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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Jalopy Journal

Press is always a cool thing, it makes you feel accomplished.

Thanks to Ryan and the HAMB for the great mention!

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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.

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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 info@hotrodhillclimb.com

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!

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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