The Cars of Knox Mountain Hill Climb


The only car running in FF was Mike Marich in his Swift DB1. Being the owner and programmer behind Petrel Data Systems, the SoloStorm software was obviously an advantage as Mike's times dropped throughout the weekend, ending with an incredibly fast 1:52.127 – which I believe put him in 3rd overall!
With a 1:55.127 was Roger Sieber in his Hayaboosta Cart. This is Roger's 7th time at the hill but his first with this tube chassis custom built car with a turbocharged Hayabusa engine. Lots of cool parts on this build, including an inboard pushrod suspension.
2nd place went to David Neveaux in his #01 Chev powered Legend car with a 1:57.001 and third place went to Bjorn Trapp's #8 Dwarf car powered by Ford with a time of 1:57.735.
Moving to the GT cars, we start off with the appropriately numbered 86 car in GT-3. Gary Lohues took this awesome Toyota to the top of the mountain in a time of 2:03.428.
In 2nd place was Cory Ussyk with the #48 Acura Integra and his best time was 2:09.013. 3rd place went to Andy De Boon in the #75 Mazda RX-7 with a 2:10.480.
Fred Del Pero's 1968 or 1969 (the side plates are missing so until he finds the paperwork, he's really not sure of the build year) Alfa Romeo 1300 GTA was purchased directly from Rome and is a unique classic that ran the mountain in 2:03.428. His dad imported the car for Fred to race in 1981 and that same year ran at BC's now closed Westwood race track. There are rumours that Fred hasn't been able to verify that this car originally had a 1600cc engine. This is the 35th year that Fred has made the trek from Edmonton, Alberta and driven in this hill climb; he was at the course as a support for his dad prior to that. He knows this course inside and out (maybe I should say up and down!). I have to confess that I did not take a close look at this car and that will not be a mistake I make again. This is a very rare vehicle and that is fantastic that Fred is showing the public what this race car is capable of accomplishing.


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