Learn about Mount Equinox Hillclimb

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MANCHESTER CENTER >> Manchester Community Library and Manchester Historical Society are proud to present a free illustrated talk, Mt. Equinox Hillclimb with Jim Donick July 6 at 7 p.m. at the Library in the Hunter Community Room.

Jim Donick has been competing on the mountain for over thirty years. He is the editor of Vintage Sports Car magazine for the Vintage Sports Car Club of America, and the writer of a history of the event that is currently in progress. Using photos taken there over the last nearly seventy years, he will share stories of the hillclimb and its development, of the people who competed on the mountain, the challenges it offers to a driver, and the joy of being a part of an historic endeavor that dates to the early days of sports car racing in the United States.

The Mount Equinox Hillclimb was first run in May of 1950, shortly after Doctor Davidson completed the road to the top. This makes it the longest continuously run paved automotive hillclimb in the United States.

Since that time the Skyline Drive has hosted countless great and near-great drivers every year, all of them with the dream of making the climb as quickly as they possibly can. The mountain has echoed to the sound of every sort of racing car imaginable with examples that have ranged from the early 1900's to the fastest Can-Am cars of the sixties. One of those latter vehicles dropped the record for ascending Equinox' five plus miles of tarmac to just over four minutes.

Until 1973 the event was run for what were then contemporary racing cars. Since then the event has been limited to vintage racer, cars mostly built prior to 1960.

The 2016 running of the event will take place on the weekend following the talk, July 9th and 10th. Attendees at the talk, along with the rest of the community, are invited to visit the event.

"Mt. Equinox Hillclimb" is part of the Summer Wednesdays Lecture Series at the Library. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For more info, call the Library at 802.362.2607 or email info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.com.


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