There are many different forms and classes of Motorsport for full sized cars, solo 1, time attack, road racing, oval racing, drag racing and rallies. I’ve done most of these, but this summer I had a chance to compete in one I’ve never done before, the “Hillclimb”. Originally back in the day,
this was usually done on back roads up a twisty hill over a set distance against the clock.
The most notable one in Ontario was Hockley Valley in the early 50’s. This is still done worldwide with some clubs, but lately some Grand Prix circuits are being used for this type of event. They will take a section of the track with progressively increasing elevation and that will be the course. Running from point A to point B. This can be quite challenging as the tracks are usually designed with a smooth flow in mind, but when you reverse direction it’s a whole new game.
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) near Bowmanville Ontario, has been around since 1961. This type of event has been held once in 1964 and again in the 80s.
This past June I entered the hillclimb there in a new event called “Glory Days Celebration of Speed” this weekend long event has numerous
Auto and Motorcycle events patterned after the famous Goodwood event in England. I prepared my Historic Audi 80 Racecar for this race up the hill, which starts just north of the track’s turn 5c and and you race the opposite direction (counterclockwise) to the start finish line . Well, I have many laps on the circuit in the regular direction but when approaching it the other way I thought I was somewhere else totally!
After the first morning my new tires were scrubbed in and I was beginning to figure this course out. I immediately got the fastest time of the day and felt so good about it. Then the the others started figuring it out and the battle was on. A few of us would keep out doing each other and the times would keep dropping. Some had mechanical issues, some would go off the track. It was exciting and intense. By day three, I was able to keep myself and car in order and secure the fastest time for a Classic car and a third overall. All in all, I would recommend this type of event for all enthusiasts to try at least once. It’s a thrill you won’t soon forget!
Written by Perry M. Mason