Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CPotD #143 (Hillclimbing Looks Fun)

Last weekend my Corvair buddy Jonathan took his racey Corsa up to Pennsylvania to compete in the Duryea Hillclimb. While he did not fare so well since an issue with his car prevented him from running any hotlaps, he was able to climb the hill a couple times in the morning’s practice session. These hillclimbs seem like the logical progression up the competition ladder from time trials. While the time on course is much, much less than a time trial event, it’s that fact that makes hillclimbs more challenging than a closed track event. Hillclimbs are inherently more dangerous than track events since immovable objects such as trees are much closer to the pavement, so the margin for error is significantly smaller. With the decreased margin for error, comes the increased requirement for safety equipment. In order to participate in hillclimbs, I’d need to install a rollcage and obtain a new helmet. Soooo, even though I’d love to try my hand at hillclimbing, my budget won’t allow it for the foreseeable future.

Today’s CPotD for Track Car Tuesday is Jonathan on one of his practice runs.

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