Knox Mountain Hillclimb Tag

[caption id="attachment_13866" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Regular VRCBC racer and 'Knox rookie', Phil Pidcock wheels his very quick 1965 Triumph Spitfire up the mountain. - Jim Moody photo[/caption] Posted: May 22, 2018

One of the VRCBC's very own 'travelling motorsports correspondents', Jim Moody covered this year's Leavitt Machinery Knox Mountain Hill Climb, and has sent us a report plus some excellent photos of the VRCBC members and friends who were competing. Thanks Jim!!

" VRCBC members and associates made their presence known at this year's running of the Knox Mountain Hill Climb. A mixture of  sun and cloud kept temperatures pleasant for the two day competition.

 Gayle Baird very ably represented the ladies (as always) piloting her Honda Civic up the 2.2 mile road course and posting a best time of 2:21.603. Legendary (ahem) race veteran Keith Robinson, no stranger to Knox, brought a Honda CRX to challenge the course and his best time for the weekend was 2:14.105.

Vancouver Island's Phil Pidcock, making his first appearance at Knox, drove his Triumph Spitfire to an excellent best time of 2:13.364. Larry ('Pops') Sandham once again had his familiar Mini Vauxhall up to speed clocking a best time of 2:04.188. Trevor ('Junior') Sandham drove his gold coloured Mini Cooper to a time of 2:11.249 on his fourth run of the weekend, and that stood as his best.

Mike Ball and Bruce Jamieson shared a Datsun 240Z, with Mike's best time showing as 2:12.770, while Bruce's best was 2:12.645. Nick and Stephen Gunner co-drove a Porsche 944 keeping the car busy on the hill with Nick's fastest time being 2:17.289. Stephen beat his brother's time by only .113 seconds to finish at 2:17.176.

The most fascinating story of the weekend was Doug Yip's son Trevor posting a very competitive time of 1:51.210 with Doug's self-designed and built 'Electric Cobra'; a Tesla-powered EV. Trevor was second fastest overall up Knox, beaten (by only 1.17 seconds) by Andre Marziali's highly modified BMW M3. Andre's FTD was 1:50.040 and he was crowned 'King of the Hill' for 2018.

The 2018 event is now in the history books and Knox Mountain is quiet once again ......... until next year's Hill Climb!"

Check out Jim's photos below.

[caption id="attachment_12733" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Vintage Class winner Geoff Tupholme in his Mini. - Brent Martin photo[/caption] Updated: May 30, 2017

Several of the VRCBC's finest and some other Vintage racers made the trip to Kelowna over the May long weekend for the 60th(!) edition of the Knox Mountain Hillclimb, the only remaining hill climb in Canada.

Update: Vintage Class winner, Geoff Tupholme's last minute scramble to get his Mini ready plus an in-car video of a run up the hill is captured on video. (here).

Update: The results are available online here. Brent Martin was also there and passed on some his photos of the action (see below). He has posted a lot more on his Facebook site (here) and on his web site (here).

[caption id="attachment_11823" align="aligncenter" width="450"]VRCBC member Geoff Tupholme lifts a rear wheel en route to a new personal best and Vintage Class win in his very fast Austin Mini. - Brent Martin photo VRCBC member Geoff Tupholme lifts a rear wheel en route to a new personal best and Vintage Class win in his very fast Austin Mini. - Brent Martin photo[/caption] Posted: June 4, 2016

The May long weekend saw the 59th(!) annual running of the Knox Mountain Hillclimb in Kelowna. Our 'travelling correspondent', Brent Martin has forwarded some of his photos of VRCBC members, old friends of the Club plus some other interesting 'older' racing cars. You can see all of Brent's event photos on his web site here.

The final results are available on the Knox Mountain Hillclimb site (here) or directly here and here.

[caption id="attachment_7106" align="aligncenter" width="480" caption="Bruce Jamieson takes Turn 7 in Bernie Hamm's Fiat X1/9 - Jim Moody photo"][/caption] By Jim Moody with files from Geoff Tupholme The Victoria Day long weekend was a busy one for VRCBC members. While some were 'working' at the All British Field Meet in Vancouver, others were having a great time climbing Knox Mountain in Kelowna. The Knox Mountain Hillclimb is the longest annually running (This year was the 55th!) paved hillclimb in North America, and VRCBC members have been participating for many years. This year, it was Frank Winterlik, Geoff Tupholme, Keith Robinson, Evan Williams, Bernie Hamm and Bruce Jamieson carrying the Club's banner up the challenging 2.2 mile course. Frank had his 1973 Porsche 911 RSR both looking and running great during the two day event, posting a best time of 2:08.349. Right behind Frank was Geoff and his quick little 1973 Austin Mini (fighting a plug-fouling mystery) turning a best time of 2:08.416. Bernie Hamm with his 1974 Fiat X-1/9 enjoyed his weekend of competition and came through with a best time of 2:27.906. Evan Williams, no stranger to Knox Mountain, brought his 1963 Jaguar XKE to the hill this year. Evan’s best time of the weekend was 2:30.268. Bruce Jamieson was just getting familiar with Bernie's Fiat and turned a 2:35.034.  Keith Robinson was our only single seater representative this year, driving his 1980 Van Diemen RF 80 Formula Ford to a best time was 2:10.073. The final results are available here. Check below for more photos.