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The course... up to 1971
The last time the event ran competitively it was a round of the European Hill Climb championship. This was the tenth running of the event since it started in 1953. Each event allowed many people, as many as 40,000 at the height of its popularity, to see the elite motor sport drivers make an assault on a hill which was agreed to be the best, most beautiful and most prestigious of all the European hills. Lying between to the vineyards of Ollon and the skiing resort of Villars, in the heart of the Vaudoises Alps, and with the backdrop of the Dents du Midi the hill was unparalleled for sheer beauty.
The list of participants contains many, many famous names from the world motor sport stage. To name but a few there were Toulo de Graffenried, Willy Daetwyler, Hans Ruesch, Heini Walter, Jo Siffert, Herbert Müller, Peter Schetty, Georges Gachnang, Sylvio Moser. There were also foreign drivers such as Jean Behra, Maurice Trintignant, Von Hanstein, Louis Chiron, Maglioli, Gendebien, Hans Stück, Innes Ireland, W. Von Trip, Hans Hermann, Jo Bonnier, Edgar Barth, Cabianca, Greger, Scarfioti, Lorenzo, Bandini, Vaccarella, Stommelen, Gerhard Mitter, Jack Brabam, Patsy Burt, the sensational Jim Clark and not forgetting François Cevert who set the final hill record at 3'47''05.
Starting in 1965 motorcycles and sidecars were added to the programme. Many famous names made their way to the famous course of Ollon-Villars to pit their skills and machines against the hill. Solo riders included three time World Champion Luigi Taveri, Dieter Braun, H G Anscheidt, Angelo Tenconi and Walter Rungg as well as the fastest side-car crews such as Florian Camathias, Max Deubel and the Castella brothers.