While the automobile has spawned many competitive events, one of earliest motoring challenges was the hill climb. The concept is simple: cars race up a hill as fast as they can against the clock and each other. As a competitive sport, the hill climb has endured with the most notable and enduring event being the death dying Pikes Peak race in Colorado. Pennsylvania has always been a hot bed for hill climb racing and the Hershey area is no exception. In the hay day of the historic Hershey Hill Climb there were as many as 10,000 spectators lining the course to witness the feats of the courageous cars and drivers.
The Elegance at Hershey has brought back the historic hill climb with a weekend where we endeavor to recreate the look and feel of the early days of the sport. Modeled, in part, on the previous Hershey climbs and the famed Goodwood Festival of Speed, mostly pre-war cars sanctioned by the Vintage Sports Car Club of America (VSCCA) entertain our guests for a weekend of speed exhibitions. VSCCA is an integral part of bringing our hill climb back to life.
The Elegance at Hershey provides for grandstands at the start and near the finish line along with a trail up the hill where spectators can watch and enjoy the cars during runs on Friday and Saturday. Each day during the noon hours our guests can experience the fun of a race car by purchasing charity rides in the actual cars racing! Based upon the miles of smiles this has become one of the most popular features during the weekend.
We have a food court and vendors stationed at the start of the course which also provide more entertainment and nourishment for our guests. In 2015, there will be more activities in this area than ever so make sure you make plans to attend this event.
We are positive that the sights and SOUNDS of the racing will delight you!
On Friday, 6/12 and Saturday, 6/13 guests may purchase rides in certain of the racecars competing in the Grand Ascent Hill Climb. Tickets are $50 per ride and the guest will be treated to the thrilling experience of hearing and feeling tires squealing and engines in full song (albeit at slower speeds than during the competition) as these vintage cars traverse the storied hill course behind the Hotel Hershey. The cars are piloted by our experienced and qualified drivers. Don’t forget to sign the waiver before you enter the car. The Ride Along program will commence each race day nominally at Noon and will end at about 1:00 PM. Strike another item from your Bucket List.