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Cootha Classic hillclimb attracts bikes

Cootha Classic hillclimb

The Mt Coot-tha hillclimb in Brisbane returns this weekend (Saturday, September 5) after a four-year hiatus with some rare and exotic motorcycles and more off-track entertainment.

Called the Cootha Classic, it brings hillclimb fun to the inner city and will attract some rare historic bikes including a Vincent HRD Black Lightning and other iconic brands such as Norton, Jawa, Excelsior and BSA.

The event is scheduled for this Saturday, the same weekend as the Dust Hustle across the other side of town.

The Cootha Classic hasn’t run since 2010 and there are new organisers who have added off-track entertainment to appeal to a broader audience.

2010 Cootha Classic hillclimb
2010 Cootha Classic hillclimb

Apart from motorcycles, the event will include some rare cars including a replica of the Holden Torana A9X that took the late Peter Brock to Bathurst glory in 1979, a Maserati Gran Turismo Sport and a Group B Audi Quattro S1.

The 100-odd entrants will race against the clock on a 1440m purpose-built hillclimb track along Sir Samuel Griffith Drive on the scenic road around Mt Coot-tha which is on the city’s doorstep. The high-octane action kickstarts at 8.30am and finishes at 5pm.

2010 Cootha Classic hillclimb
2010 Cootha Classic hillclimb

The event reflects early Brisbane motorsport when hillclimbs were held on the road in 1916.

Off track there will also be plenty of exotic machinery in the pits, static motoring displays, trade stalls, boutique food and drink stalls and plenty of music.

Aussie musical talent including Ash Grunwald, Electrik Lemonade, Sahara Beck, Karl S Williams and Tom West will play from noon.

Tickets are available online at ($25 adults) or at the gate ($30). Children under 12 enter free (with an adult).

Glen Challis’s Black Lightning for Cootha Classic hillclimb
Glen Challis’s Black Lightning

Highlight bikes competing:

  • Vincent HRD Black Lightning, 1000cc, 1949
  • Norton/Jawa, 500cc, 1962
  • Ducati Pantah, 500cc, 1980
  • Ducati SS, 900cc, 1975
  • Norton/Jawa Manx M40, 350, 1959
  • Yamaha U, 248cc, 1988
  • Triumph TriBsa, 750cc, 1962
  • BSA Lightning Rocket, 650cc, 1965
  • Yamaha TZ, 350cc, 1980
  • Triumph Sidecar, 750cc, 1962
  • Ducati Monza, 250cc, 1962
  • Horner Suzuki Sidecar, 738cc, 1978
  • Harley Sportster, 1000cc, 1974
  • Honda CB K2 , 970cc,1972
  • Excelsior Manxman, 350cc, 1938
    Excelsior Manxman hillclimb
    Excelsior Manxman

Cootha Classic hillclimb