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Classic cars to climb Pezinská Baba hill

THE SEVENTH annual Grand Prix of Vintage Cars (Veľká cena veteránov), an annual international automobile and motorcycle competition, will take place near Pezinok on June 15.
"Every participant will compete twice. Each drive up the hill will be timed, and the winner will be the one whose two times differ the least. So what counts is the balance of both drives," says František Hotový, the chairman of the Pezinok Veterán Car Club which is running the event.
The competition will be held on the 5.5-kilometre road up the hill called Pezinská Baba, the same place that is used for the European Championships of Vintage Cars - a regular contest organised by the Slovak National Automotive Association, which will take place on July 15.


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THE SEVENTH annual Grand Prix of Vintage Cars (Veľká cena veteránov), an annual international automobile and motorcycle competition, will take place near Pezinok on June 15.

"Every participant will compete twice. Each drive up the hill will be timed, and the winner will be the one whose two times differ the least. So what counts is the balance of both drives," says František Hotový, the chairman of the Pezinok Veterán Car Club which is running the event.

The competition will be held on the 5.5-kilometre road up the hill called Pezinská Baba, the same place that is used for the European Championships of Vintage Cars - a regular contest organised by the Slovak National Automotive Association, which will take place on July 15.

Participants in this year's Grand Prix of Vintage Cars will compete in six categories. The first category is for automobiles made before 1945, the second is for those made between 1946 and 1970. In the third and fourth categories are for motorcycles grouped following the same pattern. The last two categories are called the Automobile and Motorcycle Specials, and are for racing cars and motorbikes produced up until 1980.

Over the last three years, the competition has attracted around 100 participants each year. Almost half were car drivers and half motorcyclists. Hotový says he expects similar numbers this year, including approximately 20 Czech and 15 Austrian competitors.

In addition to the driving competitions, a special committee will vote on the most beautiful vehicle. The youngest, the oldest, and the driver who has come from farthest away will be awarded as well.

The overall winner of last year's competition was Marián Bazala from the club at Nitra's Museum of Historical Vehicles. He was competing in the category of motorcycles made between 1946 and 1970, and his two times differed only by 0.02 second.

"This is an unbelievable achievement, especially when you consider that some vehicles have problems just climbing the hill," Hotový says.

Registration will take place between 8:00 and 10:00. The first race starts at 11:00 and ends at 12:30, the second at 13:30 and 16:00. The starting line will be five kilometres north of Pezinok in the direction of Pezinská Baba and Malacky. The road will be closed during the event.

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