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posted on February 28th, 2015 at 03:27 PM
R2 & R3 NSW Hillclimb Championship Bathurst - Videos Added


This weekend will see the NSW Hillclimb Championship head to Mt Panorama Bathurst. Colin and GT are both there in their respective Beetles.

Day 1 saw the boys attack The Esses and thats exactly what Colin did. Attack it! Col managed to set an amazingly fast time of 28.5. This is the fastest a Beetle has ever gone up the esses and was only .1 second behind the class record set last year by Ash Birks in his giant killing Gemini. Well done Col. I told you you could do it. GT pulled a time in the 33s which a pretty dame good time too considering he is running his 20 y/o road engine and not his usual race engine. That donk is getting ready for 'salty' (his salt lake racer) to tackle an Australian land speed record next week at Lake Gairdner

Tomorrow sees the boys head over to give Mt Straight track a go.

Col informs me he has some photos and go pro to show you all when he gets home.




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posted on March 4th, 2015 at 10:53 AM



A warm to hot sunny day greeted myself and GT for the start of round 2 "The Esses" at Mount Pamorama Bathurst.
Bathurst is a special place and all drivers love to race on this famous race track with GT and myself included. Gt was disappointed to be racing with his "street spec" Pobjoy motor only as his race motor was not ready for this weekend.
Run 1 saw Gt post a time of 35.39 seconds. I have changed the spring rate on the front of my car in the off season and I usually have a looksey on my first run. However after the first turn the car felt good, I pushed on up the hill to record a pb of 29.38 seconds. Shit, the track was still a little skatey and cold, mmm I felt encouraged.
Gt blasted his little Beetle up for it,s second run 34.91 seconds with much less power than usual he was trying to carry plenty of speed into the corners thrilling the spectators.
Run 2 I found the track still a little slippery however I posted a 29.04 second time. So close to a 28.
Gt posted a 34.86 on his third run which was his quickest time for the day giving him second in class and plenty of smiles from his little street fighter engine.
The day was warming to over 30C so I made a tyre pressure change hoping to gain some drive from the rear and more bite from the front Yokohama tyres.
Run 3 turn 1 the felt really good now but when I finished the run a time of 28.96 was handed to me. I was very happy to crack the 28 second barrier and spoke to my mate and fellow VW Beetle racer Nathan Abbott via phone. He really encouraged me to have a crack at the class record of 28.42 set by Ash Birks in his 260hp Gemini (that's only 115hp more than my car!)
Run 4, I launched hard but with controlled wheel spin, yes good start, up to turn 1 the car turned with massive front bite, the rear followed with the attitude "if you can do it I can"
Through the esses and blasting up to the dipper, it,s funny how even while racing you are conscious of whether this run is a fast one or not. Brake hard then pin the loud pedal up the dipper then turn hard left. This is crucial to get out of this corner quick to carry speed to the finish line.
The car wheel spins up to the shift light in 3rd gear "holy shit this is a quick one" over the ripple strip and up to the finish line. Breath, lift, elation, that was a quick run, you just know.
Time 28.59 seconds, the fastest Beetle ever up "The Esses"

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posted on March 4th, 2015 at 10:58 AM



THe Esses up to the finish line.

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posted on March 4th, 2015 at 11:10 AM



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posted on March 4th, 2015 at 11:26 AM



Footage of "The Esses"

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posted on March 4th, 2015 at 04:50 PM



congratulations Colin brilliant effort ,performance and looks your car is brilliant
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posted on March 5th, 2015 at 12:30 PM



Well done! Great run.
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posted on March 5th, 2015 at 04:50 PM



I just spent some minutes writing a post instead of a reply to this post,doh, when I realized I gave up and went somewhere else on the intranet and stumbled upon your incar footage. so now Im "REPLYING" and have to say that your reaction over the finish line was pretty much was priceless and pretty much sums up my first attempted post towards what I thought of your end result...good on ya man!!!

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posted on March 7th, 2015 at 10:03 AM



Great work Col 1998 on carbs,awsome congrates to Keith as well must have hit it with a bigger hammer last inspection eh, mmm whens the e85 coming
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posted on March 7th, 2015 at 12:26 PM



Got some CB Superpro,s and CB lightweight rods next.
Going to sweet to change to E85 just yet. But allways thinking of the next upgrade. By the way Rudi your front spring advice was spot on
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posted on March 7th, 2015 at 01:23 PM



well done Col, so close to the record, maybe next time
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posted on March 7th, 2015 at 02:34 PM



Woke up Sunday morning still buzzing over yesterdays time. It was another warm day but humid also, the locals informed us a storm was predicted for the afternoon.
My pb for this track was 54.98 so I was hoping to break that time. First run car was a little skatey in the rear, but managed a 55.48 second run. GT flogged his little car up the hill to post a 66.79 second run.
Second run I had a crack, with the car still loose in the rear I slide up the hill to post a 54.34 second run and a new pb. Was happy to do a pb however I couldn,t nail down a good set up. GT rocked up the hill to post a time of 65.31 seconds, which would prove to be his fastest of the day.
I made a sway bar adjustment in the rear for run 3 which settled the car down a bit, but still wasn,t right. I wen,t slower for run 3 54.36.
A storm before the start of run 4 hit just as predicted, which put paid to anyone improving their times.
So we both went home happy with straight cars, great weekend of racing again.

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posted on March 7th, 2015 at 02:47 PM



In Car footage of Mountain Straight run 2

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posted on March 7th, 2015 at 04:50 PM



Across the top of the mountain

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posted on March 7th, 2015 at 04:52 PM



GT exiting the cutting

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posted on March 9th, 2015 at 11:07 AM



A hundred more horses would help on mountain straight!!!!!



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posted on March 9th, 2015 at 12:08 PM



Wow good driving, it does seem to be a bit skaty
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posted on March 9th, 2015 at 04:57 PM



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Wow good driving, it does seem to be a bit skaty


I reckon the rear bar needs to come up some more it,s not fun sliding the car at those high speeds.:lol:

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posted on March 9th, 2015 at 09:12 PM



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Wow good driving, it does seem to be a bit skaty


I reckon the rear bar needs to come up some more it,s not fun sliding the car at those high speeds.:lol:

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posted on March 10th, 2015 at 07:39 AM



If your not on the edge your not trying hard enough!



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