The rain may have had an impact on the number of entries at this year's Bob Scott Memorial Hill Climb in Kaitangata, but the drivers were as competitive as ever with less than a second separating the top two.
Twenty-four drivers in five different categories battled it in front of a small crowd on Saturday.
Part of the Eastern Southland Car Club Championship, the goal was to make the fastest run up a 1.8 kilometre gravel road. Each driver had four attempts.
Balclutha driver and defending champion Dean Bond was the fastest on the day in his EVO 6.5, posting a time of 1:12:08.
Hot on his heels in second place was Dunedin's Craig Molloy with a time of 1:12:96 in his EVO 3.
Bond was surprised his time was only about a second slower than when he won under dry conditions last year.
He described the track as fast at the bottom and technical around the corners. Overall, he was happy about the close finish, the win and the "very nice" trophy donated by the Scott family.
The hill climb, named after Kaitangata identity the late Bob Scott, was raced in the same spot in the 60s and 70s and Scott held the fastest time on the hill for many years.
It was his grandson Robert Scott's first time in the competition, he was up against his father and uncle in the sports car category. All drove restored cars that once belonged to Bob Scott, but it was father, also called Robert Scott, who posted the fastest time in that category of 1:31:01 in a CEA V8 Special.
- The Southland Times