REPORTING · 12th July 2010
It was a grey day on Saturday, June 3rd for the Hill Climb. Haisla Hill had been closed for the races and people from all over Kitimat came out to watch. 66 drivers were entered in the competition.
“We’re racing up Haisla Hill, seeing who’s going to be King of the Hill,” said Bob Corless. “We’ve got four classes, we’ve got super class which is the A Class, we’ve got B Class which is the moderately fast cars and we’ve got C Class which is basically your street cars. We have the Jr. Dragsters and we also have a bike and sled class.”
The racers were racing against themselves as it was consistency which won the race. The racers set their times and then had to match them on future runs. The Terrace Drag Racing Association and the Bulkley Valley Racing association were in Kitimat helping out.
During the time trials, there was a collision with the logs. John Ribeiro left parts of his vehicle on the hill but was fortunately unharmed.
“The car just got into something; I don’t know what it was. It turned into the centre line and I figured: The car beside me, better not hit him so I pulled it back and nailed the logs, that’s what their there for,” said Ribeiro.
But the weather was not to last. Shortly after the accident, the first few drops of rain started to fall. The cars moved onto the hill to cover the road. After a half hour break, the rain had not let up so a special drivers meeting was called. The drivers chose safety and event was postponed until the fourth of July.
The yellow car driven by John Ribeiro is only a few seconds away from colliding with the logs.
The Jr. Dragsters pause for a few minutes after their time trials