Drivers will try to tame the Hill this weekend
Victor Izzo/Times News While helping to set up for this weekend's event, Weatherly Hill Climb Association members Ray Kochin, left, and Daniel Kane hold a banner announcing the two-day automotive competition.
The borough of Weatherly will be overflowing with activities and excitement this weekend with the 49th consecutive running of the Weatherly Hill Climb on the outskirts of the town.
On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be racing from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., with about 80 or 90 drivers from throughout the country, including North Carolina, Florida, Ohio and the New England states, competing.
Each driver will try to finish the 1.1 mile course in under 60 seconds while climbing through an elevation change of about 340 feet. The present hill record is 47.3 seconds.
According to some Weatherly Hill Climb Association members, this is the most challenging out of all the hills on the East Coast. The course might not be the fastest; there are some corners with grades so steep, a person cannot walk up the sides of them.
The hill consists of uphill straights leading into hairpin turns, a short run to another hard right hand turn, and then the "jump" where most cars leave contact with the pavement.
From this point, the rest of the hill consists of a short straight leading to a long sweeping turn to the finish which tests the tires' grip on the road, as well as the driver's nerve. One hairpin turn called "The Wall" is especially challenging.
After the completion of the hill climb events on Sunday, trophies will be handed out to the drivers about 4 p.m.
The weekend's activities will not just be limited to all of the racing related action.
Tonight's kick-off parade for the hill climb weekend will start at 7 p.m. at the former Wagner property located just off of Plane Street in the borough, then proceed through Weatherly for a distance of about 1 miles.
On Saturday night at dusk, there will be fireworks for the public at the former Wagner property.
Additional activities will also be available throughout the weekend.
To get to the Weatherly Hill Climb event, after leaving Route 93 in Hudsondale and driving into Weatherly, at the first stop sign, turn right and drive over the creek and a set of railroad tracks.
Turn left at the first opportunity and proceed parallel to the creek. Continue past the "Trackside Beverages" beer distributor. Follow the street as it turns right until you see the Weatherly Fire Department on your right.
During the hill climb hours the street, beginning at the fire house, serves as the paddock area and will be closed to all but race cars. Visitors can turn left just prior to the fire house and find a parking space, then may walk on the street serving as the paddock area to reach the hill climb.