This page is dedicated to details for people wishing to come and watch the upcoming BMR SCCA Event.
Hillclimb racers from as far away as Michigan are registered for the 2022 Duryea Hillclimb being held August 20-21
The event, first run in 1951, is part of the Pennsylvania Hillclimb Association (PHA) Championship Series. It’s sanctioned by the Sports Car Club of America and hosted by the local chapter, Blue Mountain Region SCCA. It’s been run every year since, except for 1979 (gas crisis) and 2020 (Covid-19).
Returning to defend his 2021 “King of the Hill” title is Bryan Fritzler of Lincoln University, PA. Previous winners Mark Aubele of Irwin, PA, J. Kurt Eikenberg of Stewartstown, Pa, and the driver with the most Duryea Titles, Kerry Hitt of Harrisburg, Pa are also registered.
The Duryea HillClimb is an SCCA Time Trials event with cars competing one at a time with the goal to set the fastest single pass time in their class up the hill.
The Start line is just a few feet up from the intersection of Clymer Street and Duryea Drive, and the Finish line is in front of the historic William Penn Memorial Fire Tower.
The length of the course is about 2.3 miles.
Here is a map of the current course:
Course map with Corner Numbers:
Click Map for larger version
- Competition is from approximately 9am-4pm both days.
- Entry is by donation on site.
- Donations go to Pagoda-Skyline, Inc. which is a non-profit, citizen volunteer organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the Pagoda, the Fire Tower and the Skyline Drive area.
- Clymer St., between Walnut St. and Hill Rd., is closed off and this is where the cars pit.
- There is no dedicated parking. You can park anywhere in the area of Walnut St. and 13th St./Clymer St. or down in city park to access the lower portion of the course and the pits.
- You can access Turns 2, 3, and 4 by walking up Lombard Street and hiking on a short path up the hill.
- There are Bleachers between turns 2 and 3.
- You can also access Turns 7 and 8 by parking near the intersection of Hill Rd and Hill Rd, and hiking up a short path in the woods.
- There are Bleachers between turns 7 and 8.
- There will be a Shuttle Bus for spectators to take. The shuttle will all the way to the fire tower / finish line and return, with stops at several points along the way.
- Rider-ship is by donation with donations going to the Reading Recreation Center at Third and Spruce.
- Shuttle picks up from the intersection of Clymer St. and Hill Rd.