Blue Mountain Region of the Sports Car Club of America has announced the details of the 68th annual Duryea HillClimb. This year’s event will be held August 17th and 18th just above City Park at the bottom of Duryea Drive.
100 drivers from 10 states are registered for the Duryea Hillclimb. Returning to defend his 2018 title is Mark Aubele of Trafford, PA. Several other previous winners are also registered, including Merlin Miller of Leesport PA, Bryan Fritzler of Lincoln University, PA, Bob Gardner of Newark DE, Kerry Hitt of Harrisburg PA, and George Bowland, of Easley SC, who is the holder of the overall course record.
The Duryea HillClimb is an SCCA Time Trials event with cars competing one at a time with the goal to set the fastest single pass time in their class up the hill. The Start line is just a few feet up from the intersection of Clymer Street and Duryea Drive, and the Finish line is in front of the historic William Penn Memorial Fire Tower. The length of the course is about 2.3 miles.
For those spectating, the competition is from approximately 9am – 4pm both days. Entry is by donation on site, which benefits non-profit Pagoda-Skyline, Inc. Pagoda-Skyline, Inc. is a citizen volunteer organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Pagoda, the Fire Tower and the Skyline Drive area.
Clymer St., between Walnut St. and Hill Rd., will be closed off for the pit area. There is no dedicated parking. You can park anywhere in the area of Walnut St. and 13th St./Clymer St. or down in city park to access the lower portion of the course and the pits.
Map of the Course
Spectators can access Turns 2, 3, and 4 by walking up Lombard Street and hiking on a short path up the hill. There are Bleachers between turns 2 and 3. Fans can also access Turns 7 and 8 by parking near the intersection of Hill Rd and Hill Rd, and hiking up a short path in the woods. There are Bleachers between turns 7 and 8.
There will be a Shuttle Bus for spectators to take. The shuttle will travel all the way to the fire tower / finish line and return, with stops at several points along the way. Rider-ship is by donation with donations going to the Reading Recreation Center at Third and Spruce. Shuttle picks up from the intersection of Clymer St. and Hill Rd.