Classic car in Wellington hill climb disaster

02:52, Mar 25 2013
A screen grab from the video of Bernie Huynen's 1962 Austin Healey crashing into a bank on a hill climb event in Wellington.
HILL TROUBLE: A screen grab from the video of Bernie Huynen's 1962 Austin Healey crashing into a bank on a hill climb event in Wellington.

A rare 1962 Austin Healey nearly rolled after losing traction on Wellington's Mt Victoria - and the whole thing was caught on camera.

Bernie Huynen, 61, was competing in the Alexandra Rd Hill-climb event on March 17, run by the Wellington Car Club, when a light rain set in.

"I was driving very cautiously," Huynen said.

But caution was not enough and, while rounding a moderate left-hand bend, he appears to have hit a slick patch and lost traction, careening into a dirt bank and into trees.

"I just came around the corner and it spat me into the bank."

He has 40 years' experience racing Austins and his confidence is evident in the video, as he stays remarkably calm as his car reels from the impact.

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He now faces the daunting prospect of repairs on the rare, all-aluminium car, which he has only had for six months.

"That's what's so soul destroying."

The car is a highly-modified 1962 Austin Healey 3000 which boasts a 3-litre straight six-cylinder engine.

For results of the event, see here (PDF). 

See the video below - (crash about 1:00):

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