An exciting new event is coming to the city of Pineville and Pine Mountain State Resort Park on May 1 and 2, 2021. HillClimb is coming to town, for those unfamiliar it’s car racing circuit drawn to winding roads that head up mountains.
Main Street Pineville Executive Director Jacob Roan said the event is a partnership between the Sports Car Club of America, Pine Mountain State Resort Park, City of Pineville, Bell Country Tourism and Backroads of Appalachia.
“State Rep. Adam Bowling, Tourism Director Jon Grace, Park Superintendent Rita Edmondson and more have been working with SCCA to bring them to Pineville,” Roan said. “We are extremely excited to welcome SCCA HillClimbing. We are big believers in this concept and see tremendous value for our community and local businesses in bringing this event to eastern Kentucky.”
On a Facebook post Roan said plans were being made to host a welcome party downtown for the event and more details would be released soon.
A story on the SSCA website tells HillClimb fans to block off May 1-2, 2021, on their calendars for this brand-new event in Pineville, Kentucky. It says the event is was made possible thanks to a collaborative effort put forth by SCCA’s East Tennessee Region, Blue Ridge Region and Central Carolinas Region with some help from SCCA’s Region Development and Experiential Programs Departments, as well as support from the Pennsylvania HillClimb Association.
The website also touts the 30-rooms and 15 cabins available at Pine Mountain State Resort Park and says registrations will open later in March.
The two-mile, 10-turn Pine Mountain HillClimb layout will feature an elevation gain of 650 feet. George Bowland, who has competed at 16 different HillClimbs and holds the overall record at 11 of those, previewed the course personally and believes it to be the best he’s seen in the United States. He added, “it has everything you would look for: fast flowing sections, slower technical corners, a great surface and plenty of dips and rises that both offer challenge and just makes the hill fun.”
Rick Myers, SCCA’s Senior Manager of Region Services, noted that “bringing three regions and national staff together to launch an exciting new event really shows the strength SCCA has in our ability to work together to bring motorsports events to enthusiasts. The community is excited to have us and we are thrilled to be able to show a new audience what the SCCA has to offer.”
SCCA HillClimbs take place on a section of mountain road that has been closed to commuter traffic. Competitors take turns seeing who can complete the course the fastest. Unlike a road course, which may have multiple levels of barriers, or an autocross where rubber cones are usually the biggest risk, a HillClimb course is lined with trees and rocks. Getting to the top unscathed is a mix of bravery and discretion. HillClimb cars need roll bars and racing harnesses at a minimum, and drivers need approved flame-retardant racing suits and other safety gear.