No, it is not the FIA Formula One World Championship. It is the FIA European Hill Climb Championship; its first edition dates back to 1930. It is the scene of many, many different stories, from extremely sad ones to heroic ones!
A general description can be found on www.fia.com; in short: „It is an extremely intensive race for the driver, albeit a short one – a race against time on a narrow, winding road. The driver is very much alone – and his concentration is paramount, as well as his confidence in his vehicle and his knowledge of the snaking asphalt track. The slightest hesitation can seriously affect overall performance, as the timer seems to tick quicker than elsewhere. Race strategy is clear cut – a ‚maximum attack’ approach is required from the very first to the last centimetre of the route, as for an athlete running 100 metres. Hill climb offers authentic charm, with its natural setting, difficult roads, drivers who are truly driven, intrepid racing, finely honed engineering and proximity with the public.“
Hill climb was one of The Castiron’s great loves in his motorsport activities. The feeling to be very much alone, the loneliest man in the world for a few minutes: it is apparently impossible to describe. His heart still beats for that. And: it is helpful to know what challenges you are facing, sometimes in speed ranges from close to 100 miles per hour, sometimes even significantly more – depending on the vehicle and external conditions.
In a few days, the fearless drivers meet again in Switzerland, at the St. Ursanne - Les Rangiers race, August 18 - 20, 2018, for the FIA European Hill Climb Championship. It is one of the mountain races with frequently changing weather conditions; in combination with the horrendous speed, a highly explosive mixture!
Next week: Not losing can mean winning.
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron
PS. Source reference: https://www.fia.com/events/european-hill-climb-championship/season-2017/fia-european-hill-climb-championship