Gippsland Car Club Incorporated

Alan Hamilton

The Gippsland Car Club was formed in the early 1960’s by a group of Latrobe Valley motor sporting enthusiasts. The Club conducted hillclimb events at Gippsland Park for many years, as well as organising other types of events, including rallies, treasure hunts, motorkhanas and sprint meetings. The Club now conducts such events at Bryant Park in the Haunted Hills. The Club also conducts social activities.

The Club is proud to be one of the few motoring organisations that can boast its own track and its clubrooms. Most hillclimbs are held on closed public roads, and are only available for a few days each year. Gippsland Park was used on approximately 25 weekends each year, whereas, in 2010 and 2011, Bryant Park was used on 40 weekends.

Any person is eligible to become a member of the Club, and thus compete in motoring events, including hillclimbs. All that is required to compete in most events is a roadworthy car, a crash helmet, a fire extinguisher and a racing licence, which is available from CAMS or from the Club Secretary. A monthly newsletter (Valve Bounce) is published to keep members informed of happenings within the Club. The Club conducts a number of championships each year, including a Club Championship, a Hillclimb Championship, a Sprint Championship and a Motorkhana/Khanacross Championship. Club Championship events are held at Gippsland Park, and at circuits such as East Sale RAAF, Sandown, Calder, Winton and Phillip Island.

The conduct of the hillclimb is the main motor sporting activity of the Club. Both hillclimbs and motorkhanas/khanacrosses are conducted on the track and its surrounds. Members compete in sprint meetings organised by other Clubs in Victoria.

hillclimb is defined as a speed event along a track or course of more than 200 metres in length, which usually comprises a variety of gradients and corners. The winner of the event is the driver who can complete the course in the lowest time.

A motorkhana/khanacross is a competition designed to test acceleration, braking and general manoeuvrability of vehicles and the skill and judgement of the crew members.

A sprint can be either single or multi car (super sprint), and is usually conducted on a permanent circuit. The winner is the person who records the lowest lap time, which is not necessarily the person who reaches the end of the lap first.