RSport Rally drivers Scott, Robert, and Adam Trinder have entered the legendary Knox Mountain hillclimb, based in Kelowna, BC. The event will be run this May 17th and 18th long weekend. Knox is the longest running hillclimb in North America and has been run for over 50 years.
2005 Western Canadian Rally Champion Scott Trinder and father Bob will be driving the Techworks Engineering-Datsun 240z while 2007 CACC Regional E-MOD Champion Adam Trinder will be running his heavily modified PIAA-Toyota Corolla GTS.
“We are very excited that Knox does not conflict with the rally schedule this year. I have run Knox four times in the past and it is truly an amazing event. As many teams camp out at the event the atmosphere is great and the weekend is one that an entire family can enjoy,” said Scott.
Drama is unfolding for the Techworks 240z, as the new engine will not be received until the week of the event. “Scott just sent us the Datsun’s engine, it had suffered a catastrophic failure at Targa Newfoundland. We plan to have it buttoned up by weeks end and look forward to spectating at this years event,” said Tom Penner, www.Techworkseng.com president.
Knox Mountain is located near the heart of downtown Kelowna. The timed distance from start to finish is 3.5km. Teams drive the road as fast as possible, similar to a rally stage. “Having rally experience definitely helps when reading the road and the blind corners, however, as this is my first year I expect it will be a learning experience,” said Bob.
The elusive goal reserved for the high horsepower cars is to complete the hill in less than 2 minutes. Most car classes finish the hillclimb with a time over 2 minutes. To date Scott’s best time is a 2:10 on street tires with rally height suspension. “I suspect the Techworks 240z will set a time a little quicker than my personal best, however, with comparable horsepower and our DOT over-the-counter Bridgestone Potenza RE750’s I do not suspect I will find 10 seconds to make a sub-two-minute sprint” said Scott.
Adam’s car could be capable of a sub 2-minute run, however, this being his first time running the hill, he is focused on building experience and learning the road, for a future attempt. “I know I have the power in the car, but at the same time I want to learn the road and prepare myself for next year,” said Adam.
The next event for the RSport Rally team is the Rocky Mountain National Rally in Calgary, Alberta where the 2002/2005 Western Canadian Rally Champion Scott Trinder plans to begin his 2008 Western Canadian Rally Championship campaign.
RSport Rally would like to thank: www.Techworkseng.com , Richmond Auto Body , Pacific Parts , Ampco Grafix , Bridgestone , PIAA , Dragon Optical , Pennzoil , NGK , AMT Machine Shop
Event Link: http://www.knoxmtnhillclimb.ca
Hill Video link: http://www.knoxmtnhillclimb.ca/video.htm
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RSport Rally is supported by:
Ampco “advanced durable graphics”
Richmond Auto Body “collision plus”
AMT Machine Works