Rod Authority – Hot Rod Hill Climb Takes On New Mountains with Similar Nostalgia

Over the last three years, the Georgetown Hot Rod Hill Climb – which was originally run in 1953 and 1954 – saw a new chapter open in the same Colorado mountain town as its ancestral event . After nearly six decades of slumber, the event was revamped in 2013 as The Hot Rod Hill Climb, by Mike Nicholas of Nick’s Hot Rod Garage, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the all-out, traditional hot rod race. ….read more

Hot Rods!

Hot Rods!

 

The Big T lot was full after the Reliability Run, great times!

The Big T lot was full after the Reliability Run, great times!

 

Trevor Squires navigating the first switch back in the tudor sedan.

Trevor Squires navigating the first switch back in the tudor sedan.

 

The Robert's in "Esmerelda", a historic Colorado Hot Rod that raced back in the day with T-33.

The Robert’s in “Esmerelda”, a historic Colorado Hot Rod that raced back in the day with T-33.

 

The Bingers leading the pack during the Reliability Run.

The Bingers leading the pack during the Reliability Run.

 

McCann's rolling the 570C roadster that raced at Bonneville in 1952.

McCann’s rolling the 570C roadster that raced at Bonneville in 1952.

 

See Ya

“See Ya”

 

Cal Kennedy (driver) raced this very roadster, known as the T-33 Special, in the original 1953 Hot Rod Hill Climb. Over 60 years later, both car and driver are still making appearances at the annual event.

Cal Kennedy (driver) raced this very roadster, known as the T-33 Special, in the original 1953 Hot Rod Hill Climb. Over 60 years later, both car and driver are still making appearances at the annual event.

 

Duane Helms in his Super Charged Banger Coupe!

Duane Helms in his Super Charged Banger Coupe!

 

Driving Line – Why Resurrecting Hot Rodding’s Past Was the Best Idea Ever

Our friend Kristin Cline came the the 2015 Hot Rod Hill Climb and had this to say….

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Chances are you’ve been to a car show or two (or three, or hundreds if you’re like me). Car shows are awesome – but do you know what is even better? Driving cars… hearing their engines and racing them! If you’re with me on this, then Hot Rod Hill Climb is a vintage car event you’ve got to see. As talked about in our Hot Rod Hill Climb coverage from last year, a bunch of Colorado hot rodders in the ‘50s decided they needed an event of their very own. The tiny village of Georgetown allowed them to take it over once a year and open up the throttle on Guanella Pass heading out of town. The ~1.5 mile course up the mountain is steep enough to give these nostalgic hot rods a run for their money and to designate bragging rights for the quickest car. Of course, back then just as today, getting together and enjoying hot rods was reason enough.

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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.

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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.