“John Blanden’s Climb to the Eagle and Southern GP”
Friday 6th November 2015
While the Grand Prix has been lost to Melbourne the memories remain. One of the most popular of the fringe events was the Climb to the Eagle held traditionally on the Friday morning preceding the Grand Prix.
The event commenced in 1985 and during its original 11 years it attracted the likes of Formula 1 World Champions Juan Manuel Fangio, Sir Jack Brabham, John Surtees, Denny Hulme, Phil Hill as well as Stirling Moss and other champions. Among the cars that have taken place are some of the world’s most valuable and rarest sports and racing cars.
To commemorate those 11 years of the Grand Prix in Adelaide, the Climb to the Eagle continues to be run annually on the anniversary of the last “Climb” and in memory of Adelaide’s great Grand Prix carnival. In 2004 the name was changed to the “John Blanden’s Climb to the Eagle” in recognition of John’s work in setting up this event. For the last 19 years we have added the optional “Grand Parade” and for 2015 we will return to the Southern GP route – via Belair and then continue to Victor Harbor for lunch.
The “Climb to the Eagle” has already become a motoring classic and the public can see cars at the start at Victoria Park on the pit straight of the grand prix track, or line the route along Glen Osmond Road to the Eagle on the Hill and Belair. Here is the opportunity for enthusiasts to be part of the experience. All cars are welcome however with emphasis on any vehicle with sporting heritage, including MG, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche, Ferrari, Holden Monaro, Falcon GT, Vintage Cars and Veteran Cars. All cars must be registered and road rules are adhered to at all times. At Victoria Park you will see over 200 sporting and collectable cars head for the hills.
This year, after the Climb to the Eagle, we will return to The Belair Country Club for morning tea where there will be a duo of well known guest speakers who have a very special connection to the Adelaide/Australian Grand Prix in this state. It is highly recommended to all enthusiasts.
As an extension of the Climb to the Eagle, this year will again see the popular but optional Grand Parade conducted to the Southern GP. It is a drive from Belair, through the magnificent Adelaide Hills to a lunch at The Hotel Victor, Victor Harbor. The Southern GP is an optional addition to this touring event. An interesting route has been selected and all participants will be provided with a 31st Annual Book giving them directions, along with articles of interest and coloured photos.
The Climb to the Eagle will start promptly at 9 a.m. from Victoria Park with the lead group of about 15 cars being led by a Police Escort. The remainder of the official “John Blanden’s Climb to the Eagle” field will follow. While the crews rest at the Belair Country Club, the cars will be available for inspection. Security will be there to ensure that cars are monitored. Morning Tea will be available for entrants who have booked in the upstairs Panorama Room overlooking the beautiful National Park and Golf Course. For entrants that may have difficulty with stairs there is ramp access. The Southern GP will depart Belair Country Club at approximately 10-45 a.m. for Victor Harbor.
This year there will again be the breakfast available prior to the start. The breakfast will be from 7-00 a.m. to 9-00 a.m. and all proceeds will go to the Brownhill Creek Rotary Club. Please indicate your interest on the entry form.
Numbers for Morning Tea and Lunch are limited, so an early entry is advised to avoid disappointment.
For further information please contact the Sporting Car Club of SA Inc on 08 8373 4899 or Susan Weber on 0448 975 535.