Classic day for hill-climb racers

Last updated 13:21 06/02/2013
Turn of speed: Hutt Valley’s Craig Bartosh takes on Wallaceville Hill in his 1968.

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Wallaceville Hill - the climb from the Mangaroa Valley side - was motorised heaven for classic car enthusiasts on Sunday.

The annual hill climb for classic cars, organised by the Wellington Triumph Sports Car Club, again attracted good competitor numbers in a grass roots event which, the club's website says, is "open to almost anything that isn't a four-wheel-drive".

Each of the classic cars were driven over at least three timed climbs over a couple of hours of action on a perfect summer Sunday morning.

Saturday afternoon in Upper Hutt saw the competition cars parked up for public inspection on the green patch opposite the council. A bouncy castle was on hand for the younger of the enthusiasts and Peter Scott, club captain of the Sports Car Club, said there was a "good and friendly" response from the public, enjoying the chance to get up close to the vehicles.

The Wellington Triumph Sports Car Club has been in operation since 1983. Its activities emphasise the sporting nature of its drivers, including the annual Triumphs at Taupo meeting, where clubs from all over the North Island gather, while the Wallaceville event is touted as catering for the more competitive.

Car enthusiasts have two more events this Sunday with the Super Chevy Sunday at Harcourt Park and the British Car Day at Trentham Memorial Park.

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- Upper Hutt Leader


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