Guest post by Canadian motorsport photographer Paul H. Gulde.
September 17th, 2016 dawned wet and the rain only seemed to increase as the day wore on. Yet many of the cars at the Brack Classic Hill Climb at Inglis Falls near Owen Sound, Ontario, still lined up ready to take the starter’s flag to commence their runs up the hill. Cars and motorcycles were scheduled to run Inglis Falls Road past houses with the residents waiting on their front lawns to see the action. They were watching for the cars to blast their way through the puddles in the road.
The Mclaren M8 E/F of Steve Gidman shod only with large slicks sat under a tent. Steve considered it unwise to run with standing water on the hill. Bill Brack left his Lotus 59/69 also equipped with slicks, in his trailer. The bikes, still on their trailers, left early realizing it was safer on 4 wheels than 2 on the hill in the wet.
The cars still lined up ready to take the starters flag to charge up the hill attacking the more than 1 km run. As the starter’s flag dropped the cars took off gingerly at first, more aggressively as the runs continued. Morgans in force, MGA’s, Jaguars, all getting a feel for the wet surface. Hay bales intermittently lined the road with a hay bale chicane at the end of the start straight. Several cars just blew through that chicane overestimating the braking ability of their cars in the rain. I think the rain slowed everyone down so that the chicane was not needed today.
The Brack Classic Hill Climb at Inglis Falls is in the style the Goodwood classic Hill Climb and is hopefully the first of many to come. It is coupled with the Cobble beach concours d’elegance and hosted by Bill Brack, 3 time Canadian car racing champion. There was a parade of vintage cars into Owen Sound on Friday September 16th and the weather was perfect.
We will look forward to seeing this event again and cross our fingers for better weather next year.