By Nick Cherry
For car racing enthusiast Zak Davidson, five times might not be enough.
The 27-year-old has competed at the Noosa Hill Climb annually since 2014 and this year he will be behind the wheel again.
Each year, his love for the event brings him from Sydney to Noosa just for the one race.
“It’s a bloody fantastic event that’s right on our doorstep,” he said.
“It’s one of the best bits of road in Queensland and it’s really cheap to compete.”
The Noosa Hill Climb is a two-day event run once in both winter and summer across two categories.
The climb features hundreds of cars from speed machines to old-time classics.
Mr Davidson said Mark Stockwell’s organisation of the event was key to its popularity with fellow car enthusiasts.
“He’s an excellent manager,” he said. “He runs a really good show and is super friendly to everyone competing.”
Mr Davidson said registration for the event was about $200, but the cars also had to pass a basic safety test to qualify.
The former Noosa local has invested more than $10,000 into his 1998 Subaru WRX turbo as a project car.
But it’s not money that dictates Mr Davidson’s dedication to racing: his friends, team and sponsors made it enjoyable.
“My family and friends are amazing and offer a lot of support.” Mr Davidson said.
“We have an absolute legend of a bloke called Russell Gilbert who helps out.
“He once came to help us out on the car after just finishing a 15-hour work day.”
Davidson said at the end of the day the trophies don’t matter and the most important thing to remember is to have fun.
The Noosa Hill Climb (winter) will be held this weekend.