Any event at Rob Roy…
always feels like a bit of an adventure. The windy roads, seem to become even more enchanting as you get closer to the event, and then as you finally enter in the main gate, the excitement builds, a quick conversation with the friendly VSCC guys manning the gate, and it’s the sound of ‘something’ ripping off the start line that gets you!
This year’s event had the added promise of the 1914 Grand Prix Delage attending, a car that has featured in the news recently thanks to the extensive engine work that it has recently had completed. And once you meandered past the dummy grid; there it sat. Resplendant in the morning sun and never without a throng of onlookers keen to cast an eye over it.
With close to 60 entrants on the track, and easily more than that on official display, there was a smorgasbord of delights on for any car lover from a 6-cylinder Amilcar, MG’s of almost every variety, several Vauxhall’s that had made the most of the sunny weather for a Sunday frolic, and a Lancia Delta HF Integrale was spotted resting on the car park hill!
Action on the course made the most of the sunny conditions and there were some quick times posted. Graeme Raper in the Monoskate was super consistent throughout the day – and managed to not only win Group K, but also took outright honours. He was followed closely by Jim Russell in Testa Platta. At the other end of the spectrum was Ryan Thompson’s Mg F-Type, a car with significant Australian racing pedigree, and Stewart Perry who was running his De Soto CF8 that managed to sneak across the line in just under the 60 second mark.
A cracking turn out of cars, in one of Australia’s most important (and visually spectacular!) racing venues, the Vintage Sports Car Club’s Pre-War Rob Roy Hillclimb was EXACTLY what vintage racing is all about!