THE MOUNT WASHINGTON AUTO ROAD CLIMB TO THE CLOUDS
First run in 1904, the Mount Washington Climb to the Clouds Automobile Hillclimb is one of the oldest and most challenging motorsports events in the United States. It returns in 2011 as part of the Mount Washington Auto Road’s 150th-anniversary celebration.
The 7.6-mile road to Mount Washington’s 6,288-foot summit (New England’s tallest peak) includes tarmac and gravel sections. Lower portions of the road are lined with trees, and drop-offs threaten any misstep on the way to the top. Clouds often obscure the top of the mountain, which boasts world-record wind gusts and the world’s worst weather.
Vermont SportsCar and the Auto Road jointly announced the return of the hillclimb June 22-26, 2011. The five-day motorsports festival will be sanctioned by RallyCar. These organizations hope the event will attract a 70-car field and the best drivers from around the world.
For more details, go to the press release about the event at www.climbtotheclouds.com.
For more about the mountain and Subaru partner Mount Washington Observatory, go to www.mountwashington.org.
Also, read about the observatory in the cover story of Fall 2005 Drive at www.drive.subaru.com.
Travis Pastrana Sets Record for Climbing Mount Washington
Photos: Lars Gange | rally.subaru.com
On September 8, 2010, Travis Pastrana and co-driver Marshall Clarke broke the record for ascending Mount Washington. Driving a 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX STI rally car prepared by Vermont SportsCar, the team beat the old record set by Frank Sprongl in 1998 by more than 20 seconds, climbing the mountain in 6 minutes 20.47 seconds.