SA's Biggest Hillclimb is Back
2012 will be the fourth running of the asp Mount Alma Mile Hillclimb, held over 2 days each April in the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula district of Hindmarsh Valley.
The 1.6km track is the longest currently being used in SA, and plays host to a field of 160 competitors. In the first three years, organisers were forced to turn hopeful competitors away due to filling the field before entries officially closed.
Interest in the 2012 event promises to be no less intense. The release of Supplementary Regulations in January will officially open entries, and organisers anticipate the places to fill in record time. “Past competitors are always talking up the event, and for those that have previously missed out, the Mile becomes a must-do. It all adds up to a lot of excitement”
The Mount Alma Mile Hillclimb runs a unique results system, which combines times from all runs to rank the competitors and decide on top 12 in both 2 wheel drive and 4 wheel drive vehicles. This system rewards consistent drivers with reliable vehicles, as one wrong move or a mechanical failure could put you out of the running. Spectators also get to see each car attempt the maximum number of runs.
Hillclimb events like the Mount Alma Mile are the very essence of motorsport. The drivers compete purely for the love of driving. The rivalry is friendly, and drivers will often trade tips or lend a hand to help one another out. Many cars have been built, modified or maintained by a family or a group of friends, and are entered multiple times to give each contributor a chance to drive. Most drivers know each part of their car from previous repair or upgrade, and can drive the machine to its limit, knowing that the consequence of pushing it too far is a DIY repair, possibly before they can drive home. The budgets are tight, the solutions are creative, and the pure passion for motorsport is everywhere you look.