Car climbs to yet an­other vic­tory

Whitsunday Times - - MOTORING -

IT WAS an­other win for 20year-old Michael Von Rap­pard at the Noosa Hill Climb event last week, as he com­peted in his Hayabusa pow­ered race car.

Noosa Beach Car Club spokesper­son Noel St JohnWood said the week­end event ran smoothly, de­spite Satur­day’s high tem­per­a­tures.

“We man­aged to dodge the storms and rain on Sun­day, and all 170 cars com­peted over the week­end with no ma­jor in­ci­dences, so we are very happy,” Mr St John-Wood said.

Michael Von Rap­pard and his fam­ily run a small me­chan­i­cal work­shop in Air­lie Beach, and are reg­u­lar com­peti­tors in hill climb events at Noosa and in­ter­state.

“We were im­pressed with the at­mos­phere of the Noosa event, and the chal­leng­ing 1.5km cir­cuit,” Michael said.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr St JohnWood, the com­pe­ti­tion over the week­end was very fierce in most cat­e­gories, with place win­ners be­ing de­cided by frac­tions of a sec­ond.

The Von Rap­pards are well known on the hill climb scene, and Mr St JohnWood said it is al­ways a plea­sure to have them com­pete.

“It’s a plea­sure to have the Von Rap­pards here at this event. They are such a nice fam­ily, and it’s good to see them do well af­ter so much ef­fort.”

Hill climb­ing is one of the old­est forms of com­pet­i­tive mo­tor­sport and en­joys a strong fol­low­ing through­out Aus­tralia.

TOP OF THE HILL: Harold and his son Michael Von Rap­pard at the Noosa Hill Climb event.

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