Experienced and novice hillclimbers will be pitting their vintage sports cars against the laws of gravity once more in Hershey, Pennsylvania, over the weekend of May 3 and 4. The event is the Hershey Hillclimb, and organizers have relaxed the rules this year in order to encourage more enthusiasts to take part in this vintage exhibition. This year’s featured marque will be the Chevrolet Corvette.
The event is open to race-prepared cars 20 years old and older. To protect the period feel of the event, organizers encourage owners to prepare their cars as they were raced in their time, rather than applying modern technology. “Modern modifications to engine, ignition/induction systems, brakes and high-tech tires are not in keeping with the historic nature of The Hershey Hillclimb and are discouraged,” the application cautions. Modern advertising is also frowned upon, although historically correct class markings are encouraged.
Drivers must show a current competition license or evidence of successful completion of a competition driving school. Novices will be allowed to participate, and, if they demonstrate the required skills, will be given the same status as licensed drivers for future hillclimbs. Among the changes for 2008, novices will no longer be required to wear a fireproof suit, or to equip their cars with five-point belts and a roll bar.
A show on Sunday will feature the Chevrolet Corvette, and salute the centenaries of the Model T and General Motors. The entry fee, which includes a ticket to the Saturday night participants’ party, is $125, and crew members’ tickets are $15 each. A $25 late fee will be added for registrations received after April 25. The full rules and entry form are available at www.svvscc.org, the Web site of the Susquehanna Valley Vintage Sports Car Club, which organizes the event.