A couple times each summer, a group of racers gathers at the bottom of Duryea Drive in Reading, PA, to test their cars and their driving skills in time trials up the mountain. The event is produced by the Blue Mountain Region SCCA (Sports Car Club of America).
The 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.
Local drivers abound at this one, and Berks.TV had the pleasure of speaking with many of them on a recent August weekend. Skip Levengood, a Birdsboro, PA, resident and six-time Duryea participant, spent some time with us on camera. He and his Legend car (#8L) are featured in this segment.
“It’s quite an adrenaline rush when you’re going up that hill, and every corner you take, you might be down over the guard rails or in a tree,” Skip said.
It seems every driver has a memorable experience to share from Duryea. “It probably slowed me down when one guy took out 14 guard rails on the hill,” Skip recalls. “After I saw that, I think I slowed down a little bit.”
The race and the hill have a strong connection. The drive itself was named after Charles E. Duryea, inventor of the first hill climbing gasoline automobile. He used the winding road as a course to test his cars in the early 20th century.
In an upcoming segment, we’ll share more footage from the racetrack and two more interviews, one with a racer who hasn’t missed an event at Duryea in more than 40 years.
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