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More Action-Packed Excitement: 1960 and 1966 Hershey Hill Climbs

A couple of weeks ago the 1964 Hershey Hill Climb was featured here, and today we are back with more action from the Chocolate City in Pennsylvania. The 1966 video below has the best clarity of all of these digitized 8mm films, and in it, you will see some excellent driving, interesting cars, a number of spinouts on the sharpest corner, and some high-speed action on a straight section. Take a few moments to watch the 1966 and 1960 runs as both are well worth the time to view.

The 1960 run below features more action and the most extensive variety of cars in any of the films shot at Hershey. Competitors vehicles range all the way from a new 1961 Rambler American sedan, a Falcon station wagon, a Jaguar sedan, to a Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe.

You can learn more about the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) sanctioned Hershey Hill Climbs in our earlier coverage. The videos are courtesy of the AACA Library & Research Center.


12 responses to “More Action-Packed Excitement: 1960 and 1966 Hershey Hill Climbs

  1. Probably wouldn’t think of slamming some of those cars around today. Particularly the Healey 100-4, the 300 SL and the XKes. Maybe the Rambler and the Falcon station wagon.

  2. 300SL appears to have Rudge wheels too. Are they AC’s or Cobras, look like Cobras from here? If the 1959 or 60 white Corvette ran B/P what would have run A/P in 1960 ? Thanks for posting.

    • I guess you never heard the record that pre-dates the pictured Rambler race car. It was labeled Beep Beep and told
      about a Rambler that was overtaking a Lincoln at high speed and wanted to know how to get his car out of second
      gear. I drag raced a ’50’s 4 door hardtop on El Camino Real when I had all my hair. It creamed my Caddy. Of course we all know in our hearts that Rambler brought out the first muscle car( 60’s definition: intermediate body with factories
      largest V8). The Rambler Rebel was a factory hot rod. Fifteen hundred were minted. Standard Catalog of American Cars 1946-1975 states, ” In fact this was the first time a large engine had been placed in a smaller intermediate style chassis (an idea Pontiac would find great success with in the GTO). In an April, 1957 Motor Trend test it was found that the only car capable of a faster 0-60 time was the fuel injected Corvette)”. That the GTO was first is incorrect,
      and because misinformation has been repeated so many times, it is accepted as fact. Out of the 1500 Rebels made with solid lifters and 9.5 to 1 compression, how many survivors have you seen in the flesh?

      • “Large engine in a smaller intermediate chassis…”
        Would the 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk with it’s (Packard) 352 V-8 from the factory not pre-date the ’57 Rebel? They built over 4000 of them.

  3. At 1:39 in the 1966 film, car 21 is my old friend Dennis Frick in his ’65 SC Coup e. He drove Porsches, mostly Speedsters, in the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association series for several years and still lives in the area. His Porsche restoration (and Morgan sales) business, Europa Macchina, is in Newberrytown, just west of I-83.

  4. Just pulled out the information I received in conjunction with my competing there in 1959, billed as the “2nd Annual Hershey Hill Climb”, April 1959, Appalachian Sports Car Club. The course was 0.7 miles and included a Stop/Reverse/Restart after the first two hairpin turns and before two more hairpin turns leading to the Finish. Entries included over 10 TR3’s, numerous Healeys, three AC Bristols, an Arnold Bristol, several Porsches, a Ferrari, Saabs, MGA’s, and Corvettes. Best time according to my notes was a Corvette at 69.0480 seconds followed by the Porsches and the Ferrari all at just over 70 seconds. Best TR3 time was 71.1727.

  5. Frank, Ron Mann is the official Historian for the Pa. Hillclimb Association and his contact information can be found on their website. Perhaps David will be kind enough to forward this message to you. Ron does a great job and has collected some of the early, pre-1910, pictures of Giants Despair showing the Mathesons Stanleys, and others.

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