Last weekend I went along to help out at the Club Motori Italia 2012 Domain Hill Climb. It was the 10th Anniversary of the event, which is apparently the only hill climb held in a capital city in Australia.
The Queen’s Domain is a hilltop directly across the highway from Hobart’s city center and a short section near the top of the Domain is used for the hill climb once a year.
Here’s a quick look at the track from the driver’s point of view:
Whilst CMI is a club for Italian vehicles, events are frequently attended by owners of other makes. CMI is a CAMS affiliated club, meaning there are plenty of timed events throughout the year. Many drivers join because it’s an opportunity to run their Honda – Nissan – Datsun – Mitsubishi – Subaru or other. CMI are happy to have the participation.
Two things I learned from attending on the weekend:
- I need to get something other than my GTV6 in order to participate in events like this. The roof on the GTV6 is quite low and my rather large head – even larger when wearing a helmet – will only fit inside the car if it’s poking out the open sunroof. I was OK about driving this way under controlled conditions on a track, but given the number of trees, logs and ditches lining public roads, it’s just too unsafe.
- Having said that, participation is the main priority here. There was a classic and very rare Lamborghini Uracco 3.0 V8 at the event and it was the second slowest car on the day. The owner probably wore the broadest smile, however, simply pleased to have a chance to get the car out and use the whole road. It wasn’t about being fast. It was about being there.
Conditions varied through the course of the day. Things started quite nicely, with cool temperatures but nice blue skies and no wind. Competitors got two runs in those conditions before the rain set in for the rest of the day. Ironically, the only major accident of the day happened in the sunny conditions – a beautiful Alfa GTV6 in silver going off and being stopped by a tree.
The day’s fastest times came in those first two runs, of course. The quickest car on the day was a Mitsubishi Evo 6. There were multiple class winners, too, including a wonderful Alfasud, a tiny Honda S800 and a stunning Datsun 260Z in blue.
I’ve loaded an album of photos on Facebook. Around half of those, plus a few others are also displayed below. Click to enlarge.