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!

 

2014 Hot Rod Hill Climb – Line-Up preview

Here is a quick glimse of the line up, some of the cars you will see at the Hot Rod Hill Climb!

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.

The Colorado Springs Rod and Custom Club volunteered to do the inspections for Hot Rod Hill Climb 2013 and 2014, and they will be back this year. Its 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
  • Fluid leaks
  • Battery hold down
  • Wiring
  • Exhaust hangers
  • Fire Extinguisher (please have one in the car)
  • Helmets for Open Cars

The club uses the NSRA inspection guidlines on all the cars. Most of the cars do not pass that, because they do not have wipers, etc. But the club gets credit for the inspections. It helps them out, helps the car owner out, and gives me piece of mind.

It’s really just another set of eyes on the car, last year we had a car that had loose radius rods out back, it turned out there were some broken welds on the frame. He was able to have a local shop weld it up and all was good.

The hill is no joke… especially coming down.  One corner,  if you go off…. well, its all over.

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

That’s about it.

 

If you are not in the Hot Rod Hill Climb, and  just want your car inspected, find the tent near the Georgetown Mountain Inn between 9 and 10 am on Friday, these guys are happy to do it for you.

Our Friend Jess

Lindsey Fisher of Rod Authority wrote a really nice article on our friend Jessica MacKichan. Jess and her father John came to the Hot Rod Hill Climb last year with the Speedway Motors sponsored Hot Rod First-Aid tent, providing supplies like oil, shop rags, carb jets, etc for the participating Hot Rods.

Read the article about Jess here

Jess in her 1933 5w Coupe at the 2013 Hot Rod Hill Climb

John is bringing his 1931 Model A Roadster, it will have a Model B 4-banger engine with a Cragar head, and Halibrand quick change rear end this year.

John MacKichan 1931 Model A Roadster sm

New Jersey Represents!

We met Jim in 2013 at ‘The Race of Gentlemen” on the sands of the WildWoods!

Well, he’s coming to Colorado in September!

What is he bringing?

Hot Rod Details
1927 Ford Model T on a narrowed model a chassis
Hand built body
Model a banger dual carb aluminum Thomas head
Side drive magneto
Rear mounted water tank
Single seat

New Jersey Jim

New Jersey Jim

 

 

1934 Ford Raced 1941 Lands End Hill Climb

Brothers Jim and Kent are bringing the recreation of their dads 1934 Hill Climb Car.  The original car was raced at Lands End Hill Climb, south of Grand Junction, Colorado,  in 1941 by their 26 year old dad. He competed against Louis Unser finishing 7th overall. The 1941 course had 212 turns over 14.5 miles, a 5,000 foot elevation gain to 10,300 feet. The race was AAA Sanctioned and had over 12,500 spectators.

The replica was hand built in 1982 by the original driver, Bob Baughman at 67 years old!

The car has a 1946 Mercury flathead backed by a 39 3 speed trans and a 4.11 ratio 1934 banjo out back.

We are thrilled they are coming to celebrate the 60th Anniversary with us!

Read more about the early years at Lands End here

 

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