A magnificent spring day’s hillclimbing was enjoyed by the many competitors who had entered for the 2013 Mt Tarrengower Historic Hill Climb organised and run by the Bendigo Car Club.   GSCCR members competing on the day were Dave Anderson and Jane “Princess” Vollebregt who’s ‘string of disasters’ continued with a very painful strained back muscle prior to departing from home in the morning.  Dave was heard to mutter something about “more problems than owning and running an MG racecar”, but I took that to mean the Ford truck on the last journey to Winton.

Stand out classic of the day was the beautiful 1928 Bugatti.  Overheard in conversation that it a 4 cylinder with a substantial European  racing pedigree including Brooklands, Swiss, German and Italian GPs driven by a very well know racer of the day (did not catch the name) who was killed racing another marque some years later.

This weekend was also the Australian Lancia Register Castlemaine Rally. There were plenty of magnificent and rare Lancia veteran, vintage, classic and moderns to be seen out an about on the roads in the area including Sporting Register member John Crawford in his Lancia Fulvia coupe and the magnificent yellow ‘beasty’ shown in the photos below which is one of the second last series of Delta HF ‘Integrale’ to be built by Lancia in late 1992.  Originally destined for the Japanese domestic market it was purchased directly from Lancia in Italy by its first Australian owner who also paid to have it converted and supplied by Lancia in right hand drive.  It was subsequently purchased by the current owner in mint ‘as new show room condition’ after sitting covered and unused in a garage for over 5 years.

Words and pictures by Malcolm Irwin

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