Class 7 Winner Cobden Pushes Riley to the Limit

Wednesday 20 July 2016

It was second time lucky at Chateau Impney for Class 7 winner Rob Cobden, who had an early exit from the Hill Climb in 2015.

Rob’s 1937 Riley Falcon Special started out with 40hp, but after adding two superchargers, Rob’s getting a phenomenal 240hp out of the 1500cc engine. This means the car is always at risk of developing a fault, which is exactly what happened at 2015’s event, where it failed on the first timed run and was unable to attempt the second run.

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However, the Riley fared considerably better in 2016 as part of the Pre-1940 Racing Cars over 1100cc and up to 1500cc Class. “It takes a lot of punishment and it’s always on the margins of falling apart,” said Rob.

But when it doesn’t fall apart, the Riley is always going to be a force to be reckoned with.

“I don’t hold back and I could maybe have knocked a few hundredths of a second off my time, but it was pretty close to the limit. As long as the car doesn’t break, I’ll always finish near the top,” concluded Rob.

Rob’s main rivals are always ERAs, and his time of 45.13 seconds was nearly a second quicker than Ben Fidler in the ERA B Type, who got second place in class.

  • Rob Cobden, Riley Falcon Special, Chateau Impney Hill Climb, Droitwich
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