One of the oldest forms of motorsport, hillclimbing pits a driver against the clock in a literal uphill battle to be the fastest to the top. In 1937 members of the Light Car Club of Australia established the Rob Roy hillclimb event at Christmas Hills, 30 kilometres north east of Melbourne, Victoria. At the time the 695 meter track was one of only three purpose built bitumen surfaced hillclimb venues in the world, the other two being Prescott and Shelsley Walsh, both in the UK. Numerous meetings, including nine Australian Hillclimb Championships, were subsequently held at the track until 1962 when bushfires ravaged the area.
It was not until 1993 that the event was resurrected, with the track being resurfaced, safety infrastructure updated and the hillclimb now organised and run by the MG Car Club. The Rob Roy Historic & Classic Hillclimb remains an annual event held each November and attracts a fascinating range of vintage and post war vehicles.
For further info and details check out the official website: robroyhillclimb.com.au