HOW COLLINGROVE HILLCLIMB WAS BUILT
The Sporting Car Club attempted to organise a Hillclimb on Anzac Day in 1950. But the frustration of finding a suitable site meant the concept was cancelled.
The Sporting Car Club had some 200 members in 1950 and the call went out to people to find a suitable venue to run a Hillclimb. RF Angus and his son Bob, both were club members and suggested their property at Angaston they had owned since the 1830s. It was purchased by one of the men born George Fife Angus. He was the chairman of the South Australian company formed in England to send settlers out to the colony.
The Angus's property was Collingrove and in it’s centre was a large hill which they refered to as Angaston Hill. Bob with a fellow club member Harold Clisy
set out to make a track.
Harold Clisy and Bob used a Jeep to try and find a suitable course. Bob said
" it was designed around the topography of the existing hill. We kept on driving around and we decided this would be a good line to use, and marked it out. We tried to fit in with the full contours of the land”.
Then with a small grader attached to the Jeep they roughed out the course. Angus said
"I wanted to be interesting and have very steep sections. I also wanted to have a distinct short downhill section”
But members of the Sporting Car Club tried to over-rule Bob. But history will show that Bob and Harold Clisy got their way – Collingrove Hillcilmb certainly does have downhill sections.