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In a recent segment about the Duryea Hillclimb in Reading, PA, hillclimb racer Skip Levengood waxed exuberant about the community of hillclimbers that gathers each summer at the base of Mount Penn for the Blue Mountain Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sponsored event. “It’s one of the nicest bunch of people I’ve ever been around” he said.
In this video you’ll see more testimonials to the race and its community — like one from Lloyd Geib Jr., who hasn’t missed the race in more than 40 years (look for his white 1959 MGA #111), and another from Tammy Oswald of Lower Alsace Township, who got into the sport after her husband bought her a race car.
There’s also plenty more ear- and eye-popping footage from the start line and from behind the spectator’s fence from just above turn three. If anyone knows why so many of the cars are yellow, we’d love to hear from you!
HILLCLIMB ON GOOGLE VIDEO: The weekend the hillclimb took over Mount Penn, we met some of the people behind the stomach-turning hillclimb videos getting tons of hits on Google Video lately. Fabio Vlacci kindly gave us permission to embed one of his videos here. We chose this one of his 2006 Duryea time trial in a Toyota MR2. It’s totally cool that this group is into new media like video sharing on the web. Many of them don’t leave the pits without a camcorder strapped into the cockpit!
MORE ABOUT THE RACE: The race is named after the road that starts at the bottom of the mountain, and the road is named after Charles Duryea, the man who invented the world's first hillclimbing car. Duryea tested his inventions right there on the mountain.
The race's thirteen turns, 800-foot-plus elevation change, and 140 mile-per-hour top speeds make the Duryea Hillclimb one of the favorite courses on the hillclimb circuit in North America.
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