ROB ROY HILL CLIMB AUGUST 13 th

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ROB ROY HILL CLIMB AUGUST 13 th

Post by JOHN ECKHART (FONZE) on Mon Jun 26 2017, 12:10

ROB ROY HILL
CELEBRATES 80 YEARS 1937-2017.
80 years of Rob Roy – a snapshot
The first Rob Roy Speed Hillclimb was held on 1st Feb 1937 and FTD was taken at that meeting by Jack Day in the Day Special with a time of 37.39 seconds – the times have come down a long way since then, with Andrew Howell’s long standing record of 17.30 – set in 2009 (also, as it happens, on the 1st of February).
Rob Roy is where the the first Australian and Victorian Hillclimb Championships were held – both on June 13th 1938. This event was won by Peter Whitehead in ERA R10B. Whitehead set FTD and a new record of 31.46 seconds – in those days the track was unsealed.
The track was bituminised in 1939 – at that time sharing the distinction, with Shelley Walsh and Prescott, of being the only specially designed, bitumen surfaced, hillclimbs in the world.
Prior to it’s closure in 1962, due to bush fires, eight of the record holders had also been Australian GP winners – including Sir Jack Brabham, Lex Davison, John Crouch and Peter Whitehead (UK)
This year also celebrates 25 years since the MGCC resurrected the hillclimb




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