A record-breaking day at Weatherly Hill Climb
Victor Izzo/SPECIAL TO THE Times News North Carolina driver and new hill climb record holder George Bowland receives the Charles W. Potter, M.D. Memorial Award at the conclusion of the event. Pictured at the presentation are, from left, Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors, Dr. Potter's daughter Becky Potter Gregory, Bowland, and Joe Cyburt, councilman and president of the Weatherly Hill Climb Association.
There's a new "King of the Hill" for the Weatherly Hill Climb as George Bowland from North Carolina won the event with a record time of 47.17 seconds.
That smashed the old hill record which was held by Ron "Sammy" Moreck of Larksville, Luzerne County, with a time of 48.515 seconds set in 1998.
Approximately 90 cars from throughout the country competed on the 1.1 mile course during the two day event which was sponsored by Fairway Subaru of Hazleton and co-sponsored by DeAngelo Brothers Inc. of Hazleton (DBI).
The cars in the competition were divided into a variety of classes determined by a car's performance potential.
The Charles W. Potter, M.D. Memorial Award, named after one of the original event organizers, was presented to the driver with the fastest time for the weekend. Dr. Potter's daughter, Becky Potter Gregory, along with Weatherly Mayor Tom Connors, and Joe Cyburt, councilman and president of the Weatherly Hill Climb Association, presented the award to Bowland.
This was the second running of the Weatherly Hill Climb this year. The first event of this 49th season was run in June.
The National Guard had a Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR race car on display at the event, as well as an up-armored Hum Vee.