Hot Rod Hill Climb 2020

July 24, 2020

Looks like we need to give the ole’ girl a rest, Hot Rod Hill Climb gets a year off. We’ve done everything we reasonably can, 2020 Hot Rod Hill Climb just isn’t going to get on her wheels this year.

With the support of Central City we have asked for the county’s support to issue a variance request from the state to have more then 500 people. County Commissioners believe all variances to allow more people into the community is not in the best interest of residents right now. On top of that our Governor has said his office will not review variance requests for at least 2 weeks. We are going to respect the decisions made by those who look after the community.

The community and patrons who support the Hot Rod Hill Climb have been calling, messaging, and emailing to support us. We appreciate you. We appreciate your passion for what we do. I have a feeling a year off is going to be just what our crew needs to come back strong.

Thank you to our patrons, our sponsors, Central City, Gilpin County and all our supporters. Be well and be kind to your neighbor.

God Bless the United States,

– Nick

C.W. Moss Ford Parts

We are happy to welcome C.W. Moss to our roster of fine sponsors!

C.W. Moss provides quality parts for 1928-1948 Fords.
Proudly serving over 100,000 customers over the years.

See their online catalog online here today!

CW Moss Ford Parts
420 W. Chapman Avenue
Orange, CA 92866


The Reliability Run starts at Woolly Mammoth parking lot

Where in the Woolly is Woolly Mammoth?!

The Reliability Run starts at the Woolly Mammoth RTD lot off of I-70 at Exit 259. The parking lot is on the south side of highway 40.

Collect your pre-registration packet or register here between 8am and 10am. If you miss that your registration packets will be available in Central City at the Big T Lot check-in tent from Noon-5pm.

Maps and routes will be given to you at Woolly Mammoth. This is about a 70 mile run and it ends in Central City.

If you are lucky you’ll get to experience all four seasons on your drive! 😉

*ALSO*  A group will leave the Big T lot in Central City at 7:30 am and drive to Woolly Mammoth.


Here are a few photos from years past….

Check point 2 with the Deton8tors

Check piont 4 with the Timberline Timers

Beautiful Rocky Mountains

Easy to read maps!

It was all about getting the card stamped!

Check Point 1 was a little Chilly

Hot Rod Hill Climb Tech Inspection

Hot Rod Hill Climb Participants!!

What is the Tech Inspection about?   It’s another set of eyes on your car.

Tom Stark and crew at Precision Designs will be doing tech inspections at the 2019 event. It’s a very simple once over on your Hot Rod, these guys know their stuff, if they find something that needs attention they will point it out and likely help you get it fixed.

This is a great place to see the cars up close!

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What these guys offered to do for HRHC, was look over the cars for anything that might be unsafe or questionable.

  • Brakes
  • Tires & Wheels
  • Brackets & Suspension
  • Doors stay closed
  • Steering is solid and tight
  • Seat belts
  • Oil and fuel lines
  • Throttle Linkage (cant go over center, needs throttle return spring)
  • Fluid leaks
  • Battery hold down
  • Wiring
  • Exhaust hangers
  • Fire Extinguisher (please have one in the car)
  • Helmets for Open Cars

It’s really just another set of eyes on the car, we’ve had loose radius rods out back, broken welds on the frame, loose king pins, a few weak throttle springs, and tie rods that were too low for the road.

The hill is no joke… its a climb.

Emergency brakes are highly recommended, just in-case you need it, safety.

That’s about it.

Tech Schedule

Thursday 09/11/2019 Noon to 5pm
Precision Designs 4600 Glenco St, Denver Colorado 80216

Friday 09/13/2019 Noon to 5pm
Big T Parking lot in Central City, plenty of time to come after you make the Reliability Run!

Here’s a look at the Tech Card we use at the events, all of these things will be looked at.

Special Thanks To
Precision Designs

Marvel Mystery Oil

We are thrilled to partner with the Marvel Oil Company for the 2019 Hot Rod Hill Climb!

We all know the legacy of Marvel Mystery Oil, whether it was using with our dads or grandads. Before you fire up that motor, pour some Marvel in the cylinders to pre-lube it. Works every time!

Check out the other products from Marvel!

You can purchase Marvel products online, here, and be sure to follow along on Instagram at @MarvelMysteryOil

Food – Where to Eat in Central City

Charlie’s Bar  on Main St 303.748.8311
Drinks with no limits!

Gilpin Market 430 Lawrence Street ,Central City, CO 80427 Website
Burger Joint

Century Casino Deli and restaurant  303.582.5050  website

The Grand Z  Grand Bistro, The Grill, Z Cafe  website

Johnny Z’s Casino 132 Lawrence Street Central City, CO 80427 website
Deli and restaurant

Dostal Alley 114-116 Main Street Central City, CO 80427 303.582.1610 website
Micro Brew and Resturaunt – Pizza, Calzone, Sandwich, Salad

Easy Street Casino – Millie’s 120 Main Street, Central City, CO 80427 303.582.5914 website

The Famous Bonanza Casino 107 Main Street, Central City, CO 80427 303.582.5914

Annie Oakley’s Emporium and General Store 135 Nevada Street (South End of Main Street), Central City, CO 80427 303.582.3530

Central City KOA Campground/ RV Park 605 Lake Gulch Road, Central City, CO 80427    800.562.8613 or 303.582.3043

  • Friday
    • 7am – 10am All You Can Eat Pancakes $3.00
    • 11am – 9PM Pizza and Wing
  • Saturday
    • 7am – 10am All You Can Eat Pancakes $3.00
    • 11am – 9PM Pizza and Wing
    • 8PM Campfire with Free Marshmallow Roast
  • Sunday
    • 7am – 10am All You Can Eat Pancakes $3.00
    • 4PM – 9PM Pizza and Wing

Idaho Springs

West Bound and Down and the Buffalo Restaurant  1617 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO 80452  720.502.3121  website

Tommy Knockers Brewery  1401 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO 80452  303.567.2688  website

Vintage Moose Tavern  123 16th Ave, Idaho Springs, CO 80452  303.567.2375

More Great News

Two things….

1. New Artwork by our buddy JEFF NORWELL! Thank you my friend!


2. Registration is OPEN!

It’s a little different this year, one registration form, no application! Event Registration is $50. The process allows you to let us know you want to run the Hill. We will review registrations and respond, there’s an additional $75 to run the hill. It will be a first come, first paid, first served process….. get registered here!

Support! Chrome Insurance

We have a brand new supporter this year, Paul Leuenberger and Chris Larson with American National Property and Casualty Collector Car Insurance

Chrome Insurance

1.  No age restrictions on cars–All make’s and model’s qualify
2.  No driving restrictions–drive the car when and where you want
3.  No mileage restrictions
4.  Project insurance coverage
5.  Agreed Value
6.  10% car club discount

CALL them TODAY & Thank them for supporting the Hot Rod Hill Climb!

Paul Leuenberger                        303-619-9891       North
Chris Larson                                 719-276-0211        South

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#1 Most Viewed Gallery of 2016

WOW, What an honor! Our pal Travis at Roy Boy Productions covers nearly every kick ass show in the country, and his wrap up for 2016 is AWESOME!  Looks like Hot Rod Dirt Drags and Hot Rod Hill Climb made the top 10 list of most viewed albums! Hot Rod Hill Climb was #1 and Hot Rod Dirt Drags was #10… Book Ends Baby!


See it all right here

MSN – Hot Rod Magazine

Seems even MSN likes what we do, here’s a great article I missed from the 2015 Hot Rod Hill Climb!

After an overnight downpour, Mike “Nick” Nicholas and his trusty crew were up early and greeted with chilly temps in Georgetown, Colorado, to prep for his latest rendition of the Hot Rod Hill Climb (HRHC). And at 8,500 feet above sea level, the weather can be unpredictable in the mountain town, but luckily the overnight deluge gave way to blue bird skies in the a.m. and welcomed an eager bunch of hot rodders, ready to take on the 1,000 foot rise of Leavenworth Mountain. Read More