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Old 08-21-2000, 09:06 PM   #1
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Post Duryea Hillclimb a Subaru success

After competing in my first hillclimb this weekend all I can say is wow. Absolutely the most fun I've ever had.

2.2 miles of twisting, winding road in Reading, PA closed off for two days while a bunch of crazies drive up it as fast as possible. One guy completely rolled his road racing Olds Achieva and two others blew their motors trying to get to the top. My good ole Subaru showed no signs of pain other than a slowly leaking oil pan gasket.

There was quite the range of cars, all the way from a Mini to a vintage Aston Martin to several Pro Rally cars to the nuttiest Corvette I have ever seen. This car had rear tires that were at least 18 inches wide. It was a 1980 or so Greenwood Corvette built for endurance racing. The owner had an article on the car written when it was in competition and it was titled "The Fastest Corvette on Earth." Apparently it was clocked at 230mph in Sebring which is no small feat considering the relatively poor aerodynamics. This car shook your chest when it was started it was so loud.

I was definitely in the minority of daily driven cars running. Almost all the cars were trialered to the event. I received numerous compliments on my car which sort of surprised me considering the caliber of cars running. Most people thought the Impreza was the best thing to happen to Subaru.

Results after 6 timed runs up the hill put me and the Impreza on top of DSP, although there was only 4 cars competing in the class. 2:18.xxx was my best time up the hill, besting 2nd place in DSP by around 6 seconds. Fastest time of the day went to a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette GT1 with a time around 1:54.xxx. To put that into perspective, I was driving at about nine tenths and was clocked at the finish line going 98 mph. The Corvette hit 140.

There was also an Impreza running in the Rally class that managed to take home 2nd place out of 5 cars. The winning rally car was a Toyota Celica All-Trac Turbo.

If you get a chance next year to spectate the Duryea or the Pagoda (shorter climb using the same road) hillclimbs in Reading, I highly recommend it if for no other reason that to see these insane cars that show up.

A big thanks to Rallispec for prepping my car at the last minute. See you guys soon to get my exhaust back in order.

JD
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Old 08-21-2000, 10:11 PM   #2
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Wow! I hope you guys got some pictures or video at the event.

That takes some stones...Very cool that you got recognition from the folks with built-up racing cars.

I can see why though, just driving the car in, flogging it, and driving home
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Old 08-21-2000, 11:33 PM   #3
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I won rally class? No kidding? I've never driven at speed on tarmac before. I was told they could hear my bald RE71s squealing all the way through turn 4 from the starting line.

I skipped Sunday after I got a total of 2 runs on Saturday. 5 minutes of fun divided by 8 hours of sitting around reminded me why I love rallying.
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Old 08-22-2000, 04:45 AM   #4
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Dobes ~~ Glad to hear things went so well! I *really* wanted to make it up there, but it just didn't work out.

If I ever put a cage in my car I'll have to give this a shot.
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Old 08-22-2000, 04:58 AM   #5
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Congrats! I knew you had to be good for something Sounds like a blast, I would've just like to have seen all the different cars, darn wedding thing got in the way.

What class would they have put the RS in if it had a turbo installed and would it still be competative?

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Old 08-22-2000, 06:37 AM   #6
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Dobes, my wife said she got a few photos of you on the hill. I'll get them scanned and posted. - Jon
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Old 08-22-2000, 10:09 AM   #7
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Hey Jon - Thanks.

I had a couple of friends at the event taking pictures but I haven't seen them yet. I am excited to have some good action pics of the car.

I have to agree that the waiting around was kind of a let down, but since I don't rally it was the closest thing I could do. The second day did go faster, other than the accident that delayed it about 1/2 hour. Apparently you put down a good enough time the first day to win. I don't suppose they post the results anywhere on the web? The BMR region website hasn't been updated in a few months and doesn't look like it will any time soon.

Tony - There were so many classes there it would be hard to say. Since I just followed autox classes, I would assume that the turbo Impreza would be in a mod class of some kind where I'm sure it would have been competitive. A turbo would probably have saved me about 4-5 seconds over the course. There were only two sections that would have really benefited. I think I could have saved even more time if I had used my gold wheels instead of those aweful silver ones What happened to Mike, that punk.
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Old 08-22-2000, 10:19 AM   #8
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> The BMR region website hasn't been updated in a few months and doesn't look like it will any time soon.

Yeah, it's kind of a pain getting people to send me stuff to put up. Before I did the web site, I was the BMR newsletter editor for 2 1/2 years. Everyone wants to read content--no one wants to write it.

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Old 08-22-2000, 02:40 PM   #9
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I realize it's a pain to constantly update the website and I apologize if I offended you.

Is there a mailing list or something that goes on for the BMR? I'd just like to see what the final results were and how I compared overall to some other vehicles. Being the webpage master, do they even bother to send you the spreadsheet of the results?

Thanks,
JD

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Old 08-22-2000, 02:58 PM   #10
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No offense taken. I'll try to get the results from Nelson, who was doing scoring (I think). BMR has a monthly newsletter, which I used to really put a lot of effort into when I was editor. If you want to receive it, you need to either switch your membership to be a dual-region membership--send the SCCA $20 and wait three months for them to process it--or just send $20 to Blue Mountain Region SCCA, P.O. Box 13641, Reading, PA 19612-3641.
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Old 08-22-2000, 04:38 PM   #11
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Jeff,
If you had the gold wheels on you would've careened over the edge by the pagoda

How did the new brakes do?

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