Newcastle turned on the summer weather for the 57th running of the Shannons Mattara Hill Climb over the October Long Weekend. The Shannons Mattara Hill Climb is held in Newcastle’s King Edward Park, which is a public park and road most of the year, had 2 days of motorsport action over looking Newcastle’s pristine beaches.
The local event is steeped in history, having been won previously by Ron Tauranac (co-founder of Brabham F1) and Colin Bond (Bathurst, Australian Touring Car & Australian Rally Champion), drew a strong crowd filling the hills and seeking out the shade around the park. While over 100 different cars, from purpose built wings and slicks cars, through to the daily driver took to the track to try and set their fastest time. The variety of cars meant their were several classes running over both days with a many different trophies up for grabs. A new record was set on Sunday with Brett Hayward covering the 690 meter climb in just 32.90 seconds taking out the outright honours.
All in all it was a great event with an amazing selection of cars competing. Here are a selection of photos from the Shannons Mattara Hill Climb.
Photos by Rhys Vandersyde