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Bluff hillclimb event returns in January

 

Motorsport will return to the road that scales Bluff Hill (Motu Pohue) once again this January.

Earlier this year the inaugural Bayview Hotel Pub Charity Bluff "Where The Journey Begins" Sealed Hillclimb was held, bringing 31 cars to the iconic hill. The event was won by Ross MacKay of Ashburton in a 400hp Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 3RS in a time of 1 minute 3.407 seconds. His prize was a drive in the DFAC Challenge (a match race series using Dong Feng trucks) at the Silverstone Race To The Sky at Cardrona, an event that he went on to win.

That first Bluff Hillclimb was such a success that organisers have been working towards staging a repeat of the event on Saturday 27 January 2007.

The hillclimb utilises a testing 1.6 kilometre stretch of road that climbs to a height of 264 metres above sea level at the summit. From a standing start at the bottom of the hill the cars climb through some steep corners before the road opens out to a long uphill straight. This section is punctuated by two chicanes and is followed by another steep twisty section of road that takes the cars to the finish line.

Once again in 2007 the winner of the Bluff event will race in the DFAC Challenge at the Silverstone Race To The Sky on 7 & 8 April 2007. This will be a much sought after prize as it takes the winner to one of the premier motorsport events in the country.


The event is a joint project between Bluff Promotions, who instigated the initial event, assisted by the Eastern Southland Car Club and the Southland Sports Car Club. The event forms a part of both the Southland Sport Car Club's Speed Championship and the Eastern Southland Car Club's Club Championship.

There are several classes for vehicles in the event - Class A is for 2 wheel drive vehicles from 0 - 1300cc, Class B is for 2 wheel drive cars from 1301cc - 1600cc and Class C is a 2 wheel drive class for 1601cc cars and over. Class D is for 4 wheel drive cars while Class E is for Sports and Racing Cars.

Each car will get four runs throughout the day and the fastest time of each will count towards the result.

Details are currently being finalised for the Bluff event including the gaining of the appropriate approvals to stage the hillclimb and entry forms will be available in the very near future.

Earlier this year the inaugural Bayview Hotel Pub Charity Bluff "Where The Journey Begins" Sealed Hillclimb was held, bringing 31 cars to the iconic hill. The event was won by Ross MacKay of Ashburton in a 400hp Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 3RS in a time of 1 minute 3.407 seconds. His prize was a drive in the DFAC Challenge (a match race series using Dong Feng trucks) at the Silverstone Race To The Sky at Cardrona, an event that he went on to win.

That first Bluff Hillclimb was such a success that organisers have been working towards staging a repeat of the event on Saturday 27 January 2007.

The hillclimb utilises a testing 1.6 kilometre stretch of road that climbs to a height of 264 metres above sea level at the summit. From a standing start at the bottom of the hill the cars climb through some steep corners before the road opens out to a long uphill straight. This section is punctuated by two chicanes and is followed by another steep twisty section of road that takes the cars to the finish line.

Once again in 2007 the winner of the Bluff event will race in the DFAC Challenge at the Silverstone Race To The Sky on 7 & 8 April 2007. This will be a much sought after prize as it takes the winner to one of the premier motorsport events in the country.


The event is a joint project between Bluff Promotions, who instigated the initial event, assisted by the Eastern Southland Car Club and the Southland Sports Car Club. The event forms a part of both the Southland Sport Car Club's Speed Championship and the Eastern Southland Car Club's Club Championship.

There are several classes for vehicles in the event - Class A is for 2 wheel drive vehicles from 0 - 1300cc, Class B is for 2 wheel drive cars from 1301cc - 1600cc and Class C is a 2 wheel drive class for 1601cc cars and over. Class D is for 4 wheel drive cars while Class E is for Sports and Racing Cars.

Each car will get four runs throughout the day and the fastest time of each will count towards the result.

Details are currently being finalised for the Bluff event including the gaining of the appropriate approvals to stage the hillclimb and entry forms will be available in the very near future.

Earlier this year the inaugural Bayview Hotel Pub Charity Bluff "Where The Journey Begins" Sealed Hillclimb was held, bringing 31 cars to the iconic hill. The event was won by Ross MacKay of Ashburton in a 400hp Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 3RS in a time of 1 minute 3.407 seconds. His prize was a drive in the DFAC Challenge (a match race series using Dong Feng trucks) at the Silverstone Race To The Sky at Cardrona, an event that he went on to win.

That first Bluff Hillclimb was such a success that organisers have been working towards staging a repeat of the event on Saturday 27 January 2007.

The hillclimb utilises a testing 1.6 kilometre stretch of road that climbs to a height of 264 metres above sea level at the summit. From a standing start at the bottom of the hill the cars climb through some steep corners before the road opens out to a long uphill straight. This section is punctuated by two chicanes and is followed by another steep twisty section of road that takes the cars to the finish line.

Once again in 2007 the winner of the Bluff event will race in the DFAC Challenge at the Silverstone Race To The Sky on 7 & 8 April 2007. This will be a much sought after prize as it takes the winner to one of the premier motorsport events in the country.


The event is a joint project between Bluff Promotions, who instigated the initial event, assisted by the Eastern Southland Car Club and the Southland Sports Car Club. The event forms a part of both the Southland Sport Car Club's Speed Championship and the Eastern Southland Car Club's Club Championship.

There are several classes for vehicles in the event - Class A is for 2 wheel drive vehicles from 0 - 1300cc, Class B is for 2 wheel drive cars from 1301cc - 1600cc and Class C is a 2 wheel drive class for 1601cc cars and over. Class D is for 4 wheel drive cars while Class E is for Sports and Racing Cars.

Each car will get four runs throughout the day and the fastest time of each will count towards the result.

Details are currently being finalised for the Bluff event including the gaining of the appropriate approvals to stage the hillclimb and entry forms will be available in the very near future.


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