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July 9, 2014

Hill climb roars to life with cruise-in party Aug. 1 at fire hall

Flintstone Friday Night will precede time trials by Sports Car Club of America teams

— FLINTSTONE —  The Flintstone Volunteer Fire Department and National Road Autosport will open a three-day Polish Mountain Hill Climb celebration on the weekend of Aug. 1-3 with a Friday night cruise-in party at the fire hall.

The public is invited free of charge beginning at 6 p.m. to Flintstone Friday Night featuring live entertainment by Time Flies, a street rod cruise-in, food and drink — and registration for Sports Car Club of America racing teams in town for sports car racing time trials on a closed section of Gilpin Road on Polish Mountain.

On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3, organizers will follow a prescribed plan of road signs and traffic control points manned between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. just east of Flintstone on state Route 144.  The competition is also free of charge for spectators.  

Working together with the Flintstone VFD, the local motorsports group stages the two-day time trial under terms of a State Highway Administration special event permit allowed by Maryland traffic code. National Road Autosport, aided by the sponsorship and support of District 1 State Sen. George Edwards, was instrumental in changing Maryland law to allow the event in 2007.

During the hill climb, spectator parking is provided on Route 144 east of Flintstone with free all-day shuttle transportation to access the paddock and spectator areas. Shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, carrying spectators into the competition area and assisting workers and spectators getting up the hill to course worker stations and limited spectator areas on the hill itself.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company. Donations from National Road Autosport to the local fire department since 2007 will exceed $35,000 by the end of this year’s event. These funds were earned from annual autocross activities at the Greater Cumberland Regional Airport and reinvested in the Flintstone community.

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