Ready for racing

THE Cooma Car Club is gearing up to host the second Mount Gladstone Hill Climb on this weekend.

Drivers with a need for speed will twist and turn their way up the one kilometre track at Mount Gladstone in their vehicle of choice. The aim, to get to the top as quickly as possible. Last year some cars reached speeds of 160 km/h completing the course in about 40 seconds.

The event follows on from the success of the inaugural hill climb hosted by the club last November and has received the backing from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

"CAMS officials came to the first hill climb and were really happy with the course and the way it was run," Cooma Car Club member Ian Hampton said.

As many motor sport venues across Australia face closure and come under pressure, the Cooma Car Club is cementing the hill climb at Mount Gladstone as a premier venue for motor sport.

Mt Gladstone is considered to be a great new venue, as it is a suitably challenging road which can be closed for a number of days each year, subject to Police, Council and Roads and Maritime Services approvals.

"Over time there are less and less grass root type venues available," Mr Hampton said.

"There are more and more restrictions on venues. This is one more good hill in NSW."

The first event attracted 32 drivers, from Canberra and locally.

This time organisers are hoping to get 50 registered for the day.

So far, most entries have been from locals, and from the Southern Districts Motorsports Association (SDMA) who manage the nearest Hillclimb venue in Canberra. The Canberra venue has restrictions on the number of events they can run, so SDMA and the NSW Hillclimb Committee of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) are very keen to have access to this new venue.

Entries are open until Thursday 8pm and Mr Hampton encouraged local motoring enthusiasts to register for the event or head along and spectate on the day.

"If you want to have a fun day on the hill and test yourself come up," he said.

"The car must be registerable and the club will help with getting a CAMS 2 licence."

There is no charge for spectators and there are two good designated spectator areas. A courtesy shuttle bus will run all day taking spectators and family from the bottom to the top and back again. Food and (non- alcoholic) drink are available at the bottom and the top of the track.

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