Waiting in the pit lane was OK for the driver but the “crew” got soaked. Behind the SAAB in line are 1970 Oldsmobile Cutlass, 1978 Porsche 911C, 1968 Rambler American, 1970 Porsche 911T and many others. Over 40 cars participated in the event.
After the race the red SAAB is tacked in between 1986 Jaguar XJS and a 1973 race-prepared Volvo P1800
Prior to the race cars were lined up on the main street for viewing by residents
The inaugural 2016 Brack Classic Hillclimb was a memorable affair. Glad to report that my red SPG performed very well. Not a hint of trouble even when pushed to the limit. My all-weather Michelins proved to be quite adequate in rainy conditions with some standing/running water on the course. The event consisted of three phases. First was the Friday afternoon parade in downtown Owen Sound to give local residents a chance to look at the cars. Second was the race itself that took place on a winding, narrow road to Ingliss Falls just south of Owen Sound. The third was a gathering after the race to exchange stories, take group photos and enjoy the banquet. All in all it was a successful event which promises to become a tradition. A few photos are shown above and a link to one of my timed runs will show you what the hillclimb is all about. For me the most attractive feature of this event was a wonderful mix of cars and their owners. It was a good forum to show off a classic SAAB and my SPG attracted its fair share of admiration and comments.
Shown in the link is the second timed run. This was my slowest but most entertaining run due to heavy rain and standing water. A short clip before the run shows a gorgeous 1956 MGA raced previously at Sebring. Just listen to the sound! In my run I hit rev limiter in 1st, 2nd and 3rd gear. I could feel some wheel spin exiting the hay bale chicane but still ended up doing highly illegal speed in the 4th gear at the checkered flag. It was a brief but intense experience to say the least.