Hill climb no bar for vintage car

Last updated 12:58 03/06/2014

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They may be old but they still have plenty of get up and go.

Vintage cars belied their age as their drivers took part in the Nelson Car Club hill climb on the winding road up the southern side of the of the Marahau-Sandy Bay hill.

The hill climb typically attracts hardy drivers willing to chance all in a timed race to the top.

The event is shared by the Nelson Vintage Car Club which this year managed to rally nine of the 15 drivers.

While modern car placings are based on times to the top, it is the vintage drivers who clock similar times over three runs who take the most points.

The local vintage contingent was bolstered by Dunedin's Jim Bennett and Christchurch's Avon Hyde. Bennett (Furi Impulse) won the vintage section with a time of 1.53.73, Hyde (Austin Special) came second with 1.53.83 and Doug Macdonald (Alfa Romeo) came third in a time of 2.04.54.

In the modern category, the drivers made good time despite the slippery road, with just one second between Nelson Car Club drivers Paul Russ (1.44.42 - EVO4) and Bruce Farley ( 1.45.42 - BMXe30). They were closely followed by Mike Lea (1.49.47 - BMW compact), Murray Sollitt (1.54.98 - Datsun P510), Gordon Trotter (2.08 -Mustang) and Nigel Reeve (2.06.51 - Saab).

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- The Nelson Mail

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