Sunday, 7 February 2010
Thrills & Spills
The old hill climb pics conjure an image of excitement and danger as these heavy flatheads ascended near impossible gradients. Many of the events were free admission and drew large crowds with riders sometimes complaining afterwards about the difficult courses. Such as the event at Lazy Lane Hill in Southington in 1931. The course was 200 foot long and 40% grade with one place at 50%. Injuries happened but the organisers defended the climb saying
'We are of course sorry for the mishaps but must bear in mind that we are catering to spectators and it is thrills and spills that they have come to see and of course if they do not get them are dissapointed and perhaps will not be strong boosters for our type of sport'