Lincoln, NH - Officials with the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, sanctioning body of the 2020 Mt. Washington Hillclimb planned for July 10-12, 2020 at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch, Gorham, NH, announced today that Subaru of America will return as Title Sponsor of this historic motorsports event which was first run 125 years ago in July of 1904 and last run in July of 2017.
“The Sports Car Club of New Hampshire is honored to welcome back Subaru of America as Title Sponsor of the 2020[LMM1] Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb for the third consecutive event. Subaru has a long history of success in motorsports, especially at Mt. Washington,” stated Howard Roundy, Event Director for the 2020 event sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire. “We’re also very excited to welcome back Subaru’s factory-backed motorsports team, Subaru Motorsports USA / Vermont SportsCar from Milton, VT.”
First run in 1904, the Climb to the Clouds took place as part of the famous Glidden Tour several months prior to the first-ever Vanderbuilt Cup on Long Island, New York that was first run in the Fall of 1904. The initial Mt. Washington Hillclimb was also seven years before the first-ever 500-mile race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, Indiana which took place in 1911 and twelve years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado which first took place in 1916. The 7.6 mile “Climb to the Clouds” is without question one of the ultimate proving grounds for both drivers and automobiles anywhere in the world. The serpentine tarmac and gravel road is lined with trees, rocks and dramatic drop-offs as it winds its way to the 6,288 foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak – Mt. Washington.
Organized and sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire, event officials are expecting an 80-car competition field filled with some of the most talented drivers and impressive race cars from the world over competing for “King of the Hill” honors in one of the most exciting events in all of motorsports.
“Subaru is once again thrilled to support the Mt. Washington Hillclimb in 2020,” said William Stokes, Motorsports Manager for Subaru of America. “The Mt. Washington Auto Road provides a challenge unlike any other, and the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire has done a great job in putting on the event. Subaru has been able to set new records every time the event has been run since 2011, so we’re looking forward to more fireworks in 2020!”
Set for July 10-12, 2020, the Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb will serve as a 3-day motorsports festival filled with a variety of motorsports-oriented activities for all ages including a vendor area, car corals for various car clubs, antique vehicle displays and an autograph session topped off by the return of the historic Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb that takes place on the winding 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road.
“Since 1904 we’ve had a long and storied history of car racing on Mt. Washington. When the first ‘Climb to the Clouds’ was contested on those hot July days in ’04, we took our place in automotive racing history as a challenging proving ground for man and machine,” stated Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. “We’ve continued with this great tradition off and on over the years and are thrilled to once again be getting ready for the Subaru Mt Washington Hillclimb in July 2020. We know that technology is changing fast and with each of the past several races have come even faster and more amazing times so we’re anticipating plenty of excitement and drama this coming summer.”
Along with the announcement of Subaru of America returning as the Title Sponsor of this prestigious Hillclimb, officials also announced that registration for those wishing to submit an entry application for consideration for the 2020 event will open at 12:01am, November 1, 2019 and will remain open through midnight on December 31, 2019. Details regarding classes, safety specifications, entry fees and other competitor-related information will be available at www.climbtotheclouds.com on November 1, 2019.
Additional information regarding volunteering, spectating and lodging for the 2020 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb scheduled for July 10-12, 2020, will be available in the coming weeks, also at www.climbtotheclouds.com.
SUPPORTING CAPTIONS & PHOTOGRAPHS (click on the Drop Box links below to access photographs):
2017 Overall winner and current record holder, Travis Pastrana, is shown rounding the famous Cragway Turn above tree line during the 2017 Subaru Mt. Washington Hillclimb. Pastrana set a blistering fast record-setting time of 5 minutes 44.72 seconds on the 7.6 mile tarmac and gravel course driving a 2017 Subaru WRX STI Hillclimb Special for Subaru Motorsports USA / Vermont SportsCar.
Since the first Mt. Washington Hillclimb was run in July 1904, many well-known drivers have competed and won the Climb to the Clouds such as “Cannonball” Baker in 1928 & 1932 and the legendary Carroll Shelby in 1956. Driving a Franklin in 1928, Baker raced to an amazing time of 14:49.6 seconds. Shown here rounding the famous Cragway Turn just above tree line, Carroll Shelby, driving a specially prepared Ferrari Grand Prix roadster, posted a record-setting time of 10:21.8 seconds on his way to victory in July 1956.
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About the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire
Established in 1955 by a group of longtime sports car enthusiasts from throughout New Hampshire, the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire (SCCNH) is a 501(c)7 non-profit organization open to anyone interested in automobiles or automobile-related activities – whether they are a New Hampshire resident or not. Today the Sports Car Club of New Hampshire is proud to host a membership of more than 225 active motorsports enthusiasts from across New England with a variety of vehicles and varied interests in the sport. For more information, visit www.sccnh.org.
About Subaru of America
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 dealers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit www.subaru.com.
“Subaru”, “WRX STI”, all model names, and the Subaru logo are registered trademarks of the Subaru subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd, Japan. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
About the Mt. Washington Auto Road
The Washington Auto Road is considered by many Hillclimb racers to be extremely technical with a narrow road surface that averages just over 20 feet wide. In addition to being very narrow with steep drop-offs that vary from side to side, the road is also incredibly steep, with an average 12% grade and gaining slightly more than 4,600 feet in total elevation change from the starting line to the finish line. The surface of the 7.6 mile Mt. Washington Auto Road is mostly tarmac with approximately one mile of gravel and contains well over 150 turns and switchbacks as the road winds its’ way to the 6,288 foot summit of the Northeast’s tallest peak – Mt. Washington.
First opened in 1861 as the Mt. Washington Carriage Road, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is the country’s oldest manmade attraction. Located on Rt. 16 in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire, just north of the Mt. Washington Valley and minutes south of Gorham, NH, the Auto Road has a long and winding history, much like its 7.6 mile trip up to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast. For more information, visit www.MtWashingtonAutoRoad.com.