If you’re searching for the sport that combines the best aspects of autocross, rally and road racing, hillclimb may be the perfect auto sport for you. While Susquehanna Region SCCA does not hold hillclimb events as a club, there is a regional hillclimb association — The PA Hillclimb Association (PHA). The club is not associated with PHA, but information is provided here for our members’ benefit.
What is hillclimb?
It’s is a timed event where drivers navigate up a hill or mountain road. As in autocross, it is against the clock and not wheel-to-wheel. Although it’s much like autocross, the pylons in hillclimb are boulders and trees and if you go off course, the consequences are usually more serious. But don’t let that scare you! If you’re interested in learning more, read on.
Curious what it feels behind the wheel? You’re in luck. Here’s a playlist of videos from some of the PHA venues over the past few years. You might want to brace yourself for the adrenaline rush!
Where to start
The PA Hillclimb Association holds these in locations around PA and several Susquehanna SCCA region members participate. Check out their articles Hillclimbing 101, Driver Checklist, and other resources on their site to learn more.
Get more information
There are currently six courses that PHA runs hillcimb events on. They are listed below, and you can find more information on the PHA website.
- Hotel Hershey, Hershey PA
- Duryea/Pagoda Hill in Reading, PA
- Weatherly, PA
- Giant’s Despair, Laurel Run, PA
- Rose Valley, Trout Run, PA
- Jefferson Circuit at Summit Point (not really a hill), WV