Historic Arthurs Seat Hill Climb
Between 1992 and 2000 the Austin 7 Club ran a very successful Historic Hill Climb on the Arthurs Seat Road at Dromana
The introduction to the first event was written by Ian George of the MG Car Club
THE 1st HISTORIC ARTHURS SEAT HILLCLIMB
An outline of the background of today's event.
As a long time motoring enthusiast, I had for many years had an idea of holding a hillclimb on the Arthurs Seat tourist road. I had heard rumours about the hill being used for racing in the 1930's.
Some two years ago during a visit to Helen and Charles Schwerkolt's Pine Ridge Car Museum, Charles produced a copy of a poster of an event held on the 14 January 1933. This was an interesting fact, but we put the subject aside, subsequently Bill Leech located a copy of a poster of the 1935 event.
Some weeks later I was discussing various ways of promoting the museum with Helen and Charles, and I suggested the area needed an ANNUAL EVENT, to which the public and media would be attracted, and perhaps a hillciimb up the tourist road. Helen encouraged me to check it out, and I proceeded to prepare a submission to the shire of Flinders, some 18 months later the Shire voted in principle to close the road, and set up a steering committee to address any problems and liaise with the parties concerned.
I invited the MG Car Club to run the event, but they declined because of their commitment to reopen the 'Rob Roy Hillclimbs' which at that time was on the drawing board. The Austin 7 Club, who have been running 'Historic Winton', were looking for a suitable location to hold a hillclimb. The prospect of holding an event on the tourist road was an opportunity, and planning commenced.
Today's event differs slightly from the events of the 1930's in that, those events the drivers continued back to the start via other roads. Today's competitors will descent in convoy to the start area at Cementery Corner, after leaving the start they will ascend the hill through eight corners to the finish line just before Chapmans Point.
Two of the drivers from the 1930's are here today, Bob Chamerlain, and Bill Leech, who will present a trophy to the fastest competitor. A Bugatti type 30 driven here today by Stuart Murdoch, ran the 1930's events driven by Harry Jenkins.
Ian George. August 1992
A reproduction of the 1935 Poster
In 1992 this was the Course layout
The First 1992 Poster