Hill climb returns after washouts

This year’s Polish Mountain Hill Climb will feature drivers competing in the historic Pennsylvania Hill Climb Association Series, including the highly modified 2006 DSR Stohr racer of former event champion Bob Gardner. Time trials on a closed stretch of Gilpin Road east of Flintstone will be held Aug. 3 and 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Public spectator admission is free.

FLINTSTONE — Thankful for a dry, hot summer in Flintstone, and newly minted as the Western Maryland Chapter of the Sports Car Club of America Washington DC Region, organizers of the Polish Mountain Hill Climb are on track to return to Gilpin Road Aug. 2 through 4.

“We’re excited to hold our 12th annual Polish Mountain Hill Climb, even if it took us 13 years to get there,” John Felten, WMC SCCA president said, referencing two different washed out dates in 2018 when the paddock field starting line grid at the base of the mountain was too saturated to support the event.

“Our annual kickoff cruise-in party at the Flintstone VFD Friday night and the two days of SCCA time trials on the mountain would not be possible without our long term partnerships with the Flintstone VFD, Maryland SHA, the Sports Car Club of America, local law enforcement and public safety agencies,” Felten said.

Organizers also enjoy long term private sector supporters, including Weimer Automotive, Potomac Farms and the nearly 100 volunteers needed for each year’s competition.

“Working with the Maryland State Highway District 6 office, we have developed a plan over the years that affects the smallest possible number of local residents,” Felten said.

On Aug. 3 and 4, the event will follow a prescribed outline of road signs and traffic control points manned between 6 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Race entrants and their pit crews will be inside the controlled area using a donated and groomed field 100 yards west of the starting line as their base of operations. The field is owned by T.R. Robinette. 

Spectators can park on state Route 144 east of Flintstone and use shuttle transportation to access the competition area.

The paddock area will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 4, allowing spectators into the competition area and allowing time for workers and spectators to get up the hill to course worker stations and spectator areas on the hill itself.

The 2019 Polish Mountain Hill Climb is sponsored by the Weimer Automotive Group, Potomac Farms Dairy, Western Maryland Distributing, Belt Paving, Teter Landscaping and Excavation, American Rent All, AC&T, Furlow’s Towing, Twigg Towing, T.R. Robinette, McClarran and Williams, SCCA Blue Mountain and Washington DC Regions and Boggs Supply.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Flintstone Volunteer Fire Company.

More information is available on Facebook by searching Polish Mountain Hill Climb Official Info Page.

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