The annual Hedweld Milbrodale Mountain Classic event was held on the 8-9 July 2017.
This prestigious local event has been conducted for 31 years and has become one of the most prestigious events on the NSW Off Road Racing Calendar, attracting a field of 74 local and interstate entrants. It is Round 3 of the NSW Off Road Championship, Round 1 of the Premier NSW Long Course Championship and Round 2 of the East Coast Tri Challenge.
Day 1 (Saturday) Was very action packed with the running of prologue (to set race start times) and Race 1 of medium course (6 laps). The day was full of action for spectators which included roll overs, and plenty of sideways action.
Day 2 (Sunday) did not disappoint with more action for not only our competitors out on the track but also our sideline spectators who certainly received value for money. Spectators enjoyed 4 a breast start in race 3 for the short course. It was tight, fast, furious and a little bit hectic over the first jump and into the first corner. After lunch the entire field left the arena to tackle the mountain for Race 4, long course. As always the Mountain is unforgiving and we saw many casualties with only 30% of the field finishing the full distance.
A big congratulations must go to the ‘Outright Winner’, Joshua Howells (Car 15) who was also named ‘2017 Man of the Mountain’ which is awarded to the fastest lap of the long course track!! Congratulations to all competitors that tackled the mountain! It’s one tough event!
A huge thank you to our sponsors, Hedweld Group of Companies, Bulga Coal, Win TV, Newcastle Herald, M&K Watercarts, Lancaster Motor Group, Myne Signs, and our class sponsors who generously support this event.
As always the Milbrodale Mountain Classic was generously supported by the local community with the Bulga Bush Fire Brigade and Milbrodale Public School assisting & benefiting from the event.
This event could not be conducted without the generosity of the land owners who allow us to run this great event on their property.
During the weekend we managed to raise money for very worthy causes, Witmore Enterprises, CanTeen and Simply Loving Taylor Inc.
All in all it was another successful Milbrodale Mountain Classic with many positive comments being relayed to Hunter Valley Off Road Racing Assoc. We would like to thank everyone involved in track preparation, race vehicle preparation, pit crews, navigators and all who helped in so many ways to make this event the best Off Road Race in NSW!
The HVORRA is proud of the events success and the benefits the weekends racing brings to the Singleton area, in particular the Bulga and Milbrodale communities. Thank you to all that made this weekend possible and look forward to seeing all competitors and spectators in 2018 for another prestigious Milbrodale Mountain Classic!