This year sees the sixtieth anniversary of the Hockley Valley Hill Climb, first held in 1953. To celebrate the event old cars and drivers will visit the former race course on Third Line, off Hockley Road, on Thursday July 4 at 11:00 a.m. The first Hockley Valley Revival was held last year to mark fifty years since the last event took place there in 1962. Some twenty cars were in attendance.
Members of the Headwaters British Car Club, Orangeville, enjoyed the event so much that they decided to do it again. So the classic cars will be back, living proof that the ‘racers on the road’ at Hockley are not forgotten. As word about the Hockley Valley Hill Climb Revival has spread other clubs have caught the bug. Joining in this year will be members of the Georgian Bay British Car Club from Collingwood.
Sponsored by ‘’Motoring” representatives Heather Erwin and Kathey Stanton the event is a tribute to both drivers and cars from this evocative era. There has been a revival of interest in hillclimbing, and the fifties sports car scene in general, due to the discovery of old photographs and films from that era. Remarkably a few of the cars that actually raced at Hockley have also survived.
Among the ‘runners and riders’ to look out for are: Frank and Connie Mount, green MG TC; Al and Marlies Sands, blue Allard J2X-Cadillac and green Morgan Plus Four; and David Holmes with the ex-Tommy Hoan 1949 MG TC. Add a supporting cast of Jaguar, MGB, Triumph, original Mini and Mercedes and you have the makings of a marvelous trip down memory lane.
Following the hillclimb reenactment a barbecue will be held at Royal Chevrolet Cadillac in Orangeville, generous contributors to this event. For more on the Hockley Valley Hill Climb go here: http://rupert-lloyd-thomas.wikispaces.com/Hockley+Valley+Hill+Climb
Written by Rupert Lloyd Thomas