Belfast Telegraph

Girls get in gear for hillclimb

By Colin O'Carroll

The world's oldest hillclimb event is back at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum tomorrow.

First run in May 1905 by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club during a 'motormeet' at the estate of Sir Robert Kennedy, it has been run every year ever since, apart from the years of the First World War.

The speed hillclimb is a competition to get from the bottom to the top in the fastest time.

All kinds of cars and drivers compete in different classes, with competitors driving in two practice runs and three official timed runs.

Every year the Cultra event has a theme relating back to motoring history in Northern Ireland. This year, the event is an ode to the humble Mini which brought glory for Paddy Hopkirk 50 years ago at the Monte Carlo Rally during the swinging Sixties.

The Cultra Hillclimb takes place from 10am to 5pm.

For more information, visit www.nmni.com/uftm.

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