3000 fans rev up for winter Hill climb

By Vincent Holliday

Preparations are in full swing for this year’s winter edition of the Noosa Hill Climb event at the Tewantin National Park this weekend.

More than 130 competitors will take part in a two-day time trial to crown the fastest to make it through the windy road.

NBCCC president Mike Rider said he has been involved with the event for the past four years and recognises how important it is for local car enthusiasts.

“It’s probably the best and biggest hill climb in the country,” Mr Rider said.

“It has become an integral part of our club and people are very passionate about keeping it going.”

Despite the possibility of bad weather as the weekend draws closer, Rider said spirits were running high as he and a group of volunteers prepared for the 3000 expected attendees.

“The big work starts on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week to get it all set up,” Mr Rider said.

“If the weather is poor and the forecast isn’t great, and we get a lot of rain that will cut our numbers down.”

The 2018 event saw famous names such as retired Australian motor sports star Vern Schuppan visit the race.

Schuppan is known for his time spent racing in Formula One and the Indianapolis 500.

This year’s celebrity appearances are being kept top secret, with Rider suggesting some big names are involved.

But it is no secret how far some of the amateur racers will travel.

“We have got people coming from Sydney and Townsville, which is about the furthest away,” Mr Rider said.

“We don’t get a very big opportunity for actually participating to often without actually travelling interstate.”

The privately funded event is the by-product of The Noosa Beach Classic Car Club [NBCCC] and Queensland’s Historic Racing Car Club [HRCC], who have been organising the event for over 22 years.

Hosted in the bush backdrop of the Tewantin National Park, the grassroots motor event doubles as a logistics nightmare with volunteers needing to organise supplies for the venue.

“We don’t get any funding from anywhere. We have to completely fund it ourselves,” Mr Rider said.

“Because it’s in a national park we have to bring in everything.

“There is no power there is no water, there is nothing here.”

Rider said that the unique race style is a cheap and intimate alternative to other big racing events that helps tourism in the Noosa region.

“It does bring a lot of people into the area,” Mr Rider said.

“It’s a much cheaper event to go and people have to pay to stay in the Noosa area.”

Visit Noosa spokeswoman Phoebe Thomas said that visitors often travel from far and wide to enjoy the events the coast offers.

“Events in the Noosa region attracts a range of international, domestic and locals and are enjoyed by all,” Ms Thomas said.

“This week there is a Ferrari pop up event in Noosa and we recently held the Bristol’s of Noosa event which saw car enthusiast across Australia and overseas join us.”

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