Hill climb event making debut

All cars will lead to Burma today — Burma Rd that is.

The South Otago Car Club is holding the inaugural Burma Rd hill climb today  and upwards of 40 vehicles are expected to contest the event.

Burma Rd is a gravel road at the western end of the Manuka Gorge and winds it way up to Mt Stuart Rd off State Highway 8. The event will start 12km off the SH8 turn-off.

The climb is about 4km, which is a lengthy race for a hill climb, and the event will feature some top speeds at the bottom before becoming a more traditional hill climb near the top.

The event finishes at the top and does not include a return leg.

Burma Rd was picked because it had a relatively flat start before moving into some tight corners and steeper terrain near the top.

The road was used for a leg of the Silver Fern rally a few years ago and had proved to be very popular, so the club sought permission to use the road.

It was hoped the Burma Rd climb would grow in popularity and eventually join the New Zealand hill climb series.

The road is in hard, dry condition at the moment which should make for good racing.

Registration starts about 8.30am and racing starts at 11am. It is hoped all drivers and vehicles will get four races each, with the fastest time from any run the winner.

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