REVVED UP: Paul Holter of Autobarn Gympie, Noel St. John-Wood and Wally Conway of Noosa Beach Classic Car Club with a Peugeot 205 GTi competitor at the base of Gyndier Dr, Tewantin, where the Autobarn Gympie Noosa Hill Climb will take place in July.
REVVED UP: Paul Holter of Autobarn Gympie, Noel St. John-Wood and Wally Conway of Noosa Beach Classic Car Club with a Peugeot 205 GTi competitor at the base of Gyndier Dr, Tewantin, where the Autobarn Gympie Noosa Hill Climb will take place in July. Iain Curry

Another great hill to climb at Gyndier Dve, Tewantin

MOTOR sport is a notoriously expensive hobby, but at grass roots level is still able to be enjoyed by those on a budget.

Twice a year road and race cars are able to enter the ever-popular Noosa Hill Climb, held through State Forest on the 14-corners of Gyndier Drive in Tewantin.

Co-organised by CAMS-affiliated Noosa Beach Classic Car Club (NBCCC), entires are now open for those wanting to run their cars up the 1.5km bitumen climb, regarded as one of the most exciting and unforgiving routes in Australia.

It's also one of the few competitive motor sport events to watch on the Sunshine Coast, and spectators can enjoy a vast array of classic and modern racing machinery from numerous grandstand and pathway vantage points.

The event's major sponsor is Autobarn Gympie, and its owner Paul Holter said as a spectacle the Noosa hill climb is hard to beat.

"There's non-stop action with cars always going past, and we get anything from Lamborghinis to an 850bhp 80 Series Toyota LandCruiser," he said.

As a regular competitor, Mr Holter said the course also presents a unique challenge to drivers; its technical nature giving an incredible adrenalin buzz.

Notable racing drivers including Vern Schuppan, Kevin Bartlett, Dick Johnson and Steve Johnson have all been attracted to the event in the past, keen on its testing nature.

"It's also a truly friendly event where you can walk through the pit area, see the cars close up and talk to drivers," said Wally Conway from the NBCCC.

Noel St. John-Wood from the Club said the two annual hill climbs and annual show were big fundraisers, and profits have always gone to charity.

"The event is affordable, we have about 120 cars for each hill climb, and the drivers range from the young right through to some in their 80s, male and female," he said.

Those wishing to compete will need a CAMS license Level 2S or higher ($119), membership of a CAMS affiliated car club and the entry fee to run is $185.

Vital statistics

What: 2015 Mid-Year Autobarn Gympie Noosa Hill Climb.

When: July 25 and 26 8-4pm.

Where: Gyndier Dr, Tewantin.

Cost: competitors $185 for CAMS Level 2S licensed drivers with eligible cars. Spectators $10 for a day pass or $15 for two-day weekend pass, kids under 14 free.

Visit: noosacarclub. com.au


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