Donick to Speak on Mount Equinox Hillclimb

Donick to Speak on Mount Equinox Hillclimb

Donick to Speak on Mount Equinox Hillclimb

Jim Donick, a seasoned  Equinox Hillclimb racer,  talks about Manchester’s iconic event, held since 1950.

Jim Donick, a seasoned Equinox Hillclimb racer, talks about Manchester’s iconic event, held since 1950.

Manchester Community Library and the Manchester Historical Society present a free illustrated talk on the Mount Equinox Hillclimb with Jim Donick at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6, in the Library’s Hunter Community Room.

Donick has been competing on the mountain for over 30 years. The editor of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America’s Vintage Sports Car magazine, Donick is currently writing a history of the event. Using photos taken there over the last nearly 70 years, he will share stories of the hillclimb and its development, the people who have competed there, the challenges it offers to a driver, and the joy of being a part of an historic endeavor that dates to the early days of sports car racing in the United States.

The Mount Equinox Hillclimb was first run in May of 1950, shortly after Doctor Davidson completed the road to the top, making it the longest continuously-run paved automotive hillclimb in the US.

Since then, the Skyline Drive has hosted countless great and near-great drivers every year, all of them with the dream of making the climb as quickly as they can. The mountain has echoed to the sound of every sort of racing car, dating from the early 1900s to the fastest Can-Am cars of the ‘60s. One of those latter vehicles dropped the record for ascending Equinox’ five-plus miles of tarmac to just over four minutes. Until 1973, the event was run for what were then contemporary racing cars. Since then the event has been limited to vintage cars, mostly built prior to 1960. The 2016 running of the event will take place on the weekend following the talk, on Saturday and Sunday, July 9 and 10.

Donick’s talk is part of the Summer Wednesdays Lecture Series at the Library. The
program is free and open to the public. MCL is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. To find out more about the the talk, call 802-362-2607 or send an email to the Manchester Historical Society at info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.com.

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