's through Corvette's, Monaro's, Sports Cars of all types and highly tuned Sports sedans and historics.

Something to keep everybody interested and entertained.

On Sunday, after the Championships runs are complete and while the scores are being collated, a top 12 "Shootout" will be held.

This will be held between invited four open-wheel cars, four all-wheel-drive cars and four FWD or RWD cars - which will be a true dash for cash.

The site was established in the early 1950's by a group of enthusiastic Sporting Car Club of SA members, as a purpose-built Hillclimb course.

The venue of the first CAMS sanctioned event, the Australian Hillclimb Championship held at Easter 1953.

“Come out and see the best of amateur motorsport,” Mr Warman encouraged.

Collingrove Hillclimb is to be found at 71 Hillclimb Road Mount McKenzie.

Hillclimb Road is found 8km down the Eden Valley Road from Angaston SA, well signposted.

Collingrove provides plenty of excellent viewing areas, there is free parking and is an excellent place for a picnic among fellows climb enthusiasts.

It is a child-friendly venue and excellent entertainment at the end of the School holidays. Onsite Canteen. Admission is $15 per adult or $30 per carload. Children aged under 16 are free.