Hot Rod Hill Climb Day One – Hot Rod Magazine

Written by Scotty Lachenauer on August 15, 2015

Picking up right where he left off in September, 2014, Mike “Nick” Nicholas has corralled his troops and headed back to Georgetown, Colorado, for the third in a series of recreations of the famous Hot Rod Hill Climbs up Leavenworth Mountain. The quiet, quirky hamlet of Georgetown is now under siege by a legion of hot rodders and their trusty rides, all ready to do battle with the 1,000+ foot rise up Guanella Pass Road, just like their peers did more than 60 years ago.


July 4th Parade – Georgetown

We are doing it again this year!

Georgetown has invited Hot Rod Hill Climb to participate in their 4th of July Parade. It is open to 1950’s era Hot Rods and Customs, stock cars, trucks of that era too. If you are interested please let me know, all cars will have posters for the doors, flags, etc! Lets help support Georgetown for opening their arms to this fantastic event!

Message or send an email to

We will leave at 9am from the Matthews-Winters open space parking lot on the north side of I-70 across from the gas station. Address is 18561 US-40, Golden, CO 80401

We will leave there at 9am, its about an hour drive.

Parade starts at 11, followed with BBQ at City Park, Bucket Brigade Races downtown, Fireworks at Dusk, and so much more!

Join on Face Book here

Hot Rod Hill Climb Brings Raucous to the Mountain

Kristine Cline wrote a great article on Driving Line while Chris Shelton provided the photos…

It may strike you as unbelievable but Pike’s Peak isn’t Colorado’s only historic competitive hill climb. Sixty years ago a bunch of racers gathered in Georgetown, a little mining town west of Denver in the same spirit as Pike’s Peak racers: to see who could scramble up a pretty treacherous gravel pass in the shortest time. In fact the racers followed in the footsteps their competitive forebears in all ways but one: the cars they drove. For nearly a century Pike’s Peak racers built cars specifically to climb a particular hill, but participants from various clubs in the Denver Timing Association brought their hot rods.

Read the rest here

Some of our favorite Shots!


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The Denver Post

A Great shot from the Friday Reliability Run, seen here on Mount Evans Road

Motion Picture 2014 Recap

Part 1 of a few

Adam Reynolds of Acentric Video pulled off another stellar video for Nicks Garage and Hot Rod Hill Climb!

The Vintage video is 8mm that was taken by Vern Holmes at the  1954 Hot Rod Hill Climb. The Aerial was taken by Bob Broom. Some of the vintage stills were taken by Pete Garramone. Thank you for getting on board with us.

About the Hot Rod Hill Climb and T33 Build from Adam Reynolds on Vimeo.


Here is a link to the 2013 recap.

XtremeXposurePhoto – The 2014 Participants

These are the 75 Hot Rods that were 2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb participants!

These and many more photos can be purchased from Steve at XtremeXposurePhoto, he has them grouped by name and car number!


Lindsey Fisher at Rod Authority

Lindsey Fisher wrote a wonderful article on the 2013 Hot Rod Hill Climb last year, and this year she did the same. These are some of my favorite photos she took for Rod Authority.

Read the article here

I was really excited to have Bob Marchese at the event, he is one of the original Strippers, the driving force behind the 1953 and 1954 Hot Rod Hill Climbs.


Our friends from Speedway Motors, the Mackichan crew, they earned the run in the sun, Friday they took on mother nature on the chilly Reliability Run!