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Rob Roy Historic Hill Climb

The Vintage Sports Car Club of Victoria.

Sunday August 13 2017

My first visit to the historic Rob Roy Hill Climb but it was the 80th anniversary of the venue.


From the programme: Rob Roy is the second oldest paved hill climb venue in the world with the track being first sealed in 1937 and remaining in use until 1961. In 1990 the track was taken over in an extremely derelict state by the MG Car Club. Since then it has been progressively rehabilitated with funding from the MG Car Club, The Victorian State Government, the Vintage Sports Club, the Victorian Historic Racing Register and the volunteer labour of the MG Car Club members.

More on the VSCC of Vic can be found at their website:

http://vintagesportscarclub.org.au/ and Facebook pages.


Entries are for pre 1939 cars with a few others invited. The weather was perfect, the track dry, the food was good, the coffee not so! I meet up with a few Australian Lancia Register members loitering around the paddock. Iain Simpson was running his Lambda, Marc Bondini and John Hickford were in John's, now Marc's, Eddie Perkins Lancia Special replica and Warrick Beanland was running the Ron Chandler V8 Lambda for his first time.


Below is a selection of photos and a few badly shot videos I took with the new Lumix camera, will do better next time after re-reading the manual, all 411 pages of it, when I got home!

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Early morning in the padock.
Early morning in the padock.
Dom Dimattina in his SS100 heads off to scrutineering.
Dom Dimattina in his SS100 heads off to scrutineering.
Scrutineering shed, is that Simmo's Lamdba there?
Scrutineering shed, is that Simmo's Lamdba there?
"Umm, isn't 1993 current"?
"Umm, isn't 1993 current"?
I'll borrow one before I go up the hill, problem solved.
I'll borrow one before I go up the hill, problem solved.
The Cox Lambda in the car park.
The Cox Lambda in the car park.
1929/39 Morris Minor, Peter Davey.
1929/39 Morris Minor, Peter Davey.
Iain Simpson. "Do you have a current fire extinguisher"?
Iain Simpson. "Do you have a current fire extinguisher"?
1934 Wolseley Hornet Special, John Balthazar.
1934 Wolseley Hornet Special, John Balthazar.
1937 SS Jaguar 100. Geoff Asher.
1937 SS Jaguar 100. Geoff Asher.
Simmo's Lancia Lambda
Simmo's Lancia Lambda
John Hickford/Marc Bondini. 1929 Lancia Eddie 
Perkins Special replica, and some of Marc's garden furniture!
John Hickford/Marc Bondini. 1929 Lancia Eddie
Perkins Special replica, and some of Marc's garden furniture!
Problems, gearbox stuck in two gears at the same time!
Problems, gearbox stuck in two gears at the same time!
"Let's just get the top off the box and we'll see what's in there".
"Let's just get the top off the box and we'll see what's in there".
Racing Austin 7's in the paddock.
Racing Austin 7's in the paddock.
1926 Delage DISS, Mark O'Neill.
1926 Delage DISS, Mark O'Neill.
1926 Alvis 12/50, Andrew Green.
1926 Alvis 12/50, Andrew Green.
1926 Frazer Nash, Peter Donald.
1926 Frazer Nash, Peter Donald.
1924 Vauxhall 30/98, on loan to Mark Burns from Patrick Ryan
1924 Vauxhall 30/98, on loan to Mark Burns from Patrick Ryan
1930 Bentley Speed Six, Barry Batagol.
1930 Bentley Speed Six, Barry Batagol.
1930 Bentley Speed Six, Barry Batagol.
1930 Bentley Speed Six, Barry Batagol.
1926 Vauxhall 30/98, Michael Hipkins.
1926 Vauxhall 30/98, Michael Hipkins.
1918 Vauxhall Type D, Patrick Ryan.
1918 Vauxhall Type D, Patrick Ryan.
1928 Ford Model A, Doug Sterry.
1928 Ford Model A, Doug Sterry.
1928 Lombard AL3, Neill Murdoch.
1928 Lombard AL3, Neill Murdoch.
1928 Lombard AL3, Neill Murdoch.
1928 Lombard AL3, Neill Murdoch.
1937 Ford Special, John Lakeland.
1937 Ford Special, John Lakeland.
1925 Bugatti 35 Anzani, Doug Heming.
1925 Bugatti 35 Anzani, Doug Heming.
1925 Bugatti 35 Anzani, Doug Heming.
Rebuild with a new replica chassis.
1925 Bugatti 35 Anzani, Doug Heming.
Rebuild with a new replica chassis.
1927/39 Ron Chandler V8 Lambda, Warwick Beanland
1927/39 Ron Chandler V8 Lambda, Warwick Beanland
Back with John & Marc. John Brenan overseas the repairs.
Back with John & Marc. John Brenan overseas the repairs.
If we do this up it should be OK!
If we do this up it should be OK!
We'll give her a go once this is tight.
We'll give her a go once this is tight.
1930 Austin 7, Phillip Hallo.
1930 Austin 7, Phillip Hallo.
Warming up before practice.
Warming up before practice.
1936 SS Jaguar 100 s/c, Ed Nantes.
1936 SS Jaguar 100 s/c, Ed Nantes.
1936 SS Jaguar 100 s/c, Ed Nantes.
1936 SS Jaguar 100 s/c, Ed Nantes.
1938 SS Jaguar 100, Dom Dimattina.
1938 SS Jaguar 100, Dom Dimattina.
Marc drives the Lancia down to scrutineering.
Marc drives the Lancia down to scrutineering.
Marc drives the Lancia down to scrutineering.
Marc drives the Lancia down to scrutineering.
While Piers tops up the radiator the essential pass sticker is applied.
While Piers tops up the radiator the essential pass sticker is applied.
Patrick Ryan and Allan Tyrell line up for their practice run.
Patrick Ryan and Allan Tyrell line up for their practice run.
1934 MG Q Type, John Lackey.
1934 MG Q Type, John Lackey.
Doug Sterry in the Ford A.
Doug Sterry in the Ford A.
Barry Batagol and the Bentley Speed Six .
Barry Batagol and the Bentley Speed Six .
Andrew Green and the Alvis 12/50 zoom up the hill.
Andrew Green and the Alvis 12/50 zoom up the hill.
Start line.
Start line.
1932 MG F Type, Ryan Thompson.
1932 MG F Type, Ryan Thompson.
Mark Burns Vauxhall 30/98 leaves the line.
Mark Burns Vauxhall 30/98 leaves the line.
1964 Ford Anglia Super, Russ Mead.
1964 Ford Anglia Super, Russ Mead.
Michael Hipkins in his 30/98.
Michael Hipkins in his 30/98.
Simmo at the start. "Watch for the green light, go straight ahead then turn right, got it"?
Simmo at the start. "Watch for the green light, go straight ahead then turn right, got it"?
Simmo adopts his racing position!
Simmo adopts his racing position!
The next group of cars waiting lining up for the start.
The next group of cars waiting lining up for the start.
1927/39 Ron Chandler V8 Lambda, Warwick Beanland
1927/39 Ron Chandler V8 Lambda, Warwick Beanland
Marc Bondini get instructions on his first ever run in Perkins Special.
Marc Bondini get instructions on his first ever run in Perkins Special.
He makes it to the first right hander, is that steam coming from the exhaust?
He makes it to the first right hander, is that steam coming from the exhaust?
Safely back in the pits!
Safely back in the pits!
Looks like the head gasket has a bit of a leak.
Looks like the head gasket has a bit of a leak.
No worries, just add more water.
No worries, just add more water.
John Hickford looks for first gear.
John Hickford looks for first gear.
At the start.
At the start.
Time for deep breath.
Time for deep breath.
And away we go.
And away we go.
John first ran the original Eddie Perkins special here over 60 years ago.
John first ran the original Eddie Perkins special here over 60 years ago.
John returns safely to the padock.
John returns safely to the padock.
Dom Dimattina in SS100.
Dom Dimattina in SS100.
1930 DeSoto CF8, Stewart Perry.
1930 DeSoto CF8, Stewart Perry.
Mark Burns appreciates the extra space and slips elegantly into the 30/98.
Mark Burns appreciates the extra space and slips elegantly into the 30/98.
1928 Austin 7 Sports Special, Martin Stubbs.
1928 Austin 7 Sports Special, Martin Stubbs.
The amazing John Hickford and an impressed Chris Long.
The amazing John Hickford and an impressed Chris Long.
1934 Railton Sports Tourer, Jim Scammell.
1934 Railton Sports Tourer, Jim Scammell.
1934 Railton Sports Tourer, Jim Scammell.
1934 Railton Sports Tourer, Jim Scammell.
1934 Railton Sports Tourer, Jim Scammell. The Hudson Straight 8.
1934 Railton Sports Tourer, Jim Scammell. The Hudson Straight 8.
The Hudson Straight 8.
The Hudson Straight 8.
1927/39 Ron Chandler V8 Lambda, Warwick Beanland
1927/39 Ron Chandler V8 Lambda, Warwick Beanland
Ford flathead V8.
Ford flathead V8.
1927/39 Ron Chandler V8 7th series Lambda.
1927/39 Ron Chandler V8 7th series Lambda.
Graeme Steinfort in his natural habitat. 1932 Austin 7.
Graeme Steinfort in his natural habitat. 1932 Austin 7.
1926 Talbot 700 Grand Prix, Noel Cunningham. I need to get hold of one of those Cams media vests!
1926 Talbot 700 Grand Prix, Noel Cunningham. I need to get hold of one of those Cams media vests!
1926 Talbot 700 Grand Prix, Noel Cunningham.
1926 Talbot 700 Grand Prix, Noel Cunningham.
Doug Sterry in the Ford A at the start.
Doug Sterry in the Ford A at the start.
Simmo gets ready for his first offical run up the hill.
Simmo gets ready for his first offical run up the hill.
1914 Delage Type S Grand Prix, Stuart Murdoch.
1914 Delage Type S Grand Prix, Stuart Murdoch.
The new engine block.
The new engine block.
A nice collection of Veterans on display.
A nice collection of Veterans on display.
End of the day for me.
End of the day for me.

If in the future you're considering entering here are this years regulations to download.

Click on first photo to enlarge and play slide show