Mount Gladstone hopeful of bigger hill climb

Wednesday 11 March, 2020
Photo: Mayne Ridge Photography
Entries for the first Mount Gladstone hill climb of 2020 are now open, with interested drivers having until Thursday 19 March to secure their position in the event.
Considered as one of the best hill climbs in New South Wales, the event will see competitors have four attempts at the one-kilometre course, which climbs the Mount Gladstone Road just four kilometres west of the rural town of Cooma.
With entries starting from $40, competitors can enter via the Motorsport Australia entry portal here, or at the Cooma Car Club website.
The event currently has 20 competitors already locked in, and event organiser Ian Hampton believes that there will be more drivers likely to attend the event.
“We are really looking forward to the start of our autumn hill climb season, especially as we now have the Royal Hotel Cooma as major sponsor for this first Mount Gladstone hill climb for the year,” Hampton said.
“This year will be no different and with around a week still remaining until we close entries, I’m confident we will get more passionate drivers wanting to have a go at this beauty of a course.
“From the entries we have already received, there are some really interesting ones including former winner Gareth Rees who has entered something completely different this year – a lightweight Hyperracer Pro Racer. It’s a car powered by a 450cc motor cycle engine, which has won at the Southern Districts Motorsports Association hill climb in the ACT.
“Other interesting entries include Adrian Row from Queanbeyan in a Golf R, David Deeves in his fast Monaro GTS and Anthony Hyde in his very fast Volvo 242 GT.
“It really is a great day out for competitors, officials and spectators so I encourage anyone within the vicinity to get down in whatever capacity and enjoy a fantastic grassroots event.”
Spectators for the event will be able attend via a free shuttle bus, which will be running all day to take patrons up and down the mount. There will also be food and drinks available for spectators, who can enter the event free of charge.
The current record for the hill climb stands at 39.46 seconds, which was set in 2017 by Reece McIntosh behind the wheel VW Golf R.
The Mount Gladstone hill climb takes place on 22 March with entries to close on 19 March.