I tried to post this yesterday and it completely mucked up my site. I ended up having to delete the post, go to a different design for the page to get it to work again.
Anyway . . .
I actually had a Saturday off during the summer. This is unusual for me. (((Wife))), (((Boy))) and I decided to spend the morning watching some sports cars careen up a mountain road in a 102-year-old event called the Giant’s Despair Hillclimb. It’s a one mile climb up a 20% grade with multiple off-camber very tight turns. Anyway, here are some of the photos I took:
This heavily modified MG (I think it’s an MGB) looked absolutely tiny compared to some of the other road cars.
My vote for the prettiest car of the day — a Jaguar Saloon car. I really admire the Brits — they have a special car just to go to the bar. We stationed outselves at a corner right where the heavy grade started. Great view, and not nearly as many well-lubricated racing fans (keep in mind, the event started before 9:00am (and some of those guys were already drunk)).
Of course, not all of the cars were really hot. This ancient FIAT (stands for, I believe, Fix It Again Tony) made multipe runs. It was loud, slow, and not quite cute. The most pathetic car (though it had class) was an ancient SAAB with a two-stroke three cylinder engine. It never made it to our corner because of a bad clutch.
We saw this Mini Cooper prior to the race at the Sheetz at which my son works. Regular liscence plates and (if I could get into it) a car I would love to have.
This little Triumph TR4 (?) was another cute (and fast) car.
Another Triumph (this one a Spitfire) rolling through the corner.
This used to be a Karmann (or Dual (not sure which)) Ghia. The front looks pretty good, but the back end has a squared-off box over the engine. Spoiled a smooth looking car. I came close to buying one of these in high school (without the wing or the box) but got a VW Microbus instead.
We stayed until about 1:00, hiked down, and drove home. (((Boy))) went to work, and (((Wife))) and I stayed up watching the NASCAR race (and I find the passing just as exciting as the wrecks — even without the wrecks, NASCAR is fun (which most likely puts me in a minority)).
The hillclimbs make for an inexpensive way to enjoy racing — especially with the older sports cars.
The winning time was a car driven by a member of the Danko family (they run a local LP Gas company) — an ex-Indycar racer which haled from the Rahal stable. He made it up the run in about 50 seconds (last year in 38 seconds). I think (((Wife)))’s minivan will do the same route in four or five minutes.