Hill climb club's first big event

By Catherine Pattison on Sat, 21 Apr 2018 | Latest News
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Chris Hey.

What do motorsport enthusiasts do if they inhabit an area that boasts some incredible roads for hosting events?

They form a car club. Or in the case of the South Otago Car Club (SOCC), they revive a club that was last functioning back in the 1950s and give it a new lease of life.

‘‘We felt that because there's so many good roads in the South Otago area that we should resurrect the club. It's a big area too, stretching from Waihola down to the bottom of the Catlins and as far over as Lawrence,'' SOCC committee member Chris Hey said.

The club has about 40 members and has already run two autocross events on grass, attracting about 30 entries each time.

Its next big project involves taking over the running of the Kaitangata Bob Scott Memorial Hill Climb.

The 2km gravel event will be held on Saturday at Whites Rd, Kaitangata, on a longer course than the cars have previously competed on. Hey said the extension includes ‘‘a couple more corners and a steep climb before the finish line''.

‘‘Some trees have come down and the road is quite hard-packed.''

Entrants will have four runs up the hill and there are three engine-size-orientated classes, plus a 4WD category and a sports and racing cars class.

At lunchtime, there will be a 1km under-14 running race up the hill climb.

Hey said the SOCC is hoping to secure a round of the New Zealand Hill Climb Championship later this year, with Clydevale pencilled in as the location.

The committee is also looking for a venue to host a multisurface event, where drivers would compete over a tarmac, gravel and grass course, similar to rallycross.


Want to know more?

For more information, visit the club's website,
www.socc.co.nz, or its Facebook page.