Annual Pagoda Hillclimb attracts top racers for exciting weekend of competition

Racers from across several states are gearing up for the annual Pagoda Hillclimb, set to take place this weekend, June 22-23. This highly anticipated event is a key part of the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association (PHA) Championship Series and is sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). The Blue Mountain Region SCCA, the local chapter, is hosting the event.

The Hillclimb, renowned for its challenging 1.35-mile course that winds up Duryea Drive, will see last year’s champion and current course record holder, Ron Moreck of Kingston, PA, return to defend his title. Moreck’s record-setting performance has set the bar high, and he will face fierce competition from several previous winners, all determined to reclaim the coveted “King of The Hill” status.

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The event kicks off on Saturday at approximately 9:30 am, with racing continuing until around 4 pm. Sunday’s competition begins slightly earlier, at about 9 am, and concludes around 4 pm. The course starts at the bottom of Duryea Drive at its intersection with 13th Street Extension and finishes just below the iconic Pagoda, offering both racers and spectators a thrilling experience.

Admission to the event is by voluntary donation, with proceeds benefiting Pagoda-Skyline, Inc., a local nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of the Pagoda and the surrounding Skyline area.

Additionally, a shuttle bus will be available throughout the weekend, transporting spectators to the Pagoda and various viewing spots along the course. Shuttle rides are also by voluntary donation, with proceeds going to the Reading Recreation Commission’s Third and Spruce Rec Center.

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As the countdown to the Pagoda Hillclimb continues, anticipation is building among motorsport enthusiasts and local residents alike. The combination of high-speed action, competitive spirit, and scenic views promises an unforgettable weekend for all who attend.

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