Mount Equinox Annual Hill Climb
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hill climb venues, the Mount Equinox Hill Climb is unusual. Its
the longest paved hill climb in the world, and it runs on the
3,848 ft. Mount Equinox near Manchester, Vermont. Among hill
climbs on this continent only Pikes Peak predates Mount Equinox.
Sports Car Club of America contest, the Mount Equinox climb
attracted competitors such as Briggs Cunningham, John Fitch
and Sam Posey. The Vintage Sports Car Club of America took
over sanctioning in 1973.
from as far away as Arizona and they come not only to race up
the mountain but for the ambiance of the event. The 5.2 mile Skyline Drive twist and turns like a python to the
summit. This course is some of the trickiest miles in any
form of racing, with 41 turns and 20 of which are hairpins
(switchbacks) and an elevation increase of 3,140 ft. Except for
one short down hill stretch, you climb all the way, running
close to, sometimes a bit over, redline to avoid the risk of
bogging down in a higher gear.
Equinox has the feel and distinction of a prewar event at
Prescott England. As the events unfold picnics are spread on the
green lawns of the Toll house. Its easy to think you’ve been transported back in time and imagine Jack Myer (Mr.
Equinox) quoted as saying “ You could bring Denny Hulme here in
his Mclaren, and in the first two runs I could beat him, But
after he had learned the course he could easily clobber me.” in
his T-70 mk Lola Chevrolet or Raymond Mays is next to burn of
the line in his ERA. Instead it might be Bill Vaccaro in his
immaculate 1927 Type 37A Bugatti or VSCCA president Gil
Stewart’s thunderous Four and 1/2 Litre Bentley.
Prewar machinery that have climbed the mountain include, J.R.
Mitchell’s narrow, supercharged 1937 Austin, Bob Valpey’s 1932
Dreyer Special, a ford based creation from the Legendary “Pop”
Dreyer, Dick Waite’s 1932 Ford sprint car, David Penittient’s 1932 Lancia Dilambda racing special, to
name but a few. The course record for a vintage car was set by
Joel Finn, who drove his Cooper Formula 1 up the mountain in
4:28 an average of over 60 miles an hour. The oldest active race
car has been Gordon Matson’s 1911 EMF. Some postwar cars have
included Ed Sutherland’s C-Type Jaguar, T-series MG’s, Elvas,
Lotus 7s, Hybrids like Allards, Arnolt/Chevy and some Formula 3s
make this event irresistible to the serious car enthusiast.
The race is being
held this year (2016) on July 9th &10th. The start is
located at the Toll House at the base of the mountain. The event
is free to spectators, but the course is closed once racing is