Stephen Roser

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“The ar­ti­cle on Norm Beechey in is­sue #100 prompted me to dig through my pho­tos from the 1993 Aus­tralian Hill­climb Cham­pi­onship,” writes Stephen. “The AHC was held at Ararat in Vic­to­ria that year and Beechey ran the Im­pala at this event. The Im­pala looked like a mas­sive beast on the tourist road that runs up the hill at Ararat. He was there to have a se­ri­ous run though and won the Class for His­toric Sa and N cars with a best time of 56.74 sec­onds. Also com­pet­ing at this event was Bob Jones in his Am­pol Com­modore. Jones won the Class for Group A tour­ers (ED: as those early ve-litre cars were called then) over two-litre with a best time of 47.67 sec­onds. Over the week­end Jones was happy to chat with the spec­ta­tors whilst he was wait­ing for his next run. No doubt there were plenty of lo­cals who en­joyed be­ing able to chat with a con­tem­po­rary tour­ing car driver and talk about V8 Holdens over the course of the week­end. Whilst the AHC may have been a low key event com­pared to the tour­ing car rounds that Jones was nor­mally con­test­ing he was de nitely ex­plor­ing the lim­its at Ararat. The rst tight right hand cor­ner has claimed many a car over the years and on one run Jones came in a bit too hot and locked a front wheel in spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion.”

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