Mt Washington Auto Road
White Mountain National Forest, Gorham, NH 03581
Now billed as one of the oldest motorsports events in the United States, the Climb to the Clouds was first run in 1904, seven years before the first 500-mile race at the Brickyard in Indianapolis and 12 years prior to the inaugural Pikes Peak Hillclimb in Colorado. Run sporadically throughout the years, many famous racecar drivers and automobile manufacturers have competed in the event through its’ colorful history.
Following the return of the Mt. Washington Hillclimb in 1990 after a 29-year hiatus, the event was run annually as part of the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s summer event schedule until 2001. During that time, several new records were shared between 8-time Sports Car Club of America National Rally Champion Paul Choiniere from Shelburne, Vermont and multi-time Canadian Rally Champion Frank Sprongl from Mississauga, Ontario. Sprongl’s 1998 record time of 6 minutes, 41.99 seconds driving his Audi Quattro S2 was to remain unbeaten for the next 13 years.
In 2011 Vermont SportsCar brought back this legendary race in grand style as part of the Auto Road’s 150th anniversary celebration. The 2011 edition of the Climb to the Clouds was seen by many as one of the crowning celebratory events of the summers Sesquicentennial. David Higgins, driving a Vermont SportsCar prepped Subaru WRX STI shattered the old record with a stunning run to the summit taking just 6 minutes, 11.54 seconds – all the more impressive given that the last 1/2 mile of the track was obscured with varying degrees of fog.
In 2014, EVSR will make history as the first ever pure electric powered vehicle to make the run.