Mount Cotton Hill Climb on show

HILL CLIMB: Dean Tighe promotes the Mount Cotton Hillclimb on the television show My Way on October 17.
HILL CLIMB: Dean Tighe promotes the Mount Cotton Hillclimb on the television show My Way on October 17.
MG driver Dean Tighe

MG driver Dean Tighe

The Mount Cotton Hill Climb is featured on the October 17 episode of My Way, aired on Channel 9 at 5.30pm on Sundays.

The story of the climb is told through the eyes of champion racer Dean Tighe of Mount Ommaney, a regular at the climb and a State champion. Tighe holds championships in New South Wales (2021), South Australia (2019), Quyeensland (2020) and came third in Australia in 2019.

Tighe is a member of the MG car club of Queensland which owns the climb and drives two cars, an Empire and Dallara, each adorned with Star Wars and Marvel characters.

Tighe said circuit motor sports was heavily controlled with an extensive number of rules, but the hill climb had just three, to do with aerodynamics, tyres and fuel.

"It's a lot of fun. I call it on the show a drag race with corners. With the freedom offered, I can modify my cars to exactly as I want them," he said.

Tighe said racing was a family affair, which involved extensive Australian travel with his wife and daughter, something he did with his triple Australian champion father.

Tighe shared his enthusiasm for the sport in a segment which also included dairy farmer John Cochrane, Village Market owners Marissa Bowden and Sarah Schoeller and Underground Opera Company's Bruce Edwards.

"The show looks at people's hobbies and professions and after approaching the car club, they picked me. I hope it promotes the hill club. This is a chance for people to get close to the cars and walk up and chat to the drivers," he said.