Classics in Hillclimb

IN a fitting tribute to the classic nature of the now annual Lufra Hillclimb, a field of some 50 cars, led by Mike Clark’s 100-year-old classic Italian race car, the 1921 Ansaldo, enjoyed an action-packed day driving up the old Eaglehawk Neck highway.

Run by Club Motori Italia, the hillclimb is different to most motorsport events, being a regularity race, so competitors race the clock, not others, to see who can set the most consistent times.

This sees a broad range of older and more gentile vehicles enter, from Chris Edwards’ mouth-watering pre-war classic Bentley, which won drive on the day, to more modern classics such as Owen Briggs’ Dick Johnson Shell Racing replica Falcon and many others in-between.

A crowd of some 200 people passed through to watch the action on a beautiful clear winter’s day, while calling into the Lufra Hotel for a quick bite and drink or to the Tasman Lions van outside, for some fresh quail.

Report by Becher Townshend

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