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So you dabble on the street a bit, right? Not cool cause you can wreck and collect others with you. Plus, tickets are a pain in the butt!!!! Big money, loss of license and possible jail time if you're REALLY doin something stupid.

Well, time to graduate. LEGAL street racing. Yeah. Every forum in the country says street racing is illegal, right? Well, what about if it's SCCA sanctioned? Has a points structure. And you can drive as fast as you want......then hillclimbing is for you. Time trial style. 1 car at a time and nothing but you and the road for 1 - 2.3miles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6zF3uhm2z4#ws-hq

I've put together a few courses we run in that video. You can see, it's just wide open, drive like crazy...without crashing, of course! These are real roads, shut down for 2 days. Rules are followed by either SCCA rule books: GCR or Solo. Street Prepared and Street Mod are the only rules pulled from the Solo book. 4pt SCCA approved bar, fire suit(head to toe), harnesses and fire extinguisher are all that are required. SCCA regional license is just a matter of filling out the paperwork and dropping the yearly fee. Event fees are usually around $150 or less for the 2 days. On a typical weekend, we get 12 to 13 runs so there's pleanty of time to improve your time.

Check out the schedule at www.pahillclimb.org and hope to see new faces this year.
 

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The best thing about the hillclimbs is you can drive the course (at legal speeds) anytime you want.

I got a chance to go up Giant's Despair. Lots of fun, even at legal (and maybe a touch, but not much, higher.) speeds.
 

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looks fun
how competitive is this?
are there classes?
how often do you run?
 

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A few days of High Performance Driver Education might be the smart thing before attempting to unwrap your car from a tree. Seriously!
You guys in the New England area can run a number of hill climbs with the New England Hill Climb Association. They run at Mt Ascutney, VT for one venue.

http://www.hillclimb.org/
 

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Holy cow! I'd be too afraid to go so fast like that lol! But it looks super fun! I wonder if this is the SCCA road racing my boyfriend is always mentioning he wants to do, but isn't offered in AZ...
And 12-13 runs?? That's a lot! I wish we could get that many in auto-x ;)
 

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Competition: Many classes only have a few cars in them. I like to just look at the record in my class and go after it. This is SCCA sanctioned and yes, you can drive the course anytime you wish...at normal speeds. Classes are all those listed in the GCR and the SP/SM classes out of Solo. Minimum requirements are 4pt bar, harnesses, fire extinguisher and fire suit(head to toe). After that, you're in.

Auto-x is great too though. At least there, the safety requirements are way less so the initial cash outlay is minimal...which I find is a drawback to hillclimbing. Another thing is that at most auto-x's, you wipe out and only hit cones. In hillclimbing, you wipe out and can do anything from a scratch to complete destruction of the car.

HPDE isn't a bad idea. But we get folks that have never been on any of the courses before, OR who have raced. Our first event is on a road course so you can slowly work your way up to speed. Plus, nobody runs full bore on the 1st run anywhere. You'll see times drop all day the 1st day and all day the 2nd day. These events are 2 days long and cost under $150. Not too bad really.

I ran in '07 with just street tires. Didn't have the budget for race tires so it was a learning experience. EVERY car is welcome. Just have the minimum safety requirements is all.
 
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