The MG Car Club of Queensland Inc celebrated their 50th year of the Mount Cotton Hillclimb in February
Held on Sunday 18 February, the event was first held on precisely the same day in 1968. The venue has continuously operated under the same ownership and management ever since that day.
The celebration featured four of the cars which ran in that first hillclimb 50 years ago. Dick Johnson, Club Patron and early competitor at Mt Cotton, was also in attendance.
“A range of about 40 other cars were chosen to show the diversity of machinery used in Hillclimbing over the last 50 years,” a statement from the club said.
“The MG Car Club of Queensland offered an open invitation for all the come along and enjoy the venue, chat with friends old and new, appreciate the display of cars and take the opportunity to chat at leisure with their owners and watch a number of them make demonstration runs on the circuit.”
Prior to the development of the Mt Cotton Hillclimb, MG Car Club members often travelled south of the border at venues such as Grafton and Tamworth to sample hillclimbing.
“A highly successful Hillclimb event was held in Warwick in 1964 and, with the MG Car Club of Queensland and its members highly involved in the event, this seemed to provide the impetus to work on getting its own venue underway,” the club said.
“Apart from Club events held every year, the Queensland Hillclimb Championships have been held at Mount Cotton annually since 1968 and the Australian Championships - or a round of them - have been held there on at least nine occasions.”
With more than 350 events hosted at Mt Cotton, it remains a popular venue to this day. In 2007, the ‘Under 40s Club’ was formed for those who had set a sub-40 second time at the venue. The likes of Brett Hayward and Malcolm Oastler in most recent times have nudged close to what was a previously unthinkable 35 second time.
The Mount Cotton Hillclimb anniversary was not a competitive event, but rather was a demonstration for spectators and competitors to enjoy.
Published: 8 February, 2018