Rob Roy Hill Climb

‘From Pardon Hairpin to Tin Shed Corner’- Prescott’s link with the oldest Hillclimb in Australia

Prescott and Rob Roy have many things in common, one of them being that the first meetings for both venues are only one year apart – Rob Roy in 1937 and Prescott in 1938.

At our September 2010 meeting a wall plaque was unveiled to announce the ‘association’ that PRESCOTT HILL CLIMB has formed with the ROB ROY HILLCLIMB just out of Melbourne in the SE State of Victoria.

Initiated via the joint interests of members from both venues, it was felt that to have an ‘association’ of some kind, a kind of‘ twinning’ of venues rather than towns, was a good way to enhance and promote the common cause of hillclimbing on a global theme.

ROB ROY was the first purpose designed and constructed hillclimb in Australia and held its inaugural meeting on 1st February 1937, FTD [37.39 secs] was Jack Day in a Bugatti with a Ford V8 engine! The 760 yards course, ‘half a mile’, has not altered in 70+ years, and today’s record is 17.64, held by Andrew Howell in a Gould GR55B, and this amazingly fast run, in February this year, included running over a snake just before the finish line!

PRESCOTT and ROB ROY have quite a lot in common, including the fact that both are administered by car clubs; in 1992 the MG Car Club of Victoria took over responsibility for the lease of ‘ROB ROY’ land and began a programme of ‘continuous improvement’ to the course, facilities and environs.

The main initial objective of the ‘association’ was to develop a ‘social’ dialogue, with a tie-up in our respective web sites, magazines and event programmes. The purpose is to broaden the awareness, understanding and friendly comradely of Hillclimbing to enthusiasts on both sides of the world.

A good example of this is the biannual Rob Roy/Prescott “Brake Shoes Challenge”. This is when a team of drivers representing both Club’s compete against one another in similar vehicles. The inaugural event in 2013 was won by the “Poms”. The reverse fixture in 2015 saw the Trophy making its way half way around the World having been won back by the Aussies – a kind of motor racing Ashes! Roll on 2017 back at Prescott for revenge.

For further information please contact the Club Office on 01242 673136 or e-mail stuart@bugatti.co.uk. Ex-pat Aussie BOC member, John Passmore can also help and can be reached on 01491 641566 or via e-mail : cpassmore@btinternet.com

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