A FINE MACHINE: Maxwell Stephenson's 1933 Aston Martin Long Chassis Le Mans racer.
A FINE MACHINE: Maxwell Stephenson's 1933 Aston Martin Long Chassis Le Mans racer. Iain Curry

Noosa hill climb fans treated to dry track, sun

A SPECTACULAR array of race cars old and new thrilled spectators in the summer sunshine as the Noosa Hill Climb fired up at the weekend.

With cars as varied as a 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans racer to a replica Ferrari Daytona Group 4 through to a near-new BMW M2, it was again an eclectic treat for race fans.

Even a race-prepared VW Amarok ute tyre-squealed its way up the 1.5km 14-turn course in Tewantin State Forest, the Cricks VW Sunshine Coast one-tonner giving passenger thrill rides for charity.

A dry track and sunny skies ensured fast times and plenty of spectators across the weekend, but timing problems meant frustrations for drivers unable to discover some of their times up the hill.

See gallery below for photos.

With Remembrance Day coinciding with the Hill Climb, drivers and attendees immaculately observed a minute's silence. Engines off, helmets in hand, the driver line-up made for a poignant scene while The Last Post played.

Despite the timing gremlins officials were able to declare a runaway winner; perennial Noosa Hill Climb champion Michael von Rappard in his 1992 Dallara Hayabusa F392 single seater.

Many drivers went home happy after a full weekend of racing, with only minor accidents on arguably "Australia's Toughest Hill Climb” marring the event for some.



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